The following is an article just posted on the Channel 4 (UK) website detailing Mahdi’s hunger strike and his now deteriating condition.

We must act now! Protest and take a stand to support this young man’s struggle for freedom!


Hands off Somalia




Channel 4 News has learned a British Somali man imprisoned in the US for alleged terrorism has gone on hunger strike and is now in a “critical condition”, according to his family.

Mahdi Hashi was born in Somalia and grew up in Camden, north London, after his family moved to Britain when he was five, writes Fatima Manji.

The former community worker was controversially stripped of his British citizenship last year after being accused of fighting with al-Shabaab extremists in Somalia.

Mahdi and his father

The 24-year-old now faces the possibility of life in an American jail, without any support from his former home country.

For more than four weeks, Hashi has been on hunger strike, saying his body is all he has left to protest with. In a short phone call to his father on Thursday night he said doctors are now treating him for jaundice, but he remains determined not to eat. Mahdi’s family are growing increasingly fearful over his condition.

The FBI accuses Mahdi of fighting with militant group al-Shabaab in Somalia. It says he took part in weapons training and al-Shabaab’s suicide bombing programme. But Mahdi and his family deny the charges and say he moved to Somalia to start a new life after being harassed by British security services.

I caught up with Mahdi’s father Mohammad Hashi, who still lives here in London.

Trying to recruit

Mohammad Hashi says his son used to work for a community youth group called the Kentish Town Youth Workers, around five years ago. At the time, he says MI5 was constantly trying to recruit him and his friends. Mohammad says at times he was present, when MI5 agents were trying to call his son and that his son “was sick of it”.

In 2009, Mahdi complained to his local MP, Frank Dobson. Mr Dobson confirms he received a complaint from this group and took it to the Home Office, because he was concerned about the methods being employed by the security services against a group he believes were “doing good work to combat extremism and help Somali kids” in the area.

But according to Mahdi’s family the complaints made no difference and as Mahdi kept receiving calls, he decided to leave the UK and begin a new life in Somalia.

Then in summer last year, his family received a letter from the Home Office saying Mahdi was being stripped of his citizenship for being involved in terrorist activity.

The letter came as a shock to the Hashi family. They called Mahdi to tell him the news and urged him to go to the nearest British embassy to appeal.

But shortly afterwards Mahdi vanished. His family were unable to make contact with him and appealed to the Foreign Office to help, but as Mahdi was no longer a British citizen – no help was received.

‘Not involved’

Six months later, the family suddenly found out Mahdi was in prison in New York awaiting trial. The FBI released a statement in December 2012 saying Mahdi was one of three men “apprehended in Africa by local authorities while on their way to Yemen” and had been charged in a “sealed court”.

It alleges Mahdi was “deployed in combat operations to support al-Shabaab action in Somalia”.

Mohammad Hashi says he is confident his son was not involved with al-Shabaab or any other terrorist group while in Somalia. He says Mahdi was staying with his grandmother and he himself visited the house, stayed with him for a month and had not “come across any suspicious things”.

He also believes Mahdi was tortured before being renditioned to the US. The FBI told Channel 4 Newsit has nothing further to add at this stage.

The Hashi family are now appealing against the decision to strip his British citizenship, here in the UK. The Home Office says it can’t comment on the case while this is ongoing.

But as Mahdi remains on hunger strike with little access to his legal team in the UK, his father fears his son stands little chance of being able to make his case.

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Thomas C Mountain radio interview – UN responsible for Somali famine

An eye opening interview has been recorded with journalist Thomas C Mountain, one of the most prolific and widely circulated journalists who writes on Africa

In the interview, Mountain reveals the role the UN  have played in Somalia, and how they are responsible for literally thousands of deaths of people during the famine. It also discusses the myths surrounding the disaster, ‘aid’, and the role of Britain, US and the UN to show how they act purely in the interests of imperialism in East Africa.

Its a must listen!!! We encourage all our supporters and followers to check it out and learn the facts.

