'spiritual thinking' earns Canadian $1.5m
Philosopher wins Templeton Prize
Steven Edwards, CanWest News Service
NEW YORK - Philosopher Charles Taylor has become the first Canadian to win the Templeton Prize, the world's most lucrative academic honour.
"What's necessary in the Western world to avoid this outcome, he advised, is for people to "fight back against a creeping Islamophobia," which he said was "growing in our societies."
He added there was a need in both the Western and Islamic worlds for each to learn more about the another, and about the diversity of each other's respective civilization."'spiritual thinking' earns Canadian $1.5m
Charles Ghankay Taylor (born January 28, 1948) is a Liberian leader who served as President of Liberia from 1997 to 2003. He was a prominent warlord in the Liberian Civil War in the early 1990s, was elected president, was forced into exile, and now faces trial. Following the recent election of a new President in Liberia, the Nigerian government stated on March 25, 2006, that Liberia was free to collect Taylor so that he may face war crimes charges in Liberian courts. [....] On March 30, the Special Court requested permission to use the premises of the International Criminal Court in The Hague to carry out the trial of Charles Taylor, although the Special Court will still conduct the proceedings of the trial. The trial is provisionally scheduled to begin on 2 April 2007.
In June 2003, a United Nations justice tribunal issued a warrant for Taylor's arrest, charging him with war crimes. The UN asserts that Taylor created and backed the RUF rebels in Sierra Leone, which are accused of a range of atrocities, including the use of child soldiers. The prosecutor also said Taylor's administration had harbored members of Al-Qaeda sought in connection with the 1998 bombings of U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania.
Everybody needs a hobby. Now, if you can't make it as an African warlord, then why not be a spiritual philosopher in Canada? Hey, I love everybody.
About that $750 grand... I'd like that in U.S, and preferably in small bills.