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  • EU court orders France to pay thousands to Somali pirates

    12/04/2014 4:39:05 PM PST · by PROCON · 30 replies
    msmnews ^ | Dec. 4, 2014 | France 24
    The EU's top human rights court on Thursday ordered France to pay thousands of euros to Somali pirates who attacked French ships for "violating their rights" by holding them an additional 48 hours before taking them before a judge. The Somali pirates were apprehended on the high seas by the French army on two separate occasions in 2008 and taken back to France for trial. The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) said that French authorities should have brought the pirates before a judge "without delay" when they arrived on French territory after being held at sea. The EU’s top...
  • Israeli security thwarts Somali pirate attack

    11/12/2014 2:09:24 PM PST · by JOHN ADAMS · 13 replies
    Yediot Aharonot ^ | November 12, 2014 | Itamar Eichner
    Armed Israeli security guards thwarted an attempt by Somali pirates to a hijack a ship that was sailing to Israel on Tuesday. The ship was sailing with a foreign flag but had Israeli security guards on board. The ship continued on its way to Israel and will arrive in a couple of days. Israeli security companies have conquered the shipping security industry in the past couple of years. Hundreds of former IDF combat unit fighters secure foreign ships, both trade and commercial, from the threat of pirates.
  • UK: Woman beheaded in broad daylight by machete-wielding Muslim, police rule out terrorism

    09/04/2014 6:44:38 PM PDT · by Mount Athos · 65 replies
    Jihad Watch citing Telegraph (UK) ^ | Sep 4, 2014 | Robert Spencer
    “When you meet the unbelievers, strike the necks…” (Qur’an 47:4) “When you gonna wake up, and strengthen the things that remain?” (Bob Dylan, echoing Revelation 3:2) This is denial and willful ignorance on a scale so massive as to spell nothing less than a doomed society. “Woman beheaded ‘with machete’ in north London garden,” by Tom Whitehead, Ed Malnick, Tom Brooks Pollock and Gordon Rayner, the Telegraph, September 4, 2014 An 82-year-old woman was beheaded in a north London garden after a crazed attacker went beserk with a machete. Pensioner Palmira Silva was decapitated at her house in Edmonton in...
  • Pirates Attack Products Tanker Off Ivory Coast

    09/03/2014 6:43:14 AM PDT · by thackney · 10 replies
    Rig Zone ^ | Reuters | Reuters
    Armed pirates robbed a petroleum products tanker near Ivory Coast's port of Abidjan, a maritime agency and a private security advisor said on Wednesday, in an indication of the increasing mobility of Nigeria-based gangs. The raid on the tanker came just a day after two failed pirate attacks that occurred just hours apart in waters off Nigeria's southeastern coast, according to the same sources. Pirate attacks in West Africa's Gulf of Guinea, a significant source of oil, cocoa and metals for world markets, have almost doubled from last year, jacking up insurance costs for shipping companies. The vast majority of...
  • Man has two fingertips SLICED OFF on Pirates of the Caribbean log flume

    07/11/2014 8:41:11 AM PDT · by C19fan · 21 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | July 11, 2014 | Paul Thompson
    A British tourist had the tops of two of his fingers sliced off while riding on the Pirates of the Caribbean attraction at Disney World in Florida. The victim lost the tip of his ring and little finger after apparently dangling them outside the log fume ride which inspired the Johnny Depp movies. Disney officials in Orlando, Florida, immediately shut down the ride in the Magic Kingdom park following the incident.
  • Russian Commandos capture and destroy Somali pirate ship

    06/25/2014 6:57:50 PM PDT · by LeoWindhorse · 45 replies
    YouTube ^ | May 8 , 2010 | Russian Navy
    The Russians captured the Pirates, tied them up, put them on their boats, then set them all on fire. No more pirates. Plus, probably no more Somali pirates attacking Russian ships. This video shows Russian Navy commandos on a Somalia pirate ship shortly after the ​pirates had captured a Russian oil tanker. All conversations are in Russian with a single exception of when a wounded pirate says something in English and the Russian soldier says "This is not a fishing boat." All conversations between the commandos are in Russian. If you don't understand Russian, the pictures ​speak for themselves. The...
  • Somali Pirates’ First Hijacking Attempt of 2014 Ends with Arrests

