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 America turning its back on the world? President Trump has made no secret of his contempt for the United Nations — and he's not alone. But, will proposed cuts in US contributions be counterproductive to America's role in the world and to national security?
House Republicans release their Obamacare replacement As two House committees take up "repeal and replacement" of "Obamacare," there may be life left in the Affordable Care Act after all. Even Republicans are divided, and proposed changes won't make good on President Trump's promise to provide "health insurance for everybody."
Trump's opening offer: Making some of America 'great again?' A massive increase for the Pentagon at the expense of domestic programs. We hear about winners and losers in the President's first proposed budget.
Getting answers on phone taps, Russia and leaking The Directors of the FBI and the NSA testified on Capitol Hill today there's no evidence for President Trump's claim he was wire-tapped by former President Obama. We'll hear about that and the investigation into Russian tampering with last year's presidential campaign.