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President Sirleaf

Is there Spine To Withstand The Ebola Challenge?
By J. Jaye Larblah
The United States Government has once again announced the modification of “its enhanced Ebola entry screening and monitoring program for travelers entering the United States from Liberia.” This modification of the travelling restrictions on travelers from Liberia to the United States of America took effect on June 17, 2015.

Thomas Jucontee Woewiyu

Woewiyu Breaks Silence under House Arrest
Jucontee Thomas Woewiyu was an ally of Charles Taylor, the convicted war criminal who is now languishing in a British prison. He served as defense minister of Taylor’s rebel movement whose rebellion to the Doe dictatorship culminated in a 14-year long internecine war.  In 2014, Woewiyu was arrested by the FBI for having allegedly lied to the U.S. immigration authorities about his active participation in the war.

Obama Honors Those We Lost In Charleston, South Carolina

Remarks by the President in Eulogy for the Honorable Reverend Clementa Pinckney
We are here today to remember a man of God who lived by faith.  A man who believed in things not seen.  A man who believed there were better days ahead, off in the distance.  A man of service who persevered, knowing full well he would not receive all those things he was promised, because he believed his efforts would deliver a better life for those who followed.

Burundian Anarchy

African Union Calls For Dialogue And Consensus For A Lasting Solution, Will Not Observe Burundi's Scheduled Elections
A Statement Issued By Africa Union
The Chairperson of the Commission of the African Union (AU), Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, reiterates the AU’s deep concern about the serious political and security situation obtaining in Burundi. She stresses that the stalemate in the political process and the increase in acts of violence may undermine the important gains made following the conclusion of the 2000 Arusha Agreement for Peace and Reconciliation and the 2003 Comprehensive Ceasefire Agreement

Temporary Protected Status Registration Period Extended for Liberia, Guinea, Sierra Leone
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is extending the initial registration deadline for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) from May 20, 2015, to Aug. 18, 2015, for eligible nationals of Liberia, Guinea, and Sierra Leone (and people without nationality who last habitually resided in one of those three countries).

Turkey's President Tayyip Erdogan’s Fall From Grace
By Dr. Alon Ben-Meir
Turkish President Erdogan’s May 2013 plan to raze Gezi Park in Central Istanbul and replace it with a replica 19th century Ottoman barrack prompted anti-government protests in Istanbul and other cities across Turkey, which led to violent confrontations where the police used disproportionate force.

Josephine Greaves Shannon

A Tribute to Josephine Greaves Shannon (1936-2015): Liberian Educator, Curriculum Specialist and Veteran Elementary School Teacher
By Dr. D. Elwood Dunn
A mentee to educators as diverse as A. Doris Banks Henries (1913-1981), Bertha Baker Azango (1935-2010), Mary Antoinette Brown Sherman (1926-2004), George Flamma Sherman (1913 -1999) and Jackson F. Doe (1934 -1990), the death in Raleigh, North Carolina (USA) on June 12, 2015 of Mrs. Josephine Greaves Shannon marks the shedding of yet another of the older generation of Liberian educators.

Iraq 2015: Development and Decentralization (de facto)
By Dr. Yossef Ben-Meir
Would the violent turmoil that exists in present-day Iraq be less - or even absent - had the nation undertaken decentralized reconstruction in the aftermath of the U.S. invasion in 2003?  Or adopted federalism (a formalized decentralized system) in the three years following, before the upsurge in Sunni-Shia intercommunal violence?

Of the Backwardness of Grand Kru County: Where is the Big Book of the Kru People?
By James D. Torh
The backwardness of our beloved Grand Kru County, once a promising homeland in southeastern Liberia, is worrying. When in 1984 the then Kru Coast Territory and Sasstown Territory were merged to give birth to the county, it was hailed as a Kru giant that would hasten the process of modernization on the Atlantic coast.

Our Hearts are in Deep Pain with Ghanaians
By Martin K. N. Kollie
Standing with Ghanaians during these heart-aching moments and depressing hours is our compelling duty as Africans. Consoling and comforting President John Mahama and his people during this time of national mourning engenders a new sense of oneness in Africa.

Ghana destroys hundreds of homes in capital in bid to prevent floods - (Reuters)
Bulldozers razed hundreds of homes and businesses in the poor Sodom and Gomorrah neighborhood of Ghana's capital on Saturday so the authorities can start widening a lagoon to prevent a repeat of this month's deadly floods.

Amb. Deborah Malac

Change in Ebola Screening Procedures for Travelers from Liberia Entering the United States
Press Release From U.S. Embassy in Liberia
As of June 17, 2015, travelers arriving in the United States from Liberia will still have their temperatures taken, be asked about their health and will need to provide local contact information. 

Lessons from the Ebola Crisis as UNMIL Transitions
By Martin K. N. Kollie
For more than one and the half century, Liberia as Africa’s oldest independent nation has been confronted by series of competing challenges ranging from socio-economic misery to insecurity. After more than ten (10) years of uninterrupted peace, its security system remains volatile. The security climate of Liberia is still gloomy as a result of increasing public discontent and fundamental political differences.

The US Must Stop Enabling Israel
By Dr. Alon Ben-Meir
No one can deny the close, abiding, and unparalleled friendship between the United States and Israel. This tight bond has served both countries well, especially Israel, which has benefitted politically, economically, and militarily from the US’s unwavering support, helping Israel to become a powerhouse second to none in the Middle East.

Women Empowerment and Girls' Education are Crucial to Genuine National Development
By Martin K. N. Kollie
It really does not matter where you are, who you are, or what you have before making impact in society, but what matters is your selfless demonstration to ensure better condition for vulnerable people. There are many citizens today living in desperate conditions who are in need of help.

Arcelor Mittal is contributing to joblessness and poverty in Liberia
By Martin K. N. Kollie
Arcelor Mittal Liberia (AML) has redundant 190 employees, amounting to 16 percent of its workforce. According to Arcelor Mittal, the action was taken due to decline in the price of iron ore on the world market. 

John Y. Barkemeni
SIFCA Deputy Managing Director

People of Pleebo-Sodoken District are not Hunting Kpelleh People
By Menneh Bobokadieh
On May 17, 2015, the United Nyanbo Development Association (UNDA) in Harper City had an induction program of its new corps of officers. The keynote speaker of the event was Hon. George H. Prowd, City Mayor of Harper City.  In his keynote address, he revealed to the audience that Marylanders residing in Bong County were being threatened by the Kpelleh people, avenging an alleged hostile attitude toward their kinsmen who are employees of SIFCA investment in Pleebo-Sodoken Statutory District.

The Necessity Of Iraqi Sunni Independence
By Dr. Alon Ben-Meir
One of the main prerequisites to defeating ISIS in Iraq is to determine the political future of Sunni Iraqis. As long as they do not know what the future has in store for them, they have no reason to put their mind and soul into the fight against ISIS. The Sunnis are not prepared to make all the needed sacrifices only to benefit the Shiite government in Baghdad, which they reject and despise even more than ISIS

It’s Time For A New Strategy
By Dr. Alon Ben-Meir
Given the impasse between Israel and the Palestinians in the peace negotiations, the formation of a new right-wing Israeli government will make it further difficult for the two sides to come to terms on their own to reach a peace agreement.  Leaving them to their own devices is inherently dangerous, which explains why the Obama administration might make one last-ditch effort to resume the peace

We want a building, reads a placard of the protesting students

Office of the Maryland County Development Superintendent Responds to an Editorial of The Perspective
During the last part of May of 2015, the students of Cape Palmas High School protested, desperately calling on the Maryland County authorities to have their dilapidated school building renovated. Concerned Marylanders were flabbergasted! So were we at The Perspective. We consequently carried an editorial expressing our concerns and the misgivings of Marylanders. But Secretary Thomson opts not to comment on the grievances of the students of Cape Palmas High School, he goes out of his way to credit Mr. Toe for completion of development projects that scarcely exist in Maryland County.

