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Gangs come and go at will in archipelago of 17,500 islands

Indonesia first topped the world piracy league several years ago and its unique geographical, political and economic circumstances means its dominance – 27% of all reported attacks to the International Maritime Bureau in the first quarter of this year – is unlikely to be threatened in the near future. First there is its size. The world’s largest archipelago is made up of more than 17,500 islands, and its borders would be porous with even the most modern, well-funded and professional navy and coastguard in the world. Yet Indonesia’s resources – financial, technical and human – are at the opposite end of the scale. In many areas ships can come and go at will. The tens of thousands of illegal immigrants who have sneaked into Indonesia in attempts to reach Australia over the past few years are testament to this. Full Story

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