Okay, blogland, I need some help. I've mentioned before a project about Somali pirates on which I'm a co-author. We're arguing something ridiculously controversial, but we believe we're right. Problem is, as with all research involving failed states, there are a few data issues. I won't give all the details here, but basically, we need to figure out what happens to the ransom money the pirates receive. And that means tracking down some pirates.
We're already trying to contact the people who negotiate ransom amounts and arrange for transfers. And we know there's a pirate spokesperson who has a sat phone. Does anyone out there have the number? Or, even better, does anyone have a helpful contact on the staff of the BBC's Somali Service at Bush House in London?
You'd have my undying gratitude (and a note of thanks in our article if you'd like) in exchange for this assistance.