More information can be found in the recent article posted on our blog 

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British seek East African oil through Ethiopian firm

Yesterday the Financial Times printed a new article detailing the different deals lined up for imperialist interests in Somalia. The article, called “Somalia: Oil thrown on the fire”, is a warning shot for all those concerned with Somalia: imperialists are lining up to ransack the country.

A further article was released last month in the Financial Times (pasted below for public interest)  revealing the secretive British interests in exploiting East African oil in the Somalia/Ethiopia border, now taking shape through  Ethiopian company ‘SouthWest Energy’ backed by British resource bosses and ex-government officials.

Although one of the many ‘deals’ lined up across East Africa, and potentially Somalia, this went largely unremarked upon during the London Conference on 7 May 2013.

The article tells us SouthWest Energy ‘is aiming to raise another $100m by May to help fund a drilling programme of three exploration wells at blocks held near the Somaliland border later this year.’

British imperialism calls the shots in Ethiopian energy firm

Lord Malloch Brown

Lord Malloch Brown

Involved as ‘advisor’ for SouthWest Energy is British Lord Malloch-Brownan ex-British government official. In 2007 Malloch Brown joined Prime Minister Gordon Brown as Minister of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office with responsibility for Africa, Asia and the United Nations.

Yet again, another British government ally flexes his muscles. If this is not imperialism – then what is?

Debt stranglehold

Lord Malloch Brown must have a great deal of friends at the World Bank, where he used to work 1994-99. The World Bank and other financial institutions are now circling Somalia, demanding it pay off  ‘debt’ if it wants more ‘aid’.

Hiiran reported ‘Somalia has an overall external debt of about $2.2bn and arrears to the IMF and World Bank of $352m.’. Additionally ‘Abdusalam Omer, governor of the Somali central bank, said …of $199m delivered after a 2010 conference only $3.5m actually went directly to Somalia’

Wealthy mining firm bosses dictate East Africa’s future?

Simon Murray - Glencore

Simon Murray – Glencore

The chairman of mining giant Glencore Simon Murray is also reported ‘advisor’ on the board of SouthWest Energy. Also Sir John Bond, chairman of Xstrata, is involved.

As previously reported by Hands off Somalia, on 6 January the first private British navy for the last 200 years was set up off Somali waters by a group of businessmen to defend western private interests and rake in massive shipping insurance contracts with Lloyds of London.

Simon Murray backs the company behind the venture, Typhon. The firm is composed of ex-Royal Marines, Legionnaires, NATO commanders, and even a former chief of HSBC’s marine and insurance business. Typhon owner Anthony Sharp told the Telegraph “I had the idea for Typhon playing polo one afternoon, thinking about what my next business might be”.

This is how British imperialism kills 

Somalia and the vital oil resources of East Africa are being lined up to be pillaged by British imperialism and outside interests.

Layers of this capital will be retained by regional actors in the British proxies nearby, such as those in Ethiopia and Kenya. However the lion’s share of the deal will come back to the City of London, run by the parasitic banking ‘traders’ and their friends in British firms.

The British economy demands massive finance to fuel its rich ruling class only at the cost of robbing the poorest nations. This must be exposed. Britain can play no progressive role in Somalia or Africa.

At the moment, Britain is the largest funder of AMISOM – the African army occupying Somalia and ‘keeping it safe’. But keeping it safe for whom? AMISOM is only concerned about the security for imperialism to further exploit Somalia.

Although playing a role in helping some Somali people return to their nation, the new embassies and airports which have popped up are mainly being constructed to facilitate new visits from British oil firms and their government facilitators. This is not a gesture to help ordinary Somali people.

Hands off Somalia!

British imperialism out of Africa!



Financial Times 7 April 2013

SouthWest eyes east Africa oil boom

By Michael Kavanagh

SouthWest Energy of Ethiopia aims to be the latest company to profit from east Africa’s oil and gas exploration boom after securing encouraging third-party estimates for the amount of oil contained in its licences across the country.

Tewodros Ashenafi, founder and chief executive of SouthWest, said that he expects the release on Monday this week of a report gauging prospective reserves to drive private investor support for the drilling campaign in the Jijiga Basin region.