    01/20/2014 6:19:45 PM PST · by artichokegrower · 22 replies
    gCaptain ^ | January 20, 2014 | Mike Schuler
    Somali pirates on Friday unsuccessfully launched their first attack of 2014 on a tanker in the Gulf of Aden, resulting in the apprehension of five suspected pirates by naval counter-piracy forces a day later. The International Maritime Bureau reported Friday that a group of pirates used a mothership to launch an attack on a tanker underway approximately 115nm South of Salalah, Oman. During the attack, the pirates approached in a skiff and fire upon the vessel, but the attack was aborted after the ship’s armed security team returned fire. The IMB report stated that following the attack a coalition helicopter...
  • Get yourself a 30-footer and go!

    11/25/2013 7:47:39 AM PST · by Travis McGee · 264 replies
    Myself | November 11, 2013 | Matt Bracken
    Get yourself a thirty-footer and go! By Matt Bracken 11-25-2013 This essay is directed to all freedom-lovers, but primarily to young unmarried American men. (At my age I count thirties as young, and would readily grant special dispensation beyond that.) It’s dedicated to the guides who showed me the stars, and to thirty great years of both calm and stormy weather. If you are a Millennial who feels that the Land of Opportunity has at least temporarily suspended the offer, leaving you stranded in somewhat less-than-hoped-for circumstances, I’m writing this for you. Maybe you did the Sandbox trip, and maybe...
  • Bail Granted for More Jailed Greenpeace Activists in Russia

    11/19/2013 1:49:29 PM PST · by Navy Patriot · 1 replies
    RIA Novosti ^ | November 19, 2013 | Staff
    MOSCOW, November 19 (RIA Novosti) – Two district courts in St. Petersburg granted bail Tuesday to several more Greenpeace activists awaiting trial, signaling a possible softening in the authorities’ stance over the case. Nine activists, including nationals of Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Finland, France, Italy, New Zealand and Poland, can leave their detention facilities after they have posted bail of 2 million rubles ($61,500) each, the courts ruled. A group of 28 Greenpeace activists and two reporters was initially charged with piracy for attempting in September to scale an Arctic Sea oil platform owned by an affiliate of energy giant Gazprom...
  • Greenpeace activists face new charges in Arctic Sunrise trial

    11/13/2013 6:16:38 AM PST · by Navy Patriot · 22 replies
    RAPSI Russian Legal News ^ | November 7, 2013 | Staff
    MOSCOW, November 7 (RAPSI) – Some participants of the Greenpeace raid on a Gazprom drilling platform, dubbed the “Arctic 30”, may face new charges in the ongoing trial, the Investigative Committee’s official spokesman Vladimir Markin said on Thursday. “Some of the raiders, in addition to the hooliganism charges, will be charged with resisting law enforcement officials," Markin said in an online interview to The Arctic Sunrise ship was seized by Russian border guards on September 19 in international waters, within Russia's exclusive economic zone, a day after two Greenpeace activists scaled the Prirazlomnaya drilling rig in the Pechora Sea,...
  • Britney Spears' Music Used by British Navy to Scare Off Somali Pirates

    10/30/2013 1:09:19 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 29 replies
    The Guardian ^ | Tuesday 29 October 2013 | Tim Jonze
    'As soon as the pirates get a blast of Britney, they move on as quickly as they can,' says merchant naval officerIn an excellent case of "here's a sentence you won't read every day", Britney Spears has emerged as an unlikely figurehead in the fight against Somali pirates. According to reports, Britney's hits, including Oops! I Did It Again and Baby One More Time, are being employed by British naval officers in an attempt to scare off pirates along the east coast of Africa. Perhaps nothing else – not guns, not harpoons – is quite as intimidating as the sound...
  • Britney Spears Music Used To Scare Off Somali Pirates (NOT satire!)

