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  • Iranian VP Blames 'Zionists,' Talmud for Inciting Drug Trade

    06/26/2012 3:04:46 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 9 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 26/6/12 | Rachel Hirshfeld
    Iranian Vice President Mohammad Reza Rahimi condemned the 'Zionists' for inciting global drug trade and addiction in a bid to annihilate non-Jewish communities in accordance with Talmudic teachings, Fars News Agency (FNA) reported. Addressing a ceremony for the International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking held in Tehran on Tuesday, Rahimi alleged that the prevalence of narcotics and drug-addiction throughout the world is rooted in the Talmud. “The book teaches them how to destroy non-Jews so as to protect an embryo in the womb of a Jewish mother,” Rahimi stated. The Iranian vice-president said that the Zionists' direct involvement...
  • The Yemeni Koran

    12/14/2009 5:55:25 AM PST · by SJackson · 5 replies · 975+ views
    Frontpagemagazine ^ | 12-14-09 | Jamie Glazov/Robert Spencer/Moorthy Muthuswamy.
    Explosive ramifications result from new evidence revealing the Muslim holy book has undergone a textual evolution Frontpage Interview’s guests today are Robert Spencer and Moorthy Muthuswamy. Moorthy Muthuswamy is an expert on terrorism in India. He grew up in India, where he had firsthand experience with political Islam and jihad. He moved to America in 1984 to pursue graduate studies. In 1992, he received a doctorate in nuclear physics from Stony Brook University, New York. Since 1999 he has extensively published ideas on neutralizing political Islam’s terror war as it is imposed on unbelievers. He is the author of the...
  • OBAMA TO STIMULATE THE JIHADIST ECONOMY

    10/26/2009 9:26:01 AM PDT · by Psion · 11 replies · 818+ views
    The Last Crusade ^ | October 24, 2009 | The Last Crusade
    HEARTLESS INSANITY! WHILE AMERICANS GO HUNGRY thelastcrusade.org Obama offers millions in Muslim technology fund The White House Friday highlighted a new multi-million-dollar technology fund for Muslim nations, following a pledge made by President Barack Obama in his landmark speech to the Islamic world. The White House said the US Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) had issued a call for proposals for the fund, which will provide financing of between 25 and 150 million dollars for selected projects and funds. The Global Technology and Innovation Fund will "catalyze and facilitate private sector investments" throughout Asia, the Middle East and Africa,...
  • Obama offers millions in Muslim technology fund

    10/26/2009 7:38:42 AM PDT · by mikelets456 · 19 replies · 760+ views
    Breitbart ^ | 10/23/2009 | breitbart
    The White House Friday highlighted a new multi-million-dollar technology fund for Muslim nations, following a pledge made by President Barack Obama in his landmark speech to the Islamic world. The White House said the US Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) had issued a call for proposals for the fund, which will provide financing of between 25 and 150 million dollars for selected projects and funds. The Global Technology and Innovation Fund will "catalyze and facilitate private sector investments" throughout Asia, the Middle East and Africa, the White House said in a statement. Eligible projects would advance economic opportunity and create...
  • Exclusive: Pirate tells how comrades drowned

    01/13/2009 6:26:44 AM PST · by rightwingintelligentsia · 41 replies · 2,046+ views
    CNN ^ | January 13, 2009 | David McKenzie
    NAIROBI, Kenya (CNN) -- One of the pirates who held a Saudi oil supertanker off Somalia before releasing it for ransom has told CNN how five in his group drowned when the boat in which they left the ship capsized as they tried to evade rival pirates seeking a cut of the money. Pirates seized the Sirius on November 15. A $3.5 million ransom payment -- down from the initial demand of $25 million -- was dropped by parachute onto the ship Friday, but the pirates delayed the vessel's release after the drownings. "Other pirates on the shore wanted a...
  • Dead Pirate Washes Ashore With $153,000

    01/12/2009 10:42:31 PM PST · by Ezekiel · 22 replies · 706+ views
    Military.com (AP) ^ | January 12, 2009
    January 12, 2009 Associated Press MOGADISHU, Somalia - The body of a Somali pirate who drowned just after receiving a huge ransom washed onshore with $153,000 in cash, a resident said, as the spokesman for another group of pirates promised to soon free a Ukrainian arms ship.
  • Australian warship could be sent to Indian Ocean in piracy purge

