The pirates of Southeast Asia

Malacca Strait is ranked the most dangerous waterway, overtaking Somalia as world's main piracy hub in 2014.

    The waters of Southeast Asia have more incidents of piracy than any other part of the world.
    The region overtook Somalia as the main piracy hub in 2014.

    The Malacca Strait is one of the most strategic sea lanes in the world and it's also one of the most dangerous. Since 2010, attacks on ships have more than doubled every year.

    Pirates of Southeast Asia - part 2

    In the first 10 months of this year, there were 174 reported incidents of piracy, including 12 attempts. That's more than the number for all of 2013. Most of the targets have been oil and palm oil tankers. 

    Pirate syndicates are often found to be professional joint ventures between business people and freelance pirates waiting in the harbours for jobs.

    Most pirates come from Indonesian fishing villages. The syndicates often use insiders who are part of the crew and even navy personnel.

    Al Jazeera's Step Vaessen reports from Batam in Indonesia.

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera


    Meet the deported nurse aiding asylum seekers at US-Mexico border

    Meet the deported nurse helping refugees at the border

    Francisco 'Panchito' Olachea drives a beat-up ambulance around Nogales, taking care of those trying to get to the US.

    The rise of Pakistan's 'burger' generation

    The rise of Pakistan's 'burger' generation

    How a homegrown burger joint pioneered a food revolution and decades later gave a young, politicised class its identity.

    'We will cut your throats': The anatomy of Greece's lynch mobs

    The brutality of Greece's racist lynch mobs

    With anti-migrant violence hitting a fever pitch, victims ask why Greek authorities have carried out so few arrests.