Photographer and filmmaker Tim Hetherington works at a rally in the rebel stronghold of Benghazi in eastern Libya on March 25. Mr. Hetherington, the co-director of the Oscar-nominated Afghan war documentary 'Restrepo,' died in the besieged Libyan town of Misurata on April 20, doctors said.
This week's roundup of Good Reads includes a follow-up with a group of poor Kenyans who received $1,000 each, a warlord who became a priest, how 3-D printers will undercut retailers, a trek to the South Pole, and why each snow flake is unique.
On the doorstep of extremist-led instability in West Africa, Liberia may be the most remarkable post-conflict success story of the modern era. But a paradox threatens to unravel the country's hard-won gains: Despite progress, central drivers of violence remain.
Charles Taylor's forces were just pushing into Liberia five days before an American journalist's wedding day; a few months later she offered her home as shelter to her servants, but was forced by the US to leave the country. She welcomes the sentence and finds that now – as a mother – the horror of his atrocities are trebled as she thinks about what families went through to protect their children.
When journalist Mae Azango wrote about a secret women's circumcision ritual in Liberia, she received death threats.
Two separate military coups in Mali and Guinea-Bissau threaten the stability of the region. But will an intervention by ECOWAS actually resolve these conflicts or just complicate them?