The Monitor's language columnist considers the swashbuckling vocabulary of piracy.
Abdiwali Abdiqadir Muse, who was charged in New York Tuesday, is the first in more than a century to be tried for piracy in the US.
Secretary Clinton vows action, and seeks an international effort against the Somali pirates
For the first time, crewmembers of the Maersk Alabama share details of their Indian Ocean encounter
The ship escaped an assault that may have been rooted in revenge for three pirates' deaths during the US Navy's rescue Sunday of the Maersk Alabama's captain.
The high profile of the case suggests a trial in the United States, but the Justice Department might be wary of bringing the young suspect into the American court system.
Escalation of violence could lead pirate gangs to join radical militants, including those with ties to Al Qaeda, say analysts.
Navy snipers shot three pirates who had held Richard Phillips hostage since Wednesday. The episode threatens to change the dynamics of piracy in the region.