SOUTHEAST ASIA: The Jolly Roger Still Flies

But today's pirates have better weapons than the cutlass

A pair of sluggish old fishing boats were placidly trawling off the southern shore of Thailand on a moonlit night. Suddenly the fishermen spotted two dark silhouettes clipping toward them across the water. Skipper Kimheng Phonsawat, 47, did not wait to identify them. Crouching low over his wheel, he instantly directed both his boats to slash their nets and make for nearby Ko Kut Island at full throttle. "I could tell by the sound that the other boats had 300-h.p. engines," he recalled. "As...

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