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
While we have your attention...
An increasingly rare commodity, quality independent journalism costs money, though not nearly as much as its absence can cost global community. No country can live and prosper without truth - that's why it matters.
Every Daily Maverick article and every Scorpio exposé are our contribution to this unshakeable mission. It is by far the most effective investment into South Africa's future.
Join our mission to become a Maverick Insider. Together we can Defend Defend Truth.
Donald Trump is the first American president not to own a dog since William McKinley in 1901.