Togo: Three Die In Pan African National Party Protest

The deaths came amid anti-government protests against planned constitutional reforms that would allow President Faure Gnassingbe to remain in office until 2030. His family has ruled the West African nation since 1968. Three people were shot dead in the country’s second city, Sokode, and another was killed in the capital Lome, the government said on Wednesday. The violence later spread to several other cities in the north.  The protests were triggered in part by the arrest of an imam on Monday in Sokode on charges of inciting his followers to…

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War criminal, Taylor-Weah connection dents Liberia’s image

In an article on BBC NEWS titled Is Ex-warlord Charles Taylor pulling Liberia’s election strings from prison? Reporter Charlotte Attwood explores the unlikely coalition between former footballer George Weah, a candidate in Liberia’s presidential election, and former warlord Charles Taylor’s ex-wife Jewel Howard Taylor, who is running as the vice-presidential candidate. Sources within the Trump administration stated, it’s troubling how quickly Liberians have forgotten their terrifying civil war including the rape of women and young girls along with the events that led to, at least, 250,000 Liberians dying in a…

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The brutal, glaring unforgiving truth has finally surfaced, and it is ugly

Finally the mask is coming off!For most of the last 12 years, contradiction has characterized the difference between the way the world has viewed Liberia and its highly esteemed leader, versus the view Liberians have of their own country, government and President. But that gap seems to be closing. Quite a rosy picture of peace, progress and development has characterized the outside world’s impression of Liberia, courtesy of lofty speeches and glowing reports, and evidenced no doubt by equally glowing accolades, beginning with the prestigious Nobel Peace Prize. Surely, the…

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Nyerere’s Legacy and Ujamaa in a turbulent era

Assessments of Julius Nyerere, Tanzania’s first president, are conventionally focused on his quest for ujamaa, a just social order based on community solidarity. Whereas supporters hailed ujamaa as a creative adjustment of socialist thought to local realities, critics contemptuously dismissed it as a romantic and unscientific endeavour. Nyerere’s concern with social justice needs to be understood in the context of his overriding commitment to building a nation state. In his farewell address to the Tanzanian Parliament on July 29 1985, Nyerere recalled: “The single most important task, which I set…

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The Good The Bad And The Blues is a wicked band!

The Good The Bad And The Blues is the 2011, 2012, 2013 winners of the prestigious Black Swamp Blues Society blues challenge. The band recently performed in Edmonton, Alberta and one of our editors watched them played. below is a brif bio of the band members. Aayan Naim, playing lead guitar and singing is his thing, he grew up in Chicago started playing and singing in the 7th grade, turned pro in the 9th and never looked back By the way he grew up directly across the street from Muddy…

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Does President Sirleaf Intend to Cheat in the October 10, 2017 Elections?

Does President Sirleaf intend to cheat in the October 10, 2017 elections? If not, then just what did she hope to achieve from the visit to her home on Sunday, September 17, 2017, of the Deputy Special Representative of UN Secretary-General, Yacoub El Hillo, NEC Commissioners, Sam Joe, Boakai Dukuly, Sarah Toe, Chairman Jerome Korkoya, Executive Director, Lamin Lighe and all nineteen Elections Magistrates, for discussion on elections matters with just about two weeks left to elections. This development has raised questions about the integrity and independence of the NEC…

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First Lady Dr. Grace Mugabe Buys Exotic Mansion In Affluent Sanhurst

Johannesburg – Zimbabwean first lady Grace Mugabe has bought two mansions worth more than $8-million in Johannesburg and Harare this year, an investigation has revealed.   According to a report in the Zimbabwe Independent, which has conducted a long-running investigation into the property acquisition spree of President Mugabe’s wife, a $3,4 million (R45 million) palatial house in the affluent Sandhurst suburb of Johannesburg is not the only mansion she has snapped up in recent months.   It has also emerged that Grace has been renting a sprawling property owned by…

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Pres. Sirleaf Invites Officials Of Elections Commission and 19 election magistrates for private meeting at her home

Monrovia—Cllr. Johnson-Allison told reporters that she agrees with President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s call for a new generation of leadership, but noted Liberia needs people who are adequately prepared to steer the affairs of the country. “I don’t have a quarrel with the generational change thing, but when we talk about generational change, we need people who are prepared, people who are educated, people who are refined; not because you are young so you’re fit to be President, that’s not it. As long as we’ve been here I’ve never heard or…

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Pan African Congress Celebrates Heroes

“We are also celebrating our heritage as a party. We want to celebrate and examine our pros and cons, our losses and setbacks, all on this same day,” Pretoria – PAC members were in high spirits on Sunday as they commemorated the 56th anniversary of the party’s former military wing, the Azanian People’s Liberation Army (Apla), at the Mamelodi West Cemetery. The day, which marked the formation of Apla – formerly known as Poqo – in 1961, is celebrated annually. It was at the cemetery where the remains of 10…

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15 Pan African National Party Leaders Sentenced to Prison in Togo

Unrest swept the West African state of Togo beginning on August 19-20 when an opposition coalition CAP 2015 and the Pan African National Party (PNP) demanded the resignation of the current government of Faure Gnassingbe. The Gnassingbe family has dominated Togolese politics since 1967 when Faure’s father, Etienne Gnassingbe Eyadema, staged a military coup which overthrew President Nicolas Gunitzky. Four year prior to this putsch on January 13, 1963, Sgt. Etienne Eyadema, had removed and assassinated President Sylvanus Olympio. After the 1967 coup against Gunitzky, Eyadema became president of the…

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