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Studies Show: Veterans Are People Too

Chris Marvin | Posted 05.05.2014 | Media
Chris Marvin

As a veteran and as an American, I was appalled at this rash generalization that substance abuse is a known problem among veterans. Why does our current culture and news media insist on highlighting the worst about veterans?

The Filmmaker and the Pirate Negotiator: A Curious Case

Thymaya Payne | Posted 02.26.2014 | Arts
Thymaya Payne

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.

Popcorn Preview: Captain Phillips

Leslie Sisman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Entertainment
Leslie Sisman

Film: Captain Phillips (2013) Cast includes: Tom Hanks (Saving Private Ryan), Catherine Keener (Into the Wild), Barkhad Abdi Screenplay: Billy Ray (T...

ReThink Review: Captain Phillips -- 21st Century Piracy Ain't Jack Sparrow

Jonathan Kim | Posted 01.23.2014 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

Is Captain Phillips a case where bigger, louder -- and since it's Paul Greengrass, shakier -- is actually better? And do the film's pirates rise above being caricatured villains to represent the real Somalian men who turn to this high risk/high reward way of life?

Movie Review: Captain Phillips

Marshall Fine | Posted 10.08.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Based on the title character's book recalling the 2009 incident -- in which an American cargo vessel in the Indian Ocean was captured by four Somali pirates -- Captain Phillips puts you right in the middle of the action and never lets you go.

Tom Hanks' Next Oscar?

The Huffington Post | Christopher Rosen | Posted 05.08.2013 | Entertainment

It's weird to say that Tom Hanks is experiencing a renaissance, but: Tom Hanks is experiencing a renaissance. In the last week alone, Hanks was nomina...

Maersk Alabama Attacked By Pirates Again

AP | JASON STRAZIUSO | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

NAIROBI, Kenya — Guards aboard the Maersk Alabama used guns and a sound blaster Wednesday to repel the second pirate attack in seven months on t...

Pirate Booty Missing After Dramatic Rescue Operation: Navy Investigators

CNN | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- The Navy is investigating how thousands of dollars went missing in the rescue of the captain of the Maersk Alabama in April, a Pen...

Jason Linkins

Washington Times Makes Crude "Seaman" Joke About John Kerry

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Lots of conservative media figures acted all aggrieved when -- at the encouragement of the protesters themselves, who proudly vowed to "teabag" variou...

Monsters vs. Aliens

John Feffer | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
John Feffer

In the comic-book imagination of some of our leading pundits, the two headline threats against U.S. power -- al-Qaeda and pirates -- are on the verge of teaming up.

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....

American Sailors Who Thwarted Somali Pirates Return To US

AP | LARRY MARGASAK and CALVIN WOODWARD | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

OXON HILL, Md. — "If I die I'm going to take someone else with me," one seaman vowed, grabbing a knife as alarms pierced the Maersk Alabama and ...

Dog the Pirate Hunter???

Warren Holstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Warren Holstein

Avast, ye picaroons! If landlubber Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) has his way, good ole American privateers will be set loose on ye wily pillaging Somalian buccaneers and get all War of 1812 on yer booties.

How Maersk Alabama's Crew Fought Off Somali Pirates

McClatchy | Shashank Bengali | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

As the Maersk Alabama plowed through the glassy waters of the Indian Ocean last Wednesday morning, the cargo ship's 70-year-old electrician sat in the...

Will Obama Prosecute the Captured Somali 'Pirate' in a US Court?

Jeremy Scahill | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jeremy Scahill

What would a "pirate" defense actually look like? Remember, some Somalis -- and other international observers -- do not exactly see the "pirates" as being 100% unjustified in their actions.

Obama's Crisis Management: Of Pirates and Missiles

William Bradley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
William Bradley

Obama used the resources of the US military and government to shut down the pirates' options and make them more vulnerable.

Gen. Petraeus Implements Military Surge Against Four Somali Pirates in a Lifeboat

Jeremy Scahill | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jeremy Scahill

The most powerful Navy in the world remains in a standoff with four pirates in a small boat. So threatening to US national security are these pirates, Gen. Petraeus is now running the operation.

Pirate-Held Captain Tried To Escape, Was Quickly Recaptured

AP | JAY LINDSAY | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

BOSTON — An American hostage held by armed Somali pirates in a tiny lifeboat may be protected by a lucrative _ and possibly growing _ ransom on ...

US Navy Vs. Pirates: Situation Shows Limits Of US Forces

AP | ANNE GEARAN | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

WASHINGTON — A ragtag band of pirates has put President Barack Obama in a bind: He commands overwhelming firepower in the form of a growing flot...

In Defense of Pirates

Allison Kilkenny | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Allison Kilkenny

It's important not to demonize Somalians, even the Somalian pirates. When we demonize our enemies, they become less than human, and it becomes easy to apply such blanket rhetoric as "terrorists."

CAPTAIN RICHARD PHILLIPS: US Warship Arrives To Rescue Him As Pirates' Options Dwindle

AP | ELIZABETH A. KENNEDY and MATT APUZZO | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

NAIROBI, Kenya — Somali pirates and their hostage American sea captain were adrift in a lifeboat Thursday off the Horn of Africa, shadowed by a ...

Obama On Pirates: Declines To Answer Question

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama has declined to answer a question about the hostage situation off the coast of Somalia. The president was a...

Pirates: A Better Class of Criminal

Jon Santiago | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jon Santiago

What happened to good old-fashioned, face-to-face crime? Internet hackers, Madoff -- these guys all get things done from a distance, behind keyboards, against opponents that haven't got a chance.

Maersk Alabama Hostage Situation: FBI Now Assisting US Navy

AP | LOLITA C. BALDOR | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

WASHINGTON — U.S. officials have found no direct ties between East African pirates and terrorist groups but continue to search for signs of link...

Putting Today's 'Pirate' Attack in Context

Jeremy Scahill | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jeremy Scahill

Take this fact: Over $300 million worth of tuna, shrimp, and lobster are "being stolen every year by illegal trawlers" off Somalia's coast, forcing the fishing industry there into a state of virtual non-existence.