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    You Been Lied To: 7 Things You May Not Know About Somali ‘Pirates’




    Somali ‘pirates’ are actually defending Somali waters from foreign invaders


    In 1991, the government of Somalia collapsed. It’s nine million people who have been battling widespread starvation ever since. America and other European nations saw this as a great opportunity to rob the country of its food supply and dump their nuclear waste in Somalia’s now unprotected seas.According to the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, approximately 12 miles into the ocean from the coast is sovereign territory of the state.





    European vessels are polluting Somali waters



    As soon as the Somali government was gone, mysterious European ships started appearing off the coast of Somalia, dumping vast barrels of nuclear waste into the ocean. Much of that waste can be traced back to European hospitals and factories. Soon after the dumping began, the coastal population began to sicken. At first they suffered strange rashes, nausea and malformed babies. Then, after a 2005 tsunami, hundreds of the dumped and leaking barrels washed ashore. People began to suffer from radiation sickness, and more than 300 died.






    European ships are looting Somali waters for seafood


    While some European ships were dumping, other ships have been looting Somalia’s seas of their greatest resource: seafood. An estimated $300 million worth of tuna, shrimp, lobster and other sea life is being stolen every year by huge European ships illegally fishing in Somalia’s unprotected seas. As a result, the local fishermen have lost their livelihoods, and are forced into starvation.




    Somali ‘pirates’ are actually fishermen



    The fact is, Somali ‘pirates’ are ordinary Somalian fishermen who at first took speedboats to try to dissuade European vessels from illegally fishing and dumping into their waters. With the absence of the government’s navy, the fishermen joined together and formed the National Volunteer Coast Guard of Somalia.




    Somali ‘pirates’ have a code of conduct



    According to ‘Somali Pirate’ code, harming the crew of a ship is strictly prohibited. This is to ensure that governments are less likely to step in and employ do-not-negotiate tactics.




    Piracy has become Somalia’s biggest source of income


    Since the fishing economy have suffered due to European ships looting and dumping in Somali waters piracy is now Somalia’s biggest source of income. It has been estimated that between $339m and $413m has been made within the years of 2005 and 2012. Individual ‘pirates’ usually get $30,000-75,000 each, with a bonus of up to $10,000 for the first man to board a ship and for those bringing their own weapon or ladder.



    Columbia Pictures’ “Captain Phillips.”



    The media has brainwashed people into thinking Somali ‘pirates’ are savage thieves


    Somali ‘pirates’ have been branded in the media as maritime gangsters. The image of Somali pirates as senseless, savage thieves can be largely attributed to propaganda by the European and American governments. In April 2009, the Obama administration employed a long-term strategy to restore maritime security off the coast of Somalia. This strategy conveniently places American Navy Gunships in Somali waters.


    Also, Hollywood recently made a movie celebrating the ‘true’ story of “Captian Phillips,” who was kidnapped by Somali ‘pirates.’ Though the film was blasted for its many lies and inconsistencies, it made an estimated $107 million domestically, with audiences giving the film a 93% rating.


    http://atlantablackstar.com/2014/04/...omali-pirates/

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    US military admits secret presence in Somalia

    July 3, 2014

    Washington (AFP) - The US military has secretly maintained forces in Somalia since 2007, despite earlier public statements claiming it had no presence in the country until last October, defense officials said Thursday.

    The United States has deployed up to 120 troops in the African nation and hopes to bolster its security ties to Somalia's government as it battles Al-Qaeda-linked Shebab militants [yea, so called "al-qaeda"!], a defense official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told AFP.

    The US troops operating in Somalia have been mainly Green Beret special forces, who specialize in training and advising local armies, the official said.

    In October last year, the Pentagon had portrayed the arrival of a handful of military advisers in Somalia as the first deployment of American forces to the country since 1993. [Actually they never left, they never do!]

    Officials acknowledged that deploying troops to Somalia has long been a sensitive question since a disastrous intervention in 1993, when two US helicopters were shot down and 18 troops were killed in an operation depicted in the movie "Black Hawk Down."

    The revelation of the years-long US troop presence comes as President Barack Obama prepares to name the first American ambassador to Somalia since civil war erupted more than 20 years ago.

    The United States recognized Somalia's new [puppet] government in January 2013.


    http://news.yahoo.com/us-military-ad...215548480.html


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    Get real, we've secretly maintained forces in hundreds of locations since the early 60's and it's not a secret!