    01/12/2009 5:10:06 AM PST · by naturalman1975 · 4 replies · 284+ views
    The Australian ^ | 12th January 2009 | Samantha Maiden
    AN AUSTRALIAN warship could soon be sent to patrol pirate-infested waters in the seas off Somalia as part of a new multinational counter-piracy task force. As the Australian Government farewelled HMAS Warramunga today to conduct maritime security operations in the Central and Southern Persian Gulf as part of Task Force 152, a new role in an anti-piracy task force is under active consideration. HMAS Warramunga’s 185-strong team departed today on a six-month deployment to the Middle East where it will seek to "disrupt violent extremists’ use of the maritime environment as a venue for attack or to transport personnel, weapons...
  • Watching Pirates

    01/11/2009 6:38:20 PM PST · by T.L.Sink · 25 replies · 945+ views
    Commentary ^ | Jan. 10, '09 | Gordon Chang
    Somali pirates released the Sirius Star, the Saudi supertanker seized in November. The U.S. Navy photographed the $3 million dollar ransom dropped onto the ship by a remote-controlled parachute. Did we try to apprehend the Somalis once they released the ship and its crew? No, we did not. We didn't? We didn't do anything to stop the perpetrators even though we were close enough to record the events on film. We should have captured or killed the Somalis instead of idly observing their chance drowning. Every pirate has now realized that the mightiest nation on earth has, by its own...
  • Somali pirates drown as they flee with ransom

    01/10/2009 8:06:12 PM PST · by rdl6989 · 45 replies · 2,691+ views
    Times Online ^ | January 11, 2009 | Jon Swain
    SIX Somali pirates who hijacked a Saudi supertanker drowned with their share of the ransom when their boat capsized as it left the vessel, their leader said yesterday. Four others were missing with their share of the $3m payoff, which been parachuted on to the tanker on Friday, Mohamed Said said by phone from the port of Harardhere. “The small boat that was carrying those killed and eight who survived was overloaded . . . they were afraid of a chase from outsiders [foreign navies of the combined maritime forces],” he said. Mohamud Aden, a resident of the port off...
  • Nigerian pirates grab French ship

    01/06/2009 4:14:42 PM PST · by Cindy · 9 replies · 625+ views
    BBC NEWS ^ | Page last updated at 10:17 GMT, Tuesday, 6 January 2009 | n/a
    Piracy is common off Nigeria and often linked to militants Pirates have seized a ship owned by a French company off the Nigerian coast, taking nine crew members hostage. The company - Bourbon - said the captain had assured them that all crew members were unharmed. Bourbon - which provides specialist boats for the oil and gas industry - said it was working to free the crew. The hostages are from Nigeria, Ghana, Cameroon and Indonesia. Piracy is common in Nigerian waters, often linked to militants targeting oil companies. Militants attack vessels and strip them of valuables, taking hostages for...
  • France foils two Somali pirate attacks, holds 19

    French warship Sunday foiled attempts by Somalian pirates in the Gulf of Aden to seize two cargo vessels and intercepted 19 people, the French president's office said. "Three days after a French vessel thwarted an attack on a Panamanian cargo ship" the frigate Jean de Vienne conducted a "decisive action" against "two new attacks" it said in a statement. "The 19 Somali pirates who tried to seize the two boats were intercepted," it added, saying they carried weapons, ammunition and material for boarding ships. ...
  • Polish Special Forces to fight Somali pirates (see pictures)

    01/04/2009 11:14:45 AM PST · by lizol · 34 replies · 3,957+ views
    thenews.pl ^ | 03.01.2009
    Polish Special Forces to fight Somali pirates Created: 03.01.2009 10:02 Polish Special Forces from the Operation Mobile Reaction Group (GROM) are to join European Union troops fighting piracy off the coast of Somalia. Several dozen commandos are scheduled to go to Somalia to take part in the EU anti-piracy operation, code-named Atalanta. The idea arose when, in November, the Saudi based tanker, ‘Sirius Star,’ with a crew including two Poles - the captain and a crew member - on board plus 2 million barrels of oil. The pirates are demanding 25 million dollars in ransom money. Somali pirates have been...
  • Danish vessel detains pirates

