Saturday, July 31, 2010

What's new as Trafigura fined €1m for illegally exporting hazardous waste to Africa, remember our Somali pirates?

It is about time as London based oil-trading company Trafigura was ordered to pay a fine of 1 million Euros ($1.3 million) for illegally dumping chemical waste in the Ivory Coast in 2006.You may remember the United Nations says the dumping killed 15 people and sickened about 100,000 others.The fine was issued by a Dutch court because the ship carrying the waste belonging to Trafigura departed from the Port of Amsterdam otherwise they would have continued to get away with it.

Trafigura lied about what they were dumping and had wrongly described the waste as routine slops from ordinary tank-cleaning. Residents complained about the foul smell, and 30,000 Africans were made ill when the toxic waste was dumped and who needed medical treatment. the export of waste and toxic waste dumping to the third world and harming the environment has been regulated as this has been going on for years.

A multimillion-dollar settlement was reached in September last year between Trafigura and the law firm representing people who claimed they had become sick from the toxic waste. Of course despite the settlement, Trafigura denies any responsibility for the actions of the contractor that dumped the waste. No one is responsible, what's new? Trafigura fined €1m for illegally exporting hazardous waste to Africa

I have yet to find out exactly what they were dumping but do you remember our conversations about our Somali pirates and how we created them by killing their livelihood with the illegal dumping of hazardous waste? I hope you read it at his link but I knew the fishing industry died however I did not know we killed it by dumping nuclear and other industrial waste there.

Somali war lords were bought off to dump hazardous waste in their waters. A Swiss firm called Achair Partners, and an Italian waste company called Progresso, made a deal with Ali Mahdi, that they could dump containers of waste material in Somali waters. These European companies were said to be paying Warlords about $3 a ton, where as to properly dispose of waste in Europe costs about $1000 a ton. Why we don't condemn our Somali pirates

I heard the fish were dead there and the fishermen took to pirating but it figures someone has been dumping nuclear and other toxic waste there. I do not blame them for pirating but stealing stuff is one thing. Ransoming for millions and disrupting the world is another but we disrupted them. They are supporting whole villages. I don't know what the answer is. They even take ships that are feeding their people. What do you do avoid the area and let them starve? I don't know!

It really bothers me that it seems whenever I delve into something it is always capitalism behind the problem. We keep hearing the virtues of Capitalism but our own problems and I am seeing around the world are caused by Capitalism run Amok. The great system of Capitalism is destroying our world. We have got to reign it in and control it. I was concerned with Bush's warmongering and the world marshaling forces to take him on. I was concerned about Israel instigating war too thinking they were the worlds primary problem. I thought they were controlling the US and we were going to end up destroying the world at their bid.

* We are so brain washed we never hear or see the truth. I noticed behind every frigging conflict including Gaza and Georgia and Afghanistan was oil and other energy sources so I jus took the normal course of blaming all our problems on oil and other energy sources as the world postured to move into the future. Stupid me! In regard to our problems here I keep saying we see the enemy and he is us but son of a gun it is! We are the problem of the entire world. Capitalism! It is out of control and will destroy the world unless we reign it in. What say you!

James Joiner
Gardner, Ma

1 comment:

Peter Eichstaedt said...

For an indepth look at the Somali pirates, see the forthcoming book, Pirate State: Inside Somalia's Terrorism at Sea, available for preorder @