Honorable Justice Philip Banks Dissenting Opinion: CoC

Today I have, as I believe have most Liberians, shared tears for Liberia, for by the decision of the majority colleagues of this Court, some of the most sacred rights of the people and the most sacred provision of the Liberia Constitution have been shredded and placed into a waste vent, and by the Act the Constitution has been turned upside down on its head. This is the second time that a challenge has been mounted in this Court to certain of the provisions of the “Act of Legislature Prescribing…

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Liberia Code of Conduct: This can only lead to confusion

  The Supreme Court of Liberia last Friday made a decision that has the tendency to shove a monkey wrench into the 2017 electoral process. The Court’s decision, by the narrowest of margins—three for and two against—to uphold the highly controversial Code of Conduct could further disrupt the electoral process, and plunge the nation into a constitutional crisis. The Constitution decisively gives the Supreme Court the final word on interpretation of the law, clearly stating that it is the Court’s sole prerogative to determine whether or not a law, such…

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Africa: prestigious Brunel Poetry Prize name shortlists candidates tomorrow

The 2017 international Brunel poetry prize shortlists will be announced tomorrow March 6th 2017. The Brunel prize for poetry is the African poetry prize that spots new talents every year on the African continent and the diaspora, and is composed of several eminent luminary poets drawn from across the globe. According to the site “The winner,” will be “announced  on May 2nd 2017. The Brunel International African Poetry Prize is a major annual poetry prize of £3000 aimed at the development, celebration and promotion of poetry from Africa. Now in its fourth year, this year the Prize is sponsored by Brunel…

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Caine Prize: For Emergent African Writers, or the Best African Writers

This essay was originally published in the second volume of Oduor Oduku’s KUT Anthology.  It’s hard to tell the story of contemporary African literature without talking about the Caine Prize for African Writing. It’s the biggest and most prominent prize for African Literature—or at least the best publicized—and in the 17 years of its existence, what it means to say “African Literature” has changed quite dramatically, a transformation the Caine Prize has in part reflected, and in part helped to produce. This is easy to see at the level of the individual writers:…

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Liberia-Village Tales Publishing invite submissions

Submission Guidelines ONCE UPON A TIME IN LIBERIA Once Upon a Time in Liberia is a VTP first anthology to be published in paperback and ebook formats. The following guidelines are for submission for publication. We are accepting submissions from November 1, 2016 to November 1, 2017 from anywhere in the world. Send us your best work, we’d love to read it. CURRENT CALLS FOR SUBMISSIONS: Short Story | Poetry | Essay How to submit: Submission(s) must be sent through our email as an attachment; to submissions@villagetalespublishing.com along with author’s…

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Opposition MOVEE prepared to provide new leadership for Liberia

The Movement for Economic Empowerment (MOVEE) has called on voters not to reward incompetence in the October presidential and legislative elections so that Liberia can move forward in its development. In a statement reacting to the recent State of the Nation address delivered by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf a week ago, MOVEE said no nation that wants to move forward will reward incompetence, and certainly not one that has been stuck in the pit of underdevelopment for so long as Liberia has been. MOVEE said while there was a list…

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Romeo Mark A Lifetime of Writing

Born in Antigua, West Indies, Althea Romeo-Mark is an educator and writer who grew up in St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands. She has lived and taught in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, USA, Liberia (1976-1990), London, England (1990-1991), and in Switzerland since 1991. She earned a B.A. in English and Secondary Education from the University of the Virgin Islands and an M.A. in Modern American Literature from Kent State University, U.S.A. She also has a Cambridge Certificate in Teaching English as a Foreign Language (CETEFLA). She considers herself a citizen of…

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Liberian Lawmakers Mandate Lone Star Cell

The Editor, Why can’t these good-for-nothing lawmakers keep their noses out of other people’s business?… (Re “Liberian Lawmakers Mandate Lone Star Cell to Return Three Days Call Promotion) As lawmakers, they have no power to tell other people how to run their businesses! Read the Constitution, you morons! There’s nowhere in the Constitution does it grant lawmakers the power to dictate how other people run their private businesses. Nowhere. If Lone Star Cell wants to cancel their “Three Day Call Promotion” for its customers, that’s their business. If you don’t like how they run their…

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Is Brumskine positioned to fight corruption?

Among the nearly two dozen presidential candidates vying for the Liberian presidency in 2017, the most critical critics of the ruling Unity Party are those candidates who either worked in the Unity Party government, embraced corrupt individuals in the Unity Party government or have publicly endorsed the Unity Party when it was most convenient for them. As the Liberian 2017 presidential campaign unfolds, one of those candidates leading the charge to, as they put it, “deny the Unity Party” a third term, is Charles Brumskine of the Liberty Party. It…

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Liberian American Journalists Demand Apology

New Castle, Delaware — The Association of Liberian Journalists in the Americas (ALJA) is demanding a public apology from Liberia’s Minister of Information Culture Affairs and Tourism (MICAT), Eugene Nagbe, for his recent verbal attack on two local Liberian journalists. ALJA said it wants Minister Nagbe to openly express regrets to broadcast journalists, Emmanuel Capeheart of the Liberia Broadcasting System (LBS) and Estelle Liberty Kemoh of Power TV for the unnecessary public humiliation they suffered at his hands while executing their professional duties at the Capitol Building in Monrovia.

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