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  • International Laws May Be Part Of Maritime Piracy Problem

    03/23/2011 7:08:54 AM PDT · by decimon · 8 replies
    North Carolina State University ^ | March 23, 2011 | Matt Shipman
    International piracy costs the shipping industry billions of dollars a year and leads to high-profile murders that make global headlines. Longstanding concerns over piracy have led to numerous international laws and conventions designed to keep pirates in check – but research from North Carolina State University shows that the tangled network of laws may actually be helping pirates escape justice. “We wanted to know why the international community is not working together and taking advantage of existing laws to address piracy, even as piracy is on the rise in places like the horn of Africa,” says Dr. Mark Nance, assistant...
  • Media bats for Somali pirates

    03/21/2011 2:59:45 PM PDT · by James C. Bennett · 1 replies
    The Pioneer ^ | March 22, 2011 | The Pioneer
    TV channels are demanding that the Government should pay ransom to free Indian sailors held hostage. We saw similar media frenzy during IC-814 crisis. On December 8, 1989, Ms Rubaiya Sayeed, daughter of Mufti Mohammed Sayeed, who had become India’s Minister for Home Affairs less than a week earlier, was kidnapped by members of the separatist Jammu & Kashmir Liberation Front. Amidst a frenzy of media attention, Prime Minister VP Singh buckled and sent two of his Ministers, Mr Inder Kumar Gujral and Mr Arif Mohammed Khan, to Srinagar. Despite strong warnings from Chief Minister Farooq Abdullah and indications that...
  • Pirate threatens India after capture of 61 pirates

    03/17/2011 12:43:04 PM PDT · by James C. Bennett · 22 replies
    Salon ^ | March 14, 2011 | Salon
    Five dozen pirates living on a hijacked ship serving as a roving pirate base jumped into the Arabian Sea on Monday after the Indian navy fired on the vessel in self-defense, the navy said Monday. The navy captured 61 pirates fleeing the battle and the fire that broke out aboard the hijacked vessel. The battle is the latest example of the piracy trade's turn toward increased violence. A pirate in Somalia threatened Indian sailors and the government with targeted attacks in retaliation for the arrests. The Indian navy said a patrol aircraft spotted the mothership Friday while responding to another...
  • Indian Govt. mulling idea of having armed guards on merchant ships

    03/16/2011 5:14:21 PM PDT · by James C. Bennett · 12 replies
    Sify News ^ | March 15, 2011 | Sify News
    The Indian Government is mulling over the idea of having armed escorts on merchant ships akin to those appointed in airlines in the wake of an increase in the number of attacks by Somali pirates. The decision is under consideration after Indian ship owners sought the government's permission to have guards on ships as a defensive mechanism. The hijacking of ships near the coast of Somalia has cost the shipping industry millions of dollars. Pirates have continued to attack foreign ships in the Gulf of Aden and the Indian Ocean, defying an armada of warships trying to protect the key...
  • Navy, Coast Guard to get more teeth to tackle piracy

    03/16/2011 5:06:10 PM PDT · by James C. Bennett · 11 replies
    The Times of India ^ | March 12, 2011 | The Times of India
    NEW DELHI: India now plans to take the battle to the pirates, with measures finalized to give more operational and legal teeth to Navy and Coast Guard. This will enable the two maritime forces to operate "much more aggressively" against sea brigands on the high seas than ever before. Under the new rules of engagement and standard operating procedures firmed up, Indian warships will now engage or disable pirate ships in "a far more pro-active manner". "Till now, our warships were usually opening fire in self-defence or if pirates were found attacking or hijacking merchant vessels. The new measures will...
  • Armed guards on merchant vessels soon?

    03/16/2011 8:47:11 AM PDT · by James C. Bennett · 5 replies
    The Times of India ^ | March 16, 2011 | The Times of India
    NEW DELHI: After clearing new aggressive rules of engagement for naval warships to go on an "all out offensive'' against pirates, the government is now also moving towards allowing armed guards on Indian merchant vessels to keep the sea brigands at bay. The armed guards, akin to sky marshals deployed on civil airliners to prevent hijacking, are likely to be drawn from retired personnel of Navy and Coast Guard, who are well-versed in maritime as well as security matters, said sources. Another proposal being pushed by Navy is to make it mandatory for all merchant vessels to have "safe houses...
  • 5 Somalis Sentenced to Life Plus 80 Years for Piracy Against USS Nicholas

