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Africa’s population growth: grasping the scale of the challenge!

The last 100 years have seen an incredible increase in the planet’s population. Some parts of the world are now seeing smaller increments of growth, and some, such as Japan, Germany, and Spain, are actually experiencing population decreases. The continent of Africa, however, is not following this pattern. Now home to 1.2 billion (up from just 477 million in 1980), Africa is projected by the United Nations Population Division to see a slight acceleration of annual population growth in the immediate future. In the past year, the population of the African…

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Plato, in his groundbreaking and immortal postulation of the Republic, once asked a fundamental question which today’s African voter must pay critical attention to, if we are to avoid this present scourge of Africa being misled by foreign-anointed and controlled puppet leaders. The question still stands today as it did 3000 years ago: given the analogy that a nation is a ship sailing on high tempestuous sea’s, who would we, the citizens or passengers aboard that ship want as our captain? Would we pick any man aboard the ship on the basis of his stardom or popularity as an entertainer or some other trade unrelated to sailing; or would we search for a man who is trained and skilled in the art of navigation on the high seas? Logically, we would definitely chose and pick the man knowledgeable and capable of executing the task of ship captain! Why, because we instinctively know that our hopes of arriving at our destiny in one peace depends on the caliber of the man in whom we have entrusted our fate! Editor's Desk 

Africa needs its enlightened young people to lead

EDITORIAL—- We need an emerging Africa that caters to its people needs, thus  one that bring changes across the board on the land.  In an era when the African Union and many African countries and its leaders are amassing personal state power, not as a means to develop the continent but to amass personal wealth, from the public purse, this phenomenon has left Africans poorer. Studies say young Africans make up the bulk of the population in their various countries and yet, are hardly if ever represented in the leadership…

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African leaders who condemned democracy in the U.S. were silent about events closer to home.

EDITORIAL—– When Donald Trump appeared to incite a riot at the Capitol building, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa and Zimbabwean counterpart Emmerson Mnangagwa were scathing in their response. But when it came to Uganda’s deeply flawed election, they and the African Union had little comment. Yoweri Museveni, who has led the eastern African country since a 1986 coup, shut down the internet and made sure 38-year-old opponent Bobi Wine was under house arrest for days. Protests were brutally crushed, people were killed and the U.S., European Union and United Nations Commission on Human Rights all…

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“We must move away from this xenophobic word, because it brings us to the wars and makes it seem like South Africans hate foreigners, when we have lived with whites and Indians who we don’t know where they come from. We are proudly South African,” Bhengu said at the Jeppe police station in July 2015. Editor's Desk 

The African Union is quiet on crisis until there are military coups—WHY?!

EDITORIAL— Apparently and clearly reasons and recent developments says the African Union has no interests in critical matters that affect ordinary Africans on the continent of Africa! The nagging question on the minds of many ordinary Africans are, why is the African Union and especially the East African Commission (EAC) quiet in the face of the brutal attacks and political persecution and REPRESSION that General Yoweri Museveni has waged on unarmed peaceful civilians in Uganda, especially the opposition and its main leaders! In all of these chaos and blood spilling…

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African radicals must realize the importance of pan-Africanism

  EDITORIAL—   The success of individual struggles in Africa depends on achieving continent-wide solidarity.   2020 was a significant year for Africa in many respects. It was not only the year when social norms were drastically altered, but it also marked the resurgence of African radicalism. The COVID-19 pandemic both amplified the extreme corruption that had long taken place on the continent, and forced marginalised communities to mobilise against such injustices at a moment of great need. In order for Africa’s young radicals to maintain momentum in this new year,…

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Although he noted that this was not a sufficient reason for pulling down the building, he expressed satisfaction that the Ghanaian government had taken responsibility for the demolition by promising to rebuild the structure to its pre-demolition state. The Minister further noted that the Nigerian High Commission also failed to obtain legal title to the land even though it had paid for it as far back as the year 2000 and also failed to obtain the necessary approvals before erecting the building. In other words, the Nigerian High Commission was equally culpable. A fair and frank admission I suppose. Editor's Desk 

