Why is the US Embassy inviting presidential aspirants?

  E -D -I -T -O -R -I -A -L While the United States and congressional leaders are appalled by the interference of Russian hacking and in essence Moscow meddling in the 2016 elections that brought President Donald Trump to the White House, The Liberian Listener is shocked that that the United States is inviting Liberian presidential candidates to its embassy for “private discussions.” this is interference, this is meddling! Engaging the United States constructively as an important transition comes to bear with President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf expected to turn over the…

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Pres Gagame calls for urgent Africa Union reforms

President Paul Kagame has called for urgency in the implementation of the African Union reforms adopted at the last African Union Summit in January this year. The Head of State was speaking in Conakry, Guinea at the invitation of President Alpha Conde, the current Chairperson of the African Union. Alongside President Kagame were President Idriss Deby of Chad, and African Union Commission Chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat. Read President Kagame’s full speech below: Good morning. It is a pleasure to be back in Conakry. I would like to begin by thanking…

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Open Letter to U.S. Senate Majority Leader

LETTER SENT TO U.S. SENATE MAJORITY LEADER ON REDUCING LAWMAKERS SALARIES IN LIBERIA   Dear Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Many thanks for your service to the American people and for your devoted interests in serving humanity as a US lawmaker. Through your involvement and concerns for global issues and matters, it is my strongest belief that the efforts applied by you and others have helped to continuously shape our world for the better. However, I urge you to consider parts of the world where the United States administration 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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Liberia Code of Conduct: This can only lead to confusion

  The Supreme Court of Liberia last Friday made a decision that has the tendency to shove a monkey wrench into the 2017 electoral process. The Court’s decision, by the narrowest of margins—three for and two against—to uphold the highly controversial Code of Conduct could further disrupt the electoral process, and plunge the nation into a constitutional crisis. The Constitution decisively gives the Supreme Court the final word on interpretation of the law, clearly stating that it is the Court’s sole prerogative to determine whether or not a law, such…

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Liberia-Village Tales Publishing invite submissions

Submission Guidelines ONCE UPON A TIME IN LIBERIA Once Upon a Time in Liberia is a VTP first anthology to be published in paperback and ebook formats. The following guidelines are for submission for publication. We are accepting submissions from November 1, 2016 to November 1, 2017 from anywhere in the world. Send us your best work, we’d love to read it. CURRENT CALLS FOR SUBMISSIONS: Short Story | Poetry | Essay How to submit: Submission(s) must be sent through our email as an attachment; to submissions@villagetalespublishing.com along with author’s…

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Liberian Lawmakers Mandate Lone Star Cell

The Editor, Why can’t these good-for-nothing lawmakers keep their noses out of other people’s business?… (Re “Liberian Lawmakers Mandate Lone Star Cell to Return Three Days Call Promotion) As lawmakers, they have no power to tell other people how to run their businesses! Read the Constitution, you morons! There’s nowhere in the Constitution does it grant lawmakers the power to dictate how other people run their private businesses. Nowhere. If Lone Star Cell wants to cancel their “Three Day Call Promotion” for its customers, that’s their business. If you don’t like how they run their…

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Is Brumskine positioned to fight corruption?

Among the nearly two dozen presidential candidates vying for the Liberian presidency in 2017, the most critical critics of the ruling Unity Party are those candidates who either worked in the Unity Party government, embraced corrupt individuals in the Unity Party government or have publicly endorsed the Unity Party when it was most convenient for them. As the Liberian 2017 presidential campaign unfolds, one of those candidates leading the charge to, as they put it, “deny the Unity Party” a third term, is Charles Brumskine of the Liberty Party. It…

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Liberian American Journalists Demand Apology

New Castle, Delaware — The Association of Liberian Journalists in the Americas (ALJA) is demanding a public apology from Liberia’s Minister of Information Culture Affairs and Tourism (MICAT), Eugene Nagbe, for his recent verbal attack on two local Liberian journalists. ALJA said it wants Minister Nagbe to openly express regrets to broadcast journalists, Emmanuel Capeheart of the Liberia Broadcasting System (LBS) and Estelle Liberty Kemoh of Power TV for the unnecessary public humiliation they suffered at his hands while executing their professional duties at the Capitol Building in Monrovia.

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Why Liberia political parties lacked ideological bent?

And because Liberian political parties lacked any ideological bent, it is hard for the media to endorse political candidates during election circles. Sadly, our politics today, largely has become self-centered and void of principles—and it is not that principles are the ONLY guiding posts and scales to which politicians are measured on the high alter, politicians being politicians, but it helps to know which side of the divide they belong, for this helps to drive the political instruments and narratives around which the national narratives are centered, and hence that which is…

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