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Ellen With TRC Members
Can The TRC Bring True Reconciliation?
(By Abdoulaye W. Dukulé)
The induction of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) was hailed as a milestone in Liberia’s road to peace and stability. It was the last tenet of the Comprehensive Peace Accord (CPA) signed in Accra in 2003 and that brought an end to the cycle of violence. The Sirleaf government deserves commendations for bringing the TRC on the front burner and finding the initial funding along with the UNDP and other donor agencies to kick-off the process.

Millionaires: Gambling With Stocks Might End Raising
(By J. Yanqui Zaza )
The U.S. Court ruling in June 2006 on the speculation business or hedge funds and the $33.3 trillion dollar wealth accumulated by 8.7 millionaires in 2005 might deny, for example, Liberian capitalists an opportunity to establish a stock exchange at home. More so, it might also prevent Liberian corporations from raising interest-free capital.

Disagreeing With The Movement for Political Reform (MOP)
(A Letter Fro
m Patrick Garmonyu Tarr)
I just read an article on your website and am using this medium to express my reaction, in order to generate a debate for a larger audience. Your article today and that of the June 21, 2006 edition of the Inquirer newspaper carried a press statement from the Movement for Political Reform (MOP), stating the 'short-fall' of the Liberian government. I am highly disappointed with some points raised, so the reaction.

Charles Taylor Goes To The Hague --- London Awaits
(By Theodore T. Hodge)
The latest episode in the Charles Taylor saga brings us news that Great Britain has agreed to provide prison for him (Charles Taylor) if he is convicted of the charges brought against him. This revelation has cleared the way for the trial to be held at The Hague, Netherlands. Earlier, the Netherlands declared that the country would only agree to hold the trial if another country agreed to provide facilities for imprisonment should the principal defendant be found guilty after trial.

Launching the TRC
Addressing Some Of the Foundational Challenges Of Our Quest For Post-Conflict Renewal
(A Speech Delivered By Dr. Amos C. Sawyer At The Launching of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission on June 22, 2006)
Today we bring to the forefront the most difficult, delicate and painful part of our post-conflict reconstruction program. For a quarter of a century, our country has experienced intermittent conflicts and a brutal war. During this period, we have had three national elections (in 1985, 1997 and 2005). And yet elections have not been sufficient to set us on the course to recovery and reconstruction.

Two Minutes to Midnight: The Nuclear Peril
(By David Model)
The Bulletin of Atomic Scientists set its doomsday clock to seven minutes before midnight on February 27, 2002, and despite the growing precipitous nuclear crisis since, the clock remains unchanged. The doomsday clock represents the global level of nuclear danger and has been as close as two minutes to midnight in 1953 when the “United States and Soviet Union ...

The Liberia’s Culture of Unlawful Practices Continues Under New Officials
(By Siahyonkron Nyanseor)
Liberian history is replete with the country’s elites and government officials “taking the laws into their own hands” (dispensing justice outside the law). The recent arrest of Belleview Airlines’ Manager, Mr. Michael Embiemu, and two of his staff members is another example of Liberia’s culture of unlawful practice.

Chief Justice Johnny Lewis Must GO, If ...
If reports from the ANALYST NEWS AGENCY is true on Mr. Johnny Lewis, Chief Justice of Liberia collosal faliure to dispense constitutional due process, and his strange disregard to carrying out THE STATE RESPONSIBILITY REGARDING THE TREATMENT OF ALIENS, then Johnny must GO!! There must be no pampering, mollycoddling, nor legal political cossetting here. PLAIN AND SIMPLE!!!

Liberia: The Vaccine for Corruption in Government
(By J. Patrick Flomo)
Malfeasance is so deeply rooted in the Liberian government to the extent that its contagiousness has continued to affect every succeeding generation of politicians since William V. S. Tubman ascended to the presidency in 1944. Corruption is, in my view, insidious, contagious, and the greatest security threat to stability in developing countries, especially a “failed state” such as Liberia.

