Tuesday, January 27, 2009

When Piracy is Terrorism, Somali Pirates are terrorists.

I am on a roll with this subject. What with Ethiopian troops withdrawing from Somalia, after accomplishing their instability goal.
Then the sudden appearance of pirates and their 'international importance'.
I see the signals for a start of some sort of new operation, another means to the end.

Oh and look, here is the New York Times telling us just that.

Piracy Is Terrorism

For this reason, it seems sensible that the United States and the international community adopt a new, shared legal definition that would recognize the link between piracy and terrorism.
soon, everything will be 'terrorism', but, I digress.

Understanding this in simple terms, Africa has become a major oil supplier. China a major buyer. Africa has therefore become the scene of a struggle between China and the US, for access to oil or maybe it would be better called oil domination.

Here is an interview with a talking head from the CFR.

Q&A: China, Africa, and Oil

Esther Pan is a staff writer for the Council on Foreign Relations website

As global demand for energy continues to rise, major players like the United States, European Union (EU), and Japan are facing a new competitor in the race to secure long-term energy supplies: China.

How extensive are China's oil interests in Africa?

China's voracious demand for energy to feed its booming economy has led it to seek oil supplies from African countries including Sudan, Chad, Nigeria, Angola, Algeria, Gabon, and Equatorial Guinea. The U.S. Energy Information Administration says China accounted for 40 percent of total growth in global demand for oil in the last four years; in 2003, it surpassed Japan as the world's second-largest oil importer, after the United States. In the first ten months of 2005, Chinese official sources say, Chinese companies invested a total of $175 million in African countries, primarily on oil exploration projects and infrastructure.
China, unlike the US has been taking a different tact in their involvement with Africa.

Experts say China has adopted an aid-for-oil strategy that has resulted in increasing supplies of oil from African countries.

Especially in Angola

China is at the forefront of this revolution.

In its desire to secure future energy supplies, it is proposing billions more in credits, loans and infrastructure programmes.

The Angolan government says it hopes to use this money on infrastructure projects to help rebuild roads, bridges, and schools across the country.

In fact the money from China helped Angola to basically flip off the IMF.

Oooh, making enemies tsk, tsk.

Angola defies IMF as China enters the fray

Luanda - Prospects for a deal between Angola and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) that could pave the way for development funds receded on Friday after the oil-rich state signalled it wanted to create its own programme.

I also notice that in this article, and nobody touched on this in one of his previous posts at his blog.

Western demonization of Zimbabwe, is this why?

I'll quote:

China has begun moving into Africa in a big way. Its support of Zimbabwe won international attention in the last few weeks.

China's involvement in Africa raises the possibility - not only in outcast states like Zimbabwe or oil producers like Angola - that countries will be able to play it off the IMF and World Bank, giving them more leverage to avoid the worst excesses of those institutions, and indeed of the international aid system, which since the fall of the Soviet Union has been monolithic.

China is already in Africa, spreading the money around, they have done it well and the Africans are going to keep that in mind. What does this have to do with Somalia?
Well lets get back to Somalia and the oil rich horn of Africa.
The Horn of Africa is on the East Coast of Africa. This is very good for China, Very Good. In terms of transportation. In the horn is Somalia. Oil rich and ready for the taking.

But, along come the pirates? What to do, what to do??

Of course when the problem is Piracy is terrorism & pirates are terrorists.

The reaction is -Expand the war on terror!

The solution is, to send in ships, warships of course! To deal with the pirates?


  1. and ya know why else I am rolling with this topic?
    I made the foolish mistake of going back to the CBC forums.

    where they were covering the withdrawal of Ethiopian troops from Somolia?

    Or pretending to cover the story anyway.

    I leave some comments, links and titles to research, and guess what the CBC moderators do???

    Well you all know the story.

    2 of 3 responses, not posted.

    No personal attacks, no name calling, just links article titles, commentary.

    But hey, if you wanna bash Islam
    CBC lets you do that.
    If you want to share some info?
    No dice

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  3. Penny, you might find this article interesting:
    A Short Path From Gaza to Somalia

    It ties into your current Somalia theme nicely I think and gives an unusual perspective timed just before the invasion of Gaza.

