African states don’t prioritize maritime security

Dirk Siebels, University of Greenwich Piracy off the African coastline has been a headline grabbing phenomenon for more than a decade. For a few years though, Somali pirates appeared to have a quiet spell. Then, recently they had their first successful attack against a merchant vessel since 2012. Other attacks followed, including one in April …

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A solution to Somali piracy is in sight

Stephanie Carver, Monash University The recent hijacking of an oil tanker by alleged Somali pirates raises a number of important questions. The MT Aris 13 was the first commercial vessel to be hijacked since 2012. For the international community, the question is whether this represents a new spectre of piracy on the horizon. The attack …

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Somali sea hijacking is a warning signal

Christian Bueger, Cardiff University and Robert McCabe, Cardiff University The hijacking of an oil tanker on its way to Mogadishu, Somalia’s capital, has sparked international attention. For almost five years nothing was heard from the Somali pirates. International naval patrols as well as self-defence measures and armed security guards on ships had, it seemed, solved …

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Africa needs collaboration and support to tackle crime at sea

Hennie van As, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University Illegal fishing and its associated criminal activity at sea is an intractable and major international problem. It involves high-profile white-collar crime syndicates that move vast amounts of illegal fish and seafood. But it also involves other crimes, like human and drug trafficking. Recently, South Africa fined three Chinese …

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Africa News Headlines for 25 May 2015

Uganda Says Working with Neighbors to Resolve Burundi Crisis Source: Voice of America Japan and South Africa Lift Travel Bans on Liberia Source: GNN Liberia Kenya accuses Norway of ‘supporting terror’ Source: The Local 5 African Bitcoin startups to watch Source: Disrupt Africa Uhuru revives laptop-for-schools promise Source: News24 Kenya Sex, race and shame in …

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