Somalia remains a failed state. Poverty, the absence of enforced law and psychopathy masquerading as a just cause foments an environment where money for gain, or money to finance terror, means that piracy in the Indian Ocean has not gone away. What started in the Somalian North as a tax on shipping is a continuing threat to global trade.
European leaders are scrambling to find a way of stemming the flow of migrants across the Mediterranean after a large spike in deaths drew public condemnation. The most radical draft proposal being discussed is the push for a military mandate to destroy boats used by people traffickers before they set out to sea.
The leading Vatican official on migration has warned against the use of military action to deal with the migrant crisis in the Mediterranean. After a European Union (EU) summit on the crisis held in Brussels on Thursday, Cardinal Antonio Maria Veglio criticised a proposal to bomb boats used by smugglers.
The captain and a crew member are arrested after being separated from 25 other survivors who were taken to an Italian port.
The shipwreck that killed hundreds of migrants off the Libyan coast was caused by a mistake the captain made piloting the overcrowded vessel, Italian investigators have said.
The United States Navy has seven combat ships in Yemeni waters as the Saudi-led bombing campaign there continues, but is not participating in Riyadh’s naval blockade of the country, US military officials have confirmed.
A small coastal tanker is hijacked by pirates in South East Asia every two weeks on average, a report from the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) International Maritime Bureau (IMB) has revealed. South East Asia accounts for 55% of the world’s 54 piracy and armed robbery incidents since the start of 2015.
“There is no requirement for human rights at sea….what happens at sea is the business of the ship owner and the flag Sate….it has not been an issue before, so why now?” – Senior Shipping Executive. March 2014.
India seized 200 kg of heroin from Pakistani drug traffickers aboard a boat on the Arabian sea, a defence official said on Tuesday, in a $15 million haul that is one of the country’s largest and comes as narcotic flows escalate from Afghanistan.
The rapid escalation this year in the numbers of people drowned as they flee in leaky boats across the Mediterranean is a direct consequence of the conflict in Iraq, Syria and north Africa, specifically Libya – where the implications of the Western intervention are playing out in the deaths of thousands. . .