Melkbos beach in Cape Town. Africa has 38 coastal states and six island nations. (Photo/ Flickr/ Jonathan Gill)

The ‘Blue Economy’: Africa’s Oceans And Their Vast Potential, Plus A Maritime Industry That Is Already Worth $1 Trillion

Collectively, African coastal and island states encompass vast ocean territories of an estimated 13 million sq. km. Many are failing to ensure safe and secure conditions for those working and living off the oceans


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Crowd at the Rally To Restore Sanity And/Or Fear in Washington DC on 30 October 2010, a "satirical rally" mocking extreme or hysterical political views hosted by Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert. (Photo/ Flickr/ Dale Sundstrom)

First Hijacking Of A Merchant Vessel In Five Years Shows Somali Pirates Are Down, But Not Out

The hijacking of Aris 13 was a warning signal that any over-confidence in the international response, complacency within the shipping industry or the belief that Somali piracy is over, is misguided.