    01/03/2009 6:23:32 PM PST · by bruinbirdman · 31 replies · 1,092+ views
    Politiken.dk ^ | 1/2/2009
    The Danish support vessel Absalon, which currently heads Task Force 150 operations in the Gulf of Aden has detained five Somali pirates after sinking their vessel, according to Admiral Danish Fleet. The Danish support vessel Absalon has detained five pirates in the Gulf of Aden after a dramatic incident involving a Netherlands-flagged vessel The Absalon detained the pirates after a dramatic incident in the Gulf of Aden, during which pirates attacked a Netherlands-flagged vessel. The crew were able to repulse the pirates, setting fire to their skiff with an emergency flare, after which the pirates abandoned ship and were picked...
  • Crew Fights Off Somali Pirates with Water Jets

    01/02/2009 11:52:47 AM PST · by Red in Blue PA · 40 replies · 1,180+ views
    CNBC ^ | 1/2/2009 | CNBC
    Crewmen fired high pressure water jets Friday to fight off heavily armed Somali pirates trying to board a Greek oil tanker in the dangerous Gulf of Aden, officials said. It was the fourth pirate attack of the new year. Armed with guns and rocket-propelled grenades, pirates in three speedboats twice tried to board the Greek-flagged Kriti Episkopi but were driven away when the crew turned fire hoses on them and EU aircraft scrambled from a nearby European Union naval flotilla to help, shipping company and Greek government officials said.
  • EU force 'foils Somali pirates'

    01/02/2009 7:48:39 AM PST · by austrian · 23 replies · 749+ views
    EU naval forces have forced back pirates raiding a Greek oil tanker off Somalia, the Greek government says. Pirates in speedboats abandoned efforts to board the tanker when a frigate, jet fighter and helicopter approached, the Greek merchant marine ministry reports. Earlier France's navy said one of its ships had seized two suspected pirate boats and was holding eight suspects. The International Maritime Bureau says increased naval patrols have sharply reduced the number of pirate attacks. The Greek-flagged Kriti Episkopi had been en route to Iran when it came under attack twice by pirates, officials say. The captain alerted the...
  • Somali pirates seize Egyptian ship; Tanker saved

    01/01/2009 8:41:25 AM PST · by george76 · 16 replies · 1,258+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 2009-01-01 | KATARINA KRATOVAC
    Somali pirates seized an Egyptian cargo ship and its 28 crewmembers on Thursday while a Malaysian military helicopter saved an Indian tanker from being hijacked in the new year's first attacks by pirates in the dangerous Gulf of Aden. Fifteen armed pirates snatched the Egyptian vessel, called Blue Star, after the ship exited the Red Sea and entered the gulf, carrying a cargo of 6,000 tons of fertilizer, according to Egyptian Deputy Foreign minister, Ahmed Rizq. In the other attack Thursday, a Malaysian military helicopter saved an Indian tanker carrying a full load of oil when it was attacked by...
  • THE EU'S FIRST COMBAT DEPLOYMENT: German Navy Mission Encounters More than Pirates

    12/31/2008 5:52:41 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 13 replies · 1,062+ views
    spiegel.de ^ | 12/22/2008 | Walter Mayr
    "Operation Atalanta" is the name of the EU's first combat mission against pirates. At a naval base in Djibouti, the German frigate Karlsruhe is standing ready to join the fight. .... It is 3,680 tons of gray-painted German steel, and its armaments include guided missile launchers midship, a 76-mm cannon at the bow and two steel-helmeted men on the machine-gun platform. Red Christmas decorations hang in the windows and glitter in the African sun. The vessel is the flagship of the fight against international piracy being waged by the government of Chancellor Angela Merkel. But the question remains: Can a...
  • Kerry suggests hot pursuit of pirates (Mega Hurl)

    12/30/2008 5:08:27 AM PST · by PasorBob · 51 replies · 1,408+ views
    Boston.com ^ | December 30, 2008
    As a young Navy swift boat commander in Vietnam, Senator John F. Kerry was no stranger to the perils of hot pursuit in combat. He was awarded a Silver Star for beaching his boat after a rocket attack and racing ashore to chase down and kill a Viet Cong fighter armed with a rocket launcher. Nearly 40 years later, as incoming chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Kerry favors using hot pursuit against pirates in the waters off Somalia, but urges a cautious approach before US officials consider sending American forces to chase them ashore. Kerry plans committee hearings...
  • A Pirate’s life is Flashy in Somalia