Liberia National Police at GVL, Butaw
- Courtesy of FPA

Expansion by Indonesia’s largest palm oil company frozen for disobeying RSPO
standards

A Press Release Issued by the Forest Peoples Program
The expansion operation of Golden Agri Resources in Kalimantan, Indonesia, has been halted by the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) for violations of the principles of the RSPO.  Golden Agri Resources is the parent company of Golden Veroleum of Liberia. Now, the prevailing question is: if the expansion operation of Golden Ari Resources can be halted in Kalimantan, Indonesia, why not the expansion efforts of Golden Veroleum in Southeastern Liberia where there have been marked human rights violations meted against the indigenous people by Golden Veroleum and the Liberian Government?

Ghana Spends 70% Of Revenue On Payroll, So Is Liberia Or Greece
By J. Yanqui Zaza   
The news that Ghana is spending 70% of its revenue on payroll, an economic arrangement associated with Liberia, Kenya, Greece, etc., is disturbing. PricewaterhouseCooper (PWC), a reputable Certified Public Accounting Firm, stated in its analysis of the 2014 budget that if Ghana is to become prosperous, stakeholders can't continue to spend 70% of its revenue on payroll. (www.pwc.com.gh) Isn’t the financial mismanagement troubling? On the other hand, is the report of rosy economic performance by Ghana an inducement to lure Ghana to borrow more money?

Reason, Public Policy and Violence: The Case of Butaw, Sinoe County
By Bai M. Gbala, Sr
The reported events of May 26, 2015 in Butaw, Sinoe County, Southeast Liberia, “mirrors” (according to FPA) similar events that occurred in Tokadeh, Nimba County, Northeast Liberia, in July 2014, of mob violence – hostage-taking, injury to individuals, looting, destruction of properties and counting; who or what county is next and what are the root-causes of this repeated or repeating mayhem?

Liberia: 'Intimidation, Torture' in Sinoe - allAfrica
Citizens of Butaw District in Sinoe County are said to be living in fear due to the huge presence of armed police officers in the district who are reportedly bent on intimidating and harassing them.

Palmed Off - No Accountability, No Rights
Issued by the Forest Peoples Programme
The palm oil industry’s bad reputation has survived the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), which commits member companies to social and environmental sustainability. The RSPO logo certification is visible on many everyday groceries containing palm oil.  However whilst RSPO boasts many of the biggest palm oil producers and buyers among its members, displacement of indigenous peoples from their lands, farms and forests is rife.

We want a building, reads a placard of the protesting students

Hold The Maryland County Legislative Caucus Accountable
Editorial
The students of Cape Palmas High School, the leading public high school in Harper, Maryland County, have been protesting - demanding a renovation of their dilapidated school building. Following the apparent eradication of the Ebola epidemic in Liberia, the Sirleaf administration announced the opening of schools in March of this year. But, when the students of the school returned to classes later this month, they found their building in ruins - much to their anger. “We want a building”, reads a placard of the protesting students.

Find A Need And Fill It!
Presentation By Bartum N. Kulah, MD
Guest Speaker at the International Christian Fellowship Ministries’ 2015 Diversity & Inclusion celebration
As we celebrate this Disability Sunday I ask that you all please keep my father-n-law in your prayers. He suffered a stroke 2 weeks ago and is currently at Kindred Hospital, a Long Term Acute Care facility in Atlanta.

JJ Dossen Hospital

Maryland County Health System: Millions Spent, No Development
By Menneh Bobokadieh
Since the incumbency of the Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf Government and the initiation of its Poverty Reduction Strategy (PRS) or its successor, “the Social Economic Transformation Strategy (SETS)”, the GOL has made frantic efforts to lobby with its international partners to support the initiative. There is no doubt about it: the strategy gained more support in the areas of health and education reforms. 

Gender Minister Taken Hostage: As Sinoe Citizens riot against Golden Veroleum - Wordpress
Demonstrators in Greenville City, Sinoe County have taken hostage several individuals including the Gender and Development Minister Julia Duncan Cassell and Deputy Internal Affairs Minister Varney Sirleaf and an Indonesian worker of the company. Sirleaf is said to be injured but was released along with minister Cassell upon the intervention of the police and UNMIL. They intervened in an attempt to bring the situation under control, but to no avail.

Man diagnosed with Lassa fever dies in US after Liberia trip -AP
A New Jersey man died Monday evening after been diagnosed with Lassa fever — a frightening infectious disease from West Africa that is rarely seen in the United States, a federal health official said.

Minister Brown and President Sirleaf

Lousy Minister Brown’s Sleeping Giant is Still Sleeping
By James Torh
I am not crazy about Lewis Brown, the current Minister of Information of the Ministry of Information, Cultural Affairs and Tourism. He is empty and lousy dudu bird. I had rather share a beer with Cletus Sieh or glass of red wine with Lawrence Bropleh, the past Ministers of the Ministry under this Government who he (Brown) has vilified and mocked than with Mr. Brown.

Let The Real “Idiot” Advance To Be Recognized
By Charles Russell
The then Montserrado County Senator who was elected and refused to take her seat in the senate, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf referred to President Samuel K. Doe as an “idiot.” According to the free encyclopedia, the word “idiot” is defined as an “intellectually disable person or someone who acts in a self-defeating or significantly counterproductive.”  Her attack on the Head of State led to her imprisonment and it was through the efforts of many advocacy groups and international organizations that she was released from prison.

Liberia National Fire Service: A Crawling Eagle
By Martin K. N. Kollie
For more than one and the half century, Liberians from different backgrounds and beliefs have been severely victimized by almost every form of human and natural disaster ranging from flooding to fire outbreak. There has been series of tragic scenes and alarming occurrences of fire disaster affecting citizens and foreign nationals.

A Government Neither By Nor For The People
By Dr. Alon Ben-Meir
The political horse-trading in Israel seen over the past eight weeks, which went down to the wire to form a new government, was, in the main, a struggle over who would get what position, regardless of their qualifications and irrespective of what is best for the country.

A Hopeless Unification Day
By Martin K. N. Kollie
I woke up this morning to a sunny day wondering whether there is still hope for my homeland and its people after almost 168 years of sovereignty. Nothing could really convince me that our Nation is waking up from the ashes of extreme poverty and acute inequality. For almost 10 minutes, I could not shake my lips as I began to contemplate on our horrendous past.

Sept 18, 1998: Camp Johnson Massacre

The Endangered Species: Number “13” and the Krahn People
By: Bai M. Gbala, Sr.
Here we go again! It is the fate of the Endangered Species before the nation’s Supreme Court, proclaims and questioning by two of the nation’s newspapers – the New Democratand the new Dawn, both on May 6, 2015. The magic number is “13” and the Krahn People.

Examining Some Factors That Fuel Xenophobia
By: Paul Jeebah Albert
A group of villagers is standing by and watching drowning babies hopelessly rolling down a creek. They weep and cry but there is no solution in sight. Suddenly, an older man call a group meeting and suggests that standing down the creek and watching the dying babies will not end the cycle.

Ebola and Sanitation
By: Lekpele M. Nyamalon
Liberians are poised at the bus park, awaiting the announcement of an Ebola free nation on May 9.  This is great news for the small West African Nation that found herself increasingly isolated by July through December of 2014.  Liberia was one of the epicenters in the West African sub region that was badly hit by the deadly epidemic.

Anti-Semitism And Israel’s Moral Imperative
By Dr. Alon Ben-Meir
Horrific outbursts against the Jews are on the rise all over Europe – exclamations like “gas the Jews” and “Jews burn best” are being heard at soccer games and similar social gatherings. While there is nothing to excuse or justify such hateful speech, some effort still needs to be made to understand why this is taking place now

Minister Konneh and President Sirleaf

Oil, Gold, Etc., Invite Investors, And Yes, Corruption & Inequality
By J. Yanqui Zaza 
Diamonds, gold, etc., resources needed for prosperity, are in abundance in Liberia, specifically, and in general, in Africa. Investors, invited or not, are in every country in Africa. Also, the “dividend trickle-down” economic system, propagated as the weapon to defeat corruption and inefficiency, is embraced by many Africans.

