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    At least one country is booming in Africa... Surprising no one can do anything about this..


    MOGADISHU, Somalia Somalia's increasingly brazen pirates are building sprawling stone houses, cruising in luxury cars, marrying beautiful women even hiring caterers to prepare Western-style food for their hostages.
    And in an impoverished country where every public institution has crumbled, they have become heroes in the steamy coastal dens they operate from because they are the only real business in town.

    Somali pirates transform villages into boomtowns - Yahoo! News


    "The pirates depend on us, and we benefit from them," said Sahra Sheik Dahir, a shop owner in Haradhere, the nearest village to where a hijacked Saudi Arabian supertanker carrying $100 million in crude was anchored Wednesday.
    These boomtowns are all the more shocking in light of Somalia's violence and poverty: Radical Islamists control most of the country's south, meting out lashings and stonings for accused criminals. There has been no effective central government in nearly 20 years, plunging this arid African country into chaos.


    Life expectancy is just 46 years; a quarter of children die before they reach 5.
    But in northern coastal towns like Haradhere, Eyl and Bossaso, the pirate economy is thriving thanks to the money pouring in from pirate ransoms that have reached $30 million this year alone.
    In Haradhere, residents came out in droves to celebrate as the looming oil ship came into focus this week off the country's lawless coast. Businessmen started gathering cigarettes, food and cold glass bottles of orange soda, setting up small kiosks for the pirates who come to shore to re-supply almost daily.


    Dahir said she is so confident in the pirates, she instituted a layaway plan just for them.

    "They always take things without paying and we put them into the book of debts," she told The Associated Press in a telephone interview. "Later, when they get the ransom money, they pay us a lot."
    For Somalis, the simple fact that pirates offer jobs is enough to gain their esteem, even as hostages languish on ships for months. The population makes sure the pirates are well-stocked in qat, a popular narcotic leaf, and offer support from the ground even as the international community tries to quash them.


    "Regardless of how the money is coming in, legally or illegally, I can say it has started a life in our town," said Shamso Moalim, a 36-year-old mother of five in Haradhere.
    "Our children are not worrying about food now, and they go to Islamic schools in the morning and play soccer in the afternoon. They are happy."
    Despite a beefed-up international presence, the pirates continue to seize ships, moving further out to sea and demanding ever-larger ransoms. The pirates operate mostly from the semiautonomous Puntland region, where local lawmakers have been accused of helping the pirates and taking a cut of the ransoms.


    For the most part, however, the regional officials say they have no power to stop piracy.
    Meanwhile, towns that once were eroded by years of poverty and chaos are now bustling with restaurants, Land Cruisers and Internet cafes. Residents also use their gains to buy generators allowing full days of electricity, once an unimaginable luxury in Somalia.
    There are no reliable estimates of the number of pirates operating in Somalia, but they must number in the thousands. And though the bandits do sometimes get nabbed, piracy is generally considered a sure bet to a better life.



    NATO and the U.S. Navy say they can't be everywhere, and American officials are urging ships to hire private security. Warships patrolling off Somalia have succeeded in stopping some pirate attacks. But military assaults to wrest back a ship are highly risky and, up to now, uncommon.



    The attackers generally treat their hostages well in anticipation of a big payday, hiring caterers on shore to cook spaghetti, grilled fish and roasted meat that will appeal to a Western palate. They also keep a steady supply of cigarettes and drinks from the shops on shore.


    And when the payday comes, the money sometimes literally falls from the sky.
    Pirates say the ransom arrives in burlap sacks, sometimes dropped from buzzing helicopters, or in waterproof suitcases loaded onto tiny skiffs in the roiling, shark-infested sea.


    "The oldest man on the ship always takes the responsibility of collecting the money, because we see it as very risky, and he gets some extra payment for his service later," Aden Yusuf, a pirate in Eyl, told AP over VHF radio.
    The pirates use money-counting machines the same technology seen at foreign exchange bureaus worldwide to ensure the cash is real. All payments are done in cash because Somalia, a failed state, has no functioning banking system.
    "Getting this equipment is easy for us, we have business connections with people in Dubai, Nairobi, Djibouti and other areas," Yusuf said. "So we send them money and they send us what we want."

    #2
    Originally posted by saregamapa View Post
    At least one country is booming in Africa... Surprising no one can do anything about this..
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    If you call piracy and looting as "booming", then may gad help you. Sure this unethical and immoral lifestyle has brought them some dollars. if that money comes by overt thievery, it is forbidden in every religion and code.

    Somali pirates will bring death and destruction to their homes if they don't stop soon. There are some 60 odd warships in the Somali waters. How long do you think, will it take before triggering an incident where the pirate port will start getting 1000 lb shells?

    Then some of you may start complaining that Muslim blood is flowing, Muslim blood is shedding. But no Muslim country at the moment is telling Somalis to stop this terror on the sea.

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      #3
      ^ Don't try to make it a religious issue. It has nothing to do with Islam or them being Muslims.

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        #4
        Originally posted by burqaposhx View Post
        But no Muslim country at the moment is telling Somalis to stop this terror on the sea.
        I don't know where you learnt geography, but at my school we learnt that Yemen, Egypt, Saudia Arabia, Sudan, the UAE and Jordan were mainly Muslim countries.

        Would you disagree? Or was your earlier post just downright ignorant or reality?


        AFP: Red Sea nations pledge to fight piracy, respect Somalia

        Arab Red Sea states meeting in Cairo on Thursday blamed the piracy off Somalia's coast on turmoil in that country and pledged cooperation to end the threat.

        The meeting, co-hosted by Yemen and Egypt, was attended by delegates from Somalia's transitional government, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, the United Arab Emirates, Djibouti and Jordan.
        Muslims are so good at dividing that they can divide the atom. If you see two Muslims, probably they belong to 3 parties.
        Al-Ghazali

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          #5
          Originally posted by mAd_ScIeNtIsT View Post
          ....
          The meeting, co-hosted by Yemen and Egypt, was attended by delegates from Somalia's transitional government, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, the United Arab Emirates, Djibouti and Jordan.
          Calm down bro! The meeting was held AFTER the post (or at least the news was posted later).

          It is not just the meeting or chai-ki-pialy main toofan that we need right now. We need the Muslim countries to go and participate in the war on the sea terror.

          In fact if you had read the news instead of pulling the gup-trigger, you would have seen that Yemen doesn't want world navies to petrol the area.

          May be the reason why Oh-I-See is in pathetic condition is that it has pathetic defenders even in the intellectual sphere.

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            #6
            Re: Somalia is booming

            Its getting way too dangerous in the Arabian Sea and Indian Ocean, this can severely effect the trade between Asia, Europe and US. After the seizure of Super Tanker, I am sure a big assault is underway, cause this Super Tanker serves US the most, and just started few months back.

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