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In a place where poverty is eternally grinding, where hunger is the norm with xenophobia being the order of the day, and terrorism tearing the fabrics of the societies, how can social and economic freedom and political accuracy be achieved? Answers to these questions were provided in the keynote paper delivered by Professor Aja Akpuru-Aja, of the Abia State University, Uturu, whose theme dwelt on Pan-Africanism, the African Union and continental security: Matters Arising. Op-ed 

Pan Africanism Taking Hold In Nigeria

    Pan-Africanism in the areas of arts, music, politics, entertainment, film-making, leadership was the theme of the just-concluded international conference in Abuja on Pan-Africanism and the Forging of a New African Identity in the 21st Century. Edozie Udeze who attended the two-day event, writes on the proceedings that raised new hopes on Pan-Africanism and its many affiliates For two days last week, scholars, historians, political scientists, theatre artistes, music teachers and literary scholars from Nigeria and other parts of the world, gathered in Abuja, essentially to dwell on the…

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As I see it, there is no other explanation for this government’s continuous intimidations of critics, but to force those it considers oppositions to be loyal followers; thereby creating a monolithic political society in which CDC’s grand vision of a one-party state will prevail. But Liberians have come a long way in pursuit of multiparty democracy and the notion that Liberia will be a one-party state is a dangerous foreplay in our political dialectics and a choice we are unwilling to stomach. Op-ed 

“The Ultimate Goal Of The CDC Is To Make Liberia A One-Party State”,

The looming danger of a one-party state in Liberia   The idea that Liberia can become a one-party state seems like a distant reality, but the probability of such is becoming all too real under the Coalition of Democratic Change’s administration. Recent statements by Mulbah Morlu, Chairman of the Congress for Democratic Change in Brooklyn Park, MN USA and Vice President Jewel Howard Taylor in Bong County are clear and irrefutable evidence that the grand vision of the Coalition of Democratic Change or CDC is to transform Liberia into a…

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14. A disillusioned "popular" president was afraid to go and receive a petition from his own people who overwhelmingly elected him. Something may have gone wrong after 18 months. The Real Fact: The economy is bad while corruption and dictatorship remain prevalent. This was never THE CHANGE Mr. Weah promised. So, we The People, didn’t miss out on any opportunity. Do not be Op-ed 

Gains vs. Losses On The June 7th Protest

  Gains vs. Losses: The real petition came from THE PEOPLE – What did we achieve?   In my opinion, we didn’t lose or miss out on any opportunity. The PEOPLE were heard so loudly through slogans, songs, battle-cries, leaflets, banners, posters and random interviews. What more does any honest or serious government need to hear or receive in order to act? Paper petition from COP which you have already tagged ‘unrealistic’ and ‘trashy’? The REAL PETITION came directly from our PEOPLE. They were pragmatic, bold and fearless on June…

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• The open threat made by President Weah on the very eve of the protest to ruthlessly crush critical voices who expose him and his mental weakness and for whom he is and for what they are: a leader with no foresight but with the revolting penchant for theft on an infamous scale, who is incapable of making generalization, who has no original thought on anything, and who has an underdeveloped brain for reasoning but yet fenced himself with mediocrities and simpletons. Op-ed 

No To The Hypocrisy Of The ECOWAS!

    The Editor, Following the success of day 1 of the protest action held by the Council of Patriots (COP), the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) released a statement in Monrovia, frowning on the Council of Patriots (COP) for refusing to submit its petition to the government of Liberia, even in the face of the bridge of the agreement by the GOL that the Vice President of Liberia in Jewel Howard Taylor would descend on the grounds of the protest to receive the petition from the COP…

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These are the same young people who saw Mr. Weah as the “Country Giant.” Even though then-candidate Weah never had a debate with any of his opponents during the presidential campaign to know his local and world views of the issues, and he never held a press conference, and never put forward his governing platform and ideas, Liberians foolishly voted for George Manneh Weah. Op-ed 

June 7th A Call To Action In Liberia

  By Tewroh-Wehtoe Sungbeh Never overlook the power of protest. It is real.   People’s power is real in Liberia. The protest you saw in Liberia on June 7 is an expression of anger and dissatisfaction with a grossly insensitive, incompetent and corrupt Liberian government that wouldn’t change course and address prevailing national issues that affect the Liberian people. The prevailing national issues that require the attention of President Weah are many: poverty and hunger, massive unemployment, massive public-sector corruption, the culture of impunity, accountability, the establishment of a war…

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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 

Keeping the Legacy of Bishop Michael Francis Alive

Keeping the Legacy of Arch-Bishop Michael Kpakala Francis Alive: A call to Catholics of Liberia SPEECH His Grace Lewis Zeigler Archbishop of the Arch-Diocese of Monrovia Most Rev. Andrew J.Karnley, Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Cape Palmas Most Rev. Anthony Fallah Bowah, Catholic Diocese of Gbarnga, President, Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Liberia (CABICOL) Priests of the three Dioceses of Liberia Catholic Brothers and Sisters Members of the lay apostolate Officials of Government Distinguished ladies and gentlemen My fellow Catholic brothers and sisters, before I proceed any further, please permit…

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Rethinking The State In Liberia, Part II

  By Alaric Tokpa   Counter-hegemonic Discourse and the Crisis of the Liberian State The above framing of subject heading is in no way intended to suggest that counter-hegemonic discourse preceded the crisis of the state in Liberia. In fact, it was the crisis of the state that generated and gave fertile grounds to militant activism which, in turn, provided greater public exposure to the crisis of the state and induced popular opposition. Taking advantage of the space thus created by the unrepentant failure of the state, several mass organizations…

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Rethinking The State In Liberia

    By Alaric Tokpa Introduction                                                                 PART I In the popular search for appropriate state model, the beginning of the 21st century is an era of unrest and political uncertainty in Africa. At the same time, “history weighs heavily on the global periphery, producing conditions in many countries that are inhospitable to both democracy and social justice”.[i] Evidently then, the complication of the period presents a challenge to social science scholarship, as hardly can any African country in this age predict with absolute certainty the future direction of its political…

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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 

MOJA Press Statement: African Day And June 7th Protest

MOJA Issues Africa Day Solidarity Statement, Calls on Government to Provide Protection for June 7 Protesters Press Statement As we celebrate the 56th African Liberation Day Anniversary, we neither do so with our heads high believing that the African peoples will no longer be subjugated nor return to the dark days of colonialism. As we look back into the annals of African history, we are reminded of the days when the African continent and its peoples became victims of foreign domination and exploitation. We are reminded of how for centuries…

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This arrangement allowed the government to redirect $51M ($66M minus $15M) and $17M ($17M minus $0.00) from amounts allocated for goods and Services (i.e., money allocated for business industries located around the country) to the construction industry and non-financial assets for special Ministries and Agencies. Op-ed 

Liberia: June 7 Protest Is Imminent

By J. Yanqui Zaza The May 4, 2019 story carried by the Liberian local newspaper, Frontpageafricaonline) about the June 7, 2019 protest encouraged me to share my views about the would-be protest. In the article, the writer stated, “the much-publicized protest dubbed ‘Save The State’ has created mixed reactions amongst Liberians, with many reminiscing the 1979 Rice Riot, the proverbial straw that unleashed 25 years of mayhem, anarchy, destruction, and death on Liberians.”  Preceding this assertion, many other Liberians have asked President Weah government and the June 7, 2019 organizers…

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