    10/29/2013 4:15:34 AM PDT · by Islander7 · 23 replies
    Breitbart ^ | Oct 28, 2013 | by Jon David Kahn
    Whoever believes that Britney Spears' music isn't powerful, need think again. Chart toppers like "Hit Me Baby One More Time" and "Oops I Did it Again" have proven to be effective weapons when blasted at approaching Somali Pirates who reportedly retreat at the mere sound of the songstress. Rachel Owens, 34, a merchant navy officer on huge super tankers off the east coast of Africa says music is a really effective way of deterring the pirates and their high-speed skiffs: “Her songs have been chosen by the security team accompanying our tankers because they thought the pirates would hate them...

    10/26/2013 4:28:06 PM PDT · by Dick Bachert · 103 replies
    Vanity | 10 26 2013 | Dick Bachert
    The recently released film “Captain Phillips” is getting good reviews and a respectable box office. It is a film I won't be viewing. My reasons? Tom Hanks is a talented actor (that's someone who can memorize at least one paragraph of dialog written by another). Unfortunately, he is also another Hollywood Obama worshiper, albeit a relatively quiet one, who, along with Spielberg and several others, grasp the financial rewards for positive portrayals of the United States military. Projects such as "Saving Private Ryan", "Band of Brothers" and now this new one. How sadly hypocritical that these Hollywood types continue...
  • A Planet Full of Sexual Pirates

    06/22/2013 3:11:29 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 44 replies
    Blog & Mablog ^ | 6-22-13 | Douglas Wilson
    A commenter in the earlier post about Exodus International is checking to see if I am ashamed of Leviticus 20:13 yet, which I am not. But before proceeding, let me quote that verse in full. “If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them” (Lev. 20:13). This passage is the Word of God, and before moving on to how we are to receive and apply it today, let us — by which I mean all Christians...
  • Sea Shepherd whale activists called pirates, lose ruling by 9th Circuit judges

    02/27/2013 11:05:06 AM PST · by jazusamo · 57 replies
    The Oregonian ^ | February 27, 2013 | Richard Reed
    Video and slideshow at link. A federal appeals court panel has branded a Northwest anti-whaling group "pirates," ordering a halt to attacks on Japanese whalers in Antarctic waters. The outspoken opinion, which reads at times more like "Moby Dick" than a court decision, hands a victory to Miller Nash, a Portland law firm that took the controversial step of representing Japan's whale hunters . The 9th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals opinion issued late Monday is also unusual for ordering the transfer of a lower-court judge from the case, finding that U.S. District Judge Richard A. Jones made "numerous, serious...
  • Dramatic collision in Southern Ocean leaves anti-whaling boat damaged [w/video]

    02/25/2013 1:58:47 PM PST · by Slings and Arrows · 51 replies
    Grind TV ^ | February 25, 2013 | Pete Thomas
    A controversial group opposing Japanese whaling in the Antarctic region on Monday released video showing one of its ships, the Bob Barker, being sandwiched tightly between two larger vessels: a Japanese whaling ship and a Korean refueling tanker. It also shows what's said to be a flash-bang grenade explosion near the stern of the refueling ship, Sun Laurel. The dramatic incident surely ranks as among the most tense in the years-long history of clashes between the whalers and the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society.
  • A New Inning, Late in the Game

    09/22/2012 10:58:30 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 8 replies
    New York Times ^ | September 22, 2012 | FRANK BRUNI
    THE way Kevin McClatchy figured it, he had to choose. He could indulge his dream of presiding over a big-time professional sports team, or he could be open about his sexuality. The two paths didn’t dovetail. He went with sports, and in February 1996, at the age of 33, became the youngest owner in major league baseball when he led a group of investors who bought the Pittsburgh Pirates.
  • Steamboats: Drunk woman steals 45ft ferry after two-day binge

    09/21/2012 4:26:12 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 39 replies ^ | September 21, 2012
    A WOMAN has been jailed for 122 days after she was found to have stolen a 100-seat passenger ferry - and taunted police by shouting ‘I’m Jack Sparrow, I’m a pirate!’ Alison Whelan boarded the 100-seat Dart Princess river ferry with a friend in Dartmouth, a year ago, after initially undoing mooring ropes because, as she told police, she kept tripping over them.
  • Caption Obama talking like a Pirate in Oval Office