The Black Stars Must Shine
(By Joseph G. Bartuah)
The pivotal World Cup match this Thursday between Ghana Black Stars and the United States soccer team has some historic underpinning as well as psychological exponents, especially for the African continent. It was in Berlin, the German capital, that Africa’s colonial fate was decided about 122 years ago. In 1884 the then European powers gathered in Berlin and concocted the partition and exploitation of Africa.

Terrible Things Re-surfacing in Liberia, MOP Says
(A Press Release Issued By The Movement for political reform in Liberia (MOP))  The Movement for political reform in Liberia (MOP) has expressed grave concern that factors which precipitated the civil crisis in the country are gradually re-surfacing under President Ellen Sirleaf while the National Legislature has largely remained silent and disengaged from this sad reality.

Go Beyond Words Madam President (Forum)
IN RECENT TIMES, there have been reports of series of attacks on journalists by state security personnel and presidential body guards.

Gio, Mano, Mandingo In Peace Deal (Forum)
(By Obadiah Karnah II and George Gonletuo)
The Special Presidential Committee set up recently by President Ellen Johnson –Sirleaf to probe into a land dispute in Nimba County is said to have amicably resolved the land issues among the citizens with ease.

The American Immigration Debate: Walls, National Anthems and Languages
(By Theodore T. Hodge)
I have lived in America longer than I’ve lived anywhere else, including Liberia, where I was born. I’ve contemplated becoming a citizen but after all these years, I seem content to be a ‘permanent resident alien’ rather than to become an American citizen. Don’t get me wrong, it is not the easiest decision to live with, after all, millions around the world would gladly give an arm and a leg for a visit; millions here anxiously wait to become citizens.

When Media Suffer Abuse
(By Ekena Wesley)
One name remains towering in the minds of many an American media practitioners and journalists reminiscent of ‘Press Freedom’. There is non other than John Peter Zenger. Zenger was credited as the beacon of Press Freedom in American history under British colonial reign when an article he wrote encountered the distaste of New York Governor who was so enraged to a point that his tea turned sugarless and bread became stale.

Cllr. Jerome Verdier
TRC Chairman
TRC Launching Kicks Off With Massive Mobilization And Awareness This Weekend
(A Release Issued By The Truth and Reconciliation Commission)
The Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Liberia (TRC) will be formally launched in Monrovia on June 22, 2006 at the Centennial Memorial Pavilion under the theme “Truth and Reconciliation, Challenges & Prospects For a New Liberia”.

Clampdown on Corruption at UL - More Heads to Roll
(By: Lewis K. Glay)
The Clampdown on corruption at the University of Liberia may intensively curtail sustained malpractices which have crippled educational value at the higher institution of learning.

Traditional chiefs who recently gathered in Gbarnga, Bong County to elect the head of Traditional Council of Liberia have described the entire exercise as undemocratic.

FORUM Boss On PUL Secretary’s Back (Forum)
The Managing Editor of The FORUM newspaper, Augustus Fallah is calling on the Press Union of Liberia (PUL) Secretary General Alphonso Zeon to desist from mischievous activities at the union.

Beyond the War: Liberian Women's Other Horror Stories
(By Jestina Doe-Anderson)
The year 2005 was a momentous one for Liberian women, with two particularly noteworthy milestones: the historic election of Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf as the first woman president of Liberia, and the passing into law of a new rape bill. One can only hope that the former of these mutually exclusive events will have a significant influence on the success of the latter.

President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf Addresses ILO Conference, Calls For Urgent Action For Peace And Development As Unemployment Reaches An Estimated 85%
Facing an unemployment level that has risen to an estimated 85 per cent, Liberia requires immediate support to create sustainable conditions for peace and development, H.E. Ms. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, President of the Republic of Liberia, told the annual Conference of the International Labour Organization (ILO) here today.
A Ministry Of Justice Dormancy Is Holding Up Development
(By Gbe Sneh)
By now it ought to be clear to the Ministry of Justice that hurdles that lie in the way of national development will not be cleared with just lip service. The news media can make mention of GOL’s resolve to combat corruption, enforce the rule of law, eschew impunity, in every popular local newspaper, in every electronic outlet, on all radio frequencies, on a daily basis, but, if these do not translate into concrete actions, the nation will remain suspect in the eyes of our development partners, and pretty soon, the people will begin to have a morale letdown.

