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The Capitol
Not to Accept nor Reject but to Consult
By Ezekiel Pajibo)
The political atmosphere in Monrovia in the last few days has been characterized by sharp disagreement on where the country should be heading. The Comprehensive Peace Accord agreed to in Accra is perhaps about to encounter one of its greatest tests to date. The National Election Commission submitted a draft law on Electoral Reforms to the National Transitional Legislative Assembly about three months ago. The bill was passed but with provisions that make the October 2005 elections impossible. This provision requires that a census should happen in order to establish electoral districts prior to the conduct of elections.

Forgery Uncovered at the Capitol (Forum)
Forgery has reportedly been uncovered at the National Transitional Legislative Assembly (NTLA) involving Assemblyman Stephen Gbeh Kofa and Chief Custom Examiner, Malakie Dukuly and a Nigerian Businessman Prince Ola.

Bryant Faces Court Action (Forum)
In the wake of the recent eviction from its premises, the Parents/Teachers Association of the Early Learning Foundation School has threatened to take NTGL Chairman Gyude Bryant to court.

GRC Wants NTGL to Perform to Int'l Standard (Forum)
The Governance Reform Commission (GRC) has raised an eyebrow at the low performance of the National Transitional Government of Liberia in steering the affairs of the state.

Attny. Brownell Advocates Amendment on Environmental Law (Forum)
The President of Green Advocates, Attorney Alfred L. Brownell, has emphasized the need for Liberia's environmental and natural resources laws to be reviewed to conform to present day realities.

Dr. Harry Moniba
Liberia's Former Vice President Harry Moniba Is Dead
On Thursday, November 24, 2004, The Perspective learned with regrets the death of Liberia's former Vice President Harry Moniba. According to family sources, Dr. Moniba had traveled to Michigan on the eve of the Thanksgiving Day for a political meeting. It was during the trip that he was involved in an auto accident. The former VP was riding with Dr. Kormei and his wife when the accident occurred. Dr. Moniba and Mrs. Kormei were pronounced dead at the scene, while Dr. Kormei is said to be in critical condition.

A Rousing Welcome For King George
By Josephus Moses Gray)
Thousands of Liberians mainly the youth on Tuesday, 24 November 04, thronged the principal streets of Monrovia and the suburb of Paynesville to give Liberia's soccer legend and former World Footballer of the Year a rousing welcome, as he arrived in the country to seek the nation's highest office - the Presidency. Mr. Weah is Liberia's soccer ambassador and UNICEF Goodwill ambassador
Cllr. Frances Johnson-Morris
Chair, National Elections Commission
How To Constitutionally Limit The Number Of Presidential Candidates
(By John Morlu, II)
I find it difficult to believe that Liberia can hold a serious Presidential election with 43 plus candidates. I am all for a free-wheeling election process, as opposed to the rigid two party system that has evolved in the United States; however, I don't think Liberia can have a meaningful and manageable election when any Tom, Dick or Harry who has the urge to run is placed on the ballot. Just try to imagine a Presidential debate with 43 plus candidates; I think "riot" would be a more apt term. The stakes are much higher. First, the president has a six year term. Second, the country is coming off of a decade of civil war and needs a legitimate leader with a strong mandate. Liberia can't afford to screw this up.

George Weah is not a Presidential Material
(A letter from Dionysius Sebwe - a former player of the Liberian Lone Star)
I'm very excited about the existence of "The Perspective." After being told about this website, I eagerly scurried on-line to access it. Very interesting articles, coupled with relevant news stories and diverse opinions on Liberia.

Liberia - United States Relations: Shifts And Turning Points
(By D. Elwood Dunn)
Ravaged by instability and civil war in the last quarter of the 20th century and into the new millennium, the events of mid 2003 catapulted Liberia, and with it, the peculiar relationship with the US onto the global headlines. As warring factions and government militias attacked the civilian population in their fight for power, a simple refrain echoed around the world: that as former colonial powers Britain and France had each engaged to end civil war in their respective former colonies of Sierra Leone and Cote d'Ivoire, the US was challenged similarly to engage in its former ward to help end the carnage and restore normalcy.

