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In November 1967, Mr. Porte wrote a pamphlet titled “Thinking About Unthinkable Things In a Democracy,” wondering how Liberia, with its constitution, its adherence to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, could be a nation where “anyone could do any wrong, and once he had the President and his office behind him, he could go free and no one, not even the Chief Justice could do anything about it. That was very dangerous for any country,” (Page 184). Indeed lawlessness at the highest level of governance was dangerous and Liberia were to find it later, in a devastating way. Artists & Reviews 

A Life of Rebellion: The Biography Of Albert Porte

    Kenneth Y. Best:  Albert Porte, A Life Time Trying to Save Liberia   By the time William V.S. Tubman became president of Liberia, the country had already abandoned any semblance of democracy and the people had lost the right to elect their leaders. This privilege was left to a party caucus, made of the President, the Speaker and a handful of people in the True Whig Party and government hierarchy. The system had been introduced by President King in 1925. Once the Caucus decided who would run for…

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In Liberia Army Chief of Staff Intimidates Newspaper Publisher

Brig. Gen. Daniel Ziahnkhan turns 45 on July 12, 2016. Born in 1971, he was only nine when Master Sgt. Samuel Doe’s People’s Redemption Council (PRC) seized power in 1980. But he is definitely old enough to recall. For by the time Doe was assassinated in 1990 by Prince Johnson (now Senator for Nimba County) of the Independent National Patriotic Front of Liberia (INPFL), Ziankhan was already a man of 19. He completed secondary school at the Assemblies of God Mission (AGM) in Monrovia and later obtained a Bachelor’s in…

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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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Liberia Chief of Staff Summons Kenneth Best

The Daily Observer publisher, Kenneth Y. Best and Diplomatic Correspondent Joaquin Sendolo have been summoned to appear before the Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL), Brigadier General Daniel Ziankahn. But Counselor Tiawan Gongloe, when contacted by the Daily Observer, advised Publisher K.Y. Best that he should not appear before the Chief of Staff because the summons is “a clear violation of the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ).” Cllr. Gongloe said that according to the Code, no civilian should appear before military personnel. It is the…

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Redeeming Liberia For Liberians

  Commencement Address delivered by Kenneth Y. Best Permit me first to extend to you, Bishop Hart, President Tokpa, Members of the Faculty and Staff, members of the Graduating Class, the Student Body, and the entire Cuttington Community my profound thanks and appreciation for inviting me to deliver the Keynote Address on this important occasion, the 53rd Commencement Convocation of Cuttington University. I consider this a unique honor done my family and me, especially given the fact that this is the second time you have invited me to deliver your…

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