The company, based in Addis Ababa, has already raised about $50m, largely from wealthy individuals to invest in acquiring blocks and seismic data in the country.

It is aiming to raise another $100m by May to help fund a drilling programme of three exploration wells at blocks held near the Somaliland border on the Horn of Africa from later this year.

SouthWest also holds blocks in the west of Ethiopia, close to oil finds in South Sudan and north of blocks held by FTSE 100 constituent Tullow Oil that, along with Canadian partner Africa Oil, has embarked on a drilling campaign this spring.

Africa Oil, which sold down interests in some of its western blocks to Tullow in 2010, also holds blocks in eastern Ethiopia and Puntland, an autonomous region of northern Somalia.

Mr Ashenafi, whose interests also include developing a bottled mineral water venture with the backing of SABMiller, conceded that final proof of commercial oil and gas production potential in Ethiopia remained some way off.

But he argued that the success of other explorers, both on land and off the shores of other east African countries in recent years, would attract institutional money to back drilling activity in landlocked Ethiopia.

“The key point is that private equity is out there and looking for opportunities such as ours.”

In spite of the cash squeeze facing many junior listed explorers, Mr Ashenafi argued: ”QE3 [quantitative monetary easing] is in full force and there’s a lot of liquidity out there and people trying to work out where to put money.”

He added: “Ethiopia is very hot. We’ve had interest move from Mozambique to Kenya, Uganda and Kenya – next is Ethiopia.”

A combination of coups, civil wars and yo-yoing global oil price cycles since a return to a more stable political situation has left the country underexplored, he argued.

The overthrow of Emperor Haile Selassie in 1974 by the Soviet-backed regime of Mengistu Haile Mariam in effect prevented any exploration of hydrocarbons until the 1990s when low oil and gas prices then limited interest in exploration by western companies in the region, he said.

The so-called competent persons report compiled by energy services company Senergy and to be published on Monday, states that the SouthWest’s blocks may hold 1.59bn barrels of prospective resources, with a highest estimate of 2.9bn.

This estimate is based on its licences for 24 potential oil and gas traps across nearly 370,000 square kilometres that Senergy described as “frontier but potentially high reward oil exploration acreage”.

The release of the report on potential resources was welcomed by Sinkinesh Ejigu, Ethiopia’s minister of mines, who described it as “an important next step in the quest to find onshore oil in our country”.

Included on SouthWest’s advisory board are Sir John Bond, chairman of Xstrata, Simon Murray, chairman of Glencore and Lord Malloch-Brown, who served for two years as UK minister of state in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office of Gordon Brown’s Labour government with responsibility for Africa, Asia and the UN.

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[Photos] Protest against British conference on Somalia – 7 May 2013

Hundreds gathered near Lancaster House on Tuesday to protest the second British conference held by David Cameron on Somalia.
Hands off Somalia, Fight Racism Fight Imperialism and a wide range of Somali groups based in Britain attended to make their voices heard about the pillaging of Somalia through proxy wars and exacerbation of tribal differences, the criminalisation of Somalis in Britain and the ever-growing hiest to snatch natural resources from across the region.

Hands off Somalia banner alongside other protesting groups: NO TO BRITISH INTERVENTION IN AFRICA

Chants, music, dancing and contributions from protesters on Hands off Somalia’s open-mic made the protest lively and colourful.

People spoke about disgusting UKBA, the plight of Mahdi Hashi, the true agenda behind ‘aid’, the theft of Somalia’s resources by outside forces, and the need for self-determination without interference.

The message was clear- that imperialist hands should be kept off Somalia!

Other groups and speakers used the Hands off Somalia sound system

Other groups and speakers used the Hands off Somalia sound system

Hands off Somalia speakers

Hands off Somalia speakers

Hands off Somalia displayed Mahdi Hashi posters and told people about his struggle - I AM MAHDI HASHI!

Hands off Somalia displayed Mahdi Hashi posters and told people about his struggle – I AM MAHDI HASHI!

The protest had 2 sides but they were supportive of each other and called for unity between all Somali people

The protest had 2 sides but they were supportive of each other and called for unity between all Somali people

Loud music and dancing in the streets - always a good thing!