    You're next President: So we're in Somalia, eh? Does this really surprise anybody? On a related note, the reason we're hot on the trail of Joseph Kony is so we can attach ourselves to as many African military establishments as possible. You know, "attach" like leeches. A few years ago, Obama was able to get overwhelming bipartisan support for his money request to go after Kony. In this day and age, be very suspicious of laws that have broad bipartisan support. Our real goal is to recolonize Africa before the Chinese manage to do so.



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    UN-funded African troops raped vulnerable Somalis: HRW


    9/9/14

    Nairobi (AFP) - Internationally-funded African Union troops in war-torn and impoverished Somalia have raped women and girls as young as 12 and traded food aid for sex, Human Rights Watch said in a damning report.

    "Some of the women who were raped said that the soldiers gave them food or money afterwards in an apparent attempt to frame the assault as transactional sex," the HRW report said Monday.

    There was no immediate reaction from the AU force AMISOM, whose 22,000 soldiers drawn from six nations have been fighting alongside government troops against the Al-Qaeda-linked Shebab insurgents since 2007.

    The vulnerable women largely came from camps in the capital Mogadishu, having fled rural Somalia during a devastating famine in 2011.

    AMISOM donors include the United Nations, European Union, Britain and the United States.

    The AU soldiers, "relying on Somali intermediaries, have used a range of tactics, including humanitarian aid, to coerce vulnerable women and girls into sexual activity," the report read, based on testimonies of 21 women and girls.

    "They have also raped or otherwise sexually assaulted women who were seeking medical assistance or water at AMISOM bases."

    The youngest interviewed was aged just 12, who said she was raped by a Ugandan soldier.

    Several of the women described how they had gone to the AU camp seeking medicine for their sick babies.

    "The findings raise serious concerns about abuses by AMISOM soldiers against Somali women and girls that suggest a much larger problem," HRW added.

    - 'Desperate for food and medicine' -

    Only in two cases had the women who spoke to HRW filed police complaints, because they "feared stigma, reprisals from family, police, and the Islamist insurgent group Al-Shebab."

    The cases investigated by HRW involved troops from Burundi and Uganda.

    AMISOM troops last month launched a major offensive aimed at seizing key ports and cutting off an important source of revenue for the Islamist rebels.

    HRW said the force needed to end the abuses carried by its troops.

    "The AU military and political leadership needs to do more to prevent, identify, and punish sexual abuse by their troops," said HRW Africa head Daniel Bekele.

    "As another food crisis looms in Mogadishu's displacement camps, women and girls are once again desperate for food and medicine. They should not have to sell their bodies for their families to survive."

    Conditions in Somalia remain dire, with the United Nations and aid workers warning that large areas are struggling with extreme hunger and drought, three years after famine killed more than a quarter of a million people.

    The UN last week said over a million people were classified in either "crisis" or "emergency" situations, just one step short of famine on its hunger scale.

    The mother of one girl who was raped told HRW she was deeply traumatised by the attack.

    "People laugh at her whenever she comes out. They say, 'An infidel raped her'," the mother said.

    "How can you feel if your daughter asks you... 'Mother, I better die to hide my shameful face from the people'?" she added.

    Women reported contracted sexually transmitted infections, mainly gonorrhoea, after the assaults.

    "Several women said that the soldiers refused to wear condoms and that they had caught sexually transmitted infections as a result," HRW added.

    "Several also described being slapped and beaten by the soldiers with whom they had sex."


    http://news.yahoo.com/un-funded-afri...081934165.html

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    Abdullahi Mohamed Farmajo declared Somalia president

    Incumbent President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud concedes defeat (forced down) after two rounds of voting and congratulates new leader.

    A former prime minister who holds dual Somali-US citizenship has been declared Somalia's new president.

    Abdullahi Mohamed Farmajo was named the new leader after two rounds of voting on Wednesday and quickly took the oath of office.

    Incumbent President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud conceded defeat.

    "History was made, we have taken this path to democracy, and now I want to congratulate Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo," Mohamud said.

    The country is trying to put together its first fully functioning central government in a quarter-century.

    Protracted vote

    The protracted vote began on Wednesday after 14,000 elders and prominent regional figures chose 275 members of parliament and 54 senators, who in turn chose whether to back Mohamud for a second term or one of 21 rivals.

