Thursday, December 31, 2009
End of Year Somali Piracy Statistics
International Maritime Bureau records that 214 ships were attacked in the waters off the Horn of Africa this year, with 47 successfully hijacked ... there were 111 attacks in 2008 in comparison.
That piracy remains a profitable enterprise (so long as there are no serious sanctions against it)--he reports an $8 million ransom for the Chinese cargo ship MV De Xin Hai and the Singaporean boxship MV Kota Wojar seized near the Seychelles ...
No sign that there will be any let-up in 2010 ...
Monday, December 28, 2009
Running Out of Options on Iran
Thursday, December 10, 2009
Lessons from the Soviet Afghan Experience?
Stumbling blocks for the U.S., of course: tolerating the level of brutality Najibullah employed to get to the top; and a willingness to keep the gravy train flowing into Kabul.
Wednesday, December 02, 2009
More on the President's Afghan Address
Some further concerns about the roadblocks the president's strategy will have to overcome.