Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Piracy in Somalia

The most recent pirate attack off the coast of Somalia has attracted a lot of media attention, mainly due to the American Captain on board and the subsequent rescue by the US Navy, but it has drawn attention to the issue of piracy. I've listened to range of radio discussions and read some interesting articles about the problem including potential causes of piracy and the larger consequences of piracy for the regions where it is prevalent as well as the larger implications for such things as trade and international relationships.

I've never really thought about this problem before and so have done a bit of a look around on the web.

This CNN article 'Somali piracy threatens trade, boosts terrorists, analysts say' gives an overview of the current piracy situation and its impact on trade and aid. Somalia Piracy- A Backgrounder, on the blog Information Dissemination, looks at the most recent attack and the way it was handled by the US Navy as well as some background information on Somalian piracy. The United Nations World Food Programme specifically looks at the impact that piracy in Somalia has on their ability to provide assistance. 'Factors Accounting for Piracy ' and 'The Reason for Somali "Piracy"' propose some interesting reasons to account for piracy in Somalia and more generally.

As for me, I'm going to keep reading.

Photo credit: US Navy Photo (released) http://www.navy.mil/view_single.asp?id=52396

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Still being challenged

While my presence here in the blogosphere has been very quiet, I can't say the same for life. I'm having a brief period of respite- it's school holidays, and am trying to get organised before school goes back in another week.

Despite the busyness of life I continue to be challenged by a whole range of ideas, questions and situations. My studies have me thinking about the effectiveness of Non-Government Organisations (NGOs) and cross cultural challenges in development. I've had conversations with development workers who are based in Zimbabwe and Madagascar about the current climate in both of these countries. In my work life I have encountered a number of families that have been impacted severely by the economic crisis, one family in which both parents have lost their jobs and their future is very uncertain.

Some of these things are so big and overwhelming, it is hard not to feel totally powerless. I hope to continue to wrestle with some of these things here.

I hope that you have had a safe and happy Easter.

Luke 24:1-8

1On the first day of the week, very early in the morning, the women took the spices they had prepared and went to the tomb. 2They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, 3but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. 4While they were wondering about this, suddenly two men in clothes that gleamed like lightning stood beside them. 5In their fright the women bowed down with their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, "Why do you look for the living among the dead? 6He is not here; he has risen! Remember how he told you, while he was still with you in Galilee: 7'The Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, be crucified and on the third day be raised again.' " 8Then they remembered his words.

Photo credit: Easter- Empty Tomb by Donut_Diva