Liberia Arm Forces Departs For Peace Keeping

By C. Winnie Saywah-Jimmy The third rotation of the Armed Forces of Liberia’s (AFL) troop of peacekeepers has departed the country for Bamako, Mali. The soldiers comprised of 46 infantry guards left via the Roberts International Airport (RIA) yesterday with motivation from the Deputy Minister for Administration of the Ministry of National Defense to act like soldiers as they have always done. Deputy Minister, Joseph Johnson ordered the Liberian peacekeepers to “go and get the job done” using the trainings obtained from home as needed in those strange terrains and…

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Politics 

CBL Jones Free Wheeling

CBL Gov. Mills Jones pic: liberianobserver The Editor, Why are some Liberians calling the CBL Governor, a “poverty doctor”, for his generosity with other people’s money? Is that the new definition of the word “doctor”? I don’t think so….. (Re “Western Liberians Hail CBL Governor As a Poverty Doctor”, Daily Observer Online, 06/02/2015) But hey, if Governor Mills Jones is a “poverty doctor”, why isn’t his pill for poverty working, hmmmmm? We all know that Doctor Jones’ pill for curing poverty is the CBL’s micro finance program. Under that program,…

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Editor's Desk 

African poets – forget stuffy literature departments…

By Christine Mungai K’naan pic: www.hiphopmarket.com Pastoralist communities in Africa rarely use drums as an integral part of their musical repertoire; Somalia has been called a nation of poets NOBEL laureate poet and playwright Wole Soyinka was widely tipped to become Oxford University’s next Professor of Poetry, but missed out in last week’s nomination to Simon Armitage. Armitage, poet, playwright and broadcaster, secured 1,221 votes – 301 more than Soyinka. It was a controversial race, but not for the reasons you might think. Soyinka initially led the way with the…

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Liberia’s True Whig Party Getting Started

Staff Report Liberia’s oldest political party in the country, the True Whig Party has resolved its conflict with a sincere promise to work together as one body. Speaking at the press conference yesterday in Monrovia, the Immediate Past General Secretary and Executive Member of Liberia Council of Churches, Benjamin Lartey consented that members of the TWP have resolved their conflict. Mr. Lartey, an Executive member of the Inter-Religious Council of Liberia and the National Elections Commission (NEC) who was appointed to mediate in the True Whig Party conflict said on…

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Sports 

James Debbah and Lone Stars Lost 3-1 in Bamako

Listener staff report Liberia home based national team, the Lone Stars lost 3-1 Monday evening to Guinea Syli Nationales, in the first leg match of the 2016 African Nations Championship qualifiers. The Lone Stars went down 2-0, before Dweh Allison scored for the home base Stars. “Guinea added a third in the dying minutes of the match, to finish 3-1,” said the Lib Football News. The game was delayed for 24 hours due to flight difficulties Liberia had earlier experienced in getting the team to Bamako Mali, where the game…

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Ebola: Liberia refuses to close borders as neighbors struggle

MONROVIA, LIBERIA / DAKAR, SENEGAL Of the three West African countries hardest-hit by the Ebola outbreak, Liberia is the only one to be rid of the virus completely. When World Health Organization made the announcement last month, Liberians greeted the news with prayer, song and celebration. But the virus has yet to be beaten in neighboring Guinea or Sierra Leone, where health officials announced this week two people had come down with the disease in the capital, Freetown. The virus’s endurance has people in Liberia worried. The three hardest-hit countries…

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Liberia’s Lavish NOCAL Travel Rumors

The Editor, Who give these bureaucrats (20 executives at NOCAL) immunity to steal from us with impunity? (Re: “Lavish NOCAL Travel Rumors Abound…”) The last time I checked, NOCAL was a state-owned enterprise! In other words, we the Liberian people own NOCAL. As owners (shareholders) of NOCAL, shouldn’t we have access to the minutes of their board meetings and audited financial statements? And shouldn’t we hold them accountable to spend our money wisely? If NOCAL’s CEO (Randolph McClain) and his board members want to take lavish trips, why can’t they…

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News 

2017 Liberia Presidential Elections: Dark Horse Richard Tolbert?

Liberian Listener Staff Report Richard Tolbert, the former National investment Commission [NIC] Chairman during President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s first term could be mulling a run for the Executive Mansion sources say. Although he is yet to make a formal declaration, his name has been mentioned in quite a few places as a possible replacement to Africa’s first female president. Already Liberia’s vice president Joseph Boakai has thrown his hat in the race, the first to do so, with two years to go, telling newsmen in a recent interview in Monrovia,…

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Sports 

Inaki Williams: “I want to travel to Liberia”

Ghana might be keeping tabs on Athletic Club’s Inaki Dannis Williams over a possible nationality switch but the 21-year-old has hinted he could favour West African neighbours Liberia. Inaki, who currently plays for the Spanish U21 side, is being hotly pursued by Ghana’s Football Association to commit his international future with the Black Stars as his father hails from the West African country. But the forward also owns part of his heritage to Ghana’s border neighbours Liberia. And, the talented youngster had expressed his desire to travel to Liberia to…

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News 

UN Peace Keepers exploiting 1000s of Liberian Women!

Pic: un.org By George Russel EXCLUSIVE: A study cited in a just-published evaluation of the ugly problem of sexual exploitation by U.N. peacekeepers calculates that as many as 58,000 women in Monrovia, Liberia, alone engaged in prohibited “transactional” sex with peacekeepers in return for food, clothing, money or other favors—mostly money– over a nine-year period ending in 2012. By contrast, in 2012, the United Nations peacekeeping force in Liberia, or UNMIL, reported just nine substantiated allegations of sexual exploitation and abuse, out of 61 such allegations across all such U.N.…

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