Honorable Justice Philip Banks Dissenting Opinion: CoC

Today I have, as I believe have most Liberians, shared tears for Liberia, for by the decision of the majority colleagues of this Court, some of the most sacred rights of the people and the most sacred provision of the Liberia Constitution have been shredded and placed into a waste vent, and by the Act the Constitution has been turned upside down on its head. This is the second time that a challenge has been mounted in this Court to certain of the provisions of the “Act of Legislature Prescribing…

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Africa: prestigious Brunel Poetry Prize name shortlists candidates tomorrow

The 2017 international Brunel poetry prize shortlists will be announced tomorrow March 6th 2017. The Brunel prize for poetry is the African poetry prize that spots new talents every year on the African continent and the diaspora, and is composed of several eminent luminary poets drawn from across the globe. According to the site “The winner,” will be “announced  on May 2nd 2017. The Brunel International African Poetry Prize is a major annual poetry prize of £3000 aimed at the development, celebration and promotion of poetry from Africa. Now in its fourth year, this year the Prize is sponsored by Brunel…

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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 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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Global Witness Bribery And Big Boy One

The Editor, When Big Boy Shannon was indicted for bribery, I couldn’t stop thinking about the book—“Corruption 101-Liberia Style”–written by Len Lindstrom!  (Re “Global Witness Bribery Probe- Big Boy 1 Appears.) Mr. Lindstrom is a Canadian Investor, who published a Pulitzer Prize- worthy book about theft and corruption at the Ministry of Lands, Mines and Energy (MLME), while Dr. Eugene Shannon was the Minister. After reading the book, it would become clear to you that 99.9999 percent of the MLME  Ministers are in the business to defraud the Liberian people!…

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Africa’s 2016 in pictures

The most striking news images from the African continent Last year Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Oscar Pistorius removed his prosthetic limbs and hobbled around the courtroom at his sentencing hearing in South Africa in June. Image copyright Italian Navy via AP Image caption The capsizing of a boat in the Mediterranean between Libya and Italy is caught on camera in May by the Italian navy as officers rescued more than 560 migrants. Image copyright AP Image caption A few months later in August, 20 small boats were rescued off…

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Is Johnson-Sirleaf’s presidential task-force a dishonest scheme?

Is Johnson-Sirleaf’s presidential task-force a dishonest scheme? A critical look at the Liberian leader’s stance on official corruption. The presidential task-force set up by President Sirleaf to investigate an allegation of bribery in the Sable Mining case may be a diversionary tactic and a public relation stunt. Madam Sirleaf has a cunning way of deceiving international donors, whenever there is a scandalous report of corruption in her government. When one closely follows the manner in which President Sirleaf had dealt with prior corruption cases, one would realize that this president…

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Liberia Ranks Highly With Secret Savings in Swiss Banks

MONROVIA—Liberia’s international negative reputation for corruption continues to grow with several international reports painting a bad image about how the country is managing its resources. Against the backdrop of a Global Witness report alleging bribery reported committed by former and current Liberian government officials another report has listed Liberia as the top African country with saving in bank accounts when the amount deposited are matched with the country Gross domestic Product. Deposits from Liberia might not be comparable with bigger countries like Nigeria but matching the deposits with GDP, Liberia…

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PHOTO ESSAY: IS Gen. Ziankahn Confused?

AFL Chief of Staff Gen. Ziankahn ordered the Liberian Observer editor and publisher, the respected Kenneth Best to without delay appeared at his office this week, over a news article that met his displeasure. Gen. Ziankahn is supposed to, or expected to be the best and intelligent ever army Chief of Staff of the Liberian Army given Liberia’s brush with military dictatorship and armed conflict which lasted for almost three decades. Plus, he was meritly vetted by some of the best military trainers in the world, and tax payers and…

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