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    Female Politicians in Africa Face Threats After They Leave Office

    by  • June 13, 2016 • WORLDVIEWS • 1 Comment

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — The world celebrates women political leaders when they ascend, but what happens after they leave office and their lives are threatened? Don’t we have a duty to protect? Take the case of Joyce Banda, a former president of Malawi. Since leaving office, Banda has found herself in the cross-hairs of the...

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    Judging Charles Taylor

    by  • April 24, 2012 • BOOKS, Child Soldiers • 3 Comments

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    Charles Taylor, the former Liberian president, displayed a talent for troublemaking from a young age. Convicted on April 26 by a United Nations-backed tribunal for numerous counts of war crimes and crimes against humanity, Taylor appears to have kept up his bad behavior for most of his 64 years. As a boy in rural...

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    Leaving Liberia, a ‘Fragile State’

    by  • March 19, 2012 • Africa • 5 Comments

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    Top United Nations officials generally wait until they leave their jobs before they speak candidly about the conditions they faced and the problems that remain. So Ellen Margrethe Loj, who has ended her four years as UN special envoy in Liberia, did not mince words in New York about Liberia’s painful recovery and challenging...

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