    Oh - and the CBC is without a doubt censoring comments like a madman today. Maybe they got the 'word' from Rabinovitch himself, oi!

  4. Oh Pen, you nailed it. Sure enough those warships are there to keep an eye on each other. They'll all be looking to catch pirates sure, but one lot will be doing it to continue the charade and the other lot to put a stopper on it.

    anyway the great game continues.

  5. hey maggie:
    thanks for that one
    and yeah I did find it interesting, because of course now Somalia is a mess, as was the plan, and what the hell was Ethiopia doing?
    This impoverished little broken down nation.

    Their crummy little dictator, that they despise so much, should feed his people.
    Oh but then he is a crumby little dictator.

    As for the CBC?
    Well as I said, no more $$ from moi.
    But, I will keep trying to get some facts put forward.

  6. exactly nobody, as the great game continue, the people suffer.
    It is, as always, sickening.

  7. Penny, it's not just oil in Africa that is wanted. Look into tungstan (sp?), Central Africa is a major exporter of it and everyone wants it. Oil in this case is secondary and Samalia is coastal and therefore a great place to ship it all out.

  8. hey skye

    I looked into the tungsten angle of this story.

    From my little bit of reading on this, I would agree there is tungsten in Africa, but, Canada and China are the largest producers of Tungsten in the world.
    Australia is also another big producer. I saw something about a new mine there. So I just don't know if Tungsten is the priority.
    If you have any info to the otherwise, do share it though.

    "It is well known that the world's largest tungsten reserves are located in southeastern China and that for many years, the largest individual mine in the world was there. Although China still has the world's greatest tungsten production, the very high-grade scheelite mine of Canada Tungsten Mining Corporation in the Northwest Territories is the largest producer of tungsten today. There is certainly a great quantity of tungsten in Asia, but the strategic importance of this fact is now offset by the wide distribution of mines and production facilities throughout the world, especially in other parts of the Circum-Pacific area such as Australia, Canada, and the United States.


  9. duh moment

    here is the working link


  10. The continent of Africa is one big exploitation orgy! Caligula gone wild - with a healthy dose of fascism included in the blender! Best part is that it's all sanctioned and encouraged by lovely business interests within our own ranks! It's great!

    Get on board! Exploit your very own African Nation today! You can do it from the safety of your own office! Buy and sell folks! Make a buck.

    At least the Chinese are doing it somewhat with a 'Carrot' approach. Unlike Daddy US.

    ~ Buff

  11. On a more serious note:

    Some uses of Tungsten, or if you prefer - Wolfram:

    ~Tungsten is useful for glass-to-metal seals since the thermal expansion is about the same as borosilicate glass

    ~tungsten and its alloys are used extensively for filaments for electric lamps, electron and television tubes, and for metal evaporation work

    ~electrical contact points for car distributors

    ~X-ray targets

    ~windings and heating elements for electrical furnaces

    ~missile and high-temperature applications

    ~high-speed tool steels and many other alloys contain tungsten
    the carbide is important to the metal-working, mining, and petroleum industries

    ~calcium and magnesium tungstates are widely used in fluorescent lighting

    ~tungsten salts are used in the chemical and tanning industries

    ~tungsten disulphide is a dry, high-temperature lubricant, stable to 500°C

    ~Nozzles for the rockets engines, for example, are made from tungsten steel.

    Some interesting physical properites, it's boiling point is 5927 Celcius, and it's melting point 3407 C. It is alloyed often where durability and flexiblity are needed.

    There's not much left.

  12. I'm on the library computer now Penny, and I'll send you some of that info as soon as I can access it both from my 'puter again, as well as access your blog from there...lol. I really wish mine weren't such a poor excuse for a machine!

    Unfortunately everywhere I go to look up some of the info I need only shows me about 1 paragraph of the article, perhaps things are being cut out so people can't find the info. I dunno, I'm rambling, sorry!