To my dear small brother, Patrick Honnah, we extend solidarity and admonish you to remain standing and soldering on. We are standing with you and we are standing together. God is still on his throne and he is a Man of Justice. He will grant you Justice before the eyes of our very oppressors and the nation shall rejoice. Public Policy 

How can we stand together, when George Weah continues to witchhunt the media?

  By Robert Moncio Kpadeh   How can we “stand together” when you are viciously witch-hunting us and could possibly subvert us if fate presented you the opportunity? How can we “stand together” when you are sadistically pursuing Patrick Honnah tooth and nail and hell-bent on not to grant his Punch F.M. operational rights or clearance despite the fact that the station has met all legal requirements? How can we “stand together” when you and your bunch are breathing fresh air but gruesomely kneeling on our neck and suffocating us…

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Nvasekie N. Konneh is a writer, and nine year veteran of the United States Navy.  He is the author of two books of poetry, Going To War for America, The Love of Liberty Brought Us Together and The Land of My Father’s Birth, memoir of the Liberian civil wars. Nvasekie Konneh can be reached at 267 826 3952 or through email @ Artists & Reviews 

 If Saclepea Could Speak: book excerpt, —from “The Land of My Father’s Birth”

“Until my recent visit, my last time of visiting Saclepea, my birthplace, was November 1989, just a month before the war started. As the rumor became a reality, my folks fled the town, with some coming to Monrovia and others going to Guinea and Ivory Coast. Most of them left, thinking that things would be over soon and they would return home. Since then, many have not made it back. Some like my father, Ngoamilleh Konneh, died longing for the home they couldn’t go back to. Some went back to…

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In Los Angeles, Herb Reed, a recently discharged Army veteran recruited Cornell Gunther, Joe Jefferson, and Alex Hodge to form a vocal quartet he would eventually name The Platters. The group’s name came from the metal disks, or “platters,” that rotate vinyl records on the turntable of a phonograph. These four men were the “original” Platters in 1953. Music 

The Platters: music was grande in the 1950s

By Dag W. Walker Music history was grand in 1953. It was the year the American group The Platters was formed in Los Angeles, California. In LIberia that year, Solomon Carter Fuller, born in Monrovia, a pioneering physician, psychiatrist, pathologist, and professor died] on January 16, 1953. William Vacanarat Shadrach Tubman was the 19th president of Liberia, with William Tolbert as Vice President. In Los Angeles, Herb Reed, a recently discharged Army veteran recruited Cornell Gunther, Joe Jefferson, and Alex Hodge to form a vocal quartet he would eventually name…

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To sum it all, we must consolidate forces and revolt through the ballot or the bullet? This will be our own struggle not others. United front or no progress - there should be no such thing as middle ground or negotiation with reactionary forces. Thank about it. Onward to victory! Op-ed 

The OPRM Extends Sobering Independence Day felicitations to Fellow Citizens

  For Immediate Release   The One People Revolutionary Movement under the acronym ‘OPRM’ wishes fellow Liberians an independence day of sober reflection, rather than an independence day of celebration. The One People Revolutionary Movement(OPRM) has morally inferred, like all truthful Liberians, that this brand new age(173) of Liberia comes with so much political despair, socioeconomic misery, and harsh poverty. Rightfully, a hungry man cannot celebrate his poverty, but he must strategically plan to unshackle himself from his squalor. Now that the Special Senatorial Elections are facing us, as December…

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“The composition of the EMB (Electoral Members Board) should be representative of the society. . . Consideration should be given to appointing independent persons known within the society for their integrity. It is recommended that the chair of the commission should be a person who holds or has held high judicial office (a high court or supreme court judge). That is the practice in several countries. (Taken from the Southern African Development Community’s “Principles for Election Management, Monitoring, and Observation in the SADC Region”, as adopted by SADC in Johannesburg 2003.) Op-ed 

July 26 Independence Celebration: Liberia’s True Freedom?