University of Liberia President Induction Set for December 1st
(By Josephus Moses Gray)
Finally, a date has been set for the inaugural ceremonies for the induction of the newly appointed President of the University of Liberia (UL), Dr. Al Hassan Conteh, whose appointment in recent weeks trickled confusion at the nation's highest institution of learning, the University of Liberia. This particular convocation ceremony will put to an end the long standing dispute and counter-claims over the University of Liberia presidency.

To Lead Liberia: "I will Buy Best Brains", Says George Oppong Weah (Forum)
Liberia's soccer legend now turning politician, George Oppong Weah has synchronized his fundamental step that would render his political sojourn as president of the land fruitful. Speaking to VOA recently Weah, who is expected in the country tomorrow said, it is not brilliance or ingenuity that matters as regards a successful leadership, saying that he is prepared to purchase the best of brains that would be used as his political instruments to do the job.

Rice Price Goes Up! - Bryant Winds Up Hunger, Poverty (Forum)
The FORUM, last weekend received credible information that the difficulty in controlling the price structure of the commodity is a result of the economic benefit (royalty) demanded by the Chairman of the Transitional Government, Charles Gyude Bryant.

In Central Liberia: Teachers Abandon Schools for NGOs
Teachers in Central Liberia, in a bid to seek greener pasture, have decided to leave the classrooms in search of lucrative jobs with non-governmental organizations operating in the area.

Remember the 1979 Rice Riot (Forum)
CONTRARY TO HIS induction speech where he pledged not to repeat "business as usual" Transitional Chairman Charles Gyude Bryant seems to be piloting the ship of state against the expectation of the Liberian people evidenced by the unusual price hike on commodities of which rice stands in the middle.

George Weah's Bid for Liberia Presidency Sparks Debates in Monrovia
(By Josephus Moses Gray)
The Liberian Sports Ambassador and former soccer player George Oppong Weah has finally declared his intention to bid for the presidency of Liberia in 2005. His declaration has sparked public debates across various segments of the Liberian capital and its surroundings. Mr. Weah is currently a UNICEF-Goodwill Ambassador. George Weah's candidacy brings close to 43, the number of persons who have so far declared their intentions to vie for the presidency during the general and presidential elections scheduled for October 2005.

Of the Presidency and Ambition: A letter to George Weah
(An Open Letter by Omari Jackson)
I am risking another step to draw your attention to an important issue that has been raised concerning the forthcoming presidential elections in Liberia. It is interesting that the Liberia National Congress (LNC) has petitioned you to run as an independent candidate for the presidency. When I first read the petition, I must confess that I was somehow amused and a smile came across my lips.

Would UN Sanctions Bring Peace To Cote d'Ivoire?
(By Abdoulaye W. Dukulé)
In response to the outbreak of violence in Cote d'Ivoire during the November 6-8, 2004 weekend, the United Nations Security Council unanimously voted to provide France with the tool it thought it needed to take control of the conflict in her former colony. After giving the green light to the government of Laurent Gbagbo to "take care of the rebels", President Chirac ordered his troops - although under UN command - to neutralize Ivorian air power.

Liberians Should Learn to be Accountable for Their Actions or Inactions
(A Letter by Raymond Jallah)
I am compelled to write you this commendation because I have been a regular visitor to your web site. Most times, I have actually enjoyed reading the articles you carry on your site. I like the way you follow up on issues and continue to keep the world informed.

Bai Gbala
"The Intellectuals" : A Rejoinder to Emmanuel T. Dolo
(By Bai Gbala)
I believe that the objective of any public discourse or exchange of views, particularly regarding the Liberian experience, is or should be to present un-ambiguous ideas designed to inform or educate, persuade and convince in the effort to pave the way forward, dedicated to peaceful, structural and socio-political change for national healing and unity, security and the "pursuit of happiness" for all Liberians. Given our fifteen-year, "ethnically-driven, deeply-divisive" national tragedy, Liberians cannot afford to do or be committed to anything less.

