The modern pirates of West Africa and Somalia are no swashbuckling buccaneers. They are maritime bandits, disrupting some of the world's busiest shipping lanes and costing the global economy billions. Recently, they've stepped up their brutality. What caused this piracy? How can it be stopped? GlobalPost investigates.
This week marks the opening of Cruise Shipping Miami, the cruise industry's largest show, where industry professionals are focusing on how to get people who have never been on a cruise to try one for the first time.
It can be tricky, they say, since newbies are often afraid they'll be bored, held to a strict eating schedule that doesn't suit them or surrounded by retirees. Others have followed the news and are worried about pirates, puking and just plain staying alive.
KAFANCHAN, Nigeria — The tension was immediately apparent on the faces of the people standing in shop doorways and outside homes made of locally produced brown bricks. Shops burned during a recent spate of violence dotted the dirt road, and the charred hulk of a mosque and a church in the same condition stood as blackened landmarks of the recent history of the Christian-Muslim divide.
WASHINGTON — If the BRICS are stumbling, what about “frontier markets” — the super-fast growing nations of Africa and Asia that post garish double-digit annual GDP growth. Surely, there must be opportunity there. Well, maybe.
NEW YORK — Some of the largest nations on Earth — including Afghanistan, Brazil and India, not to mention the United States — will hold important elections in the coming year, any of which could affect the global political landscape profoundly.