While I’m in transit at the moment, I wanted to flag an important piece on piracy, published today by Tristan McConnell at GlobalPost. While there are more details to tease out of the report, I wanted to highlight one section of his article:
Although the Al Qaeda-aligned terror group Al Shabaab remains publicly opposed to piracy, the report claims some local commanders received a share of pirate earnings as part of a protection racket that permitted pirate gangs to operate in Shabaab territory.
While these disclosures often lead to knee-jerk terrorism-talk, the story is more complex. More on this when I’m back on the ground.