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Readers write about how the US Navy impacts marine mammals, why some Somalis have turned to piracy, Obama's role in Europe, and the Taliban in Pakistan.

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Foreigners are also dumping toxic waste, including nuclear waste, in Somali waters, adversely affecting fish stocks and people's health.

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Some countries are taking advantage of Somalia's internal troubles to steal their fish and pollute their marine environment. Correct those problems and maybe they'll go back to fishing.

John Jemmett

Vancouver, British Columbia

The US should not tell Europe what to do

Regarding the April 6 editorial, "Obama woos Turkey but will it woo back?": The editorial board writes, "Obama, too, can speak with special authority in encouraging the traditionally Christian European Union to move ahead with membership for largely Muslim Turkey." Frankly and respectfully: The authority of the president of the United States does not authorize him to meddle in European affairs.

Rolf Siegen

El Cajon, Calif.

Muslim extremists do not follow the teachings of the Prophet

Regarding the April 5 article, "Outrage over Taliban flogging of Pakistani girl could threaten peace deal": It is unacceptable that atrocities continue to be committed by the Taliban in Pakistan. Both President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gillani have to take strong actions against the perpetrators.

The Prophet Muhammad was appointed by God to raise the status of mankind, but extremists like the Taliban refuse to follow in his footsteps.

Shahina Bashir

Germantown, Md.

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