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If one were to couple the mayor’s statements with recent acts of violence, this would lead to a decision by the ICC to open an investigation into violence in Liberia because it falls within the category of crimes against humanity which will lead to future prosecutions of state-supported atrocities. Failure by the President of Liberia to forcefully and publicly reject and sanction the mayor may be deemed as silent support of Koijee. Public Policy 

Jefferson Koijee Risks Prosecution by the ICC for Election Related Violence

    Washington–– Liberia is slowly inching towards state-sponsored terrorism and violence against its citizens. Fatou Bensouda, the Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), stated, ‘when passions run high during elections, and people do not act with restraint, this may lead to large-scale crimes within the jurisdiction of the ICC. In such a case, the office of the prosecutor will not hesitate to act under the criteria defined by the Rome Statute. She went on to say, “Political leaders are equally obliged to ensure that the electoral process…

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The two were discussing the Tanzanian delegation’s reaction to the vote after delegates danced in the chamber. “To watch that thing on television, as I did, to see those, those monkeys from those African countries – damn them, they’re still uncomfortable wearing shoes!” Reagan tells Nixon, who erupts in laughter. The recording was first published in the Atlantic magazine in an article written by Tim Naftali, who directed the Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum from 2007 to 2011. Public Policy 

 Reagan called African leaders ‘monkeys’ in call to Richard Nixon 

  Ronald Reagan made racist remarks about African delegates to the United Nations, calling them “monkeys” and saying they were still “uncomfortable wearing shoes”, newly released audio recordings have revealed. Reagan, the actor turned politician who was a popular two-term president, made the comments in a phone call with the disgraced former president Richard Nixon as the two discussed a 1971 vote by the UN to recognize China, instead of the US ally Taiwan. At the time of the call, Nixon was still president and Reagan was governor of California, both the BBC…

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Making sure that the rule of law is upheld and Taylor brought to justice for his heinous crimes, sadly not for Liberia, but Sierra Leone, James Verdier worked pro bono to helped indict the war criminal, currently incarcerated in England. His commitment to the welfare of the Liberian people has always been paramount and this character has been impeccable. Observers say as Liberia looks to buried it past and move away from leaders who are so easily consumed by power, as they quickly forsake the national interest for personal aggrandizement, Jerome Verdier are those kinds that Liberia needs, as is indicative in the TRC report which he released with his fellow commissioners. Public Policy 

Former TRC Chair concerned about violence rule of law under Weah

    Speaking with journalists Thursday from Washington DC, Capital of the United States of America, a press statement of the IJG quoted the learned Counselor at Law as condemning the acts of criminal elements within government to pervert the ends of justice which got Cllr Varney Sherman off the hook in the Sable Mining bribery scandal case in Liberia. The IJG statement said the Justice advocacy group has reliably unearthed that the presiding Judge in the Sable Mining case, His Honor Judge Peter Gbenewelee, the prosecution team headed by the…

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Truth be told, this practice is brutish, backward, reactionary and of no significance today, and thus, should be jettisoned. It merely glorifies the masters’ way of intimidating their subjects, inciting imminent fear among the people by divisions and classifications. culled from, www.face2faceafrica Public Policy 

African courts are glorifying colonialism with wigs

  SIKA-AYIWA AFRIYIE SAFO | Contributor   The tradition of wearing horsehair wigs, perukes, ‘a term derived from the French word perruque (weaving wig)’ and gowns by the judiciary predates the 15th Century. In the 14th Century, during the reign of King Edward III, the accepted costume for nobles who appeared before the Court of the king was the robe. Later in the 17th Century, the gown was adopted together with the peruke (horsehair wig) as the formal apparel of judges and lawyers, a bid to differentiate the elite from the commoners. Originally, judges were…

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The president shall be elected by universal adult suffrage of registered voters in the Republic and shall hold office for a term of six years commencing at noon on the third working Monday in January of the year immediately following the elections. No person shall serve as President for more than two terms. Public Policy 

Pres. Weah Wants To Shorten Political Term limits

      Monrovia – When former President Ellen Sirleaf Johnson completed her second successive term of office last January, paving the way for her successor, George Manneh Weah to assume the mantle of authority as Liberia’s new head of state, it marked the first peaceful transfer of power in more than 70 years for Africa’s oldest republic. Now FrontPageAfrica is gathering that President Weah is planning to go a step further with a proposal on the table to reduce the presidential term limits from six years to five. The President,…

