Somalia pirates – is this the aftermath?

“As they bobbed in the ocean near the USS Bainbridge, a Navy destroyer sent to rescue Phillips, the teenage pirates were experiencing withdrawal after days without khat, a mildly narcotic leaf chewed in for its stimulant effects” — from a report in the Washington Post, here. Then, three hijackers were killed, and, the Washington P...

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Where does the Gulf of Aden become the Indian Ocean?

The next question is: why was USAID moving food aid from Djibouti to Mombasa, Kenya? Then,,a survey of the reports this morning indicate that, according to at least one report, that the pirates were not only out of fuel for the lifeboat, but also out of ammunition — while the same report (and others) states […]

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Context and background to the continuing Somali hostage story

With thanks to aletheia kallos/MD “A government that still doesn’t control all of Mogadishu is dealing the Continental Shelf away plus more intimate details of the Sarkozy kill plus pirate elders converge on hostage standoff” and below are some excerpts (not in that exact order):

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Ruling the world …

“Once again, it has taken American involvement to get world powers really interested,” said a diplomat who tracks Somalia from Nairobi. “I hope they don’t forget the Filipinos and all the others once this guy is released.” – From a Reuters news story posted here. As the stand-off continues, AP reported Saturday t...

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US ships converge on lifeboat holding Somali pirates and American hostage

The first attack by Somali pirates on a U.S. ship in waters off the Horn of Africa this week yielded the first American hostage — the Captain of the U.S.-flagged commercial ship ship Maersk Alabama, which was transporting USAID food aid to East Africa. The Captain, 53-year-old Richard Phillips of Underhill, Vermont, volunteered to be [&hellip...

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An interesting perspective on piracy off Somalia's coast

A very interesting report from a Voice of America correspondent in Kenya informs us, today, that both foreign intervention — and the failure of foreign intervention (the failure of the international community to act) are responsible for piracy off the coast of Somalia (presumably, in Somali territorial waters).

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UN Official freed in Somalia

The head of the UN’s World Food Program in Somalia was freed today on bail, the AP reported. “Idris Osman, the Somali head of U.N. World Food Program operations in Somalia’s war-battered capital, was seized Oct. 17 when dozens of armed security agents stormed a U.N. compound. Osman was released on bail Tuesday, but is […]

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