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  • Panama Canal expansion seen to open by July

    03/23/2016 8:09:49 PM PDT · by george76 · 16 replies
    Manila Bulletin | March 23, 2016 | NAUREEN S. MALIK
    The expansion of the Panama Canal, a $5.3 billion project almost two years behind schedule and plagued by cost overruns and contractor disputes, is expected to open by the end of June, according to the agency that operates the waterway. The Panama Canal Authority has resolved problems associated with contractors and seepage from the new locks discovered during testing, said Jose Ramon Arango, senior international trade specialist at the agency that operates the 50-mile (77- kilometer) waterway connecting the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean. The authority is planning a test of the new locks with a tanker in May...
  • Israeli security thwarts Somali pirate attack

    11/12/2014 2:26:08 PM PST · by Fenhalls555 · 8 replies
    Ynet ^ | 11.12.14 | 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. The ship was carrying trade to Israel and had embarked on its journey a few days earlier from southeastern Asia by way of the Suez Canal.
  • 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...
  • Navy SEALs cite shabby treatment as Team Obama helps Hollywood instead

    11/19/2013 1:59:52 AM PST · by MestaMachine · 8 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | November 17, 2013 | Rowan Scarborough
    Last week, the Pentagon made it clear that it plans to take action against former SEAL Matt Bissonnette. It says he violated a signed nondisclosure agreement by writing “No Easy Day: The Firsthand Account of the Mission That Killed Osama bin Laden.” snip A reporter noted that Mr. Bissonnette also was part of the operation that saved a U.S. cargo ship captain from the hands of Somali pirates. Hollywood turned the 2009 rescue into the feature film “Captain Phillips,” with the Navy’s help.
  • Somali piracy: More sophisticated than you thought

    11/06/2013 10:38:19 AM PST · by 1rudeboy · 18 replies
    A new study reveals how Somali piracy is financed PIRACY remains a concern for ships passing the Horn of Africa, even though the number of incidents has plummeted since 2011, when armed protection was beefed up on board many large vessels. The topic grips the public imagination. Witness the success of “Captain Phillips”, a film in which a vessel captained by the actor Tom Hanks is hijacked by Somalis. Yet the pirate economy is poorly understood. A report*, to be released on November 4th by the World Bank, the UN and Interpol sheds new light. The authors interviewed current and...
  • Crew members: ‘Captain Phillips’ is one big lie

    10/13/2013 7:51:29 AM PDT · by Nachum · 48 replies
    NY Post ^ | 10/13/13 | Maureen Callahan
    It’s made for Hollywood: the story of an average American family man, captain of a cargo ship in dangerous waters, his vessel overtaken by armed Somali pirates demanding ransom, saving his crew by allowing himself to be removed from the boat and taken hostage. All of this is the basis for “Captain Phillips,” starring Tom Hanks as the titular, real-life hero. The only problem, say some members of the real Capt. Phillips’ crew, is none of it is true. Capt. Richard Phillips, they say, is no hero, and the film is one big lie. “Phillips wasn’t the big leader like...
  • Arabian Sea piracy suspects appear in Norfolk court

    03/10/2011 5:58:06 PM PST · by csvset · 22 replies
    The Virginian-Pilot ^ | March 10, 2011 | Corinne Reilly
    NORFOLK Thirteen Somalis and one Yemeni captured after four Americans were killed aboard a yacht last month are scheduled to appear in U.S. District Court in Norfolk this afternoon on piracy, kidnapping and gun charges. The men were brought into the federal courthouse in downtown Norfolk this morning. The group was turned over to the Justice Department on Wednesday after being held aboard the carrier Enterprise since the Feb. 22 shooting deaths of the Americans. A Navy spokesman said the Somalis were removed from the ship by Department of Justice officials. A federal grand jury indicted 14 suspected pirates, the...
  • 2 Somali pirates jailed for 10 years