    03/15/2011 8:29:11 PM PDT · by Larry381 · 17 replies · 1+ views
    Dept Of Justice ^ | March 14, 2011 | United States Attorney's Office Eastern District of Virginia
    NORFOLK, VA—Five men from Somalia were sentenced today to life followed by a consecutive 80 years in prison for engaging in piracy and related offenses in their attack on the USS Nicholas. Neil H. MacBride, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia; Janice K. Fedarcyk, Assistant Director in Charge of the FBI’s New York Field Office; Alex J. Turner, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s Norfolk Field Office; and Mark Russ, Special Agent in Charge of the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) in Norfolk, made the announcement after sentencing by United States District Judge Mark S. Davis. “Today...
  • How to Survive a Pirate Attack

    03/07/2011 7:42:19 AM PST · by Travis McGee · 122 replies ^ | March 7, 2011 | Paul Eisenberg
    Pirates hijacked 53 ships and held a total of 1,181 hostages for ransom last year, according to the International Maritime Bureau. Forty nine of those ships and 1,016 of those hostages – from commercial and private vessels -- were seized by pirates off the coast of Somalia, a statistic that was brought into sharp relief last month when Somali pirates hijacked a yacht and on Feb. 22 murdered the four Americans aboard. Two days later, a Danish family, including three children, was taken from their yacht by Somali pirates and as of this writing had been moved to a larger...
  • Danish family's sailboat hijacked in Indian Ocean

    02/28/2011 9:15:05 AM PST · by Kartographer · 126 replies
    AP/YahooNews ^ | 2/28/11
    Denmark's government says pirates in the Indian Ocean have hijacked a Danish sailboat with four adults and three children on board. The Danish Foreign Ministry says the ship sent a distress signal on Thursday, and "It has now been confirmed that the sailboat was hijacked by pirates." The ministry said Monday that a Danish couple, their three children — aged 12-16 — and two adult crew members were on board the boat. All are Danish nationals.
  • Piracy is Funny: Hillary Laughs and Cackles While Explaining US "Strategy".

    02/27/2011 6:19:04 AM PST · by beebuster2000 · 18 replies
    press conference ^ | april 10, 2009 | hillary clinton video
    old, but worth watching to see who our leaders are at this time of crisis. Cackling Clinton Explains Piracy
  • Report: Seizing of Pirate Chiefs Questioned in Killings of Four Americans (FBI screw up?)

    02/24/2011 9:27:43 AM PST · by Pan_Yan · 89 replies
    Fox News ^ | February 24, 2011
    ... The New York Times reports that an FBI hostage-rescue negotiator aboard the U.S.S. Sterett came to believe the two Somalis were not serious when they boarded the vessel. Once those men were taken into custody, U.S. officials told the pirates on the yacht -- called the Quest -- to send over someone they could negotiate with. The events that immediately followed have been sharply contested and raises questions about the decision to detain the pirate leaders, the Times reports. American officials said the pirates on the yacht seemed relieved — even “exceptionally calm” — when they were told their...
  • Somali Pirates Kill Bible Distributors

    02/22/2011 7:26:01 PM PST · by lastchance · 27 replies
    Christianity Today ^ | Sarah Pulliam Bailey
    Bible distributors who were taken hostage by Somali pirates were killed while negotiations between the pirates and U.S. military forces were underway Tuesday morning. U.S. forces boarded the yacht in response to gunfire, and discovered that four hostages had been shot. Two of the pirates were killed, and 13 captured in a confrontation, according to a statement from U.S. Central Command. Scott and Jean Adam's vessel Quest was taken hostage last week; 19 pirates were believed to be involved in the hijacking.
  • Somali Pirates Kill 4 Americans on Hijacked Ship

    02/22/2011 7:33:13 AM PST · by Allthegoodusernamesaregone · 219 replies
    WASHINGTON, Feb. 22, 2011 – Somali pirates killed all four Americans they had held hostage aboard a sailing vessel in the Indian Ocean this morning, U.S. Central Command officials announced. U.S. officials were negotiating with the pirates for the safe return of the captured Americans when the murders took place, officials said. Centcom officials said that in the midst of negotiations, U.S. forces responded to gunfire aboard the S/V Quest. When the forces reached the boat, officials said, they discovered all four hostages had been shot by their captors. Despite immediate steps to provide life-saving care, all four hostages ultimately...
  • 4 Americans Abducted by Somali Pirates Have Been Killed, Fox News Confirms [banner only]

