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Follow Friday: @ClairMacD, our woman in Monrovia

What’s an Australian journalist doing in Liberia? Clair MacDougall is fascinated by the “deeply complex” nation and coverage of Africa broadly. The intrepid freelance is worth a follow.

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Charles Taylor’s trial the talk of the town in Monrovia’s tea shops

Judgment day nears in the trial of Liberia’s President Charles Taylor, who is accused of committing war crimes in Sierra Leone, writes Clair MacDougall, a freelance journalist in Monrovia.

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Agbogloshie, West Africa’s biggest e-waste dump

The dumping and burning of e-waste in Agbogloshie has attracted significant attention from environmental groups, researchers and journalists, writes Clair MacDougall, a journalist in Monrovia, Liberia.

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Challenge for Africa’s first female president a virtue of liberty

Liberia’s recent elections had all of the elements of a good African news story, writes Clair MacDougall, a freelance journalist in Monrovia in Liberia.

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Liberia, where women pray before the polls

More than 100 women dressed in white sit in the shape of a crucifix hoping to draw God’s eyes down towards the small West African nation of Liberia, writes Clair MacDougall, a journalist in Monrovia, Liberia.

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Dictator Watch: Ivory Coast stained with blood of 800 dead

So much for avoiding a bloodbath in West Africa’s war-torn Ivory Coast. It is now clear at least 800 people have been massacred in the small cocoa-growing town of Dekoue, near the Liberian border.

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Corruption, scandals and the best president Liberia’s ever had

Thanks to President of Liberia Ellen Johnson Sirleaf — known as the Iron Lady — it seemed like the former African basket case was finally stable. But corruption has crept back into politics. Has the Iron Lady gone a bit rusty?

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War, child soldiers, Africa and Charles Taylor: on trial at the Hague

Liberian leader Charles Taylor yesterday had the dubious honour of being the first African leader to go to trial at the Hague for war crimes, specifically terrorism, murder, rape, sexual slavery, pillage and conscripting children under the age of 15.

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