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Romeo-Mark’s If Only the Dust Would Settle: A Review

By Valerie Knowles-Combie Althea Romeo-Mark’s collection of selected poems, If Only the Dust Would Settle, is the outgrowth of a series of poetry readings, commissioned by VITA (Verein fur Interkulturelle Treffpunkte und Anlaufstellen), an “umbrella organization that focuses on the integration of immigrants in Switzerland.” Romeo-Mark’s introduction explains that her poems are connected to a personal essay. “A Home with Endless Space” (7), a very significant construct that reinforces the meaning of “home” and “space” to the author’s primary theme.  While her poems are divided into five sections, Romeo-Mark’s skillful…

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Politics Tributes 

Tribute: Joe Max Hinneh, Jr. 1978-2016

By Emmanuel Savice I write with great sadness over the unbelievable loss of a very good friend, a family friend, to an unknown illness in Liberia these past few weeks—a sad tragedy indeed—because the health situation in our country is bad, and the government cannot guaranteed adequate, or a some sort of partial health care to its citizens, my friend’s illness was undiagnosed, in Liberia in this 21lst century. I encountered my friend, the late Joe Max Hinneh Jr, in the early part of 1995, and we have remained friends…

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News Sports 

Lone Stars Coach James Debbah Takes A Break

The Lone Stars Head Coach, James Salinsa Debbah has said he is taking a break to seek medical attention in the United States. Debbah has announced he was resigning from the Liberian national team as head coach, terming criticisms against him as unfair and which have mounted in recent weeks. Veteran Ghanaian Coach Kwesi Appiah has been tipped to fill the void, a report the Liberian FA has denied. With less than twenty mins left on June 5, at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium in Monrovia, Debbah surrendered a 2-0 lead…

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Editor's Desk Interviews 

11 Questions Zubin Cooper, Actor

Zubin Cooper is a Liberian documentary maker, actor and producer. He just finished his first Cannes Film Festival appearance, starring in ‘The Last Face’, a movie that covers Liberia, Sierra Leone, South Sudan and South Africa. He joined the project as a consultant, but given his immense talent, Zubin ended up making his acting debut in the role of ‘Dr. Mousa.’ 1. Liberians have been excited and more so since you appeared on the red carpet in Cannes, France. What has the reception for you been in Liberia and from…

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Liberia needs Progress and Transformation

Former Executive Governor of the Central Bank of Liberia and 2017 presidential hopeful, Dr. Joseph Mills Jones, said much has been said about progress, but transformation is what is needed in the country and emphasized the importance of guaranteeing the role of Liberians in the social, political and economic development. Dr. Jones, who spoke at the graduating ceremony of 150 Village Savings and Loan Association (VSLA) women in Tubmanburg, Bomi County, said there is need to give positions to people with new ways of thinking and doing things that bring…

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Public Policy 

Liberia Must Invest More In Early Education

A graduate student in Strategic Management and Leadership at Harvard University in Boston, MA, Mr. Austin S Fallah, has called on those seeking political offices in 2017 to begin investing in the education of the future generation of the country. Speaking to journalists on the main campus of Hamline University, his Alma matter, when he attended the graduation ceremonies of some Liberians, the Harvard student observed that investing in the education of Liberia’s future generation will have direct positive impact on the socioeconomic and health systems of the country. Mr….

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News Society Arts & Leisure 

Is Johnson-Sirleaf’s presidential task-force a dishonest scheme?

Is Johnson-Sirleaf’s presidential task-force a dishonest scheme? A critical look at the Liberian leader’s stance on official corruption. The presidential task-force set up by President Sirleaf to investigate an allegation of bribery in the Sable Mining case may be a diversionary tactic and a public relation stunt. Madam Sirleaf has a cunning way of deceiving international donors, whenever there is a scandalous report of corruption in her government. When one closely follows the manner in which President Sirleaf had dealt with prior corruption cases, one would realize that this president…

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The AFL is to defend the national sovereignty

Liberians should not panic in the wake of the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) drawdown as their maximum security is assured, says Armed Forces Chief of Staff (COS) Brig/Gen. Daniel Ziankahn. In an interview with the Daily Observer on Friday, when he visited the newspaper’s offices near ELWA Junction in Monrovia, Brig/Gen. Ziankahn said the new Liberian army is people-centered and willing to work to protect and defend Liberians; and therefore, no Liberian should panic because the army is peace loving and law-abiding. Brig/General Ziankhan said Liberians must work…

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Coach Kwesi Appiah to be handed Liberia job

Ex-Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah is set to take over the Liberia national team job, understands. He will replace James Salinsa Debbah who has said he is resigning for the second time in a month after criticisms of his inability to beat Togo at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium in Monrovia in the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers. Appiah is the current in charge of Sudanese top-flight side Al Khartoum SC. “A lot of young Liberian players will find success under Appiah,” a Liberian Football Association source spoke on the…

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