Querying Bai Gbala's Surrogate: Teaching Lessons in Social Justice
(By Emmanuel Dolo)
"I will write a rebuttal. I will write a rebuttal. You are attacking me because of my ethnicity……" Mr. Bai Gbala told me on the day after my article criticizing his piece on African intellectuals was published on The Perspective website. A lengthy conversation followed between Mr. Gbala and I, during which I explained the rationale for my response. I assured him that my response to his article had nothing to do with his ethnicity.

The Jacob Town Violence
Liberia Needs Good Governance
(By Dweh Siehwloh Boley)
News about the recent wave of violence in Monrovia is shameful and disappointing.
The use of violence to settle civil disputes has re-enforced the need to develop the private business sector in Liberia to address the high rate of unemployment of our brothers and sisters. As long as over 50 percent of Liberia's current 3.6 million population is under 43 years of age and a majority of them have a little or no formal education or job skills, Liberia will continue to rotate in a circle of violence and hopelessness.
On Powerlessness and the Liberian Presidency
(By George Kronnisanyon Werner)
During the year prior to his death, Jesuit Anthony de Mello spoke about the power of illusions. They shape our behavior, he noted, and influence the ways in which we think. De Mello illustrated his point with this simple example. Well into a flight from New York to Toronto, De Mello was interrupted in his reading by an announcement from the plane's pilot. "Look out the windows on the left," said the voice on the loudspeaker, "You'll see the border of the United States." De Mello realized immediately that the pilot was mistaken. After all, you cannot see the border of the United States...

Former Liberian Leader Disappointed (Forum)
Madam Ruth Sando Perry, the lady who is credited for making a significant political gain in the Liberian peace process when she headed the then six-man Council of State Government that ushered in the 1997 democratic government, has expressed disappointment with the way past leaders in Liberia are treated; writes Josiah S. Hallie.

JPC Wants NTLA to Pass into Law Electoral Reform Bill without Delay (Forum)
The Catholic Justice & Peace Commission (JPC), is calling on the National Transitional Legislative Assembly (NTLA) to pass into law Electoral Reform Bill submitted to it by the National Elections Commission (NEC).

UNICEF Launches Girls' Education Program (Forum)
The United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF), in collaboration with the Ministry of Education, FAWE and other educational partners recently launched a National Girls Enrollment Initiative simultaneously in Bomi, Bong, and Grand Cape Mount Counties.

Let The Sun Shine When It's Day (Forum)
THE PRESS UNION of Liberia at the weekend elected a veteran female journalist, Mrs. Elizabeth Hoff as president to head the Union for a two-year period, thus reversing the tradition of masculinity with respect to the presidency of PUL since its formation forty years ago.

George Weah: Education, Character and Commitment are Important
(By John S. Morlu, II)
Since Mr. George Oppong Weah's name has been added to the list of growing potential presidential candidates, some political operatives have challenged me to comment on Mr. Weah. I have been reluctant to join the fray surrounding Mr. Weah's candidacy. Unlike the authors of several recent articles concerning Mr. Weah, I wanted to study the situation and make an informed dispassionate appraisal of Mr. Weah's candidacy. I believe that many of Mr. Weah's detractors have missed the salient point.

Liberian Journalists Elect Female President
By Josephus Moses Gray

For the first time in the 40-year history of the Liberian media - known as the Press Union of Liberia (PUL), a female is elected to the Union's highest office, the presidency. Madam Elizabeth E. Hoff, a Liberian female journalist with long years of experience in print and electronic media, was elected on November 13 to head the Union.

Liberia's Political Future: Can We Afford The Gamble?
(By Banabas Kofa )
Since the historic eruption of political violence and civil strife in 1980, Liberian political tragedies seem to never end. Every time a hope of normalcy - political stability, civility, etc., is seen within a reach, the more distant it becomes because of poor and fatal exercise of our emotions, trust, influence and uncompromising ambition of few persons to relentlessly parade the corridors of power.

Executive Mansion Buys Bullet Proof Jeeps (Forum)
Latest reports reaching The FORUM newspaper reveal that Transitional Chairman Gyude Bryant has reportedly purchased two-bullet proof vehicles as a way of strengthening his security.

