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Liberia At Crossroads As UN Departs: National Elections Commission

By John H.T. Stewart Presidential and Legislative elections are due in a little less than 2 years from now. But before then the United Nations Peace Keeping Force would have fully completed its drawdown of troops leaving security entirely in the hands of the country’s security forces. Already, Liberians are filled with apprehension and doubt about the capability of our national security forces to assume this all important national task particularly as we approach elections which shall without doubt be tension filled. The Zero sum nature of politics in Liberia…

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Liberia: Welcoming UNMIL Mandate Extention

E D I T O R I A L THE UNITED NATIONS Security Council Resolution 2239 has extended the mandate of the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) and decreased UNMIL’s authorized military strength from 3,590 to 1,240 military personnel. THE 1,240 MILITARY personnel includes one infantry battalion and related enablers, by 30 June 2016 and to decrease UNMIL’s authorized police strength from 1,515 to 606 police personnel, which includes three formed police units, as well as immigration and police advisers, by 30 June 2016. THE UN RESOLUTION also requests…

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Liberian Striker Dioh Williams Makes A Case For Lone Stars Return

Ralph Cherbo Geeplay Liberian international, Dioh Williams is making noise to be called back to the national team ahead of crucial fixtures, [for the Lone Stars], as he continue his fine form in the Swedish league, scoring twice this weekend as he led his side to a 2-1 victory over Helsingborg. By claiming all three points in this win, he has taken his team 7th place overall on the log. The three points landed Gefle on 32 points from 24 matches in the Allsvenskan, the Swedish League. This weekend, his…

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President Sirleaf Bodyguard Brutalize Female In Liberia

ESTHER GLAIN was hanging out at a soccer match outside Monrovia, Liberia’s capital city, when the car came barreling toward her group of friends. With the SUV so close that she barely had room to move, Glain shouted at the driver, confronting him about what he had done. But behind the wheel, the 33-year-old said, was a high-ranking presidential security official. Insults were exchanged. He lashed out, she said, beating her with his hand and feet. “I was very afraid and surprised,” Glain told Refinery29. “[I was] just asking a…

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Court Rules In Senate Favor

The Supreme Court of Liberia has handed down ruling in favor of the Liberian Senate in the case involving Senator Oscar Cooper of Margibi County verses the Government of Liberia and the Liberian Senate. The court decision followed a conference between His Honor Kabineh M. Ja’neh, Associate Justice in Chamber, the Liberian Senate and the Liberia International Ship and Corporate Registry over the recent ratification of a deal between the government and LISCR. The Supreme Court’s action came as a result of a writ of prohibition filed to the Court…

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“Books That Once Saved Me.”

By Wayétu Moore One year ago I visited Liberia, 24 years after immigrating to the US with my family. I was inspired by many things during my visit, but felt led to open a space where Liberians could buy and read the novels and poetry that rehabilitated me. Shortly after acquiring a space & returning to New York, Liberia was hit by Ebola in a huge and devastating way. I canceled my August trip to open the store and the space just sat there. I got lectures on how unstable…

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Liberian Senate Wants Forensic Audit For Collapsed Nocal

Monrovia (AFP) – Liberia’s Senate ordered Wednesday a “forensic” audit of the bankrupt state oil company and vowed to punish anyone found to have negligently handled its finances. The National Oil Company of Liberia (NOCAL) laid off its entire staff — including the board — in August as falling oil prices hitting the sector hard. NOCAL said it could no longer afford the “administrative and operational bills” for managers and low-level workers alike, and would later rehire for a downsized operation. Some 200 people lost their jobs, a source at…

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Liberian International Dirkir Glay South African Move Questionable

By Vincent Opiyo The future of Liberian defender Dirkir Glay at his club Gor Mahia is yet to be known despite interest from South African Premier Soccer League (PSL) side Mpumalanga Black Aces. Glay ditched Thika United for Gor Mahia at the beginning of the season but has not been a regular player in Frank Nuttal’s team blossoming in the Kenyan Premier League (KPL), managing only three league appearances and two other in the CECAFA Kagame Cup and GOtv Shield versus Yanga SC and Lang’ata Gremio respectively. Second cap However,…

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Liberian Senator Varney Sherman Calls For Forensic Audit At NOCAL

By Wilfred Gortor MONROVIA, (LINA)—Grand Cape Mount County Senator Varney Sherman has recommended a forensic audit at the National Oil Company of Liberia (NOCAL) dating back to the signing of the company’s Production Sharing Contract (PSC) by the National Legislature in 2010. The recommendation was one of several made during the Senate’s second day Extraordinary Sitting of the Fourth Session of the 53rd Legislature at the Capitol Building Tuesday. Sherman said the audit will authenticate and determine what led to the financial crisis that nearly sent the oil company to…

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Politics 

Twelve Years After Taylor’s Removal, Instability Still Plagues Liberia

By Brooks Marmon While the lingering effects of the Ebola crisis have dominated coverage of Liberia for over a year, the country is quietly approaching a number of precipices. A convergence of political, religious and international factors on the horizon has the potential to destabilize Liberia, which has seen a tenuous peace since warlord-turned-President Charles Taylor resigned in August 2003, ending 14 years of civil war. A United Nations peacekeeping mission is poised to significantly draw down by June 2016; religious tensions have been stoked by a movement to declare…

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