Thursday, June 11, 2009

Quick Study: Pirates!

1535: Barbarossa, aka Redbeard—Ottoman hero, scourge of Christen­dom—captures the isle of Capri
Even before sacking the U.S.-flagged Maersk, high-seas thieves had been plenty busy hijacking loaded ships in sparsely patrolled waters. Here, the Reader's Digest Version of why this centuries-old scourge is back—and its human and financial toll.

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Via: Readers Digest

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