    09/19/2012 8:41:03 PM PDT · by garjog · 26 replies
    Drudge ^ | 9 19 2012 | Drudge
  • In honour of "Talk like a Pirate!" day, this form will translate a web page into 'pirate english'

    09/19/2012 4:06:08 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 8 replies ^ | 9-19-12 | translate pirate
    In honour of "Talk like a Pirate!" day, this form will translate any 'real' web page on the internet into 'pirate english' This was done under our company policy of doing 'kindly' deeds for future customers :-). Curiously enough the pirate version of our own website was more interesting to read than the non pirate version!... see: pirate tranlation of but don't tell our marketing people I said that ok! p.s. Not all websites will display perfectly, but most will more or less
  • REAL combat between Russian navy and Somali pirates (3min YouTube video)

    09/06/2012 12:33:49 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 41 replies
    Click here to watch video
  • Nigerian Navy Frees Hijacked Singapore-Owned Oil Tanker

    09/05/2012 2:40:50 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 5 replies
    BBC ^ | 5 September 2012
    Nigeria's navy says it has rescued a Singapore-owned oil tanker hijacked by pirates on Tuesday night with 23 Indian sailors on board. A navy spokesman told the BBC the crew was safe, the hijackers had fled and the vessel, the Abu Dhabi Star, was being escorted into the port of Lagos. Earlier, the navy denied reports that the tanker was seized in the port. There has been a significant increase in the number of pirate attacks in parts of West Africa. The BBC's Will Ross in Lagos says unlike the piracy off the coast of Somalia where hostages are held...
  • 500 year old rum? Archaeologists search for the real Captain Morgan

    07/29/2012 2:13:05 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 13 replies ^ | July 26, 2012 |
    To life, love and a legendary privateer’s lost fleet. U.S. archaeologists are continuing their search for real-life buccaneer Captain Henry Morgan’s lost fleet after the discovery of six cannons, a 17th century wooden shipwreck and even a barrel that may very well contain rum. Yo, ho ho indeed. Aptly backed by the Captain Morgan rum brand, a team of leading archaeologists led by Frederick “Fritz” Hanselmann of Texas State University hope to unlock the myth and mysteries of one of history’s most iconic sea captains. “We’re interested in telling the true story of Henry Morgan,” Hanselmann, who is a director...
  • In honor of Peter Francisco Day [225th Battle of Guilford Courthouse Anniversary]

    03/15/2006 1:44:38 PM PST · by Pharmboy · 9 replies · 901+ views
    SouthCoastToday ^ | 3-15-06 | JORGE S. MEDEIROS
    Today, March 15, 2006, marks the 225th anniversary of one of the most decisive battles of the American Revolution. The battle of Guilford Courthouse was fought on March 15, 1781, in a small hamlet in North Carolina. It was considered the largest, most hotly-contested action of the Revolutionary War's climactic southern campaign. The British, led by Gen. Charles Cornwallis, defeated the Americans, but at a large cost to their army. Cornwallis would then return to Virginia and eventually capitulated to the Americans on Oct. 19 of that same year. In the battle of Guilford, there was a young soldier of...
  • Whale Wars LIVE Thread: Counterstrike

    07/13/2012 5:44:23 PM PDT · by matt04 · 52 replies
    TONIGHT at 9PM E/P on Animal Planet: When a massive target is detected on their radar, Sea Shepherd sends out their new helicopter pilot to ID the mystery vessel. But as the helicopter reaches the limits of its fuel range, it abruptly disappears.
  • Two Kenyan Aid Workers, Somali Doctor Kidnapped

