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Charles Taylor is back on trial – the man is pure evil

Posted in Africa, Current events, Media with tags , , on January 7, 2008 by len20

Charles Tayor on trialI noticed that Charles Taylor is back on trial today. If you don’t know his brand of evil you can read about it in this CNN article.

Taylor, who was president of Liberia from 1997 to 2003, is charged with five counts of crimes against humanity, including murder, sexual slavery and violence, and enslavement. He also faces five counts of war crimes, including acts of terrorism and torture, and one count of other serious violations of international humanitarian law.

Taylor, who has pleaded not guilty to the charges, is accused of fueling a bloody civil war in Sierra Leone that led to widespread murder, rape, and mutilation.

The remnants of his brutality are still very plain to see in Liberia. In addition to the bullet holes in buildings, the absence of electricity or running water, and the 80% unemployment, there is no shortage of homeless teenagers and twenty-somethings with missing limbs and appendages from serving as child soldiers in his war.

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War Dance: Why We Cannot Underestimate Music Education

Posted in Africa, education, Movies, Music, Orphan Care, Third World with tags , , , , , on November 17, 2007 by len20

Music programs in public schools continue to be squeezed out of the curriculum as school administrators and school boards bend under the weight of mounting pressure to improve (arbitrary, in my humble opinion) test scores. I don’t deny the importance of teaching kids to read, write, solve problems, and learn about the successes and mistakes of our past. But if the purpose of all of this is to improve test scores, then we’re climbing a ladder that’s leaning against the wrong wall. Our purpose should be to teach students to think, to overcome the obstacles in the way of accomplishing good things, and to see the humanity in themselves and others.

You can’t take a test to prove your humanity. But you can sing a song.

I haven’t seen this documentary yet, but the preview below shows how powerful music can be in the lives of children. Check it out.

Learn more at the War Dance blog and the official website.

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