The Mob or the Court: Who Serves Justice Better?

Among other protesters, a man holds up a sign that says "You Will Pay for What You Done Mubarak." (PHOTO CREDIT: Ramy Raoof)

Two important trials concluded this past week, one involving the Special Court for Sierra Leone’s sentencing of former Liberian president Charles Taylor and the other involving Egypt’s transitional government’s prosecution of former president Hosni Mubarak.

Both former tyrants were sentenced to prospective life sentences, with the 64-year-old Taylor receiving 50 years in prison and the 84-year-old Mubarak receiving 25 years behind bars.… [Read more]

In Defense of Reason Part 3: A Parable in the Mouth of Fools

Charles Taylor -The Hague-2012

On April 26, 2012 Charles Taylor, the 64-year-old former president of Liberia, was convicted of war crimes by the UN-backed Special Court for Sierra Leone (SCSL), making his trial the first time a former head of state has been prosecuted in a court of law since the aftermath of World War II. Specifically, Taylor was found guilty of aiding and abetting the Revolutionary United Front (RUF) during Sierra Leone’s Civil War from 1991 to 2002.… [Read more]

A Rant Against Hoodies – Part II

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Now that my rant against hoodies is out of the way, it is time to explain my theoretical basis for the rant. As mentioned in my previous post, I am not against hoodies. What I am against is a display of hoodies in lieu of taking any concrete steps to eradicate stereotyping and racism.

Why is it important that we stop such meaningless displays?… [Read more]

A Round Of Applause For President Obama

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In a world of headlines that change from hour to hour, it is a struggle to keep up even with the volatile ‘now’. Everything needs to be condensed in sound bites and judged in isolation rather than correlation. However, from time to time, it is imperative that we look back — to at least the recent past — to determine how it shaped the ‘now’.… [Read more]