    07/12/2012 2:32:09 AM PDT · by Cindy · 2 replies
    KENYA BROADCASTING CORPORATION ^ | July 12, 2012 | Written by AFP
    SNIPPET: "Two Kenyan aid workers and a Somali doctor were kidnapped in lawless northern Somalia on Wednesday, probably by pirates, police said. The kidnapping occurred near the city of Galkayo, which straddles the border separating the semi-autonomous state of Puntland and the separate region of Galmudug to the south." SNIPPET: "A second Galkayo police official, Mohammed Ise Hassan, said the kidnapping took place on Wednesday afternoon near the village of Baadweyn, about 50 kilometres (30 miles) north of the city. Hassan said a driver and two police escorts were also wounded during the incident. Several employees from aid agencies and...
  • Whale Wars LIVE Thread - Games of Chance

    06/08/2012 5:39:01 PM PDT · by matt04 · 24 replies
    The Sea Shepherds' scout vessel, the Brigitte Bardot, is slammed by a 30-foot wave, and water is entering the vessel through a crack in the pontoon. The terrified crew issues a distress call to the rest of the Sea Shepherd fleet, but help is more than 20 hours away. Fighting swells and brutal cold, the crew hopes to hold the outrigger in place with rope and straps. If the damaged piece is ripped from its slender mount, the crew fears the vulnerable craft may be torn to pieces.
  • European Union forces attack pirate targets on Somali shore

    05/15/2012 4:20:19 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 19 replies
    CNN ^ | May 15th, 2012
    European Union naval forces on Tuesday struck Somali pirate targets on the coast of the country in the first raids by the European force on the Somali mainland. “We believe this action by the EU Naval Force will further increase the pressure on, and disrupt pirates’ efforts to get out to sea to attack merchant shipping and dhows," Rear Adm. Duncan Potts, operational commander of the force, said in a statement. Several pirate attack skiffs, the small boats pirates use to attack merchant vessels in the open ocean, were destroyed in the raid, said Timo Lange, media officer at the...
  • EU carries out first airstrikes against Somali pirate targets

    05/15/2012 6:54:45 AM PDT · by C19fan · 5 replies
    AP ^ | May 15, 2012 | Staff
    The European Union says its naval force off the Somali coastline has carried out its first air strikes against pirate targets on shore. A spokesman said maritime aircraft and attack helicopters took part in the attacks early Tuesday along the coastline. No casualties were reported in the raid, which occurred along Somalia's central coastline in the region of Galmudug.
  • Suffrage in Somali: Part I (Oliver North)

    02/23/2012 4:30:57 PM PST · by jazusamo · 3 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | February 24, 2012 | Oliver North
    First in a series MOGADISHU, Somalia — There are few success stories here in this tortured country on the eastern coast of Africa. For nearly two decades, this drought-ravaged land and the long-suffering Somali people have been "off the radar" for most Americans. It might still be so if it were not for radical Islamist Somali terrorists — al-Shabab — and their financiers, the seagoing pirates who seize merchant vessels plying the Indian Ocean and the Gulf of Aden. All of that is about to change. Last week, as our two-man Fox News unit was en route, Ayman al-Zawahri,...
  • Filmmaker fears for Somali pirate hostage

    01/28/2012 8:42:01 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 17 replies
    KABC ^ | Friday, January 27, 2012 | Elex Michaelson and Miriam Hernandez
    MOGADISHU, Somalia (KABC) -- The Somali pirates who are holding a Southern California man hostage released a statement Friday night saying they have moved the man around four times in fear of a Navy SEALs attack. This comes after the dramatic rescue of two other hostages this week, possibly putting his life at risk. Michael Scott Moore, an author and journalist from Manhattan Beach, had been working from Berlin, Germany, and had traveled to Somalia before to conduct research. But this time, he was captured. There are conflicting reports from Somalia about whether the pirates plan to hold him ransom...
  • U.S. forces rescue kidnapped aid workers Jessica Buchanan and Poul Hagen Thisted in Somalia