“Super Monsters”-In Profile: What A Thought!
By Bai M. Gbala, Sr.
We picked up a copy of the In Profile Daily forApril 28, 2015 and were greeted with a bold-faced, front-page headline in bright red, datelined Lansdowne, suburban Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA: “Amara Konneh (Liberia’s current, Super Minister of the Super Ministry of Finance & Development Planning) foresees, Bloodbath? ‘This has to stop, Minister Konneh cautioned on how the Sirleaf government expends revenue generated and warned if revenue generated is not equitably expended across the population, he foresees another April 14th Rice Riot-style incident in Liberia’”

Towards a new Global Climate Change Treaty: Liberia’s contributions and challenges
By Urias S. Goll
The threats and impacts of climate change on human existence are dire and have been increasing exponentially. At the United Nations Conference on the Environment convened in 1972 in Stockholm, Sweden, the world first recognized the deleterious effects of changes in our global climate system and more interestingly, the massive changes mother earth would undergo if this menace continues unabated.

Ambassador Malac meets market women, students in River Gee County

U.S. Ambassador Malac Visits Central and Southeastern Liberia
U.S. Ambassador Deborah Malac met with hundreds of Liberian officials, university administrators, high school faculty, students and beneficiaries of U.S.-funded health, education and small business projects during a week-long road trip through Southeastern and Central Liberia.

South Africa: The Tragedy of Xenophobia
By: Lekpele M. Nyamalon
Growing up as a kid, I remember music like ‘Free Nelson Mandela’ I remember watching movies of the black liberation struggle in South Africa, that focused on the life story of freedom fighters, Mandela, Sisulu, Tambo then Biko and his gruesome death in prison.

Integration Is The Open Secret To Deradicalization
By Dr. Alon Ben-Meir
One of the most troubling developments resulting from the escalation of violent extremism in the Middle East is the rise in the number of Muslims from the West who are joining the ranks of jihadist groups, notably ISIS. Western governments are struggling to find out what motivates young Muslims to leave their sheltered lives...

The Executive Mansion

Renovate The Executive Mansion
By Martin K. N. Kollie
The Executive Mansion is the official home of the Liberian Presidency. It was built in 1964 under the administration of President William Vacanarat Shadrach Tubman by 2,000 workers and 150 foreign technicians. The eight-storey Executive Mansion building, which costs US$20 million, has an atomic-bomb shelter, an underground swimming pool, a private chapel, a trophy room, a cinema, an emergency power plant, water supply and sewage system, among others.

LIBERIA:  The Education System Needs Transformation Not Reform
By Francis W. Nyepon
Liberia’s Education System is severely imbalance in the provision and delivery of services; facility management; staff supervision; and bureaucratic control. The system has failed to generate comprehensive organizational and structural changes over the past ten years. Neglect, mismanagement and unprofessional conduct have destroyed the day-to-day function of the system, by depriving many schoolchildren of a positive learning environment and critical academic growth after almost two decades of social dislocation and brutal civil war. 

“Train up a child…”
By Siahyonkron Nyanseor
The purpose of this article is to set straight the founding records of the Union of Liberian Associations in the Americas (ULAA), Inc. For our purpose, the word “children” in this verse refers to the new generation of ULAA’s leaders-- Anthony V. Kesselly, Emmanuel S. Wettee, Gaye D. Sleh, Jr. among others. The founding members are...

Suspended NPA Managing Director Matilda Parker

NPA Managing Director Matilda Parker, Others  Suspended for Alleged Corruption
According to information reaching The Perspective, Managing Director Matilda Parker, Comptroller Pealay, and non-statutory Members of the Board of the National Port Authority have been suspended with immediate effect by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf based on report filed by the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission.

“Tolerance is the Only Way Forward . . .” - Nyei : A Response
By Bai M. Gbala, Sr.
After our tragedy of the civil war that introduced deadly weapons of mass destruction, mind-boggling plunder, destruction, summary executions, massacres and large-scale human suffering and death into our small country of less than 4 million; the on-going, international “trouble spots” of Muslim-Islamists atop anti-aircraft artillery preaching Islamic state, a single person-rule, sharia law of beheadings and stonings to death in a state that does not recognize women’s rights;...

Open Letter To AU Chairman Robert Mugabe
From Martin K. N. Kollie
Mr. Chairman, in as much racism was condemned yesterday; xenophobia must also be condemned today. If imperialism was a bad precedence yesterday, intolerance is also a bad precedence today. Mr. Chairman, We cannot afford to live on a continent where South Africans are cutting off the necks of Nigerians..., where South Africans are burning Zimbabwean immigrants to death.

Pierre Collins

A 33-Years-Old Liberian Man Charged For Allegedly Killing His 10-Years-Old Son
By: Duannah Siryon
On March 18, 2015, Barway Edwin Collins, a 10-years-old Liberian boy, went missing after his school bus dropped him off at his Cederwood Crystal apartment complex in Minnesota. Moment before he was dropped off, little Barway was seen happily on his school bus video camera saying "there goes my dad and my uncle."

The Shortcut To Deradicalization Is The Long Road
By Dr. Alon Ben-Meir
Every Arab state, regardless of the extent to which it is involved in combating violent extremism, must recognize that there is no shortcut to defeating this scourge, and those who are looking for quick fixes are in for a rude awakening. Whereas military force is selectively necessary to destroy irredeemably ruthless and bloodthirsty organizations such as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), to neutralize violent extremism in the long-term, no amount of military muscle will suffice.

People gather to listen to Zulu King
Photo: Courtesy of AFP

Xenophobia in South Africa: A Recipe for Continental Disunity
By Martin K. N. Kollie
Africa is sitting on a time-bomb that may soon explode if all of us remain reticent and reluctant about finding a permanent resolution to the ongoing hostility, cruelty, and brutality in South Africa. As Africa gradually moves towards the compass of globalization and modernization, the spirit of continental solidarity and regional harmony is becoming extinct simply because a certain group of nationals has embarked on a callous expedition of disintegration.

Police: Muslims threw Christians overboard during Med voyage (AP)
Italy's migration crisis took on a deadly new twist Thursday as police in Sicily reported that Muslim migrants had thrown 12 Christians overboard during a recent crossing from Libya, and an aid group said another 41 were feared drowned in a separate incident.

William R. Tolbert, Jr.

The Liberia National Student Union Commemorates April 14, 1979, Rice Riots
We assemble here peacefully today, in humble remembrance of the historic bravery of the masses of the people to march out of cowardice in defense of the sacred heritage of the Republic of Liberia against the prolonged, oligarchic and barbaric rule of the True Whig Party on this day in 1979. Many would ask: Why is it significant to commemorate this day? Others will wonder how this day is so relevant to the memory of the National Student Union

Superintendent Dempster Shares Insights into the Predicament of Grand Kru County
By Ray Martin Toe
Elizabeth Wright Dempster, the superintendent of Grand Kru County, visited the United States in March 2015. That may have been Mrs. Dempster’s first visit since President Sirleaf appointed her superintendent of the backward southeastern county in 2011. No sooner had the superintendent arrived in the United States than a meeting with US-based Grand Kru citizens was scheduled on March 22 in Bowie, the state of Maryland.

How Supreme Court Decision Killed Two TRC Recommendations
By James W. Harris
Was commission not aware that 14.2/14.3 directly violated the Liberian Constitution? Almost six years have elapsed since the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) submitted its long-awaited final report.  This was on June 30, 2009, when the commission officially presented it to the Liberian National Legislature and the highly gullible general public.   Since then, nothing impressive has been done in terms of implementing fully a few key recommendations proposed by the commission.

Liberia: A Christian Nation?
By Gbe Sneh
It is currently the front running global issue – Separating politics from religion.  We have the ISIS CRISIS in the Middle East, the Boko Haram and Al Shabaab, on the African Continent, and the Right-Wing Congress of the United States.   Bringing religion into governance makes no sense, for very obvious reasons.  The simplest reason is found in this little rant, ‘Do we all go to church, let alone the SAME one’?   No!   Are we ALL citizens of Liberia?

Baptizing Liberia Into A “Christian Nation: Will It Do Liberia Any Good or Bad?
By: Josephus Moses Gray
This article deals with one of the most important issues that arose from the recent gathering in Gbarnga, Bong County -  the proposition to  amend the 1984 Constitution of the Republic, declaring Liberia, a nation with diverse religious beliefs and cultural practices, as a “Christian State”.

