Somali Piracy and Terrorism in the Horn of Africa
The book provides readers with a comprehensive and in-depth analysis of the spate of piracy and terrorism plaguing the waters of Somalia and the global threat posed by this activity. Contesting the commonly held perception that the piracy and terrorism occurring in Somalia are two separate and unrelated activities, the author reveals how the collapse of the Somali state and the chaos that has ensued created the environment for piracy and terrorism to flourish in combination. He also notes how the failure to restore a functioning central government has allowed both to become dangerous threats not only to the people of Somalia but the entire world.
A Captain’s Duty: Somali Pirates, Navy SEALs, and Dangerous Days at Sea
A Captain’s Duty tells the life-and-death drama of the Vermont native who was held captive on a tiny lifeboat off Somalia’s anarchic, gun-plagued shores. A story of adventure and courage, it provides the intimate details of this high-seas hostage-taking–the unbearable heat, the death threats, the mock executions, and the escape attempt. When the pirates boarded his ship, Captain Phillips put his experience into action, doing everything he could to safeguard his crew. And when he was held captive by the pirates, he marshaled all his resources to ensure his own survival, withstanding intense physical hardship and an escalating battle of wills with the pirates. This was it: the moment where training meets instinct and where character is everything. Richard Phillips was ready.
The Pirates of Somalia: Inside Their Hidden World
Somalia, on the tip of the Horn of Africa, has been inhabited as far back as 9,000 BC. Its history is as rich as the country is old. Caught up in a decades-long civil war, Somalia, along with Iraq and Afghanistan, has become one of the most dangerous countries in the world. Getting there from North America is a forty-five-hour, five-flight voyage through Frankfurt, Dubai, Djibouti, Bossaso (on the Gulf of Aden), and, finally, Galkayo. Somalia is a place where a government has been built out of anarchy.
Jay Bahadur, a journalist who dared to make his way into the remote pirate havens of Africa’s easternmost country and spend months infiltrating their lives, gives us the first close-up look at the hidden world of the pirates of war-ravaged Somalia.
Somali Pirates and Cruising Sailors: A Compilation & Rumination of Recent Events in the Indian Ocean that Impact on Cruising Yachtsmen
There are currently around 2,000 Somali pirates actively engaged in stealing, kidnapping, extorting, enslaving, imprisoning, torturing, terrorizing, and killing innocent sailors in the Indian Ocean. Piracy in this area currently generates over $238 million annually, and costs the public around $12 billion annually. The largest ransom paid for a single ship is now $13.5 million, and increasing. Insurance companies are making small fortunes, as well as “private security” firms. This book chronicles each of these terrifying attacks on the Lynn Rival, Tanit, Rockall, Quest, and more. It shines a light on who the pirates are, how they operate, and how they came to be. It also takes an in-depth look at how and why the four American hostages aboard the Quest were executed in cold blood.
The Somali Pirate
The Somali Pirate, by Noor Fayrus of the Darod clan, chronicles his growing up in a fishing village under the tutelage of his savvy father to his coming of age in adulthood as a modern-day pirate. Living in Somalia presents a unique set of obstacles that constantly threaten to drag his family down. Noor stays close to his father, whose resourcefulness and charisma keep the family afloat. But when his father goes missing at sea, Noor must find his own way forward and provide for his family. Unable to compete against the unlicensed foreign trawlers, whose illegal fishing practices have all but wiped out the local fish stocks, and with a family member gravely ill, but no money to pay for treatment, Noor becomes a pirate by default. While in his skiff on a piratical mission, Noor’s mothership is sunk by a Navy cutter. Stranded on the high seas with a boatful of foreign hostages, Noor must face his greatest test: completing the mission alone. The Somali Pirate is a gripping, first person narrative.
Somali Piracy: Unsuccessful Governance and Definition Deficiency Bring About Practical Solutions
“Somali Piracy- Unsuccessful Governance and Definition Deficiency Bring About Practical Solutions” is an effort to map and bring awareness to some of the root causes of the high piratical frequency around Somalia and some of the deterrent solutions that have been produced thereof. In order to understand the issue and the progression of the legal framework and other piracy deterrent measures one needs to understand the magnitude of the threat piracy possesses to international shipping and the global economy. One also needs to understand the social and the political issues within and outside Somalia when analyzing the problem. By presenting materials of present piracy activities, the existing legal framework and by explaining the dilemmas in defining and applying Piracy and other Maritime criminal acts, and also by giving examples on the practical solutions resulting from the definition discrepancy and rule of law- insufficiency the book will give the reader a broad understanding of the issue.
Somali Pirate Adventures Part 1: Hijacking Escapades On the High Seas
This is an epic story of six young, adventurous Somalian’s who have decided that the lure and excitement of high seas piracy is the life for them… they are willing to bet that both their friendship and hijacking skills are extraordinarily strong.
Part 1 of Somali Pirate Adventures is the beginning of this group’s journey toward riches, notoriety and true comradeship.
Piracy Today: Fighting Villainy on the High Sea
Modern piracy is a billion-dollar business that takes advantage of inadequate international law, lax enforcement and under-staffed ships. Gangs armed with AK-47s and small rocket launchers have been emboldened by recent successes and are demanding–and often receiving six-figure ransoms. Theft of cargo and rocketing insurance premiums means the cost of transporting goods is rising, not to mention the increased physical danger to mariners in all corners of the globe. In this eye-opening account, respected author and seaman John C. Payne lift the veil on modern piracy, detailing hundreds of very real and frightening accounts up until now. The recent hijacking of the MAERSK ALABAMA by Somali pirates merely brought worldwide attention to an issue that has been simmering for years.
Piracy: The Complete History
When we think of pirates we conjure up images of Blackbeard and Captain Kidd, or even fictional pirates such as Long John Silver, Captain Hook and Captain Jack Sparrow. These historical characters all hailed from one period. Known as “The Golden Age of Piracy”, this period only lasted around a quarter of a century – from around 1700 until 1725. However, piracy has been around a lot longer than that. In fact ever since people started venturing onto the sea, others were waiting to waylay them. Pirate expert Angus Konstam sails through the brutal history of piracy, from the pirates who plagued the Ancient Egyptians, Greeks and Romans to the Viking raids on northern Europe through the golden age of piracy and on to the era of privateers who flourished during a period of constant warring on the European continent. By separating the realities of piracy from the Hollywood-inspired fiction, and by tracing the development of piracy through the centuries, this book gives a realistic vision of what piracy actually involves.
Piracy the Somali Way
Piracy off the Horn of Africa represents a threat to regional stability and national security by contributing to the continuing state failure of Somalia. Somalia as a failed state represents a potential safe haven for terrorists and threatens the stability of the region. Unfortunately much of the public debate surrounding piracy has been clouded by past efforts of the international maritime community to declare piracy a major threat to global commerce. The United Nations and many member states have made bold declarations that something must be done about the pirates of Somalia. An international maritime coalition is currently fighting to contain the problem but cannot solve it. Many of the same nations who voice their opinions that action must be taken the loudest fail to acknowledge that the solution lies ashore, in establishing basic rule of law in Somalia. The world should have learned from the events of September 11, 2001 that failed states represent a threat to international security. Piracy is just one way that state failure in Somalia will affect regional and world stability.
The International Response to Somali Piracy