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Ahead of confirmation hearings of Presidential appointees by the Senate, the Unity Party (UP) Legislative Caucus Chairman and executive members of the Independent Legislative Caucus (ILC) in the House of Representatives, have warned against the confirmation of the newly appointed Deputy Defense Minister for Operations, Tarplah Davis, aka Zoely Zoe. The lawmakers also branded Zoely Zoe as being ‘extremely dangerous with bad human rights record.’ Public Policy 

He Will Be Dangerous, Legislative Caucuses caution Senate

    Ahead of confirmation hearings of Presidential appointees by the Senate, the Unity Party (UP) Legislative Caucus Chairman and executive members of the Independent Legislative Caucus (ILC) in the House of Representatives, have warned against the confirmation of the newly appointed Deputy Defense Minister for Operations, Tarplah Davis, aka Zoely Zoe. The lawmakers also branded Zoely Zoe as being ‘extremely dangerous with bad human rights record.’ The two legislative caucuses, in a joint communication to President Pro Tempore, Albert T. Chie, wrote against the confirmation of the newly appointed…

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China’s activities in the African continent have yet to receive the attention they deserve in the West. China’s behavior in Africa is important for three major reasons. First, China is the source of significant investment capital twinned with a prodigious ability to create infrastructure, both of which are needed by many African states. Second, China’s behavior in Africa provides the rest of the world with insight into how it will behave towards other states, particularly the states of the Global South, as it becomes equal in power with the United States. Third, what China is doing in Africa does not augur well for the rest of the world. China’s activities and behavior in Africa may only be described as neo-colonial and exploitative of African peoples and the environment. Public Policy 

China Is In Africa To Control Its Resources: Chinese imperialism has come to Africa.

    Key point: China is in Africa now not to advance Maoism, but to control its resources, people, and potential.   Africa is on the cusp of a new period in its history, its renaissance. Freed from centuries of colonialism and neo-imperialism, Africa has the opportunity to become a center of economic might to provide prosperity to the continent’s growing population. Yet, at present, Africa unfortunately faces a new danger: Sino-imperialism, the risk of falling under the control of China largely through Chinese economic investment and loans. The People’s…

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“We have to grow up. We cannot blame Europe and America for our problems; we have mismanaged our economy, we have misplaced our priorities, we have not understood the importance of development. We think these roads and bridges are developments and not the human beings. “How much are we spending in an attempt to give ourselves cheap fuel? $3billion or $4billion a year? So-called petroleum subsidy? Imagine putting that money into education or into power or industry. That won’t deal with migration unless we have jobs. Why can’t we have electricity?” Public Policy 

Nigeria spends about $4billion annually on fuel subsidy

Money that could help the poor: EDUCATION, INFRASTRUCTURE AND HEALTH The Emir of Kano, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, has lamented that the richest man in Africa is from Nigeria and ironically, the country “is also the poverty capital of the world”. According to him, Nigeria had no basis for spending $3billion to $4billion annually on fuel subsidy. Speaking at the launch of “From Frying Pan to Fire”, written by the Chairman of ThisDay Editorial Board, Mr. Olusegun Adeniyi in Abuja on Thursday, Sanusi claimed Nigeria is now the headquarters of poverty…

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In a continent with more than 2,000 distinct languages, the role and importance of indigenous African languages in post-colonial modern societies has also proved to be a contentious issue. Over the last few decades, the place of African languages has suffered negative consequences due to colonization, globalization, and the entrenchment of official languages like English and French. African languages have often been labeled as a hindrance to learning, and have suffered delegitimization at social, economic, and political spheres. Public Policy 

South African schools will teach Kiswahili to students from 2020

Africa’s most “internationally recognized language” will soon be taught in South African classrooms. Starting in 2020, schools will teach Kiswahili as an optional language, making it the first African language outside South Africa to be offered in class. Education minister Angie Motshekga said the move was meant to promote unity and “social cohesion with fellow Africans.” Anti-immigrant sentiments have brewed in South Africa in the past decade, leading to sporadic attacks on the homes and businesses of communities including Malawians, Somalis, and Nigerians. The push to embrace the Swahili language…

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http://www.liberianlistener.com/2019/11/01/ellen-sirleaf-legacy-of-corruption-and-misrule/ Public Policy 

To Fight Corruption, Former Pres. Sirleaf & UP Officials Must be Investigated

By J Yanqui Zaza I am sure many Liberians are pleased and do welcome the patriotic, honorable and peace and unity statement made by Dr. Joseph Nyemah Boakai, former presidential candidate and former Vice President of the Republic of Liberia. Dr. Boakai has recommended to the members and officers of the former ruling Party (Unity Party) to forgive and unite for the good of the country. But equally too, if the former ruling Unity Party is to be considered as a Party ready to fight corruption, then Unity Party, a…