Secret Killings On The Increase In Bong County (Forum)
The body of an unidentified man was recently discovered lying in a pool of blood between Sergeant Kollie Town (SKT), and Gbarnga City, Bong County.

NEC Reinforces Lobby For Bill (Forum)
Though the National Transitional Legislative Assembly remains critical to pass the Electoral Reform Bill submitted by the National Elections Commission, lobby for such passage is continuing.

Criminals Jail Prison Supt. in Gbarnga (Forum)
Credible information reaching this paper from Gbarnga City, Bong County, indicate that criminals who are serving various jail sentences for crimes they might have committed have broken the cell.

What a Sorry Site: Reflection on the Recent Violence in Monrovia
(By Ezekiel Pajibo)
As a law abiding citizen, I stayed in door when the curfew was imposed but that is only the partial truth. On Friday, October 29, 2004, I was scheduled to travel to Greenville, Sinoe County via an UNMIL Flight. I left my home in Congo Town and while driving towards the Airport, I saw students walking away from their school buildings. I had just listened to the early morning radio broadcast at which time mentioned was made about an outbreak of violence in the Paynesville Red Light area. Some how violence always seems to break out in this place and perhaps for very good reasons too. I am an adherent to the principle that deprivation goes hand in hand with violence. I know that in Liberia's deprivation is as pervasive as they air we breath but just like the air we breath, which is fresh in some places and foul in others, there are communities within the country where deprivation is so entrenched that it has become wretchedness and Paynesville Red Light is one such place.

Pinpointing The Misfits Among Us: Understanding The Mistrust Of An Earlier Generation
(By: Emmanuel Dolo, Ph. D.)
The conflict in Liberia and the resulting displacement of Liberians have invited a discourse on a growing mistrust of some members of the society whose ineptitude and flaunting of the goodwill of the citizens led to the steep erosion of the social fabric of Liberia. I have in the past months taken on the charge to expose those same tendencies that made it possible for such persons to risk and subject the livelihoods of thousands and even millions of Liberians to chaos, hostility, and relentless grief. Yet, with each passing moment, it has seemed that a generational war is brewing given that many of the actors whom I have criticized fall in an age cohort that generally worked in the public sector during the TWP, Doe, and Taylor regimes, and/or played roles in the outgrowth and entrenchment of an insurgency ethos in Liberia.

Education and Social Change in Liberia: New Perspectives for the 21st century
(Tarnue Johnson Comments on his new Book)
After fourteen years of dwelling in the doldrums and a state of what a sociologist would aptly describe as anomie; and others would yet appropriately describe as self-destruction, the country is now attempting to draw lines under the sand-by engaging in a total overhaul-through the assiduous efforts of the international community and well-meaning citizens. It is worth noting that perhaps these changes speak to the dawning of a new era where new regimes of peace and stability would be secured.

Keeping the Peace in Monrovia
(By Ezekiel Pajibo)
The last weekend of October 2004 has presented Liberians another opportunity to fully appreciate the dilemma confronting the country. It is important to note that during every such opportunity, Liberians should seek to find additional explanations as to where the country is heading; why and how dutiful citizens of the country can guide and inform that process. Whereas, some view the latest violence in Monrovia as attempts by "hidden hands" (NTGL Chairman Charles G. Bryant Statement to the Nation, Friday, October 29, 2004) to frustrate the peace process, sufficient evidence have been garnered to suggest that this is more of the kind of criminality that has characterized the Liberian society since 1980. We do not need a "hidden hand" to explain the riot carried out by a bunch of hooligans and thugs, during which time Mosques and Churches were reportedly burned and at least 16 persons killed (BBC Network Africa November 1, 2004) and scores of others injured while tens of thousands of dollars worth of properties destroyed (The News November 1, 2004). We don't need to visit on this event a Christian Moslem divide either.