World Bank’s Debt Ruins Developing Countries; Now Speculators’ $1 Billion Dollar Pay Might Just Bury Them
(By J. Yanqui Zaza)
The Alpha magazine, published by Institutional Investor, reported that speculating or gambling corporations are now paying billions of dollars as annual compensations to chief executives. It would appear that currency speculation/gambling does not affect social programs such as education for a country that is far away from the US.

Arms dealer and timber trader Guus Kouwenhoven found guilty of breaking a UN arms embargo on Liberia after Global Witness investigations catalysed Dutch prosecution
(Global Witness Press Release)
In The Hague today, Dutch arms and timber trader Guus Kouwenhoven was convicted under Dutch law of violating a UN arms embargo on Liberia. He was sentenced to eight years in prison.

Belgium Company to Establish Zinc Factory in Liberia (Forum)
(By: Lewis K. Glay)
A Belgium based zinc producing company, Alcotile Roofing Sheet Element, has expressed interest to establish a factory in Liberia.

Humanitarian Crisis Looms over Kokoyah (Forum)
(By Jefferson Massah)
Reports emerging from the newly created Kokoyah Statutory District in Bong County indicate a looming humanitarian crisis due to the collapse of a major bridge that links the district with the rest of the county.

Saniquelle Circuit Court Crowded with Murder Cases (Forum)
(By Obadiah Karnah)
The 8th Judicial Circuit Court in Saniquelle, Nimba County, is said to be loaded with several murder cases during this term of court.

Minister of Commerce Heads Delegation at AGOA Forum in Washington, DC.
(By Abdoulaye W. Dukule)

The Minister of Commerce and Industry of Liberia Mrs. Olubanke King-Akerele attended the annual forum of the ministerial meeting of the AGOA (Africa Growth and Opportunity Act) that began in the US capital on Tuesday June 6, 2006. At the end of the first day of consultations, the Minister said she was very happy with the level of discussion and the many contacts she made through the day.

(By James Thomas-Queh)
Though the word “indigenous” refers to the original inhabitants of a land, its roots “indigence” or “indigent” relates to poverty, very poor and needy. Worst, throughout the colonial history we have read “indigenous people” if not “aborigines” or “natives” to mean an inferior and primitive class of people. And precisely, this is why the Americans

Interview With Maritime Commission: A Job Well Done
A Letter From Arthur Doe
I am very much grateful, first, to God for our existence, for at least we can breathe air, and second, to you for the exclusive interview you held with Mr. John Morlu, Liberia's Maritime Commissioner. I must admit that the interview was to the point, and I think that the learned Commissioner performed to his best.

Ministry of Defense Brownie Samukai
From Instrument of Oppression to Civic Protective Duty: Challenges of the New Liberian Military
(By Abdoulaye W. Dukule)
During his recent official visit to Washington, DC, the first such visit by any Liberian Minister of Defense in the past 20 years, Mr. Brownie Samukai spent much of this time explaining to officials of the US government what type of military Liberians were hoping to get at the end of the current restructuring program. From the States Department to the Department of Defense and DYNCORP the training agency of the new army, Mr. Samukai emphasized that Liberia wanted a military that understands its role as that of protecting and serving rather than terrorizing, a military that knows that it has no command over the civilian authority and definitely, an army that just doesn’t sit I idly, playing cards and planning military coups.

The Involuntary Public Sector Downsizing Policy: Could it Reignite the Conflict?
(By Emmanuel Dolo)
Fear that the Sirleaf government’s workforce reduction policy dubbed “rightsizing” could reignite the conflict is on a rise. Opponents of the “rightsizing” policy criticize it on several grounds. First, the Sirleaf administration has seemingly not made the business case for its policy or demonstrated that it is rooted in systematic workforce needs analysis. Hence, critics claim that the policy is arbitrary. Second, given the supposed unsystematic nature of the policy, the current approach to workforce downsizing is prone to favoritism and corruption. Third, the mass lay-offs have the potential to create a pool of alienated and disgruntled unemployed people.