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GAO Gives Government Credibility
Health Care in Liberia: fake
The Practice of Yellow Journalism Is Putting Liberian Democracy at Risk (Part II)
(By John S. Morlu II)
In part one, I argued that President Sirleaf is not alone in thinking about the state of the media in Liberia. Ambassador, some members of the Black Journalist Association, the New Democrat, veteran Liberian journalists and the a large numbers of Liberians agreed with the president. All is not lost.

The Liberia Agriculture Company is Good, Good, Good for Grand Bassa County
(By Rufus S. Berry II)
Liberia experienced a horrible past in which brothers killed brothers, neighbors killed neighbors, and friends killed friends. After more than fifteen years of senseless violence, the Liberian people made history by electing the first female president on the African continent. Now, Liberians are on the path to healing, reconciliation and the rebuilding of the new Liberia.

Liberia And New Beginnings
(Remarks by D. Elwood Dunn)
I would like to thank Crowd ' 50 and the National Investment Commission for the opportunity of the invitation to participate in this important forum. My remarks will focus two things: (1) the international donor-driven agenda for the development of post conflict Liberia, and (2) the role of Diaspora-Liberians and the making of an auxiliary donor.

The Practice of Yellow Journalism Is Putting Liberian Democracy at Risk
(By: John S. Morlu II)
However, it is important to note that every ounce of press freedom comes with an equal measure of responsibility. Some media houses are doing severe damage to the noble profession of journalism by allowing the pages of their newspapers and the content of their broadcasts to be contaminated by messages that have little or no information of redeeming social value. The media must cease to be agents of character assassination and instruments of blackmail.

Liberia's Economy: Decorated Greedy System
(By J. Yanqui Zaza)
As the efforts to reform our economic commence, several writers have opined their choices between market-economic or capitalism-"the trickle down concept"- versus mixed capitalism. Proponents of a market-oriented system believe that prosperity would spread, affecting everyone because capitalism would limit government role and allow entrepreneurs to invest and efficiently manage mineral resources, transportation, manufacturing, utility, education, etc.

Separation Of State And Religion: ARTICLE 14 Of The Constitution vs. The Controversial 2006-2007 National Budget
(By Gbe Sneh)
The very reason for maintaining a separation between state and religion came to light in the recent controversial 2006/2007 Liberian National Budget. The Executive Branch included an appropriation for an Episcopalian College. When the budget landed in the House of Representatives, that body penciled in a line item for the Seventh Day Adventists. And on its final leg for approval by the Senate, this body added yet one more religion-based appropriation for Muslim schools.

Liberia’s development depends on rebuilding public institutions
(UNDP Press Release)
Fourteen years of violent conflict have decimated Liberia’s capacity to run effective public institutions. That capacity must be rebuilt as a first step toward sustainable development, according to a new UNDP led independent report released in the capital, Monrovia, today.

It appears that recent allegation by a member of the House of Representatives Dr. Ketekumeh Murray, claiming that unspecified amount of US dollars went under the table for the Senate to drop the Liberia Petroleum Refining Company (LPRC) from contributing revenue to the 2006/2007 budget, is a reversal.

Rapist Escapes Detention (Forum)
(By: B. Davies)
Despite the stringent-measures taken by the Liberian Government against rapists, reports from Duport Road say an 11-year-old girl name withheld was recent raped by a 35-year-old Nigerian national named Joseph Nuraku.

Gongloe, Tarpeh Differ on Gov’t.–Media Friction (Forum)
(By: Lewis K. Glay)
Liberia’s Solicitor-General Tiawan Gongloe and Wilson Tarpeh over the weekend gave their dispositions on what appears to be a friction between the government and the media.

