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Comic: Piracy

The Skinniest Pirate

The terrific New York Times reporting team of C.J. Chivers and Tyler Hicks published an excellent report on the rescue last week of a group of Iranian fishermen who had been held captive by Somali pirates for six weeks.

With Chivers' words came Hicks's photographs, including the one that inspired this cartoon, The Skinniest Pirate.

The skinniest pirate, as I imagine it, was in for some serious culture – and calorie – shock when he had his first encounter with the USS Kidd's chow line (even if the all-you-can-eat salad bar is not on offer in the ship's brig).

Roberto De Vido is a communications consultant, writer, cartoonist and jack of many trades. The former chief of Tucson Sentinel’s East Asia Bureau, he now lives in California (make of that what you will).

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“They said they are about to blow this ship up.”

— Iranian hostage Khaled Abdulkhaled, intentionally mistranslating for his Somali captors a command in Urdu from the U.S.S. Kidd