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Pirates Enjoy A Wealth Of Shipping Information As They Run HavocKenya 's Leading Role In Surge Of Somalia Pirates

Issue 340
Front Page
Index
News Headlines
Pirates Threaten Starving Somalis' Last Lifeline
Islamic Courts Reject Kismayo Administration
Local and Regional Affairs
Somaliland Representatives To Take Part In Workshop For African Parliaments
Somaliland Seeking Security Ties With Western Nations
Pirates Seize 2 More Vessels Near Somalia
French Commandos Free Hostages From Puntland Pirates
CPJ To Honor Five International Journalists
Islamists Threaten To Shut Down Mogadishu Airport
Industry Loses Patience Over Pirates
JBS Swift Fires 100 Wildcat Striking Muslim Meatpackers In Colorado
Editorial
US Should Join France And Somaliland In Combating Piracy
Special Reports
Country's Technology growth status

International News

Kidnapped Alta. Journalist Appears Healthy In Video
Italy 's Prodi To Head Panel On Africa Peacekeeping
Milk off shelves as China 's safety scandal grows
Features & Commentry
Shelterbox Offers Hope When Disaster Strikes
Gender Inequality Shackles African Economies
Global Maternal Mortality Crisis Unnoticed
Somalis Under Attack With No Place To Hide
Djibouti : Building Brand Bin Laden
Somalia 's Struggle For Self-Determination

Opinion

The Gulf Of Aden A Deathtrap For Somali Asylum Seekers
Fall of Kismayo, TGS in Addis Ababa , Crumbling ARS and Puntland: Somalia under Spotlight
Three Little Mice With A Heavenly Cheesecake
Are Women In Somaliland For The Kitchen And Household Chores Only?

 

Coastal communities between Bander Qasim and Eyl look out for ships to hijack on a daily basis.

Nairobi , September 17, 2008 Staggering number of ships seized in Southern Somalia coastal lines must step up new efforts to significantly suppress shipping information misuse .

Congratulations must be sent to the French officers responsible for the latest attack to counter against pirates in Somalia 's break-away tribal enclave of " Puntland State of Somalia ". As predicted in an article titled "Somalia sea pirates seek revenge; to kill French hostages", the abandoned small coastal village of Baargaal; a traditional piracy staging post once again suspected and routed by

French commandos. These initiatives by France may proof more effective rather than heeding to misinformation from the corruption renowned country Kenya , often encouraging capitulation to pirates

Kenya enjoyed a huge influence over Somalia matters including air traffic control and sea as Somalia 's state structures to monitor air and sea still remain non-existent since 1991. As a result, pilots and ship captains desperately depend upon communications with Kenyan control centers. It is this access to shipping information and trust what is currently suspected of being abused by certain Kenyan officials.

Exactly one month ago, a man calling himself Andrew Mwangaru representing the self styled East African Seafarers' Assistance Programme blamed Somalia's "Al-Shabaab" who are active a great distant far away from the current invested coastal lines of Somalia and said "The entire Somali coastline is now under control of the Islamists". Not only is this misleading, but astonishingly counter productive in finding solutions to combat sea piracy.

The whole of the Somali coasts from Northern Kenya to Djibouti can be considered as "Islamist stronghold" since its inhabitants are Islam believers. However, there are many evidences of ships far away from coastal lines that are being seized and is enough to conclude more complex web of sophisticated tools at their disposal. Kenyan advice to keep clear of " Somali Coast " will not only fail, but increase the tally of ships falling victim to such heinous criminals. Not only are the pirates aware of the ships locations and routes, more detailed information regarding ship details and their respective declared cargoes are also supplied to them.

As a consequence, pirates pick and choose their victims whether for financial gain or revenge as in the case of the French yacht. It is not surprising to witness hostages flown to Kenya after the final payment is made as all nodes of the sea piracy enterprise stems from Kenyan communication centers. France should not depend on shaky agreements to enter Somalia territorial waters signed with an unpopular government in Somalia know as TFG (Transitional Federal Government), but imperatively seize this opportunity to render such pirate staging centers and hostage holding centers uninhabitable.

Current "Transitional Federal Government" is a facade government led by a president hailing from the pirate invested self declared region of " Puntland State of Somalia ". The TFG was created in Kenya in 2004, built with a constitution similar to Ethiopia 's "ethnic federalism". This despite the Somali identity having no differences except tribal lineages and commercial interests. Somalis in Kenya , Djibouti , Ethiopia , Somaliland and Somalia all unite in accusing the cancerous predatory imposed government for hijacking the "Somali identity".

" Puntland State of Somalia " is a stronghold of the TFG as the tribal enclave of current president Abdillahi Yusuf who also enjoys huge support within for his role in subjugating Southern groups by force with Ethiopian militias.

Source: PR-inside.com

 



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