- It appears there’s a political movement out there called the U.S. Pirate Party. No, it’s not a social group that downs rum drinks with Jolly Rogers in their glasses, but a real political movement that has copyright reform as one of its planks (hence the pirate name). For those of you thinking that pirates have no place in politics, remember Henry Morgan’s governorship and John Hancock’s smuggling career; with those models at hand, who’s to say…
- If you’re looking for pirates away from Somalia, there’s the waters of the Philippines. The account of the abduction of Father Sinnott sounds more like a party a-viking than traditional seizure at sea, though kidnapping from onshore is not out of the ordinary for activities any pirate might put on the ‘to-do’ list. There’s not a lot of info out there about ‘Commander Ingo,’ the man the Philippine Army believes is responsible for this kidnapping; we’ll have to see what happens as this develops.
- Speaking of Somalia, attacks are supposedly down according to USA TODAY. Yes, there are better counter-insurgency efforts being taken up by targeted vessels, and the fact that there is a major show of force out there in the presence of Combined Task Force 151 (who have their own web feed) is certainly having an impact. There’s also the economic skittishness caused by the recession, however; with US officials saying the recession is over, it remains to be seen if the uptick in global trade leads to more action on the high seas.