The October Violence: A Taylor's Booby -Trap Unleashed?
(By James Thomas-Queh)
It is worth noting that there are calls from several quarters for a national commission to investigate and propose recommendations to avoid any recurrence of such dramatic incidents. Notwithstanding, there is an emerging consensus as to the likely causes of this sudden national tragedy: corruption, injustices, arrogance, misguided priorities, frustrated youths, and the list could go on forever- by the Interim leadership (read: Abdoulaye W. Dukulé: ‘Liberia On Fire, Again' - - Nov. 1, 2004 and Brownie Samukai: It Is Time To Rethink' - Nov. 3, 2004). That said, we would like to mention few troubling questions that may already be on the minds of many.

George Weah
Is Mr. George Weah Ready for National Leadership?
By: Theodore T. Hodge)
Much has been written in recent times about the possibility of "running" the former soccer super star, George Oppong Manneh Weah, for president in the up coming Liberian general elections. Although the majority of the write-ups are favorable to Mr. Weah, there have been a number of writers who are furiously opposed to the idea. The pros and cons have clashed in this forum. In politics, the saying is, "Publicity is good". Some go as far as saying, "It is better to get bad publicity than no publicity at all". Judging by these measurements, Mr. Weah is doing well. For someone who hasn't officially declared his intention to contest the election, being treated as a potential front-runner is already a tremendous accomplishment
The LIHEDE Greensboro Meeting: Liberians Want a National Conference
(By Abdoulaye W. Dukulé)
The weekend outbreak of violence was a sad reminder to all those who attended the Liberian History, Education Development (LIHEDE) symposium (October 29 -30, 2004) in Greensboro, North Carolina, that the country is far from peace. As the conference opened on Friday morning, news of deadly civil disturbances in Monrovia took precedence over the issues being debated by the tens of Liberians who traveled hundreds of miles to meet and discuss the future of their war torn country.

Dr. Al-Hassan Conteh
Interview With The New President Of The University Of Liberia
(By Josephus Moses Gray)
In the aftermath of the development at the University, Josephus Moses Gray of The Perspective visited Dr. Conteh at his Mamba Point residence on 11 September for an exclusive interview, which focused on a wide range of issues, especially the University of Liberia. See below the full text of the interview.
Cote d'Ivoire: France, Gbagbo and the Rebels at War
(By Abdoulaye W. Dukulé)
As any observer could have predicted, patience ran out in Cote d'Ivoire and guns that had been silent for two years became active over the past weekend, with the government of Laurent Gbagbo launching an all-out air attack on rebel positions, and in the process "mistakenly" killing 9 French soldiers. In retaliation, President Jacques Chirac of France ordered his troops in Cote d'Ivoire to neutralize Ivorian air power. The French military destroyed Ivorian military planes, took control of the airport in Abidjan and closed it to civilian flights after a long battle with Ivorian military. President Gbagbo called on Ivorians to get out and "liberate" the airport.

Bai Gbala
A Response To Gbai Gbala's Assertions about African Intellectuals in the Diaspora
(By Emmanuel T. Dolo, Ph. D. )
Mr. Bai Gbala has written that African scholars living in exile have no right to criticize leaders of their homeland while living abroad. As an exiled journalist and academic who sternly criticized the Doe and Taylor regimes, I take issue with Mr. Gbala's perspective. Why? You may ask. Because, I see his article in the same vein as a pattern of articles in which individuals who played significant roles in disadvantaging and displacing their fellow Liberians via their attachments to failed regimes are now seeking to "reinvent" themselves, a syndrome that I discussed at length in a previous article.

Response to the Rhetorical Question, "Is 3-7-7-4-7 Better for Liberia Than 2-3-1?"
(By Stephen O. Adams)
When I read the article dated October 8, 2004, asking the question whether Liberians were better off with the 2-3-1 country code or the patched Monaco country code that facilitated terrestrial uplink to Liberia during the Taylor years of Misrule, several things came to mind. The first and most pressing concern was that the writer really may not have understood all of the ramifications and direct economic implications regarding traffic volume to a particular region and, more specifically, to a particular country.

Exiled African Intellectuals Have the Right to Criticize Misrule in Africa
(By Winsley S. Nanka)
I read with disbelief Bai Gbala's article, Those Intellectuals… posted on the November 5, 2004 edition of the Perspective Magazine in which he accused African intellectuals and professionals of abandoning the African continent, therefore foreclosing their rights to criticize the misrule in Africa.

