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Religion and Theology
Pages 5 (1255 words)
Name Date Professor’s Name Course Section/# Somali Piracy: An Examination and Discussion of Current Trends Within the course of the past few years, each and every well informed citizen has been made fully aware of the situation involving Somali “piracy” which exists in and around the immediate coast and far-flung international waters that make up the horn of Africa’s coast.
Furthermore, the unique dynamics of Islamization, poverty, and the effects that 20 years of incessant civil war on the only truly failed state in the world has had on the way in which Somalia and the issue of “piracy” has developed will be discussed within the lens of media representation of the issue. Merriam Webster’s dictionary broadly defines piracy as “an act of violence or robbery at sea”. Such a broad definition leaves little room for prevarication concerning whether or not the actions taken by groups of Somalis over the past decade or so can be understood as piracy or not. However, a more important test of determination is of course the question of how tactics, objectives, and operational mechanisms differ when one compares current Somali piracy with that of the earlier more traditional understandings of the word. What is unique with regards to Somali piracy is the fact that the actual material goods that the ships which are arrested by them are often of secondary or tertiary importance. ...
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