    02/22/2011 6:08:59 AM PST · by TomGuy · 208 replies · 2+ views
    FOX ^ | February 22, 2011
  • 4 Americans on hijacked yacht dead off Somalia

    02/22/2011 11:10:40 AM PST · by libstripper · 38 replies
    CBS News ^ | Feb. 22, 2011 | CBS News
    Four Americans taken hostage by Somali pirates off East Africa were shot and killed by their captors Monday, the U.S. military said, marking the first time U.S. citizens have been killed in a wave of pirate attacks plaguing the Gulf of Aden and the Indian Ocean for years. U.S. naval forces, who were trailig the Americans' captured yacht with four warships
  • Raid on ship off Africa's east coast frees hostages held for three months (Brits let pirates go)

    02/15/2011 5:24:50 AM PST · by Pan_Yan · 19 replies
    The Australian ^ | February 15, 2011 12:35PM | Deborah Haynes
    A ROYAL Navy team has successfully stormed a vessel seized by Somali pirates in the Gulf of Aden and rescued five Yemeni fishermen who had been held hostage for three months. The Ministry of Defence described the Yemeni fishing boat as a pirate "mother ship". The pirates used it as a base from which to mount attacks in three smaller craft, which were destroyed in the operation last Thursday. The group of about half a dozen sailors and Royal Marines, dispatched from a British warship that is part of an anti-piracy mission in the region, found and destroyed several weapons,...
  • Danish warship captures Gulf of Aden pirates (EU steps up, gets mothership)

    02/13/2011 6:02:43 AM PST · by Pan_Yan · 25 replies
    AFP via Emirates 24/7 ^ | Sunday, February 13, 2011
    Danish ship patrolling the Gulf of Aden under NATO operational control captured 16 suspected Somali pirates who were sailing a hijacked vessel, the Danish navy and NATO said on Sunday. "The Esbern Snare warship on Friday morning captured a pirate group which operated from a hijacked ship," the Danish Navy operational control (SOK) said in a statement. The Danish crew spotted a small suspicious vessel while patrolling off the Somali coast Friday and decided to investigate it. "After boarding the vessel it became clear that those (aboard) were 16 suspected pirates and two Yemeni hostages," NATO's Allied Maritime command said.
  • India warns of crackdown as pirates hunt near coast [Somali Pirates]

    02/10/2011 11:24:47 AM PST · by James C. Bennett · 4 replies
    Agence France-Presse ^ | February 10, 2011 | Agence France-Presse
    India on Thursday warned of an increased threat to shipping off its southwest coast, as 28 suspected Somali pirates were brought to Mumbai for questioning. Coastguard Inspector General SPS Basra said there had been a rise in pirate attacks on merchant vessels within 250-300 nautical miles (450-550 kilometres) of India in recent months and shipping had been warned to steer clear of danger areas. "The Indian Navy and Coastguard are sparing no effort to thwart any such activity in Indian waters and will continue to deal with such incidents decisively with an iron fist to keep our waters safe and...
  • India detains 52 after raid on pirate 'mothership'

    02/06/2011 3:25:21 AM PST · by csvset · 7 replies
    France24 ^ | 06/02/2011 | AFP
    ndia's defence ministry announced Sunday the country's navy and coastguard detained 52 people aboard a Thai fishing vessel that had been hijacked six months ago off the coast of Somalia. AFP - The Indian navy and coastguard captured a suspected pirate "mothership" and detained more than 50 people after a firefight on Sunday off southwestern India, the defence ministry said. "There were 52 people in all," defence ministry spokesman Captain M. Nambiar told AFP but was unable to specify the numbers of suspected pirates and rescued hostages, nor could he give their nationalities. All were found on board a Thai...
  • Somali pirates free South Korean ship and its 43 crew members after 4 months of captivity

    02/09/2011 5:44:14 AM PST · by Pan_Yan · 4 replies
    Canadian Free Press via Google ^ | February 9, 2011 | Jason Straziuso
    NAIROBI, Kenya — Somali pirates on Wednesday released a South Korean ship seized four months ago while fishing for crabs, while another group of sea bandits captured a Greek-flagged supertanker carrying oil to the Gulf of Mexico. ... South Korea's foreign ministry said pirates released the Keummi 305 and its crew — 39 Kenyans, two South Koreans and two Chinese sailors. The ship was last reported sailing away from Somalia toward international waters. A vessel from the EU Naval Force was sailing toward the ship to secure the safety of sailors at the request of a South Korean navy vessel,...
  • Greek oil supertanker Irene hijacked off Oman

