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The Liberian Diaspora: final frontier of Hope or enemies of the state?

    By Edmund Bargblor In today’s global economy, developing countries like Liberia and others in Africa must endeavor to engage their nationals in the diaspora to help with economic developments. Other countries like Israel, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, etc., have realized the importance of the diaspora’s economic role in fostering national development through its annual remittances and project-oriented initiatives. Individuals in the diaspora, who enjoyed dual nationality, have become a blessing to their respective countries of origin. The diaspora has become gold mines for most developing countries. Most countries are…

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In our country Liberia, there has been severe leadership deficit from the founding of the Liberian state to today. Liberia has been a country where there has been growth without development from year in year out. All these anomalies culminated in the fratricidal civil conflict that destroyed the fabric of our society and undermined our collective ability to move forward as one nation. With the help of ECOWAS and the International community, peace was restored to our country 15 years ago. Our collective responsibility as a people now is to maintain the peace. Instead, strange things are happening that could weaken our collective resolve to maintain the peace!! Yes, indeed strange things are happening in our country today- where people who were just barely managing to make life yesterday are today among the wealthiest people in Africa, if not the world, just in one year of being in power, as though they are money magicians. Op-ed 

The Role of the Media in the Sustenance of the Liberian Democracy

    The President and members of the Association of Liberian Journalists in the Americas, Officials of the Liberian Government, Officials of United States Government, Representatives of the Press Union of Liberia and other Liberian based professional and civil society organizations, Representatives of other United States based professional and civil society organizations, and Other distinguished ladies and gentlemen   I bring you greetings from the oldest Republic on the African Continent, the Republic of Liberia, the country bequeathed to us by our forefathers and foremothers, of diverse origins and backgrounds,…

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A report in the German online, DW Akademie suggests that a number of African heads of state and high-ranking politicians who have dual citizenship themselves or roots in another country. “Somali President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed is a citizen of Somalia and the United States. Liberia’s former head of state Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf has German and Liberian roots. Moise Katumbi, a leading DRC opposition politician, was an Italian citizen for 17 years. For this reason, he was banned from running in the 2018 presidential election.” Op-ed 

Dual citizenship: Creeping Xenophobia takes over Liberian Legislature

    The most controversial component of the Senate proposition deals with the issue of jobs: “A natural-born citizen of Liberia may hold the citizenship of another country but shall not qualify for elected positions and the following appointed positions: Chief Justice and Associate Justices of the Supreme Court of Liberia; Cabinet Ministers, Deputy Ministers; all heads of Autonomous Commissions, Agencies and Non-Academic/Research/Scientific Institutions and Ambassadors.” “It makes to coherent sagacity, to limit the right of a citizen especially a proposition that give them full rights as citizen of a…

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Surmounting all odds in pursuit of public accountability and transparency, thousands of patriotic Liberians defied the heavy downpour of rain on September 24, 2018 to send a clarion message to the International Community and the government of ex-Soccer Star George M. Weah. The bottom line was “Bring Back Our L$16 billion and US$25 million”. Op-ed 

The First Anniversary of Bring Back Our Money Mass Protest – A Brief Reflection

Surmounting all odds in pursuit of public accountability and transparency, thousands of patriotic Liberians defied the heavy downpour of rain on September 24, 2018, to send a clarion message to the International Community and the government of ex-soccer Star George M. Weah. The bottom line was “Bring Back Our L$16 billion and US$25 million”. We did submit a 7-count Petition. The Bring Back Our Money Campaign achieved the following milestones after such Petition was delivered: Peaceful Protest (No incident of violence) Massive turnout even under the heavy downpour of rain….

