It’s been a little time since I’ve focused on pirates here:
* Apparently you can make as much going after ships with the Somalis as you can teaching at a New York public school. Yeah, the piece is a little flippant, and some of the data is interpreted in a frivolous manner, but the fact that they have enough data to build a piece like this around it says something.
* Apparently, Somali pirates pulled in $60 million more last year over 2010. Which could well be exceeded this year considering how corrupt Somalia’s Transitional Federal Government has become, making them more a part of the problem than of the solution (if not the biggest problem).
* There’s a series on Somali piracy the folks at GlobalPost are hosting, which covers most of the main points discussed elsewhere and brings a few things up to date.
In short: It still sucks over there, no one’s doing a damn thing ashore to fix the issue, the pain continues. A story about pirates without a lot of heart-swelling moving passages, in other words…