    Fears of attacks by al-Shabab, an armed group, limited the election to the country's legislators, who voted at a heavily-guarded former air force base in the capital, Mogadishu.

    Al Jazeera's Mohammed Adow, reporting from the capital Mogadishu, said sources within the parliament had confirmed that huge sums of money were paid by some of the candidates and rival presidential candidates have accused each other of buying the loyalty of MPs, drawing furious denials.

    "One member of the parliament told me that he received thousands from one of the presidential candidates," he said.

    "There is lot at stake here. This election is supposed to bring leadership that heals the country but if corruption plays an important role, many doubt whether Somalia is going to be on the right road."






    In 2012, just 135 elders picked the MPs, who chose the president.

    "It tells us that we are in the midst of a long transition and in theory, based on the provisional constitution we should be having one-person-one-vote election this year, but that hasn't been possible because of security constraints but also because the government did not focus on preparing the ground," Matt Bryden, chairman of Sahan Research and Development Organisation, a political think tank covering the horn of Africa, told Al Jazeera.

    "This is an ad hoc political compromise agreed by Somalia political leaders, which is simply a way of continuing a transition and giving us four more years in which to consolidate architecture of the new Somalia state."

    The airport, where the vote was taking place, was guarded by the African Union peacekeeping force AMISOM and is surrounded by high concrete barriers to protect it from attack.

    UN agencies and foreign embassies were also located in the compound.

    Al-Shabab, which ruled Somalia for several years, has been slowly driven out of its major strongholds in a campaign by AMISOM and Somali troops.

    But its fighters continue to launch regular gun and bomb attacks in their bid to topple the government.


    http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/0...164804232.html

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    First the west funded Ethiopia to invade Somalia and rape the women there an down they place a dual American citizen as the president puppet so they can go rob that nation of its resources. They are still trying to pay them back for the black hawk down where the Somalis took an American chopper down and the bombed beat the pilot to death and hanged his body with torn clothes in the public for the world to see. And they make 'black hawk down' movies to make him look like a hero.

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    Hassan Ali Khaire: Hunger, disease kill 110 in two days


    Prime minister calls on citizens to help as hunger resulting from drought leads to rise in deaths in the Bay region.

    Somalia's prime minister has announced the deaths of at least 110 people due to hunger and diarrhoea in the country over the past 48 hours amid a drought in the Bay region.


    The announcement by Hassan Ali Khaire on Saturday followed the Somali government's warning last week that the drought amounts to a national disaster.


    "It is a difficult situation for the pastoralists and their livestock. Some people have been hit by [hunger] and diarrhoea at the same time. In the last 48 hours, 110 people died due to [hunger] and diarrhoea in Bay region," Khaire's office said in a statement.


    The Bay region is in the southwest part of the country.


    "The Somali government will do its best, and we urge all Somalis, wherever they are, to help and save the dying Somalis," said the statement, released after a meeting of a famine response committee.


    Mostly children and elderly people died in villages surrounding the town of Baido, Abdullahi Omar Roble, the government's regional humanitarian chief, told the DPA news agency.


    There was not enough medication to treat all of the patients, Roble said.


    The drought has led to the spread of acute watery diarrhoea, cholera and measles and nearly 5.5 million people are at risk of contracting waterborne diseases.


    The cholera outbreak has killed at least 69 since Friday, a local government official said.


    More than 70 others have been treated in hospital.
    Thousands flock to Mogadishu

    UN experts have sounded a warning on deaths related to cholera and other diseases that arise from a lack of clean water.


    The UN estimates that five million people nationwide need aid, amid warnings of a full-blown famine.


    Thousands have streamed into the capital, Mogadishu, in search of food aid, overwhelming local and international aid agencies.


    More than 7,000 internally displaced people checked into one feeding centre recently.


    About 363,000 acutely malnourished children in Somalia "need urgent treatment and nutrition support, including 71,000 who are severely malnourished", the US Agency for International Development's Famine Early Warning Systems Network has said.


    The Somali government has said the widespread hunger "makes people vulnerable to exploitation, human rights abuses and to criminal and terrorist networks".


    Somalia was one of four regions singled out by the UN secretary-general last month in a $4.4bn aid appeal to avert catastrophic hunger and famine, along with northeast Nigeria, South Sudan and Yemen.