A Candid Conversation with Bishop Augustus B. Marwieh
(By Siahyonkron Nyanseor)
Bishop Augustus Marwieh
Bishop Dr. Augustus *[G]Bartoe Marwieh served as Principal of Ricks Institute, Director of E.N.I. (Elizabeth Native Interior) Mission, he founded the Peoples Polytechnic Institute, the Association of Independent Churches of Africa (AICA), the Ministry of Hope (MOH), the Agency for Holistic Evangelism and Development (AHEAD), and the West African College for Sustainable Development (WACSD) in the Liberian Refugee Camp in Ghana. Bishop Marwieh is a graduate of University of California at Berkeley... he earned his MRE in Religious Education from Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary; a Certificate in Pastoral Care from the School of Pastoral Care of North Carolina Baptist Hospital and Bowman Gray School of Medicine, and finally his Ph.D. in Missiology from the Reformed Theological Seminary. Siahyonkron Nyanseor recently conducted this conversation/interview during a scheduled Teleconference - at which time several issues regarding Liberia were covered.

Liberia: Is Every Public Servant A Potential Criminal?
(By: Jeff Cooper)
Sometimes ago when I told my history professor that I wanted to write a piece about corruption in Liberia, she was quick to say “corruption is everywhere; even in the United States”. I respectfully agreed with the professor but countered that my concern was not its universality but its root, who are involved and how rampant it is in my country.

LICPA: Upgrade the Quality of the Public Accounting Profession in Liberia
(By Winsley S. Nanka)
The Liberian Institute of Certified Public Accountants (LICPA), a Monrovia based organization of Liberian public accounting professionals is a member of International Federation of Accountants (IFAC). As the result, LICPA has an obligation to uphold and protect the public trust.

Rep. Kidau Refutes Media Report (Forum)
Nimba County lawmaker of Electoral District #4, Madam Nohn Rebecca Kidau, says at no time has her people expressed vote of no confidence in her.

NIC Boss Predicts More Investments for Liberia (Forum)
The Chairman of National Investment Commission (NIC), Richard V. Tolbert, has disclosed that more investors are willing and prepared to invest in Liberia’s postwar economy.

Former US President Clinton and Madam Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, President of Liberia
The Liberia’s National Security Alert: President Johnson-Sirleaf’s Government Needs Discipline to Stay the Course
(By Rufus S. Berry II)
Liberians made the right choice by electing Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf as their President. Not only is she qualified, but also she brings much needed international credibility to the Liberian government. Over the past few months, she met with several of the world’s most prominent leaders in order to advocate international support for the rebuilding of the republic. She has been in office less than eight months, and has already restored clean running water, and electricity to Monrovia.

Community Crime Watch: A Proven Crime Stopper
(By Gbe Sneh)
With the crime rate soaring in the country, we need to get the whole nation involved to help alleviate this nagging problem that, if allowed to continue, could have serious repercussions. Poof goes our efforts to put a dent in a staggering unemployment rate due to an insecure environment that is adverse to attracting foreign investments; out of the window goes the establishment of the rule of law; and rising from the wake is vigilantism.

The Passing of Mediocrity: Dire Necessity for Trans-Ethnic Leadership
(By: Emmanuel Dolo)
It is a rare opportunity for an alumnus of a rival school, Ganta United Methodist High to be invited to be a keynote speaker at an occasion commemorating your annual reunion. I vividly recall the yearly trips that we made to LTI to play sports and enjoy significant social exchanges in the 1970s and early 1980s.

Some of the benefits LAMCO left for Nimba-abandoned heavy equip.
Mittal Deal, the Best Ever, in Liberia under Scrutiny?
(By Yini Guva A. Sahn)
The Deal that former Lands & Mines Minister, Jonathan Mason, qualified as the “Best Ever in Liberia” is reportedly being investigated by anti-corruption police in the Netherlands. The investigation was not a surprise because the deal raised a red flag from its very beginning. (Mittal’s Liberia Tango: Did Steel Giant Cross the Line? FrontpageAfrica.com: July 12/06)

Remembering Samuel N. Burnette: A Personal Appreciation
(By Benedict Wisseh )
On July 25th, I was home late in the afternoon reading, the New York Times when I was interrupted by a telephone call from a female friend. As I commenced to say hello, she interrupted me and said: “I just heard about Sam Burnette, did you?” This was sufficient for me to know that she had called to tell me that Mr. Burnette had died. I was shocked and unable to say anything. For about three minutes. I held the telephone to my ears as tears streamed down from my eyes. Why did I take his death seriously?

