Must we allow an opportunist like Sylla to pollute Liberia’s political corridors with such parochial agenda once more? No..No..No. We must be bold and honest about how we do politics or business in Liberia. The action of Sylla can only fit in the triangle of opportunism, egocentrism, and sectarianism. Since Pres. Weah along with his government has become so unpopular, Weah's intent is to rig 2020 and 2023 polls. Op-ed 

The Three-Facedness of Ali Sylla – ALCOP, CDC, or UP? – Part 1

  By Martin K. N. Kollie In 2014, young Ali Sylla had a golden opportunity to etch his name in Liberia’s political history. The Unity Party (UP) chose Sylla as its Senatorial Hopeful to contest in Liberia’s populous County, Montserrado. Young Sylla cheerfully chose to eat his lunch before recess period. This was a missed opportunity. Even though Sylla was never the most qualified or the most competent candidate to contest on UP’s ticket in 2014 Senatorial Election, but he was preferred, through a democratic process, because the Unity Party thought that…

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Many at times brothers and sisters attribute all our present problems to the age-old story of slavery, colonialism or another. The fact though but it doesn't entirely make sense cause there's present and opportunities. This kind of assertion must be exhausted and retired—that is, we can use the present and opportunities to redefine our past and secure a better future for generations to come.  In my view, the essence of reading history is to mirror the past, to teach the present  and project a future. Indeed, Liberia has a semi-barbaric past, yet there are present and opportunities.    Conclusion  Op-ed 

The Path To Democracy Remains Elusive: A Metaphor Of Elegy And Eulogy

  DR. H. BOIMA FAHNBULLEH, JR. I speak to you all today from my heart and I hope you will listen to me very carefully and try to understand that the future of your children can be decided by the way you think and act now. Over the years, you have suffered a lot. Your country is destroyed; many of your friends and relatives died during years of war. Your children are looking into the future without hope. Many of your daughters are scattered across West Africa living a sorrowful…

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Jockk Brand vs. the Man at the Top of the Stairs  and Other Men Hiding in the Shadows in the Garden Evening. Icy Cafe, Street of the Monkeys, Phom Phen.  Op-ed 

I might have been better on a hilltop in Nepal

Introduction: Dag Walker is an amazing writer traveling the world, who currently finds himself in Quito, Ecuador, where he enjoys the beautiful weather far from his own home– in North America. In the mountains and hills of his current residence, he finds time, and solace to contemplate writing and structuring his thoughts as he pound ideas we need in a world that seeks to self destruct, writing that he is “hopeful”! Walker wrote this short essay as— a reflection of what writers go through before they get published, but also…

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Some years ago, I had a discussion with Donald Duke, former governor of Cross River State in Nigeria. I commended his vision for a plan to attract large numbers of tourists from around the world, impacting positively on the economy of the state and the nation. I observed that a large number of leaders in Nigeria can’t envision Nigeria as a developed nation, and talk more of mobilizing citizens to actualize the vision. He replied with an illustration: Nigeria, he said, is like an aircraft that is being flown by pilots that did not go to flying school. He added that when the plane crashes, everyone blames the pilot. The question therefore is: where are Africa’s leadership “flying schools?” How and where do Africans acquire sophistication in the leadership skills required to guide the continent into development? Op-ed 

Africa doesn’t need charity, it needs good leadership

  By Sam Adeyem   There is an ongoing discussion on the effectiveness of foreign aid in helping the economic development of Africa. One thing is obvious: the results are not exactly what Africa’s development partners have expected, and the reasons are not far-fetched. Dambisa Moyo, global economist and author, contends in her book Dead Aid that while foreign aid that addresses humanitarian needs caused by drought and conflict is helpful, most of the aid given to African countries is rather harmful. The OECD provides comprehensive statistics on the kinds and volume of aid…

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Berlin 1884: Remembering the conference that divided Africa

135 years ago, European leaders sat around a horseshoe-shaped table to set the rules for Africa’s colonization.     On the afternoon of Saturday, November 15, 1884, an international conference was opened by the chancellor of the newly-created German Empire at his official residence on Wilhelmstrasse, in Berlin. Sat around a horseshoe-shaped table in a room overlooking the garden with representatives from every European country, apart from Switzerland, as well as those from the United States and the Ottoman Empire. The only clue as to the purpose of the November gathering of white…

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These are the fruits of the heroic struggle of the Soweto Uprising and the people determination to achieve a resplendent South African through permanent struggle. The historical antecedents of this day is a tribute to the Soweto Uprising inspired by a younger generation on the African continent, reminds us to always not tremble at the indignation of injustice anywhere and to rise to the demands for better welfare and the advancement of our given rights. With our right arms up, we give in red, green, and black salutes to the memories of the heroic student and the general masses of South Africa for the role they played in crippling imperialism on the African soil. To the commemoration of the African youth day, this occasion should not just be a mere jamboree of fine speeches and flattering activities. We must struggle to lift Africa in a new era of new beginnings! Op-ed 

In remembrance of the Soweto Uprising on June and 16, 1976 and African youth day.

