Tag Archives: piracy

Pirate Stock Exchange Open for Business

For those still peddling the line that piracy is carried out by poor, starving Africans, victimized by evil European fisherman, this article not only provides evidence to the contrary, but speaks to the advanced nature of it in both a … Continue reading

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Making pirates hostes humani generis again

Image from Nick Humphries “[L]ast year less than one-half of one percent of ships transiting the Horn of Africa were attacked, and most of those attacks were not successful.” Despite those low odds Max Boot goes on to argue in … Continue reading

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Anti-pirate water cannon

Got pirates? Then you need the Force 80 Anti-Pirate water cannon! With a range of 90 meters, a flow rate of 1320 gallons per minute (by comparison a firefighters “attack line” pushes 300 gpm) this is an impressive piece of … Continue reading

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Kaplan’s Latest on Piracy

Thanks to Chief Wiggum for a head’s up on Kaplan’s latest article in the New York Times entitled “Anarchy on Land means Piracy at Sea” . PIRACY is the maritime ripple effect of anarchy on land. Somalia is a failed … Continue reading

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“Stop calling them pirates”

So says the FP’s Annie Lowery: It’s a sorry, sorry state of affairs. And it suggests two things to me. First, pirate exhaustion looms. (Though we’ve tested the limits on this blog, and found them boundlessly wide.) At one point, … Continue reading

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On the potential Japanese naval dispatch to Somalia

My first reaction to hearing about prime minister Aso’s push to get the Japanese Maritime Self Defense Force in the Gulf of Aden helping to combat piracy was _bandwagoning_. Here is a typical example of Japan showing international leadership… six … Continue reading

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Anti-Pirate Security Initiative

In 2003, in response to legal loopholes regarding confiscating WMD related materials and increasing concern by the US and others about proliferation, the US launched the Proliferation Security Initiatve (PSI). The beauty of the PSI is that it is not … Continue reading

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Hostile Takeovers or Good Corporate Governance?

Somali piracy has become a major news item, and most are blaming Somalia’s chronic anarchy. In truth, the pirates have become a highly organized business that originates in the stable civic society of Puntland in the north, not the chaos … Continue reading

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Kaplan on the Benefits, and Innocence, of Piracy

As U.S. Navy warships continue to surround the Ukrainian cargo ship holding weaponry in the Gulf of Aden recently hijacked by Somali pirates–who, realizing the reality of their situation, decrease their ransom daily–our patron saint Robert D. Kaplan writes about … Continue reading

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Bye Bye Sovereignty

The UN resolution allowing other countries to violate Somalia’s territorial waters in pursuit of pirates (as discussed before here) has passed. The UN Security Council has unanimously voted to allow countries to send warships into Somalia’s territorial waters to tackle … Continue reading

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