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Somali ‘pirates’ are actually defending Somali waters from foreign invaders

In 1991, the government of Somalia collapsed. It’s nine million people who have been battling widespread starvation ever since. America and other European nations saw this as a great opportunity to rob the country of its food supply and dump their nuclear waste in Somalia’s now unprotected seas.

According to the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, approximately 12 miles into the ocean from the coast is sovereign territory of the state. Every Somali highjacking that has ever occurred happened within those 12 miles.

European vessels are polluting Somali waters As soon as the Somali government was gone, mysterious European ships started appearing off the coast of Somalia, dumping vast barrels of nuclear waste into the ocean. Much of that waste can be traced back to European hospitals and factories. Soon after the dumping began, the coastal population began to sicken. At first they suffered strange rashes, nausea and malformed babies. Then, after a 2005 tsunami, hundreds of the dumped and leaking barrels washed ashore. People began to suffer from radiation sickness, and more than 300 died.

(AP Photo) European ships are looting Somali waters for seafood While some European ships were dumping, other ships have been looting Somalia’s seas of their greatest resource: seafood. An estimated $300 million worth of tuna, shrimp, lobster and other sea life is being stolen every year by huge European ships illegally fishing in Somalia’s unprotected seas. As a result, the local fishermen have lost their livelihoods, and are forced into starvation.

Somali ‘pirates’ are actually fishermen The fact is, Somali ‘pirates’ are ordinary Somalian fishermen who at first took speedboats to try to dissuade European vessels from illegally fishing and dumping into their waters. With the absence of the government’s navy, the fishermen joined together and formed the National Volunteer Coast Guard of Somalia.

Somali ‘pirates’ have a code of conduct According to ‘Somali Pirate’ code, harming the crew of a ship is strictly prohibited. This is to ensure that governments are less likely to step in and employ do-not-negotiate tactics.

Piracy has become Somalia’s biggest source of income Since the fishing economy have suffered due to European ships looting and dumping in Somali waters piracy is now Somalia’s biggest source of income. It has been estimated that between $339m and $413m has been made within the years of 2005 and 2012. Individual ‘pirates’ usually get $30,000-75,000 each, with a bonus of up to $10,000 for the first man to board a ship and for those bringing their own weapon or ladder.

Columbia Pictures’ “Captain Phillips.” The media has brainwashed people into thinking Somali ‘pirates’ are savage thieves Somali ‘pirates’ have been branded in the media as maritime gangsters. The image of Somali pirates as senseless, savage thieves can be largely attributed to propaganda by the European and American governments. In April 2009, the Obama administration employed a long-term strategy to restore maritime security off the coast of Somalia. This strategy conveniently places American Navy Gunships in Somali waters. Also, Hollywood recently made a movie celebrating the ‘true’ story of “Captian Phillips,” who was kidnapped by Somali ‘pirates.’ Though the film was blasted for its many lies and inconsistencies, it made an estimated $107 million domestically, with audiences giving the film a 93% rating. Sources Pages: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 « Previous Related Posts:
Somalia is called a poor country...

But I met a man originally from Somalia today who explained that it has the most coastline of any country in Africa, and its population of 8 million people loses nearly $500 million every year to American and European ships that fish along the coast without the right to do so. The so-called Somali “pirates” seem like petty thieves compared to what American companies are doing with impunity.

…and all of Somalia said, “Still beats unemployment.”

5 Things I Learned Working With Somali Pirates

#5. They’re Inspired by the Same Media We Are

When [documentarian Thymaya] Payne was talking to a group of Somali pirates, he mentioned that he lived in Hollywood – at which point one of the men pointed to himself, smiled, and said, “Johnny Depp.” He wasn’t referencing Edward Scissorhands or Fear and Loathing. This pirate had a mental image of the job that came from the same Jerry Bruckheimer movies yours does. It’s no coincidence Somali pirates struck a chord with American audiences.

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Sundance Award-winning film Fishing Without Nets Opens to Limited Release In New York City This Friday.

Shot some 40 miles away from Puntland, Somalia, using Kenyans of Somali descent, Fishing WIthout Nets is the first feature from filmmaker Cutter Hodierne. The film follows Abdi, a struggling young Somali fisherman who turns to piracy as a way of supporting his family.

Incorporating elements of realism in a documentary-like fashion, the most important factor in the film is undoubtedly the dialog. It offers a multi-layered and contextual look into the world of Somali piracy from the Somali pirates themselves.

The short version of the film, which you can watch here, won the Jury Prize in Short Filmmaking at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival.

