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SEOUL, South Korea (CNN) — Armed gunmen hijacked a Japanese freighter and its 23-member crew off the coast of Somalia, South Korean officials said Sunday.

Somalia, which has had no functioning government since 1991, is the world’s top piracy hotspot.

Also a Russian patrol ship was able to thwart a hijack attempt on a Saudi Arabian vessel, a spokesman said Sunday.

Full story here.

Before this recent attack joins the statistics, it’s important to note some flashbacks to the strategic signficance of Somalia. (more…)

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Oil, Smoke and Mirrors is a documentary about the concept of Peak Oil production and its implications on economics, geopolitics, and financial markets. This film is interesting viewing in light of the recent surge in the price of oil following the subprime crisis, and the current cratering of Oil futures following the recessionary fears in the US, UK, and Europe.

Oil Smoke & Mirrors offers us a sobering critique of our perceived recent history, of our present global circumstances, and of our shared future in light of imminent, under-reported and mis-represented energy production constraints. Through a series of impressively candid, informed and articulate interviews, this film argues that the bizzare events surrounding the 9/11 attacks, and the equally bizzare prosecution of the so-called “war on terror”, can be more credibly understood in the wider context of an imminent and critical divergence between available global oil supply and increasing global oil demand. The picture “Oil, Smoke & Mirrors” paints is one of a tragically hyper-mediated global-political culture, which, for whatever reason, demonstrably disassociates itself from the values it claims to represent. While the ideas presented in this film can at first seem daunting, it’s ultimate assertion is that these challenges can indeed be met and perhaps surpassed if, but only if, we can find first the courage to perceive them.

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