There have been rewards for the Ghana U-23 trio of centre-back Musah Nuhu, midfielder Yaw Yeboah and striker Kwabena Owusu following their fine showing in the 2019 Caf U-23 Africa Cup of Nations/2020 Olympic Games qualifiers. There were, however, no places for Leicester City's Daniel Amartey, Crystal Palace's Jeffrey Schlupp, Udinese's Nicholas Opoku and Columbus Crew's Harrison Afful, due to injury. Sports 

Ghana Black Stars Name Provisional Squad

Out-of-retirement Asamoah Gyan headlines Ghana’s provisional squad for the Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt, which starts next month. The inclusion of the 33-year-old Kayserispor striker is undoubtedly the biggest talking point of the 29-man roster, having rescinded a decision to quit the national team on Wednesday after being stripped of the captaincy two days earlier. Fenerbahce midfielder Andre Ayew, who is rumoured to be named the new substantive skipper, is also on the list, just as younger brother Jordan Ayew, Atletico Madrid midfielder Thomas Teye Partey and Inter Milan…

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Those confirmed are Gbezohngar Findley, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Nathaniel McGill, Minister of States for Affairs and Samuel Tweh, Minister of Finance and Development Planning. News 

Liberia’s Foreign Policy Lacks Focus

By Socrates Saywon Liberia’s foreign minister Gbehzohngar Findley have been accused of lacking the requisite qualifications to lead Liberian foreign policy agenda in an era when an experience policy expert or a diplomat is needed to help the country navigate the complex web of negotiating Liberia’s future with bilateral and multilateral organizations. These assertions were made by Emmanuel Robertson, arguing, “Liberia’s foreign policy is not at a level where it should be. Minister Gbehzohngar Finley does not have requisite credentials to push this country’s foreign policy forward. If the President means well, he…

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Rethinking The State In Liberia

    By Alaric Tokpa Introduction                                                                 PART I In the popular search for appropriate state model, the beginning of the 21st century is an era of unrest and political uncertainty in Africa. At the same time, “history weighs heavily on the global periphery, producing conditions in many countries that are inhospitable to both democracy and social justice”.[i] Evidently then, the complication of the period presents a challenge to social science scholarship, as hardly can any African country in this age predict with absolute certainty the future direction of its political…

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Pres. Ramaphosa Unveils A Smaller Cabinet For South Africa

    South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has unveiled a smaller, gender-balanced cabinet for his first full term as President, vowing to revitalize South Africa’s slumping economy after winning a reduced majority in national elections this month. Mr. Ramaphosa, in a televised speech to the country on Wednesday night, dumped several corruption-tainted ministers from his cabinet, but retained others in a compromise move that could undercut his pledge to fight graft. One of South Africa’s most controversial politicians, David Mabuza, will retain the post of deputy president in the new…

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Making sure that the rule of law is upheld and Taylor brought to justice for his heinous crimes, sadly not for Liberia, but Sierra Leone, James Verdier worked pro bono to helped indict the war criminal, currently incarcerated in England. His commitment to the welfare of the Liberian people has always been paramount and this character has been impeccable. Observers say as Liberia looks to buried it past and move away from leaders who are so easily consumed by power, as they quickly forsake the national interest for personal aggrandizement, Jerome Verdier are those kinds that Liberia needs, as is indicative in the TRC report which he released with his fellow commissioners. Tributes 

Jerome Verdier: Profile In Courage, Former Chair TRC

    Early in 2006, just after being inaugurated as Africa and Liberia’s first female president, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf move swiftly and settled on a very unfamiliar name to head the much heralded Truth and Reconciliation Commission, his name was Jerome Verdier. It wasn’t that Verdier wasn’t known within the country, but he had not that international name, stature and recognition—but the work he did for the Liberian people and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, as head, in essence, would soon catapult him on the world stage and bring him…

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In our country Liberia, there has been severe leadership deficit from the founding of the Liberian state to today. Liberia has been a country where there has been growth without development from year in year out. All these anomalies culminated in the fratricidal civil conflict that destroyed the fabric of our society and undermined our collective ability to move forward as one nation. With the help of ECOWAS and the International community, peace was restored to our country 15 years ago. Our collective responsibility as a people now is to maintain the peace. Instead, strange things are happening that could weaken our collective resolve to maintain the peace!! Yes, indeed strange things are happening in our country today- where people who were just barely managing to make life yesterday are today among the wealthiest people in Africa, if not the world, just in one year of being in power, as though they are money magicians. Op-ed 

