Sunday, November 23, 2008

International Law: The Somali Pirates, Blackwater and a Seattle Connection?

This is a bit 'off topic', but worth a look given world events which increasingly involve us here at home. The 'pirates' of Somali sure have gotten a lot of press lately. An apparently fictitious Bloomberg news story has the pirates acquiring Citigroup while the pirates' reputed spokesman maintains that the 'pirates' merely guard their coast for food. Whatever the case, it appears the so-called pirates are battling for legitimacy as governments of the world ponder the pirates' status under international law while trying to protect established shipping routes. In the meantime, Blackwater Worldwide, which describes itself as an American company that provides innovative private sector solutions to 'U.S. Government' and 'non-U.S. Government' clients is reportedly gearing up. Blackwater already has the 830-ton 'MacArthur' built about forty years ago for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration as a research vessel. Blackwater reportedly had the MacArthur repaired and upgraded in a Seattle shipyard to its present value of at least $15 million and is now offering its services in the Gulf of Aden.

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