Wow, this place is crazy. Makes us look like a bunch of whiney babies in the USA.
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Welcome to The VICE Guide to Liberia. VICE travels to West Africa to rummage through the messy remains of a country ravaged by 14 years of civil
war. Despite the United Nation’s eventual intervention, most of Liberia’s young people continue to live in abject poverty, surrounded by filth,
drug addiction, and teenage prostitution. The former child soldiers who were forced into war have been left to fend for themselves, the murderous
warlords who once led them in cannibalistic rampages have taken up as so-called community leaders, and new militias are lying in wait for the
opportunity to reclaim their country from a government they rightly mistrust. America’s one and only foray into African colonialism is keeping a
very uneasy peace indeed. In Part 1, VICE’s own Shane Smith provides a brief history lesson and some essential context for understanding what caused
Liberia’s civil war and how things got so bad. Liberia was originally planned and founded as a homeland for former slaves back in 1821. But fast
forward a bunch of years and a military coup and you find the First Liberian Civil War in 1989: yet another third-world regime change in which the
US-backed opposition, led by Charles Taylor, overthrows a government unfriendly to US interests. Once in power, Taylor’s corrupt, dysfunctional
government quickly finds itself under attack by local warlords, leading to the Second Liberian Civil War ten years later. From there things go from
bad to total #.
Man these guys are ballsy... cannibalism, kids on drugs, and the worst things you can think of.... watching something like this really makes me
appreciate my life in the USA a lot more. I really enjoy what VICE is doing as journalist and i hope they keep up the good work.
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Im going to keep promoting VICE because they are an alternative news source with hard hitting articles, a show on HBO and serious reporting on issues
that go places and do things others wont. This is what we are asking for and here we have it.
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