The former Liberian warlord, who is being tried for war crimes, is in mainstream American news again this week:

He is a good friend of the opposition leader who has just been appointed the new transitional prime minister of Guinea-Conakry, Jean-Marie Dore. Not much else is known about the connection, but there you have it.

Then there’s the totally unrelated story that involves Taylor, the model Naomi Campbell, the actress Mia Farrow and one large rough-cut diamond.