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Must-Reads From Around the World: April 26, 2012

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on April 26, 2012


Former Liberian President Charles Taylor takes notes at the start of the judgement hearing of his trial on charge of arming Sierra Leone’s rebels who paid him in “blood diamonds,” on April 26, 2012 at the Special Court for Sierra Leone, based in Leidschendam outside The Hague

Life For Death? – The five-year trial of former Liberian president Charles Taylor, accused of 11 counts of war crimes, crimes against humanity, and other offenses, is finally coming to a close in The Hague on Thursday, with a possible life sentence for the ousted leader. The Guardian, live-blogging the verdict from the tribunal, noted that Taylor is “clearly listening with care,” as it is read out. And judges found Taylor guilty of aiding and abetting war crimes during the Sierra Leone civil war.

New Front in Drone War – The White House expanded the authority of the Pentagon and CIA to carry out drone strikes in Yemen, which is widely believed to be a safe haven for al-Qaeda operatives, the New York Times reports. U.S. Defense Secretary LeonPanetta has defended the strategy, the Guardian says, but international legal experts argue that drone strikes amount to execution of suspects before trial, making them illegal – especially when carried out in Yemen where the U.S. is not engaged in war.

Questioning Misogyny – Following the fierce debate over its cover story, “Why Do They Hate Us?“ which casts Arab societies as deeply misogynistic, Foreign Policy shares critiques and commentary from six Muslim observers, including the senior editor of the Muslim Brotherhood’s official English-language website. Also chiming in is The Atlantic’s Max Fisher, who argues that while misogyny is a problem in Arab countries, it’s not a distinctively Arab problem. Read the rest of this entry »

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A village comes back to life

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on May 25, 2010

NYEWOLIHUN, 25 May 2010 (IRIN) – The inhabitants of Nyewolihun village in northern Liberia almost escaped the civil war unscathed, but as the conflict entered its final phase, their village was attacked.

Terrified, they fled into the bush. When they returned days later they found 16 bodies among the ruins of their village. They fled again.

It was in 2001 that the remote village in Lofa County, near the Sierra Leone and Guinea borders, was abandoned.

But today Nyewolihun is gradually coming back to life. Many of the villagers have returned and they have told IRIN how they worked to rebuild their homes, their village school, their town hall, and farms – all without outside help.

After the attack by soldiers, some, including the town chief, hid deep in the forest. Others fled to the capital Monrovia 233 km away, where international peacekeepers could protect them, or to refugee camps in Sierra Leone or Guinea. Read the rest of this entry »

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