FROM David Crane
Ex-Liberian President Taylor Gets 50 Years for War Crimes For the first time since the Nuremberg trials after World War II, a former head of state has been sentenced for crimes by an international court. Charles Taylor, who once ruled Liberia, is guilty of aiding, abetting and planning "some of the most heinous and brutal rimes recorded in human history." That's according to Judge Richard Lussick of the Special Court for Sierra Leone, who sentenced Taylor to 50 years . David Crane, founding Chief Prosecutor of the Special Court, is now a professor at Syracuse University College of Law.
Child Soldiers Baby brigades, little bees, small boys units …t he names may change, but the reality doesn't. More than a quarter of a million children around the world are fighting adults' wars, serving in rebel militias, national armies, and paramilitary groups. At The Hague this week, where the trial began for the former president of Liberia, one of charges facing Charles Taylor is solicitation of child soldiers. Why does the US give military aid to countries that use child soldiers? What impact will recent trials have on punishing children in arms or the adults who recruit them? What price do the children pay? What kind of rehabilitation is possible for children who have killed?
Is the threat from Russia missing from the Russia meddling probe? There's much being made about the Trump administration's possible ties with Russia. But the bottom line is Russia's effort to influence American democracy. Do the President and his aides care enough to take action before voters go back to the polls?
Will the Senate write a healthcare bill in secret? While Democrats and Republicans argue White House relations with Russia, another question is being decided behind closed doors: who gets help buying health insurance and who doesn't? We hear how the pros and cons are being shrouded in secrecy.
Who's to blame for the opioid crisis? Some of the lawyers who took on Big Tobacco are now going after Big Pharma. It’s all about the deadly epidemic of opioid use. Are the drug companies to blame? What about the users? Later, on today’s Talking Point: making sense of Britain’s upset election.