    12/26/2008 10:59:52 AM PST · by epow · 29 replies · 1,263+ views
    AJC ^ | 12/26/08 | Shashank Bengali
    Nairobi, Kenya —- There’s at least one job these days that’s recession-proof, if you can handle shark-infested seas, outrun some of the world’s most powerful navies and keep your cool when your hostages get antsy. A pirate’s life in Somalia isn’t for everyone. However, nothing comes easily in one of the poorest and most unstable countries on Earth, and when you consider the dearth of career options for Somalis on land, a pirate’s life starts to look more than cushy by comparison. “Is there any Somali who can earn a million dollars for any business? We get millions of dollars...
  • Chinese Navy sets sail for anti-piracy mission off Somalia (Xinhua)

    12/26/2008 5:12:49 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 29 replies · 1,243+ views
    China Daily ^ | 12/26/08
    Chinese Navy sets sail for anti-piracy mission off Somalia (Xinhua) Updated: 2008-12-26 15:13 SANYA - The Chinese naval fleet set sail at 1:50 p.m. on Friday from a port here in the southernmost island province of Hainan for Somalia. The ships will take part in an escort mission against piracy. The warships of the People's Liberation Army Navy, decorated by colored ribbons and flowers, were unmoored at the military port by crew members in white naval uniforms who saluted the crowds who saw them off. Two destroyers, DDG-169 Wuhan and DDG-171 Haikou, and the supply ship Weishanhu from the South...
  • Germans Save Egyptian Ship From Somali Pirates

    12/25/2008 8:10:38 AM PST · by metmom · 36 replies · 1,566+ views
    FOXNews.com ^ | Thursday, December 25, 2008 | Associated Press
    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — A German military helicopter chased away pirates on Thursday who were trying to board an Egyptian ship off the coast of Somalia. One of the ship's crew was shot in the attack. The bulk carrier with 31 crew was passing through the Gulf of Aden on its way to Asia when gun-toting pirates in a speedboat began pursuing it, said Noel Choong of the International Maritime Bureau's piracy reporting center. A passing ship alerted the Kuala Lumpur-based bureau, which asked a multinational naval coalition force in the area to help, said Choong.
  • Analysis: Pirates, poverty mark US Somalia failure

    12/20/2008 1:22:59 PM PST · by ricks_place · 17 replies · 924+ views
    YAHOO ^ | Dec 20,2008 | ANNE GEARAN
    WASHINGTON – The Bush administration inherited a mess in strategic Somalia and may be leaving President-elect Barack Obama with a worse one. The explosion of piracy off Somalia's coast is an attention-grabbing product of internal chaos in the Horn of Africa country, and a problem that will outlast the administration's success this past week in winning U.N. backing for possible pirate-hunting raids on Somali territory. "We have a framework in place now to deal with this issue, but it's not going to be a very easy one," State Department spokesman Robert Wood said. Wood meant that there is more to...
  • Pictured: Desperate Chinese sailors fight off Somali pirates with beer bottles and Molotov cocktails

    12/19/2008 11:39:03 AM PST · by Flavius · 48 replies · 2,986+ views
    dailymail ^ | 19th December 2008 | By Mail Foreign Service
    Keeping low to avoid being shot, a sailor lights a Molotov cocktail before throwing it at Somali pirates trying to board his ship. He and his crewmates were expecting trouble and had prepared dozens of the makeshift grenades to repel an invasion. Their cargo vessel was attacked in the Gulf of Aden by pirates using speedboats and armed with heavy machine guns and rocket launchers.
  • UN gives authority to hunt pirates on land, air

    12/16/2008 3:21:25 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 58 replies · 4,951+ views
    The International Herald Tribune / The Associated Press ^ | December 16, 2008 | Ahmed Al-Haj in San'a, William J. Kole and Barbara Surk
    On the same day Somali gunmen seized two more ships, the U.N. Security Council voted unanimously Tuesday to authorize nations to conduct land and air attacks on pirate bases on the coast of the Horn of Africa country. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice was on hand to push through the resolution, one of President George W. Bush's last major foreign policy initiatives. Rice said the resolution will have a significant impact, especially since "pirates are adapting to the naval presence in the Gulf of Aden by traveling further" into sea lanes not guarded by warships sent by the U.S. and...
  • Piracy & Firearms: Another View