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The assignment of Judge Nancy Sammy to preside over Criminal Court ‘C’ in Monrovia, where two of her senior male colleagues were forced to step aside from further hearing into the alleged missing US$835,367.72 and L$2,645,000,000 involving Central Bank of Liberia (CBL) current and past senior officials, could put her credibility to test if she makes good on her vow to resist any political interference into her judgment. Public Policy 

‘We Are Not Answerable to Other Branches of Gov’t

    The assignment of Judge Nancy Sammy to preside over Criminal Court ‘C’ in Monrovia, where two of her senior male colleagues were forced to step aside from further hearing into the alleged missing US$835,367.72 and L$2,645,000,000 involving Central Bank of Liberia (CBL) current and past senior officials, could put her credibility to test if she makes good on her vow to resist any political interference into her judgment. Former President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf appointed Judge Sammy in 2013, and subsequently commissioned her as Resident Judge of Lofa County,…

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Much of the instability in Africa, particulalry in the Democratic Republic of Congo, is due to a myriad of colonial factors coupled with the greed and selfishness of African politicians who fail to establish resolute and astute leadership to fix their own countries and help their own people. The West thrives off this - it gives them the sense that they were right throughout the course of history, that black people are uncivilized and have an affinity towards being war savages. The perpetual reliance on the West has a sickening effect for Africa - it just fosters patronizing politics.  Public Policy 

DR Congo President Felix Tshisekedi begs for more french presence in Congo

This is further exploitation under the veil of military assistance in security matters. DRC continues to be abused by the imperialist powers. It is as if African countries are totally incapable of standing by themselves and solving their own problems in their own ways. It is like the reliance on the West is a perennial feature of African politics from which we can never be unshackled from. It is as if we give the West the impression that we have run our own countries in the ground and without them…

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The UN Envoy expressed commitment to working with the Liberian Government in achieving the Pro-poor Agenda for Prosperity and Development. However, he noted that UN adheres strictly to its fiduciary standards to safeguard UN funds against misuse and integrity risks. Public Policy 

Magistrate who ruled against President Weah government replaced

  President George Weah has with immediate effect, replaced Stipendiary Magistrate Ernest F. B. Bana of the Monrovia City Court, whose ruling on November 4, 2019  disagreed with argument by government lawyers in the writ to close-down the Roots FM 102.7 radio station owned by talk-show host Henry Pedro Costa. Following an order by Magistrate Bana to have the radio station shutdown and its equipment confiscated, which was executed on Thursday, October 10, 2019, Roots Holdings Incorporated, the parent company of Roots FM 102.7, filed a motion before the court asking…

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“The renaming of a street in Windhoek in honour of the late Garvey is anticipated to give a tremendous boost in the relations between Namibia and Jamaica and to serve as a permanent reminder to citizens of both countries of where our forefathers have come from and where the next generation needs to go so as to merge the two nations as they are vying for their rightful place in the new world order,” a statement by the government  read. Public Policy 

Marcus Garvey’s fustrations with W.E.B Du Bois’ undermines in setting up the Liberian project

THE COLLISION IN LIBERIA OF MARCUS GARVEY’S AND W.E.B DU BOIS’S VERSION OF PAN AFRICANISMS AND HOW COLORISM DESTROYED THE DREAM. _________________   Joseph E. Holloway   Leaders of the postwar nationalist movement throughout Africa and leaders of the African Diaspora both sought an effective response to the legacy of slavery in the New World, racial segregation in the U.S., and Colonial rule in Africa.  Behind their endeavors, we can see the influence of both W.E.B. Dubois’ Pan-African ideology and Marcus Garvey’s back-to-Africa movement.  Liberia was an important focal point…

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But everything changed, when Garley was captured by troops working for top Liberian government officials, who were tasked with forcibly recruiting people to work on the Spanish-owned sugar cane, coffee and cocoa plantations in Fernando Po (located in current day Equatorial Guinea and parts of Gabon). Many of these forced recruits were abducted from the southeastern region of Liberia. Munah waited as the days turned to weeks and the weeks to months but her husband did not return. After six months she walked alone on the 155-kilometer bush road back to Grand Gedeh.  It took her weeks to reach home.  When she finally reached, she ignored pains of the sores in her feet and ran around Pelezon Town beating her breast and crying as she told her ordeal.  Public Policy 

Fernando Po Crisis: the shame and of lack of accountability in Liberia

MONROVIA – The future was bright for Doboe-Blee Garley, a 20-year-old, newly-married man in 1926. Well built and outstanding in the Menson Clan of Tchien District in Grand Gedeh County, Garley was a great royal hunter and a farmer. His wife, Munah, had come from a long lineage of traditional priests. Excitedly, the newlyweds made their way to the seaport city of Greenville to buy lapas, salt, and dishes for their home, according to citizens of Pelezon and Garley’s 62-year-old niece Theresa Boryea Walo, to whom the late Garley told…

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