Loud music and dancing in the streets – always a good thing!

More dancing and songs

More dancing and songs from a group attending the protest

Supporter makes very good points that Britain is part of the robbery of Somalia's resources

Supporter makes very good points that Britain is part of the robbery of Somalia’s resources

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The UN and 250,000 Dead Somalis

The UN has announced that in 2010-2012, including the Great Horn of Africa Drought period, at least 250,000 Somalis starved to death.

Most of those who died from starvation were internally displaced persons, displaced in the main by the military invasion and occupation of southern Somalia by the UN backed Ethiopian Army and then the AU “peacekeepers”, today some 25,000 strong.

When I last wrote about starvation in Somalia I spoke of the UN budgeting 10 cents a day for food aid to feed each Somali refugee. Its called a “budget shortfall” as in “we want to help but we just don’t have the money”.

Yet during this period of mass starvation of the Somali people the UN and its western overlords spent over $1 billion funding its military “peacekeeping mission” in what’s left of the country.

$1 billion for war and 250,000 Somalis left to starve to death?

Maybe knowing that the head of the largest UN food aid “ngo” in Somalia, UNICEF, is Anthony “Tony” Lake, formerly National Security Advisor of the USA and once nominated to be Director of the CIA can help one understand why this happened.

Tony Lake is the one who so infamously stated he “regretted” not doing anything while knowing full well mass murder was going on in Rwanda on his watch as Bill Clinton’s right hand man in 1994. CIA to UNICEF? Should one be suprised to find mass starvation under his watch in Somalia?

Today, while the propaganda machines in the western media speak of “peace and democracy coming to Somalia for the first time in a generation” they some how forget how Somalis themselves brought peace to Mogadishu in 2006 only to see the UN backed Ethiopian invasion send it all up in smoke.

The television news channels may trot out a few tame Somalis to spout rhetoric about “Somalis running the show” behind the cameras stand “peacekeepers” armed to the teeth by the UN backed by the banktatorships in the west.

The fact is no power no matter how strong can bring peace to Somalia from without, only the Somali people, left alone to sort out their own problems can do so. In 2006 the Union of Islamic Courts succeeded for the first time in 15 years to no avail due to armed intervention ordered by the USA and its minions in the UN. This externally funded and directed armed conflict continues to drive hundreds of thousands of Somalis from their land and homes leaving them to starve on the UN’s bounty of 10 cents a day.

And all the while more arms pour into Somalia from the west with Pax Americana demanding that any and all paper restrictions on such be lifted, all in the name of the “war on terror”, really a “war of terror”, a war on the Somali people whose main misfortune turns out to be that they live smack in the middle of the Horn of Africa astride the “Gate of Tears”, Baab Al Mandeb, where the Indian Ocean meets the Red Sea through which the largest economies in the world depend on to ship their goods.

Writing about the enormous, inhuman crimes committed by the UN in the Horn of Africa has become almost to painful to continue to do. But when the UN sends its talking heads to tell the world that a quarter million more Somalis died these past two years, died by mass starvation what choice does one have but to once again raise a voice in protest for turning your head away from the television and pretending not to hear is simply not a decision I for one can live with.

Thomas C. Mountain is the most widely distributed independent journalist in Africa, living and reporting from Eritrea since 2006. He can be reached at thomascmountain_at_yahoo_dot_com.

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Ghost money bribes – what the British govt has in store for Somalia

The below article, posted today on The Guardian website, reveals that so-called British democracy and diplomacy boil down to little more than money stuffed in to suitcases and handed over to local actors to serve British interests.

Clearly British foreign policy takes the shape of an imperialist divide and rule strategy that takes no regard for a country’s self-determination.

In The Guardian article, “Ghost money” refers to the MI6 (and CIA) regular large cash payments to Hamid Karzai’s office with the aim of maintaining access to the Afghan leader and his top allies and officials.

The British payments have also been designed to bolster UK influence in Kabul, in what a source described as “an auction with each country trying to outbid the other” in the course of an often fraught relationship with the Karzai government.

