Posts Tagged ‘somalia’

Somalia in Despair (National Geographic)

Wednesday, August 26th, 2009


[Editor's note: This month's National Geographic Magazine looks at Somalia and other so-called failed states (map above). I sometimes wonder if Mogadishu should even be shown as a capital city under the circumstances. In the north, Somaliland is a full fledged break away country and Puntland, also in the north, is semi-autonomous from the south. The accompanying chart illustrating the 2009 Failed States Index is a great example grouping by region and then ranking (not pictured here).]

Republished from National Geographic Magazine.
Sept. 2009. By Marguerite B. Hunsiker and M. Brody Dittemore.

While peace largely reigns in northern Somaliland, militias are battling for control in the south, and pirates flourish along the coast of semi-autonomous Puntland in the northeast. Conflict and drought have triggered a humanitarian catastrophe–more than a million people have fled their homes; 3.5 million need emergency food aid. Yet the lack of security makes it harder than ever to deliver help.

Continue reading at National Geographic Magazine . . .

Cutthroat Capitalism: An Economic Analysis of the Somali Pirate Business Model (Wired)

Tuesday, June 30th, 2009

[Editor's note: It's been a while since I've seen gradient country fills (!) on a map but this month's Wired magazine obliges with their highly stylized map of piracy off the Somalia coast. The Flash version of the print graphic has a nifty approach to panning the zoomed image, but beyond the novelty is not an effective navigation tool, especially with the single zoom in level.]

Republished from Wired.

Most of Somalia’s modern-day pirates are fisherman who traded nets for guns. They’ve learned that ransom is more profitable than robbery, and rather than squandering their loot, they reinvest in equipment and training. Today, no ship is safe within several hundred miles of the coast.

Continue reading at Wired . . .


Arr! Here be Pirates! IMB live piracy map 2008 (Kelso)

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2008

Just in time for Halloween: The International Chamber of Commerce has a live Google mashup of global piracy attacks. I discovered this map when helping a colleague at The Washington Post map recent events in the Gulf of Aden and off Somalia. Read this story from The Washington Post with more background on the endemic piracy there. If you dig hard enough, you’ll discover a text file with all the data linked 2 deep in their source code. Their database goes back to 2005.

Screenshot below. Live site here.