Charles Taylor and Liberia: Ambition and Atrocity in by Colin M. Waugh

By Colin M. Waugh

Campaigner, rebel, fugitive, insurgent commander, commodity kingpin, elected president, exile and eventually prisoner, Charles Taylor sought to guide his kingdom to alter yet in its place ignited a clash which destroyed Liberia in over a decade of violence, greed and private ambition. Taylor's takeover threw a lot of the neigbouring area into turmoil, until eventually he was once eventually delivered to face justice within the Hague for his position in Sierra Leone's civil war.

In this striking and eye-opening e-book, Colin Waugh attracts on quite a few assets, stories and unique interviews — together with with Taylor himself — to recount the tale of what rather occurred in the course of those turbulent years. In doing so, he examines either the lifetime of Charles Taylor, in addition to the usually self-interested efforts of the overseas neighborhood to first shop Liberia from catastrophe, then, having didn't achieve this, to carry to justice the guy it deems so much accountable for its disintegration.

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Because of the secrecy, exclusivity and close association between Masonry and the True Whig Party, and because of their belief that decisions affecting the country were made by this esoteric group behind closed doors, the existence of the order grew to become an additional reason for resentment of the elite by the native population. TRIBAL AFFILIATIONS OF LIBERIAN POPULATION, 1962 CENSUS Tribe Kpelle Bassa Gio Kru Grebo Mano Lorma Krahn Gola Population 211,081 165,856 83,208 80,813 77,007 72,122 53,891 52,552 47,295 Gissi Mandingo Vai Gbandi Dey Mende No tribe (inc.

4 Many of the instigators, including Matthews, were imprisoned, but in a further demonstration of his weak position Tolbert quietly climbed down and reversed the rice tax, dropping the price back to just $20 a bag, while closing the University of Liberia and maintaining the presence of 700 Guinean soldiers in the capital, storing up resentment among the ranks of his own armed forces. Leaving for studies in the United States During the early 1970s, although the young Charles Taylor was still finding his way in the world of work in Monrovia, like his peers he had learned about Harvard University and MIT and the chance to go to study in the Boston area for the longed-for opportunity of a an American education was alluring.

In the Liberia of the times, people in the countryside involved in unskilled work might have next to no education and could only come into contact with schooling in adulthood. They discovered education as well as other amenities only when they arrived in the civilized Liberia. Whether through domestic service, like Charles Taylor s mother, through offering their labour in mines or plantations, or through migration to the city in the hope of informal employment, this was the only route for many to go beyond the most basic childhood education.

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