Yes, although they don’t wear crazy eye patches nor do they drink rum in excess. Pirates are people who steal from other ships on the sea. Recently, there was an issue with pirates in Somalia if you remember, untill of course the U.S. navy came in and set things straight.
Yes. In fact there was quite a few incidents last year involving pirates on the high seas.
In this story from April of 2009, Somalian Pirates over took a U.S. cargo ship. Luckily the pirates were overpowered by the crew on board.
CBS news reported that in the 1st 6 months of 2009 pirate attacks nearly doubled, taking the tally in June to 240.
Pirate attacks normally increase when wealthier, more powerful countries start fishing in the waters of developing countries. The “pirates” are driven to steal by the power plays and politics of the area. They are usually fighting for their rights. “Pirates have never been quite who we think they are. In the “golden age of piracy” – from 1650 to 1730 – the idea of the pirate as the senseless, savage thief that lingers today was created by the British government in a great propaganda-heave.”
” In 1991, the government of Somalia – in the Horn of Africa – collapsed. Its nine million people have been teetering on starvation ever since – and many of the ugliest forces in the Western world have seen this as a great opportunity to steal the country’s food supply and dump our nuclear waste in their seas.”
“This is the context in which the men we are calling “pirates” have emerged. Everyone agrees they were ordinary Somalian fishermen who at first took speedboats to try to dissuade the dumpers and trawlers, or at least wage a ‘tax’ on them. They call themselves the Volunteer Coastguard of Somalia – and it’s not hard to see why. In a surreal telephone interview, one of the pirate leaders, Sugule Ali, said their motive was “to stop illegal fishing and dumping in our waters… We don’t consider ourselves sea bandits. We consider sea bandits [to be] those who illegally fish and dump in our seas and dump waste in our seas and carry weapons in our seas.””
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