From 2012 to 2013, the U.S. Office of Naval Intelligence found a 25 percent jump in incidents, including vessels being fired upon, boarded, and hijacked, in the Gulf of Guinea, a vast maritime zone that curves along the west coast of Africa from Gabon to Liberia. Kidnappings are up, too.
The consequence stung, but needless to say, the loss of an iPhone beats being sentenced to "sweating," a playful pirate punishment that involved the crew surrounding the transgressor around the ship's mizzenmast wielding cutlasses, swords and sharp tools.
If you've ever been intimidated by playing at-home mixologist, making punch is a lot less stressful.
Imagine it's the 16th century, and you're on a 2,500-ton Spanish super-galleon sailing off the Pacific coast of Mexico. You're on your way back from a long, dangerous voyage to Manila, where traders from Spain's conquered lands in the Americas.
Piracy is bad -- everywhere, at all times, and under all circumstances. There is no ideological support for pirates, and no sympathy anywhere for what is essentially a criminal enterprise.
Armored in athletic gear and mitts galore, the Pittsburgh Pirates began teaching us ladies the precision of pitching and the biomechanics of batting during the 5th Annual "Baseball Basics for Women" event in Bradenton, Florida.
There's more to Florida than theme parks, beaches, and cities where you can party 'til dawn (although those are pretty great, too!).
Pirate films have always been popular and perhaps a few more films are still to be made, but until that point we have a virtual treasure trove of films to satisfy us.
As Americans queued in the early hours of November 28, 2008, in anticipation of Black Friday shopping, the chemical tanker MV Biscaglia was under attack in the Gulf of Aden -- with a security detail of just two unarmed men and a ship laden with tons of highly flammable palm oil.
Pirate-mania is all the rage these days. Luckily for us, there is a virtual treasure trove of pirate books. Here are some classic tales of piracy to keep your ship afloat.
In the following interview, Jonathan E. Steinberg, who also serves as Black Sails' show runner, spoke about the choice to opt for gritty realism over parrots and planks.
I gasped. For air? In shock? Both. Watching Tom Hanks, playing Captain Richard Phillips taken hostage by Somali pirates as our Navy SEALS closed in ne...
During the filming of my movie, I met Ishmael Ali, a Somali American pirate negotiator. Ali was dynamic and keen to do press.The only problem in this doc-film-fairytale is that my film wound up playing a part in the U.S. government's decision that Ali was not just a pirate negotiator, but also an actual pirate.
Captain Phillips is a cinematic feat of suspense: masterfully directed, superbly acted and beautifully executed. It is a thrilling and compelling ride into a harrowing journey through the pirate infested waters of Somalia.
Just a week after a controversial trip to Brazil involving illegal graffiti and a visit to a brothel, Justin Bieber is now in the midst of an international scandal involving the hijacking of a petroleum gas tanker with a band of Somali pirates.
Britney should instead be proud that her music, bad as it may be, is being put to good use in the global fight against terrorism and the struggle to establish justice and peace in our troubled world.