    12/14/2008 8:40:14 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 53 replies · 3,236+ views
    Yachting Noonsite ^ | March 27, 2007 | Mike Rostov
    I was scanning your site, like I do often, and I noticed on the issue of piracy some short comments about using firearms to ward off pirates. One good source of info on modern piracy that many who own yachts may not have ever read is an American magazine called, "Soldier of Fortune". "Soldier of Fortune" magazine, founded and edited by a retired US Army special forces colonel, is known as the only publication to have had a reporter on the ground the entire time during the Russian war in Afghanistan. This magazine is of extreme interest to the yachting...
  • Pirate Attack update

    11/02/2008 10:05:35 AM PST · by R J Nowlin · 11 replies · 1,390+ views
    Military Intelligence ^ | 2 Nov 2008 | Rod Nowlin
    On March 8, 2005 the sailing vessel Mahdi, Captain Rod Nowlin, was attacked by armed pirates in the Gulf of Aden. It has been verified by sources in Military Intelligence (not identified) that it was an attempt by terrorists to kidnap American citizens. Two of the perpetraters were captured when they went to a hospital for treatment of gunshots wounds. I have never been able to access the report. For some unknown reason it was classified "secret". Maybe the perps ended up in Gitmo as guests of the military. If any Vets or active duty people who read this have...
  • Indian navy captures 23 pirates: Pirates threatened a merchant vessel in the Gulf of Aden, navy says

    12/13/2008 1:10:55 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 46 replies · 4,158+ views
    MSNBC / The Associated Press ^ | December 13, 2008
    NEW DELHI - The Indian navy captured 23 pirates who threatened a merchant vessel Saturday in the lawless waters of the Gulf of Aden, where dozens of ships have come under attack by gunmen in recent months. An Indian navy ship, the INS Mysore, was escorting merchant ships in the region near Somalia when it received a distress call from seamen on board the MV Gibe, who said they were being attacked by two boats. The distress call said the pirates were firing as their boats closed in on the Gibe, according to a statement from the Indian government. The...
  • Indian Navy repulses attack, arrests 23 pirates

    12/13/2008 4:38:05 AM PST · by MyTwoCopperCoins · 42 replies · 2,792+ views
    The Indian Express ^ | 13 December, 2008 | The Indian Express
    NEW DELHI:  In another successful anti-piracy operation, Navy warship on Saturday repulsed an attack on a merchant vessel in the Gulf of Aden and nabbed 23 Somali and Yemeni sea brigands, in a show of resolve to weed out the menace that affected maritime trade in the region. The pirates on two speed boats had surrounded the merchant vessel flying the Ethiopian flag around noon, when INS Mysore warship intervened and warded off the attack, Navy spokesperson said. The pirates had fired at the merchant vessel with their small arms, when it sent out a rescue call and the Indian...
  • Navy commander questions land attacks on pirates

    12/13/2008 4:49:48 AM PST · by decimon · 39 replies · 994+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Dec. 12, 2008 | Lolita C. Baldor
    Some of the eight suspected Somali pirates listen as a translator Mohammed Ali Mohammed translates the proceedings of the day at the Law Courts in Mombasa Kenya Thursday Dec. 11, 20008, during the hearing of their case where they are charged with hijacking a cargo ship along Somali waters. The hearing of the eight Somali suspects was adjourned until January 14th,15th and 16th after the state pleaded for more time to go through the suspects files.. (AP Photo) MANAMA — Days before Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is to ask the United Nations to authorize "all necessary measures" against piracy...
  • Somali Pirates are a Ridiclous Sham

    12/11/2008 2:16:03 PM PST · by publius321 · 8 replies · 731+ views
    December 11, 2008 "Somali Pirates are a Ridiculous Sham" Column at http://tableofwisdom.com/Daily__Quick_Thoughts.html
  • Somali [Terrorist] Pirates Set Up 'Agencies' on Three Continents

    12/10/2008 3:27:10 PM PST · by lewisglad · 8 replies · 391+ views
    Debkafiles Global Security Bulletin ^ | December 10, 2008, 7:43 PM | Gioria Shamis & Diane Shalem
    Somali pirates set up "agencies" on three continents December 10, 2008, 7:43 PM From Tuesday, Dec. 9, at least four British, French and Greek warships, two reconnaissance planes and 150 marines will escort merchant ships sailing through the Gulf of Aden and Horn of Africa waters. This force will expand to 6 naval vessels, 3 aircraft and 1,000 marines. But meanwhile, military and counter-terrors sources report, the pirates have set up a land-based intelligence-financial-logistic logistic network in the Persian Gulf, East Africa and… northern Europe. Royal Navy Rear Adm. Phillip Jones will oversee the EU mission from the RAF Northwood...
  • Somali piracy backed by international network

