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Somali Pirates: Living The High Life While Neighbors Suffer Extreme Poverty, Government Collapses

December 29, 2008

Despite piracy, seacoasts of Somalia are mired in poverty.  The money paid to pirates in ransom benefits only a few….Any thought you had of “Robin Hood” style pirates helping their fellow countrymen is not supported by the facts….Meanwhile, President Abdullahi Yusuf Ahmed of Somalia has resigned….

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From the Maritime Global Net

A Voice of America journalist has filed reports from Hobyo in the Galmudug region of central Somalia which indicate that ransom money [paid to pirates] is not being diverted directly to Islamic terrorist or rebel groups, despite some media reports to that effect and that the main Islamic militia, Shabab, is clamping down on pirates. Hobyo, which has been a pirate stronghold is now under Shabab’s control. Also, contrary to some reports, Alisha Ryu found that local people did not support the pirates at Hobyo and that virtually none of the ransom money was being used to their improve living conditions or benefit the local community. The growing strength of Islamic groups in the coastal area may, she says, be tied to local anger over piracy and deepening poverty.

Pirates shoot on the deck of the Chinese ship "Zhenhua ... 
Pirates shoot on the deck of the Chinese ship “Zhenhua 4” in the Gulf of Aden December 17, 2008 in this photo released by China’s official Xinhua News Agency.

Ms Ryu also reports that the Shabab Islamic militia which is doing much of the fighting against the central government and is is control of large areas of southern and central Somalia is strongly opposed to piracy. It fought a pitched battle with the pirates who have been operating out of Hobyo on 22 December and took control of the town.

The VOA reporter quotes a pirate as saying that all pirates in central Somalia are under severe pressure from Islamists to disband. He says that, in recent months, pirates trying to go ashore in any area controlled by the Islamists have been threatened and chased away. She says that Somali sources tell VOA that the Islamists’ tough stance against piracy has prompted many poor people in coastal communities to quietly begin supporting the return of Islamist rule.

Ms Ryu notes in one of her reports: “While the loss of Hobyo to the Shabab has dealt a clear blow to piracy, it raises another troubling question, especially for the United States and its western allies. They must now decide which, pirates or militant Islamists, pose a greater threat to global security and economy.”

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Somalia’s transitional president has resigned amid a power struggle with the African nation’s prime minister and parliament, sources told CNN on Monday.

From CNN

Abdullahi Yusuf Ahmed tried to fire his PM this month but later lost a confidence vote.

Abdullahi Yusuf Ahmed tried to fire his PM this month but later lost a confidence vote.

Abdullahi Yusuf Ahmed announced his resignation Monday before parliament in Baidoa.

Ahmed’s resignation is the latest turn in the political crisis in Somalia, which is already struggling with an Islamist revolt, a refugee crisis and rampant lawlessness that has fueled a wave of piracy off the Horn of Africa.

Somalia has been without an effective central government since 1991. The U.N.-backed transitional government has the support of Ethiopian troops that ousted an Islamist government at the end of 2006, but it controls little of the country outside the southwestern city of Baidoa.

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http://www.cnn.com/2008/WORLD/africa
/12/29/somalia.president.resigns/index.html

Lawless Somalia Chaos: President Fires Premier

December 14, 2008

Somalia’s president fired his prime minister Sunday and accused him of paralyzing the government with “corruption, inefficiency and treason.” Hours later, as the government veered toward collapse, Islamic insurgents held a brazen news conference in the capital and vowed never to negotiate with the leadership.

President Abdullahi Yusuf announced his decision in Baidoa, one of the few towns the government still controls.

Above: President Abdullahi Yusuf  Ahmed

Islamic militants accused of ties to al-Qaida have taken over most of the country.

“The government has been paralyzed by corruption, inefficiency and treason,” Yusuf said. He will name a new prime minister in three days, he said.

The prime minister, Nur Hassan Hussein, promised to challenge his dismissal, saying the president lacked the authority to fire him and that Somalia itself lacked a legal government because too many ministers have already resigned.

By MOHAMED OLAD HASSAN, Associated Press Writer

“The president was speaking in his usual personal capacity, which is always contrary to the country’s existing rules and regulations,” Hussein told The Associated Press.

Later in the day, Sheik Muktar Robow, a spokesman for the al-Shabab insurgent group, held a news conference in the capital, Mogadishu, in open disregard for the government.

Blindfolded Ali Hussein, who was accused of beheading his mother, ... 
Blindfolded Ali Hussein, who was accused of beheading his mother, is prepared for execution as the crowd watches in Bulo Marer , Somalia, Saturday, Dec.13, 2008. Fighters loyal to the Islamist insurgent group al Shabaab on Saturday afternoon publicly executed two men accused of killing their parents, the first such punishment since the Islamists took control of Lower Shabelle region in the South of Mogadishu. The first execution occurred in Bulo Marer, a trading post in Lower Shabelle region where Ali Hussein, who was accused of beheading his mother, was shot by a firing squad of three men.(AP Photo/ Mohamed Sheikh Nor)

“We will never talk to the government and will never accept any political power sharing. Our aim is only to see Islamic law running this country,” Robow said.

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http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20081214/ap_on_re_af/af_somalia