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Liberia At Crossroads As UN Departs: National Elections Commission

By John H.T. Stewart Presidential and Legislative elections are due in a little less than 2 years from now. But before then the United Nations Peace Keeping Force would have fully completed its drawdown of troops leaving security entirely in the hands of the country’s security forces. Already, Liberians are filled with apprehension and doubt about the capability of our national security forces to assume this all important national task particularly as we approach elections which shall without doubt be tension filled. The Zero sum nature of politics in Liberia…

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Twelve Years After Taylor’s Removal, Instability Still Plagues Liberia

By Brooks Marmon While the lingering effects of the Ebola crisis have dominated coverage of Liberia for over a year, the country is quietly approaching a number of precipices. A convergence of political, religious and international factors on the horizon has the potential to destabilize Liberia, which has seen a tenuous peace since warlord-turned-President Charles Taylor resigned in August 2003, ending 14 years of civil war. A United Nations peacekeeping mission is poised to significantly draw down by June 2016; religious tensions have been stoked by a movement to declare…

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Liberia: Benoni Urey’s Wealth The Charles Taylor Connection

International investigators are reportedly keeping track of millionaire businessman turned politician Benoni Urey. The group is said to be monitoring activities of Mr. Urey and individuals Mr. Taylor has had ties with since the former Liberian leader was forced to leave power in 2003. Investigators say Mr. Urey appears to be in control of Charles Taylor’s wealth and businesses, although there has not been cogent evidence yet. The former Liberian president was convicted and sentenced for war crimes and crimes against humanity committed in Sierra Leone. The United States has…

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Op-ed Politics 

Hypocrisy of Urey’s call to improve Liberian-American relations

By Jack Warner The United States of America has long considered Liberia, a tiny nation on the coast of West Africa, to be an ally. The deep historical ties and cultural resemblance date back to the 1800s. The roles and partnerships between the two nations are distinguishably noted throughout the history of both. More recently and even more importantly, the involvement of the United States and the pivotal contributions made during and after the Liberian crisis were crucial to Liberia’s stability. Liberia has long been one of the most assisted…

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Former Charles Taylor Aide Benoni Urey Seeks To Distance Himself From Boss

By Toweh Alphonso Presidential hopeful, Benoni Urey, said his service during the regime of former President Charles Taylor was onto the Liberian government, not Mr. Taylor when he served as Commissioner of the Liberia Maritime Authority. Mr. Urey served in that capacity for almost the lifespan of the Taylor government whose administration is accused of committing untold human rights violations against Liberians and plundering the country’s resources. Observers have had it that his association with former President Taylor could be a major hurdle to his quest to becoming President of…

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Liberia 2017: Pass the baton of the presidency to a young generation

By Rep. Worlea Saywah Dunah A Reply to Robert W. Kpadeh True, Liberia is on the cusp of a historic milestone and we are excited; our views as carried in the papers last week has ignited the debate to the extent that five local daily papers printed an opinion by Robert Kpadeh as a response. I was in my constituency for ground breaking for a surgery theater for the Saclepea Health Center when word came that the gentleman says the debate is worthy only for the sewages of Monrovia; and…

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Liberia 2017 Elections: Taylor’s Aide Benoni Urey Makes Push For Nimba

Hawa Wesseh M O N R O V I A, July 22—Former Charles Taylor’s aide, ex-Maritime Commissioner, Benoni Urey, reports say is betting on the legacy of his former boss, as he makes a push for the Liberian presidency, which is two years away. According to observers, views popular amongst the now incarcerated former president [who is in an English jail for war crimes against humanity] and his supporters, is that Taylor’s popularity has not wane in Liberia, and he could possibly win re-elections “if elections were held today,” [if…

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2017 Liberia Presidential Elections: Dark Horse Richard Tolbert?

Liberian Listener Staff Report Richard Tolbert, the former National investment Commission [NIC] Chairman during President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s first term could be mulling a run for the Executive Mansion sources say. Although he is yet to make a formal declaration, his name has been mentioned in quite a few places as a possible replacement to Africa’s first female president. Already Liberia’s vice president Joseph Boakai has thrown his hat in the race, the first to do so, with two years to go, telling newsmen in a recent interview in Monrovia,…

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Tubman Bounces Back

The Editor, Didn’t the last presidential election prove to you that Winston Tubman was a sore loser? (Re “Tubman Bounces Back…”) Bounces back, my butt! Perhaps you may have forgotten about this sore loser’s duplicitous behavior, so allow me to refresh your memory: 1) This was the same Tubman who told a crowd in Ganta (Nimba County) that “The only way we (CDC) will not win is if we are cheated”…as if to say Winston already knew the results of the SECRET ballots.. (Re “Too Unwarranted Winston Tubman, The New…

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Politics 

Liberia: The Battle to Succeed Pres. Sirleaf

By The Capitol Insider Liberia doesn’t go to presidential and legislative elections until two and a half years, but already the dust is gathering, with the stakes as high as ever before. The elections will no doubt be a litmus test to Liberia’s political and democratic stability. Not only does it mark the end of President Johnson Sirleaf’s two successive terms in office, it offers a rare occasion for a sitting Head of State to turn power over to another in an orderly democratic transition. With the stakes very high,…

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