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Somali piracy as non-state governance

Source: Somali piracy as non-state governance

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west african pirates

i’ve been slow on pirate news. sometimes my google alert for ‘pirate’ brings me good things; most of the time it is about sports teams.

in any case, something good came in today. a lieutenant commander in the french navy noted that west africa and the gulf of guinea

is a good place to be a pirate.

in my head, he says it just like mel brooks.

more importantly, the piracy is partially attributable for the state (in this case, nigeria) not distributing the rents it earns from resources.

many of the pirates targeting ships on the high seas come from the niger delta in southern nigeria, where indigenous groups are demanding a greater share of the region’s oil wealth.

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carols and shanties

there’s someone else out there (actually, several people, it would seem) that enjoy both re-writing song lyrics and pirates.

if you are so inclined, she invites you to add to the songs:

 

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mo money, mo pirates

most of the pirate attacks appear to be the work of Nigerian crime syndicates that have been operating in their own oil-rich country for years. the rest of the story is here.

 

 

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somali pirates convicted in german court

full article here.

  • arguments about being forced into piracy by a leader rejected
  • arguments about being forced into piracy (or not actually committing piracy) because of desperation also not dismissed, although taken into account in sentencing
  • 7 years for adults, 3 years for minors
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kenyan courts can start trying somali (and other) pirates caught in international waters

full story here.

follow[ing] a 2010 Kenyan High Court judgement [that] courts could only deal with offenses carried out within the country’s territory… Kenya’s Court of Appeal rules the country’s courts have jurisdiction to try pirates caught in international waters.

 

 

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coastal communities recording pirates, informing countries

in the 18 months since the London-based Environment Justice Foundation (EJF) raised the £50,000 needed to buy and equip a small seven-metre community surveillance boat for villages in the Sherbro river area of Sierra Leone, local fishers have filmed and identified 10 international trawlers working illegally in their protected waters and have made 252 separate reports of illegal fishing.

images of the pirate ships and their GPS positions are analysed to establish the identity of the vessels and the evidence is passed on to European Union (EU) and African governments, fishing ports and other communities… in addition, it says, Panama and Korea, whose vessels have been repeatedly identified fishing illegally in Sierra Leonean waters, have agreed to act on the information provided by the communities.”

more here.

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pirates and the rolling stones (not keith richards in the movie)

pirates (secuity, employment) around minute 14:00: http://www.ted.com/talks/jason_mccue_terrorism_is_a_failed_brand.html

also, the enduring power of the rolling stones, at the end of the talk

 

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‘party over’ for somali pirates

first of all, i don’t think i fully understood that the somali pirates were partying. however, “the empty whiskey bottles and overturned, sand-filled skiffs littering this once-bustling shoreline (of Hobyo) are signs that the heydey of Somali piracy might be over. most of the prostitutes are gone and the luxury cars repossessed. pirates while away their hours playing cards or catching lobsters.”

hobya as the modern-day tortuga? read all here.

 

 

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continued declines in piracy but bolder in West Africa

a more complete review is here.

  • “outside of Somalia, most of the piracy is basically robbing the crew of their valuables and any portable items of worth from the ship (that will fit into the pirates’ small boat).”
  • “some of the pirates on the west coast of Africa (mainly the Gulf of Guinea) have become bolder and are hijacking ships (which they mainly take only long enough to steal the cargo).”
  • “there are still multi-million dollar ransoms to be had for Somali pirates (the only ones on the planet with safe harbors to store their captured ships while the ransom is negotiated).”