This is what Britain has in store for its intervention in Somalia – bribes and backhanders which stoke existing sectarian tensions to deliver to the door of imperialism. Britain will exploit and cause further chaos in order to get access to Somalia’s resources for its own financial capitalist markets.

This is what we must work to expose. The British government clearly can play no progressive role in the development, democracy and liberation of Somalia.

A solid and real Somali state is a threat to imperialism, and that is why Britain will always seeks to undermine democracy and enable corruption.

If you agree – and support this sentimentjoin us to protest outside the British governments conference on Somalia on 7 May at Lancaster House in London.

Hands off Somalia

CIA and MI6 ghost money may fuel Afghan corruption, say diplomats

Failure of peace initiatives raises questions over whether British eagerness for political settlement may have been exploited
Hamid Karzai with the Finnish prime minister, Jyrki Katainen, in Helsinki. Photograph: Lehtikuva/Reuters
The CIA and MI6 have regularly given large cash payments to Hamid Karzai’s office with the aim of maintaining access to the Afghan leader and his top allies and officials, but the attempt to buy influence has largely failed and may have backfired, former diplomats and policy analysts say.

The Guardian understands that the payments by British intelligence were on a smaller scale than the CIA’s cash handouts, reported in the New York Times to have been in the tens of millions, and much of the British money has gone towards attempts to finance peace initiatives, which have so far proved abortive.

That failure has raised questions among some British officials over whether British eagerness to promote a political settlement may have been exploited by Afghan officials and self-styled intermediaries for the Taliban alike.

Responding to the allegations while on a visit to Helsinki on Monday, Karzai said his national security council (NSC) had received support from the US government for the past 10 years, and the amounts involved were “not big” and were used for a variety of purposes including helping those wounded in the conflict.

“It’s multi-purpose assistance,” he said, without commenting on the allegations that the money was fuelling corruption.

Kabul sources told the Guardian that the key official involved in distributing the payments within the NSC was Ibrahim Spinzada, a close confidant of the president known as Engineer Ibrahim. There is, however, no evidence that Spinzada personally gained from the cash payments or that in distributing them among the president’s allies and sometimes his foes he was breaking Afghan law.

Officials say the payments, referred to in the New York Times report as “ghost money”, helped prop up warlords and corrupt officials, deepening Afghan popular mistrust of the Kabul government and its foreign backers, and thereby helped drive the insurgency.

The CIA money has sometimes caused divisions between the various branches of US government represented in Kabul, according to diplomats stationed in Kabul, particularly when it helped give the CIA chief of station in Kabul direct access to Karzai without the US ambassador’s knowledge or approval.

One former Afghan budgetary official told the Guardian: “On paper there was very little money that went to the National Directorate of Security [NDS, the Afghan intelligence service], but we knew they were taken care of separately by the CIA.

“The thing about US money is a lot of it goes outside the budget, directly through individuals and companies, and that opens the way for corruption.”

Khalil Roman, who served as Karzai’s deputy chief of staff from 2002 until 2005, told the New York Times: “We called it ‘ghost money’. It came in secret, and it left in secret.”

“The biggest source of corruption in Afghanistan,” one American official told the newspaper, “was the United States.”

Sources said the MI6 aid was on a smaller scale, and much of it was focused on trying to promote meetings between Karzai’s government and Taliban intermediaries, as was embarrassingly the case in 2010 when a recipient of a thousand of pounds of MI6 money turned out not to be the Taliban leader he claimed to be, but an impostor from the Pakistani city of Quetta.

The British payments have also been designed to bolster UK influence in Kabul, in what a source described as “an auction with each country trying to outbid the other” in the course of an often fraught relationship with the Karzai government.

Vali Nasr, a former US government adviser on Afghanistan said: “Karzai has been lashing out against American officials and generals, so if indeed there has been funding by the CIA, you have to ask to what effect has that money been paid. It hasn’t clearly has brought the sort of influence it was meant to.”