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And finally please ENCOURAGE your supporters to continue supporting you substantively rather than keep cursing and disrespecting the Liberian citizens who are taxpayers and who basically own the country. Their unruly behavior reflects negatively on you and makes your critics unpatriotic to our country. Finally, please clear the confusion surrounding your faith. Are you a Christian, Muslim, Buddhist, etc? Thank you, sir. Public Policy 

Former TRC Commissioner Calls out Laymah Gbowee

    The Editor,   I am not going to say what people want to hear. I am not going to join the cheerleaders who will instantaneously start singing the praises of individuals whatever the matter. I do not worry about being liked because I know no matter what I say, or do whether appropriate or not, everybody will not like me. I do not have to be accepted or be a part of the crowd. I am comfortable walking alone. In short I will remain me. ” Know thyself”…

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July 26 is one of the few moments where almost all of the population and diaspora community gather to listen to the National Orator, hopeful that the message will speak to issues that are important to their daily existence, the future of their children and the growth and development of the nation. Many also listen to this moment hopeful that the designated speaker will recommend solutions to national issues and that government will take strides to implement some of the recommendations. Public Policy 

Speech: Together We Are Stronger

  National Oration by Leymah Roberta Gbowee on the 172nd Independence Anniversary of the Republic of Liberia, July 26, 2019    H.E. George Manneh Weah, President of the Republic of Liberia, H. E. Jewel Howard Taylor, Vice President Republic of Liberia, His Honor Frances Korkpor Chief Justice and Associate Justices of the Supreme Court, Hon. Bhofal Chambers, Speaker and Members of the National Legislature, Hon. Albert Chie, Pro Temp and members of the Senate, Dean and Members of the Diplomatic Corps, Officials of Government, women of Liberia – women oh…

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The Liberia n Listener call on the Liberian government to continue to review Liberian symbols, a project began by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, and especially attention must be given the Liberian flag. While the flag we use has important symbolic importance to our nation-state, the Republic, and its peoples, the Liberian flag in its current form and state which is complete replication of the American flag, pays no respects to the Africa of our heritage, its traditions, civilization and it's peoples, and their aspirations----this is indeed a sensitive issue that must claim the immediate attention of policymakers and especially President of our republic, George Manneh Weah. Public Policy 

Happy Independence But It’s Time To Change The Liberian Flag

    E  D  I  T O  R  I  A  L   The Liberia n Listener call on the Liberian government to continue to review Liberian symbols, a project began by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, and especially attention must be given the Liberian flag. While the flag we use has important symbolic importance to our nation-state, the Republic, and its peoples, the Liberian flag in its current form and state which is complete replication of the American flag, pays no respects to the Africa of our heritage, its traditions, civilization…

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According to Nyei who is a doctoral researcher at the University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies, Liberia currently has one of the oldest constitutions in Africa and the only country on the continent that has not done any substantial review or reform of its constitution since 1986 despite the numerous political crisis and the apparent dysfunctionality of the constitution. He pointed out that countries that experience violent civil wars and political crises normally seek to address their problems through broader constitutional reform with the aim of promoting political participation and inclusive democratic governance. Public Policy 

Liberian Scholar Wants Political Decentralization

  London–– Liberian Scholar Ibrahim Al-bakri Nyei has called for a robust constitutional reform to allow for the full implementation of the Local Government Act and sustain gains made towards decentralization reform in Liberia. Addressing the 2019 conference of the Liberian Studies Association in Chicago, Mr. Nyei noted that some gains were made towards decentralization over the last 12 years, such as the establishment of county councils, the passage of the Local Government Act, and the establishment of county service centers, but the gains cannot be sustained without firm entrenchment…

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Senators Yallah And Paye Expelled

    The National Democratic Coalition (NDC) of Liberia has condemned the unconstitutional removal of Associate Justice kabineh Mohammad Ja’neh by the Legislature of the Republic of Liberia. The NDC believes that the action of the legislature was unconstitutional and illegally executed with the cooperation of Chief Justice Francis Korkpor. Such illegal and unconstitutional action has severely undermined the independence of the Judiciary and degraded the national legislature. Also, such illegal removal of Associate Justice Ja’neh has the propensity to induce lawlessness and provoke illegal or unsolicited attacks on the…

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