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Hot Topic Of the Week
Pirates and Pop
With the release of the new movie Captain Phillips starring Tom Hanks, a movie bringing light to the issue of modern day Somali pirates that is based on the seizure of a cargo ship by Somali pirates in 2009, it’s no wonder that people are talking. Leave it to good old Hollywood to bring light to issues that have been around for, well, decades. They found a ‘good’ story.
Somali pirates have been targeting cargo ships for years now, boarding and looting ships stealing more than $40 million dollars worth of cargo alone in 2012. This is a serious issue not only economically but also as crimes against humanity.
Hollywood seems to be able to raise light to issues that your standard media platforms can’t seem to reach on such a scale. It gets people talking.
Take for instance the news about the pirates and Britney.
According to the British Royal Navy Britney Spears music has been used by security teams off of the east coast of Africa to deter the Somali pirates by blaring her music, which according to Merchant Navy Second Officer Rachel Owens who works on the super tankers, is effective.
“These guys can’t stand western culture or music, making Britney’s hits perfect. As soon as the pirates get a blast of Britney, they move on as quickly as they can,” Owens continued. (It wouldn’t happen to be the intimidation of announcing to the pirates that they have indeed happened upon an American vessel. No, that wouldn’t have anything to do with it at all! It’s all Britney.)
We’ve all known that Britney’s music isn’t for everyone but now we know for sure it isn’t for the pirates…
Pirate attacks off the coast of Somalia are at a low level, the lowest since 2006 because of tougher ship security and more Western naval patrols. (not because of Britney)
According to U.N. Security Council, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon there were 17 attacks in the first nine months of 2013, compared to 99 attacks in the same period last year.
This is amazing news. Especially given that Somalia has been trying to recover and rebuild after two decades of civil war and lawlessness started by the over throw of Somalia President Siad Barre in 1991. Which has also resulted in an estimated $413 million in ransoms taken by Somali pirates between 2005 and 2012 according to the U.N. The lows are indeed encouraging and an indication that the U.N is doing something right.
The frustrating thing to me is that the media and Hollywood will ultimately make this one small tactic (Britney’s music) used in a war against humanity as the sole cause for the declines in 2013, which I find completely absurd and a disgrace to the many people who have been invested and working hard to better this situation.
I suppose I should stop complaining and be thankful that people are talking about Somalia.
Who would have ever thought that Britney would be associated with a drop in criminal acts against humanity, which is ultimately a truth?
Oops, she did it again…(not on purpose that is)
Don’t under estimate the influence of Britney and the power of music on a society, not only our own.
Speak your ‘peace’.
I will speak mine.