Tuesday, April 14, 2009

More on Piracy

This is turning into a piracy themed week. A post I wrote in November about piracy. Historically, the Barbary states, which are today Algeria, Tunisia and also Morroco, lived from raiding the shipping of Western Europe. This raiding was eventually used as a pretext for the full scale invasion and colonisation of North Africa. The fact that a multinational fleet is gathering off the coast of Somalia today only serves to remind me that it is still possible today for us to see a new colonial project for Somalia.  Having said that, I wonder how much more poverty and injustice the Algerians and Morroccans can withstand before somebody reminds them that the worlds richest shipping lanes are just a short boat ride from their own coastlines?

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