No Quarter: an Anarchist Zine about Pirates

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Dead Somali Pirates and a Mystery

Somewhat sketchy reports about Somali pirates hijacking an Iranian vessel for ransom and then falling sick and some dying. A Sept 28th report claims "Somali pirates suffered skin burns, lost hair and fell gravely ill 'within days' of boarding the MV Iran Deyanat. Some of them died". There is some question as to what the cargo is. "The vessel’s declared cargo consists of 'minerals' and 'industrial products'. But officials involved in negotiations over the ship are convinced that it was sailing for Eritrea to deliver small arms and chemical weapons to Somalia’s Islamist rebels". has picked up on the story publishing a story with the cautious title Mysterious Cargo Aboard Iranian Ship Seized by Pirates Raises WMD Concerns. Perhaps the Somali pirates should now be considered allies in the Global War on Terror.


Blogger Laura said...

David, I'm glad to see your point about pirates as allies in the GWOT, as they thwarted the ship's voyage to trade arms in Eritrea.
Pirates have been a force to be reckoned with in the global economy, appropriating skills and depositing various knowledge in the exotic lands they docked at. Rediker's book, Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea (which you have posted on your blog main page), highlights such an aspect of pirates. Unfortunately, pirates are too often dismissed as the 'scum' of society. Hopefully through more open-minded, and educated understanding, people will begin to see these historical agents with different and more optimistic eyes. Thanks for your efforts, and keep it up!

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