(By Jeremiah J. Kringar Harris)
14 years of senseless civil strife has left the political, social, economic and infrastructural fabric of Africa’s erstwhile beacon of hope in absolute tatters. Although this is both sad and depressing to Liberians who have the best interest of the country at heart, and there are those who certainly don’t, we find solace in the fact that our political and social systems, though not perfect, were once the envy of developing Africa.

Reshaping Our Educational System To Fit The Challenges Of This 21st Century (Part II)
(By James Thomas-Queh)
In her recent commencement address, President Johnson-Sirleaf made reference to the National Consultative Conference on Education Policy held on September 14, 1974 (see AllAfrica.com – July 11, 2006). From this forum, she confirmed, emerged the “program of education for our nation’s children up to, and including 2000.” And an educator, Hamidu M. Getaweh Sr, also made mention of the New Education Law of 2001, which established not only Free and Compulsory Primary Education in Liberia (FACPEL), but also stipulated that a 25% of the national budget be allotted for education

PaPa Nah Come- with Thirty bucks!
(And even this is not a done deal)

(By Paul Collins
The passage of the 2006/2007 National Budget by the House of Representatives with some minor changes on the original submission is one good but insignificant step in the right direction. The lower house is reported to have increased civil servants salary to at least US$30.00, and included contributions from LPRC and other state owned enterprises (SOEs).

Dukuly, Tukpah and others are out, but, what’s next?
(Sam K Zinnah )
The durability of an institution largely depends on its foundation. The foundation of the Unity party led government will “in this case” be defined as the party’s platform. During the initial interpretation of this platform, Liberians and the world were strongly assured that transparency and accountability will be paramount but from my own observations and good sense of thoughts, those promises are beginning to fly through the windows. Liberian politicians are well know for making huge promises when they want to get the votes of the people but those promises are usually thrown through the windows as soon as they get into power.

A Salute to a Brighter Future
(Independence Day Oration Delivered By Roland Evans Yancy, Sr.)
These celebrations of our 159th independence come on the heels of a new day that has dawned in Liberia and in the lives of Liberians. This is indeed a period to be in a festive mood for we have all breathed a sigh of relief from civil wars, conflicts, degradation, destitution...

Decades of mismanagement, political servitude, manifest incompetence, corruption, dictatorships...have left a generation of Liberians worse off than their parents
(Independence Day Speech delivered Saturday, July 29, 2006 at the
Celebration of the 159th Anniversary of the Independence of the Republic of Liberia
By Mohamedu F. Jones)
Decades of mismanagement, political self-service and political servitude, manifest incompetence, corruption, dictatorships, unlawful and abusive denial of equal rights and opportunities for certain Liberians, aggressive self-aggrandizement, unconstitutional acts by Presidents, Legislatures and Courts, as well as, coups, counter-coups, conflicts and wars, ...

The Mood of the Future: Rethinking their Religious Posture

(By: Emmanuel Dolo)
This week, I served as one of two moderators of an intellectual forum commemorating the 159th year of Liberia as an independent nation state. Liberians gathered in Minnesota to discuss ways in which they could achieve pan-ethnic unity and surmount ethnic polarization.

Liberian leader Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has thrown what appeared to be a direct missile hitting two of her key government officials. The President yesterday replaced Presidential Affairs Minister Morris M. Dukuly and Special Security Services Director Victor Helbs, following the July 26 Independence Day Celebration fire disaster at the Executive Mansion.

The Liberian Maritime Fund
The Liberian Maritime Fund, one of the principal revenue generating institutions for the Liberian Government, is still being beset by revolving fraud, even in these days of so-called “transparency” within public sector governance.

Thank You, Mr. Chief Justice, But ...
BARELY FEW DAYS after the orator of our 159th Independence Anniversary gave admonition to the three branches of government as per their individual functions in line with the doctrine of separation of power, there appeared to be roaming constitutional crisis given the unfolding circumstances at the head of Judicial Branch.