Filed under: Africa | Tags: African Union, Al Shabab, Capitalism, Captialist Powers, Ethiopia, Ethiopian Forces, Ethiopian Occupation, Ethiopian Regime, Ethiopian Troops, Foreign Capital, Horn of Africa, Islamic Courts Union, Middle East, Mogadishu, Occupation, Piracy, Pirates, President Abdullahi Yusuf, Puntland, Self-Determination, Shipping Lanes, Somalia, Somaliland, Transitional Federal Government, Troop Pull-Out, Washington, Western-Backed Occupation
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21 January 2009
Struggle for Self-Determination Not Over
The last Ethiopian troops in Somalia left Jan. 15, ending a two-year occupation. The hatred of the occupation was on full display when the pullout began just two days earlier, as hundreds of Somalis lined the route of the retreating military forces and cheered their departure.
Ethiopian troops invaded and occupied Somalia in 2007 at the behest of Washington. U.S. officials were alarmed that the government they backed, known as the Transitional Federal Government, was at risk of collapsing.
The TFG is a collection of various warlords who had been ripping Somalia apart since 1991, following the collapse of the (more…)
Filed under: Africa | Tags: Africa, Al-Shahab, China, Ehiopian Government, Illegal Fishing, India, Invasion, Islamic Courts, Islamic Courts Union, Mogadishu, NATO, Occupation, Piracy, Puntland, Russia, Somali Pirates, Somalia, Somaliland, United States, Washington
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( Dated Piece – 26 December 2008 )
Piracy smokescreen used to step up military action
At the behest of the United States, the U.N. Security Council unanimously voted Dec. 16 to authorize nations to pursue Somali pirates onto land, an action which had previously been prohibited. The resolution comes at a critical juncture for Somalia, and in the shadow of Washington’s politico-military strategy in the African continent.
The pirates were originally groups of fisherman who, due to the stateless nature of Somalia, turned to piracy to combat illegal fishing vessels from around the world. They soon found their new trade much more lucrative.
The resolution also called for a regional office to coordinate the actions of a number of nations that currently have naval forces deployed in (more…)