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Though women’s activists had done heroic work to kill the practice, Liberia’s political leaders, including President Sirleaf, avoided the topic. Op-ed 

Tell No Lies: Neurobiological consequences of FGM

    Every civilization must learn to solve the problems that undermine its progress or faces the consequences of extinction. Equally, every generation must set as its task to identify historical wrongs that are a break on transformation. This is why I have embarked on a crusade to correct the injustice. Further, It is based upon these points; also, I am working with other change agents to dispense with a common problem, which prevents some of our women, and girls- by far the most marginalized and exploited gender- from becoming…

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Kimathi, who used to write letters to negotiate with the colonial government from his hideout, further told the court that a pistol that was found on him was given to him in April 1955 by a man called Macharia Kimemia to defend himself against some members of Mau Mau who wanted him dead. Op-ed 

Dedan Kimathi Kenyan hero was executed after his own people ratted him to British—Liberian Listener

    Dedan Kimathi was in the 1950s seen as a terrorist by the British after leading the Mau Mau Uprising, an armed military struggle against the colonial regime in Kenya. But for many Kenyans, Kimathi has always been that hero who gave the British a hell of a time that would eventually pave the way towards the country’s independence. His group, the Mau Mau began as the Land and Freedom Army (KLFA), a militant Kikuyu, Embu and Meru army which sought to reclaim land that the British settlers had…

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As a matter of routine and statute, the UN General Assembly meets annually in regular session which often begins on the Tuesday of the third week in September. The 74th Regular Session started on Tuesday, September 24, 2019 and has since brought together Heads of States and renowned Diplomats from 193 countries. More than 90 Heads of States are attending this year’s UNGA. Twenty (20) Speakers took the stage for the morning session on Tuesday. Op-ed 

Missed Opportunity – A Critique of President George M. Weah’s UNGA Speech

    The Editor, As a matter of routine and statute, the UN General Assembly meets annually in regular session which often begins on the Tuesday of the third week in September. The 74th Regular Session started on Tuesday, September 24, 2019, and has since brought together Heads of States and renowned Diplomats from 193 countries. More than 90 Heads of States are attending this year’s UNGA. Twenty (20) Speakers took the stage for the morning session on Tuesday. Among an array of Speakers from Ukraine, Romania, Iraq, Eswatini, Iran,…

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#8. A number of senior government officials and pro-Weah publicists have been mocking and provoking health workers for their ongoing strike action. In fact, some of them have opening said “Is this the first time for health workers to protest. Let them continue. They are all opposition stooges and pay-agents”. Can you imagine? Op-ed 

Hypocrisy of CDC-led govt– health workers strike may not end anytime soon

    The Editor,   Liberia under footballing President George M. Weah is engulfed in a multiplicity of crises. There has been outcries and protests from health workers, students, teachers, civil servants, security personnel, pensioners, pregnant women, zogos, ex-AFL soldiers, etc. The government appears frail in finding concrete solution(s) to these emerging contradictions. The ongoing strike by health workers, in my opinion, is another National Health Emergency. The latest response or intervention of GOL through MICAT Press Statement appears more hypocritical and rhetorical. These are 10 reasons why I think…

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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. Op-ed 

Liberia: Withdrawal Bombshell Or Soft Landing

    By, Francis Nyepon   President George Manneh Weah could experience a humiliating, embarrassing and crushing defeat in 2023 due to his epic disappointment as President of Liberia.  Since becoming President almost two years ago, George Weah has dashed the hopes and aspirations of millions of Liberia’s majority youthful population. Under his Presidency, Liberia has overwhelmingly become toxic, besieged by corruption, mismanagement, hyper-partisanship and brazen inability of the ruling Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) Government to formulate and implement viable market liberalization policies to propel growth, boost employment and fuel transformation. Consequently, Liberians should be prepared to give…

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For a little over a month since being elected and installed Senator of Montserrado County, critics of Dillon have chastised him for failing to live up to a campaign promise he made to make his salary and benefits public. Until Tuesday, September 24, Sen. Dillon had always claimed of not being informed about his entitlements as Senator. News 

Sen. Dillon Exposes US$15K Ridiculous Monthly Pay for Liberian Senators

    Monrovia – The salary and or incentives of lawmakers have always been one of the untouchables of the Legislature. Lawmakers have kept to their chests the information about how much they earn monthly from taxpayers’ monies. It was a campaign promise by candidate Abraham Darius Dillon to make public his salary and incentives as a senator if elected by electorates of Montserrado County something all the lawmakers have considered sacred and personal. For a little over a month since being elected and installed Senator of Montserrado County, critics of Dillon…

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