    02/09/2011 4:57:36 AM PST · by Pan_Yan · 13 replies
    BBC Africa ^ | February 9, 2011
    A supertanker carrying about $200m (£125m; 146m euros) worth of crude oil has been hijacked off the coast of Oman, the vessel's Greek operator says. Athens-based shipping company Enesel said they had lost communication with the Irene SL. The vessel was on its way from the Persian Gulf to the Gulf of Mexico when it was attacked. Although the incident happened hundreds of miles from Somalia, pirate gangs are known to operate there. "This morning the vessel was attacked by armed men," said Enesel in a statement quoted by Reuters. "For the moment there is no communication with the vessel."
  • Italian oil tanker falls to pirates

    02/08/2011 4:55:19 AM PST · by Pan_Yan · 22 replies
    Xinhuanet ^ | 2011-02-08 18:41:44 | Deng Shasha
    ROME, Feb. 8 (Xinhua) -- An Italian oil tanker has been hijacked by pirates in the Indian Ocean, news reports here quoted the Italian coast guard as saying Tuesday. According to the Italian Marine Corps, the captain tried to evade capture by speeding up, suddenly changing gear and firing powerful water jets on the priates' skiff. At least five pirates fired rockets and machine guns at the 266-meter Savina Caylin and they were believed to have seized control of the tanker, said Cosimo Nicastro, captain of an Italian coast guard frigate. No one was injured in the attack, which took...
  • JLT plans launch of private navy (insurance companies fighting piracy)

    01/23/2011 10:29:35 AM PST · by Pan_Yan · 14 replies · 2+ views
    Business Insurance ^ | January 24, 2011 | Michael Bradford
    Ships transiting the pirate-infested waters off the coast of Somalia will have firepower at their sides later this year if an escort patrol developed by an insurance broker is able to navigate a few more legal and financial obstacles. Jardine Lloyd Thompson Group P.L.C. has spent the past two years developing the Convoy Escort Program, a separate, nonprofit company that will operate 16 armed patrol boats in the Gulf of Aden with crews consisting mainly of ex-military personnel who are trained to intercept pirates before they can hijack merchant ships. JLT expects funding for the company to be in place...
  • Malaysia navy foils ship hijack attempt, seizes pirates

    01/22/2011 4:56:04 AM PST · by csvset · 14 replies
    BBC ^ | 22 Jan 2011 | BBC
    Malaysia says its navy commandos have foiled an attempted hijacking of a ship in the Gulf of Aden, rescuing 23 crew and capturing seven Somali pirates. It says the commandos injured three pirates during a gun battle on board the Malaysian-flagged MT Bung Laurel chemical tanker on Friday. The navy was alerted by a distress signal from the vessel's crew. Kuala Lumpur is now considering whether the pirates should face trial in Malaysia. "We will determine what we should do, whether we are going to bring them here to be tried or take any other appropriate action," Malaysian Prime Minister...
  • Do You Remember the Pueblo?

    01/22/2011 4:59:28 AM PST · by IbJensen · 45 replies
    Personal Liberty Digest ^ | January 21, 2011 | Chip Wood
    Can you believe there was a time when we caved to the communists of North Korea and let them capture, beat and torture some of our sailors? This weekend marks the 42nd anniversary of one of the most shameful episodes in recent United States history. And I doubt if the mainstream media will contain a single word about it. Several years ago, my youngest son and I were watching a program on the History Channel when the program’s narrator mentioned the capture of a U.S. Naval vessel by Communist North Korea back in 1968. “That didn’t really happen, did it,...
  • SKorea storms Somali pirates to rescue ship crew

    01/21/2011 4:01:08 AM PST · by NCDragon · 21 replies
    AP Via Fox ^ | January 21, 2010 | AP Via
    SEOUL, South Korea – South Korean special forces stormed a hijacked freighter in the Arabian Sea on Friday, rescuing all 21 crew members and killing eight assailants in a rare and bold raid on Somali pirates, South Korea said. The military operation in waters between Oman and Africa, which also captured five pirates and left one crew member wounded, came a week after the Somali attackers seized the South Korean freighter and held hostage eight South Koreans, two Indonesians and 11 citizens from Myanmar. "We will not tolerate any behavior that threatens the lives and safety of our people in...
  • Pirates take record 1,181 hostages in 2010

