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27 June 2017 00:34 (South Africa)

Somali pirates sail rings round world’s biggest navies

  • Branko Brkic
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    Branko Brkic

    Brkic is the founder and editor of The Daily Maverick.

    He has edited magazines on business and politics, technology, and wildlife. He has also published fiction and non-fiction books, most of them in Serbian. Though he has never pretended to be a reporter, his wide knowledge of politics (especially in America), combined with his experiences in a disintegrating Yugoslavia, gives him an unusual outlook on events in South Africa.

    Despite the vowel-poor surname, he tells anyone who asks that he hails from Hyde Park, Johannesburg, having spent most of his adult life in South Africa.

    Recent columns:

Somali pirates have done two extraordinary things so far this week. They have attacked an oil tanker nearly 1,850km from the Somalia coast - which is a new long-distance record - and also seized a ship loaded with weapons bound for their home country, which contravenes a UN arms embargo (the weapons are said to be for the fragile UN-backed government). The Hong Kong-registered tanker got away, but reports say the weapons vessel is being held near the northern Somali town of Garacad. Naval patrols from the EU, US, China, India and Japan are involved in anti-piracy operations, mainly around the major shipping lane in the Gulf of Aden. But even with that firepower, the pirates are still taking the mickey. Read more: BBC, Reuters

  • Branko Brkic
    branko3048 a ray
    Branko Brkic

    Brkic is the founder and editor of The Daily Maverick.

    He has edited magazines on business and politics, technology, and wildlife. He has also published fiction and non-fiction books, most of them in Serbian. Though he has never pretended to be a reporter, his wide knowledge of politics (especially in America), combined with his experiences in a disintegrating Yugoslavia, gives him an unusual outlook on events in South Africa.

    Despite the vowel-poor surname, he tells anyone who asks that he hails from Hyde Park, Johannesburg, having spent most of his adult life in South Africa.

    Recent columns:

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