New Yorkers will be able to see the film at Cinema Village where a Q&A with director Cutter Hodierne will follow the 7pm screening on Friday, October 3rd, as well as the 7pm and 9pm screenings on Saturday, October 4th.

On Tuesday, October 28, the film will be available on Digital HD and VOD.

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How Toronto’s Totally Deranged Mayor Stayed in Office

Last week, the gossip site Gawker announced the most exciting news to come out of Canada since the Bering land bridge closed up: Somali drug dealers possess a video of the mayor of Toronto smoking crack, glass pipe and all. Not snorting coke off of a stripper’s boobs like your run-of-the-mill high-functioning degenerate – he was straight up smoking crack, the drug of choice for anyone three steps away from sleeping in a dumpster for shelter.

Suddenly America discovered that our sleepy neighbor to the north has been holding out on us. Not only did Toronto knowingly elect a morbidly obese chronic substance abuser for mayor, but this guy has been Chris Farleying it up for years. We’ve just been too caught up in our own screwed up politicians to notice. So here’s the question everyone is asking: How did this guy become top Toronto dog in the first place?

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Negotiating Ransom with Somali Pirates

When pirates attacked the Maersk Alabama, as depicted in the film Captain Philips, their aim was getting their hands on ransom cash. Lots of ransom cash. Waterproof boxes, filled with US dollars, have driven a piracy industry worth millions.

Delivering the cash may seem a simple task, but the process can be drawn-out, dangerous, and complex. With lives on the line, emotions running high and hostages desperate for help, the situation usually calls for help from experts – normally paid for by the victims bosses, insurers or, if they’re unlucky, families.

According to one professional negotiator who’s handled scores of piracy cases, it may take some weeks after the attack before the phone finally rings: “after a kidnapping, the pirates want to know they’re safe, so they’ll sail the victims ship to somewhere they know and settle in before deciding on demands and making the call.” Typically, he says, the pirates will ask their victims for contact details of their employers and families, and will have a translator among their gang.


David Edelstein reviews Captain Phillips:

Most kidnapping melodramas have final scenes—after their climaxes—that are, effectively, throwaways. There are sighs of relief, tearful reunions with families, cameras that dolly back on domestic tableaux to suggest the world has at last been righted.

I think it’s telling that in Captain Phillips the most overwhelming scene is after the resolution, in the infirmary of a ship. So much terror and moral confusion has gone down — so much pain — that the cumulative tension can’t be resolved by violence. The movie’s grip remains strong even when it cuts to black.

Read the full review here.

What explains the variation in piracy along the coasts of Somalia?

New research published in The British Journal of Criminology looks at the latest information on piracy incidents to determine why there is so much variation in Somali piracy. Find out more in “The Protector’s Choice: An Application of Protection Theory to Somali Piracy.”

Image: Gulf of Aden, a visit, board, search and seizure team from the guided-missile destroyer USS Pinckney (DDG 91) approaches a suspected pirate vessel after the Motor Vessel Nordic Apollo reported being under attack and fired upon by Somali pirates. U.S. Navy photo Public domain via Wikimedia Commons.

How Somali Pirates Almost (But Not Quite) Halted Climate Change Research

What do Somali pirates have to do with climate change? 

Not much, except that the threat of the machine-gun slinging bandits has ended critical oceanographic research on the seabed of the Indian Ocean—research that is crucial to our understanding of how and when, exactly, the world’s largest arid region dried out. Climate investigations off the Horn of Africa were suspended just weeks before September 11, 2001, after a scientific vessel, the Maurice Ewing, was attacked with rocket propelled grenades 18 nautical miles off the Somali coast.

But, amazingly, one final research vessel somehow passed through a phalanx of small-craft pirate boats in the Gulf of Aden unscathed.

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Sorry, diaper fetishists. Looks like you’re stuck with Louisiana Senator David Vitter as a mascot.

5 Major News Stories That Forgot to Tell You the Best Part

#2. The Diaper-Wearing Stalker Astronaut Probably Wasn’t Wearing a Diaper

Lisa Nowak is destined to be forever known as “the psycho kidnapper astronaut who drove across the country wearing diapers.” In fact, we’re guessing that approximately everyone in the audience who knows the story knows it only as “That time the crazy astronaut lady went on a diaper-wearing rampage.”

[However] the whole thing appears to have been based on a joke. There were toddler diapers found in her car at the time of the arrest (along with a wig and a BB gun and other typical crazy stalker stuff)…

[But] dammit, the story is just way more awesome if she’s wearing a diaper the whole time. So, that’s the one that got told.

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