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Piracy News & Commentary

Arrest of Non-Somalis

Somali authorities have arrested, convicted, and imprisoned three Britons, two Kenyans, and one American for their involvement in delivering ransom funds to Somali pirates. Strictly speaking, the payment of pirate ransoms is unlawful in Somalia, and this is the first time Somali authorities have convicted Westerners with piracy-related crimes. The British government is reviewing  Read More 
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State Department on Piracy

Testimony by Andrew J. Shapiro,Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Political-Military Affairs, before the Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation and Trade of the House Foreign affairs Committee, Washington, DC, June 15, 2011 can be found here.
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Private Security

As expected--in spite of the weak arguments thrown up by some analysts--many seafaring nations, shipping companies, and maritime governing bodies are approving the use of armed security--private or military--aboard merchant shipping. This was, as I have repeatedly pointed out here and in print, the only viable interim solution to the problem of Somali piracy.  Read More 
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How Not to Behave, Intentions Notwithstanding

Eritrea has detained four British private security contractors after they came ashore, ostensibly to obtain fuel. The contractors, part of an antipiracy force belonging to Protection Vessels International, are accused of espionage, sabotage, terrorism, and invasion. Eritrea has an isolationist government that could well be described as paranoid, and the appearance of armed men  Read More 
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