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Nuclear fish. [Monday, Apr. 13th, 2009|09:01 am]
The richest girl in town.
From jwz, you are being lied to about pirates:
In 1991, the government of Somalia collapsed. Its nine million people have been teetering on starvation ever since - and the ugliest forces in the Western world have seen this as a great opportunity to steal the country's food supply and dump our nuclear waste in their seas.

Yes: nuclear waste. As soon as the government was gone, mysterious European ships started appearing off the coast of Somalia, dumping vast barrels into the ocean. The coastal population began to sicken. At first they suffered strange rashes, nausea and malformed babies. Then, after the 2005 tsunami, hundreds of the dumped and leaking barrels washed up on shore. People began to suffer from radiation sickness, and more than 300 died.

Ahmedou Ould-Abdallah, the UN envoy to Somalia, tells me: "Somebody is dumping nuclear material here. There is also lead, and heavy metals such as cadmium and mercury - you name it." Much of it can be traced back to European hospitals and factories, who seem to be passing it on to the Italian mafia to "dispose" of cheaply.

At the same time, other European ships have been looting Somalia's seas of their greatest resource: seafood. We have destroyed our own fish stocks by overexploitation - and now we have moved on to theirs. More than $300m-worth of tuna, shrimp, and lobster are being stolen every year by illegal trawlers. The local fishermen are now starving. Mohammed Hussein, a fisherman in the town of Marka 100km south of Mogadishu, told Reuters: "If nothing is done, there soon won't be much fish left in our coastal waters."

This is the context in which the "pirates" have emerged. Somalian fishermen took speedboats to try to dissuade the dumpers and trawlers, or at least levy a "tax" on them. They call themselves the Volunteer Coastguard of Somalia - and ordinary Somalis agree. The independent Somalian news site WardheerNews found 70 per cent "strongly supported the piracy as a form of national defence".

[User Picture]From: epilady
2009-04-13 04:10 pm (UTC)

Through all of this, I kept hoping no "pirates" would be harmed. I was really upset when I heard that three had been killed.
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[User Picture]From: shipbuilding
2009-04-13 04:19 pm (UTC)
Thank you for the context.
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[User Picture]From: savia
2009-04-13 04:30 pm (UTC)
I don't think these guys deserve to be demonized or lionized . I think the truth about them is probably somewhere in the middle.

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From: blasfemmey
2009-04-13 05:23 pm (UTC)
i am so glad i read this again. i am so frustrated with the whole thing. as i am driving to work, listening to our local dance/gay radio station, greg the gay sports caster repeatedly says: i usually dont condone killing people, but KILL THE PIRATES.

he said this over and over and again and it reminded me of why i stopped listening to this radio station after the inaug. all he did was talk about how fat aretha was.

but i digress. i am going to share this article with everyone i know.
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[User Picture]From: the_hoptoad
2009-04-13 08:34 pm (UTC)
the somali pirates are goddamn heroes.
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[User Picture]From: skywardprodigal
2009-04-14 12:57 am (UTC)
Same old same old.
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