BRUSSELS – The European Union for the first time since the naval mission’Atalanta’ in the Horn of Africa has attacked the bases of pirates on the Somali coast with an aerial bombardment. This was announced by the military command, whereby the operation, and ‘was conducted in agreement with the Transitional Government of Somalia, following the decisions of the EU Council of 23 March and in line with Resolution 1851 ofSecurity Council ‘UN.
The Atalanta mission currently has nine warships and five navalreconnaissance aircraft. According to the note of command, which is based in Northwood, Middlesex UK, the range of the pirates is very broad:”They have attacked merchant ships up to 1,750 miles off the Somali coast.Prevent them from going to sea is a crucial step their ground combatimpunity and to ensure the success of anti-piracy operations. “
“There are two piracies in Somalia. One is what is causing the problem today, and that is illegal fishing by foreign vessels, which in addition fulfill all while fishing illegally in another task, namely the industrial toxic waste dump in our water and even nuclear , all from the rich world. The other piracy is the one you tell your media. But it is being waged in reaction to these crimes, when our waters were poisoned, when it was plundered our fish, and in a poor country, fishermen realized that they had no other option but to react with violence against ships and the properties of powerful countries that sponsor your piracy and toxic dumping here.The nations most involved in this first piracy are France, Norway, Spain, Italy, Greece, Great Britain, but also Russia and Asian countries like Korea, Taiwan, the Philippines, China. It all started, with regard to illegal fishing, in 1991. The community of Somali fishermen have for years complained to the UN and the EU, but have been totally ignored. Western vessels arriving here and fishing without a license, even react with force when our boats oppose them, we throw boiling water on him, shooting at us, we aim against the vessels with. These things have happened for years, until the Somali fishermen organized themselves into a body of Volunteers National Coast Watch, which you now call ‘pirates’.
Today the navies of these countries are here to protect them pirates. Our fishermen are afraid to go to sea because they are often stopped by cruisers and Western arrested on suspicion of being only ‘pirates’. This is a terrible injustice, with the international community that is only their own interests and ignore us. Our ‘pirates’ of today are former workers to desperation, nothing else.And then there is the problem of landfill in the background of industrial toxic substances into our waters by the rich countries, which started in the ’70s and is still continued, particularly in response to the emergence in the West of environmental laws much stricter than before. And so your governments have decided to download them in poor countries or in war, who could not respond, or whose governments could be corrupt. Al Jazeera has documented, but also CNN I think. It ‘s been said and written many times that the Italian Mafia is heavily involved here in Somalia in the dump of prohibited substances (Ilaria Alpi, remember, PB).
Last April 4th a ship has been captured by fishermen in the Gulf of Aden, not by ‘pirates’, but by fishermen, who suspected he was going to download toxic substances. The ship was immediately thrown overboard when they saw two huge containers fishermen, but fortunately they are not sunk and were washed ashore. The local community has asked your government to come to inspect those containers, but for now there was no response.The World Bank a few years ago a leaked confidential memo where Larry Summers, who was then his chief economist (now consiliere Obama economic, PB), said “I think the economic logic behind dumping of toxic substances in poorer countries is impeccable and we should face this fact. I always thought that under-populated countries in Africa are very much under polluted “. Then he recanted and said it was sarcasm. “There seems to be totally disinterested the recent and sudden British interest in the fate of Somalia: it seems that, once again, is the black gold of the West’s intentions to move to East Africa, since in the subsoilPuntland, a region of north-eastern Somalia, has been identified in an oilfield estimated four billion barrels but, in reality, could conceal up to ten billion.
Confirmation of this is the Canadian exploration company Africa Oil in the subsurface region, whereby the first barrels should be removed within twenty to thirty days.
If the estimate is confirmed, a deposit of four billion barrels would have a current market value of about five hundred billion dollars, a figure that certainly does not leave indifferent.
A confirmation of the English for these resources, comes the declaration of the Puntland Minister for International Cooperation, Abdulkadir Abdi Ashi, who said: “We spoke with several British officers and some have offered help to manage the profits generated by ‘ extraction of oil. “
The Somali minister also added that, given the need for specialized personnel with high technical skills, of which the African nation is lacking, when it’s time to start mining operations, will be the main contact for the British BP.
Britain is not the only contestant to get the reservoir management somali: even the U.S. has shown interest and Africa Oil, which conducted the research, has no intention of being sidelined, while China, which alreadyhas many concessions in Sudan and South Sudan, is determined to make their own reasons. This fact has included in its plans to build a pipeline linking the Indian Ocean and South Sudan should go through just the Horn of Africa.
These oil reserves are added almost one hundred billion barrels, has been estimated, are buried under the ocean depths in front of Somalia, which would make the country the seventh African country to the world’s richest oil.
If these forecasts prove correct, the management of our resources must be smart and their proceeds distributed in an equitable manner, which hardly be realized, “However, if not – said Adjoa Anyimadu, an analyst at Chatham House – it would provide al- Shaabab new and strong arguments to continue his war, even earning the sympathy of the population. “
Taken from: Somalia: corporations across the world lined up for the extraction of oil. What is worth 500 billion.
It’s Official – UK to Step In and Help Somalia to Manage Its Oil
On the top page of the popular English newspaper The Guardian were two articles today covering the topic on oil post-Conference; one titled Somalia Promises West Oil Riches as Diplomats Vow to Defeat Al-Shabaab and the other titled Britain Leads Dash to Explore for Oil in War-Torn Somalia.
The two articles allude to exactly what many Somalis have stated ever since Puntland began its most ambitious phase of oil exploration this past January at the drilling of the first well, known as Shabeel-1. The UK and the international community, including the Turks, who setup an elaborate and vain philanthropy scheme, all want a share in Somalia’s massive potential resource wealth, principally the oil in Puntland.
Many doubted the seriousness of oil exploration in Somalia’s Puntland region, but its spelled out clear as day now, and the world media is quickly picking up on it. Around the time of the conference, Puntland’s Minister of International Cooperation Abdulkadir Hashi said the following.
We have spoken to a number of UK officials, some have offered to help us with the future management of oil revenues. They will help us build our capacity to maximize future earnings from the oil industry.
It’s clear that the UK is concerned about Iran cutting off supplies and the threat at the Strait of Hormuz, and that it must hurry to secure supplies in Somalia now that Libya has gone upside down.
Results from the Shabeel-1 well in Bari province are due to hit the public in a few weeks, and all parties are lining up to prepare for the outcome.