    01/25/2012 8:01:18 AM PST · by C19fan · 10 replies
    Washington Post ^ | January 25, 2012 | Debbi Wilgoren
    U.S. special operations forces have rescued a kidnapped American aid worker and her Danish colleague in Somalia, U.S. officials said Wednesday. During the raid, all nine of their captors were killed. Jessica Buchanan, 32, and Poul Hagen Thisted, 60, were abducted Oct. 25 by a group of armed men in the Somali town of Galkayo. Pentagon officials said there is no indication the men had any connection to international terrorism or al-Shabab, Somalia’s al-Qaeda affiliate. Instead, the men are believed to have been pirates, hoping to trade their captives for ransom.
  • Navy SEALs raid Somalia pirate compound, free hostages

    01/25/2012 2:29:06 AM PST · by GQuagmire · 39 replies
    Boston Herald via AP ^ | Wednesday, January 25, 2012 | AP
    MOGADISHU, Somalia — U.S. military forces flew into Somalia in a nighttime helicopter raid Wednesday, freed an American and a Danish hostage, and killed nine pirates in a mission President Barack Obama appeared to reference before his State of the Union speech, officials and a pirate source said.
  • Activists board Japanese whaling ship

    01/08/2012 12:29:17 AM PST · by bruinbirdman · 83 replies
    France 24 ^ | 1/8/2012
    The Sea Shepherd anti-whaling group said three Australian activists were being held as "prisoners" by the Japanese harpoon fleet Sunday after sneaking aboard one of their vessels overnight to protest. Sea Shepherd said they had helped the three men from the Forest Rescue Australia environmental group to board the Shonan Maru No.2 16 miles (26 kilometres) off Australia's west coast. "The boats approached the Shonan Maru under the cover of darkness and the three negotiated their way past the razor wire and spikes and over the rails to successfully board the Japanese whaling vessel," Sea Shepherd said of the Forest...
  • US Navy Rescues Iranian Boat From Pirates

    01/07/2012 4:46:56 AM PST · by tsowellfan · 10 replies
    Days after Iranian leaders warned the U.S. to keeps aircraft carriers out of the Persian Gulf, a U.S. Navy ship that had just finished operations in the Gulf rescued an Iranian fishing boat that had been commandeered by suspected Somali pirates. Video Here:
  • Navy Rescues Iranians Held By Pirates

    01/06/2012 10:30:09 AM PST · by edpc · 40 replies
    Reuters via Yahoo News ^ | 6 Jan 2012 | Reuters
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The same U.S. aircraft carrier group that Iran warned not to return to the Gulf has rescued 13 Iranians held hostage for weeks by pirates in the Arabian Sea, the Pentagon said on Friday. The rescue operation took place on Thursday, when forces with the USS John C. Stennis carrier strike group received a distress call from the master of the Al Molai, an Iranian-flagged fishing vessel, who said he was being held captive by pirates.
  • Remains Found at U.S. Border Lake Where American Was Reported Killed by Mexican Pirates

    12/30/2011 1:35:15 PM PST · by La Enchiladita · 30 replies · 1+ views
    FoxNews ^ | Dec. 30, 2011 | Staff
    Authorities are investigating human remains found at the same U.S. border lake where a Colorado man was reported to have been killed by Mexican drug cartel members last year. A professional fisherman found the skeletal remains on the Mexican side of Falcon Lake on the Texas-Mexico border, according to multiple reports. The skeleton was found about 15 miles from where 30-year-old David Hartley was last seen alive on Sept. 30, 2010. His wife, Tiffany Hartley, said the couple had set out on Wave Runners to take photos of a half-submerged church on the Mexican side of the lake when they...
  • French court sentences five Somali pirates

    12/01/2011 12:58:02 AM PST · by Cardhu · 9 replies
    France 24 ^ | December 1st 2011 | Yuka ROYER (video)
    AFP - A French court on Wednesday jailed five Somali men for between four and eight years for taking a French couple hostage on their yacht in the Gulf of Aden, and acquitted a sixth. In France's first prosecution of suspected Somali pirates, prosecutors had asked for the men, aged between 21 and 36, to be sent to jail for between six and 16 years on charges of hijacking, kidnapping and armed robbery. The six allegedly seized the yacht and its crew, Jean-Yves Delanne and his wife Bernadette, both aged 60, off the coast of Somalia in 2008 and demanded...
  • Indian Naval Ship Interdicts Three Pirate Vessels In A Single Operation