Nasr, now dean of the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies and author of a new book criticising US policy in Afghanistan, The Dispensable Nation, said: “If the terms of such payments are not clear, the question is how well to they tag with US policy … The CIA has a narrow, counter-terrorism purview that involved working with warlords, but that is quite a different agenda, on how we conduct the war or how we build a government.”

The CIA has also been heavily criticised for conducting drone attacks against suspected militants over the border in Pakistan and for calling in air strikes inside Afghanistan while on joint operations with NDS units, which led to civilian casualties.

A report on Monday by the Afghanistan Analysts Network, a thinktank in Kabul, said the latest such NDS-CIA operation, in Kunar province on 13 April, caused the deaths of 17 civilians.

Kate Clark, one of the network’s analysts, said: “It is one thing to conduct covert operations in a hostile country. I’m flabbergasted that the CIA is running these kind of covert operations in a friendly country. It runs counter to accountability, democracy and the rule of law, and damaging what the US is trying to do. The CIA puts certain things as a priority – whether someone is against al-Qaida, for example – and damn the rest.”

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Raul Ally was deported last night – the Tanzanian government did not accept him – we are awaiting more information

Originally posted by TCAR

Raul Ally was deported yesterday evening without warning, without his family and friends being notified, without removal details. This was hours after UKBA asked Raul if he would be able to make his own way back to Newcastle, suggesting he would be released soon. And after family visits for Saturday and an appointment with a solicitor for today had been arranged

Raul Ali's supporters protesting against his detention by UKBA

Raul Ali’s supporters protesting against his detention by UKBA

After 14 days of being on hunger strike and in a weakened state, a member of staff from Colnbrook entered the room and told Raul it was ‘time to go home, time to go back to Tanzania.’ Raul is not from Tanzania and has no connection to it. Shortly after this, 15 hired goons from private security firm Tascor (formerly Reliance and now owned by Capita) entered the room and forcibly carried Raul to the plane.

He was the first person on the plane and they bundled him into the staff room so that any protest he made would not be seen by passengers. Surely the pilot must have known about this treatment and the kidnap of Raul but allowed it to continue. We currently don’t know which airline it was that took him – but will find out and publicise the information.

Raul was taken to Tanzania but the government refused to take him because he is not Tanzanian. We are waiting to find out where he is now and what will happen next. We will keep the blog updated so check back for more information later tonight and tomorrow.

Raul’s family would like to thank everyone for their hard work. We will keep fighting

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Political Open Mic – 27 April – organising to protest on 7 May


27 April 2013 @ 2pm


Come and voice your political opinions and put them to use by helping with planning, banner making, and with promotion for 7 May protest

Come and organise with Hands off Somalia on 27 April 2013

Come and organise with Hands off Somalia on 27 April 2013


Britain’s support to the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) is funded from various British government bodies, including the Ministry of Defence. In 2011 alone, 48.2% of the total funds contributed to the AMISOM EU trust fund, amounting to £15m, came from Britain. Why is Britain funding a proxy war in Africa?


Britain’s conference on Somalia in London on 7 May 2013 is purely to further the interests of British imperialism in the region, such as controlling the shipping lanes and natural resources like oil and gas. Britain, through the UN, is enforcing a new sectarian federal government model on to Somalia, to ensure it can divide and exploit the nation.



7 MAY 2013


Cleveland Row, SW1A 1BB


In February 2013, it was announced British military ‘advisors’ will be sent to Somalia. Under Obama, the US also pledges to send new troops.In March 2013, British troops also entered Mali. The Secretary for Defence Philip Hammond said it was to counter ‘threats’ to British ‘national interests’, just as Cameron said in 2012 that Somalia ‘directly threatens British interests’ and increased AMISOM funding.

