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GAO Gives Government Credibility
Africa between China and the West: The New War of Influence
(By Abdoulaye W. Dukulé)
On his way to attend the 5th Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC, November 4-5, 2006, Beijing), President Abdoulaye Wade of Senegal stopped over in Washington, DC and had discussions with American policymakers. In one of the meetings, the subject of China came up and Wade was asked if Africans were aware that China was only interested in Africa’s oil and other raw materials.

Crime Is On The Ropes, But We Want A Knock-Out
(By Gbe Sneh)
We are beginning to live the result of what happens when we are determined to work together under a common banner. "Operation Sweeping Wave" Successful, headlined in the November 7 Analyst article lends proof to this. But, “Successful” at the end of the headline should not make our heads swell, get carried away, to the point of losing focus.

A Friendly Rebuttal to: “Which Way Perspective: Open or Close Society”
(By Theodore T. Hodge)
I generally do not respond to other writers who react to my articles. I usually write highly opinionated pieces, though I take precaution to be as balanced and objective as I can be. There are those who generally agree and those who disagree with me occasionally. Since I make no claims to infallibility, I respect the fact that each is entitled to his/her opinion. I consider myself a fair target because I take the risk of inviting public scrutiny.

Taking a Peek into Liberian History: The Case of Chicken Coming Home to Roost
(By Siahyonkron Nyanseor)
Taking a peek into recent Liberian History is a case of “what’s it in it for me,” which reminds me of “chicken coming home to roost”. A case in point is the statement the former Liberian Senate Majority Leader Honorable Abel Momolu Massaley made during the Taylor Administration

A Rejoinder, LPRC So-called Oil Deal, “Madam President we beg to differ”
(By Sunny G. Nyemah)
“It is only when the tide goes out that you can see who’s swimming naked” Warren Buffett. Liberians were fool in the past because of limited access to information, and learning opportunities. Now, most Liberians have developed the ability to decipher what is deceitful, from what is truthful.

Seventh Grade Student Murdered In Pleebo (Forum)
(By: Lewis K. Glay)
The commercial city of Pleebo, Maryland County was reportedly paralyzed recently when protesting youth took to the streets demanding justice for the death of their colleague identified only as AB.

A Rejoinder To: "The Human Rights Farce and the UNMIL Conspiracy"
(By S. Herron Gbidi)
Historically, Liberia has been a country of an age-old unprecedented contradictions between forces of good and evil, patriotism and egotism, nationalism and sectionalism. While professing to be a country of God, Liberians of the later category have denied the existence of God by their denial and crucifixion of facts and realities on the alter of sycophancy.

Unpacking Tradition: What are Human Rights in the Liberian Context (Part I)
(By Ezekiel Pajibo)
Ordinarily, I would have kept my laptop closed and not respond to the two most recent articles posted on the perspective website. I can not do that. I think one needs to further explore the issues raised by Messrs Theodore Hodges and George Nubo in regards to human rights, attempt bribery, customary practices and tradition. My response will be in two parts and here is part one.

LPRC Announces Third Quarter Financial Results
A Press Release)
The board of directors and management of the Liberia Petroleum Refining Company (LPRC) are pleased to announce the corporation’s 3rd quarter financial results. For the 9 months ended September 30, 2006, LPRC earned a net profit of US$3.4 million on revenue of US$9.4 million. This performance is truly remarkable in a number of respects.

Who Is Exporting Corruption Into AFRICA ?
(John S. Morlu)
Africa and most developing countries have been branded as the most corrupted. But over the course of the past several years, Transparency International has realized that corruption is a two dimensional activity—the corrupter and the corrupted. For the most part, the largest costs of corruption come in the form of bribery, instead of the general notion of asset misappropriation.

Aloysius Toe
The Human Rights Farce and the UNMIL Conspiracy
(By George H. Nubo)
Not too long ago, one of our contributors submitted an article on the human rights outfits in Liberia to The Perspective for publication. The writer launched a scathing attack on the human rights entities in the country, saying it had become the most lucrative job in the country. He added that Charles Taylor had made heroes out of the individuals heading these institutions.
The Managing Director and Human Rights Defenders: The Bungled Case?
(By Theodore T. Hodge)
For weeks now, some of us have heard and read about a mysterious oil deal between the Nigerian government and the Liberian Petroleum Refining Corporation (LPRC). No details have been made available, but it seems many, who know anything about the deal, remain suspicious. The press, in its usual sensational way, has published one vague story after another; telling us nothing substantial in the meantime. But what exactly is the deal?

President Sirleaf; Adopt New Policies To Reduce Poverty
(By J. Yanqui Zaza )
Would President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s visit to China lead to adopting economic policies that would move Liberians out of poverty? Many experts such as Thomas L. Friedman suggest that China’s economic system could end poverty. He reported in the NY Times (11/10/06) that China’s economic system has moved more Chinese people “…out of poverty faster than at any time in the history of the world.

The Time Is Still On Our Side, Madam President!
(By James Thomas-Queh)
We are on the eve of Christmas and the first year anniversary of our much sought democracy, where peace and optimism are still firmly within our horizon. But then during her last two visits to the United States, President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf struck few warning notes. First, she made it known that the much financial aid promised was “too slow” in coming.

LPRC GEMAP Expert Withdrawn - As Oil Deal Backfires
(By: Lewis K. Glay)
Latest information reaching The FORUM has revealed that the Governance Economic Management Assistance Program (GEMAP) expert assigned at the Liberia Petroleum Refining Company, John Lumburg, has been withdrawn.

IMF Rebuffs ‘Plan Truth’ Story
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) Resident Representative to Liberia, Michael A. Tharkur, has sharply reacted to the October 23, 2006 Plain Truth newspaper story captioned: “Government Stinks with Corruption,” of which the paper allegedly quoted “credible source working with the International Monetary Fund.”

Speaker Snowe Enters PUL Politics - Expresses Support for Zeon
It appears that early speculations that House Speaker Edwin Melvin Snowe was meddling in the activities of the Liberian media particularly the Press Union of Liberia (PUL) are coming to light as he has reportedly given support for the candidacy of Alphonsus Zeon for the presidency.