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Liberia’s Media, And Gross Libel Claims

  By Abdullai K. Kamara The past month has been very rowdy for the media landscape in Liberia.  At a hearing of the Media Complaints Committee, claims were made about media targeting specific public officials; media accusing public functionaries of engaging in campaigns to discredit them, deny them of public adverts, and conspiring to eliminate them  or destroy their enterprises. On the eve of reaching a position on one of such matters, we encountered the enforcement of a court decision that effectively sends Rodney Sieh, the publisher of FrontPage Africa, to prison…

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Pres. Sirleleaf’​s Misrule and the Absurdity of Waiting until Her Tenure Ends

  By: Paul Jackson Eight plus years after assuming the Liberian presidency, the novelty of being the first ever elected female President in Africa is beginning to wear thin as rapidly as the patience of the people who twice elected Madam Sirleaf to restore Liberia from the doldrums of a deadly fourteen year civil war to some semblance of social and economy normalcy. No one expected quick fixes, especially given the wanton destruction our so-called liberators, (Sirleaf included), visited upon Liberia. With millions in bilateral and multilateral assistance, we expected a…

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News 

Liberian Police Corrupt Despite Reform

MONROVIA, 11 October 2013 (IRIN) – A decade of efforts to reform the Liberia National Police (LNP) has resulted in an increasingly professional police force, yet abusive behaviour, a culture of impunity, and endemic corruption continue to erode the force’s credibility, according to researchers. As a result, many Liberians fear the LNP rather than depend on it for protection. The UN Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) started to reform the Liberian police 10 years ago, when the country’s civil war ended. UNMIL more or less dissolved the pre-existing force and built…

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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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Politics Society Arts & Leisure 

Africa: Obama Walks In George W. Bush Shadow

  By Ralph Cherbo Geeplay It’s the Obama Africa’s trip and everyone is talking. Sure bet, everywhere Obama goes he sure grabs the headlines, and why not? He’s THE American President; leader of the world’s only unipolar power. Yes, China’s influence is spreading and its soft power taking root and getting noticed, especially in Africa. But the United States still commands the bully pulpit, especially where global dynamics and power play are discussed and policies enunciated when the big boys sit around the table [world powers]. Noticeably, the euphoria that greeted…

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Interviews 

11 Questions: Aletha Jones-Campbell, Movie Producer

  Campbell is a Liberian film maker currently residing in the United States of America. Her passion for movies and filmmaking led her to the recent debut production of “Somewhere In Baltimore.” The movie has been an instant sensation with critics and premiere viewers, having seen successful premiers in Philadelphia, Minnesota, and other cities in the US. It is set to tour Western Africa soon:  June and July of this year. Campbell’s “Somewhere In Baltimore” is also the recipient of the 2013 best movie of the year, presented by the…

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Two Issues with Martin Scott: Passport Division and Liberia’s Education

  Mr. Editor, Issue # One  Broh Gets Busy at Passport Division Count me as one happy camper to see Madame Broh back at the Passport Division.  Hey y’all, Broh’s back!  It’s time for all those “cold bowl” heroes to leave the Ministry of Foreign Affairs NOW!! (Re “Broh Gets Busy At Passport Division’ Daily Observer Online).. Broh brings a lot of passion, energy, and dedication to her work,  Besides that, Broh never backs down from a fight!  You can count on Broh to fight for the future of our…

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Sports 

Ugandan Cranes Vs Liberian Lone Stars

    By: Hawa Wesseh In preparation for the Federation of International Football [Fifa] world cup qualifications slated for Brazil next year, Liberia Lone Stars will faced the Uganda Cranes in Monrovia on March 24. Interim Coach Frank Jericho Nagbe named recently 12 overseas professionals and 25 local players. The list is expected to be trimmed to 23 players, but observers believed the overseas players list will remain as it is meaning cuts are expected to come from the other end. Nagbe, recently appointed on the recommendation of George Weah…

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Tributes 

The World Mourns Hugo Chavez: Two Tributes

  A tribute in facts The best tribute that can be paid to Hugo Chavez, the poor boy from the plains of Barinas, who within a decade-and-a-half changed the face of his country and Latin America, comes in the facts. In 1999, when Chavez assumed the presidency through a ballot, household poverty in Venezuela stood at 55 per cent. By 2009, it had fallen to 26.4 per cent, and the decline has continued. Unemployment over the same period fell from 15 per cent to 7.8 per cent. Lives changed dramatically as a…

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Tributes 

Sirleaf Pays Tribute to Mary Broh

      By: H.E. President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf Fellow Liberians: It is with a heavy heart, filled with gratitude, that I have accepted the resignation of the Acting Mayor of the City of Monrovia, Mary Broh. In her letter of resignation, Mary detailed the scope of her service to our country and the resources she was able to mobilize from international entities in support of her many achievements. We will all miss the dynamism, commitment and integrity of Mary Broh who worked tirelessly and passionately to transform the City…

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