    12/10/2008 10:01:17 AM PST · by decimon · 5 replies · 390+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Dec. 10, 2008 | MOHAMED OLAD HASSAN and ELIZABETH A. KENNEDY
    MOGADISHU, Somalia – Ahmed Dahir Suleyman is cagey as he talks about the global network that funds and supports piracy off the coast of Somalia. "We have negotiators, translators and agents in many areas ... let me say across the world," said Suleyman, a pirate in the harbor town of Eyl, where scores of hijacked ships are docked.
  • ( Somali ) Pirates 'put down hostage revolt'

    12/09/2008 9:20:14 AM PST · by george76 · 24 replies · 1,069+ views
    AFP...BBC ^ | 9 December 2008
    Somali pirates say they have thwarted an apparent revolt by the crew of a hijacked Ukrainian cargo ship... sailors of the MV Faina tried to "harm" two of their captors. The ship is carrying 33 tanks and other weaponry and was seized by pirates two and half months ago. "Some crew members on the Ukrainian ship are misbehaving," the pirate said. "They tried to harm two of our gunmen late Monday. This is unacceptable, they risk serious punitive measures. "Somalis know how to live and how to die at the same time, but the Ukrainians' attempt to take violent action...
  • British Admiral to lead new EU anti-pirate force for Somalia

    12/08/2008 4:13:13 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 26 replies · 631+ views
    telegraph.co.uk ^ | 08 Dec 2008 | Mike Pflanz
    A European fleet of six warships commanded by a British Admiral has taken charge of anti-piracy patrols in the waters off Somalia. The new force, which carries at least two spotter planes for aerial reconnaissance, takes over from a Nato-led flotilla to lead international military efforts to thwart pirates who have attacked almost 100 vessels in the Gulf of Aden this year. Codenamed Operation Atalanta, the EU deployment is headed by Vice-Adml Philip Jones of Britain's Permanent Joint Headquarters at Northwood, and includes warships from France, Spain and Greece. "This operation under British command, I hope will begin to establish...
  • A look at how Somali pirates operate

    12/05/2008 7:55:52 PM PST · by george76 · 23 replies · 1,223+ views
    Associated Press ^ | December 05, 2008
    As piracy explodes off Somalia's lawless coast, the questions become ever more stark: How can ragtag bands of Somali pirates stand up to international warships? And why not just shoot the bandits when they try to clamber aboard? In Somalia, pirates are well-funded, well-organized and have easy access to heavy weapons in a country that has been in tatters for nearly two decades. Pirates travel in open skiffs with outboard engines, working with larger ships that tow them far out to sea. They use satellite navigational and communications equipment and have an intimate knowledge of local waters, clambering aboard commercial...
  • Terrorists Say They Will Battle Somali Pirates

    12/03/2008 11:14:08 AM PST · by AJKauf · 21 replies · 1,178+ views
    Pajamas Media ^ | December 3 | Kender MacGowan
    The irony in this story is thicker than Rosie O’Donnell’s thigh. A hijacked Saudi tanker, the Sirius Star, taken by pirates off the coast of Somalia last week, is being threatened by Islamic militants who say they will “rescue” the ship from the pirates. Stating the hijacking is a crime against Islam (and really, what isn’t these days?), members of the Somali Islamist group al-Shabab arrived in the town of Harardhere to battle the pirates. Now before we go any deeper into this story let us get some things straight. Piracy is in fact against Islam...
  • Could Pirates Attack Your Cruise Ship?

    12/02/2008 5:16:45 AM PST · by cll · 29 replies · 1,571+ views
    Cruise Critic ^ | 12/01/2008 | Carolyn Spencer Brown
    When Oceania Cruises announced this weekend that pirates had attempted to approach its Nautica as it cruised through the Gulf of Aden, it heightened existing concerns about passenger and cruise ship safety in that dangerous part of the world. Nautica's captain, officers and crew successfully evaded the pirates yesterday, which is obviously the good news. No one was injured, and the ship is not even off schedule at this point. Still, increasing attacks by pirates on cargo vessels and oil tankers, not to mention this latest incident affecting a cruise ship, begs the question: If you're on a cruise ship...
  • Top 10 clues your cruise ship has been taken over by pirates

    12/02/2008 9:01:27 AM PST · by Osama Obama · 8 replies · 1,293+ views
    The Wit Hits the Fan ^ | 12/2/08 | The Wit Hits the Fan
    It is becoming increasingly obvious that the seven seas are dangerous. A resurgence in pirate activity off the coast of Somalia has been all over the news. It is important for your safety, that you be educated in the subtle signs of pirate infestation. As a service to you, we present: Top 10 clues your cruise ship has been taken over by pirates.
  • Somali Pirates Hijack Ship, Some Crew Escape (ANOTHER ONE!!)

