anonymous asked:

Hi! Can you link some sources or articles about the Somalian pirates and nuclear pollution? I wanna keep informed but everything google gives me is part of that "somali terrorist" rhetoric.😒

   Disclaimer: Obviously, I do not support piracy by any means and I am also not justifying any of Somalian gangs that have been involved with hostage-taking, this just simply to bring some attention onto what’s going on in Somalia and the context in which Somali pirates have been created. Main focus is the toxic nuclear waste lying on the East African coast and how it got there not the pirates themselves

   The number one article about this topic I recommend is Johann Hari: You are being lied to about pirates (2009)” and here is a part of it so people can get an idea on what has been done and is still being done to the Somalian coast:

   “In 1991, the government of Somalia - in the Horn of Africa - collapsed. Its nine million people have been teetering on starvation ever since - and many of 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. When I asked Ould-Abdallah what European governments were doing about it, he said with a sigh: “Nothing. There has been no clean-up, no compensation, and no prevention.”

   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 over-exploitation - and now we have moved on to theirs. More than $300m worth of tuna, shrimp, lobster and other sea-life is being stolen every year by vast trawlers illegally sailing into Somalia’s unprotected seas.”


   More articles about the waste: More Illegally Dumped Radioactive Waste Found on Somalia’s Coast (2011)
From cocaine to plutonium: mafia clan accused of trafficking nuclear waste (2007)
Tsunami exposes Somalia toxic waste (2005)
Somalia used as toxic dumping ground (2009)

A part from The 'Ndrangheta’s (criminal organization from Italy) wikipedia page:

   “ The ‘Ndrangheta, an Italian mafia-type syndicate, has been accused by pentito Francesco Fonti, a former member of ‘Ndrangheta, of sinking at least 30 ships loaded with toxic waste, much of it radioactive. In 2005, Fonti revealed the conspiracy in the news magazine L'espresso. His statements led to widespread investigations into the radioactive waste disposal rackets, involving Giorgio Comerio and his disposal company, the Odm (Oceanic Disposal Management)…

…Both Fonti and environmental group Legambiente claimed vessels were sent to Somalia and other developing countries such as Kenya and Zaire with toxic cargoes, which were either sunk with the ship or buried on land. Legambiente alleges that local rebel groups were given weapons in exchange for receiving the waste ships. Fonti claims that Italian TV journalist Ilaria Alpi and her cameraman Miran Hrovatin were murdered in 1994 in Somalia because they had seen toxic waste arrive in Bosaso, Somalia. According to Fonti, Christian Democrat politicians, including former prime minister Ciriaco De Mita, had been involved in illegal disposal operations, using the secret service SISMI to cover up their connection. De Mita denied the allegations. Fonti also claimed that Socialist politicians Gianni De Michelis and Bettino Craxi intervened to ensure that Italian peacekeeping troops in Somalia turned a blind eye to the transports.”

But onto the pirates - “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”.
No, this doesn’t make hostage-taking justifiable, and yes, some are clearly just gangsters – especially those who have held up World Food Programme supplies.“  
Here is a quote from “Piracy off the coast of Somalia” wikipedia page
(which does a pretty good job at explaining the situation):
“ In the absence of an effective national coast guard following the outbreak of the civil war and the subsequent disintegration of the Armed Forces, local fishermen formed organized groups in order to protect their waters. This is reflected in the names adopted by some of the pirate networks, such as the National Volunteer Coast Guard, which are testimony to the pirates’ initial motivations. However, as piracy became substantially more lucrative, other reports have speculated that financial gain became the primary motive for the pirates.“

More articles about the pirates:  How Somalia’s Fishermen Became Pirates (2009)
The Truth about Somali Pirates (2015)
Pirates of Somalia: Curse of the Mafia Nuclear Waste Dumps and Thanks for All the Fish (2009) - this article is full of other links about the subject
Somali pirates began as volunteer coast guard (2009)


Somali waters have been polluted for almost 30 years and no one is batting an eye on what’s going on there cause of the Somali Civil War and government collapse. But the people of Somalia don’t deserve their land being used as a landfill by the rest of the world. 

im really angry about the fact that somalian pirates are considered terrorists and shit when all these people are tryna do is protect somalian coast from nuclear n radioactive waste western europeans & americans are throwing into their waters. in 2005 around 300 people died from radioactive pollution and every day the damage of that pollution is multiplying and UN is doing nothing to help these poor people and that is why they need to do it for themselves. literally cannot believe the world we live in

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Celebrity campaign for Somalia has raised almost $2 million to relieve famine

  • A viral aid campaign led by actor Ben Stiller, Colin Kaepernick and others has raised nearly $2 million for famine-stricken Somalia in just five days.
  • The movement began after French social media celebrity Jérôme Jarre, concerned about a lack of media coverage surrounding the famine Somalia is currently experiencing, put out a call to action to his followers.
  • After figuring out that there is only one airline currently making commercial flights to Somalia — Turkish Airlines — Jarre set a seemingly impossible goal: What if, using the hashtag #TurkishAirlinesHelpSomalia, his fans could get the company to respond?
  • Soon Stiller and other social media influencers joined in, posting short videos on their respective platforms appealing to the airline to let the initiative use one of their cargo planes to deliver supplies.
  • To their surprise, the airline didn’t just accept — it offered to make multiple trips. Read more (3/21/17 11:40 AM)

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He is one of many refugees who have begun fleeing the US. http://bit.ly/2lrf4Jz

The refugee says he trekked for 21 hours in 0-degrees temps to seek asylum across the northern US border in Manitoba, Canada.

“How long have you been walking?”

“Since morning.”

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A little Somali girl deserves to know all the different art mediums that exist so she can explore her God given talents as an artist and mesmerize everyone with her work

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If they were born on this planet, they were meant to be here. Everyone deserves a chance at a life. They deserve to know peace.

The daily struggles of the children around the world should include arguing with their parents about not wearing a sweater because it’s not that cold out, not making sure they live to see another day.

Everyone deserves a chance at life.

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