The Liberia n Listener call on the Liberian government to continue to review Liberian symbols, a project began by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, and especially attention must be given the Liberian flag. While the flag we use has important symbolic importance to our nation-state, the Republic, and its peoples, the Liberian flag in its current form and state which is complete replication of the American flag, pays no respects to the Africa of our heritage, its traditions, civilization and it's peoples, and their aspirations----this is indeed a sensitive issue that must claim the immediate attention of policymakers and especially President of our republic, George Manneh Weah. Public Policy 

Happy Independence But It’s Time To Change The Liberian Flag

    E  D  I  T O  R  I  A  L   The Liberia n Listener call on the Liberian government to continue to review Liberian symbols, a project began by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, and especially attention must be given the Liberian flag. While the flag we use has important symbolic importance to our nation-state, the Republic, and its peoples, the Liberian flag in its current form and state which is complete replication of the American flag, pays no respects to the Africa of our heritage, its traditions, civilization…

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It has become a pungent phenomenon in the history of humanity that discredited regimes faced with the heroic defiance of a mobilized people against all the filths and dirty tricks of the establishment, fearing that playing hardball would lead to its decisive crushing under the revolutionary weight of the enraged masses, agents of such bankrupt order would collapse into political posturing and dangle before the people a call for unity and dialogue—an inglorious pretext meant to save the neck of the regime from the noose in order to continue the spree of social domination. Op-ed 

Letter: – 172 Years of Same & The Shame

    By Rodney Sieh   Dear Readers, Africa’s oldest republic turns 172 this week shrouded in a damning controversy over whether or not Liberians should be celebrating in the midst of a rapidly-shrinking economy, massive levels of poverty, a free-flying exchange rate, protests on the main campus of the University of Liberia over teachers’ salaries, serious transparency and accountability lapses, massive cuts and delays in civil servants’ pay and a familiar refrain from the past regarding corruption, greed, nepotism, sycophancy and a governance style bordering the patronage theme mirroring…

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14. A disillusioned "popular" president was afraid to go and receive a petition from his own people who overwhelmingly elected him. Something may have gone wrong after 18 months. The Real Fact: The economy is bad while corruption and dictatorship remain prevalent. This was never THE CHANGE Mr. Weah promised. So, we The People, didn’t miss out on any opportunity. Do not be News 

Liberia: Protesting Students Snub Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

    By Lennart Dodoo   MONROVIA, FPA – Students of the University of Liberia, specifically members of the campus-based political group – the Student Unification Party (SUP) – are resolved to disrupt the Independence Day celebrations unless the University’s faculty are paid their salary arrears. Members of the UL faculty have refused to administer the final examinations for the semester pending the payment of their salary and payment of previous deductions made from their salaries and allowances. With two days to the Independence celebration, the students have taken to the streets…

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Dedan KIMATHI: African Nationalist: Iron&Blood Op-ed 

Dedan KIMATHI: An African Nationalist: Iron And Blood

      Ngugi wa Thiong’o and Micere Githae Mugo’s historical play The Trial of Dedan Kimathi, published for the first time in 1976, attempts a reconstruction of the events surrounding the trial and death of historical figure and Kenyan freedom fighter Dedan Kimathi. Kimathi, who in the eyes of the imperial British government was a terrorist, a threat to the imperial power, is given a new identity by Thiong’o and Mugo – one that rehabilitates his image and depicts him as an advocate of freedom, liberty, a voice of…

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However, none of these two documents and/or the International Monetary Fund (IMF) Report on Liberia, Country No. 18/172, provides information on how Liberia’s positive US $6M in 2006, declined to a $265M negative cash position at 2018. Liberia’s cash position is negative because of withdrawals. For example, even after printing new banknotes, beginning in 2016, former President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf Administration withdrew US $75M from accounts held in banks located outside of Liberia, as per page # 11of the 2017 CBL Financial Statements. ($211M in 2016 minus $136M in 2017). Op-ed 

Central Bank in Red: Sirleaf and Weah Who’s telling the Truth

Central Bank in Red ($265m): Presidents Weah ($137m) and Sirleaf ($128m) By J. Yanqui Zaza  President George Weah, through the Minister of Finance, Planning and Economic Affairs, has submitted the 2019/2020 national budget to the Liberian Legislature and his government has also published the 2018/2019 Citizens Guide Budget, which includes $500M of Donors’ grants/loans. However, none of these two documents and/or the International Monetary Fund (IMF) Report on Liberia, Country No. 18/172, provides information on how Liberia’s positive US $6M in 2006, declined to a $265M negative cash position at…