Warlords Kromah & Taylor

“Remembering April 6, 1996 . . .”: Alhaji G. V. Kromah & Charles M. Taylor
By Bai M. Gbala
Indeed, Mr. James Torh “remembers April 6, 1996 in the heart of Monrovia” poignantly with Milton’s poem, “No light, but rather darkness visible . . . ”;  we remember that day, vividly, and the men who brought it to pass in prose.

A 10 Year Old Liberian Boy Missing: Law Enforcement Pledges USD$12,000 Reward
By: Duannah Siryon
On March 18, around 4:00pm Central Standard Time, Barway Edward Collins, a 10 years old Liberian boy when missing immediately after his school bus dropped him off at his apartment complex in Crystal, Minnesota.

President Sirleaf Makes New Appointments
The Liberian leader has made new appointments in Government subject to confirmation by the Senate where applicable.

Tolerance Is The Only Way Forward For Liberia
By Moe Nyei
Europe in the 1600s recognized it regressions and unwanted division was because of religious differences- in their case, same religion in principle but different doctrines. This is what led to the Westphalia Treaty, 1618-1848. Westphalia united Europe and ironed their religious differences in a way no emperor or king was able.

Racial Reconciliation and Prosperity   
Dr. Yossef Ben-Meir
Much of my professional life involves applying democratic, participatory decision-making methods in order to catalyze and bring to fruition human development initiatives.  We are fortunate that these enjoy a high success rate, leading to shared socioeconomic and environmental benefits. 

Remembering April 6, I996: The Enormity of Evil and Human Rights Tragedies that Consumed Monrovia
By James Torh
On April 6, 1996 in the heart of Monrovia, Liberia’s capital city a bloody event unfolded. April 6, 2015 is the 19 anniversary of the so-called liberation of Monrovia from the hands of a late warlord-certain General Roosevelt Johnson by other two evil characters and warlords-Alhaji Kromah and Charles Taylor who were in cahoots...

Iran, Not ISIS, Is The Real Menace
By Alon Ben-Meir
Whereas the international focus today is on how to counter violent extremism, which is behind many of the violent conflicts sweeping the Middle East, the real destabilizing power and sponsor of terrorism in the region and beyond is Iran. Unlike violent extremists and religious fanatics such as the Islamic State (IS), which can be degraded and even destroyed, the same cannot be said about Iran.

Kenya says it destroys two al Shabaab camps in Somalia - Reuters
The Kenyan air force has destroyed two al Shabaab camps in Somalia, it said on Monday, in the first major military response since the Islamist group massacred students at a Kenyan university last week.

Presidents Sirleaf & Obama

Obama Talks Free Election, While Companies Steal $50b Yearly
By J. Yanqui Zaza  

Nowadays, leaders, maybe because of external influence, are finding it difficult to “Take The Bull By The Horns.” Or the influence of money is coercing leaders to be silent and, or focus on imaginary issues, rather than confronting the problems. In the case of President Barack Obama, he was bold with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu concerning the Middle East; but said nothing about companies siphoning $50 billion from Africa yearly.

From Decentralization Plan to Deconcentration Platform
By Martin K. N. Kollie
Whenever key State actors congregate to forecast new ideas and advance public policies in an effort to promote genuine development and wide-ranging transformation in a nation, we expect them to demonstrate extraordinary devotion, sincerity and commitment to those they represent.

Nigeria's Buhari praises Jonathan for peaceful handover - Reuters
Nigerian election winner Muhammadu Buhari congratulated outgoing President Goodluck Jonathan for peacefully relinquishing power on Wednesday, a day after becoming the first politician in Nigeria's history to remove a sitting leader at the ballot box.

Liberia: 'Account for Allison's Blood' - allAfrica
"NO! Mr. Minister of Justice, this matter is not considered closed. As dutiful citizens of this Republic, we intend to demand answers to questions you have provoked. As our public servant, you are under a duty to provide credible answers. If you are not careful, this matter will define your tenure as Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Republic of Liberia," 

Liberian Literacy Redefined
By Quiwonkpa Zuo
There are few things that bother me more than when people try to confuse knowing to read and write as being literate and not knowing how as illiterate. This uninformed assumption could not be furthest from the true meaning of the word. In this piece, I will give you a clear distinction between the two, and how it should be defined in Liberia rather than going along with the present distorted definition that is causing our beloved country so much confusion.

Liberia's sole remaining known Ebola patient dies - Reuters
A woman who was Liberia's sole remaining known Ebola patient died on Friday at a treatment center in the capital, said Francis Ketteh, acting head of the country's Ebola response team.

Boko Haram fighters told to 'kill wives' as troops take its 'HQ' - Yahoo News
Nigeria's military on Friday announced that troops had retaken the town of Gwoza from Boko Haram, from which the group declared their caliphate last year.

Ebola Vaccines Prove Safe for 600 Participants in Phase 2 Study in Liberia
The Phase 2/3 Ebola vaccine study in Liberia known as PREVAIL (Partnership for Research on Ebola Vaccines in Liberia) has achieved and exceeded its initial goal of enrolling 600 people into its Phase 2 component, the leaders of the Liberian-U.S. research team announced today.  Moreover, when an independent monitoring group recently reviewed...

An Unsettling Complicity - New York Times
A generation ago, the United States supported a brutal warlord, Jonas Savimbi, in Angola’s civil war. He lost. Now, because of oil interests, we have allied ourselves with the corrupt and autocratic winner, President José Eduardo dos Santos, in a way that also will also be remembered with embarrassment.

PM Benjamin Netanyahu

Likud’s Victory Is Israel’s Defeat
By: Dr. Alon Ben-Meir
Those of us who regularly observe and try to make sense of the madness sweeping the Middle East often find ourselves, perhaps out of desperation, engaging in wishful thinking, hoping that in the end, reason will prevail over lunacy. We analyze unfolding events, dissect patent facts, reassess our assumptions, and try to discern where we were right and where we erred, but we often find ourselves exactly where we began.

48th Chemical Brigade Assumes Command Of  Operation United Assistance
By Captain Chi L. Truong
"Today’s uncasing ceremony is a milestone in the history of the 48th Chemical Biological Radiological Nuclear (CBRN) Brigade since its activation at Fort Hood a little over seven years ago,” Col. Sven C. Erichsen, commander of the 48th said. “This marks its first operational deployment to Liberia, in support of Operation United Assistance, the U.S. effort to help Liberia rid itself of the Ebola epidemic..."

President Obama

Obama Calls For Free, Fair, Peaceful Nigerian Elections
Today, I want to speak directly to you - the people of Nigeria. Nigeria is a great nation and you can be proud of the progress you’ve made.  Together, you won your independence, emerged from military rule, and strengthened democratic institutions.  You’ve strived to overcome division and to turn Nigeria’s diversity into a source of strength.  You’ve worked hard to improve the lives of your families and to build the largest economy in Africa.

Happy Tears: Human Connection Leading to Human Development 
By Alon Ben-Meir
We may know - perhaps even at first hand - of a gap in society whose presence causes pain for countless individuals.  Here in Morocco, such a void - that of unrelenting poverty - exists, particularly in rural places (where poverty is typically most concentrated worldwide) and most of all in mountainous areas of the Kingdom.

Senator George Weah

The 10 Most Powerful Men In Africa 2015 - Forbes Magazine
Against the backdrop of an Ebola outbreak ravishing the country, former football starGeorge Weah won a landslide victory in one of Liberia‘s most high-profile senate race elections. Weah obtained 78% of the vote for the highly contested Montserrado county seat, which included the capital city of the country, Monrovia. The former footballer-turned politician beat Robert Sirleaf, the son of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, who took nearly 11% of the vote. Weah’s senate win is widely viewed as foundational for a second presidential run in 2017; he won the first round of the 2005 presidential election, losing the runoff to President Johnson-Sirleaf. Extremely popular with the Liberian youth, Weah is regarded as one of the greatest African players of all time; he is the only African to be named Fifa’s world player of the year.

Liberia Reports First Ebola Case in Weeks - New York Times
A patient in Liberia has tested positive for the Ebola virus, health officials said Friday, more than two weeks after the last known case in the country had been discharged from the hospital.

