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Somalia

US Backed Forces Launch Military Offensive in Somalia as Aid is Used As A Weapon of War   - by Susan Garth

http://www.wsws.org/articles/2011/jul2011/soma-j30.shtml

"African Union forces have launched a military offensive against the al-Shabab militia in Somalia. The AU is propping up the Transitional Federal Government that was installed by the US-backed Ethiopian invasion of December 2006...

Somalia is currently in the middle of the worst drought in the region for 60 years. The pretext offered for the offensive was the need to defend famine-relief efforts. A drought which has put 12 Million people at risk across East Africa has become the the pretext for the US to step up military aggression through its proxy forces.

Somalia has become a focus for Obama's war on terror.."

NDPP

'West has No Appetite to Help Somalia (and vid)

http://www.presstv.ir/detail/196162.html

"Drought in Somalia intensifies and unfortunately Amnesty International is showing an ineptness to tackle the problem head on..."

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Blowback in Somalia  - by Jeremy Scahill

http://www.thenation.com/article/163210/blowback-somalia?page=full

"Over the past year, the Somali government and AMISOM have turned to some unsavory characters in a dual effort to build something resembling a national army and, as the US attempted to do with its Awakening Councils in the Sunni areas of Iraq in 2006, to purchase strategic loyalty from former allies of the current enemy - in this case, the Shabab.."

surely no more 'unsavory' than AMISOM?

NDPP

The Essence of Modern America in Somalia's Blood-Drenched Soil  -  by Chris FLoyd

http://www.chris-floyd.com

"But in all the solemn piety and savvy punditry surrounding the commemoration of the attacks, almost nothing has been said about the place where the true 'legacy of 9/11' can be seen in its stark quintessence: Somalia. That long-broken land is, in so many ways, a hell of our own creation.."

NDPP

They Are Not Starving, They are BEING Starved  - by Marco McWilliams

http://www.voxunion.com?p=4173

HornAfrique

Not a fan of articles like the one above, that impose generalizations on the entire continent. As a Somali I notice tons of vague/inaccurate articles on the subject of my country as of late. I'd much rather read articles written by Somalis themselves or people who have lived and spent time there, as opposed to those who don't belong to either group. Articles like this one never really grasp any of the realities on the ground. It barely even scratches the surface and it instead makes parallels to things like Congo as if there is nothing to distinguish between different African nations and their issues.

 

 

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Al Qaeda Targets Somalia Drought Victims With Cash Handouts (and vid)

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/nov/01/al-qaida-somalia-drought-vic...

"This was the first time the group has spoken publicly in Somalia, and the first time it has distributed aid. The unit's leader was introduced to the Guardian as al-Qaida's official envoy to Somalia.."

 

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Preparing For the Next Anglo-American OIl War:

http://globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=28340

"Somalia is the next target..."

Bec.De.Corbin Bec.De.Corbin's picture

NDPP wrote:

"Somalia is the next target..."

I thought Syria was next...

Fidel

HornAfrique wrote:

Not a fan of articles like the one above, that impose generalizations on the entire continent. As a Somali I notice tons of vague/inaccurate articles on the subject of my country as of late.

What about the US claim that Al-Qaeda is there in Somalia "winning hearts and minds"? Can you confirm or deny these particular lapdog newz media reports rife with George Dubyan-speak dovetailing with the global war on terror myth? IOWs, are you a fan of these western world "Al-Qaeda bogeymen in Somalia" reports lately? Why would Qaeda show up in Somalia and oil-rich Libya to defend the people and not in brutal U.S.-backed dictatorships in Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain etc? Why is Qaeda so selective about whose basic human rights they defend from western-backed oppression? 

NDPP

Hijacking Somalia

http://www.counterpunch.org/2012/01/02/hijacking-somalia/

"Another oil grab..."

M. Spector M. Spector's picture

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The U.S. military is intervening in Somalia to control political developments in the Horn of Africa as well as other states in East Africa. The Pentagon has been involved in Somalia directly for at least since 1992, when thousands of Marines were sent into the country under the guise of a humanitarian mission to fight famine.

In 1993, large sections of the Somalian population rose up against the U.S. and U.N. military, prompting their withdrawal in 1994. Since 2006, Washington has sponsored the Ethiopian and Kenyan governments to militarily intervene on behalf of their interests in Somalia.

At present large flotillas of warships from the U.S., Europe and other states are patrolling the Gulf of Aden off the coast of Somalia under the pretext of fighting piracy. Nonetheless, all these efforts have failed to stabilize Somalia in the interests of Western imperialism.