    11/28/2008 5:36:48 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies · 1,345+ views
    The Voice of America ^ | November 28, 2008
    Maritime officials said pirates off the coast of Somalia Friday hijacked another ship and released one that had been held for more than two months. Officials said three crew members escaped as pirates boarded the Liberian-flagged chemical tanker Biscaglia. A warship on patrol near the ship sent a helicopter to intervene. It arrived after pirates seized the ship, but rescued the three crew members who had jumped into the Gulf of Aden. At least 25 other crew members are still on board the hijacked ship. They are reported to be mostly from India and Bangladesh. Also Friday, Kenyan authorities said...
  • Another Ship Hijacked, One Released

    11/28/2008 7:58:30 AM PST · by econjack · 23 replies · 580+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | Nov. 28.2008 | KATHARINE HOURELD
    Details about another ship that was hijacked by Somali pirates and one that was released with the crew unharmed. Question: Why not have weapons aboard ships that sail these waters similar to our troops with rocket launchers that home in on a target painted with a laser beam. My guess is that putting a few prirate boats in orbit might discourage other pirates in the area...just a thought.
  • Privatizing Piracy Protection (Oliver North)

    11/28/2008 8:24:28 AM PST · by jazusamo · 27 replies · 852+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | November 28, 2008 | Oliver North
    WASHINGTON -- Piracy has long been the consequence of disorder. America's first foreign war -- undeclared but authorized by Congress -- was waged by President Thomas Jefferson against the Barbary pirates. It is instructive history for those who believe that the problem of Somali piracy can be solved the same way. By the late 1700s, the European powers were incapable of maintaining maritime law and order, and Islamic piracy became a flourishing enterprise in the Mediterranean and along the Atlantic coast of North Africa. Despite "tribute" payments to the "governments" in Algiers, Tunis, Tripoli and Morocco by the British, French...
  • India: Islamic Retaliation for Lawful Action Against Somali Pirates?

    11/27/2008 8:59:21 AM PST · by Charlie Fairbanks · 24 replies · 986+ views
    Men for Palin Blog ^ | November 27, 2008 | Charlie Fairbanks
    This Thanksgiving Day while we are eating turkey and stuffing and watching the Philadelphia Eagles get trounced by Denver, one of our allies is on the brink of all-out war with radical Islam. The Indian Navy has taken lawful action to protect maritime commerce in the Gulf of Aden from the Somali Pirates (above right). Is the Muslim terrorist attack on Mumbai (above left) retaliation for India’s defense of shipping. MFP pities the fool that underestimates the Indian military.
  • Did One Woman in Virginia Just Bring Down The Somali Pirates?

    11/25/2008 5:38:17 PM PST · by Bill Dupray · 15 replies · 1,833+ views
    The Patriot Room ^ | November 25, 2008 | Bill Dupray
    I have heard of tough women before. And mean women. And women most men wouldn't dare cross. But to end the Somali Piracy industry . . . with a satellite phone? Now that is tough. More . . .
  • Sunk 'Mother Ship' May Not Have Had Pirates on Board

    11/25/2008 6:12:31 PM PST · by ari-freedom · 47 replies · 1,122+ views
    Fox news ^ | November 25, 2008 | Jennifer Griffin
    <p>Despite the Indian Navy's claims that it sank a so-called pirate "mother ship" last week, there is no evidence to suggest that any pirates were on board, and the destroyed ship may simply have been an innocent commercial fishing vessel, a U.S. official with knowledge of last week's incident told FOX News.</p>
  • Why Don't We Hang Pirates Anymore? (Could it be the corrupt liberal do-gooders UN?)

