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A Samoan judge in The Hague made history by declaring that Charles Taylor, the former president of Liberia, was guilty of aiding and abetting the multiple atrocities committed by a rebel force in neighbouring Sierra Leone. It was a rare example of a former head of state being convicted by an international court, and advocates of cross-border justice immediately hailed the verdict as a welcome precedent http://econ.st/IrJvpL
A SAMOAN judge in The Hague made history today by declaring that Charles Taylor, the former president of Liberia, was guilty of aiding and abetting the multiple atrocities committe...
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At last guts to put away these vile creatures. How about some of the despot leaders in this world as well.
 
Thanks for the article. It is a tough job for an international court.
(As a side note) - I had to go through Google maps to visualize all the places/countries mentioned in this article :-)
 
Why is the fact that the judge is Samoan important? The important part is that he is a judge and that his court was able to apply it's ruling and enforce it. That last bit is important, as enforcement powers of rulings from this court or most resolutions from these kind of international bodies has been sorely lacking.
 
+Gabriel Walsh It's called personalization, or storytelling. That may not appeal to you, but its journalism 101.
 
+Cédric Lombion , it's called selling advertisements and it does not necessarily benefit the reader or especially society.
 
Him being Samoan and them noting it is important because Taylor has accused the court of having a colonial bent.
 
+Nate Maunu advertisment for Samoa islands? I didn't see that one coming. Storytelling is a technique, and can be used for journalism, marketing, politics, speechs or anything. It's not good or bad, it's not "advertisment". It helps the reader engage with the story, and that's why journalists use it.
 
Journalism survives by selling a story, which is generally funded by advertisers.
 
The job of a journalist is to tell its audience about events. Events and audience. Without both, journalism wouldn't even exist. So yes, finding and event to write about is as important as having an audience. The bigger the audience, the better. If a journalist writes well, people enjoy reading him, which means that he's doing a good job. Advertisment is irrelevant to this equation. The news industry existed before advertisment.
 
I agree, and by putting the Samoan "value" in the title of the story, they have told the story in a fashion to garner a greater audience with a compromise to the events which took place.
 
Wining and dining Hollywood is a good investment.
 
why is there nothing but criticism on articles of The Economist? I was reading last few posts and comments and I'm a bit worried about the negativity on the content. Regardless the fact I agree with most of the criticism the Economist should get more active role in these discussions.

by the way more than a year ago i cancelled my subscription for the very same reason everybody is complaining about. Every now and then i check in to see if anything changed and to my disappointment it did not. Discussion on the website of the newspaper are as shallow as always. the negativity always present on just about everything.

I'm sorry that quality has dropped as much but hey....... we are leaving in digital word where we all make the news all and all of us are critics on work of the other. The news of the tribunal is just old news today. "change before you have to" ... :)
 
Charles Taylor created all the problems in west africa, he started the war in liberia, help those in sierra leone, cheap arms get to ivory coast and other west african countries.
 
Must keep focus on Liberia and countries in the region as Taylor's allies still roam free.
 
20 years later and we aim to punish one man in ICC and then a few others in regional courts. That is swift justice. Why to change the culture and be a true deterrent. This is a freaking circus.
 
Don't give up hope: the arc of justice may be long but it does come through...
 
+Nadine Hack I agree, you can't give up hope. However, I am concerned that true preventative steps necessary to achieve real justice are being overshadowed by these reactive and punitive antics. I just believe that we can push to be a little more proactive.
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