fortune charumbira /zimbabwe situation Public Policy 

SA delegations congratulate new Pan-African Parliament president

Zimbabwean senator Fortune Charumbira was elected president of the Pan-African Parliament. The South African delegation to PAP congratulated him on his election. Meanwhile, National Assembly Speaker Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula is leading a delegation to the Parliamentary Network Conference of the Non-Alignment Movement in Buka, Azerbaijan. Parliament’s delegation to the Pan-African Parliament (PAP) congratulated Fortune Charumbira on his election as PAP president. Charumbira, a Zimbabwean senator and president of the Zimbabwe Council of Chiefs, was elected on Wednesday. His election followed a protracted battle over the principle of geographical rotation, which resulted…

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Our evening, Living the Legacy and Continuing the Work, will feature a conversation with the Daughters of the Movement about how their lives and personal passions and commitments to justice, politics, activism, and the arts were shaped by their parents, a performance by artist, entertainer and activist Ayana Gregory, the presentation of the Malcolm X Legacy award, and more. Public Policy 

What Did Malcolm X Mean by Black Land for Black Liberation?

By Kyle T. Mays To celebrate Malcolm X’s birthday, we thought we’d take a closer look at one of the key tenets of the radical civil rights icon’s advocacy for Black liberation in these passages from Kyle T. Mays’s An Afro-Indigenous History of the United States. Land ownership. It’s important to see how Indigenous peoples’ conception of land fit—or didn’t—in his grand scheme of Black people laying claim to land. *** I have read The Autobiography of Malcolm X every summer since I was sixteen; it is my favorite book. During a particularly difficult…

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A Statement on ‘The Better Liberia Agenda’ for transformation

Fellow Liberians, and members of the press: Before proceeding any further, please reflect with me for one moment of silence on the memory of Dr. Amos Claudius Sawyer the founder of the Liberian People’s party, and many of the founding members of LPP that predeceased him, including but not limited to the following members:   Boley N’dorbor Mathias Nimely Ismael Campbell Nyanfor Koffa Wiwi Debbah Nelson Wiah Zardoe Dwana Wuo Garbie Tappia Tonie Richardson David Momolu Lavala Benedict Garlawolu Albert Saywon John Koti Nathaniel Jebboe Tarplah Weah Henry Wylie Thomas…

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Wearing a Head Scarf Can Be Grounds for Job Suspension, E.U.’s Top Court Rules

The court upheld a decision that companies can ban head scarves or other religious symbols in the workplace in the interest of “a neutral image.”   Private employers in the EU can ban people from wearing religious symbols, including headscarves, in order to present an image of neutrality, the bloc’s highest court has ruled. Companies can ban headscarves provided such a prohibition is part of a policy against all religious and political symbols, the court said on Thursday, reaffirming a 2017 ruling. The latest judgment went further by examining the grounds…

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A member of the opposition Liberty Party and Senatorial candidate in upcoming elections was attacked at a rally in the slum community of New Kru Town allegedly by supporters of the ruling CDC. Senator Abraham Darius Dillon shortly, thereafter, angrily reacted by threatening to have his supporters stone the Presidential convoy. The National Security Agency (NSA)reacted  by warning that such action would be dealt with decisively. The Senator later retracted his statement and threat.   Liberia holds midterm elections in December and General and Presidential elections in 2023. To date, no investigation has been concluded by Liberian authorities nor anyone held to account for these election related violence. In Guinea and Cote’Ivoire, the opposition have been protesting against attempts by the incumbents to extend their rule by amending the constitutions Deadly shases and injutries have been reported.  By Our Political Reporters in Wasgington DC and Monrovia/African Star Public Policy 

Liberia is moving dangerously downward into an abyss

PRESS RELEASE At an alarming rate, Liberia is moving dangerously downward into an abyss. It is a very troubling and discouraging situation considering the recent past history of our Country. The fratricidal civil conflict that commenced on 24 December 1989 claimed the lives of more than two hundred thousand Liberians. It was a conflict deeply rooted in the rigged Presidential and Legislative Elections of October 1985. Those Elections were conducted by the then Special Elections Commission (SECOM) under the Chairmanship of the late Emmett Harmon, a veteran of traditional True…

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Ukraine war & Africa food insecurity: WFP Urges Zimbabwe, SADC to Produce More Food

HARARE, ZIMBABWE —  A top World Food Program (WFP) official has urged Zimbabwe and surrounding countries to increase food production in light of the Russia-Ukraine war that has caused shortages and a spike in food prices. WFP Southern Africa Director Menghestab Haile told reporters after meeting with President Emmerson Mnangagwa in Harare Friday that the World Food Program is worried the Russia-Ukraine war has increased food insecurity across southern Africa. The region, he said, should make a concerted effort to grow more of its own food. “SADC region has water,…

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Even in their desperation for a bit of good news as they have drowned in a cesspool of bad narratives created by themselves, must they manufacture such a BLACK LIE about Weah's and his disreputable presidency? A president that is doing well by his people doesn't need public relations, his people will invariably be his PROs. They will echo his good news wide and loud. Can you guys stop this Hilarious Nonsense for a moment! Public Policy 

George Weah’s Presidential County Tours

  Tewroh-Wehtoe Sungbeh   I live seven years of my life as an itinerant student in many parts of Sinoe County. Out of those seven formative years, I lived a total of three years in Greenville, the political capital and seat of municipal government, where I was privileged to attend school. The last school I attended as a 10th grader in 1975 was St. Paul’s Parish High School. I moved back to Monrovia at the end of the 1975 school year. That’s another article for another day. Now you know a…

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‘America Cannot Fight Liberia’s Corruption’ Dana Banks tells Liberian government

  A senior aide to United States President Joe Biden has cited one of the reasons for Liberia’s backwardness, being that leaders choose their short-term gain over the long-term benefit of their country. Dana Banks, who works as a Special Assistant to Biden, and also served as Senior Director for Africa at the National Security Council, said while the United States remains a dedicated partner and friend to Liberia, it has observed that too many of Liberia’s leaders have chosen their short-term gain over the long-term benefit of their country.…

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Weah: “What was damaged during the 14 years of civil war,” he said, “cannot be fixed in a day’s time. This government is focused on rehabilitating Liberians whose lives were damaged. I want you not to join those who are undermining the country through protests. Join me to rebuild the country.” As part of his development plans, President Weah said the government was exerting efforts to change the lives of Liberians, by building concrete homes in place of the huts they have been living in over so many decades. Public Policy 

President’s Weah Four Years Performance Report Out

Press Release Liberia’s leading democratic advancement institution, Naymote Partners for Democratic Development has released its four years performance report of President George M. Weah in office. Based on available data and records, only eleven (11) of the 169 promises were completed, constituting (7%) of all promises during the reporting period.  Additional 65 promises (38%) are ongoing, and 93 promises (55%) have not started or are not rated due to limited or lack of available data to access progress made towards implementation. This report, which covers the period January 2018 to January…

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J, Bernard Nagbe Public Policy 

The Liberia Anti Corruption Commission is refusing to pay owed benefits to its former Comptroller

Staff Report The Liberian Listener has reliably learned that the LACC former Comptroller, J Bernard Nagbe is yet to collect his terminal payments two years after his resignation from the Weah led Government. All effort by Mr. Bernard to convince the government to pay him for his services rendered to the Liberian people has all but fallen on deaf ears. Two letters in our possession dated September 6, 2021, and the other dated September 21, 2021, were written to Cllr. Edwin Clar Martin the Executive Chairperson of the LACC and to…

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