    In 2011, an estimated 260,000 people starved to death in Somalia.


    The UN humanitarian appeal for 2017 for Somalia is $864m, to provide assistance to 3.9 million people.


    But the UN World Food Programme recently requested an additional $26m plan to respond to the drought.


    The drought is the first crisis for Somalia's newly elected Somali American leader, President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed, who is also known as Farmajo.


    Mohamed has appealed to the international community and Somalia's diaspora of two million people for help.


    Previous droughts and a quarter-century of conflict, including ongoing attacks by al-Shabab, have left the country fragile.

    IN PICTURES: Drought in Somalia - Time is Running Out

    http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/0...183606392.html

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    CAGE Africa opposes Trump’s battle plan for Somalia


    Posted by CAGE Africa on April 11, 2017



    Johannesburg – CAGE Africa opposes the decision by US President Trump to relax some of the rules for preventing civilian casualties in its counter terrorism strikes in Somalia.


    The existing USA battlefield rules already transgress international laws of war. The USA has arrogated to itself the right to kill any human being, anywhere and at any time. The killing is done for secret reasons, based on secret evidence in a secret non-transparent clandestine process, using secret criteria and carried out by secret persons.


    Trump’s directive will allow Africa Command to treat Somalia under even less restrictive and non-transparent battlefield rules.


    No interagency vetting is required on strikes, meaning commanders may strike people thought to be al-Shabaab militants using only that requirement, without them posing a specific threat to the US. Some civilian bystander deaths are permitted if deemed “necessary and proportionate”.


    Trump also, by Executive Order, extended the state of emergency in Somalia with respect to “the unusual and extraordinary threat” to the national security and foreign policy of the United States, facilitating increased military activity in the country.

    Karen Jayes, spokesperson for CAGE Africa, said:


    “The United States is already working hand in hand with Somalian forces and the Africa Union mission in Somalia (AFRISOM), whose have been accused of gang rape and other atrocities against civilians. This directive will add to the recruitment drive of al-Shabaab in the same ways as their continuous support of abusive troops does.”


    “Gung-ho militancy is not the way to find solutions. Rather, it threatens civilians and creates a climate of fear. On top of this, the directive comes at a time of draught and famine for Somalia, when groups of people roam the countryside in search of food and can be easily mistaken for militants.”


    “We call for a complete withdrawal of AFRISOM troops in Somalia, an end to extrajudicial killings by drone or otherwise, in favour of a dialogue based approach to the conflict, and full accountability for war crimes. The people of Somalia deserve nothing less.”

    https://cage.ngo/press-release/cage-...n-for-somalia/

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    CAGE Africa opposes Trump’s battle plan for Somalia

    Johannesburg – CAGE Africa opposes the decision by US President Trump to relax some of the rules for preventing civilian casualties in its counter terrorism strikes in Somalia.


    The existing USA battlefield rules already transgress international laws of war. The USA has arrogated to itself the right to kill any human being, anywhere and at any time. The killing is done for secret reasons, based on secret evidence in a secret non-transparent clandestine process, using secret criteria and carried out by secret persons.


    Trump’s directive will allow Africa Command to treat Somalia under even less restrictive and non-transparent battlefield rules.


    No interagency vetting is required on strikes, meaning commanders may strike people thought to be al-Shabaab militants using only that requirement, without them posing a specific threat to the US. Some civilian bystander deaths are permitted if deemed “necessary and proportionate”.


    Trump also, by Executive Order, extended the state of emergency in Somalia with respect to “the unusual and extraordinary threat” to the national security and foreign policy of the United States, facilitating increased military activity in the country.
    Karen Jayes, spokesperson for CAGE Africa, said:

    “The United States is already working hand in hand with Somalian forces and the Africa Union mission in Somalia (AFRISOM), whose have been accused of gang rape and other atrocities against civilians. This directive will add to the recruitment drive of al-Shabaab in the same ways as their continuous support of abusive troops does.”


    “Gung-ho militancy is not the way to find solutions. Rather, it threatens civilians and creates a climate of fear. On top of this, the directive comes at a time of draught and famine for Somalia, when groups of people roam the countryside in search of food and can be easily mistaken for militants.”


