Past Abuses "Liberian timber"
The October 6, 2008 issue of The New Yorker has an article called “The Stolen Forests: Inside the covert war on illegal logging.”
The article includes this paragraph on Liberia:Charles Taylor, the former President of Liberia, distributed logging concessions to warlords and a member of the Ukrainian mafia, and the Oriental Timber Company--known in Liberia as Only Taylor Chops--conducted arms deals on his behalf. The violence tied to Taylor's logging operations reached unprecedented levels, and in 2003 the UN Security Council imposed sanctions on all Liberian timber. (China, the largest importer of Liberian timber, tried to block the sanctions.) Shortly afterward, Taylor's regime collapsed. An American official told me that the US intelligence community "absolutely put the fall of Taylor on the timber sanctions."
Originally posted by Shelby at 7:00 AM on Oct 1, 2008 (http://allabuja.blogspot.com/)