15 September 2014 |   eplumeBlog 

I would like to share with you a piece of art regarding the dilemma of being honest and poor or to be rich and criminal.

It’s about fictional short film directed by Cutter Hodierne: A story of pirates in Somalia told from the perspective of a struggling, young Somali fisherman.

VICE co-produced & financed the feature length version of this award-winning short.
The feature film premiered at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival where Cutter Hodierne won the US Dramatic Directing Award.

‘’In Somalia there is two ways to fish. With nets or without‘’

When I watched this short film I automatically though to the story of St. Augustine and the pirate: « St. Augustine tells the story of a pirate captured by Alexander the Great, who asked him « how he dares molest the sea. » « How dare you molest the whole world? » the pirate replied: « Because I do it with a little ship only, I am called a thief; you, doing it with a great navy, are called an Emperor. »  »  From the book Pirates and emperors Old and new by Noam Chomsky.

For me, the violence and terrorism should be viewed from another perspective, considering the causality approach of the issue. No body comes to life aspiring to become a pirate, however, life sometimes don’t let you other options. Then it comes to answer the deep question: Did I blame my incapacity to avoid  my predestined life or should I blame life for not letting me other options except to accept  the fact that there is nothing uncaused or self-caused.

In this sense, and to more understand this issue, I strongly recommend to read the Noam Chomsky book’s  »Pirates and emperors Old and new  ». This new, fully updated edition of Chomsky’s classic dissection of terrorism explores the role of the US in the Middle East and reveals how the media are used to manipulate public opinion about what constitutes “terrorism.” With several new chapters as well as the original sections on Iran and the bombing of Libya, this book is a brilliant account of the workings of State terrorism by the world’s foremost critic of US imperialism. New chapters cover the second Palestinian Intifada; a detailed account of the impact that September 11 has had on US foreign policy in the Middle East; and a deconstruction of depictions and perceptions of terrorism since that date.

You can download the book  »Pirates and emperors Old and new » using this link.

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