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Piracy big boon to Somalia economy; hotels, restaurants sprout in port of Eyl in pirates' presence

Modern-day piracy is growing quickly into big business - just take a look at the booming Somali pirate port of Eyl.

Big villas and hotels are sprouting, former subsistence fishermen are driving Mercedes-Benzes and gold-digging women are showing up. So are accountants.

After Somalia's civil war began in 1991, the impoverished coastal people turned to buccaneering, with huge success.

"In 2008 alone, Somali pirates made $125 million," said Michael Lee of McRoberts Maritime Security. "These guys are the wealthiest in the country. A lot of the women in Somalia are flocking to the ports to get themselves a pirate."

More than 30% of the world's oil goes through the narrow Gulf of Aden off Somalia. Taking the longer, safer way around would add 20 days and $1 million in fuel costs.

The heavily insured cargo vessels make easy pickings.

In small, unlit boats, the pirates sneak up to hulking ships at night, fling grappling hooks over the side and swarm aboard. They have learned that if they treat their hostages well, they can ransom the boats for millions.

Indeed, the BBC reported there are special pirate restaurants in Eyl to feed the kidnapped crews.

To the Somalis, where the average family lives on less than $1 a day, the lure of the black flag is intoxicating.

These are not the rum-drunk, eccentric, peg-leg pirates of yesteryear: The modern corsair is well-organized, disciplined and toting a satellite phone. They even have publicists to handle media calls.

There were 293 incidents of piracy worldwide last year, up 11% over 2007, according to International Maritime Bureau.

Forty-nine ships were hijacked and 889 crewmen were taken hostage. Eleven sailors were killed, 32 were injured and 21 are missing and presumed dead.


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Added: Apr-13-2009 Occurred On: Apr-12-2009
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  • Bomb that shithole already.

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  • This is very typical of Somalis or Sams as I call them.They prefer to steal other peoples property and not have to work for anything,its the way they are here in Ottawa,breed with 10 different fathers,stay on welfare,join gangs and steal just like these pirates.Nothing but scum

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  • Well this is an opportunity for another democrat president to set the record set in this savage filled country. When president clinton cut and ran and made a mockery out of America and its armed forces, the apes, monkeys, savages and cave people actually believed they had the Americans afraid of them. Even now they are saying they are not afraid. Fuck them, kill the living shit out of these backward bastards.

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  • They'll make an easy target...

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  • Nuke them.

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  • i'd bomb the city to ruins.

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  • "These are not the rum-drunk, eccentric, peg-leg pirates of yesteryear"

    Damn. They would be a lot more fun if they were.

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  • The undertaker business seems to be picking up too

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  • Many of them will be dead soon. I guess they better find another line of work. Here we come motherfuckers.

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  • i'd nuke em til they glow. End of problem.

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  • Our pirates from Wall St boarded the USS America and looted it, and sent it adrift. Rescuers are bailing out the water to try to stop it's sinking but it has to much damage and will settle to the bottom of the ocean soon.

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  • At least these guys steal with a gun and not through deception like the thieves who steal millions here in the US. There will always be a place in my heart for the underdog, but we've got to just fuck these guys up. Cant have pirates messing with commerce.

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  • I like how you amerikkkans and your azz buddy's make a big thing out of not thing. The Pirates were out of ammo(http://www.mcclatchydc.com/world/story/65944.html). But you can't tell that to the dumb azz amerikkans. They still think the japanese was a threat, after being hit with two bombs. I don't have to say anything bad will happen to amerikkka, your own government doing a grate job killing you with your inferior health care, GMO foods and your drugs. Enjoy your wealth Parasites of the world.

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    • That is the best you have after we killed your hero pirates?

      Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha

      They have electricity in mud huts?

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    • So, the "pirates" were out of gas, out of ammo, offered to release the Captain and the US said no, sending in the SEALS to gun these guys down so they could look heroic on TV? Read a book amerikkkan, you need the education.

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    • CUBA LIBRE! CHE is DEAD ... FIDEL and RAUL soon to follow!!

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    • Like your mooooslims would ever offer anything but death if the tables were turned.

      The funniest thing about your posts is the "intellectual elitist" message of "read some books".

      Mooslims always project onto their enemies and you are projecting your ignorance and impotence.

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    • Trying to hold a hostage, pick a fight and collect a ransom with no fucking bullets and no fucking gas? That only means that they are stupid as well as incompetent. If your going to pick a fight, you should show up ready.

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