The problems and political differences in the Horn of Africa must be resolved by the people themselves. Anti-war and anti-imperialist forces in the Western states must oppose U.S. and NATO intervention in East Africa as well as encourage the people and governments of the region to embark upon efforts aimed at finding a lasting and just resolution to the ongoing conflict.

[url=http://www.workers.org/2012/world/somalia_war_0112/]Abayomi Azikiwe[/url], Editor, Pan-African News Wire

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Oil Exploration Begins in Somalia

http://presstv.ir/detail/221682.html

"Canada's Horn Petroleum Corporation, a unit of Africa Oil, says it has begun drilling exploratory oil wells at two locations in Somalia's impoverished region of Puntland. The drilling is expected to take about three months and the recoverable oil is estimated around 300 million barrels, the Vancouver based company said. The wells are the first to be sunk in the war-torn country since civil war erupted two decades ago.."

 

2009: Africa Oil

http://www.thepressreleasewire.com/client/print_page/release_print.jsp?&...

"Africa Oil is a Canadian oil and gas company with assets in Kenya, Somalia and Ethiopia. Africa Oil's East African holdings are in what is considered a truly world class exploration play fairway. The company's total gross land package in this prolific region is in excess of 200,000 kilometers - an area roughly the size of Great Britain.."

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UN Somalia 'Surge' Vs Al Shabab Explosion  -  by Thomas C Mountain

http://www.countercurrents.org/mountain100312.htm

"..The problem for the West is that Al Shabab continues to unite more and more Somalis and expand its base of operations. Once it can mount serious attacks in all areas of the former nation of Somalia at once, watch out AU, watch out UN, watch out Ethiopia and especially watch out USA next door in AFRICOM's major new base in Djibouti.

The Somali people have long been a fiercely independent lot and will never accept  a foreign occupation be it 20,000 UN/AU troops or 50,000 Ethiopian troops before that..."

NDPP

Feeding Death Squads - by Thomas Mountain

http://www.counterpunch.org/2012/04/17/feeding-death-squads/

"...While southern Ethiopia and the Ogaden [Somalia] continues to suffer from the worst drought and famine in 60 years the UN's World Food Program (WFP) has been turning over all its food aid for the region to the Ethiopian military which uses it to feed the paramilitary death squads conducting a counter-insurgency in the region.

The crimes committed by the UN in the Horn of Africa are legion and the WFP is not new to using its aid as a weapon against the people of our region..

And what is the UN doing about this crime? Their motto seem to be 'silence in golden' and silent they remain.."

NDPP

UN Starves 1 Million Somalis on 10 Cents a Day  - by Thomas Mountain

http://www.countercurrents.org/mountain250512.htm

"The UN announced its budget for feeding the over one million Somali refugees under its care for the next year and have allocated less than ten cents a day to do so.."

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Hundreds of US Forces Conduct Secret Operations in Somalia: Report

http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2012/06/24/247727/us-troops-operate-secretl...

"Hundreds of US troops have been deployed in Somalia for secret operations in the capital Mogudishu. At least 390 American troops have been training local soldiers secretly in Somalia training bases over the past two months, Somali military sources said on Sunday."

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The UN and 250,000 Dead Somalis  -  by Thomas C Mountain

http://www.counterpunch.org/2013/05/07/the-un-and-250000-dead-somalis/

"...Writing about the enormous, inhuman crimes committed by the UN in the Horn of Africa has become almost too painful to continue to do..."

NDPP

African Union Calls For More Troops in Somalia

http://panafricannews.blogspot.ca/2013/10/african-union-calls-for-more-t...

"The African Union has backed a call to boost by about a third the number of troops on an African peacekeeping force in Somalia to reinforce a campaign against Islamist militants there who attacked a Nairobi shopping mall last month."

 

Thomas C Mountain on the Strategic Significance of Somalia (podcast)

https://ryliberty.squarespace.com/podcast

 

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Deadliest Terror Attack in Somalia (and vid)

https://www.rt.com/shows/going-underground/407383-somalia-arms-sales/

"We speak to Professor Abdi Ismail Samatar, a trustee of Mogadishu University, about the terror attack in Somalia."

 

Mr. Magoo Mr. Magoo's picture

So "Islamist" terrorists planned and executed a giant terrorist attack on Somalia, a country that Wikipedia suggests is 99.8% Muslim.

The good news takeaway is that all the other countries don't need to convert to Islam to prevent terrorism; it won't help. 

Be your real selves, everyone!  They just get off on suffering, evidently.