Tuesday, September 30, 2008

#16: Somali Pirates

According to this (un)intentionally hilarious article in the New York Times, Somali Pirates are really challenging the traditional notion of how pirates are supposed to behave. These pirates are Mavericks not only because they attack ships on the high seas, but because they are just so honest:

“We just saw a big ship,” the pirates’ spokesman, Sugule Ali, told The New York Times. “So we stopped it.”

The pirates quickly learned, though, that their booty was an estimated $30 million worth of heavy weaponry, heading for Kenya or Sudan, depending on whom you ask.

In a 45-minute-long interview, Mr. Sugule expounded on everything from what the pirates want — “just money” — to why they were doing this — “to stop illegal fishing and dumping in our waters” — to what they eat — rice, meat, bread, spaghetti, “you know, normal human-being food.”

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