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Liberian Lone Stars Coach James Debbah 22 Man List

By Wleh Bedell The recent list released by Lone Stars struggling Coach James Salinsa Debbah brings to the limelight a chunk of talking points. The list when look at critically, is a representation of less than twenty percent of the best players at home and abroad as far as performance or current form is concerned, more so, with this crucial game against Tunisia. For example, there has been no competitive football in Indonesia for close to a year, yet still, a player named Adolphus Marshall is being selected from there…

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Editor's Desk News 

Kenya: Meeting Celebrated Liberian Poet-Scholar Wesley

By Khainga O’okwemba Prof Patricia Jabbeh Wesley, is a phenomenal woman. She’s a literary giant. She’s a leading African woman literary scholar and writer. She visited our shores, met students and their teachers at the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology and at the University of Nairobi, before leaving for Kisii for the third edition of the Kistrech International Poetry Festival. Even after living and teaching in the USA – Penn State University, Altoona – for 24 years, Patricia still retains the African character in tone and sensibility. She’s…

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Liberia: Benoni Urey’s Wealth The Charles Taylor Connection

International investigators are reportedly keeping track of millionaire businessman turned politician Benoni Urey. The group is said to be monitoring activities of Mr. Urey and individuals Mr. Taylor has had ties with since the former Liberian leader was forced to leave power in 2003. Investigators say Mr. Urey appears to be in control of Charles Taylor’s wealth and businesses, although there has not been cogent evidence yet. The former Liberian president was convicted and sentenced for war crimes and crimes against humanity committed in Sierra Leone. The United States has…

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George Weah called as Liberia Lone Stars Meets Tunisia in Monrovia

Listener Staff Report George Weah, the son of football great and former World Footballer of the Year George Oppong Manneh Weah will get his second opportunity to play for the national team, when Liberia meets Tunisia in the ongoing Afcons qualifiers. Weah Junior was also called during Liberia’s away match to Togo in Lome weeks ago, as Liberia lost 2-1 to the Sparrow Hawks and Emmanuel Adebayo in Lome. He came on as a second half substitute. Weah junior was born in Liberia but grew up in the United States.…

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LIBERIAN PRESS UNION CONDEMNS VIOLENCE AGAINST JOURNOS

MONROVIA—The Press Union of Liberia (PUL) has detested the increasing instances of state security forces flogging journalists in the discharge of its duties as a calculated plan to intimidate and harass the independent media, and deter them from reporting occurrences in our society. The Press Union of Liberia says no serious government which believes in the rule of law would countenance any spur of the minute and barbaric response like public flogging and assault for anyone, least to mention a journalist – regardless of the alleged offense committed. The PUL’s…

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Op-ed Politics 

Hypocrisy of Urey’s call to improve Liberian-American relations

By Jack Warner The United States of America has long considered Liberia, a tiny nation on the coast of West Africa, to be an ally. The deep historical ties and cultural resemblance date back to the 1800s. The roles and partnerships between the two nations are distinguishably noted throughout the history of both. More recently and even more importantly, the involvement of the United States and the pivotal contributions made during and after the Liberian crisis were crucial to Liberia’s stability. Liberia has long been one of the most assisted…

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Liberia’s National Oil Company Sacks Entire Staff

By; James Butty The National Oil Company of Liberia (NOCAL) Tuesday sacked its entire staff of 200, saying it did so to save itself from collapse due to declining oil prices. President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf endorsed the cuts, saying they will reduce costs and put NOCAL on a more viable financial footing. A statement issued Tuesday said Sirleaf instructed NOCAL’s board of directors to restructure for organizational efficiency and effectiveness. Rodney Sieh, publisher of Liberia’s FrontPage Africa newspaper and online magazine, said the reductions are not surprising given NOCAL’s reputation…

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Society Arts & Leisure 

Flag Day Celebrated In Liberia

MONROVIA—The President of the Republic of Liberia, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, has by Proclamation, declared Monday, August 24, 2015 as “National Flag Day,” and is to be observed throughout the Republic as a National Holiday. The Proclamation is in consonant with an Act of National Legislature of the Republic of Liberia, approved on October 25, 1915, which declared the 24th day of August each year as a National Flag Day to be observed as a national holiday, throughout the Republic of Liberia. The Proclamation states that It is important and befitting…

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Nigerian Army Chief Escapes Boko Haram Ambush

AP—Nigeria’s new army chief drove to the frontline of the war on Boko Haram and narrowly missed an ambush that killed one soldier and wounded two. The ambushed advance team nonetheless gunned down five insurgents and arrested five on Friday’s drive down the most dangerous stretch of road in Nigeria, from Maiduguri, the northeastern city where Nigeria’s Islamic uprising was born, northeast to Ngala, on the Cameroon border. The 140-kilometer (90-mile) ride took four hours with stops, including for soldiers to check for land mines. An AP reporter in the…

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Politics 

Liberian-American relations: A new engagement model of trade and investment

By Benoni Urey There is no country on the planet with more blood ties to the United States of America than the West African nation of Liberia. Today, my country Liberia desperately needs U.S. assistance, but not necessarily how aid has been offered in the past. Liberia needs more trade and investments with the U.S. We can accomplish that by preparing Liberians to participate fully in the globalized economy. The United States played a pivotal role in the formation of Liberia and has continued to support my country’s development for…

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