Questions from class: Somali Pirates

So this is kind of late but I thought I should still put them up. Here are the questions from the discussion on Tuesday:

1) Why are the pirates still at it, if they are supposed to be well off?
2) Who is responsible? Who legislates this far out at sea?
3) What is the Somali Government doing?
4)Why the term ‘pirates’? Why not ‘boat hijackers’ or ‘water thieves’ or anything else?
5) This has been going on for a while now so why the sudden furore over pirates? At what point did the knowing affect us? When and why did we decide to take action?

6) We also talked about the generalization of terms so that they are sometimes refered to as African pirates as if they are as partolling the entire continents coast.