Josiah N. Johnson

The Argument to Honor Football Legend Josiah N. Johnson
By Benedict Nyankun Wisseh
In sports, heroes are not hard to find because athletes, unlike any group of citizens, are blessed with special talents which, when put on display, often provide national joy and therapy for a country.  For love of country, they perform under inconvenient and dangerous circumstances without hesitation.  Therefore, when it comes to Liberian footballers, everyone who has been one is a hero and, to make that point, we always struggle to say only good things about them in life and death in our conversations.  Yes, in our conversations, all of them will be our heroes that we will talk about. 

Sierra Leone: President Koroma Fires Vice President - allAfrica
President Ernest Bai Koroma has sacked his vice president, Samuel Sam-Samana, after he sought asylum in the U.S. embassy in Freetown, according to a statement from the presidency. The embattled vice president sought asylum after soldiers surrounded his home over the weekend, reportedly on the orders of President Koroma.

Netanyahu Reveals His Duplicity, Demagoguery and Deceit
By Alon Ben-Meir
In a follow-up question to the statement that Prime Minister Netanyahu made during an interview with the Israeli website NRG--in which he stated that “I think that anyone who moves to establish a Palestinian state and evacuate territory, gives territory away to radical Islamist attacks against Israel”--he was asked if that meant a Palestinian state would not be established if he is reelected. Netanyahu replied, “Indeed.

Sirleaf and Mugabe

Switzerland to return Sani Abacha 'loot' to Nigeria - BBC
Switzerland will return to Nigeria some $380m (£260m) allegedly looted by ex-military ruler Sani Abacha, an official has said. The transfer, to be conducted under the supervision of the World Bank, will end a 16-year case against the Abacha family. Switzerland has already returned $700m, following appeals from Nigeria.

Revenue: Liberia Sirleaf Versus Zimbabwe Mugabe
By: J. Yanqui Zaza 
The birth of democracy 2,500 years ago was intertwined with progressive taxation, wrote David Cay Johnston in his book called “Free Lunch: How the wealthiest Americans enrich themselves at government expense ‘and stick you with the Bill.” Progressive taxation implies that the greater one gained economically from living in society, the greater one’s duty to maintain society by paying taxes.

Gambling Is Not A Friend To Any Innovative Generation
By: Martin K. N. Kollie
Liberia stands a serious risk of embracing a dead future if nothing is done now to reclaim the attention of most Liberians, especially young people from a social syndrome that is increasingly swallowing our country. The addiction of this generation to gambling is alarming and I foresee an unfulfilled destiny if urgent measures are not taken to arrest the situation.

The Need for Counter Terrorism Strategy
By: Edwin Woryonwon Harris, Jr
The latest pronouncement made recently by the terrorist gang, Boko Harram, pledging support to the ideas and operations of the heartless and nefarious Islamic terrorist group named and styled: Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), and the ISIS declaration of establishing a caliphate in West Africa through Boko Haram was indeed troubling.

Sierra Leone vice president requested asylum at U.S. embassy - Reuters
Sierra Leone's Vice President Samuel Sam-Sumana said he had requested asylum at the U.S. embassy in Freetown after soldiers surrounded his residence on Saturday following his expulsion from the ruling party last week.

Analysis of the President Sirleaf Annual Message
By: Alieu Haircrates Sackor
After reading Madam Sirleaf’s nationwide address on the Perspective Magazine on February 12, 2015, I instantaneously decided to take few minutes of my pricey time to look through the Madam’s analyses. Afterward, I categorically comprehended that her address was economically deceptive, statistically illusory, diametrically opposed to Liberia’s economic reality, persuasively disjointed and logically disproportional. As a result, I then classified her as an example of contradiction and what is wrong with inconsistency and fragmented discussion.

Ethiopia's $5bn project that could turn it into Africa's water powerhouse - CNN
It's called the Grand Renaissance Dam -- and the clue is in the name. With some 8,500 laborers working around the clock on its construction, the imposingly-named dam is surely one of Africa's most ambitious infrastructure projects, reaffirming Ethiopia's ambitions of becoming a big regional player and a major exporter of power.

The Sustainable Approach to Monrovia’s Plastic Bag Challenge
By: Too Edwin Freeman
The spectacle of a cityscape decked out in copious plastic waste, no doubt, conjures negative implications for tourism. The impact of clogged sewers and drainages on public health is likewise excruciatingly debilitating. It is therefore no surprise that Monrovia’s former acting City Mayor, who was on a crusade to prettify the city, once referred to the city’s overwhelming plastic scourge as a menace!

A Clash Between Cash And Character Among Liberian Youth
By: Martin K. N. Kollie
The young generation of Liberia is experiencing a serious integrity crisis as dishonesty increases at a high-speed in a small country still struggling to rise above poverty, ignorance and disease. The clash between moral and money in Liberia is gaining prominence very fast as most young citizens continue to chase big pockets and purses in search of survival and better living condition.

Presidents Sirleaf & Obama

Why Obama Praised Corrupt Sirleaf Of Liberia?
By: J. Yanqui Zaza 
The U.S. President, Barack Obama, during a White House meeting held on February 28, 2015, did characterize President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of Liberia as a reformist, contrary to reports, including Global Witness’. The international non-governmental Agency has and continues to accuse President Silreaf government as one of the most corrupt governments in the world. In fact, Sirleaf, calling corruption as a vampire, has admitted that she has failed to reduce corruption.

Remarks by President Obama and President Sirleaf of Liberia before Bilateral Meeting
President Obama: "President Sirleaf came into office under some of the most challenging of circumstances.  After a brutal civil war, she has worked steadily to solidify democracy, to reduce corruption, to deliver basic services to a very poor country.  And she’s done so with grace and steadiness, and reached out to all the people of Liberia."

Liberia’s WASH Crisis: Impact of Water, Sanitation & Hygiene
By: Francis W. Nyepon
The lack of safe water, adequate sanitation and proper hygiene has a severe and burdensome impact on the daily lives of Liberians. Nearly 4 million Liberians are ruthlessly affected by these challenges each day with staggering impact on the economy and environment. The lack of safe water, adequate sanitation and proper hygiene is causing a crisis in our country. But, Liberia’s water, sanitation and hygiene, WASH crisis is not due to scarcity. It is due exclusively to the lack of access, effective public policy, political will and determination.

Chadian president vows to 'wipe out' Boko Haram - AFP
Chadian President Idriss Deby on Wednesday vowed to "wipe out" Boko Haram and called on the group's chief Abubakar Shekau to give himself up, warning that he knew where the militant leader was hiding.

Failures by 3 governments preceded homeless man's death - AP
Mistakes and miscommunication by three governments on three continents over nearly 20 years led to a homeless man known as "Africa" being on Los Angeles' Skid Row, where he was shot by police after authorities say he became combative and appeared to reach for an officer's weapon.

Nigeria stalls Chad, aims to beat Boko Haram before election - Reuters
When battle-hardened Chadian troops overran a Boko Haram camp in northern Nigeria last week, they wanted to press deep into territory controlled by the Islamist group but Nigeria refused to let them

Dual Citizenship And Article 27(b) Are Two Separate  Issues
By: Mathu H. Gibson
Liberians are finally debating the issue of citizenship, and this is a good thing.In fact it is a debate that is long overdue, and the outcome could have either a positive or negative impact on the country. Therefore seizing upon the proper nuances and commonalityof this issue, and making changes incrementally may be the best approach to resolving the issue...

LIBERIA: One Million Schoolchildren Live in Poverty
By: Francis Nyepon
The plight of a million schoolchildren living in poverty will reach a watershed moment as school across Liberia reopens this week after a state of emergency closed all schools last July in response to the Ebola outbreak, which killed over 4000 Liberians. Many will be returning to school without readiness skills that will severely impact each school day...

U.S. Seeks to Deport Bosnians Over War Crimes - New York Times
Immigration officials are moving to deport at least 150 Bosnians living in the United States who they believe took part in war crimes and “ethnic cleansing” during the bitter conflict that raged in the former Yugoslavia in the 1990s.

