Op-ed 

Sherman Wants Teeth for LACC

Mr. Editor, Counselor Harry Varney Gboto Nambi Back Scratcher Sherman claims that the Act to establish the Liberian Anti-Corruption Commission (LACC) has “NO teeth”, but should we uncritically accept Counselor Sherman’s assertion (claim) that the LACC “has no teeth”?  Please….(Re “Sherman Wants Teeth for LACC”, Liberian Observer Online) Assuming that the Harvard Law School graduate (Varney Sherman) has done his homework and read the Act, let’s look at the it (Act), shall we? Section 11.1 of the Liberian Anti-Corruption Act states that “The prosecution of cases of corruption shall be…

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Fighting Prostituti​on: Police Raid Targets Liberian Women of the Night

Mr. Editor, Aren’t we all equal under the law?  If so, why is the police arresting prostitutes, and NOT the men who purchase their services?  In other words, why is the police treating the sellers of sex as criminals and the buyers of sex as honorable men (non-criminals)? Aren’t these “honorables”  (sex purchasers) aiding and abetting prostitution in Liberia?  1) Look at “honorable” Edwin Snowe, Father of the year of Providence Baptist Church! Snowe paid his stripper (prostitute) US$1,000 to do lap dance at his friend’s bachelor eve party.. Was…

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News 

Politician Calls On President Sirleaf To Fight Corruption

  Timothy T. Seaklon Veteran Liberian politician, Oscar J. Quiah, has called on President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf to take the lead in the fight against corruption. He said such an exercise will go a long way in preserving the legacy of the Liberian leader who has been acclaimed as the first elected female President of Africa and the only Liberian leader to win the Nobel Peace Prize. Mr. Quiah said while it is the right of all Liberians to fight corruption everywhere in the society, the Liberian leader must take the…

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Politics 

Another African Union failure in Sudan

The AU’s silence in the face of a brutal crackdown on peaceful protesters, has undermined their credibility yet again. The brutal crackdown in late September by Sudan’s security forces and militias, resulted in over 200 deaths and hundreds of protesters wounded and arrested, according to Sudanese and international human rightsorganisations. The largest anti-government demostrations in many years saw protesters who sought a reversal of the government’s decision to reduce fuel subsidies. The incident also resulted in the detention of a number of political opponents, a crackdown on journalists, and restrictions on freedom of…

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Op-ed 

UN Leaving Liberia: What’s Next?

By Michael J.M. Keating The United Nations military mission in Liberia (UNMIL) is no small endeavor. It is one of longest UN missions in sub-Saharan Africa, one of the largest, and one of the most widely supported—with 42 countries contributing military forces and 35 contributing police personnel. After ten years, though, the need for armed troops has decreased, and the number of foreign soldiers has shrunk to around 5,000. By 2015, the end of the current drawdown phase, there will still be about 3,700 military personnel. In contrast, while the…

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South Africa’s ‘miracle transition’ has not put an end to white privilege

      Assad Essa An Afrikaner group claims white people are victims of discrimination,but black people continue to bear the brunt of inequality   In his final address to the African National Congress (ANC) in 1997, Nelson Mandela stunned the western world by attacking white privilege – that enduring postcolonial swear word that lays bare the legacy of white entitlement. It was surprising to many observers, ordinarily accustomed to an affable, reconciliatory Mandela who appeared intent on banishing race-based politics to the past. But the former South African president was direct…

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Independen​t Commission Compels LACC to Make Asset Declaratio​n Available to Liberians

  Mr. Editor, When did Asset Declaration become a “confidential matter” in a country where 99 percent of the public servants are born rogues?  Aren’t we supposed to know virtually everything about these crooks aka public servants??? Well, not according to the Liberian Anti-Corruption Commission (LACC)…(Re “Independent Commission Compels LACC to Make Asset Declaration Available to Liberians”) According to the above mentioned article, LACC refused to make the Asset Declaration information available to a local NGO (public), because it would be a breach of Executive Order #38, Section 10.3, which…

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Society Arts & Leisure 

Rep Gray Leads CDC Delegation To Washington

CDC Press Release The National Executive Committee of the Mighty Congress for Democratic Change-USA (CDC-USA) is pleased to inform the public that a high power CDC delegation led by Hon. Acarous M. Gray, which included Mr. Lorenzo Andrews, Chairman of Foreign Affairs, CDC-USA, Mr. Christopher Wisner – Chairman Emeritus, CDC-USA, and Mr. Siezie Siafa, paid Congressman Erik Paulsen a today. Republican Lawmaker Eric Paulsen of Minnesota’s 3rd District co-chairs the House Medical Technology Caucus. Rep. Paulsen is also a member on the House Committee on Ways and Means with jurisdiction…

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News Society Arts & Leisure 

Liberia – Editor placed under house arrest for rest of parole

Reporters Without Borders is disturbed by the justice ministry’s decision on 18 October to place Frontpage Africa editor Rodney Sieh under house arrest during the rest of the 30 days of “compassionate” leave from prison that he was accorded on 8 October. “The house arrest order contradicts the parole that Sieh was granted on health grounds,” Reporters Without Borders said. “Sieh is like a ball being batted to and fro in a power struggle between different Liberian officials. This constitutes cruel treatment and we call for the immediate withdrawal of…

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President Sirleaf Signs Liberian budget

    Liberian Listener Staff Report President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf has signed the 2013/14 National Budget of US$581 million. Presidential spokesman, Jerolinmek Piah, in an interview with the New Dawn said Monday in Monrovia the Liberian capital. The Liberian Legislature and President Sirleaf were unable to reach a consensus on the document, thereby delaying the passage and signing of the budget on time, according to sources. President Sirleaf signed the budget when she returned from the south eastern region, in Grand Gedeh County, after a meeting with Ivorian President Alassane Ouattara.…

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