Obama and the Pirates

//www.lewrockwell.com/raimondo/raimondo45.html

The Piracy Challenge
//www.lewrockwell.com/orig10/weber-m1.html

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US Has Won a Huge Victory

US Aircraft and Elite Navy SEALs Defeat Three Somalis in a Lifeboat

By Glen Ford

What a weekend for American foreign policy! The United States Navy, backed up by warships from 20 other nations, knocked off three Somali guys crouching with rifles in a lifeboat tied by a rope to a U.S. destroyer. To hear the U.S. corporate media tell it, the Americans had won a huge victory over the forces of evil.

//informationclearinghouse.info/article22424.htm



The Press is Relishing the Killing of Three Teenage Pirates With Disturbing Zeal

By Chris Nolan, Majikthise

The American public is relishing the deaths of the pirates to a degree that's downright unseemly.

//informationclearinghouse.info/article22426.htm



Toxic Waste' Behind Somali Piracy

By Najad Abdullahi

Somali pirates have accused European firms of dumping toxic waste off the Somali coast and are demanding an $8m ransom for the return of a Ukranian ship they captured, saying the money will go towards cleaning up the waste.

//informationclearinghouse.info/article22428.htm



Ethiopia / USA / Somali Pirates' Cover-Up

By Thomas C. Mountain

One of the best kept secrets in the international media these days is the link between the USA, Ethiopia and the Somali pirates. First, a little reliable background from someone on the ground in the Horn of Africa.

//informationclearinghouse.info/article22436.htm



Human Tide of Misery Flees The Anarchy of Somalia

By Daniel Howden, Africa Correspondent

As the world follows the escapades of the country's pirates, civilians are fleeing the anarchy on land, creating the world's biggest refugee camp.

//informationclearinghouse.info/article22445.htm



Somali piracy and American foreign policy

With the explosion of Somali piracy, America is reaping what it has sown. In many ways, we have nobody to blame but ourselves for the emergence of high-seas crime threatening to disrupt important lanes of trade.

//www.aljazeera.com/news/articles/39/Somali_piracy_and_American_foreign_policy.html


From Information Clearing House

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What's It Like to Be a Pirate? In Dirt-Poor Somalia, Pretty Good
//www.commondreams.org/headline/2009/04/16-9

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War as entertainment

Common Dreams
by Robert Koehler

04/16/09

So fasten your seatbelts, America. This is why we maintain an annual defense budget of more than half a trillion dollars — to protect ourselves from ‘heavily armed but untrained and antsy youths,’ as Defense Secretary Robert Gates described them. The War on Pirates: an idea that’s win-win-win. Military recruitment will soar; the dying media will rejuvenate (or at least go into remission) as it reports the play-by-play; and a depressed, fragmented nation will reunite around an enemy it can probably beat...

//www.commondreams.org/view/2009/04/16



Rapacious corporate players are the real pirates of the high seas

AlterNet
by Leon Fink

04/16/09

The difference between the Maersk Alabama and the Somalis’ other targets … was not just that they had picked on the most powerful nation in the world, but that they were suddenly confronting a ‘nation’ at all. Unlike the 18th century Barbary pirates to whom they have been compared on the superficial grounds that they are both poor Muslims feeding off nearby oceanic traffic, today’s pirates are stateless actors generally operating in a medium (the ocean) of weak or even fictive states. Moreover, though they may be the most violent actors at sea, the pirates’ mercenary motives and ethics place them in the mainstream of today’s shipping world...

//tinyurl.com/cvodw5


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

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Pirates and Poverty

John A. Graham, Truthout: "Piracy off the Somali coast has become a major growth industry for this failed state. While the pirates are hardly al-Qaeda, they've learned from al-Qaeda's example the enormous power of the clever use of simple weapons. But there's a more important parallel here than tactics. Piracy in Somalia, like terrorism, is an act of violence fed not just by ideology or greed, but by the indifference of the developed world to the fate of poor, distant, lawless places where desperation grows unchecked."

//www.truthout.org/042109C



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