When Liberians Become Desperate for Economic Change: Is Slavery An Option?
By: Martin K. N. Kollie
I could not stop laughing my guts out from what I heard few months ago. As Liberians anxiously trooped their way in huge quantity to play Diversity Visa (DV) nationwide, one of the applicants who is a Liberian said he would prefer going to America as a SLAVE than to live in his own country. Another citizen said he is willing to walk in the street naked if only he is given an assurance to obtain a US visa. These are the funniest, but most serious and embarrassing remarks I have ever heard since last year.

Liberia has burned the furniture to warm the house - Global Witness
When Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf meets her US counterpart Barack Obama in Washington today, the ongoing Ebola response will be top of the agenda. As the country struggles to get its economy back on track, investigations by Global Witness reveal that the government has sold off valuable oil assets in what appears to be a very bad deal for Liberia.

You can loot our Resources, but you cannot loot our Right to Education – A Caveat to GoL to Reopen UL
By: Martin K. N. Kollie
The government of Liberia through its Ministry of Education authorized all schools to resume regular academic activities on February 16, 2015. As a result of this nationwide directive, primary, secondary, tertiary as well as vocational institutions have began regular classes while the fate of over thirty thousand students remains in uncertainty.

Whoops! The Department of Justice Admits That It Misunderstood U.S. Citizenship Law - Huffington Post
We all know that immigration law is complicated. We all know that human beings make mistakes. What we don't expect is that our government can't figure out who its own citizens are. But time and time again, the government disappoints. The latest culprit is the Department of Justice (DOJ), which employs the most powerful attorneys in the country.

On the Irony of Poverty in Abundance: The True State of the Masses
By: Ivor S. Moore
The true state of the nation in terms of the economic welfare of the masses can be indisputably summed up as a people living the irony of having abundance in resources but sadly floundering in the cesspool of poverty. This Grain Coast of West Africa, changed to Liberia by freed slaves under the euphemism of pioneers or settlers from the United States of America, with its suitable climate, its vast tropical rain forest and rich soil...

Analyzing the Economic Impact of Liberia’s Dual Currency Policy, A View From the Low-Level Square-table
By: Wonderr Koryenen Freeman
On February 23rd at the Monrovia City Hall, some of Liberia’s most well-known political and economic elites got together to talk about a perennial economic problem – Liberia’s dual currency policy. It was a “high-level” roundtable, so I wasn’t invited.

Alex Tyler

The Tragic End of Michael Allison: Tears and Ashes for Liberia
By: James Torh
The front and back lead pages of a photo in last week’s edition of our local dailies, spiked my blood pressure, made my stomach turn and sets my teeth on edge. I was depressed and could barely stand to read those papers. The sight and scene of that poor man lying on the beach like a sacrificial lamb seemed like a symbol of our inhumanity and banality of evil in our land.

Every Fire Starts with a Spark
By: Joe Bartuah
The recent death, in Monrovia, of Counselor Michael Allison is not only alarming, but also portends danger for all peace-loving Liberians, due to relevant circumstances preceding his suspicious death. Allison had been identified as a whistleblower in an ongoing corruption investigation by the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission (LACC) involving Mr. Alex Tyler, the Speaker of the House of Representatives and another lawmaker, who was reportedly acting on Tyler’s behest.

Liberians rejoice as Ebola curfew is lifted - AFP
It is the early hours of the morning and bars in the Liberian capital are packed as revellers drink, sing and rejoice in their first night of freedom with the Ebola curfew lifted.

Theodore Hodge and President Sirleaf

Lessons for President Sirleaf and Cabinet: How to Build a Nation
By: Theodore Hodge
“There are books to teach you how to build a house, how to repair engines, how to write a book. But I have not seen a book on how to build a nation…” That is how Lee Kuan Yew begins his seminal work titled, “From Third World to First: The Singapore Story: 1965-2000”. Though the former Prime Minister of Singapore, the father of his nation, states the contrarian view, his seminal book turns out to be such a book: How to Build a Country.

Ruckus On The House Floor & Issues In Liberia’s Evolving Democracy
By: Emmanuel Wru-Pour Cooper
It is expected that legislatures or parliaments all over the world should persuasively debate issues of national concerns with passion and in accordance with parliamentary procedures. The recent ruckus on the House's floor of the Liberian Legislature goes beyond the bounds of how legislative bodies function. This commentary revisits the incident on the House's floor of the Liberian Legislature.

The Reincarnation of Police Brutality in Liberia
By: Martin K. N. Kollie
It is becoming very difficult to distinguish between the National Police Force of former President Charles Taylor and President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf as police brutality against unarmed civilians rises day after day in a country still striving to consolidate peace, maintain security, and promote genuine reconciliation. The LNP, ERU, and PSU under the Unity Party led government are gradually wearing the ‘malicious iron jacket’ of the defunct SOD and walking in the dark shadows of the infamous ATU.

Ebola: Back to school, but is it safe? - IRIN
More than two million pupils in Liberia and Sierra Leone are heading back to school after a six-month shutdown caused by the Ebola outbreak. Authorities have taken steps to prevent further transmissions but conditions in both countries leave room for concern

Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

Succession Of Regimes On Trial: Sirleaf Under The Spotlight
By: Ivor S. Moore
A bystander perching on the extreme end of the stage of history would not be disposed to disagree to the assertion that the regime of President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf is on its greatest trial especially during this second term. More so, he or she will hold that this trial has reached its apex as the recent handling of the outbreak of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD), the callousness of the regime to attend to the worsening plights of the Liberian people, and other issues have drawn many spectators

The Cape To Cape Coastal Highway: Calling On New Congress to Introduce and Pass a Bill
By: Gbe Sneh
So much has been written about this top-tier piece of infrastructure, a highway connecting Grand Cape Mount County to Cape Palmas.  It will run thru nine of our fifteen counties – Grand Cape Mount, Bomi, Montserrado, Margibi, Grand Bassa, Rivercess, Sinoe, Grand Kru, and Maryland.  Continue, and you drive into Cote D’Ivore!

A Big Blow To The Fight Against Corruption In Liberia
By: Martin K. N. Kollie
The mystifying death of Cllr. Michael N. Allison is horrifying and scaring for our emerging democracy after going through a dark era of vindictiveness, cruelty, butchery and despotic execution of innocent lives.  His sudden demise is creating serious apprehension among Liberians far and near. I have been pondering over this atrocious incident since its occurrence and I am yet to unknot my skepticism about this untimely loss.

Experimentation vs. Exploitation: Is Liberia A Garbage Garage?
By: Martin K. N. Kollie
The rights of our people are again violated and trampled upon through a well organized scheme of international conspiracy. The high-rate of illiteracy, ignorance, and gullibility in our society has been taken advantage off once more. We know what is unfolding behind the scenes. Our people have been overlooked and humiliated again due to acute deprivation and destitution.

Liberia To Seek Recovery Of Its Stolen Millions In Swiss Banks & Related Others? : Unlikely, Because . . .
By: Bai M. Gbala, Sr.
In all of the secret wheeling and dealing on a national/international level during our tragedy of the civil war in which secret movement of cash - a lot of cash – was involved and in demand for secret, safe-keeping, banks, especially, Swiss banks and related others, notoriously known for secrecy, were the major choices of Liberian crooks/criminals and their friendly international crooks/criminals, the individuals and organizations who were the major actors/players in and during our historic nightmare.

President Sirleaf’s Annual Address to the Nation Revisited
By: Theodore T. Hodge
After reading President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s annual address to the nation, I issued a scathing critique. I painstakingly pointed out the falsities of her claims, mainly on the subjects of Health and Education, two subjects to which she claims her administration attaches great priority. I challenged her on the grounds that she deliberately painted a rosy picture, giving the impression that conditions in the country are not that bad off under her able leadership.

A Military of Infancy: Does Liberia Really Have An Army?
By Martin K. N. Kollie
History has taught us never to forget about our fallen heroes and heroines whose compassionate contribution to mankind is incredibly distinct. Whenever we fail to pay courtesy to deserving statesmen and outstanding global actors who are worthy of public admiration, we pierce our own consciences with sharp instruments of ingratitude and immodesty.