By Jackie Sayegh I wrote this more than six years ago and I find that it is as relevant today as the day it was written. Happy Birthday, Liberia. I happily turned to my daughter Chris and said, “Today is Liberia’s independence day”, to which she replied, “independence from which country?” That stopped me dead in my steps. Yes, independence from which country? Perhaps this day than should be called our National Day. As a student of Professor J Pal Chadhuri, who taught Liberian history for many years at the…

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Altogether it cost 3.4 billion Kenyan shillings - that is, $35 million, or £26 million. At 10km long, that works out to around $3 million per kilometre. To put it in perspective, the BBC's Ferdinand Omondi in Nairobi notes that this is more than double the amount of money the Kenyan government has put aside for its strategic food reserves this year. It is also about a million dollars more than it is spending on universal healthcare, and three times the amount it has set aside for affordable housing. Story was first publish in 2019, March. Public Policy 

SCANDAL: over Kenya’s border fence that cost $35m for just 10km

    BBC—Kenyan MPs have asked how a 10km wire fence built along the country’s border with Somalia cost $35 million. government had originally promised to build a complex wall to run about 700km (435 miles) along the border. But the “wall”, which was meant to stop al-Shabab militants from crossing into Kenya, has ended up being a wire fence that is only 10km long. Kenya’s parliament has now suspended construction, and is demanding an investigation into the project. What was the original plan? When the plan was first announced…

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"Kroll has sought to obtain information from the CBL regarding the end recipient of the new bank notes (e.g. commercial banks, Liberian Ministries, etc.) however, the CBL has not been able to provide this information. Consequently, there is a risk that significant funds were (and remain) unaccounted for by the CBL, and Kroll therefore recommends that this matter merits further understanding." Op-ed 

Castrating just four (4) of Min. Samuel D. Tweah’s LIES – Is he a wholesaler of falsehood? 

By Martin K. N. Kollie We cannot sit here and allow Min. Samuel D. Tweah to distort the narrative, especially ahead of 2020 and 2023 polls. In just 30 months as Minister of Finance and Development Planning, Samuel D. Tweah, Jr. has told many LIES. And most partisans of CDC, including some senior officials of government, have become so comfortable with his usual LIES. Either because of their ignorance or because they just have to praise this “king” even though he is NAKED. It is all about survival (struggle for…

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To sum it all, we must consolidate forces and revolt through the ballot or the bullet? This will be our own struggle not others. United front or no progress - there should be no such thing as middle ground or negotiation with reactionary forces. Thank about it. Onward to victory! Op-ed 

We will stand by the people and our country and not the fake opposition!

  By Robert Kpadeh The nefarious conduct we see some opposition folks displaying currently and the undercurrents obtaining within are not reassuring and do not guarantee any genuine intent for viable CHANGE as being heralded so loudly. It would seem that some are merely clamoring for political power to basically prioritize their vested socio-economic interests above the national interest rather than executing real essential change or departing from the perennial debauchery of the country — and putting the foremost emphasis on the people. May we state for the record that…

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The Curse Of Leadership In Liberia: A Review Of The Legislature In Liberia

By S. Karweaye For any society to prosper, it needs to have a government to run its affairs. The government helps to sustain the social contract that binds every member of the state. Thus, the price that is paid for a state to be prosperous is for it to have an established government that enforces the social contract. Members of an ordered society, called a state, must pay taxes sufficient to carry out the functions assigned to the state. In Liberia, costs associated with the running of government have increased…

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“2. Interview: “Dr. Patricia Wesley & Comrade Cherbo Geeplay”. Liberian Listener. August 14, 2019 “3 Wen Wryte, “Dismantling the cancel culture.” American Thinker. July 6, 2020. “4. Trudier Harris, “African American Protest Poetry.” National Humanistic Center, 1917 Artists & Reviews 

Cherbo Geeplay: Understanding his poetry and politics

By Dag Walker Thirteen years of civil conflict nearly destroyed the small West African nation of Liberia in the late 20th century. The period of reconstruction that followed in 2003 has surprisingly resulted in an explosion of local literature, some of it world-class in quality. A nation destroyed by war has suddenly produced writers of world-renown and hope for its literature lies on the horizon. “Usually wars or crises provide a new germination, if you will, like a forest that burns down and where new vegetation sprouts,” notes Liberian poet,…

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