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Liberian Coach Kaetu Smith Dismissed

      LFA Press Released The Liberia Football Association has dissolved the entire coaching staff of the Liberia national team following a run of poor outing in major international competitions in recent time. According to the president of the LFA Musa Bility, speaking Friday at a major press briefing at the LFA on Benson Street in Monrovia, the decision to dismiss the national coaches comes after thorough consultation with the chief patron of sports president Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, the ministry of youth and sports and the executive committee of the…

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Diamond activities in Liberia gears up

    Listener staff report Liberia is making progress with diamond mining reports say since the ban on the precious stones were lifted by the united nations security council five years ago. Under president Charles Taylor Liberia used the mineral in what became known as “blood diamonds.” According to information, the Liberian government exported 27,772 carats of diamonds during the first 9months of the 2012. According to Rough and Polished, an “information and analytics on diamond and jewellery markets,”  an industry insider, which boasts offices in Russia, the U.S. and Europe. The…

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Herve Renard and Zambia looks to conquer Africa

Hawa Wesseh   With the Afcons tournament drawing nearer and nearer,  South African fans believe their embattled team could steal the Afcons crown expected to be hosted in their back yards next month. In a pool conducted by goal.com, the SA fans said Bafana Bafana’s capability of winning the Afcons tournament on home soil was a strong possibility. Daniel Eslick said “South Africa readers feel that the national side have a good chance of becoming champions of Africa… 42 percent of voters chose Bafana Bafana as their winners of Afcons…

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Nepotism Rewritten With An Ink of Pure Nobel Gold: A More Appealing Kind Of Nepotism?

    By Moco McCaulay As the debate over nepotism rages in Liberia regarding President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s appointment of her 3 sons to key posts in the Liberian government, fermenting simmering disaffection with her leadership, not only has Africa’s first woman president’s commitment to reconciliation in her post-war nation come into question, but her recent utterances in praise of nepotism must certainly leave readers of her memoir, This Child Will Be Great, rather befuddled whether she is one and the same person who authored that book. Granted, there is…

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Nigeria’s Fela Kuti in our time

    By: Henry Wallace Time it seems has passed since the legendary musical icon Fela Kuti left the musical scene, but his message and music definitely lives on, and to him we still owe a son of Africa who was truly special and singular, so that today Africans and indeed the black diaspora still celebrate the message he told. It is therefore no mistake that recently he was honored on Broadway.  The show was successful, running for three years in the US alone. It won three Tony Awards with…

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President Sirleaf Gets Cocky

  Analysis By: Ralph Geeplay Early in her second term and on the last leg of her presidency, analysts say the Liberian president, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is getting cocky, showing signs of someone who is not worry about reelection, and perhaps who’s also not a good reader of Liberian history. Sirleaf has been complacent to act when she wants to, and tends now to be expedient in the face of grave concerns to a segment of the population that disagrees with the way her leadership is being felt across the…

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NFF cannot afford car and lodging for Keshi

    With just days to the Afcons tournament in South Africa, the Nigerian football association say it is unable to provide lodging and transportation for is embattled coach Steven Keshi. Keshi will only get an official car and apartment if commercial sponsors come to the aid of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF). Reports indicate that the Nigerian football trainer has been living in and out of hotels since he was appointed, replacing Sampson Siasia as head of the talented star studded eagles. He was appointed the national coach in…

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Interviews 

“The Land of My Father’s Birth”

    11 Questions: Nvesekie N. Konneh, Writer Konneh, a veteran with nine years experience in the American navy is looking ahead to his forth coming book:  “The Land of My Father’s Birth.” The Liberian Listener spoke to him recently.   1. There is great anticipation for your forth coming book, why the book now? The Liberian civil war affected all Liberians one way or the other. The war had political, religious and ethnic dimensions. So the book is a narrative of how I experienced the war and how I…

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Politics 

President Sirleaf continues to risk Liberia into further chaos

    By: Edmond R. Gray   The arrival of information technology made it somewhat near possible to predict future circumstances such as weather condition, sex of an unborn child, extinction of endangered species, etc. Today, we are told in advance the birth-day of a child in its fetus stage. With the help of a GPS, we can arrive at the doorstep of a distant location. But the quest to predict man’s future behaviors remains a stifling progress. For instance, fast forward to 2012; who in their rational mind would…

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The “Noisy Minority” Versus an Arrogant President!

    By: Paul Jackson Usually, when a President responds with indifference and nonchalance to the plight and concerns of her people, the temptation to go rogue on political correctness and give the President an even higher dose of her own arrogance can be extremely irresistible; however, this is not my goal in writing this article-I will leave that to the ever patient and humble people of Liberia to decide when to tell President Sirleaf enough is enough. My aim here is to transport President Sirleaf and her ”illustrious” prevaricating Finance Minister…

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