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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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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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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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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George Weah’s CDC To Put Taylor’s Agenda Back On The Table

  Monrovia – On April 12, 2005, U.S. Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA-40) introduced a Congressional resolution [H.Con. Res 127] calling on Nigeria to turn over the former Liberian President Charles Taylor to the Special Court for Sierra Leone (SCSL). In 2003, Taylor was granted asylum by Nigeria if he agreed to end his involvement in Liberian politics. He was exiled in Calabar, the capital of Nigeria’s southeastern Cross River State. It was the Connecticut lawmaker’s push, along with that of then Senator Barack Obama that eventually forced the hand of…

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‘Poverty Doctor’ Wants Quality Education For Liberia

We will work to create a conducive atmosphere for learning and [will commit] resources to train teachers Monrovia — In the wake of fixing the educational mess president Ellen Johnson Sirleaf spoke about in the past and improving the broken down economy of Liberia, the political leader of the Movement for Economy Empowerment (MOVEE) has prescribed policy his leadership will put in place to improve the two. Serving as keynote speaker at program marking the induction ceremony of officers elect of the University of Liberia Student Union (ULSU), Dr. J….

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We Are Co-authors Of Our Own Misfortune: PLO Lumumba

Speech by Prof. Patrick Lumumba Intro: Patrick Loch Otieno Lumumba, [who is on a current visit to Liberia and is expected to speak to his fans and admirers, this week was] born 17 July 1962, [and] is a Kenyan who served as the Director of Kenya Anti-Corruption Commission from September 2010 to August 2011[2] and is currently the Director of The Kenya School of Laws since the year 2014.[3] An eloquent lawyer, he holds a PhD in Laws of the sea from the University of Ghent in Belgium. He is…

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The Indicted Former Speaker

The Editor, Was the indicted Speaker (Alex Tyler) ouster unconstitutional? Well, let see what the Constitution say: Article 49 of the Liberian Constitution states that “The speaker, the Deputy Speaker and other officers so elected may be removed from office for cause by resolution of a two-thirds majority of the members of the House” So what part of “…The speaker, the Deputy Speaker and other officers so elected may be removed from office for cause by resolution of a two-thirds majority of the members of the House.” do the indicted Speaker…

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Liberian lawmakers must include citizens during budget passage.

          By Nhinson Williams Congressional budgets and appropriations have impact on job creation and job security as well as consumer and employers’ confidence so states’ labor market information of…fices and bureaus have significant interests.National budgets also impact so many things, including various programs that support families and communities, workforce training and more.In addition, the Maryland Career Development Association brings together workforce development professionals in the state as well as career counselors in various academic institutions . Congress has managed to pass a stop gap budget to keep the government open and…

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After Liberia’s Costly Rioting, Great Soul‐Searching

  April 14 1979, is some 38 odd years ago, an important day nonetheless in Liberia’s trajectory and troubled recent history. We bring verbatim a New York Times piece of what actually happen on April 14, 1979   New York Times, MAY 30, 1979 By Carey Winfrey MONROVIA, Liberia, May 26 — The event is remembered here simply as “April 14.” On that day last month, at least 41 demonstrators protesting a proposed increase in the price of rice were shot and killed by army and police forces here, triggering…

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