    11/15/2011 9:07:15 AM PST · by MBT ARJUN · 30 replies
    Indian Naval Ship Sukanya, presently deployed on anti-piracy patrols in the Gulf of Aden under the operational control of the Western Naval Command, found herself once again in the thick of things, thwarting a multiple-boat piracy attack on 10 Nov 11. The ship was escorting a group of five merchant vessels through the IRTC (Internationally Recognised Transit Corridor) when, at about 9:25 in the morning of 10th Nov, she detected a group of five suspicious boats, speedily approaching the merchant vessels of her group. The warship immediately altered towards the suspicious vessels and challenged them. On seeing the resolve evident...
  • Crew of MT Liquid Velvet Kill Pirate Captors? Rumors Fly Within Pirate Circles

    11/08/2011 3:28:42 PM PST · by dynachrome · 27 replies via ^ | 11-8-11 | Mohamed Odowa
    Claims that at least six Somali pirates were killed and three others were captured by the crew of the Greek owned MT Liquid Velvet chemical tanker which was hijacked last week, are up for debate due to infighting among pirates, according to several pirates who spoke to Somalia Report. “Six of our colleagues were killed by the hostages who escaped while the ship was coming to the coastal city of Harardhere in Mudug region. We will retaliate against our enemy,” said Abdi, a pirate. Abdi explained that the fighting broke out when the pirates were trying to search the pockets...
  • Pirates release Halifax oil tanker off Nigeria

    11/06/2011 4:38:58 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 2 replies
    BBC ^ | Saturday, November 5, 2011 | unattributed
    An oil tanker seized by pirates off the coast of the Niger Delta last week has been released, officials in Nigeria say. The vessel -- the MT Halifax -- was attacked near the oil city of Port Harcourt. The crew of 25, mainly Filipinos, were said to be safe and accounted for. The area has seen an increase in the number of hijackings of tankers as pirates target oil shipments moving out of Nigeria. In most cases the cargo of fuel is taken off before the ship and crew are released unharmed - unlike in Somalia where crews and their...
  • Armed guards to protect British ships from pirates

    10/30/2011 9:20:20 AM PDT · by george76 · 35 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 30 Oct 2011
    British ships are to be allowed to carry armed guards to protect them from pirates, David Cameron has announced. A legal ban on weapon-toting protection staff will be relaxed so that firms can apply for a licence to have them on board in danger zones. The Prime Minister said radical action was required because the increasing ability of sea-borne Somali criminals to hijack and ransom ships had become "a complete stain on our world". ... Under the plans, the Home Secretary will be given the power to license vessels to carry armed security, including automatic weapons, currently prohibited under firearms...
  • We are ready to die to stop Japanese whaling: Sea Shepherd

    10/05/2011 10:53:11 PM PDT · by Rabin · 97 replies
    xinhuanet ^ | 2011-10-05 | staff
    The Sea Shepherd has become increasingly successful in recent years in disrupting the Japanese whaling, last summer forcing Japan's whaling fleet to head home early, and led Japanese whalers to obtain only 17 percent of their whaling quota. Japanese government on Tuesday announced the research whaling program will go ahead later in December, and there are reports that an extra 27 million U.S. dollars worth of security will be added to the whaling fleet.
  • Joint Chinese-Indian Oil Tanker Patrols Possible?

    08/18/2011 3:32:13 PM PDT · by bananaman22 · 7 replies ^ | 08/18/2011 | John Daly
    Aside from cost, the major problem for oil importing countries is getting the purchases safely home. Essentially, there are only two options – pipelines and maritime transport. Both are vulnerable to attack and this is increasingly preoccupying Chinese leaders, especially as, according to China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, China's dependence on imported oil rose to 55.2 percent for the first five months of 2011, surging to 9.61 million barrels per day. What to do to secure uninterrupted supplies of ‘black gold?” Negotiate. In a development with significant implications for the Pentagon’s professed “full spectrum dominance,” (i.e., quash all...
  • Two men allegedly flew pirate flag as they broke into boat on Gloucester Harbor(Arrgh!)

