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In 2009 the United States was hit broadside by Somali pirates who attempted to capture the US flag ship Maersk Alabama Suddenly the pirates were no longer a distant menace They had thrust themselves onto the American stage            Are the Somali pirates a legion of desperate fisherman attacking cargo ships and ocean cruisers to reclaim their waters? Or is piracy connected to crime networks and the madness that grips Somalia? What thre In this extended piece of informative journalism author Eichstaedt interviews a variety of those affected and entranced by piracy from Somali nationals who are active or retired pirates to international officials charged with piracy's control if not eradication to industry hired security officials seeking non violent resolutions to kidnapping scenarios to Somali refugees in Kenya seeking an escape from a country that seems at its best unmanaged and at worst out of control The author finds several legitimate roots to piracy from Yemen led overfishing of the Gulf of Aden to the surprising use of Somali waters as international dumping grounds for toxic waste decimating the economic opportunities for a nation dependent on the sea This is a thorough non judgmental approach to the issue that finds a surprising amount of legitimate complaints to compile with the obvious arguments made by those seeking fortune in a country that offers little in the way of long term stability An approachable and fascinating investigation of the issue and of those whose lives are defined by it

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State explores the links between the pirates global financiers and extremists who control southern Somalia and whose influence extends across the Gulf of Aden into Yemen and connects to extremists in Pakistan and Afghanistan The Somali pirates are desperate and dangerous men who will do just about anything for money and Pirate State argues that turning a blind eye to piracy and the problems of Somalia is inviting a disaster of horrific proportions Pretty good overview of Somali piracy Also recommend The Pirates of Somalia Inside Their Hidden World by Jay Bahadur Dijibouti by El Leonard fiction but also provides interesting discussion of Somali piracy Cut and Run the links between Beautiful Bandit (Lone Star Legends, the pirates global financiers and extremists who control southern Somalia and whose influence extends across Daddy Rapes His Little Daughter During School 2 Story Bundle the Gulf of Aden into Yemen and connects Tetris to extremists in Pakistan and Afghanistan The Somali pirates are desperate and dangerous men who will do just about anything for money and Pirate State argues The Supreme Wisdom Lessons by Master Fard Muhammad (full color version) that Fedrekult fra norsk folkeliv i hedensk og kristen tid turning a blind eye Facts of Life to piracy and Passenger 13 (Ben Hope, the problems of Somalia is inviting a disaster of horrific proportions Pretty good overview of Somali piracy Also recommend The Pirates of Somalia Inside Their Hidden World by Jay Bahadur Dijibouti by El Leonard fiction but also provides interesting discussion of Somali piracy

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Ats do pirates pose to international security?            To answer these uestions Peter Eichstaedt crisscrosses East Africa meeting with pirates both in and out of prisons talking with them about their lives tactics and motives Ultimately he comes face to face with a former fighter with Somalia’s brutal Islamic al Shabaab militia He discovers that piracy is a symptom of a much deeper problem Somalia itself            Pirate A fairly good read uick accessible and interesting Eichstaedt does a nice job of looking at the issue of Somali piracy from a few different angles and tries to tease out the nuances of the problems facing Somalia and the greater shipping community Still though he comes from a Western perspective and as such had NATOwestern solutions Some solutions like stopping the arms trade and the banking trade that launders money from ransoms or revoking international fishing licenses and granting them to Somalis instead could be something done by the international community that is if it wasn't so damn lucrative to do the unethical In the end I feel like he is skimming the surface of the issues at play and never really uite teases out any one strand far enough His seeming reliance on the word a NATO naval captain doesn't sit well with me either


10 thoughts on “Pirate State

  1. says:

    This book is a very well researched analysis of Somalia's current piracy terrorism at sea The author shows how piracy is a result of years of corruption and internal war within the countries warring clans The author explains a detailed account of the piracy infrastructure from land to seaAs for the book itself it is well written and not boring at all The material is fast paced and interesting No dull information or monotony A very interesting and informative read


  2. says:

    In this extended piece of informative journalism author Eichstaedt interviews a variety of those affected and entranced by piracy from Somali nationals who are active or retired pirates to international officials charged with piracy's control if not eradication to industry hired security officials seeking non violent resolutions to kidnapping scenarios to Somali refugees in Kenya seeking an escape from a country that seems at its best unmanaged and at worst out of control The author finds several legitimate roots to piracy from Yemen led overfishing of the Gulf of Aden to the surprising use of Somali waters as international dumping grounds for toxic waste decimating the economic opportunities for a nation dependent on the sea This is a thorough non judgmental approach to the issue that finds a surprising amount of legitimate complaints to compile with the obvious arguments made by those seeking fortune in a country that offers little in the way of long term stability An approachable and fascinating investigation of the issue and of those whose lives are defined by it


  3. says:

    Couldn't finish; read like a text book book to me I thought it would be interesting Sorry I am sure there are folks out there who will enjoy reading this book Just not for me


  4. says:

    A fairly good read uick accessible and interesting Eichstaedt does a nice job of looking at the issue of Somali piracy from a few different angles and tries to tease out the nuances of the problems facing Somalia and the greater shipping community Still though he comes from a Western perspective and as such had NATOwestern solutions Some solutions like stopping the arms trade and the banking trade that launders money from ransoms or revoking international fishing licenses and granting them to Somalis instead could be something done by the international community that is if it wasn't so damn lucrative to do the unethical In the end I feel like he is skimming the surface of the issues at play and never really uite teases out any one strand far enough His seeming reliance on the word a NATO naval captain doesn't sit well with me either


  5. says:

    This book is really dense and written by someone who has been covering Africa for a long time It reads like a text book and is pretty dry at times That being said it is an interesting read and it was nice to see what was behind Somali piracy as well as learn about the dire situation of Somalia Pretty depressing at times


  6. says:

    It took me forever to get through and seemed like it got off topic sometimes but overall this book presents a very interesting multi faceted view of the plague of piracy that Somalia currently faces


  7. says:

    Pretty good overview of Somali piracy Also recommend The Pirates of Somalia Inside Their Hidden World by Jay Bahadur Dijibouti by El Leonard fiction but also provides interesting discussion of Somali piracy


  8. says:

    This book was won as a giveawayIt was really interesting reading about piracy in Somalia ranging from how it started to the relation between the pirates and the local warlords and terrorist groups


  9. says:

    Great research book and filled with thrills and information Puts you right inside what's happening with modern piracyBeau SmithThe Flying Fist Ranch


  10. says:

    An easily read book which talks about the causes of Somali piracy and its tie to al Shabaab


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