News 

Liberian Port MD Matilda Parker Yet To Respond To LACC Report

By Rodney Sieh MONROVIA—- There appears to be a lull in the implementation of Liberian President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf’s directives regarding possible action emanating from the recent findings of the Liberian Anti-Corruption Commission(LACC) alleging “grand corruption scheme at the National Port Authority (NPA). Last week, President Sirleaf suspended the Managing Director of the National Port Authority (NPA), Mrs. Matilda W. Parker, and the Comptroller, Mrs. Christina K. Paelay, stating that her actions were based on the findings of an investigation by the LACC. The President also suspended all members of the…

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Interviews 

11 Questions Wleh Bedell: Football Analyst, Consultant and Journalist

Wleh Bedell is the founder of the Liberia Football Players Association (LIFOPA), an analyst, pundit, writer who is currently writing his first book on Liberian football. Mr. Bedell is described by some as a critic, the walking encyclopedia of Liberian football for his in-depth knowledge of the country’s football. Bedell worked as a reporter and editor of www.liberiansoccer.com, also, as Assistant Secretary General of the Sports Writers association of Liberia (SWAL), and Public Relations Officer at the Liberia Petroleum Refining Company (LPRC). As a commentator, over the years he has…

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Sports 

Liberia Under 23 and Thomas Kojo Hunt In Hostile Territory

Liberia’s Olympic team, the Satellites, will be hoping to upset the Black Meteors as Ghana hosts both legs of the Caf Under-23 Championship tie, beginning on Sunday. Liberia are emerging out of the Ebola pandemic but are not yet certified to host international games at home and so have secured an agreement to pick Ghana as their home venue for the Caf Under-23 Championship which could lead them to qualifying for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. The coach, Thomas Kojo’s Liberian side are set in the match city, Tamale, and…

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News 

NIGERIA MAY TAKE ZULU KING TO ICC

The Nigerian Senate is contemplating bringing Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini to the International Criminal Court (ICC) for remarks in which he called immigrants to South Africa “ants” and “head lice,” remarks believed to have triggered a growing wave of xenophobic violence in that country. According to Nigeria’s Vanguard newspaper, Nigeria’s Senate met this week to discuss the possibility of the federal government bringing Zwelithini to the ICC for violation of international hate speech laws and inciting violence. Following a speech in which Zwelithini compared immigrants to “head lice,” South Africans,…

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Op-ed 

Pres. Sirleaf Suspends NPA MD Matilda Parker, Others

By President Sirleaf Good evening: Today, based on the findings of an investigation by the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission (LACC), involving the Managing Director and the Comptroller of the National Port Authority (NPA), I have suspended, with immediate effect, Mrs. Matilda W. Parker and Mrs. Christina K. Pealay as managing Director and Comptroller, respectively. I have directed the Ministry of Justice to collaborate with the LACC, and all accused persons associated with this investigation, in order to inform additional actions, should they be required. In an unrelated matter, except for statutory…

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Tpoteh Rejects Progresive Coordinating Group (PCG)

MONROVIA—With the photograph of Dr. Togba-Nah Tipoteh seen in media stories on the Launching Statement of the Progressives Coordinating Group (PCG), said he is making it clear to the public that he is not a member of PCG and is not seeking membership in PCG. Dr. Tipoteh insists that he cannot become a member in PCG because this has a leadership that takes action in support of the system that makes Liberians poor and poorer. Dr. Tipoteh gives several examples of PCG leadership actions. First, Dr. Tipoteh refers to the…

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News 

South Africa xenophobic Violence Against Africans

Graphic images of foreign nationals being stabbed and burnt to death have grabbed some attention. But the fuss about xenophobia will soon be forgotten (I’d say within a couple of months) just like xenophobia massacre (60+ dead), which took place in 2008, was soon forgotten. What has changed since then? The fact is that no substantial action has been taken since the start of democracy, to curb murder, rape, xenophobia and all other forms of crime. Why would ‘we’ suddenly start taking action against attacks against foreigners when for 21…

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Politics 

South Africa’s Violent History

It’s the photo that has shocked a nation: the stark image of a helpless Mozambican migrant pleading for his life as a gang of men brutally murdered him in a Johannesburg street in front of a silent audience of onlookers. First the men stalked him along the street. Then one clubbed him with a wrench, while another stabbed him. The Mozambican fell bleeding to the ground and died minutes later, becoming the latest victim in a wave of anti-foreigner attacks sweeping across South Africa. More than 5,000 migrants, mostly from…

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Interviews 

11 Questions Vamba Sherif: Writer, Novelist

Vamba Sherif was born in Kolahun, Lofa County. His upcoming Novel Bound to Secrecy will be published by HopeRoad this month. A novelist principally, Sherif has written stories for The New York Times, The French magazine Long Cours, which is a subsidiary of L’Express, the German magazine Kultur Aaustauch, and for various Dutch newspapers and magazines like Trouw, De Volkskrant, One World, and many others. Vamba Sherif has had stints in acting and likes reviewing films. He’s currently an ambassador for the Dutch Refugees Council. In this capacity, he helps…

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Liberia 2017: Progressives Want State Power

MONROVIA—On Tuesday, Liberian progressives announced they were ready to succeed President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, stating the next president will come from the ranks of the organization. “Ladies and gentlemen of the press, the Progressive will take state power in 2017; the progressive will win the elections!” Sando Wayne, Spokesperson of the Progressive Coordinating Group said. Wayne said, the progressives will not be fragmented and would form a common front for the Presidency. “We the progressives have changed our strategy; we have begun to work against what we know could ultimately…

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