    01/18/2011 5:36:33 AM PST · by Kartographer · 17 replies
    AP/Yahoo News ^ | 1/18/11
    Pirates took a record 1,181 hostages in 2010 as ship hijackings in waters off Somalia escalated, a global maritime watchdog said Tuesday. Attackers seized 53 vessels worldwide last year — all but four off the coast of Somalia — according to the International Maritime Bureau's piracy reporting center in Kuala Lumpur. The number of hostages and vessels taken "are the highest we have ever seen" since the center began monitoring attacks in 1991, its director, Pottengal Mukundan, said in a statement. "The continued increase in these numbers is alarming," he said.
  • EU Naval Force: Somali pirates release 1 Greek-owned ship, hijack another

    01/17/2011 6:39:44 PM PST · by Pan_Yan · 2 replies
    AP via Google ^ | January 17, 2011 | Katharine Houreld
    NAIROBI, Kenya — Somali pirates hijacked a Greek-owned bulk carrier on Monday after releasing a Greek-owned tanker the day before, the European Union Naval Force said. The cargo ship MV Eagle was hijacked early Monday by pirates who had fired small arms and grenades, according to a press statement from the EU Naval Force. There are 24 Filipino crew onboard, it said. ... The MV Motivator was taken on July 4 and released on Sunday. The average period of captivity is getting longer as pirates negotiate for higher ransoms.
  • Puntland breaks with Somali government (Somalia now officialy split in three)

    01/16/2011 1:50:31 PM PST · by Pan_Yan · 11 replies
    AFP via Google ^ | January 16, 2011
    NAIROBI — Puntland, an autonomous Somali region home to pirates who threaten shipping in the Indian Ocean, said Sunday it was breaking with Somalia's transitional government until a legitimate federal authority is in place in Mogadishu. The decision was made during a special cabinet meeting in the Puntland capital Garowe, said a government statement received by AFP in Nairobi. It said the Mogadishu government "does not represent Puntland in international forums" and called on "the UN Political Office for Somalia (UNPOS) to reconsider its position and support for the TFG at the expense of other Somali stakeholders".
  • Pirates seize S.Korean-run ship in Indian Ocean

    01/15/2011 5:16:35 PM PST · by Pan_Yan · 13 replies
    AFP via Google ^ | January 15, 2011
    SEOUL — Suspected Somali pirates hijacked a South Korean-operated cargo ship with 21 crew on board in the Indian Ocean on Saturday, South Korean and European officials said. ... The hijacking came about two months after a supertanker used by the same South Korean shipping company was released by Somali pirates, having been held for seven months. The 300,000-tonne Samho Dream and its 24 crew -- five South Koreans and 19 Filipinos -- were released only after a ransom reported as a record $9 million was given to the pirates in a helicopter air drop.
  • Pirates leave weapons ship - Leopard crew abducted (Pirates stumbled onto something big?)

    01/14/2011 4:31:39 AM PST · by Pan_Yan · 22 replies
    Scoop (NZ) ^ | Friday, 14 January 2011, 2:55 pm
    The crew members of a Danish weapons ship boarded but not hijacked by pirates in the Indian Ocean have been kidnapped, TradeWinds can reveal. In what represents a major departure from Somali pirates' usual modus operandi, the six seafarers have been snatched and moved to a seized Taiwanese fishing vessel which is operating as a morthership [sic]. It had been hoped that a search of the 1,780-dwt Leopard (built 1989) by members of the Turkish Navy would turn up the two Danes and four Filipinos who had hid in a citadel when they came under attack west of the Gulf...
  • Indian Navy commandos to be armed with Israeli rifles

    01/12/2011 10:22:33 AM PST · by Pan_Yan · 15 replies
    SIFY ^ | 2011-01-12 15:50:00 | N.C. Bipindra
    New Delhi, Jan 12 (IANS) The Indian Navy's elite marine commandos will this month be armed with Israeli assault and rifles that will enhance their operational capability as a force trained for special operations. A consignment of over 500 TAR-21 Tavor assault rifles and another 30 Galil sniper rifles worth over Rs.15 crore ($3.3 million) and Rs.2 crore respectively was delivered to the MARCOS (marine commandos) in December 2010, a defence ministry official told IANS here. A team from the Israeli Military Industries (IMI), the manufacturer of the specialist weapons, will be in India to carry out joint inspection of...
  • Somalia pirates attack Yemeni fishing boat, take engine

