2 hrs ago
Video: Former Captives Discuss Iceberg 1 Hijacking
Piracy: Not a Thing of the Past Think Somali piracy is a thing of the past? That "past" haunts thousands of seafarers today; but the reports from individual seafarers mostly go unnoticed, as some shipowners leave seafarers high and dry after release - ignored and uncompensated. Their stories tell of trying times in the wake of survival.
9 hrs ago
SAARC home ministers meet to discuss terror
The sixth meeting of SAARC home ministers, to be held Sep 17-19 in Kathmandu in Nepal, is likely to discuss terrorism, maritime security and piracy, and cyber crime, an official statement said Tuesday. During the three-day meet, issues like suppression of terrorism, maritime security and piracy, narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances, combating corruption, cyber crimes, mutual assistance in criminal matters, trafficking in women and children, and promotion of child welfare in South Asia are likely to be discussed, a home ministry statement said.
Mon Sep 15, 2014
NYFF52 Spotlight: Tommy Pallotta and Femke Wolting's...
In continuation of our profiles on films featured in NYFF52, we're turning to Last Hijack, which will screen as part of NYFF Convergence following its debut in Berlin. This documentary explores the phenomenon of piracy in Somalia with a narrative structure that has two interweaving storylines; one depicting the "present" daily lives of the pirates and their community, and the other the "past," revealing a recent hijacking using epic animation.
The Raw Story
Divers return to shipwreck where the ancient 'Antikythera Mechanism' was found
The Antikythera Mechanism -- is a 2nd-century BC device known as the world's oldest computer -- becsause it could track astronomical phenomena and the cycles of the Solar System Archaeologists set out Monday to use a revolutionary new deep sea diving suit to explore the ancient shipwreck where one of the most remarkable scientific objects of antiquity was found. The so-called Antikythera Mechanism, a 2nd-century BC device known as the world's oldest computer, was discovered by sponge divers in 1900 off a remote Greek island in the Aegean.
Air Force Times
ACC, PACAF focused on Pacific pivot
Two of the Air Force's largest major commands will see their leadership change in the coming months, as both train and prepare for the shifting focus toward the Pacific. Gen. Mike Hostage, commander of Air Combat Command, is set to retire in January.
Sun Sep 14, 2014
Journalist Glenn Greenwald (left) with NZ Internet Party founder Kim Dotcom.
Wellington: New Zealand Prime Minister John Key has categorically denied claims he was involved in a plot to bring convicted fraudster and internet entrepreneur Kim Dotcom into New Zealand at the behest of Hollywood studio executives. Kim Dotcom was planning on Monday night to release a "bombshell" revelation at an election campaign event for his Internet Party.
David Haines beheading: Was a news blackout on Isis hostages the right option?
From the beginning of the Isis hostage crisis the position of the British Government has been clear and unambiguous: all publicity around the plight of UK hostages will simply raise their propaganda value and increase the chances they will be killed. It is a position which the UK media has largely respected and explains why newspapers and broadcasters in this country have been so reticent about reporting on the identities of the UK hostages held by Isis, even though they have been widely reported elsewhere.
The Indian Express
Delhi must participate in Chinese initiatives in Indian Ocean and shape the agenda.
China's decision to postpone President Xi Jinping's visit to Pakistan has got much attention in New Delhi. But this in no way marks a major change in Beijing's policy towards Islamabad.
Sat Sep 13, 2014
Intellectual Conservative Politics an...
Rep. John Delaney Sets Out To Bring A Trillion Dollars, And Safe Bridges, Back To America
Seventy-five Congresspeople, and growing, from both parties, respectfully led by freshman Representative John Delaney , are advancing a plan to retrieve that money. Senate Minority Leader Everett Dirkson reportedly once said, " A billion here, a billion there , pretty soon, you're talking real money ."
Make My DayTHE Problem with British Job Titles
Somewhere in the godforsaken waters off Somalia, a rowboat with four pirates and a brave hostage aboard is holding off an American destroyer. A rowboat is a launch that has run out of gas, which is why it no longer merits the more elegant name.
Fri Sep 12, 2014
If Somalia Is a Success, What Does Failure Look Like?
President Obama laid out a strategy for "degrading and destroying" the Islamic State on Wednesday night. He called for targeted airstrikes, training local security forces, and more intelligence.
Maritime Security: Inter-regional Coordination Centre goes Operational
Delegates from the World's seven most industrialised nations , the United Nations and other international partners did observe the inauguration of the Inter-regional Coordination Centre for Maritime Safety and Security in the Gulf of Guinea that took place in Yaounde. The coordination centre situated at the Yaounde Golf Neighbourhood is a three-storey building over an area of about 500 m2.
Thu Sep 11, 2014
Two Piracy Survivors Back to Sea - MPHRP
Chirag Bahri with two SL crew and families of Albedo, Ranjan Perera of ITF and Dr Samarasinghe . Since MPHRP started their Programme they have discovered that seafarers are resilient people.
Fight Piracy - Intelligently
While global piracy is constantly changing, modern technology adapts to exploit the weaknesses in the pirates' mode of operation. Intelligence gained from such technologies enables voyage planners and navigators to steer clear of harm but what kind of information is required? While the image of the Somalian pirate is still high in the public's mind as the number one piracy threat, the reality is not as straightforward.
Wed Sep 10, 2014
Complainant wants SC to verify Italian marines health
The complainant in the murder case against the two Italian marines has asked the Supreme Court not to allow accused Massimiliano Latorre, to leave the country without verifying his medical condition. Latorre has sought permission to return to Italy on medical grounds claiming to have recently suffered from a brainverify stroke.
Appoint nodal officer to coordinate seamen's release: SC to Centre
The Supreme Court has asked the central government to appoint a nodal officer to coordinate and bring back the Indian seamen held hostage by Somali pirates with whom the families of the hostages could also communicate for updates. The apex court bench of Justice T.S. Thakur and Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel Tuesday said it could not assume the role of the executive to oversee the sensitive issue having international dimensions.
WIZM-AM La Crosse
From The Sea To Viterbo
But retired merchant marine Captain Richard Phillips travels the country, talking about his hostage ordeal of five years ago near Somalia. Phillips gave the first lecture of the semester at Viterbo last night.
10 questions with historical fiction author: MaryLu Tyndall
MaryLu Tyndall, author of "The Ransom", "Abandoned Memories", "Elusive Hope", "Forsaken Dreams", "Veil of Pearls", "Surrender to Destiny", "Surrender to Dawn", "Surrender the Night", "Surrender the Heart", "The Raven Saint", "The Blue Enchantress", "The Red Siren", "The Falcon and the Sparrow", "The Redemption", "The Reliance", "The Restitution", "Central Park Rendezvous", and "Pearls From the Sea" answers 10 questions about her favorite time period in history, her favorite figures from history, and the age old question of coffee or tea. That's a really tough one.
Tue Sep 09, 2014
Dan Simpson: The U.S. keeps risking retribution
One firm impression I carried away from working as U.S. ambassador and special envoy to Somalia was the Somalis' strong devotion to the principle of retribution - an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth. You kill one of my cousins, I kill one of yours.
MSDF planning joint drill with NATO forces
The head of Japan's Maritime Self-Defense Force says he is trying to arrange the first joint exercise between MSDF and NATO units that are currently taking part in an anti-piracy mission off the coast of Somalia. Chief of Staff Katsutoshi Kawano stressed the importance of the joint drill in a news conference on Tuesday.