British military interventions in Africa since 1945 :

1948 Ghana (Gold Coast): suppression of riots
1948-49 Somalia: preventing re-unification of the country, keeping protectorate
1948-51 Eritrea: suppression of the Shifta revolt
1951-54 Suez: Canal Zone
1952-56 Kenya: suppression of Mau Mau revolt. 11,500 Mau Mau were killed
1954 Egypt: intervention on the Nile
1956 Egypt: Suez crisis and invasion
1958 Malawi (Nyasaland): suppression of riots
1960-61 Cameroon: aid to the government
1961 Tanzania (Zanzibar): suppression of revolt
1963 Swaziland: Reinforcements sent to cover period of strike
1963 Tanzania (Zanzibar): preparations for election
1964 Tanzania (Tanganyika): army mutiny
1964 Uganda: Army mutiny
1964 Kenya: Army mutiny
1965 Mauritius: Suppression of riots
1965 Botswana (Bechuanaland): guarding the BBC’s Francistown radio station
1967 Libya: Guarding oil installations and preventing coup against King Idris
1973 Egypt: RAF moves UN troops after Yom Kippur war
1995 Angola: Operation Chantress with UN after civil war
1997 Congo: Operation Determinate
1998 Congo: Operation Ladbrook
2000 Sierra Leone: Intervention in civil war and attacks on Gambia
2003 Congo: Operation Coral
2003 Sierra Leone: Operation Keeling
2004 Cote D’Ivoire: Operation Phillis
2008-13 Somalia: Funding/training of AMISOM troops
2011 Libya: British backed NATO bombing
2013 Somalia: British military ‘advisors’ enter the country to ‘advise’
2013 Mali: British military troops enter alongside ex-colonisers France


Britain has no record of ‘helping’ any country in the world using its military, or its multinational corporations. Britain’s pledge to spend 0.7% of gross-national income on ‘aid’ by 2013 is an insult to African people living in absolute poverty.

British ‘aid’ is largely being used to bribe and buy off regional actors who help imperialism, to rob the continent of its natural resources. Its no coincidence ‘aid’ for Somalia was increased 208% between 2010 and 2015, followed by Nigeria at 116% – these are both oil rich and geopolitically vital nations for imperialist plunder. Additionally, 40 percent of UK’s aid to Somalia will go to Somaliland, where Britain is building an regional enclave to serve its own interests.

We have to tell the British government that Somalia, and Africa, are not ‘for sale’.

African people demand self determination and development, not exploitation, poverty, war, racism, manipulation and plunder.


The illegal abduction and torture of British Somali Mahdi Hashi. Racist UKBA deportation and detention of Somalis and Africans. The criminalisation of Somali people. Racist British media campaigns against Somali people. British terror and wars across the middle east and north Africa. Poverty in Britain and the cuts, forcing many Somali people into deep poverty

Come and support Hands off Somalia!

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[TCAR blog 16.04.13] While being held in Colnbrook immigration prison Raul has been refused proper medical attention. He has demanded to see a doctor to get health checks during his hunger strike but has been repeatedly refused. When supporters rang the healthcare unit in the prison, they were told that a doctor sees all detainees every morning – this is a lie.

Raul saw a nurse three days ago and it wasn’t until supporters put pressure on Colnbrook and chased up his MP to do the same that a doctor eventually saw him. Callers to the prison were repeatedly told by staff that ‘there is no problem’ as Raul was not being ‘treated differently from anyone else here’. Unfortunately, that is the problem.


Raul Ally – fought off his deportation today

Raul was taken to Heathrow Airport in a van by Tascor private security firm. Tascor are hired by UKBA to ‘escort’ detainees from immigration prisons to the airport. They are the largest private sector provider of this ‘service’ worldwide. Four Tascor men (Mr James Clark, Mr Simon Duke, Mr Gavin Coblem, and one other who went by the name of Matt) tried to get Raul out of the van to bundle him on the flight, deport and dump him in Tanzania.

Raul, despite being on hunger strike for 7 days and in a weak condition, courageously held on to the seat in the van as the four racist thugs attempted to drag him out, they cuffed one of his hands, he continued to struggle, wrapping his legs around part of the van, they then used their fingers to put heavy pressure on his throat and eventually got his other hand cuffed and took him to the plane, leaving his arms cut. His hands are now numb from the cuffs.

They sat him at the back of the plane, still in handcuffs, one guard either side and two in front, the boss of the Tascor mob staring back at Raul in an attempt to keep him quiet. He asked for water but they refused to give him any. Raul did not succumb to this torture or intimidation and found the energy to shout out to the passengers for help.

