Senator Prince Johnson has many critics but his critics don't mention his ethnicity when they criticize him. Same thing can be said of Charles Taylor. But it is quite easy for people to beat the entire Mandingo ethnic group because of the action of one or some of its member. The current example is that of Mouna Farhat of ANC. In her post yesterday, which has come under strong criticism, she said, "The Mandingo people starting again o." Op-ed 

Mouna Fahart incendiary remarks about Mandingoes must be condemned

  By: Nvasekie Konneh Senator Prince Johnson has many critics but his critics don’t mention his ethnicity when they criticize him. Same thing can be said of Charles Taylor. But it is quite easy for people to beat the entire Mandingo ethnic group because of the action of one or some of its member. The current example is that of Mouna Farhat of ANC. In her post yesterday, which has come under strong criticism, she said, “The Mandingo people starting again o.” She went on to say in the same…

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The UN Envoy expressed commitment to working with the Liberian Government in achieving the Pro-poor Agenda for Prosperity and Development. However, he noted that UN adheres strictly to its fiduciary standards to safeguard UN funds against misuse and integrity risks. Public Policy 

In Zwedru City, Mr. George Weah is yet to condemn the thuggery

By Robert Moncio Kpadeh No doubt, a country ruled by a band of psychopaths and sociopaths is a sick country and the actions and inactions from its irritant officials will always be dumb, preposterous, obnoxious, abrasive and annoying. Below is the incendiary comment written and posted by George Weah’s mad, reckless and toxic Deputy Information Minister Eugene L. Fahgon in reaction to the unfortunate episode that transpired in Zwedru, Grand Gedeh county yesterday morning — where a group of hooligans believed to be induced by Superintendent Kai Farley a dreadful…

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“It’s unfortunate that he (Cummings) will say that as a political leader of an institution. For Hon. Cummings to say I came forcibly asking him out of the county-that is not true. It was something that was suggested by the Deputy Police commander in the county in the presence of Hon. Cummings. Hon. Cummings even asked me, but what’s your suggestion? And I told him that based upon the advice of the Joint Security; I think that this is something that we should go by.” A leaked audio in the possession of FPA shows Supt. Farley in a heated exchange, giving mandate to Rep. Kolubah and Mr. Cummings to depart the county. Report FPA/Obediah Johnson. Read full report here Public Policy 

Supt. Kai Farley Chased Opposition ANC leader out of Grand Gedeh County!

    Grand Gedeh County Superintendent Kai Farley has disclosed that the Chairman of the Collaborating Political Parties (CPP), Mr. Alexander Benedict Cummings and his entourage, including Montserrado County Representative Yekeh Kolubah, surreptitiously entered into the county without the consent of the local authorities and security apparatus. Speaking to FrontPageAfrica late Thursday, Mr. Farley said Mr. Cummings and Representative Kolubah failed to notify his office, and security actors about their arrival in line with what leaders of other political parties normally do whenever they pay a visit to Grand Gedeh.…

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I wonder why the government hasn't issued a statement condemning such wicked and uncivilized conduct. Has this not been brought to the attention of Mr. George Weah and his national security brass? I also wonder why the Religious Council hasn't said a word yet. And I wonder why the International Partners and the U.S. Embassy haven't uttered a word regarding this horrifying episode. We are watching it! Op-ed 

The Shameful Echo of Violence from Zwedru, Grand Gedeh Co.

  By Robert Moncio Kpadeh   What happened in the city of Zwedru a few hours ago can be best described as an act of savagism and thuggery, to say the least. This is downright wrong and with the greatest emphasis, I condemn such bellicose, nefarious, and uncouth conduct by some mad and unscrupulous elements within the City of Zwedru, Grand Gedeh county. It must be made crystal clear that such hooliganism has no link to the character and conscience of the resilient people of Grand Gedeh county. May I…

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To my dear small brother, Patrick Honnah, we extend solidarity and admonish you to remain standing and soldering on. We are standing with you and we are standing together. God is still on his throne and he is a Man of Justice. He will grant you Justice before the eyes of our very oppressors and the nation shall rejoice. Public Policy 

How can we stand together, when George Weah continues to witchhunt the media?

