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What is the scope of today's maritime piracy? Piracy is flourishing in many key shipping lanes / James G. Stavridis Richard E. LeBron -- Attacks by Somali pirates have increased in recent years / Raymond Gilpin -- Somali pirates are becoming more sophisticated and daring in their attacks / Lauren Ploch, [and others] -- Somali pirates raise ransom stakes / Colin Freeman -- Somali piracy is threatening global shipping and manufacturing / Stephanie Nall -- Somali's piracy problem affects all nations / Claude Berube -- Is piracy conmnected to terrorism? Yes : Piracy is connected to terrorism. The Somali pirates are Islamic jihadists / Robert Spencer -- Somali pirates are financing Islamic terrorists / Mohamed Ahmed Abdi Sheikh -- No : Piracy is not connected to terrorism. The maritime dimension of international security : terrorism, piracy, and challenges for the United States : summary / Peter Chalk -- Somali pirates do not appear to be connected to the Somali Islamist movement / Karine Hamilton -- The Somali Islamist group al-Shabaab actually deters Somali piracy / Somalia Report -- Should ransoms be paid to pirates? Yes : Ransoms should be paid to pirates. Pirates treat hostages well if ransoms are paid / Center for Strategic and Internatinal Studies -- Paying ransoms is the only available response to piracy for ship owners / Charles Marts -- Penalizing ship owners for paying ransoms is unfair / Inc. & Company International LLP -- No : Ransoms should not be paid to pirates. Appeasement of pirates has never worked / Joseph Farah -- Paying ransoms to pirates only exacerbates terrorism / Hana Freedman -- Pirates should be confronted not paid / Abdon M. Pallasch -- How should the US and other nations combat pirate attacks? Multiple approaches must be taken to manage the piracy problem / Andrew J. Shapiro -- Shipping nations should coordinate efforts to prosecute pirates / James Kraska Brian Wilson -- The international community must work with Africans to combat piracy / Michael L. Baker -- Counterterrorism measures must be applied to piracy / James Jay Carafano Jon Rodeback -- Military action and foreign aid must be used to elimiate pirate sanctuaries / Bernd Debusmann -- A long-term piracy solution requires addressing Somalia's poverty and politics / Rubrick Biegon -- Supporting Somalia's transitional government can help combat piracy / Ken Menkhaus John Prendergast Colin Thomas-Jensen.