    “We call for a complete withdrawal of AFRISOM troops in Somalia, an end to extrajudicial killings by drone or otherwise, in favour of a dialogue based approach to the conflict, and full accountability for war crimes. The people of Somalia deserve nothing less.”

    https://cage.ngo/press-release/cage-...n-for-somalia/

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    3 ways the War on Terror contributes to starve millions in Somalia and 3 ways you can help them straight away

    Posted by CAGE on April 28, 2017

    Millions in the Horn of Africa are facing starvation due to the droughts. But droughts are nothing new in the region and have been managed successfully in the past. Though they are not man-made, the reasons droughts turn into famines are. In this case, the War on Terror has worsened the situation and contributed to a humanitarian disaster. These are some 3 reasons why and what you you can do about it.
    1) Influenced by its backers, Somalia’s spends most of its money on security and administrative costs

    In 2015, the Somali government’s total spending on administrative and security spending accounted for more than 85%, while only about 10% of total spending went towards economic and social services.


    Over the years infrastructures such as water-reservoirs, wells and food storage facilities previously used to cope with droughts have been left in ruins.


    Despite the UK having pledged over £100m to relief efforts in Somalia, the security-heavy political restrictions placed upon charities means that aid does not find its way to the most needy.


    This week, the British government announced £21m more aid to the stricken country. This aid, however, is to assist with efforts to “counter extremism” and bolster the National Security Architecture. This includes funding African Union forces and the Somali National Army, both of whom have been accused of atrocities against civilians.


    2) US restrictions prevent humanitarian aid in large parts of the country

    Al Shabaab continues to control vast swathes of rural territory.


    The designation of Al Shabaab as a terrorist organisation, first by the US then later by the UN security council, and subsequent terrorism financing laws have had a chilling effect on relief efforts. Fearing criminal prosecution, charities have been discouraged from operating in Al-Shabaab areas.


    Al Shabaab has banned UN agencies and other charities from operating in the areas they control, citing ‘misconduct’ and ‘espionage’. They also placed conditions and restricted access into its areas, except to those it considers ‘independent’ and ‘neutral’.


    For Michel Gabaudan, president of Refugees International, talking to the “other side” is a necessity during such crisis.


    “Concerns are outweighed by the extraordinary humanitarian imperative to get assistance to those people who will not survive without it”, he wrote in 2011.
    3) Humanitarian aid is used as a bargaining chip

    Somali journalist for Al Jazeera Hamza Mohamed hinted to this problem in a recent Facebook post:


    “Have you asked yourself how the West can airdrop bombs in areas under al-Shabaab control but has never airdropped a single sack of maize to the starving Somalis living in those areas?”, he wrote.


    “Aid in Somalia is all about politics. It is not about helping Somalis. Period. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.


    “By not giving aid to those living in areas under al-Shabaab the West is hoping they will move away from al-Shabaab areas into government-controlled towns and cities.


    This way, the West hopes, al-Shabaab will be left with empty towns and villages.


    “This policy by the West is why in 2011 Mogadishu went from being the capital city of the country into an overcrowded IDP camp”, he concluded


    TAKE THREE ACTIONS NOW!

    1) Make dua!

    Allah says in the quran: “And it is He who sends the winds as good tidings before His mercy, and We send down from the sky pure water. That We may bring to life thereby a dead land and give it as drink to those We created of numerous livestock and men”. Surah Al Furqan v 48-49


    People have gathered across Somalia to pray for rain, performing salaat al istisqaa (Prayer for rain).


    We should all supplicate in our prostration and qunoot for all those stricken by droughts and famine in the world.
    2) Donate to trusted, independent charities

    “Who is it that will offer up unto God a goodly loan, which He will amply repay? For, such (as do so) shall have a noble reward”. Surah Al – Hadid, 57:11
    The urgency requires that we donate immediately to alleviate the suffering of the people on the ground. There are several independent charities which work on the ground. Do your research and don’t delay!
    3) Campaign to end the violence that causes famine

    There is no doubt that there is an urgent need to get aid delivered to the country, but if we don’t address the man-made causes of the crisis, we will likely see the same disaster again in the coming years, just like we saw it in 2011 with 250 000 losing their life.


    There have been calls on social media for accountability for crimes committed by the UN backed AMISOM peace keeping forces in advance of the major London-Somalia international conference.


    You can join these calls and support CAGE’s efforts to call for accountability and an end to violence in the War on Terror. Get involved by subscribing and donating.

    https://cage.ngo/article/3-ways-the-...straight-away/


 

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