    02/03/2013 8:11:00 AM PST · by DeaconBenjamin · 10 replies
    Japan Today ^ | Feb. 02, 2013 - 06:13AM JST
    Two men who attempted to hijack a Japanese tanker off the coast of Oman were jailed for 10 years by Tokyo District Court on Friday, a report said, in the first piracy prosecution in Japan. The two were among four African men arrested in March 2011 over the attack in the Indian Ocean. Men armed with submachine guns tried to seize the tanker, which was operated by Mitsui O.S.K. Lines and had 24 crew members aboard, reports said. “It was an organized and dangerous crime by men armed with guns who sought to demand a ransom,” presiding judge Katsunori Ohno...
  • 'Piracy' at sea: Has definition changed? Supreme Court declines to enter fray.

    01/29/2013 6:03:44 PM PST · by Pan_Yan · 18 replies
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | January 22, 2013 | Warren Richey
    The US Supreme Court on Tuesday let stand a series of lower-court opinions endorsing a broad view of what constitutes the crime of piracy – a move that will make it significantly easier for the government to prosecute and convict suspected Somali pirates in federal court. The high court turned aside an appeal by five Somali nationals convicted of firing shots from a small skiff at a US Navy frigate on patrol 600 miles off the coast of Somalia on April 1, 2010. ... Lawyers for both groups of Somalis urged the Supreme Court to consider whether the Fourth Circuit...
  • 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.
  • Coastal Insecurity [India: Somali Pirates' jihad threat]

    10/03/2011 5:58:03 PM PDT · by Righting · 4 replies
    SATP/SAIR ^ | Oct 3, 2011
    South Asia Intelligence Review (SAIR), Weekly Assessments & Briefings SOUTH ASIA INTELLIGENCE REVIEW Weekly Assessments & Briefings Volume 10, No. 13, October 3, 2011 INDIA Coastal Insecurity Shrideep Biswas Research Assistant, Institute for Conflict Management Elaborating on the threat posed by Somali pirates, Union Defence Minister A.K. Antony, while addressing the 30th Annual Coast Guard Commanders’ Conference on September 27, 2011, observed, "There are some other powerful forces behind the piracy and they are sitting somewhere else. Only a joint, coordinated effort under the United Nations can be an ultimate solution to the piracy problem.” He added that the Cabinet...
  • Retired Brit tourists fought off Somali pirates with deckchairs

    05/06/2011 8:23:09 PM PDT · by george76 · 41 replies · 1+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | 5th May 2011
    A retired couple who were enjoying a luxury cruise fought off Somali pirates with deck chairs as they attempted to storm the ship and kidnap them. John and Barbara Jeffery had been enjoying the trip of a lifetime when the violent pirates tried to take over the ship they were sailing on. As gun shot rang out, the couple defiantly armed themselves with deck chairs, tables and whatever came to hand as they helped to beat off the outlaws. terror struck just one week in, when the MSC Melody was off the coast of Somalia, a spot haunted by pirates,...
  • Somali pirates sentenced to life in U.S. prison

    03/14/2011 3:12:06 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 20 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 3/14/11 | Jeremy Pelofsky - Reuters
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Five Somali men were sentenced on Monday to spend the rest of their lives in a U.S. prison after being convicted of piracy and trying to attack an American warship off the coast of Africa last year. In November the group was convicted by a jury in a federal court in Virginia on charges of piracy, attacking to plunder a vessel and various other firearms and weapons charges. Piracy off the coast of Somalia has been a growing problem over the last several years, with pirate gangs making tens of millions of dollars in ransoms, .. The...
  • Somali pirates cut ransoms to clear hijacked ships

    03/13/2011 3:11:29 PM PDT · by george76 · 58 replies
    Reuters ^ | Mar 13, 2011 | Mohamed Ahmed and Abdi sheikh
    Somali pirates said on Sunday they would lower some of their ransom demands to get a faster turnover of ships they hijack in the Indian Ocean. Armed pirate gangs, who have made millions of dollars capturing ships as far south as the Seychelles and eastwards towards India, said they were holding too many vessels and needed a quicker handover to generate more income. “I believe there is no excuse for taking high ransoms. At least each of our groups holds ships now,” pirate Hussein told Reuters from Hobyo on the Somalian coast. He said the pirates were holding more than...
  • Shrugging at terror

