Hijackers, not necessarily pirates, have probably seized the ship “Arctic Sea” because of its valuable and extremely dangerous cargo, according to Mikhail Voitenko, the editor of the Russian Maritime Bulletin website.
There is a bloody war along the US border. Concerns are growing that the cocaine trade in West Africa could give cartels the strength to push their violence across to American soil and expand their networks.
Since early 2009, pirates have carried out over 100 attacks off the Somalian coast. Two thirds have resulted in the hijacking of vessels. While the region’s waters remain menacing, insurance companies are cashing in.
Oscar-winning Hollywood filmmaker Milos Forman, who directed such movies as “One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest” and “Amadeus” has likened web pirates to communists, saying they are “promoting a communist ideology.”
An international forum on tackling piracy off the coast of Somalia has opened in Rome. Aside from talking about measures to prevent hijackings, participants will discuss ways to bring peace to Somalia.