    01/09/2011 8:07:24 AM PST · by Pan_Yan · 6 replies
    Yemeni News Agengy (SABA) ^ | 08/January/2011
    SHABWA, Jan 08 ( Saba) - Somalia pirates have attacked a Yemeni fishing boat off the southeastern province of Shabwa, firing on it and taking its engine, security officials have said. "About 7 pirates attacked the boat while fishing off Bir Ali. They fired on it but the fisherman, 24, onboard was not hurt," they said, adding that the pirates just took the engine of the boat to use it for carrying out more attacks, and ran away. In recent years, Somali pirates have stepped up their attacks on Yemeni fishing boats and local, regional and international vessels passing off...
  • Somali pirates seize Algerian flagged ship with 27 crew

    01/02/2011 10:15:37 AM PST · by Pan_Yan · 28 replies
    Yemen News Agency (SABA) ^ | 02/January/2011
    NAIROBI, Jan. 2 (Saba)--Somali pirates have hijacked Algerian flagged and owned ship in the Indian Ocean with 27 crew members, European Union anti-piracy taskforce said on Sunday. EU Naval Force spokesman Paddy O'Kennedy said MV Blinda was seized by pirates on Saturday afternoon, approximately 150 nautical miles South East of the port of Salalah, Oman. "MV Blida has a crew of 27 (Algerian, Ukrainian and Philippino) and is carrying a cargo of Clinker," O'Kennedy said in a statement on Sunday. The 20,586 tonne Bulk Carrier was on her way to Dar es Salaam, Tanzania from Salalah in Oman at the...
  • Somali pirates free German chemical tanker (and capture another, ransom paid)

    12/28/2010 4:39:36 PM PST · by Pan_Yan · 22 replies
    BBC ^ | December 28,2010
    Somali pirates have freed a German-owned chemical tanker, reportedly after a $5.5m (£3.6m) ransom was paid. The Marida Marguerite, with a crew of 19 Indians, two Bangladeshis and one Ukrainian, was seized in May by pirates armed with rocket-propelled grenades. Kenya-based officials said a ransom was paid, but there was no independent confirmation. Pirates now hold 25 vessels and 587 hostages after they seized another German-owned ship on Monday.
  • US suggests paying ransom to captors (Somali Pirates)

    12/25/2010 4:20:38 PM PST · by Pan_Yan · 93 replies · 1+ views
    bdnews24 (Bangladesh) ^ | Fri, Dec 24th, 2010 8:15 pm BdST | Kamran Reza Chowdhury
    Dhaka, Dec 24 ( US government has suggested that the government should negotiate with the Somali pirates by paying ransom for the release of 26 Bangladeshis on board the hijacked ship MV Jahan Moni. The state department also told Dhaka that the Somali pirates would be interested in releasing the captives with comparatively less amount of money as it's a "lean season" for the captors. Washington also revealed that "money was the sole objective" behind the hostage taking. The state department made the suggestions as Bangladesh government sought US support for the release of the hostages. On Dec 15, the...
  • Iran meets with US Navy over piracy

    12/23/2010 4:57:52 PM PST · by Pan_Yan · 9 replies
    Washington Post (AP) ^ | Thursday, December 23, 2010; 12:47 PM | NASSER KARIMI
    TEHRAN, Iran -- A common fight against piracy brought U.S. and Iranian navy commanders together in a meeting with other participants earlier this month, the Iranian state news agency reported Thursday. The report revealed the rare meeting only obliquely by relating the attendance of acting Iranian navy chief Admiral Gholam Reza Khaem Bigham at an international anti-piracy meeting earlier this month in Sri Lanka attended by 22 countries, including the United States. ... The report did not say whether there were any face-to-face encounters between the two countries' military officials at the conference.
  • Michael Jackson The Experience gets vuvuzela'd

