central african republic News 

Analysis: The curious case of Russia in Central African Republic

By Bram Posthumus The Central African Republic (CAR) has intermittently been the backdrop for somebody else’s war. Despite having a population of only 4.8 million people, it is approximately the same size as France, Denmark and the Netherlands combined. That vast open space has been used as a venue for battles by different parties; former coloniser France, strongmen from Chad, Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo, the notorious Ugandan rebels of the Lord’s Resistance Army and a United States Special Forces unit. The latest visitors are Russia, its army and…

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stephen mcgill, liberian listener Op-ed 

Cassava Leaf: A source of survival

By Stephen Mcgill Cassava (Manihot esculenta), called yuca in Spanish, is a crop plant with roots (tuber) and leaves good for consumption. The roots are rich in carbohydrates while the leaves are rich in proteins and vitamins. Yuca originates from South America, precisely, Brazil, and was taken to West Africa in the sixteenth century by Portuguese traders. Except for contemporary historians and some academicians, most of the folks in West Africa do not believe cassava was transported to the continent, but rather one of those crops associated with the cultural…

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Op-ed Public Policy 

A Statement on ‘The Better Liberia Agenda’ for transformation

Fellow Liberians, and members of the press: Before proceeding any further, please reflect with me for one moment of silence on the memory of Dr. Amos Claudius Sawyer the founder of the Liberian People’s party, and many of the founding members of LPP that predeceased him, including but not limited to the following members:   Boley N’dorbor Mathias Nimely Ismael Campbell Nyanfor Koffa Wiwi Debbah Nelson Wiah Zardoe Dwana Wuo Garbie Tappia Tonie Richardson David Momolu Lavala Benedict Garlawolu Albert Saywon John Koti Nathaniel Jebboe Tarplah Weah Henry Wylie Thomas…

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head scarfs /nyt Public Policy 

Wearing a Head Scarf Can Be Grounds for Job Suspension, E.U.’s Top Court Rules

The court upheld a decision that companies can ban head scarves or other religious symbols in the workplace in the interest of “a neutral image.”   Private employers in the EU can ban people from wearing religious symbols, including headscarves, in order to present an image of neutrality, the bloc’s highest court has ruled. Companies can ban headscarves provided such a prohibition is part of a policy against all religious and political symbols, the court said on Thursday, reaffirming a 2017 ruling. The latest judgment went further by examining the grounds…

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castro /africapedia Interviews 

When Cuba Provided Crucial Military Aid to African Independence Movements

AN INTERVIEW WITH WITH PIERO GLEIJESES Under Fidel Castro, Cuba backed independence movements across the Third World. This support was decisive in battling South African apartheid, thwarting US covert operations, and securing self-rule across southern Africa. In the 1970s, hope for southern Africa seemed bleak. Angola, Mozambique, and Guinea-Bissau were under Portuguese control. After the collapse of Portuguese rule, the United States collaborated with South Africa to crush Angolan guerrilla movements. In South Africa, the apartheid regime was firmly in place and extended control over Namibia. Cuban intervention in the…

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dr. dunn, a liberian life Artists & Reviews 

A review of A Liberian Life: Memoir of an Academic and Former Minister of State for Presidential Affairs

“My motive for research and writing was a desire to better understand my country with a view to enhancing its development and hopefully contribute to the broader advancement of knowledge” (Dunn) page 162. How does one review an encyclopedia? This is the challenge I faced when I read the latest book by Dr. Elwood Dunn, titled A Liberia Life,Memoir of An Academic and former Minister of State for Presidential Affair” (2022). Every page of an encyclopedia is filled with essential information, that cannot be set aside. And if ever there was a…

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Lpp, Liberian peoples partyty Op-ed 

LIBERIAN PEOPLE’S PARTY CALLS ON AFRICAN DEVELOPMENT BANK TO CLARIFY

  SUBJECT: Is GRANT A LOAN THAT LIBERIA HAS TO PAY BACK? Dear Mr. Orison Amu: The Liberian People’s Party (LPP) extends thanks and appreciation to your institution in joining others to provide funding for the Government of Liberia to have conducted training for “…over 60 data focal person (employees),” according to the Press Release on November 20, 2020, issued by the Ministry of Finance Planning and Development. The 60 persons were to learn and utilize the “Liberia Project Dashboard,” a “…system used to input, analyze, and publish information about…

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A member of the opposition Liberty Party and Senatorial candidate in upcoming elections was attacked at a rally in the slum community of New Kru Town allegedly by supporters of the ruling CDC. Senator Abraham Darius Dillon shortly, thereafter, angrily reacted by threatening to have his supporters stone the Presidential convoy. The National Security Agency (NSA)reacted  by warning that such action would be dealt with decisively. The Senator later retracted his statement and threat.   Liberia holds midterm elections in December and General and Presidential elections in 2023. To date, no investigation has been concluded by Liberian authorities nor anyone held to account for these election related violence. In Guinea and Cote’Ivoire, the opposition have been protesting against attempts by the incumbents to extend their rule by amending the constitutions Deadly shases and injutries have been reported.  By Our Political Reporters in Wasgington DC and Monrovia/African Star Public Policy 

Liberia is moving dangerously downward into an abyss

PRESS RELEASE At an alarming rate, Liberia is moving dangerously downward into an abyss. It is a very troubling and discouraging situation considering the recent past history of our Country. The fratricidal civil conflict that commenced on 24 December 1989 claimed the lives of more than two hundred thousand Liberians. It was a conflict deeply rooted in the rigged Presidential and Legislative Elections of October 1985. Those Elections were conducted by the then Special Elections Commission (SECOM) under the Chairmanship of the late Emmett Harmon, a veteran of traditional True…

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deborah samuels News 

Islamic fundamentalism, the death of Deborah Samuels: Nigeria is becoming dangerous by the day

  ABUJA, NIGERIA — Religious groups and rights activists in Nigeria are calling for justice after a female Christian student was killed by a mob for alleged blasphemy. The student was beaten and burned to death on the premises of a school in northwestern Sokoto state. The Catholic Diocese of Sokoto criticized the attack in a statement Friday and called on state authorities to catch and prosecute the killers. Rights groups like Amnesty International, and the Socio-Economic Rights Accountability Project or SERAP, have also condemned the attack and are demanding justice…

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nigeria backetbal team Sports 

Buhari withdrawn country’s basketball teams from international competition for two years

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has withdrawn the country’s national basketball teams from international competition for the next two years, directly violating the non-interference statutes set out by FIBA. On Thursday, a statement from the office of Nigeria’s Sports Minister Sunday Dare read: “Following the unending crises that have plagued and nearly crippled basketball development in the country, President Muhammadu Buhari has today approved the immediate withdrawal of Nigeria from all International Basketball Competitions for a period of two years.” Dare added: “Government intends to utilize this period of break to…

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