Why Liberian leaders want to be called “Honorable?”

For example, if Mr. McGill recommends that Mr. John S. Bestman, LBDI President, be the next Central Bank Governor, do you think President Weah will say no?? I don't think so.

    The Editor, There are many in our society who thinks the best way to show respect to political leaders and others influential statesmen and stateswomen is adding honorable and excellency to their rightful names and rightful titles. To the contrary I disagree as these titles are used by those who demand them to usurp more power at the detriment of the ordinary people.  For this reason, I encourage all Liberians to recognize and change this particular cultural perception. The reason is these “worshipping titles” are reinforcing autocracy form…

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Controversial Singaporean Loan

No later did it turn out to be set up for journalists who were now trapped and prevented from leaving the yard or the party headquarters. They were mercilessly flogged, on instructions from some party officials, who instructed that both local and international journalists be flogged and while in the process, their electronic equipments were destroyed.

    The Editor If the Singapore loan agreement is so good for our country, why not publish it?? Here’s why they won’t: It’s because President Weah wants the Liberian people to buy pig in a bag!  (Re “Senator Sando Johnson Weighs In On Controversial Singapore Loan”) But our common sense tells us that before you buy anything, you must inspect it FIRST! So we need to look at the terms and conditions of the Singapore Loan before signing on the dotted line. Why? Because private investors seldom use their…

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536.4M Loan Could Have Serious Consequences for Liberia’ -CePAR

The key findings by the report indicated that the actual interest cost to the government over the duration of the loan is estimated at US$62,651,520 or 12% of the loan. This excludes other charges and default penalties that may accrue. Total repayment is estimated at US$599,051,520.

    The ETON Finance PTE Limited-Government of Liberia Loan Agreement worth US$ 536.4 million and currently before the Legislature for ratification may have serious financial repercussions if the Legislature approved the deal, a 21-page document issued by the Center for Policy Action and Research (CePAR) said in a release yesterday. The analysis was done by CePAR’s Stephen R. Johnson (lead), Francis Kiazolu, Alieu F. Nyei and M. Boakai Jaleiba, Jr. The release said they analyzed both the loan agreement and the company’s capacity to provide the service to the…

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Be a True “Country Champion” President Weah

    Press Release Monrovia, Liberia—- The Emancipation Movement of Liberia Inc. (EMOL) writes to retell President George M. Weah to be a true “Country Champion” by creating Equal Fighting Chance Opportunity (EFCO) for all Liberian children through an act of Legislation EMOL said this because registered voters in 14 of the 15 counties voted for him overwhelmingly over former Vice President Joseph N. Boakai to end the old political culture, which allows the presidency to run the country as a patronage political network. EMOL is a non-profit and non-partisan…

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WE WILL LIVE IN HOPE

Evidently, Presidents Doe, Taylor and Sirleaf brought on or prolonged the hardship, suffering, misery and grief the Liberian people are currently dealing with. Yet, each of these individuals entered the Presidency on a wave of popular support.

    The Editor   By my own calculation, one of the greatest mistakes the Liberian people have ever made, was to elect Madam Ellen Johnson Sirleaf the first post-war President of Liberia. Then, again, it might have been destiny – the same destiny that brought Mr Charles Ghankay Taylor, Master Sergeant Samuel Kanyon Doe, and now, Mr George Manneh Weah to the Presidency at a specific moment in time. Evidently, Presidents Doe, Taylor and Sirleaf brought on or prolonged the hardship, suffering, misery and grief the Liberian people are…

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Anti-Human Rights Group Threatens Hassan Bility

This is not the first time Mr. Bility’s name has been used as blame in the ongoing arrests of Liberian war criminals abroad. It may record, according to story published by Frontpage Africa newspaper, the sister of Agnes Reeves Taylor, former wife of Liberian warlord and ruler of Liberia, blamed Hassan Bility for being responsible for the arrest of her sister Agnes by English authorities for war crimes.

    Special Release   Liberia Human Rights Campaign, or LHRC, a premier Liberian human rights movement based in the United States of America, and its national and international partners and supporters, have learned with great disdain and with an outright condemnation of an anti-human rights group who is reportedly issuing threats against Mr. Hassan Bility, a Liberian human rights activist and executive director for Global Justice Research Project. The group is said to be using a fundraising mechanism under the name “National Mandingo Defense Funds” with members in the…

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YOUNG AND OLD: TOGETHER, MAKE LIBERIA GROW

THIS RE-INVITATION OF old journalists, and the urging that they work together with new journalists, can establish a productive atmosphere. In such atmosphere, young achievers will remain grounded, so that they don’t develop a false sense of self-importance for whatever few steps they take at a time. In such atmosphere, young achievers will not run with every conceivable idea and treat it as gold. All bright objects aren’t gold. Wrestling with each emerging idea, both new and old journalists will transform that idea into something very purposeful and therefore meaningful.

  K-Moses Nagbe   READING THE NEWS Public Trust, a Liberian online daily, I took interest in the clarion call placed for older journalists to return to journalism. This call is important and the idea is surely useful for other professionals—teachers, doctors, nurses, engineers, lawyers, etc. For a country still struggling because it is saddled with underdeveloped and postwar conditions, there couldn’t be a better call. A cross-fertilization of ideas between new professionals and old professionals is germane to national development. But such a fertilization is unachievable if the old…

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Who Is Advising President Weah?

No later did it turn out to be set up for journalists who were now trapped and prevented from leaving the yard or the party headquarters. They were mercilessly flogged, on instructions from some party officials, who instructed that both local and international journalists be flogged and while in the process, their electronic equipments were destroyed.

  By Emmanuel Saingbe TO BE SUCCESSFUL, PRESIDENT WEAH MUST AVOID THE PITFALLS OF THE PAST   As President of Liberia, the first thing George Manneh Weah should always keep in mind is  he does not own Liberia. That is, President Weah should always keep separate what belongs to him as a person and what belongs to Liberia as a nation. And this is why all patriotic Liberians should continue to demand that President Weah publicly declare his assets. President Weah should also bear in mind to avoid the abuse…

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A Memo to Nat Mcgill, Liberia’s minister of State for Presidential affairs.

To me, this action on the part of the minister is an insult to the Liberian masses. The average Liberian lives on less than US$1.00 a day. McGill's loan to acquire a mansion, sends a bad message to everyone and solidifies the notion that the only quick way to get rich is working for government. This action on the part of the Minister of state undermines the "Pro-poor Agenda"

The Editor The reason some of us opposed a third-term for the Unity Party-led government under President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf was the rampant corruption and flagrant disregard for accountability and transparency. This new administration under the leadership of President George Weah is set on the foundation of a “pro-poor agenda”, we expect officials of this government to live up to and act that. A few days ago, media reports surfaced about Minister of State McGill taking a US$200,000 loan from the Liberia Bank for Development and Investment (LBDI) to buy/build a…

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“LRA Rural Campaign Awareness Receives Boost But…”

But we all know that most of our government ministers are worthless human beings! They steal. They take kickbacks. And they spend our tax dollars frivolously to buy tainted SUV's and pay $600,000 rent to landlords!

The Editor The Liberian people might be uneducated, but they’are NOT stupid! The Liberian Revenue Authority [LRA] Commissioner-General (Elfreda Tamba-Stewart) says that “It is through tax education that we can harden voluntary (tax) complaince, and this remains a cogent part of our corporate strategic plan” (Re “LRA Rural Campaign Awareness Receives Boost But…”, Daily Observer Online) But who in their right mind needs “tax education” to pay taxes when they see, with their own two eyes, government ministers stealing or misusing their tax dollars? Common sense tells us that those…

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