We are all Somali pirates now
Everywhere you turn these days, people are talking about Somali pirates. Day in and day out, this prejudice-fostering phrase is used by journalists, NGO representatives, government officials, and even by some of my friends in the arts community. It's as if we've collectively forgotten, or are supposed to forget, or choose to ignore, that not all Somalis are pirates, and not all pirates are Somali. Never do the neoliberal media display any curiosity about the root causes of "piracy", of the real motives and views of these men and women, or the loving families they leave behind on their dangerous journeys out of poverty.
A moment for reflection
I tremble for everyone affected by the recent outbreak of piracy in the Gulf of Aden, and pray for the safety of all who have found themselves involved.
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Posted by Mike on Wednesday, November 19, 2008