Pirates’ victims are overwhelmingly seafarers from poor nations. Above, Vietnamese sailor Vu Van Ba is reunited with his parents after 18 months held hostage off the coast of Somalia.

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.

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NI 465 - How the war on pirates became big business - September, 2013
Pirate patrol: German troops in Djibouti prepare to join Europe’s anti-piracy mission in the Gulf of Aden, off Somalia.  The fight against pirates has been a handy way for countries like Germany and Japan to shrug off postwar constitutional constraints.

Empire strikes back - where counter-piracy is going wrong

Pirate hijackings off the coast of Africa have spawned a lucrative protection industry. With private security guards taking to the oceans in ever increasing numbers, Hazel Healy asks whether this is really the way to ‘safer seas’.

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NI 465 - How the war on pirates became big business - September, 2013

Debt – a global scam

The standard response to the current financial crisis has been to punish the presumed debtors. Are the creditors blameless, then? asks Dinyar Godrej.

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NI 464 - Debt - a global scam - July, 2013
Who profits from the 7 billion population frenzy?

Who profits from the 7 billion population frenzy?

Vanessa Baird on why, when it comes to human numbers, nothing sells like fear.

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NI 447 - Banking on Hunger - November, 2011
Going for the jugular: demonstrators outside a branch of Vodafone in north London, December 2010.

The Great Rebellion

The Great Recession may have stunned the Minority World, but the Majority World has survived more or less unscathed. David Ransom investigates why, and traces the outlines of a future that might just be worth having.

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NI 440 - Up in arms - March, 2011
Gathering strength at the World Social Forum, Belém, in February 2009. Photo: Paulo Santos / Reuters

Financial meltdown and the Age of Possibility

As the empire of international finance collapses, David Ransom finds the chance to reset the compass towards democracy, equality and the survival of our planet.

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NI 421 - Put people first - April, 2009

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How the war on pirates became big business September, 2013
How the war on pirates became big business September, 2013
Debt - a global scam July, 2013
Banking on Hunger November, 2011
Up in arms March, 2011
Put people first April, 2009
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