    11/25/2008 9:41:00 AM PST · by mojito · 29 replies · 969+ views
    WSJ ^ | 11/25/2008 | Brett Stephens
    It's a safe bet, dear reader, that the title of this column has caused you to either (a) roll your eyes and wonder, What century do you think we're living in? or (b) scratch your head and ask, Yes, why don't we? Wherever you come down, the question defines a fault line in the civilized world's view about the latest encroachment of barbarism. Year-to-date, Somalia-based pirates have attacked more than 90 ships, seized more than 35, and currently hold 17. Some 280 crew members are being held hostage, and two have been killed. Billions of dollars worth of cargo have...
  • Pirates seize Yemeni ship

    11/24/2008 11:43:43 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 51 replies · 2,142+ views
    Straits Times / Reuters ^ | November 25, 2008
    NAIROBI - SOMALI pirates have hijacked another vessel, a Yemen cargo ship, in the Gulf of Aden, a regional maritime official said on Tuesday. Mr Andrew Mwangura, coordinator of the Kenya-based East African Seafarers' Assistance Programme, identified the vessel as the MV Amani, but no other details were immediately available. Word of the latest attack at sea came 10 days after gunmen from Somalia seized a Saudi supertanker in the largest hijacking in maritime history. The Nov 15 capture of the Sirius Star - with US$100 million (S$151.6 million) of oil and 25 crew members from Britain, Poland, Croatia, Saudi...
  • Somali Pirates Rocking The World (Language alert)

    11/25/2008 6:06:16 AM PST · by Islander7 · 31 replies · 785+ views
    Pat Dollard ^ | Nov 25, 2008 | Pat Dollard
    Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia) — Shipping officials from around the world called Monday for a military blockade along Somalia’s coast to intercept pirate vessels heading out to sea. But NATO, which has four warships off the coast of Somalia, rejected the idea. Somali pirates have become increasingly brazen, seizing eight vessels in the last two weeks, including a huge Saudi supertanker with $100 million worth of crude oil. Peter Swift of the International Assn. of Independent Tanker Owners said stronger naval action and aerial support were necessary to battle rampant piracy in the Gulf of Aden near Somalia. About 20...
  • Pirates' Heaven

    11/25/2008 7:53:36 AM PST · by thinkingIsPresuppositional · 7 replies · 479+ views
    Modern Conservative ^ | November 25, 2008 | Leslie Sacks
    By Leslie SacksOff Somalia's vast Indian Ocean coastline, a set of entrepreneurial Somalis have found gainful employment in one of the world's most impoverished settings. The Horn of Africa is the setting for a latter day "Barbary Pirates," where ragtag groups equipped with GPS devices, rocket-propelled grenades and assorted machine guns roam at will, boarding supertankers and cargo vessels at a rate of about two per week. As a result, some 15 dormant ships are now berthed in lawless yet booming Somali ports. Perhaps oil-thirsty America can bid for some of those oil-filled supertankers on the cheap and quietly...
  • Why hijack a plane when you can seize a supertanker?

    11/25/2008 8:25:54 AM PST · by LuxMaker · 10 replies · 423+ views
    Yahoo! News ^ | 25 NOV 2008 | Andrew Marshall
    >snip< Geoffrey Cheng, analyst at Daiwa Institute of Research, said insurance companies had raised premiums by 12-15 percent this year. With many shipping firms already operating at a loss, he said "they are actually burning money now." A terrorist attack on shipping would further raise insurance premiums. The impact of Somali piracy on premiums shows the extent to which costs can suddenly spike -- corporate security firm BGN Risk estimates the special risks insurance levy for crossing the Gulf of Aden has leapt to $20,000 per vessel per transit from $500. And an attack aimed at shutting down a major...
  • Civilization walks the plank: coddles terrorists and pirates

    11/24/2008 5:27:09 PM PST · by SJackson · 15 replies · 624+ views
    JERUSALEM POST ^ | Nov. 20, 2008 | Caroline Glick
    Civilization walks the plank Caroline Glick , THE JERUSALEM POST Nov. 20, 2008 www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?cid=1226404794131&pagename=JPost%2FJPArticle%2FShowFull A Somali pirate and a former US defense secretary are flying to London for vacation. One of them is stopped at immigration at Heathrow airport and arrested on suspicion of committing war crimes. Which one do you think it was? On Tuesday, Somali pirates, sailing in little more than motorized bathtubs, armed with automatic rifles and rocket-propelled grenades, and sustained by raw fish and narcotics, successfully hijacked the Sirius Star, a Saudi-owned oil tanker the size of a US aircraft carrier. The tanker was carrying some...