• Yes! Here's an excerpt about modern-day pirates: "Bandits on the High Seas Threaten Globalization March 20, 2005 Blackbeard, Treasure Island, and Captain Hook may come to mind when you think of pirates. From the Pirates of Penzance to the Pirates of the Caribbean, we have seen plenty of romanticized images of these maritime bandits from days of old. But modern day pirates are alive and well...and I don't think they have eye patches and peg legs. Over the weekend, two U.S. Navy ships skirmished with pirates off the coast of Somalia. One suspected pirate was killed and five wounded in the incident. The International Chamber of Commerce and the International Maritime Bureau operate the Piracy Reporting Centre (PRC) in Kuala Lumpur. Sponsored Links Pirate Flags & Swag More than 600 Pirate goods, flags & gifts. Quick 2 day shipping Pirates of the Caribbean Opening 7/7. Watch trailers, get showtimes, tickets & reviews on MSN McDonald's® Official Site Win Prizes Inspired by the Pirates of Caribbean - Hurry, Ends July 31. They say there were 276 acts of piracy in 2005, 329 in 2004, 445 in 2003, 370 in 2002, 335 in 2001, and 469 in 2000. The attacks in 2005 resulted in 404 crew members being taken hostage. Twelve are still missing. The PRC defines piracy this way: "An act of boarding or attempting to board any ship with the intent to commit theft or any other crime and with the intent or capability to use force in the furtherance of that act." They go on to say, "This definition thus covers actual or attempted attacks whether the ship is berthed, at anchor or at sea. Petty thefts are excluded, unless the thieves are armed." International maritime shipping is the lifeblood of globalization. And like anything of value, it attracts criminals. To keep the goods flowing, a number of mechanisms have been set up to report, fight, and deter piracy around the world. Here are some of the best places on the Web for learning more: Weekly Piracy Report, from the International Chamber of Commerce Regular coverage of international business crime including piracy, from the International Chamber of Commerce Somali coast "world's most dangerous", from Afrol News is operated by Special Ops Associates, a firm which provides anti-piracy security services Great pirate books, from the About Guide to Classic Literature Suggested Reading Who Cares About U.S. Foreign Policy? Who Makes U.S. Foreign Policy? Outsourcing and Offshoring" Cited article was written by Keith Porter and the website from where this article was taken is as follows:
  • Some cruise ships have now had non-lethal weapon systems added to their structure, such as acoustic devices that give off such a loud sound that the would be attackers are repelled.
  • For the cruise ship story, follow this link. or this one and finally let me know if you want more:)
  • yes, they tend to carry machine guns instead of swords though. if you are going to cruise around the caribbean and you're a woman i'd suggest a black wig, they prefer to rape the lighter coloured haired women as opposed to those with darker hair.
  • Ha har Jim lad thar be plenty of pirates ha har!
  • Yes but now they carry guns and steal music and dvds as well.
  • Yes there definitely are. And as a sailor on cargo ships and oil tankers I can vouch for that. The highest rate of piracy at high seas is observed in Malacca straits. Ports of Lagos, Indonesia, some ports in Brazil and other african countries are also well-known for such problems.
  • Was Pirates' main food staple, fish? Sail, fish, eat, travel all day, everyday...
  • Yes there are. The most widely known are found fairly close to the Somali coast in the Arabian Sea. In recent years the United States, France, Russia, Great Britain, Holland and several other countries have formed a coalition to protect commercial shipping in the area. Some shipping companies employ mercinaries to combat the threat of pirates. There a number of You-Tube videos on the Somali pirates.
  • ahhhh, Somalia???

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