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General Wesley Clark in 2007

Submitted by Roanman on Sat, 08/18/2012 - 03:02


This one has been going around for a couple of years now, still it's worth going through again.

Increasingly it looks as though Gen. Clark has it right.

What we find to be most interesting is that despite a massive shift from Republican to Democrat control of our elected federal government, there appears no change at all in our foreign policy, or much else for that matter if you are able set your political prejudices aside and really sit down and examine it.

Sort of makes you wonder who's really running things around here.




Submitted by Roanman on Sat, 02/19/2011 - 06:46


Yankee fan, Djelloul M referenced the following, along with illegal fishing by European and Japanese interests in Somali waters yesterday during discussions at the Facebook page for this site.

Click on the photo for the PDF of the presentation Dr. Hussein made on this issue to the world's most useless public body, the United Nations (sometimes we editorialize) in 2010.

The illegal fishing thing can be found here.

About 6 paragraphs in, the author employs the phrase "fish laundering", I might have gone with "fish fence", but both are good.



Written By. Bashir Mohamed Hussein, PhD

Although many developing countries, especially African countries, have been victim of the adverse effects of highly toxic wastes (HTW) originated from the developed countries, the case of Somalia is particularly preoccupying. The country has been subjected to extensive illegal dumping operations of toxic and radioactive wastes sincethe 1980s.



The HTW dumping operations that have taken place both along the coast and the hinterland have extremely adverse effects on health, livelihoods and the future prospect of sustainable development of the local population. Furthermore, along with other internationally-driven illegal economic and other strategic interests (e.g. the industrial-scale Illegal Unregulated and Unreported overfishing on the part of foreign companies), the issue of the toxic wastes dumping has contributed to the perpetuation and exacerbation of the deadly effects of the armed conflict which has been going on in Somalia for the last two decades. While Somalia itself has not yet an effective government, the international community has failed to tackle the toxic waste dumping issue and other closely related internationally-driven illegal activities in Somalia.

In thisrespect, lack of “sufficient evidence” of toxic waste dumping in Somalia is often advanced as an argument to justify the aforementioned inaction.

The purpose of this case study report is to contribute significantly to the available evidence of the long-running toxic waste dumping in Somalia and its negative impact on the enjoyment of the fundamental human rights of the affected population. Drawing on authoritative sources and careful analysis, the paper concludes that the toxic wastes dumping in Somalia is real and it has compromised (irreversibly) the human health, natural environment, food security and the long-term development prospects of the affected population. And, consequently, it has denied the victims the enjoyment of their fundamental human rights including the right to life, healthy environment and food security.

To reverse this tragic trend, the paper recommends a number of concrete measures including an urgent mission on the part of the Special Rapporteur on toxic wastes to Somalia, in-depth and extensive field research, the identification, isolation and reclamation of the polluted sites and full assessment of the nature and the scale of the polluting chemicals and other hazardous wastes. It also recommends the adoption of effective deterring measures against the toxic traffickers at international level.


So, here's my question, "Just what on this earth is the UN good for?

Providing employment for people too incompetent even for the CIA?"


Keep to the Code

Submitted by Roanman on Fri, 02/18/2011 - 03:20


From Reuters News Service, the best story of the week.

Click the photo for the entire piece.


Somali rebels detain several pirate gang leaders




(Reuters) - Somali militants have detained a number of pirate bosses in the coastal town of Haradhere after negotiations over the rebels' cut of a ransom payout collapsed, pirates and local residents said on Thursday.

Pirate sources said they had come to close to sealing a multi-million dollar ransom deal for the release of two vessels earlier this week before their refusal to give al Shabaab insurgents a 20 percent cut scuppered the talks.

"Al Shabaab arrested four of our ringleaders today after we rejected their demands for 20 percent of the ransom payment," a pirate who identified himself as Ali told Reuters by telephone from Haradhere.


Really, they're more like guidlines.


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