The African Union has failed to ‘silence the guns’ 2020 WAS THE TARGET YEAR

Editorial—-   Seven years ago African leaders committed themselves towards an end to armed conflict. At the 50th anniversary celebration that marked the founding of the African Union, they promised lasting peace on the continent, pledging not to pass down the burden of armed conflicts to “the next generation of Africans.” This promise was followed by “the adoption in 2016 of the Lusaka Road Map to end conflict by 2020. The document outlined 54 practical steps that needed to be taken. They focused on political, economic, social, environmental and legal…

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That the House Speaker is third in line to the presidency, therfore Liberian Assemblyman in the lower house of the chambers should have given the election of Mr. Koffa serious thoughts before putting him on the ballot for consideration, his party the Congress for Democratic Change, should have considered this proposition also, by putting Liberia's interests first. Editor's Desk 

Mr. Koffa Election as Deputy Speaker Is Highly Regretable And Unfortunate!

EDTORIAL—- Many Liberians are concerned that last Tuesday’s election of Mr. Fonati Koffa who was was criminally indicted, charged, jailed, and barred from practicing law in the United States will do more harm than good to the image of the Liberian Legislature, and the country. Mr. Koffa was elected the Deputy Speaker of the Liberian Assembly–in the lower chambers of the House of Representatives by defeating his rival Clearence Massaquoi. Concerns are being raised that Mr. Koffa is a heartbeat away from the  from the presidency! The Liberian Listener notes,…

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She denied accusations her son Robert Sirleaf was in any way implicated in the collapse of Liberia's National Oil Company, and said her other son, Charles Sirleaf who was arrested in March, was "illegally charged" over allegations he unlawfully printed local currency worth tens of millions of dollars. Editor's Desk 

Rape Activists shunned former President Ellen Johnson in Monrovia

EDITORIAL __ Last week, Ellen Johnson the first female President in Africa was shunned by demonstrators and rape activists as she attempted to speak to the gathering.  According to reports, Sirleaf is too close to the George Weah administration that has done nothing to solve the escalating rape crisis and gender based violence and sexual assaults against Liberian women. Compounding this, sources suggest the former president failed women and girls when she was in power, on so many fronts. Under her administration, for example, Liberia was the rape capital in…

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Beyond this end, does Chief ‘Ponofalo’ Dr. Jewel Howard-Taylor really have a future in CDC ahead of 2023 elections? It is likely that the Coalition for Democratic Change may severely crack if she is ousted. History is not too far from documenting this CRACK which puts the Liberian people in a better position of reclaiming their socio-economic and political destiny. It will be more advantageous for Liberia and Liberians if CDC crumbles under its own weight ahead of 2020 and 2023 elections. The struggle to redeem Liberia and Liberians remain unabated. Editor's Desk 

The poor deplorable conditions of our hospitals.

EDITORIAL _____ The current deplorable conditions of the Liberian HEALTH CARE SYSTEM is beyond deplorable, broken and stretched, as Liberian citizens continue to die of preventable diseases and care, all because the national leaders who are misappropriating and appropriating the megre national purse are paying themselves TOO MUCH exorbitant salaries, perks, emoluments and crazy bonuses, while our poor people have no way out, but to suffocate under a punishing and draconian system that continue to deny them better lives in their own country of birth, this is denying them peace…

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The Naked Political Violence In The Streets Of Zimbabwe Must Stop!

Editorial ________ The Liberian Listener condemns in no uncertain terms the brutality that is being meted against the peaceful peoples of Zimbabwe under the iron claw government of the ZANU-PF government led by dictator Mr. Emmerson Mnangagwa, alias the crocodile, a man known for his reckless bloody fist!   A foot soldier of the last ruler and dictator, Robert Mugabe, Emmerson was instrumental in carrying out the “Gukurahundi massacres against dissidents in Ndebele dominated regions which were carried out by the Zimbabwe National Army from early 1983 to late 1987”…

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