Piecemeal Change to an illegitimate Constitution is wrong!
By: Tibelrosa Summoh Tarponweh
In her January 26, 2015, State of the nation address, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf called on the legislature to pass a “Dual Citizen” bill into law which she intends to send to that body shortly. The bill if approved would effectively replace Article 28 of the constitution. Its resolution however may not be a sole legislative prerogative since voters should have a say via referendum.

“JUILIJUAH” And A Requiem  For Bomi Hills
By: James Thomas-Queh
”Juilijuah”, Bomi County (previously Bomi Hills), is the private farm of the current Liberian leader, and which is fast becoming the newest de facto seat of our Government.  The first annual Cabinet and SoEs  sterile retreats (if not an official dedication of the farm) were held here in  pomp and pageantry (20/01/15). I saw the sumptuous images (paved streets, neat lawn, well trimmed palm trees, large palaver huts, electricity, running water, etc)  of what was once a dead town, probably.

Youth Demonstration Is Underway In Pleebo-Sodoken District, Maryland County
Hundreds of youths from the Maryland County Youth Organization are staging a demonstration against the practices of SIFCA in the county.  Paramount among the demands is the separation of the administrative structure and offices of Maryland Oil Palm Plantations (MOPP) from those of Cavalla Rubber Corporation (CRC).  

PREZ SIRLEAF SAYS: LIBERIA OWES USD $759M , AFTER $4.7B DEBT
By J. Yanqui Zaza   
When a country’s economic policy is based on “get rich quick” mentality, it is difficult to institute sustainable economic rules and regulations, even if prior violation of those same rules and regulations had resulted into unwarranted results. How should a leadership change that mindset is Liberia’s conundrum.

Repairing Liberia's Broken Healthcare Delivery System
By Francis W. Nyepon   
This article presents a practical approach to fixing Liberia’s broken healthcare delivery system. It offers realistic approaches to deal with the meltdown of the system during the Ebola crisis by offering alternatives to rebuild the system. Since the advent of Ebola, the attention of Liberians and the world has dramatically increase...

Sharpening Contradictions, Exposing Falsehoods, Revealing Lies and Uprooting Deceits
By Martin K. N. Kollie
The primary intent of democracy is to maintain national stability and sustain a proactive framework of mutual existence and tolerance through freedom, equality, and justice. Under this system of governance, all power is inherent in the people and they have an exclusive authority to decide their own destiny.

Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

A Commentary on the President’s Annual Message
By Theodore T. Hodge
On January 26, 2015, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf addressed the Liberian nation yet again for the purpose of delivering her annual speech. After offering grand salutations to her “honorable” friends and colleagues --- Honorable This, Honorable That, Honorable Mumble, Honorable Jumble, Honorable Blah, Blah, Blah --- she looked   right into the glaring camera and spoke these words into the open microphones: “…our nation has remained strong…”

Politics Of The Belly: A Reason For Liberia’s Under–Development
By Abraham M. Keita, VI
In Liberia, many Liberians enter politics or political contestations and activism because they seek wealth. The term “POLITIC” in the Liberian setting now means, “personal satisfaction” or “wealth”, “business” and “belly struggle”. Politics is different in Liberia. Since the foundation of this nation – Liberia, those who referred to themselves or claimed to be politicians have always said that their Political Goal is the general interests of the masses.

West Africa turns into dumping ground for e-waste - (CIO)
As measures by countries in East and Southern Africa to prevent the dumping of e-waste take effect, West Africa has become a destination for old computers, mobile devices and components.

Enough of this Nonsense – A Call to Crush Rape and Rapists
By Martin K. N. Kollie
On December 23, 2014, Africa’s first female president, Madam Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, presented Christmas gifts to the perpetrators of rapes in Liberia in the form of “Presidential Clemency”.  Yes, she freed them without thinking of the repercussions.  Within less than a month, a 49 years old Musa Kanneh allegedly raped a 12 years old child to death.  The Redemption Hospital rejected the girl when she was taken there for medical attention. The female President is perhaps waiting for another Christmas to release this alleged perpetrator, if he will even be prosecuted. 

Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

President Sirleaf Annual Message To The 53rd Legislature
We assemble here today in compliance with Article 58 of the Constitution which mandates the President on the fourth working Monday in January of each year, to present the Administration’s Legislative Program and report to the Legislature on the State of the Republic covering the economic condition including expenditure and income.

Development- A Process, Not An Event
By Tiawan S. Gongloe  
Although, most often, events or incidents are described as development, such as when something happens and people refer to it as development. However, when it comes to the transformation of a community, country or changing how people live in a community, development refers to a process of changing the conditions under which people live.

Bartholomew Doe Toe Sr.
Oct. 29, 1962 - Jan. 14, 2015

Tribute To Dr. Bartholomew Doe Toe Sr.
Dr. Bartholomew Doe Toe Sr. First came to the United States from Liberia in Sept. 1993, when his brother Francis Wreh sent for him to improve his standard of living. Dr. Toe left his pregnant wife, Agnes Toe (pregnant with Mahwoti Toe) and two toddlers and a 6 year old back in Liberia. Those toddlers were Liana, and Bartholomew Toe Jr. and six year old Dekonti Toe. Liana was 2 years old and Bartholomew Toe Jr. was almost a year old.

A Marriage Between Promise and Pretense: Cabinet Retreat without Action Is Worthless
By Martin K. N. Kollie
Retreat for cabinet members and heads of public agencies is a regular phenomenon in almost many countries. During this time, key stakeholders within the Executive Branch of government meet to review government’s overall performance with specific focus on sectorial successes and challenges.  In addition, forecasting of achievable development targets and operational goals is done.

 

Liberia: Gender Ministry Reports 554 Rape Cases in 2014 - allAfrica
The Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection has reported a total of 554 rape cases in the country in 2014. Montserrado County accounts for 428 cases, while the other 14 counties account for 126 cases during the period under review.

U.S. $1.2M Bribery Fees: World Bank & Global Witness Are Silent!
By J. Yanqui Zaza    
The hottest news in Liberia, after the Ebola crisis and the recent senatorial elections, is, once again, corruption. This time, lower-paid employees such as police officers are not involved. Rather, they are well-paid Liberian lawmakers who sought additional payment that is beyond the legal form of bribery (i.e., consultancy fees paid to elected officials to increase investors’ profits).

After The December 20 Elections, Back To “Business As Usual”
By Bai M. Gbala, Sr.
While some well-meaning, law-abiding, patriotic Liberians are wishing, hoping and postulating a Moral Revolution - change, transformation, or reform - in political thought and practice, beginning at and on Capitol Hill, the Nation’s seat of Law- and Policy-making, after the hotly-debated issue of whether or not to hold the just-ended elections, we are back to and in business.

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Front view of an open Indian Crematorium used to cremate Ebola victims in a Residential community

Ebola Aftermath in Liberia:Health, Psychological, and Environmental Implications for the Resident of Boys Town
By:Tibelrosa Summoh Tarponweh
Necessity, says an adage, is always the good mother of invention. This aged-old proverb seems to be holding true in the wake of the continuing fight to find a cure for, and to eradicate the Ebola virus.

“Two Ivorian Soldiers Killed At Border . . .”,Ivorians Accuse Liberia
A Commentary By Bai M. Gbala, Sr.
According to the New Democrat newspaper some six months ago (New Democrat, June 13, 2014), the UN Security Council predicted that there will be “more cross border attacks between Liberia and the Ivory Coast before the 2015 (presidential) elections” in La Cote d’Ivoire. That prediction was and is based, apparently, on the reality of the prevailing anger and discontent, the result of a decade of deadly rivalry between the northern Moslems and southern Christians for socio-economic, political and ethnic/tribal superiority an control of the nation.

Travel Warning Advising Against Non-essential Travel To Liberia Amended
On August 7, 2014 the U.S. Department of State issued a Travel Warning advising against non-essential travel to Liberia. After review of health conditions, the U.S. Department of State ordered the departure of family members residing with Embassy staff in Monrovia. The Embassy recommended this action out of an abundance of caution following the determination that there was a lack of options for routine health care services at major medical facilities due to the Ebola outbreak. 