    12/06/2010 12:18:28 PM PST · by a fool in paradise · 11 replies
    Top News ^ | 12/06/2010 | Lance Rake
    According to a Eurogamer report, game publisher Ubisoft has implemented a novel security measure - which largely involves the use of the South African vuvuzela horn - in its forthcoming Nintendo DS game "Michael Jackson: The Experience." Going by the report, the continuous buzzing of vuvuzela horns - which became immensely popular during this summer's World Cup - will virtually drown Michael Jackson's cult tunes for people who try to play the hacked version of the game via a downloadable ROM. In addition, as part of its anti-piracy measures, Ubisoft has removed the on-screen prompts on illegally downloaded ROMs of...
  • Puntland hires anti-piracy security firm: US officials

    12/03/2010 4:55:48 PM PST · by Pan_Yan · 7 replies · 2+ views
    AFP via Google ^ | December 3, 2010
    WASHINGTON — Somalia's breakaway Puntland state has hired a private security firm to fight piracy but Washington is concerned about the program's funding, aims and scope, a Pentagon spokeswoman said Friday. "The US is aware Puntland authorities are contracting with a private security company to assist them in counter-piracy," Lieutenant Colonel Tamara Parker told AFP. ... The US and other navies have deployed dozens of warships to patrol the region's waters but have failed to stem piracy, one of the few thriving businesses for coastal communities in Somalia, a country devastated by war and poverty. Over the past two years,...
  • Japanese whalers to face new enemy in 'Godzilla'

    11/30/2010 11:53:59 PM PST · by RGT · 84 replies · 4+ views ^ | November 29, 2010 | Pete Thomas
    A controversial animal-rights group preparing to embark on its annual harassment campaign against Japanese whalers has stepped up its effort this season by enlisting the aid of ... Godzilla. The swift and ominous-looking interceptor vessel has the moniker Gojira, named after the ferocious monster in the legendary Japanese film, which in English means Godzilla. The 115-foot boat was launched by the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society on Monday in Fremantle, Australia, and has joined the larger vessels, Steve Irwin and Bob Barker, in Hobart. At midweek all three will begin their journey to Antarctic waters, where their crews will await the...
  • Five Somalis found guilty of piracy charges in Norfolk

    11/24/2010 12:08:44 PM PST · by csvset · 30 replies · 1+ views
    The Virginian-Pilot ^ | November 24, 2010 | Tim McGlone
    NORFOLK In a historic decision, a jury in federal court today convicted five Somali nationals of piracy in the April 1 attack on the Norfolk-based frigate Nicholas. It’s the first time in nearly 200 years that a jury returned a guilty verdict in a piracy case in a U.S. court and now likely sets up years of appeals. The five men face mandatory life in prison. Each defendant stood without expression as the court clerk announced guilty verdicts on each of 14 counts. Their lawyers were polling the jury to ensure the verdict was read correctly. The jury deliberated about...
  • The Left Breaks Upon The Rock Of Palin

    11/22/2010 12:57:04 PM PST · by unseen1 · 57 replies · 2+ views
    human events ^ | 11/22/2010 | John Hayward
    The most astonishing thing about Sarah Palin’s career, since the conclusion of the 2008 presidential campaign, is how frequently the Left breaks itself to pieces against the sunny rocks of her good humor. The latest example is the website Gawker, which seems on the verge of being sued out of existence because they rushed to leak photocopied pages from her new book, America By Heart, before it was published. When Palin called them on it, Gawker ran a snotty response, complete with an unflattering photo of the former Governor, suggesting she try reading fair-use copyright laws. Mary Sue at the...
  • Web censorship bill sails through Senate committee

    11/19/2010 5:41:04 AM PST · by markomalley · 223 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 11/19/2010 | Sam Gustin
    On Thursday, the Senate Judiciary Committee unanimously approved a bill that would give the Attorney General the right to shut down websites with a court order if copyright infringement is deemed “central to the activity” of the site — regardless if the website has actually committed a crime. The Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act (COICA) is among the most draconian laws ever considered to combat digital piracy, and contains what some have called the “nuclear option,” which would essentially allow the Attorney General to turn suspected websites “off.” COICA is the latest effort by Hollywood, the recording industry and...
  • Jury selected for Somalis facing piracy charges in Norfolk

    11/14/2010 1:08:35 PM PST · by george76 · 8 replies
    The Virginian-Pilot ^ | November 10, 2010
    Five Somalis facing piracy charges were simple fishermen kidnapped, and at times blindfolded, by war lords and forced to take part in attacks on vessels in the Indian Ocean, their attorneys told a jury in federal court today. But to convince the jury that they’re innocent of trying to attack the Navy frigate Nicholas on April 1, they will have to somehow overcome their own words – confessions they gave to U.S. officials. Some wondered why the Somalis had the same rights as U.S. citizens... The Nicholas was on counter-piracy patrol more than 500 miles off the east African coast...
  • Hijacking Suspects Arrive in Moscow

