Slate Magazine - A United Nations-backed court on Thursday convicted former Liberian President Charles Taylor of aiding and abetting war crimes against humanity, the first time a former head of state has been convicted in an international court since the Nuremburg military tribunal after World War II. Read more.
Our nation’s prison and jail population had quintupled in 30 years, leaving us with the highest incarceration rate in the world. A third of black men had felony records — due in large part to a racially biased, brutal drug war — and were relegated to a permanent second-class status. Tens of millions of people in the United States had been stripped of basic civil and human rights, including the right to vote, the right to serve on juries and the right to be free of legal discrimination in employment, housing, education and basic public benefits. Read more.