    08/05/2011 4:27:51 PM PDT · by GQuagmire · 25 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | 08/05/2011 4:01 PM | Jaime Lutz
    Two men who were flying the Jolly Roger pirate flag on their boat are facing charges after boarding another boat moored in Gloucester Harbor Thursday night, police said.
  • Getting Jealous of the Russians...

    07/29/2011 12:47:36 PM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 13 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | July 29, 2011 | Reaganite Republican
    These people are running circles around us! As if the taunting with their own American-style cheerleaders wasn't enough, flooding the 'net in a blatant psy-ops effort designed to undermine US morale lol... typical KGB, who brought the world the "honey trap" espionage technique  (reportedly still in use by today's FSB). Next, the Russian Navy schools strategically clueless  Team Obama on how to deal with pirates-- THEN Putin has agents bomb a US embassy while he slaps Obama and Shrillary around like a couple of rag dolls... All I know is it sure must be nice to have a leader that knows what country he...
  • Pirates Catcher Chris Snyder, Wife Go Face-To-Face With Accused Attacker

    07/14/2011 4:56:56 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 18 replies
    WPXI ^ | July 13, 2011
    PITTSBURGH -- Pirates catcher Chris Snyder and his wife Carla came face-to-face with a man accused of attacking them during a road rage incident last month. Chris and Carla Snyder spoke to Channel 11 News after a hearing on Wednesday, in which all charges against Subhash Modhwadia, of Scott Township, were held for court. "It was a weird situation. Everything happened so fast," Chris Snyder said. With an Indian interpreter on video, Carla Snyder testified that when she turned into a BP gas station on Banksville Road, Modhwadia blocked her sports utility vehicle and accused her of cutting him off.
  • Russian Navy On How to Deal with Pirates...

    07/09/2011 3:56:10 AM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 37 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | July 09, 2011 | Reaganite Republican
    This is how you do it:  nab the perps, tie 'em up, put them back on their own boat, then set the whole kit and kaboodle on fire and.... pooof, no more pirates. The video below shows Russian Navy commandos on a Somali pirate ship shortly after the pirates had captured a Russian oil tanker. A number of commands directed at the prisoners are heard from from an English-speaking Russian, i.e. when the commandos find a weapons stash ("WTF??!")- and "This is not a fishing boat!"The soldiers immediately freed their compatriots and the Russian oil tanker. They moved the pirates...
  • Piracy: A Growing Global Menace

    07/07/2011 10:21:46 AM PDT · by bananaman22 · 7 replies ^ | 07/07/2011 | Dr John CK Daly
    Over the last few years, thanks largely to Hollywood’s “pirates of the Caribbean” franchise, maritime buccaneers have acquired a highly romantic image. The reality of modern piracy is far removed from the images peddled by Tinseltown. In the most recent nautical attack, Somali pirates on 6 July attacked the 900-foot Brillante Virtuoso, which was carrying over 141,000 tons of fuel oil from Ukraine to Qingdao, China, 20 miles off the Yemeni port of Aden. The vessel’s 26 crew members abandoned ship after the attackers fired an RPG round into their sleeping quarters. According to ship manager Central Mare Inc., the...
  • USS Philippine Sea Rescues Brilliante Virtuoso Crew off Aden

    07/06/2011 3:21:06 PM PDT · by SandRat · 9 replies
    US Navy ^ | Combined Maritime Forces Public Affairs
    GULF OF ADEN (NNS) -- USS Philippine Sea (CG 58) responded to a distress call issued by the Marshall Islands-owned, Liberian-flagged, motor vessel Brilliante Virtuoso at approximately 3:30 a.m. (local time) July 6. Brilliante Virtuoso, a 144,000-ton very large crude carrier, was approximately 20 nautical miles southwest of Aden, Yemen when they issued the call which stated they believed they were under attack by suspected pirates and required assistance. The motor vessel was travelling eastbound from the Suez Canal through the Gulf of Aden at the time of the attack. Shortly after the suspected attack, Brilliant Virtuoso reported a fire...