What should be done? The Economic Community of West African States (Ecowas) is lobbying for joint military operations involving regional states. But intelligence sharing, border controls and efforts to win over local populations would be cheaper and more effective. Ecowas should redouble efforts to avert electoral crises that militants could use to their advantage. Editor's Desk 

The looming jihadist threat to West Africa stability

    Faced with jihadist breakthrough in Burkina Faso, neighbouring states in West Africa’s Gulf of Guinea increasingly fear attacks in their own territories. These countries should improve intelligence sharing, strengthen border controls and regain the trust of local populations. What’s new? Islamist militants’ lengthening reach in the Sahel, particularly in Burkina Faso, is a growing concern for coastal West African states. These states’ leaders fear that militants could use Burkina as a launching pad for operations further south. Why does it matter? Militant attacks could threaten coastal states’ stability.…

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Liberia: Ebola Is A Joke!!

E D I T O R I A L The Liberian Listener is afraid, as Liberia celebrates its 167 independence anniversary that the Ebola virus currently raging throughout Western Africa, Liberia included is going to get worse by the day and that many people will contract the disease before it gets better. Many people think the powerful disease and virus is a joke! Many Liberians have still not come to terms that Ebola is real, and where cases are proven to be realistic family members are hiding infected victims, while…

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West Africa: Ebola Spreads Fast

  The deadliest outbreak of Ebola in history is still ravaging countries in West Africa, particularly Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. And the troubling news continues with the recent report that the head doctor treating patients with Ebola in Sierra Leone, virologist Sheik Umar Khan, has himself contracted the virus, and is now being treated by doctors from the organization Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders). The virus is notoriously deadly, causing a severe viral hemorrhagic fever, and has so far killed 60 percent of people infected by it in this West Africa…

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