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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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NEW REPORT: British oil firms and their military subsidy

A new report from Platform

For the full report click here: A-Secret-Subsidy-piracy or visit Platform London

British oil companies are promoting a ‘fight against piracy’ to get a vast hidden military subsidy. In the process they have got an unprecedented amount of influence over UK military policies. Oil companies have talked up the risk from piracy to justify the use of Navy frigates, drones and helicopters to protect corporate oil assets in the seas. They are demanding increased spending on military hardware at a time of major public cutbacks.

The key findings of A Secret Subsidy – Oil companies, the Navy and the Response to Piracy are:

  • The shipping industry presents itself as under attack but even at its height, less then 1% of tankers travelling through the Gulf of Aden were hijacked – the number is now much lower.
  • Oil and gas companies are demanding a military subsidy to protect their profits at a time of public spending cutbacks.
  • The EU’s anti–piracy operation has had Merchant Navy Liaison Officers from BP and Shell seconded to it. This means oil companies are helping determine exactly where European naval resources are deployed.
  • The Chamber of Shipping and Shell are lobbying the government for vessel protection detachments of military personnel to commercial ships. This would mean British naval officers acting as private security guards, while commercial vessels would be transformed into warships. Shell has actively lobbied for increased spending on warship construction at a time of existing cutbacks to military budgets.
  • In effect, private multinationals have used their powerful position to secure a hidden subsidy from the public purse, in a context of heavy austerity measures.

To read the full report click on the following link

A-Secret-Subsidy-piracy

You may also be interested in Platform’s report: Dirty Work: Shell’s security spending in Nigeria and beyond

Or you can visit Platform at http://platformlondon.org/

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EU Bombs Somalia – first reports (+updates)

Early news reports are saying that the EU naval force (NAVFOR) operating off East Africa has conducted its first air attack on Somali soil.

The EU has nine warships and five patrol aircraft in the region. The attacks were carried out by maritime aircraft and attack helicopters in the middle of the night.

Is this really the first time? Perhaps using the recent EU decision to ‘allow’ bombing of land bases in March, known as ‘United Nations Security Council Resolution 1851’, it could be the first direct attack on Somalia by European imperialists since colonial times.

The EU NAVFOR press release was sure to point out that this was only an airstrike and there are no EU troops fighting in Somalia, yet; “The EU Naval Force action against pirate supplies on the shoreline is merely an extension of the disruption actions carried out against pirate ships at sea”

EU NAVFOR Somalia

The mission statement is clear, the EU has come to ‘help’ Somalia, and it comes in the form of bombs and war. The bombing comes with the blessing of the Transitional Federal Government (TFG), which is heavily financed by the EU. The EU recently threatened that they will cut all financial support from TFG, if TFG leaders don’t relinquish power when their term come to an end in August this year.

First reports are claiming ‘no casualties’ from the overnight attack, but as has been proven during the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, for the imperialist forces to simply state this is not enough proof or a justification of further attacks of this nature.

**UPDATED**

Further sources found via Somalia Report seem to suggest that EU NAVFOR was not so successful, only managing to blow up three speed boats, four ladders, half a tanker of fuel, two fishing nets and mobiles and resulting in worrying locals about how these attacks could end up in further civilian deaths.

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