  By Robert Moncio Kpadeh   How can we “stand together” when you are viciously witch-hunting us and could possibly subvert us if fate presented you the opportunity? How can we “stand together” when you are sadistically pursuing Patrick Honnah tooth and nail and hell-bent on not to grant his Punch F.M. operational rights or clearance despite the fact that the station has met all legal requirements? How can we “stand together” when you and your bunch are breathing fresh air but gruesomely kneeling on our neck and suffocating us…

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Nvasekie N. Konneh is a writer, and nine year veteran of the United States Navy.  He is the author of two books of poetry, Going To War for America, The Love of Liberty Brought Us Together and The Land of My Father’s Birth, memoir of the Liberian civil wars. Nvasekie Konneh can be reached at 267 826 3952 or through email @ nvaskon1@gmail.com Artists & Reviews 

 If Saclepea Could Speak: book excerpt, —from “The Land of My Father’s Birth”

“Until my recent visit, my last time of visiting Saclepea, my birthplace, was November 1989, just a month before the war started. As the rumor became a reality, my folks fled the town, with some coming to Monrovia and others going to Guinea and Ivory Coast. Most of them left, thinking that things would be over soon and they would return home. Since then, many have not made it back. Some like my father, Ngoamilleh Konneh, died longing for the home they couldn’t go back to. Some went back to…

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In Los Angeles, Herb Reed, a recently discharged Army veteran recruited Cornell Gunther, Joe Jefferson, and Alex Hodge to form a vocal quartet he would eventually name The Platters. The group’s name came from the metal disks, or “platters,” that rotate vinyl records on the turntable of a phonograph. These four men were the “original” Platters in 1953. Music 

The Platters: music was grande in the 1950s

By Dag W. Walker Music history was grand in 1953. It was the year the American group The Platters was formed in Los Angeles, California. In LIberia that year, Solomon Carter Fuller, born in Monrovia, a pioneering physician, psychiatrist, pathologist, and professor died] on January 16, 1953. William Vacanarat Shadrach Tubman was the 19th president of Liberia, with William Tolbert as Vice President. In Los Angeles, Herb Reed, a recently discharged Army veteran recruited Cornell Gunther, Joe Jefferson, and Alex Hodge to form a vocal quartet he would eventually name…

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To sum it all, we must consolidate forces and revolt through the ballot or the bullet? This will be our own struggle not others. United front or no progress - there should be no such thing as middle ground or negotiation with reactionary forces. Thank about it. Onward to victory! Op-ed 

The OPRM Extends Sobering Independence Day felicitations to Fellow Citizens

  For Immediate Release   The One People Revolutionary Movement under the acronym ‘OPRM’ wishes fellow Liberians an independence day of sober reflection, rather than an independence day of celebration. The One People Revolutionary Movement(OPRM) has morally inferred, like all truthful Liberians, that this brand new age(173) of Liberia comes with so much political despair, socioeconomic misery, and harsh poverty. Rightfully, a hungry man cannot celebrate his poverty, but he must strategically plan to unshackle himself from his squalor. Now that the Special Senatorial Elections are facing us, as December…

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“The composition of the EMB (Electoral Members Board) should be representative of the society. . . Consideration should be given to appointing independent persons known within the society for their integrity. It is recommended that the chair of the commission should be a person who holds or has held high judicial office (a high court or supreme court judge). That is the practice in several countries. (Taken from the Southern African Development Community’s “Principles for Election Management, Monitoring, and Observation in the SADC Region”, as adopted by SADC in Johannesburg 2003.) Op-ed 

July 26 Independence Celebration: Liberia’s True Freedom?

By Jackie Sayegh I wrote this more than six years ago and I find that it is as relevant today as the day it was written. Happy Birthday, Liberia. I happily turned to my daughter Chris and said, “Today is Liberia’s independence day”, to which she replied, “independence from which country?” That stopped me dead in my steps. Yes, independence from which country? Perhaps this day than should be called our National Day. As a student of Professor J Pal Chadhuri, who taught Liberian history for many years at the…

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Altogether it cost 3.4 billion Kenyan shillings - that is, $35 million, or £26 million. At 10km long, that works out to around $3 million per kilometre. To put it in perspective, the BBC's Ferdinand Omondi in Nairobi notes that this is more than double the amount of money the Kenyan government has put aside for its strategic food reserves this year. It is also about a million dollars more than it is spending on universal healthcare, and three times the amount it has set aside for affordable housing. Story was first publish in 2019, March. Public Policy 

SCANDAL: over Kenya’s border fence that cost $35m for just 10km

    BBC—Kenyan MPs have asked how a 10km wire fence built along the country’s border with Somalia cost $35 million. government had originally promised to build a complex wall to run about 700km (435 miles) along the border. But the “wall”, which was meant to stop al-Shabab militants from crossing into Kenya, has ended up being a wire fence that is only 10km long. Kenya’s parliament has now suspended construction, and is demanding an investigation into the project. What was the original plan? When the plan was first announced…

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