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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Romeo-Mark’s If Only the Dust Would Settle: A Review

By Valerie Knowles-Combie Althea Romeo-Mark’s collection of selected poems, If Only the Dust Would Settle, is the outgrowth of a series of poetry readings, commissioned by VITA (Verein fur Interkulturelle Treffpunkte und Anlaufstellen), an “umbrella organization that focuses on the integration of immigrants in Switzerland.” Romeo-Mark’s introduction explains that her poems are connected to a personal essay. “A Home with Endless Space” (7), a very significant construct that reinforces the meaning of “home” and “space” to the author’s primary theme.  While her poems are divided into five sections, Romeo-Mark’s skillful…

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Lone Stars Coach James Debbah Takes A Break

The Lone Stars Head Coach, James Salinsa Debbah has said he is taking a break to seek medical attention in the United States. Debbah has announced he was resigning from the Liberian national team as head coach, terming criticisms against him as unfair and which have mounted in recent weeks. Veteran Ghanaian Coach Kwesi Appiah has been tipped to fill the void, a report the Liberian FA has denied. With less than twenty mins left on June 5, at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium in Monrovia, Debbah surrendered a 2-0 lead…

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11 Questions Zubin Cooper, Actor

Zubin Cooper is a Liberian documentary maker, actor and producer. He just finished his first Cannes Film Festival appearance, starring in ‘The Last Face’, a movie that covers Liberia, Sierra Leone, South Sudan and South Africa. He joined the project as a consultant, but given his immense talent, Zubin ended up making his acting debut in the role of ‘Dr. Mousa.’ 1. Liberians have been excited and more so since you appeared on the red carpet in Cannes, France. What has the reception for you been in Liberia and from…

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Liberia needs Progress and Transformation

Former Executive Governor of the Central Bank of Liberia and 2017 presidential hopeful, Dr. Joseph Mills Jones, said much has been said about progress, but transformation is what is needed in the country and emphasized the importance of guaranteeing the role of Liberians in the social, political and economic development. Dr. Jones, who spoke at the graduating ceremony of 150 Village Savings and Loan Association (VSLA) women in Tubmanburg, Bomi County, said there is need to give positions to people with new ways of thinking and doing things that bring…

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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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Reduce Liberia’s political parties to 3

By Cllr Jerome Verdier So, I believe the real issue or difference between political parties in Liberia should not be based on who articulates those issues better but rather how to address those issues in Liberia. I think that is the real difference we should present to the electorates, otherwise the existence of several different parties serves no useful political purpose except to divide and confuse the electorate. This is my position in Liberian politics that all the parties are saying the same thing without any unique approach to tackling…

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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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The editorial that landed a Liberian editor in trouble

This week the Chief of staff of the Liberian Army Gen. Daniel Gen. Ziankahn summoned perhaps Liberia’s best known and respected journalist to his office for correctly stating that personnel from the defence ministry and the army brass were late for the world peace keeping day festivities…memories immediately flashed back to Gen. Samuel Doe, military dictator of the so-called People Redemption Council [PRC] who led by military decrees during the 1980S as he rained hell on the Liberian people—infamous and notorious amongst his decrees was 88A, crafted by the brigade…

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Nigerian Manager Stephen Keshi Is Dead

Stephen Keshi will be remembered, he’s a coach the Liberia Lone Stars should have hired AFP— One of African football’s most recognisable figures, former Nigeria player and coach Stephen Keshi, has died of a suspected heart attack, his family said on Wednesday. He was 54. Keshi in 2013 led Nigeria’s Super Eagles to victory in the Africa Cup of Nations, and a year later took the side to the last 16 of the World Cup finals in Brazil. Only he and Egypt’s Mahmoud El-Gohary won the AFCON as player and…

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