Beware Copy-Cat Piracy

The House of Lords has published its report into Somali piracy, examining specifically the success of EU Operation Atalanta, and is available here. I find myself elsewhere these days so haven’t ploughed through its pages. I’m sure there’s some tasty nuggets in there. In the meantime the conclusions do seem to take a rather optimistic … More Beware Copy-Cat Piracy

Just When You Thought Things Couldn’t Get Any Worse in Somalia… Sky Pirates

Not content with bringing shipping lanes to a standstill off Somalia, gunmen are now intent on snagging European passengers from flights in and out of the lawless country and holding them for ransom. Yusuf M Hasan has written a gripping account of the thwarted hijacking of a flight from Bossaso, Puntland, to Djibouti… Diyaarada way … More Just When You Thought Things Couldn’t Get Any Worse in Somalia… Sky Pirates

EXCLUSIVE: Interview with a bloke on a satphone

The accent may have been thick and the line crackly as the words travelled through the ether but there was no doubting the sinister timbre of the universal pirate battle cry. “ARRRRRRRGGGGH,” said a man called Red Beard – his nickname apparently coming from the traditional use of henna to colour his facial hair – … More EXCLUSIVE: Interview with a bloke on a satphone