On Recent Religious Violence in Monrovia
(Press Statement Issued by LIHEDE )
The Liberian History, Education, and Development, Inc. (LIHEDE) is deeply concerned with and disturbed by news of recent communal violence in Monrovia involving members of the Liberian Christian and Moslem communities. We are especially saddened by the turn of events and growing tensions between two of Liberia's foremost religious communities, which have heretofore lived together in relative peace and prosperity throughout Liberian history during Liberia's two brutal civil wars between 1990 and 2003.

Those Intellectuals …
(By Bai Gbala)
A recent BBC Focus On Africa program requested Africans on the continent as well as elsewhere in foreign countries to respond to the question of whether or not Africans living abroad, particularly those who posses social, economic, and political knowledge or expertise - intellectuals - have the right to criticize the socio-economic and political policies and programs of their native homelands.

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Cllr. Varney Sherman
Cllr. H. Varney G. Sherman Issues Statement of Condolences to Victims of the Recent Riots in Liberia
I speak to you today through the electronic and print media with a heavy heart, a very, very heavy heart. I consider myself an eternal optimist, with faith in the goodness and resilience of our people and hope for the future of our country. Everywhere I go, I talk to Liberians about the enormous possibilities and the tremendous opportunities before us to transform our country and make it a peaceful, more stable and highly prosperous place for all of us. While I am still committed to that dream about our tomorrows, the violence, injuries, death and destruction which started on the night of October 28, 2004 are disheartening to me. The experiences of these past few days are very distressful because those hours of violence and destruction took on a new dimension in our civil conflict - a dimension of religious intolerance and religious hatred.

George Weah
Elections 2005 Rejoinder
(By George-Daweh Yuoh)
Kindly permit me to drop a note to Mr. Banabas Kofa, in response to his article, "Elections 2005: The Wild Card - A Rejoinder", published by The Perspective on November 3, 2004. I would have preferred to contact Mr. Kofa directly had I known how, and we probably would have argued like civilized people without being insulting, and referring to one or the other as being "shameful" and "unacademic" as repeatedly decreed of me by my brother in his article. Normally, I would have considered such retorts as the usual angry and petulant outburst from an unintelligent chatterer, and waved it away. However, the issue at hand is no simple matter, and I believe that Bro. Kofa's criticisms are well intentioned, hence the need for clarification.

Book People To Clean Up The Mess Left Behind By Quasi Educated Presidents
(A Letter from William E. Allen, Ph.D.)
I would like to commend Wonderr Freeman for writing the article, "On Behalf of the Book People" (The Perspective October 25, 2004). The author pointed out the flaw in the misguided suggestion that "book people" are to be blamed for Liberia's unsettling problems.

A Case For Electing George Oppong Weah President Of Liberia
(By Bushuben M. Keita)
I have followed recent development in Liberia regarding communal violence with dismay. Liberia appears to be moving around in a circle of violence and the violence seems incoherent at most times. I have contemplated this desolately, and have sometimes thought that we may be condemned to live like this for a long time to come. Today, a thought came to mind regarding Liberia's history and I began to reflect on recent news report that Liberian soccer star George Weah was thinking of running for president of Liberia in the elections next year.

Send Peace, Not hate Messages to Your Family and Friends in Liberia: An Appeal to Liberians in the Diaspora
(By Tiawan S. Gongloe)
In the wake of the reports of renewed killings of people and burning of mosques, churches and homes in Liberia, it is imperative that all Liberians living outside Liberia call upon their family members, friends and associates to exercise restraint, irrespective of the temptation and capacity for violent response. Liberians have nothing to gain as a people by encouraging more violence from abroad.

Liberia Is Not A Football Field
(By Albert Andrews )
A friend called the other day to express concern about the silence of political commentators on the issue of George Weah's presidential ambitions. He was surprised that there have only been write-ups from the former footballer's propaganda machine and that just one effort has been made to balance the debate and bring into the fore issues that the propagandists will normally avoid.

