Pirates of the 21st Century: How Modern-Day Buccaneers are Terrorising the World's Oceans

Pirates of the 21st Century: How Modern-Day Buccaneers are Terrorising the World's Oceans

by Nigel Cawthorne

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Pirates of the 21st Century: How Modern-Day Buccaneers are Terrorising the World's Oceans by Nigel Cawthorne

Looks at the attacks that have taken place in the Malacca Straits, the Gulf of Guinea, and off the coast of Bangladesh, and questions how international peacekeeping forces can try to bring stability and security back to the oceans of the world
 

Piracy is rife in the South China Sea and has returned to the Caribbean and South America, and this fascinating book examines how a phenomenon thought to be consigned to history is once again a worldwide problem. It also looks at attacks that have taken place in the Malacca Straits and the fate of the couple making a once-in-a-lifetime trip around the world by yacht, and questions how the international community and its peacekeeping forces can try to bring stability and security back to the oceans. What started as a patrol to combat commercial plundering of Somali fish stocks has now grown into a highly organized and lucrative business. In a war-torn country, the pirates have brought hope and entire villages depend on the wealth that they bring in—they have even been likened to Robin Hood. But these modern-day buccaneers should not be romanticized—their attacks are becoming more violent and they are increasingly in possession of automatic weapons and rocket-propelled grenades.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781843582557
Publisher: John Blake Publishing, Limited
Publication date: 05/01/2011
Pages: 278
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Nigel Cawthorne is the author of A History of Pirates, Serial Killers and Mass Murderers, and Witches: History of a Persecution.

Table of Contents

Introduction

Chapter 1 The Seizing of the Sirius Star 1

Chapter 2 The Hostages' Tale 23

Chapter 3 Somali Standoff 35

Chapter 4 The Prisoners of Le Ponant 55

Chapter 5 The Seabourn Spirit 65

Chapter 6 The Somali Sea 75

Chapter 7 The Gulf of Aden 99

Chapter 8 The Navy Strikes Back 113

Chapter 9 Portrait of the Pirates 143

Chapter 10 The Straits of Malacca 161

Chapter 11 The South China Sea 197

Chapter 12 Brazilian Brigands 215

Chapter 13 Pirates of the Caribbean 227

Chapter 14 Back to the Spanish Main 251

Chapter 15 Sea Dogs 265

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