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  1. leader motors maroc at |

    Of all the pirates on this list the Somali pirates are the scariest ones.

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    1. redstick at |

      …and the least likely to affect you.

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  2. ParusMajor at |

    As a member of Piratpartiet (the Swedish Pirate Party), I’m a little bit offended by this list. The Somali Pirates actually kill people, and you compare them to us who fight for the freedom of speech and the openness of the internet? Shame on you. http://www.piratpartiet.se/

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  3. jawathehutt at |

    Whelp its pretty clear that the writer didn’t do much research on Somali pirates. For one, its almost completely gone and stopped. There’s a number of factors behind this, namely the rebuilding of coastal authorities in the Puntland, Republic of Somaliland and Somalia, the arrival of the international armada to guard shipping lanes, and the fact that the risk wasn’t worth the reward. The majority of the pirates have gone back to their old profession, fishing, which they had to stop because of international trawlers fishing in Somali waters. Now that these ships don’t poach their fish, they can make a living once again without resorting to violence and extortion. As a result, the infamous “pirate villages” are ghost towns, with the fighters returning to fight for the Islamists or TFG, and the fishermen returning to fish. Even when the piracy was in full force, they rarely “looted” vessels, they would have no use for most of what was shipped on these cargo ships, nor would they have the means to bring much of anything back to the mainland. They made money by holding the ship and crew for ransom.
    You’d also be surprised that Somalia actually once had a fairly strong economy, as they were heavily supported by the Soviet Union, Italy and the US. In fact, since the anarchy began to die town into a Civil War around mid-1995, the beef industry has been rising, especially in stabilized TFG controlled zones, and the seceded states of Puntland and Republic of Somaliland.
    Finally, Khat is not some ultra-cocaine substance like you make it out to be. Its like a weak chewing tobacco at best.

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    1. ParusMajor at |

      That is interesting. Are you from Somalia yourself? You seem to know your facts. And btw, are Somalia and Somaliland two different countries? I know I could google that, but since you seem to know, I’m asking you.

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      1. jawathehutt at |

        My focus in school is on Somali politics and history, so I have an extensive knowledge of the topic. Somalia and the Republic of Somaliland are the same country according to the UN. Its highly likely however, that Somalia will leave the Republic of Somaliland well and alone until the Civil War is all but over. I’m not going to make a prediction as to what the two groups will do, but I wouldn’t be hugely surprised if Somalia either left them as is in limbo or “let” them leave for good. In a country like Somalia, an extremely safe and stable are like Somaliland, isn’t something to be messed with. I’m not sure of the Puntland will have as much luck, though I could possibly see them joining with the RoS.

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  4. Rachel at |

    Well, as for the counterfeit thing in China, I’m afraid it is not true. I live in Beijing for work, and you can buy anything counterfeit here. Gucci purses, Ferragamo Wallets, Beats by Dre, iPhones, iPods, iPads – you name it, they have it. There’s an entire bargaining market down the street from my building dedicated to bargaining for pirated goods. Out front of the market, the sell movies (torrented and burned onto CD’s) for about 20 quai (4 dollars).

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  5. steve at |

    Weren`t Somali Pirates on Deadliest Warrior? I can`t remember who they fought against though. And out of al-Qaeda and Somali Pirates, who`d win?

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  6. grt at |

    In number 9 the $63 billion in lost revenue… You can only give such a number, if you assume that the people who downloaded a piece of software would have bought the software otherwise. But this is not the case, downloading does not equal lost sales. Actually it’s a blatant lie that the content industry constantly spreads. That’s one of the reasons I use Linux. And yes, I still pay for music, but I never ever buy a record that is published by a big label. Luckily nowadays artists have the possibility to publish their work themselves, sell it via internet and don’t have to sign a contract. Buying from a major label is something I consider unethical.

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