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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 Spends $1b A Year But 1 High School In River Cess County

By J. Yanqui Zaza President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, in her January 25, 2016 Annual Message, stated that Feasibility studies are completed for the “…Gbarnga to Mendekorma, Lofa …feasibility studies are also ongoing…” for Ganta to Zwedru, Zwedru to Fish Town, Buchanan to Greenville, Barclayville to Pleebo and Sanniqueville to Cote d’Ivoire.” Presumably, a traveler will not have to wash away the dust from his/her body after driving miles on the would-be-paved inter-county Highway; or will not have to wait for the dust to clear from the road after a truck…

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News 

Liberian President, “I am a messenger of God” Says Sirleaf

President may be eyeing becoming a gospel minister after term ends… President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf may be contemplating a new job after the Presidency. Upon her return to Liberia Tuesday after attending the UN Summit in New York, the President described herself as a “Messenger of God” during a thanksgiving service held at the All Saints Catholic Church in Unification Town, lower Margibi County for her safe return. The description of herself as a messenger of God, and her speech which sounded much like that of a prelate delivering a…

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Artists & Reviews 

Liberia at 168: Ellen Johnson has not helped the narratives

A COUNTRY FOUNDED by freed American slaves, who controlled the nation’s existence were instrumental in laying the basis for what is today the Republic of Liberia. Out of that troubled past, with no system, haphazard institutional setup, patronage, all borrowed from the unsettled life that was slavery in the Antebellum Southern United States, conspired to form a country that 168 years later; is the fourth poorest country on the planet. TODAY, A NATION founded on the cusp of the American Civil War and one which played a major role in…

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“Ellen Dishes Out US$16,780 to 750 Graduates”

The Editor, I mean no disrespect to the President, but whose money is she dishing out like that? Is it her own money or da other people’s money? Re: “Ellen Dishes Out US$16,780 to 750 Graduates.” The great economist, Milton Friedman, taught us that there are four ways to spend money: 1) spending your own money on yourself, 2) spending your own money on somebody else, 3) spending other people’s money on yourself (hint: Nocal executives!) and 4) spending other people’s money on somebody else! (hint: CBL’s micro-finance program) Look,…

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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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Politics 

Lesson for EJS: “Town Trap Not For Rat Alone”

By: Theodore T. Hodge President William V. S. Tubman died in 1971. He was Liberia’s longest-serving president. During his 27-year rule, Liberia was stable. He ran a tight ship… Some say he was successful because he was a tyrant who ruled with an iron fist. Others say he was simply a benevolent, personable character who knew his people (the Liberian people) and ruled them with according understanding. Perhaps it was a combination of those factors (dictatorship and benevolence) coupled with other tangible and intangible factors that made his tenure a…

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Liberian President Must Resign Says Gongloe

    BY George J. Borteh Former Solicitor General and Labor Minister is dogged that the best way  out of the current state of affairs is the resignation of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. Cllr. Tiawon Gongloe has reiterated calls for President Sirleaf to save Liberia from the state of instability by turning over the leadership to her Vice President, Ambassador Joseph N. Boakai. His call for the resignation of the president comes against the backdrop of her inability to govern, he says, because she has dashed the high expectations of…

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Business News 

Liberian President Cement Relations with UAE

President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and her delegation on Friday (Nov 22) continued their three-day working visit to Dubai, United Arab Emirates, with a tour of the massive facilities of Dubai Port World’s Jebel Ali facilities – the biggest man-made port in the world. During the visit, the President’s technical team continued discussions with the port’s executives on investment opportunities in Liberia, particularly its ports and roads, and on the country’s 25-year Master Plan for its four ports. President Sirleaf met and held discussions with the Chairman of the Dubai Chamber…

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Op-ed 

Liberia’s recovery: flawed, but hopeful

By Ellen Johnson Sirleaf   Today Liberia is recovering. A renewed sense of hope, strong economic growth and the development of a vibrant civil society have been possible through the work of the international community, but most importantly, the tenacity of Liberians themselves. Yet judging progress is not always an exact science. Some indicators cannot be debated: economic growth and many of our Millennium Goals, such as the reduction of child mortality and action to reduce the spread of HIV/AIDS, show clear, audited improvement. Other developments can only be more…

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