MOJA Press Statement: African Day And June 7th Protest

MOJA Issues Africa Day Solidarity Statement, Calls on Government to Provide Protection for June 7 Protesters Press Statement As we celebrate the 56th African Liberation Day Anniversary, we neither do so with our heads high believing that the African peoples will no longer be subjugated nor return to the dark days of colonialism. As we look back into the annals of African history, we are reminded of the days when the African continent and its peoples became victims of foreign domination and exploitation. We are reminded of how for centuries…

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She denied accusations her son Robert Sirleaf was in any way implicated in the collapse of Liberia's National Oil Company, and said her other son, Charles Sirleaf who was arrested in March, was "illegally charged" over allegations he unlawfully printed local currency worth tens of millions of dollars. News 

“I don’t care,” Ellen Johnson Says About TRC

  In an Aljezeera UpFront, interview last week Liberia‘s former President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf spoke about her 12 years in power. she was challenged on accusations from her critics who have always accused her of nepotism and corruption. Sirleaf responds to allegations of nepotism Ellen Johnson Sirleaf came to power in Liberia in January 2006 following decades of war, violence and coups, and became the first elected woman head of the state in Africa. She was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2011 alongside fellow Liberian Leymah Gbowee and Yemeni…

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“My dad worked overtime to preserve our childhood,” Ms. Moore said. Gunshots in the distance became “dragons fighting” and dead bodies on the streets were people “sleeping on the road.” Artists & Reviews 

In Wayétu Moore’s Ambitious Debut Novel, Liberia Is Reborn

    “She Would Be King” reframes the country’s history in magical terms.   By Lovia Gyarkye   When Wayétu Moore was 5 years old, she and her family fled Monrovia, the capital of Liberia. It was 1989 and the country was caught in a violent civil war. Ms. Moore, her father and two sisters took refuge in her maternal grandmother’s home village near Liberia’s border with Sierra Leone. “My dad worked overtime to preserve our childhood,” Ms. Moore said. Gunshots in the distance became “dragons fighting” and dead bodies…

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This arrangement allowed the government to redirect $51M ($66M minus $15M) and $17M ($17M minus $0.00) from amounts allocated for goods and Services (i.e., money allocated for business industries located around the country) to the construction industry and non-financial assets for special Ministries and Agencies. Op-ed 

Liberia: June 7 Protest Is Imminent

By J. Yanqui Zaza The May 4, 2019 story carried by the Liberian local newspaper, Frontpageafricaonline) about the June 7, 2019 protest encouraged me to share my views about the would-be protest. In the article, the writer stated, “the much-publicized protest dubbed ‘Save The State’ has created mixed reactions amongst Liberians, with many reminiscing the 1979 Rice Riot, the proverbial straw that unleashed 25 years of mayhem, anarchy, destruction, and death on Liberians.”  Preceding this assertion, many other Liberians have asked President Weah government and the June 7, 2019 organizers…

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Given this position of the LNBA, our presence here today is not an approval of the reason for which we were cited, for the Constitution does not require such. We are here because the failure of a lawyer to appear and perform any service required by the Court is contemptuous. Personally, I should be in a joyous mood and celebrating for the elevation of Justice Kaba, as my former student during his undergraduate studies at the University of Liberia in the 1980s. But, I cannot because another former student of mine, Justice Ja’neh was removed unconstitutionally. Officially, as president of the LNBA, I cannot celebrate because to do so will be contrary to the official position of the LNBA. Op-ed 

The Removal Of Justice Kabineh M. Ja’neh Was Unconstitutional

Liberian Chief Justice Korkpor Gets Agitated Stops Bar President From Delivering Speech At Supreme Court The Official position of the Liberian National Bar Association has been and still is that the removal of Justice Kabineh M. Ja’neh was unconstitutional. The LNBA maintains that the bill of impeachment was a product of the violation of a court order, that the  impeachment was done without a procedure prescribed by the Legislature as required by article 43 of the Constitution and that by the removal of Justice Ja’neh for performing his legal duty,…

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