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  • Cautious Welcome

    A senior U.N. official has apparently cautiously welcomed news that an anti-piracy force is being created in Somalia but he and U.S. officials say they’re concerned about the degree of […]

  • Going Dutch

    Dutch prosecutors are set to launch a criminal investigation into five suspected Somali pirates for allegedly hijacking a South African yacht and plan to eventually prosecute them in the Netherlands. […]

  • Attack Report

    Pirates are believed to have captured a Bangladeshi-flagged vessel in the Arabian Sea off the coast of India after it was chased and attacked on Sunday, Bangladesh’s shipping department chief […]

  • Fighting Fund

    Reports are emerging that an “un-named Muslim country” is directly funding the creation of a 1000 strong, “well-armed and privately trained militia force” in Somalia’s north to fight piracy. The […]

  • US versus UK

    A cable on Britain’s Africa policy, sent on 6 February 2009 by the political counsellor Richard Mills at the US embassy in London, suggested  recognition of Somaliland should be considered […]

  • Cutting Edge Cutters

    A $480 million contract for a new National Security Cutter (NSC) for the US Coast Guard was awarded Nov. 29 to Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding. The new ship, which will become […]

  • Wikileak Warriors

    The latest trove of WikiLeak documents reveals as fact what we had all heard anyway,  that Blackwater, the international security firm, wanted to try its hand in Somali pirate hunting. […]

  • Preparing to deploy

    Seeking Support

    Kenyan Prime Minister Raila Odinga  is seeking a meeting early next year to ask international actors to pull their weight in prosecuting Somali pirates arrested in the Gulf of Aden and Indian […]

  • Raising Awareness

    The International Committee on Seafarers Welfare (ICSW) has arranged a Piracy Awareness seminar for the maritime community in the Philippines on Tuesday 7 December followed by detailed practical workshops on […]

  • Bon Voyage

    The Spanish Defence Minister, Carme Chacón, has praised the sailors on board the Spanish ship ‘Patiño’ bound for waters off the coast of Somalia. The defense minister made no secret of […]

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