Let There Be Moral Resolution On Capitol Hill Instead Of Cashing In At The Expense Of Hapless Liberians
By James Torh
It was truly a wonder and utterly mesmerized and the press picked it up and utterly did not escape its Argus eyes on Monday January 12, 2015 on Capitol Hill when the newly elected Senators were inducted into office to serve the people of Liberia for the next nine years.

Neither a Jubilee - Nor a Decade of Sustainability…A Reflection of Our Beloved Liberia
By Artemus W. Gaye, PhD
On December 24, 2014, Africa oldest independent nation, Liberia marked the 25th anniversary (barely noticed or observed) of the bloody Liberian civil mayhem, culminating in death and destruction of nearly 250 thousand lives, more than a million displaced, and over a billion dollars in infrastructural damages.

Man wanted in 2010 on charges of child rape in New York caught in Britain after he first fled to Africa and began leading one of Liberia's largest public hospitals - Daily Mail
After his $10,000 bail was posted, Bowen fled to his native Liberia, where he was administrator of a government hospital.

Liberian Doctor wanted for raping a child in the U.S. will be allowed to stay in Britain after judge rules extradition will breach his human rights because he faces a lengthy jail term - Daily Mail
A fugitive foreign doctor accused of child rape in the U.S. has been allowed to stay in Britain - in case the Americans lock him up for too long.

Witness To Pres. Doe's Last Major Public Appearance
By Gardea Varney Woodson
Few months ago, I documented my admiration for my fellow journalists who have detailed and consistently chronicled their experiences of the civil war in Liberia. And my promise was to attempt to wear similar shoes, but not as big as theirs. So, I visited Arthington and came up with: In Search of Charles Taylor's Mother. Now, my second article is my experience at covering President Samuel Kanyon Doe's final and major public appearance at the Executive Mansion (EM).

Ebola and African Solidarity: Ivory Coast Has a Short Memory
By Abdoulaye W. Dukulé
The United Nations adopted a resolution [last year], calling on countries of the West African sub-region to put an end to the isolation which they have imposed on nations affected by the Ebola virus. Currently,  to get medicines and aid to the affected countries, United Nations and the United States which will deploy 3,000 soldiers and medics in Liberia have to use airports in Ghana and Spain. Because despite assurances from everyone, including WHO and other, Côte d'Ivoire refuses to opening of its borders...

We are denying ourselves the opportunity for change in Liberia
By Charles Russell
The mid-term senatorial election is over and winners are rejoicing while losers are yet to figure out why they fought a losing battle.  I am not surprised with the results that surfaced because, many of the defeated senators had alienated themselves from the voters after got elected, seeking instant gratification and therefore, not making any significant contributions in the lives of the electorates. The voters began to cry out loud at the reckless and corrupt behaviors of elected officials and they played deaf, dumb and blind.

The 10th Year Syndrome:  A Curse On Liberian Presidents
By James Thomas-Queh
In a reflection dated March 2014, I first mentioned the effect of the “10th Year Syndrome”   which, in my view, has been the detonator overthrowing all our presidents since William R. Tolbert, jr (1971-1980).  But mind you, when  this idea was being crystallized (nothing empirical, I beg) , I did not foresee the Ebola virus in the equation, but only  the other endemic socio-political viruses embedded into the DNA of this government (corruption, rampant unemployment, impunity, bad governance, incompetence, etc). So, now that the Ebola horror has cut the wings off our current regime in its 9th year, this paper is meant mainly for the attention of the aspirant political leaders of the post-Sirleaf era.

Who Is Jucontee Thomas Woewiyu?
By J. Jaye Larblah
For some time now, I have been following your publications concerning key national issues in Liberia. The most recent of such publications is the quoted letter of caution said to have been written by Mr. Jucontee Thomas Woewiyu to the incoming members of the upper house of the Country's first branch of government on Capitol Hill. 

Rethinking Liberia’s Healthcare Delivery System
By Francis W. Nyepon
The Ebola outbreak showed how vulnerable Liberia’s Healthcare Delivery System is. It proved how the health of the vast majority of Liberians remains in jeopardy, with many still suffering from diseases that are relatively simple to prevent or treat. The virus also proved the urgent need for a modern healthcare delivery system. It confirmed the challenges face by the Healthcare System, which makes it near impossible to impact the lives of ordinary Liberians in a meaningful way.

Varney Sherman (R), Tom Woewiyu (L)

The Election of a New President Pro Tempore: Woewiyu Cautions Senators against "Wolves in Sheep’s Clothing"
By Our Philadelphia Correspondent
Mr. Jucontee Thomas Woewiyu, the former President Pro Tempore of the Liberian Senate during the Taylor administration, cautions newly elected members of the Senate to be wary of "wolves in sheep’s clothing." In a congratulatory note to the new senators, Mr. Woewiyu lauds the conduct of the recent mid-term senatorial election in Liberia, but he is deeply concerned about who becomes the new President Pro Tempore.

A Strong Case for Government to Subsidize Private and Public Institutions
By Martin K. N. Kollie
Liberia as Africa’s oldest independent nation is yet to rise above the devastating manacles of poverty, ignorance, and disease. The country has been through series of unpleasant incidents. Even though this sovereign state is greatly endowed with abundant human and natural resources, but these resources have not made any substantive impact in terms of economic growth, political development, and social refinement. The status of Liberia amongst comity of nations in Africa and the World is not only humiliating, but very embarrassing.

George Manneh Weah

Post Mortem on Liberia’s 2014 Election and Implications for 2017 – the CDC factor
By Atty. Wonderr Koryenen Freeman
Alright, the 2014 election is over and by we all know who stands where – if we did not know before then. But even as the election is now history, it is important to ponder on its results, impact and implications for 2017. This of course is not to discount the certainty of uncertainty in predicting any future event.

Senator: Liberia Is Safe for Travel - Roll Call
Sen. Chris Coons, D-Del., used his 4-day trip to Ebola-stricken Liberia to emphasize it is a safe place to travel - and additional investment may be needed to keep it that way.“By my coming, I was hoping to demonstrate it was safe; that it is possible to come and engage in Liberia,” said Coons, who is the first member of Congress to visit the country since the disease spread across West Africa earlier this year.

Commander Dominic Ongwen Of Uganda's Lord’s Resistance Army Is Reportedly in Custody
A commander of the rebel group the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) has been taken into custody by US military forces, according to news reports. The US State Department indicated that a man who identified himself as Dominic Ongwen, the commander, had surrendered to US military personnel in the Central African Republic.

In Liberia: A Disgraceful Government
By George Fahnbulleh
"The further a society drifts from the truth, the more it will hate those who speak it" ~ George Orwell. I read with the utmost amount of shame and disgust, the recent 17 (seventeen) page missive, by a national security operative of the Government of Liberia, Grant Solomon, against the former Justice Minister of Liberia, Christiana Tah. Three months after Madame Tah resigned from the Sirleaf government, the government is still undertaking an intense effort to discredit her. To me, it is evident the President and her National Security Team feel the need to impeach her credibility, to preempt and discredit anything she may say about her time in government.

DECENTRALIZATION: “Rationalization, Sensitization . . . Matrix of Decentralization” - Ministry of Internal Affairs:  Some Thoughts.
By Bai M. Gbala, Sr.
Throughout the 167-year history of our nation, administrative, economic and political power had been and is rigidly centralized, controlled and dispensed from the Republic of Monrovia, Montserrado County, preserved under the doctrine of the Unitary System. This System was duly passed into law and enshrined in our Constitution, the Nation’s organic law. Also, the 167-year history was, and is, characterized by dissent, protests, up-risings and sporadic armed hostilities, due to iron-fisted, dictatorial rule by the very few - political tyranny, systematic denial of human dignity, freedom, justice, equality and basic, civil liberties that led, inevitably, to and climaxed by the April 12, 1980 Event.

President Sirleaf's New Year Message
Today, as we Liberians across this great resilient nation gather with our family and loved ones, I want to wish you a happy and healthy New Year. New Year is always a hopeful moment. As we look back at the end of a very difficult 2014, we do so with the knowledge that we have the capacity and the commitment to each other to reach out for a better and brighter Liberia. The  people  of  Liberia  have  made  great  personal  sacrifices  in  the  fight against this Ebola virus disease. As a result of our sacrifices, the numbers of Ebola cases have declined considerably.