This week, 25 sailors aboard a Chinese cargo ship were set free off the coast of Somalia after the pirates who seized them were reportedly paid a $4 million ransom. Daljit Dhaliwal interviews maritime writer Barry Parker, who says that there are still hundreds of people being held hostage by pirates.
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Police arrested four Australian citizens of Somali and Lebanese descent in connection with a plot to blow up a large army base outside Sydney. In Somalia, pirates have released a German container ship and its crew. Sarjoh Bah of New York University discusses the conditions in Somalia that have allowed pirates and terrorists to thrive.
Here’s a different take on the issue of piracy off the African coast: the people we call pirates think that they are the ones under attack? It reminds Peter Eisner of the old saying: One person’s terrorist is another person’s freedom fighter.
Recent pirate attacks on U.S.-flagged ships have thrust the issue of Somali piracy into the spotlight and prompted U.S. President Barack Obama to vow to "halt the rise of piracy." David Shinn, a former ambassador to Ethiopia and Burkina Faso, discusses how the U.S. can approach Somalia given its poor reputation in the African country.
Another American ship came under attack by Somali pirates on Tuesday, though the crew managed to hold them off. Bronwyn Bruton of the Council on Foreign Relations discusses Somalia's onshore instability, American options for dealing with piracy and how pirates are regarded inside Somalia.
After the rescue of an American ship captain, Barry Parker, a writer and a maritime consultant, discusses the continuing piracy problem and what can be done about it.
Carol Giacomo of The New York Times and Walter Russell Mead of the Council on Foreign Relations discuss the week's top stories: The continuing threat of piracy from Somalia's failed state, the terror threat in Britain and Europe and the nuclear ambitions of Iran and North Korea.
As hostage negotiators work to free U.S. Captain Richard Phillips from a group of Somali pirates, Barry Parker, a writer and a maritime consultant, discusses the pirates' operation and how best to deter the growing problem of piracy.
Pirates in the waters off the coast of Somalia seized an American-flagged ship and took American hostages, before the crew successfully regained control -- though the ship's captain reportedly was still being held hostage late Wednesday. Barry Parker, a writer and maritime consultant, discusses piracy, an enormous and expensive international threat.