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Old 02-09-2010, 03:01 AM   #1
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Default The Vice Guide to Liberia (videos 1-8)

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Welcome to The Vice Guide to Liberia. In this eight-part series, VBS 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 shit.

http://www.vbs.tv/watch/the-vice-gui...eria-2-of-8--2

While Liberia’s former president Charles Taylor’s trial for war crimes and sundry other atrocities continues at the Hague, the ex warlords of Liberia remain in their native country. Some are harassed by cops; others are hunted by vengeful gangs. The lucky few still maintain control over some territory.
In this chapter, VBS meets General bin Laden, so named to strike terror in the hearts of his enemies. After springing bin Laden from jail, VBS is invited back to his compound, where bin Laden leads us to his roof and tells us about his neighborhood improvement plans. Mid-interview, after a suspect group of men unfamiliar to bin Laden assembles in the courtyard down below, VBS is forced to flee.

http://www.vbs.tv/watch/the-vice-gui...liberia-3-of-8

Eager to see what the UN and Liberian government are actually doing, VBS meets up with a local journalist who plops us down in the center of West Point, the worst slum in Liberia. Without any modern plumbing, the people of West Point have taken to using the beach as a dump and giant outhouse. The area smells like, well, a dump and a giant outhouse, and it goes without saying that residents’ health suffers a whole host of issues. Here we also happen on a young Liberian rapper, who gives us a couple verses about the scourge of Africa: AIDS. From there it’s off the visit a heroin den, where we watch a twelve year-old smoke heroin and describes raping a woman at gunpoint. It gets worse.

http://www.vbs.tv/watch/the-vice-gui...liberia-4-of-8

Nearly 70 percent of Liberia’s female population has been raped, but that horrifying figure just begins to describe the depths of Liberia’s depravity. There’s also the not-minor issue of cannibalism—specifically, the devouring of one’s enemies. To learn more about these atrocities, we pick up General Rambo and take him to the compound where he once commanded his own rebel faction. Rambo convinces us that the Liberian rebels who lay in wait outside Monrovia could take over the city in two hours if the UN leaves the city. The UN is scheduled to begin pulling out next year.

http://www.vbs.tv/watch/the-vice-gui...liberia-5-of-8

Back in West Point, we take our cameras to a busy brothel that reminds us of a biblical-era rendition of hell. The walls appear spattered and stained by some vicious cocktail of human fluid. A fetid air wafts throughout. Bloody rags and condoms lay strewn across the floor. The half-dozen girls on call accuse some UN members of flagrant sexual misconduct. When chaos breaks out in the whorehouse, we hit the road. In the car, General Rambo sends us a text telling us to hurry back to our hotel where General Butt Naked awaits.

http://www.vbs.tv/watch/the-vice-gui...liberia-6-of-8

General Butt Naked, now Joshua Blahyi, takes us for a tour of the area he once controlled as a warlord. Now a converted Christian, Joshua recounts a day in the life of a cannibalistic general: eating the hearts of innocent children, training boys to kill, murdering enemies under the African sun. We learn of the secret powers of fighting completely naked and are taken to a spot where only a day earlier an assassination attempt was made on Joshua’s life. Today, Joshua preaches the gospel, helping to rehabilitate the former child soldiers who were most psychologically damaged by the horrific violence of their youth.

http://www.vbs.tv/watch/the-vice-gui...liberia-7-of-8

In Chapter 7 of the Vice Guide to Liberia, VBS ventures to a cemetery filled with graves emptied by ex-combatants who used them as sleeping quarters. Joshua, aka Butt Naked, gives us a lesson on the consumption of human flesh before taking us to his Pentecostal church. We watch as Joshua delivers a sermon about his personal transformation from pre-pubescent murderer to redeemed holy man.

http://www.vbs.tv/watch/the-vice-gui...liberia-8-of-8

The final chapter of our Guide to Liberia begins with Joshua, one-time rapist and murderer of thousands, introducing Shane at his church and denouncing Liberia’s fair-weather friends afraid of slums and swamp water. His sermon ends with an open admission of the blood on his hands. In the end, we wonder about the future of Liberia, Generals Butt Naked, Rambo, and bin Laden, and what will become of the child soldiers after the UN leaves. Will it once again dissolve into open warfare? Or can a message of good redeem a country that’s been plagued with violence and poverty since its inception?
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Old 02-09-2010, 03:08 AM   #2
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General Butt Naked is a fucking beast.

Taylor should be lynched at the dick. The youth in liberia have completely lost their generation due to him. Liberian women have flooded into Nigeria and Ghana as prostitutes and "liberian girls" are synonymous with the new booming Nigerian porn industry cause they dont have hope doing otherwise. Liberia's the only west african country with a drug and gang problem.

jesus, the violin in knowledge god did sound ill.
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Old 02-09-2010, 03:10 AM   #3
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I saw this news report about a liberian girl that got raped in the US and went to the police about it and now her family is mad at her for telling on her rapist like a pussy and drawing 'attention' to the family. (i bet they were all illegals tho)

that shit was REALLY normal where they're from
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Definitely is the norm.


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Old 02-09-2010, 03:16 AM   #5
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We are in a point in time when the whole world is destroying itself in many ways. Africa has been at a low point for a long time now. Will they get their act together before the destruction of this current world culture or will they remain the same or worse?
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Old 02-09-2010, 03:27 AM   #6
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i believe africa is currently in a phase of revival. It was africans that stopped this conflict (america sent 3 'advisors') Ecowas (the union of west african states) come together and deployed troops (around 70% were nigerian, who also funded most of it, nigga) They stabilized the country, put taylor on house arrest in nigeria (in an inappropriately ballerific manison in nigeria) and the country went on to elect africa's first female president in a fair and free election.


the growth rates in Libya, Nigeria, Angola (10%!), Ghana, Gabon (20%!), Ethiopia, Equatorial Guinea, Niger, Botswana, Rwanda, and even Sudan(south) are astounding and were almost untouched by the global recession. You can physically see it happening infront of you if you go there, but there's still a loooooong way to go, and every success story has its zimbabwe
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Old 02-09-2010, 03:29 AM   #7
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watch these all though. its pretty insane.
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im in a good mood tonight cause i got a snuggie and dont wanna fuck it up. I hate watching these things but i'll check it out sometime cause im curious to see.
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I hope you are right about the revival thing.
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i'll make a 'proof' thread in a sec but there's more success stories coming out of africa then failures, its just the failures are fucking sensational as hell (cannibalism and crack warriors is a better story the peace accords)

for instance Lagos is currently building the largest human works project in africa since the suez canal. They're building a city in front of the city that's supposed to be ultra modern to curb the raising tide that was supposed to drown lagos by 2050 due to global warming.




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BUT while digging goes on, some son of a bitch tied firecrackers to his dick on a plane and our president is dead and still in power, so you can tell which story is going to hit the international press.
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thanks for that Robbie
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i'll make a 'proof' thread in a sec but there's more success stories coming out of africa then failures, its just the failures are fucking sensational as hell (cannibalism and crack warriors is a better story the peace accords)

for instance Lagos is currently building the largest human works project in africa since the suez canal. They're building a city in front of the city that's supposed to be ultra modern to curb the raising tide that was supposed to drown lagos by 2050 due to global warming.




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BUT while digging goes on, some son of a bitch tied firecrackers to his dick on a plane and our president is dead and still in power, so you can tell which story is going to hit the international press.
that looks fucking sick
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hehehe is crazy
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i clicked the link but ended up watching sasha grey's documentary instead LOL
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BTW you may intermittently see an ad before a video starts
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