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Pirates!

The arrgh-ther side of the story. Since 2008, piracy has exploded, particularly in Somalia, but also in new sites off West Africa. Who are the Somali pirates? How did a few thousand ill-equipped men manage to cost the global economy a purported $18 billion? And what is the world missing by casting Somalia as a failed state with pirate villains? World powers have unleashed a massive naval response to ward off the sea bandits. But at what cost?

September 2013, Issue 465

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Empire strikes back
Hazel Healy looks at where counter-piracy is going wrong.
Piracy - THE FACTS
A pirate's life for me
Jatin Dua investigates the ever-blurry line between proctector and pirate in coastal Somalia.
Falling out with the locals
Pirates in Somalia hastened their own demise by alienating communities with their anti-social behaviour, journalist Jamal Osman tells Hazel Healy.
In the firing line
Piracy is just one in a long list of problems facing seafarers in a cut-throat shipping industry, reports Olivia Swift.
Pirate Primer
An illustrated guide to buccaneers, corsairs and privateers through the ages, from Peter Willis.
Outgunned
Dayo Aiyetan and Theophilus Abbah offer a West African take on piracy in the Gulf of Guinea.
Europe points the finger of blame
Migrants have become the scapegoats in financially straitened times, reports Amy Hall.
Worth their salt
Matthew Newsome meets a social enrepreneur helping India's salt-workers out of the poverty trap.
A toilet makes the difference
Girls in Somalia now have a better chance of completing their education. Katharina Wecker explains.
Unsporting evictions in Brazil
Deported without your kids
Women vs the army in Kashmir
Austerity angst in Britain
Working like a horse
Constitutional concerns in Japan
Bullies beware
Reasons to be Cheerful
Film reviews
Call Girl, directed by Mikael Marcimain; and Foxfire, directed by Laurent Cantet.
Music reviews
Black birds Are Dancing Over Me by Danny Michel with the Garifuna Collective; and Dalmak by Esmerine.
Book reviews
Another America by James Ciment; Antifragile by Nassim Nicholas Taleb; An Uncertain Glory by Jean Dreze and Amartya Sen; Needle in a Haystack by Ernesto Mallo; and a Crack in the Wall by Claudia Pineiro.
PLUS: Also out there
Argument: Is 16 too young to vote?
Politics academic Andrew Mycock and UK Youth Parliament member Chanté Joseph go head-to-head.
Mark Engler
Don't shoot the whistleblower.
Steve Parry
Comedians take on the clowns.
PLUS: Polyp’s Big Bad World cartoon
Letter from Botswana
Dining by candlelight is not always a matter of choice, as Wame Molefhe discovers.
Country Profile: China
Southern Exposure
Theodore Kaye photographs Tajikistan's national sport, buzkashi.
And Finally
Afghan MP Fawzia Koffi wants women to get out of their traditional closet.