By: Jusu Kamara We appreciate the history of resistance and the role played by African men and women who took the risk of protesting to honor the race and restore their people’s dignity. It is with this understanding that we join conscious men and women in the world and Africa in remembrance of the heroic struggle and sacrifice of the Soweto Uprising, and the commemoration of The African Youth Day. History has taught us that on this day, African school going students from the bantustans and native reserves of South…

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For example, Article 19 (3) (a) and (b) of the ICCPR provides that restriction of the rights to freedom of expression can be limited: a. ‘for the respect of the rights or reputations of others; b. for the protection of national security or of public order (ordre public), or of public health or morals.’  Additionally, Article 27 (2) of the ACHPR provides that ‘[t]he rights and freedoms of each individual shall be exercised with due regard to the rights of others, collective security, morality, and common interest.’ Op-ed 

‘COVID-19 and State of Emergency: implication for freedom of expression in Liberia’

  By Urias Teh The surge of the global COVID-19 pandemic has provided a compelling reason for States to impose restrictive measures, some in the form of health protocols to beat back the spread of the deadly disease. These measures have provoked debate, essentially around the nature and scope of these restrictions vis-à-vis the protection of human rights. While limitations for public health reason is legitimate, there have been concerns that the outbreak is opening a window of opportunity for some States to further entrench repressive measures and far overreach…

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You deprived yourself of all the social luxuries that a young man enjoys while growing up just to ensure that the tragedy that then presided over the state vanish! You exposed yourself to horrors and tyrannic menaces when it was not fashionable to do so. Op-ed 

Hats off to Struggle icon Cde. Alaric Tokpa as he runs for the Liberian Senate

  By Jusu Kamara Prof. Alaric Tokpa, congratulations as you declared your intentions to run for the Liberian Senate. You are a sainted struggle icon and have lived all your life fighting for the dignity of our people. At a very young age, you threw yourself in the vortex of the struggle for social justice, academic freedom, and peace which in its gyration, you emerged as a pure revolutionary. For this, you were imprisoned at the famous Belle Yalah slaughter camp by despot Samuel Doe. You have paid your dues…

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Dr. Nyan is the inventor of the US patented multiplex test for infectious diseases which detects and identifies Coronaviruses, HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis virus, Ebola, Zika, Dengue and many more. He testified before the US Congress in September 2014 on the Ebola outbreak. He is the winner of the 2017 African Innovation Award Special Prize for Social Impact for his invention. During this COVID-19 Pandemic, Dr. Nyan has provided extensive pandemic response awareness to the population and expert advised on public health regulatory measures directly and via radio and television in African countries including Liberia. Op-ed 

Another Invitation for Dr. Dougbeh Chris Nyan to Lecture on COVID-19 Pandemic at Rowan University – as he Postulates Herd Immunity in Parts of Africa

By Jana-Astrid Schäfer and Fatoumata Njei ZüRICH, June 9, 2020 – One of Africa’s prominent infectious diseases expert from Liberia, Dr. Dougbeh Chris Nyan of Shufflex Biomed has postulated that many African countries including Liberia could be “going through a stage of Herd Immunity at this point of the COVID-19 Pandemic on the continent.” Dr. Nyan made the statement recently during his presentation to faculty and staff at the Rowan University Rowan College’s Division of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics in New Jersey, the USA. Meanwhile at the end of…

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CPP Framework is a “Carte Blanche” for Patronage and Protectionism – A Critique

  The Editor,   Article 10 Section 10:11 of “The CPP Framework” seemingly defeats the purpose and the genuineness of a viable opposition collaboration that is based on ideological conviction and philosophical belief(s). The framework is contentious, contagious, and undemocratic. It needs a careful relook and a critical readjustment. As I said, this framework is a “carte blanche” for patronage and protectionism. Here’s why. Liberians are overly desperate for a more genuine alternative after 24 months under the failing regime of footballing President George M. Weah. Such unquenched desperation has…

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