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First Lady Djene Conde of Guinea and First Lady Fatima Jabbe-Bio of Sierra Leone do not have the leverage that First Lady Clar Weah of Liberia has to expend US$1.5 million of our taxes on “Humanitarian Outreach” just in a period of 15 months. Op-ed 

Clar Duncan Weah’s 1mill Budget Bigger Than Disaster Agencies

    The Editor,   Last year, floods affected over 6,000 inhabitants in Montserrado and kills one in Barclayville, Grand Kru County. 11 out of 15 counties so far are at severe risk of being victimized by this national catastrophe. As flooding heightens in Liberia, everyone especially slum-dwellers of flood-prone settlements are looking up to [the] Weah’s pro-poor government for solution. Every year, rural and urban communities in Liberia are heavily affected by floods. Thousands of Liberians are made homeless and internally displaced as a result of this national disaster.…

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On the city streets, a few police cars accompanied hospital ambulances as they made the rounds collecting dead bodies. Beyond that, the only other activity in the city was taking place up the hill, in the confines of the majestic Masonic Temple —constructed in the mode of nineteenth century American architecture with generously designed arched windows. There, high ranking officials of the government gathered for an urgent meeting. The officials, mostly men dressed in incongruous dark suits with long-tailed overcoats, wore discernible expressions of urgency on their faces. Society Arts & Leisure 

Reign of Disorder: A short story

  Momoh Sekou Dudu   On a hot and muggy Saturday in April, palpable tension drenched the air in Riceland’s capital, Williamsburg. At exactly noon, in defiance of strict government warnings, a few brave men assembled at the gates of the country’s flagship university. Soon, that early trickle of men was joined by hundreds and, eventually, thousands of other Ricelanders. As word spread of the unfolding situation at the university, all across the city, citizens gathered at other identified protest sites. The confrontation that had festered for so long seemed…

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Student leader John Saylay Singbae, II explained that the bilateral scholarship agreement between the two countries’ governments has existed for over 50 years and is geared towards educating Liberian students in higher disciplines. According to him, the Moroccans are only to provide institutions for Liberia students to enable them study in variety of disciplines. While the Liberian government is expected to fully be responsible for providing homes, feeding, transportation, money for school materials, health insurance, etc, for its students. News 

Liberia Abandons Scholarship Students in Morocco?

  By Mae Azango   Monrovia – Liberian scholarship students studying in Morocco are said to be struggling in that North African nation as a result of them not receiving their allowances for many months from the Liberian government. Recently on social media, these students posted that they are financially stranded and are suffering because their government has not sent their allowance after several pleads to the Ministry of Education and Ministry of Finance and Development Planning. Student leader John Saylay Singbae, II explained that the bilateral scholarship agreement between the two…

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Now, thousands of miles from home and despite long odds, those same girls are blazing their own path. Monrovia Academy’s under-15 girls’ soccer team made history in Minnesota, marking the first time a Liberian female youth soccer team left the country for a tournament. Sports 

Girls from Liberia’s Monrovia Academy Win USA Cup

  Long before the U.S. women’s national soccer team started making headlines this summer at the World Cup, two key members made a trip to Liberia, planting seeds for a dream that played out this week at the USA Cup in Blaine. In 2016, U.S. coach Jill Ellis and goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris were visiting Monrovia Academy, an institution that aims to use soccer and education in creating the “future leaders” of Liberia. For the young girls at Monrovia Academy, Ellis and Harris became instant role models, not some faraway celebrities.…

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No later did it turn out to be set up for journalists who were now trapped and prevented from leaving the yard or the party headquarters. They were mercilessly flogged, on instructions from some party officials, who instructed that both local and international journalists be flogged and while in the process, their electronic equipments were destroyed. News 

Liberia: $6m Vanishes Again Investigation Shows!

Liberia: Diverted China Union US$6m Paid to Liberia Vanishes from Questionable Account/fpa   By Rodney Sieh Monrovia – Section 4 of the Public Finance Management Law regarding Public Funds and Money stipulates that in order to ensure the effective and efficient management, accounting and control of the public financial transactions and operations of the Republic of Liberia, a Consolidated Fund is established where monies owed government by foreign companies should be paid into the Central Bank of Liberia, the official depository of the Government of Liberia. Under the law, resources that…

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