More than 150,000 people are killed and more than half of the population become refugees.1996 A peace pact brokered by the international community calls for elections.July 19, 1997 Taylor is elected president of Liberia in a special election.2000 Rebels in Liberia begin a struggle against Taylor’s government.June 4, 2003 Taylor is indicted for crimes against humanity by a United Nations court. Charges include murder, enslavement and the recruitment of child soldiers.June 6, 2003 Rebels advance into Monrovia, the capital of Liberia.June 2003 President George W. Bush makes a statement asking Taylor to step down for the good of the Liberian people.August 7, 2003 Taylor submits his letter of resignation.August 11, 2003 Steps down as president, hands over power to Vice President Moses Blah and leaves for Nigeria, where he is granted asylum.December 4, 2003 Interpol puts out a global arrest warrant for Taylor.March 16, 2006 The indictment against Taylor is amended and reduced to 11 counts.March 29, 2006 Taylor is recaptured and taken into custody by border guards in northern Nigeria as he tried to leave the country with his wife.April 3, 2006 Taylor appears at a UN backed tribunal in Sierra Leone and pleads not guilty to 11 war crimes charges.June 20, 2006 Taylor is transferred to the Hague in the Netherlands for trial.June 4, 2007 Taylor boycotts the opening of his trial, calling it a “charade” in a letter read by his attorney.January 7, 2008 Taylor appears in court as his war crimes trial resumes.June 2010 The prosecution, which rested its case against Taylor in 2009, asks to reopen its case.

In the meantime, women’s rights groups are seeking new strategies to help women. The Federation for Women and Family planning says it will seek redress in international courts, arguing that the new law violates prohibitions of cruel treatment and torture. It is also assisting women who want to obtain abortion pills or travel abroad for the procedure..

NEW: BERKELEY PUBLIC FOOD AND BILLIARDSIt has only been a couple monthssince Thalassa closed, Nov. 9, but now the owners of the beloved bar and billiards spothave opened Berkeley Public Food and Billiards on Durant Avenue, next to Smoke’s Poutinerie. For the time being, Berkeley Public does not sell alcohol there beer and soda, along with bar food like burgers, pulled pork sandwiches and mac n But the plan is that Berkeley Public will expand into a 2 story business next month, to includea German inspired beer hall called Taphaus.