Falsehood in Disguise: A rejoinder to "Erecting Checkpoints against falsehood"
(By Sheikh Kafumba Dukuly, II)
It is indisputable that human understanding is the most elevating faculty of the soul. This assertion induces me to pinpoint the flaws that are gravid and replete in Isaac Jackson's "checkpoints".

It Is Time To Rethink
(By B. J. Samukai)
The weekend desperado violence in Monrovia and its environment is a vivid reminder of the arrogance of an incompetent and shortsighted leadership in our country, hell-bent on taking us on the path of failure. The NTGL must take full responsibility for the madness that took place, and must seek to broaden its support for stability through a National Conference in Liberia before elections 2005.

Elections 2005: The Wild Card - A Rejoinder
(By Banabas Kofa)
I recently read the article "Elections 2005: The Wild Card" on "The Perspective" dated October 25, 2004 with both amusement and concern. The author (Mr. George Yuoh) attempted to articulate what he believes to be the views and emotions of the young generation of Liberians - at least that is what he conveyed, regarding the vacuum in political leadership and how and with whom it should, or my I say, it's going to be filled.

Courtesy of Ap
The Jacob Town Crisis - How It All Happened? (Forum)
Monrovia, Liberia's capital has witnessed the worst of violence in recent days, despite the presence of United Nations peacekeepers in the country. The sustained hostilities have been characterized by the burning of worship centers, private properties including school buildings by rival groups, who are assumed sympathizers of both Christian and Muslim religions.
The Ball Is In UNMIL's Court (Forum)
ALL ALONG, THE United Nations Military Missions in Liberia (UNMIL) had announced that following the end of the official disarmament process (October 31) anyone found with arms would be considered enemies of peace and treated as such.

In The Wake Of Lawlessness: NTGL, UNMIL Blamed (Forum)
Barely three days to the dissolution of all warring factions in the Liberian crisis, the situation took another dimension by wooing into fore, a religious trend that cost lives and property damage within the city of Monrovia and its environs.

Over 100 Bags of Rice Missing at Postal Affairs (Forum)
When Postal Affairs Minister Eugene Nagbe took over the ministry months ago, he was regarded as the "messiah" simply because he paved the way for employees to benefit from incentives including rice ration.

Cllr. Scott Joins Unity Party (Forum)
Former Chief Justice of Liberia, Cllr. Gloria Maya Musu- Scott, has formally joined the Unity Party (UP); writes Josiah S. Hallie.

Religious Warfare In Monrovia and Kakata…
Over 200 Injuries, 172 Detained, …Churches, Mosques, schools Burnt, Several Businesses looted
(By: Josephus Moses Gray)
Just as Liberians were thinking that the 14-years of bloody and devastating ethnic war in Liberia is over the conflict has taken a new dimension - with Christians and Muslims at each other throats, engaging into lawlessness and inflicting massive destruction on religious shrines and personal prosperities.

Liberia On Fire, Again
(By Abdoulaye W. Dukulé)
For the past two decades, Liberian civil population has fallen prey to warlords and their armies of drugged teenagers who killed, raped and burned at will. Among them, the handful of Liberia warlords killed some 250,000 people and destroyed every viable infrastructure in the nation. They pillaged and ransacked the meager resources and left the greatest majority of the people naked, hungry and frustrated. Every peace accord brought a new brand of warlords to power that displayed their newfound wealth in the most insulting way to the mass of poor, angry and resentful population. Every "liberation" brought a new set of arrogant, simple-minded, selfish leaders who had no regard for the common good.

Good Governance in Liberia Depends on the Balance of Power in Government
(By Winsley S. Nanka)
Liberian politicians and stakeholders are preparing for the 2005 national elections in Liberia under the illusion the only office that matters is the presidency. Almost any Liberian of consequence believes that he or she can make his or her greatest contribution to the development of sustainable democracy and economic development in Liberia from the Executive Mansion.

Mass arrests after Liberia riots (BBC)
The violence is a reminder of how volatile Liberia remains
United Nations peacekeepers in the Liberian capital have arrested up to 250 people following days of unrest in which at least 14 people died.