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UN officials welcome release by Somali pirates of longest-held hostages

By   /  February 28, 2015  /  Featured, News, Piracy, Somalia  /  No Comments

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Listen Senior United Nations officials have welcomed the release this week of four Thai nationals after nearly five years in captivity, bringing an end to the longest held hostage ordeal in the east African nation thanks to a mission carried by the UN anti-crime agency. The mission to recover the hostages was conducted by the […]

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Spanish court sentences 6 Somali pirates to 16 years in jail

By   /  February 6, 2015  /  Featured, News, Piracy, Somalia  /  No Comments

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Listen The Spanish National Court has convicted six Somali nationals accused of piracy and sentenced them each to 16 years in prison for attacking a Spanish fishing boat off the coast of Somalia in 2012. The accused faced charges of attacking the Spanish tuna boat, the “Izurdia” when it was fishing around 300 miles off […]

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NUSOJ Condemns Arbitrary Arrest of two Broadcast Journalists

By   /  January 5, 2015  /  Featured, News, Security, Somalia  /  No Comments

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Listen The National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ) condemns the arbitrary arrest against two broadcast journalist in Mogadishu on Sunday afternoon January 4, 2015 by the Somali security forces, the latest in a string of violence against the journalists in Somalia. The two; Mohamed Salaad Osman, the head of programs of Goobjoog radio and Ibrahim […]

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US soldier seized by Qaeda freed in Yemen

By   /  November 26, 2014  /  Arab World, Featured, News, Security  /  No Comments

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Listen A US soldier was freed Tuesday by Yemeni forces just hours after being captured in an Al-Qaeda attack on an air base in the violence-wracked country, military officials said. The American was seized along with seven Yemeni soldiers in the militant assault on Al-Anad base in Lahij province, an official said. Yemeni forces launched […]

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Somali Pirates Attempt Attack on Zim Ship

By   /  November 15, 2014  /  Featured, News, Piracy, Somalia  /  No Comments

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Listen Maritime security guards have successfully thwarted a Somali pirate attack on a Zim transport ship as it sailed back home, according to The Times of Israel. The unidentified Zim container ship was returning from East Asia to Israel when pirates reportedly approached the vessel from two sides in boats and attempted to board the […]

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Somali Pirates get ransom, free 7 sailors held since 2010

By   /  November 1, 2014  /  Featured, News, Piracy, Somalia  /  No Comments

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Listen Somali pirates have freed seven Indian sailors detained for four years in exchange for an undisclosed ransom, Somali officials and a maritime monitoring group said yesterday. The sailors, held since the pirates hijacked the Panama-flagged ship MT Asphalt Venture in September 2010, were freed on Thursday. Eight of their colleagues were freed by the […]

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Somalia asks Kenya to hand over convicted pirates

By   /  October 17, 2014  /  Featured, News, Piracy, Somalia  /  No Comments

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Listen The Somali Federal Government is hoping Kenya will agree to transfer 122 convicted Somali pirates from Kenyan jails back to Somalia. Somalia’s ambassador to Kenya, Mohammed Ali Nur, told Radio Ergo in a special interview that if an agreement is reached, over 122 convicted Somalis serving prison terms in Mombasa for piracy related offences […]

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Youth speak on piracy in Somalia

By   /  September 17, 2014  /  Featured, News, Piracy, Somalia  /  No Comments

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Listen The Somali Anti-Piracy Information Center (SAPIC) in collaboration with the Somali National Youth Council convened for a roundtable discussion where youth deliberated piracy activities and its effects on the Somali people. Discussions were facilitated by a panel of five young graduates who described piracy “as equal to on-shore robbery”. Ayan Mohamed Abdullahi from SIMAD […]

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Two Kenyans held hostage after Somali pirates seize merchant ship

By   /  July 13, 2014  /  Featured, News, Piracy, Somalia  /  No Comments

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Listen Two Kenyan nationals are among those held hostage after Somali pirates seized a merchant ship on Friday. According to Andrew Mwangura who is the Secretary General of the Seafarers Union of Kenya, MV Jamila was attacked by pirates while being repaired at sea in the middle of Uarseiek and El maan 40 miles from […]

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Road building, not state building, can solve the Somali pirate problem

By   /  July 12, 2014  /  Featured, News, Piracy, Somalia  /  No Comments

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Listen Anja Shortland is a Reader in Political Economy at King’s College, London. Federico Varese is a Professor of Criminology at the University of Oxford. The academic article this post is based on, “The Protector’s Choice. An Application of Protection Theory to Somali Piracy,” is forthcoming in the British Journal of Criminology, and is available […]

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