Passengers were concerned and complained to the staff. They asked what was happening and the security officers told them ‘It’s alright, he is just being removed’. An air stewardess came over to see what was happening. Raul said to her ‘You are a witness to this, they are torturing me.’ She spoke to the pilot who came over and said he was refusing to take Raul on the flight and he should be taken off.

Raul was taken off the plane and is currently being held back in Colnbrook.

Raul’s assailants claimed that Raul had been biting them and they were going to issue a complaint. The boss, at another failed attempt of intimidation, while angrily pointing his finger into Raul’s chest, said ‘This is personal, I’m being serious, if I see anything about what happened or my name in the paper I’m going to sue you.’ Raul looked him in the eye and said ‘I am being serious too.’

Raul is determined to fight and has stated he will remain on hunger strike until he is back in Newcastle.

Tyneside Community Action Against Racism and supporters of Raul bombarded Kenya Airlines with phone calls to demand they did not take him. From the volume of calls they received they took the phones off line until after 8pm (when the flight had left).

Prior to this one of their staff told callers that the Home Office had cancelled Raul’s seat on the flight so there was no need for people to keep ringing in. This was a complete lie and further underlines the complicity of companies such as Kenya Airways in carrying out deportations.

Raul thanks everyone for their help. We need to continue the fight against Britain’s racist immigration laws. Keep checking the blog for updates and ways you can get involved.

Shut down all immigration prisons!

No deportations!


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Stop the deportation of Raul Ally on hunger strike since 10th April

Raul is currently being held in Colnbrook immigration prison to be deported to Tanzania  TOMORROW Wednesday 17th April on flight KQ101 from Heathrow

Take action:

Call Colnbrook to demand his release. Tell them you know he is on hunger strike (for almost a week now) they need to release him so he can get proper medical attention and he is in no fit state to fly.

Tel: 020 86075200
Then press option 1
Then press 310 (healthcare)

Or try:

Tel: 020 86075200
Then press option 1
Then press 354 (UKBA staff in Colnbrook)

Fax: 0208 7597996

Ring Kenya Airlines, flight KQ101 from Heathrow Wednesday 17th, 8pm. Demand that they do not take Raul. He is from Somalia and they are trying to
deport him to Tanzania against his will.

Central Office: 020 8283 1800
Heathrow Office: 020 8759 7366
Passenger reservations: 020 8283 1818
Fax: 020 82831880

See below for more information:

Monday 15th April Tyneside Community Action Against Racism (TCAR) organised a protest with Raul’s family and friends to demand his release from Colnbrook immigration prison and to halt the deportation set for this Wednesday 17th April.

Over 30 people attended the protest, with banners, placards and speeches and chants on the megaphone linking the racist treatment of asylum seekers and migrants to Britain’s imperialist plunder and pillage around the world, not least in Somalia.

Somalia has been carved up so that its energy resources can be exploited. In a conference on Somalia hosted in London in December 2011 Britain talked of its intention to secure ‘British interests’ in the oil-rich and strategically important region.

Now another conference is to be held in London on 7 May 2013. Ugandan, Burundian, Kenyan, Ethiopian, US, British and French troops have entered Somalia. Activists also protested outside Virgin Money, with several people occupying offices demanding to speak to a manager, highlighting Virgin’s role, with Virgin Atlantic, in deporting asylum seekers.

Raul, 18 years old, fled Somalia when he was 12 and has been living in the north east ever since. This is the second time he has been criminlaised and locked up in an immigration prison. The Home Office are trying to deport him to Tanzania – a country he has never been to and has no connection to. Raul has went on hunger strike because he is making a protest and stated he
would ‘rather starve than be treated like this’.

TCAR asks the question: who are the real criminals? The British government and companies who force war and poverty onto millions of people around the world? Or the people who are forced to flee such situations?

Free Raul Ally! End the criminalisation of asylum seekers and migrants!

Justice for Immigrants! Freedom for Refugees!
Together we are Stronger!

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