Cliff Cobb writes:
I recently discovered that Michael Scott Moore was captured by Somali pirates in January 2012 and was still alive in January 2013, after one year of captivity. For those who do not know him, Moore wrote several articles about Henry George for San Francisco newspapers when he was living there. In 2009, he wrote an article entitled “This Land is Your Land” for Pacific Standard. (You can read it here: http://www.psmag.com/politics/this-land-is-your-land-3392/)
There are many stories about his kidnapping on the Internet. One from September 2012 that gives information about a rescue effort is http://www.theinertia.com/politics/american-surf-journalist-kidnapped-by-somali-pirates/. (Thanks to Matt Stillman for that story).
I hesitate to encourage any action that might endanger Michael’s life. I had hoped to find a way to contact his family to determine what they recommend, but I was unable to do that. Several people made private suggestions about what might help, but in the absence of approval from his family, I think it is better to err on the side of caution. The fact that his captors have kept him alive for a year is a good sign.
I encourage anyone who has further information about this situation to post on the Georgist News blog.