Under a blue ensign | "Asian Spring" | Scoop.it
Under a blue ensign - Emblematic of the world’s sense of frustration and helplessness in the face of snowballing Somalian piracy was British PM David Cameron’s strong condemnation...


Dominated by the Horn of Africa, the Gulf of Aden forms a funnel for 24,000 merchant ships annually transiting the Suez Canal carrying energy and raw material to Europe and finished goods to Africa and the Middle East. The abjectly poor Somalian Republic, which occupies most of the Horn, has been in a state of turmoil for nearly two decades, and is only notionally governed by a transitional federal government. Al-Shabaab, an affiliate of al-Qaeda, has waged a four-year campaign to remove this government, and controls most of southern and central Somalia.