Piracy on the High Seas

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Overview

Greenhaven Press's At Issue series provides a wide range of opinions on individual social issues. Each volume focuses on a specific issue and offers a variety of perspectives-eyewitness accounts, governmental views, scientific analysis, newspaper and magazine accounts, and many more-to illuminate the issue. Extensive bibliographies and annotated lists of relevant organizations point to sources for further research. Enhancing critical thinking skills, each At Issue volume is an excellent research tool to help readers understand current social issues and prepare reports.

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School Library Journal
Gr 10 Up—In this collection of 14 articles dealing with varied aspects of modern-day piracy, one implies that the threat or problem it poses is exaggerated. Nine of the essays, ranging in length from 4 to 12 pages, are taken from journals, newspapers (some in online format), and books that are dated 2008 or 2009. One historically based entry uses the formation of the Barbary pirates after the eviction of the Muslims from Spain as a comparison to today's resurgence of piracy. In language that is clear and filled with statistics, the remainder of the pieces discuss the economic causes of piracy, how to deal with it, the problem caused by a corrupt Somali government, depletion of the fishing waters around Somalia, and dumping of toxic waste off the coast of Africa by industrialized nations. Opinions are balanced: where one article suggests the pirates are pursuing a noble goal of protecting their fishing lanes, another reports that the only motive is money in the form of ransom or insurance payouts. Just how dangerous, vast, and uncertain maritime travel and trade has become is the dominant message of the book. Back matter includes a list of organizations to contact. Suitable for reports.—Joanne K. Cecere, Monroe-Woodbury High School, Central Valley, NY
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780737746525
  • Publisher: Gale Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 1/8/2010
  • Series: At Issue Series: International Politics
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 128
  • Age range: 14 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 7

1 Southeast Asian Nations Must Coordinate Anti-Piracy Efforts Catherine Zara Raymond 10

2 Piracy in Southeast Asia Has Economic Causes Adam J. Young 20

3 Discreet U.S. Aid Is Vital to Fighting Piracy in Southeast Asia Ian Storey 27

4 Historical Piracy Provides Lessons for Dealing with Today's Somali Pirates Virginia Lunsford 32

5 The International Community Cannot Ignore Piracy in Somalia Aidan Hartley 44

6 Local Fleets Should Handle Somali Pirates Peter Lehr 50

7 The Indian Navy Should Engage Pirates Who Threaten Indian Nationals Nitin Pai 54

8 Military Courts Need to Be Established to Deal with Piracy David B. Rivkin Lee A. Casey 60

9 The U.S. Should Reconfigure Its Navy or Coast Guard to Deal with Piracy Yoav Gortzak Robert Farley 65

10 To Fight Piracy at Sea, First Fight Lawlessness on Land Rama Anom Kurniawan 71

11 Somali "Pirates" Are Actually Trying to Stop Illegal Dumping and Fishing Johann Hari 75

12 Terrorists and Pirates Are Similar But Not the Same Benerson Littlle 80

13 States Can Do Little Against Maritime Terrorism and Piracy William Langewiesche 85

14 The Threat of Maritime Terrorism and Piracy Is Exaggerated Sam Bateman 95

Organizations to Contact 108

Bibliography 114

Index 119

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