23 May, 2010
Did Barthe Cortes cross the thin line between business and terrorism?
In mid-April, a 24-year old Somali man published on his blog a photo made with his mobile at the coast of Mogadishu. This very controversial photo shows Barthe Cortes with some of his personnel and it sparked a wave of comments, as BVC employees shown there look rather like terrorists and not like personnel of an international company. Most of them have covered their faces and they hold AK47 guns in their hands. The discussion has focused on where is the dividing line between business, pirate activity and terrorism. This topic is particularly sensitive for BVC which has been recently warned by the UN that infringing its Security Council Resolution 1676 may lead to listing the company as a terrorist organisation

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