Iran has caused a stir with its threat this week to close down the Strait of Hormuz if sanctions were imposed on Iranian oil exports. Here’s why this small body of water generates so much world attention.
This is the first time the European-led naval expedition, Operation Atalanta, has attacked a pirate base on Somali territory.
Somali pirate attacks have dropped, from 45 in 2010 to 24 in 2011, but there's no evidence that more naval patrols and aggressive private security firms are actually keeping pirates ashore.
A roundup of some of the week's most insightful articles from around the Internet.