before the white noise attack brigade calls me pol pot or something, I don't have an opinion on this at all.
here's an al-jazeera article on that about the same thing. i don't know if it's true or not, but France has a really bad history of, ahem, donating spent fissile material to impoverished countries who might not have the wherewithal to create their own and cutting through the red tape to do so.
In 1991, the government of Somalia collapsed. Its nine million people have been teetering on starvation ever since – and the ugliest forces in the Western world have seen this as a great opportunity to steal the country's food supply and dump our nuclear waste in their seas.
Yes: nuclear waste. As soon as the government was gone, mysterious European ships started appearing off the coast of Somalia, dumping vast barrels into the ocean. The coastal population began to sicken. At first they suffered strange rashes, nausea and malformed babies. Then, after the 2005 tsunami, hundreds of the dumped and leaking barrels washed up on shore. People began to suffer from radiation sickness, and more than 300 died.
this happens all over the world, and it's basically run by the IMF, WTO, and UN.
At the same time, other European ships have been looting Somalia's seas of their greatest resource: seafood. We have destroyed our own fish stocks by overexploitation – and now we have moved on to theirs. More than $300m-worth of tuna, shrimp, and lobster are being stolen every year by illegal trawlers. The local fishermen are now starving. Mohammed Hussein, a fisherman in the town of Marka 100km south of Mogadishu, told Reuters: "If nothing is done, there soon won't be much fish left in our coastal waters."
This is the context in which the "pirates" have emerged. Somalian fishermen took speedboats to try to dissuade the dumpers and trawlers, or at least levy a "tax" on them. They call themselves the Volunteer Coastguard of Somalia – and ordinary Somalis agree. The independent Somalian news site WardheerNews found 70 per cent "strongly supported the piracy as a form of national defence".
essentially if you've received loans or assistance, you have to sign on to this agreement saying that if you can't fish your waters to a level that "independent experts" decide is their maximum level, you forfeit your right of naval sovereignty. of course these levels are always made completely impossible, and your territorial waters become free game for the japanese or whomever to fish into extinction. there's nothing you can do about this.
except become a pirate apparently.
im sure some of the squidies on here have more stories to tell.