Pres. Addo: Africans are not beggars, wants trade not aid

Africa should move beyond aid handouts that have failed to bring growth and prosperity and move to an era of mutual respect with Western countries, President Nana Akufo-Addo of Ghana said. Akufo-Addo made this known in a speech to the Royal African Society. He said aid to his nation from donor countries was unsustainable and harmful to both sides.”We do not want to remain the beggars of the world, we do not want to be dependent on charity,” he said in a speech in London, setting out a vision for…

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Cllr. Brumskine respond to Amb Greenfield: 10% have rights

  Press Release As Liberians experience an unprecedented legal case which seeks redress for election grievances through the law rather than the barrel of the gun, many are fast becoming fatigued by the legal process. This is understandable because we have not experienced such a process, neither have our civic stamina been so tested. What is not understandable are remarks attributed to former US Ambassador to Liberia, Dr. Linda Thomas Greenfield, which gives the impression that the legal case is a letdown to Liberians and it has been led by…

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In Defense of Education: Yes, Da Book We Will Eat

This election seem to have unearthed questions and some unsettling doubts. Liberia has now become fertile ground for debate and conflicting views on the value of education. Are we so far behind as a country that the most important foundation upon which to build our country has now fallen under attack? Are we so confused as a people that we now shun what we once held priceless? We now live in a knowledge-based century where increasingly the development of a country is linked to knowledge and information and the skills…

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Tikpi: Meet the Pan African opposition leader shaking up Togo’s politics

Tikpi Atchadam, the head of the Panafrican National Party (PNP), comes from Togo’s north, where leaders have traditionally supported the regimeThe residents of Togo’s coastal capital, Lome, are used to seeing supporters of veteran political opposition leader Jean-Pierre Fabre pounding the streets in protest. But the opposition had never succeeded in coming together as it did this week, when a tide of humanity turned out against President Faure Gnassingbe and his government. Not until Tikpi Atchadam, the head of the Panafrican National Party (PNP), emerged on the scene, joining his…

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Armed Forces of Liberia, affirms neutrality in elections

Monrovia – The attention of the Ministry of National Defense and the Armed Forces of Liberia has been drawn to the Institute for Research and Democratic Development (IREED) press release held on 5 October 2017 on Electoral Integrity and Abuse of Incumbency and published in the New Dawn Newspaper on 6 October 2017. The Armed Forces of Liberia High Command categorically refutes allegation against it neutrality as spread by this release. The Armed Forces of Liberia remains politically neutral in all electoral processes in Liberia and its personnel have at…

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Nyerere’s Legacy and Ujamaa in a turbulent era

Assessments of Julius Nyerere, Tanzania’s first president, are conventionally focused on his quest for ujamaa, a just social order based on community solidarity. Whereas supporters hailed ujamaa as a creative adjustment of socialist thought to local realities, critics contemptuously dismissed it as a romantic and unscientific endeavour. Nyerere’s concern with social justice needs to be understood in the context of his overriding commitment to building a nation state. In his farewell address to the Tanzanian Parliament on July 29 1985, Nyerere recalled: “The single most important task, which I set…

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No Immunity: Sen. Sherman wants Pres. Sirleaf to leave the 3rd Monday in Jan.

President Sirleaf submitted a draft bill to the legislature called Transitional Act so as to smooth path to a full and complete transition. While many of the requests in the draft seems reasonable, political observers say the suggestion by Sirleaf for presidential amnesty from prosecution and a threat that such amnesty will make it easier for an African leader to turn over power and not [stay] into office by hook or crook, raised eyebrows with many of her opponents projecting an uphill battle for passage. Two Transitional Plans in Play…

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China is cheating Africa

The Editor China which gets its raw material from Africa turns around and sell for us finished products. While Africa export to China is mostly raw material at estimated value of about $60 billion a year, we turn around and buy the finished products and we spend over $500 Billion in China. Same predicament faces us when it comes to western countries. The west uses their institutions like World Trade Org.(WTO) to clump down on our goods by claiming that they do not meet international threshold, that way they keep…

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20 Amazing Facts About Thomas Sankara

Thomas Isidore Noël Sankara; 21 December 1949 – 15 October 1987) was a Burkinabé military captain, Marxist revolutionary, pan-Africanist and President of Burkina Faso from 1983-87.Viewed by supporters as a charismatic and iconic figure of revolution, he is commonly referred to as “Africa’s Che Guevara” Below are some of his amazing achievements: 1. He vaccinated 2.5 million children against meningitis, yellow fever and measles in a matter of weeks. 2. He initiated a nation-wide literacy campaign, increasing the literacy rate from 13% in 1983 to 73% in 1987. 3. He…

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29th Ordinary Session of AU, Concludes In Addis Ababa

The 29th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of AU was officially opened on 30th June, 2017 at the African Union Headquarters, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and has come to close after 9 days. By Amen Teferi The fifteen years old continental organization AU consists of all the 55 countries on the African continent. AU was launched in July 2002 in Durban, South Africa, replacing the Organization of African Union (OAU). Ethiopia was busy hosting its guests for the last nine days, as the various statutory organs of the Union met in…

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