A Voice from the Truth- & Justice-Seekers, who have to stand tall between all the chairs, because they are not part of organized white-collar or no-collar-crime in Somalia or elsewhere, and who neither benefit from global naval militarization, from the illegal fishing and dumping in Somali waters or the piracy of merchant vessels, nor from the booming insurance business or the exorbitant ransom-, risk-management- or security industry, while neither the protection of the sea, the development of fishing communities or the humanitarian assistance to abducted seafarers and their families is receiving the required adequate attention, care and funding.
- standing against mercantilism, sensationalism and venality as well as banality in the media -
"During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act."George Orwell
The right to know the truth ought to be universal. Tom Paine warned that if the majority of the people were denied the truth and ideas of truth, it was time to storm what he called the "Bastille of words". That time is now."
EA ILLEGAL FISHING AND DUMPING HOTLINE: +254-714-747090 (confidentiality guaranteed) - email: somalia[at]ecoterra.net
EA Seafarers Assistance Programme EMERGENCY HELPLINES : Call: +254-437878, SMS to +254-738-497979 or sms/call +254-733-633-733 or +254-714-747090
"The pirates must not be allowed to destroy our dream !"
Cpt. Florent Lemaçon - F/Y Tanit - killed by French commandos - 10. April 2009 / Ras Hafun
NON A LA GUERRE - YES FOR PEACE
(Inscription on the sail of S/Y TANIT - shot down on day one of the French assault)
We have the obligation to fight oppression and cruelty wherever it appears, and believe that anybody who is degrading other people and peoples has to be fought against with whatever appropriate tools people have available.
CLEARING-HOUSE: With Truth on Our Side - Let Transparency Prevail !
(If you find this compilation too large or if you can't grasp the multitude and magnitude of important, inter-related and complex issues influencing the Horn of Africa - you better do not deal with Somalia or other man-made "conflict zones". We try to make it as easy and condensed as necessary.)
BREAKING NEWS: Cut out the clutter - focus on facts !
TAIWANESE FISHING VESSEL WITH MAINLY RUSSIAN CREW FREED BY SOMALI PIRATES (ecoterra)
Officially yet unconfirmed reports from marine observers revealed the release of a Taiwanese fishing vessel from captivity at the Somali coast. Reportedly a major ransom, which the Somalis called a fine for overfishing the Indian Ocean, was received yesterday while today in the very early morning hours the last of the armed captors left the ship.
FV THAI UNION 3 was seized on Oct. 29, 2009. Pirates on two skiffs boarded the tuna fishing boat with a crew of 27 with 23 Russians, two Filipinos and two nationals from Ghana about 200 nautical miles north of the Seychelles and 650 miles off the Somali coast. During the attack the Russian captain was shot in the left elbow. The Russian and US navies tried to provide medical aid to the captain, while the captors themselves took him to hospital, had him treated and returned him to the vessel. The fishing vessel and its crew were held just around 1.5nm from where FV ALAKRANA was held at the central Somali coast of the Indian Ocean and is held at Ga'an, north of Harardheere, south of Hobyo. Negotiations earlier on did not go well, but after the families in Russia protested openly about the slow progress of the negotiations, more efforts were made to free the ship and crew, while the condition of the captain deteriorated.
After four and a half month in captivity, the crew and their families are happy that all seamen of the ill fated fishing vessel have been freed just before the International Women's Day - a major festivity in Russia.
Only the British sailing couple Paul and Rachel Chandler are at the moment known as being longer hostages of the sea-shifta in Somalia, where the fate of a British researcher, Mr. Murray Watson, is not really known yet, and also a French military adviser is still held hostage apart from further 147 captives on held vessels.
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