    03/07/2011 3:16:28 AM PST · by Scanian · 14 replies
    NY Post ^ | March 6, 2011 | Michael A. Walsh
    Two American servicemen were killed last week on as signment overseas. No, not in Iraq or Afghanistan, but in Frankfurt, Germany, for the simple act of getting on a bus. A lone Muslim gunman opened fire on the unsuspecting airmen at the Frankfurt airport, killing Nicholas J. Alden and Zachary R. Cuddeback and wounding two others. He shouted "Allah Akbar" as he shot -- making it plain he was murdering in the name of his god. A few days earlier, four Americans sailing in the Indian Ocean on a mission of Christian mercy -distributing Bibles to remote churches -- were...
  • Seattle couple murdered by pirates; Would guns on board be smart?

    02/23/2011 8:10:07 PM PST · by marktwain · 162 replies
    Seattle Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 22 February, 2011 | Dave Workman
    Four Americans, including a Seattle couple, aboard a private yacht hijacked by Somali pirates are dead this morning, and readers reacting to the CBS story on-line are wondering why any of the pirates were taken alive. Likewise, after the Seattle Times caught up with the story at about 7:25 a.m., it didn’t take long for readers to suggest that the pirates be taught a lesson. The incident is hardly a first in that part of the world. Somali pirates have been emboldened by the willingness of some victims to pay outrageous ransoms. Reports indicate that negotiations were underway between the...
  • 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...
  • Cair is Shocked! Shocked! FBI Visits Some Muslims Who Travel to Somalia

    02/23/2011 10:42:18 AM PST · by grassboots.org · 8 replies
    www.caffeinatedthoughts.com ^ | 2/23/2011 | David Shedlock
    The same week Somali Pirates killed Christian's bearing Bibles, The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) has teamed up with the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and is suing the FBI for surveillance of the Muslim community, particularly those who have traveled to Somalia, Pakistan, and Yemen. Last fall, CAIR sued the state of Oklahoma for passing an anti-Sharia Law statute. CAIR has ties to both the Muslim Brotherhood (which was responsible for the assassination of Anwar Sadat of Egypt) and Hamas. If the story is correct this was not secret surveillance, but rather the asking of questions. In other...
  • Slain yachters called 'brave adventurers'

    02/22/2011 5:48:40 PM PST · by ColdOne · 82 replies
    CNN.com ^ | February 22, 2011 | Mike Pearson
    (CNN) -- Phyllis Macay wrote of her travels around the world with the breathlessly joyous and staccato style of a teenager. "I can say that I want to spend a week here ... month here ... maybe a year," she once wrote of visiting Corsica. "It is exciting, vastly busy ... and beautiful at the same time." That sort of infectious love of adventure, of sailing, of seeing the world was a defining characteristic not only of Macay, but also her companion Bob Riggle and friends Jean and Scott Adam, friends and family say. All four died early Tuesday off...
  • Will Pirates Who Allegedly Killed Americans Be Prosecuted In U.S.? And If So, Where?

    02/23/2011 7:48:29 AM PST · by Qbert · 65 replies
    Fox News ^ | 2/22/2011 | Mike Levine
    The fate of the Somali pirates who allegedly killed four Americans off the coast of Somalia has yet to be determined, but the U.S. Justice Department says it is "investigating and reviewing" evidence in the case and is "committed to working with our international partners to ensure that the perpetrators of this heinous crime are brought to justice." The four Americans were on a yacht in the waters off the Horn of Africa when their vessel was hijacked Friday. U.S. forces were following the hijacked yacht when on Tuesday at least some of the hijackers opened fire. The hostages --...