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The Limits of Japan's Soft Power

Daniel Wagner | Posted 04.04.2015 | World
Daniel Wagner

Japan is determined to be a force for peace and stability in the war-torn Middle East, yet until and unless its constitution is changed to permit the country to project its power in a meaningful manner militarily, its ability to influence events in other regions of the world will remain limited.

U.S. Navy Ships Collide In Gulf Of Aden

AP | Posted 11.21.2014 | Politics

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A US Navy spokesman says two of its supply ships briefly collided in the Gulf of Aden but that no one was injured...

Japan's Influence in the Middle East

Daniel Wagner | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Daniel Wagner

Although it is not widely recognized as such, Japan is one of the most influential economic actors in the Persian Gulf -- something that is unlikely to change in the near or medium term.

Sea Piracy Plummets In First Half Of 2012

AP | Posted 09.14.2012 | World

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Sea piracy fell 54 percent worldwide in the first half of 2012, led by a dramatic drop in Somali piracy, an internatio...

Sea Piracy Declines, But Attacks Intensify

AP | Posted 06.23.2012 | World

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — Sea piracy worldwide dropped 28 percent in the first quarter of the year as attacks fell sharply in Somalia's waters th...

How Johnny Depp Helped Gulf of Aden Pirates Go Legit

James Doran | Posted 05.22.2012 | World
James Doran

Johnny Depp has a lot to answer for. The "mockney" drawl, the swagger and the healthy disdain for maritime authorities he perfected as Captain Jack Sparrow lent a cachet to piracy that had eluded the profession for centuries.

The Big Price Of Somali Piracy

The Huffington Post | Harry Bradford | Posted 02.09.2012 | Business

Though many think of Johnny Depp when pirating comes up, avoiding the real-life bandits of the seas is a multi-billion dollar problem for the shipping...

The Somali Pirate Threat Isn't Going Away

Katherine Zimmerman | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Katherine Zimmerman

The murder of four Americans should call attention to the increasingly dire situation in Mogadishu, which exacerbates the piracy problem.

Somali Pirates Face Death Penalty In Malaysia

AP | JULIA ZAPPEI | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — Malaysian prosecutors filed charges carrying the death penalty Friday against seven suspected Somali pirates accused of...

Why We Pay Attention to Piracy

Marcia DeSanctis | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Marcia DeSanctis

There is no government in Somalia to speak of, and the pirates are self-governing anyway. It is dramatic, challenging, surprising and odd place for a test of America's strength in the post-Bush world.

Yemeni Government Plans to Short-Circuit Broadcast/Online Media: Activists

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Magda Abu-Fadil

According to Yemeni sources, the government is strong-arming parliament to ram through the legislation to avoid any debate of the matter by journalists' unions, media representatives and civil society groups.

Somali pirates seize German ship, 11 crew

AP | KATHARINE HOURELD | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

NAIROBI, Kenya — A German cargo ship carrying 11 crew members in the Gulf of Aden called for help as it was being attacked by Somali pirates, bu...

Piracy, Geopolitics, and Private Security

Abukar Arman | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Abukar Arman

Piracy is not only disrupting international trade, it is preventing the flow of humanitarian aid to several million Somalis and is perpetuating the very culture that kept Somalia in an abyss of anarchy.

Somali Pirate Home Base: Eyl

WardHeerNews | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Garowe, (WDN) - The Somali pirates that have wreaked havoc on the shipping lanes of the Gulf of Aden and the Indian Ocean in recent years have been wi...

Somali Pirate To Be Tried In US

BBC NEWS | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

A Somali teenager captured by the US navy during a confrontation with pirates is to be taken to the US to face trail, US officials have said....

Pirates Vow To Hunt Down American Ships, Kill Sailors

AP | ELIZABETH A. KENNEDY and TODD PITMAN | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

MOMBASA, Kenya — The U.S. and its allies battled Somalia's pirates on two fronts Wednesday, with French forces seizing a bandit mother ship and ...

Somali Pirates Hijack 4 More Ships

AP | ELIZABETH A. KENNEDY | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

MOMBASA, Kenya — Defiant Somali pirates fired rocket-propelled grenades and automatic weapons at another U.S. cargo ship on Tuesday but failed t...

Gulf Of Aden PHOTO: Somali Pirates Terrorize Shipping Lanes

Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

The Gulf of Aden has emerged as the favorite place for pirates to terrorize shipping lanes. Indeed, since the famous incident in which pirates hijacke...

Somali Pirates On Hijacking Spree, Seize 5 Ships

AP | ELIZABETH A. KENNEDY and KATHARINE HOURELD | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

NAIROBI, Kenya — For the first three months of 2009, Somalia's notorious pirates faded from the headlines as a massive international naval force...

Pirates Hijack British Cargo Ship In Gulf Of Aden

Times Online | Rob Crilly | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Somali pirates have hijacked a British-owned cargo ship, after 48 hours of plunder at sea....

Pirates Hijack Yacht Near Seychelles Islands

AP | ANITA POWELL | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

NAIROBI, Kenya — A tourist yacht and its crew of seven has been hijacked by Somali pirates near the Seychelles islands off Africa's east coast, ...

Mercenary King Erik Prince Resigns as Blackwater CEO

Jeremy Scahill | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jeremy Scahill

Prince's resignation could be seen as a public formality in what has been a dramatic attempt to scrub all public vestiges of Blackwater.

Yemen hosts African refugees despite economic woes, social problems

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Magda Abu-Fadil

Yemen hosts thousands of African refugees fleeing unrest and poverty in their countries every year - with Somalis topping the list - despite its own e...

Somali Pirates Hijack German Tanker

WELT ONLINE | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Somali pirates hijacked a German-owned tanker carrying liquefied petroleum gas on Thursday, the first ship seized in the Gulf of Aden in nearly four w...

Somali Pirates: US To Head Anti-Pirate Patrols

AP | BRIAN MURPHY | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — A new international naval force under American command will soon begin patrols to confront escalating attacks by S...