    08/20/2009 1:56:12 PM PDT · by Shermy · 7 replies · 1,012+ views
    Moscow Times ^ | August 20, 2009
    The military airlifted the suspected hijackers of the Arctic Sea and most of its Russian crew from Cape Verde to Moscow on Thursday, after the lumber freighter mysteriously vanished and reappeared in the Atlantic. Eleven of the 15 crew members arrived in Moscow, while the captain and three sailors remained on the ship, which was adrift about 200 nautical miles from the West African island nation of Cape Verde. Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov said the freighter was sailing to the Black Sea port of Novorossiisk. The sailors and their suspected captors arrived in two separate Il-76 cargo jets at the...
  • Pirates leave captured vessel (pending arrival of Russian warships)

    Pirates have left the German vessel Beluga Fortune, which they captured in the Indian Ocean on Sunday. According to the coordinator of a sailor support program for East Africa Andrew Mvangura, the pirates chose to leave after the ship’s crew locked themselves in a safe area pending the arrival of military ships.None of the crew, among them three Russians, were hurt. Ships of the Russian Navy are assisting international efforts off the Horn of Africa.
  • McAllen Man Shot and Likely Killed on Falcon Lake

    09/30/2010 4:04:30 PM PDT · by La Lydia · 37 replies
    KRGV ^ | September 30, 2010
    ZAPATA - Sheriff Sigifredo Gonzalez, Jr. tells CHANNEL 5 NEWS armed pirates shot at a McAllen couple on Falcon Lake this afternoon. The husband and wife were jetskiing near Old Guerrero. One their way back to shore, pirates in a boat pulled up next to them and started shooting at them. The husband was hit, possibly in the head. The woman tried to save him and ended up being at shot as well. She had to turn around and leave her husband in the water. She fears he's dead.
  • Indian Navy neutralises pirate attack in the Gulf of Aden

    09/10/2010 4:23:44 AM PDT · by James C. Bennett · 13 replies
    Daily News & Analysis ^ | 7 September, 2010 | Daily News & Analysis
    The Indian Navy neutralised a pirate attack planned on merchant vessels passing through the Gulf of Aden on Sunday. Indian naval ship INS Delhi, a guided missile destroyer, has been deployed in the Gulf of Aden since July to escort and thwart pirate attacks on merchant vessels. INS Delhi was escorting 12 merchant vessels, including an Indian flagged merchant vessel Jag Ratan, when a small-sized, corridor boat named Bareeda was detected 180 kilometres off the Somalian coast. The boat was moving towards the merchant vessels at very high speed. INS Delhi tried to alert the boat on the Mercantile Marine...
  • U.S. Marines Retake Ship From Pirates

    09/09/2010 5:46:52 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 47 replies · 1+ views
    U.S. Marines Retake Ship From Pirates By CHIP CUMMINS DUBAI—U.S. Marines early Thursday boarded and seized control of a German-owned commercial vessel that had been commandeered by pirates, in what appeared to be the first American-led military boarding of its kind amid a recent surge of attacks in the Gulf of Aden and along the east coast of Africa. A raiding party of 24 Marines boarded the ship about 85 miles southeast of Mukallah, Yemen, in the Gulf of Aden, according to the U.S. Navy. Pirates had captured the vessel, which was carrying steel chains, in the same vicinity the...
  • Somali pirate admits attacking US warship

    08/29/2010 8:13:28 AM PDT · by traumer · 22 replies
    bbc ^ | 27 August 2010
    A Somali man has admitted attacking a US warship in April after mistaking it for a merchant vessel. Jama Idle Ibrahim and five others chased the USS Ashland and opened fire on it before being captured, court papers said. He pleaded guilty to piracy-related charges in Norfolk, Virginia, and faces 30 years in jail. Five other Somalis also face charges over the attack. Prosecutors said it was Norfolk's first piracy-related conviction in 150 years. "Modern-day pirates must be held accountable," said Neil MacBride, prosecuting. After making a deal with the authorities, Ibrahim pleaded guilty to attacking to plunder a vessel,...