george weah jr. la liberte News 

Why was George Weah Jr Arrested in Paris?

  The son of the Liberian president, George Weah Jr., was arrested following a raucous house party he hosted, despite the 6pm curfew. The incident has provoked a small diplomatic incident between his country and France. It’s not the first time that hosting such an event has gotten him into trouble. “The excesses of a few cannot ruin the efforts of all.” A little more than 48 hours after French Prime Minister Jean Castex chastised the organizers of “clandestine parties.” The fact that police had to intervene to end such…

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Willie Dixon / Music 

Willy Dixon, Bard of the Blues

  By Dag Walker You gotta listen to this– Willie Dixon– the Bard of the Blues. You gotta listen. Willie Dixon and the Chicago Blues. He’s ready for you, and I hope you’re ready for him. Ready as anybody can be!   If you don’t love this music, contact your lawyer and have me removed from your will.  (NO! I was kidding.) Willie Dixon. The coolest, hottest Chicago bluesman on earth.  Willie Dixon is one of those famous people most people have never heard of. My father heard of…

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valentine day in africa /challengesworldwide Society Arts & Leisure 

Celebrating Valentine’s Day In Africa!

    Life is not all about work and business. Leisure, celebrations, time for ourselves, are all needed for a happier life. That’s why today, on Valentine’s Day, we’re neither talking about outstanding business in Africa nor what can you do to improve them, but about how they celebrate the lover’s day across the world’s largest continent. The truth is that it’s probable that many of us have never give it a thought. We might have taken for granted the flowers, chocolates, teddy bears and romantic dinners to celebrate it…

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The Minister, with no higher level public service experience in planning and development prior to this job, boasted he could take President William V.S. Tubman plans of the 1950s and build a nation like the United States. Op-ed 

Brownie Samukai, Musa Bility and Samuel Tweah: CDC&CPP, one and the same!

  By: Lawrence S. Tuah   The much presaged call from the opposition politician, Sen. Abraham Darius Dillion in the upper house of senate has been; to ensure integrity in the Legislature and the governance of the state; to reassure public trust and confidence through accountability and proper usage of public funds; and to institute the respect for the rule of Law through the application of democracy. Well, this is not just a call that has attracted Sen. Dillion alone, most Liberians are aware amidst the absence of these values,…

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booakai and samukai Op-ed 

The Supreme Court Samukai guilty opinion is an example CPP’s unpreparedness to lead this country

Alfred Bombo Kiadi Recently, the Liberian Supreme Court issued a landmark opinion against Brownie Samukai, in a case bordering on sheer impropriety. Samukai was accused of squandering US$1.1million meant for hungry soldiers confined to dingy barracks and grossly mistreated by the erstwhile government. This ruling is both symbolic, and, to some extent, it promotes the illusion that a so-called big fish can pay heavily for his corrupt footprint against the state in a land where egregious impunity has undermined access to justice and eroded confidence in the rule of law.…

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armed forces of liberia Op-ed 

Liberia does not have an army – Liberia has a brigade and here’s why 

By Martin K. N. Kollie   The Liberian people deserve to know the truth ahead of Armed Forces Day on February 11. Liberians remain very vulnerable to heightened insecurity including external aggression. Do not tell me that I hate my country. Bring your facts to counter mine. I am going to use these 4 basic parameters or specifications to expose how weak and ill-prepared the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL) is: manpower, airpower, land power, and water power.  In terms of military strength ranking, Liberia only tops a small south…

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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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CoP also referred to the intervention of Liberia’s international partners at this 11th hour as “an intrusion” into the internal affairs of the state. “We do not object to intervention or intrusion, as much as we feel they are getting too much involved in our domestic affairs — that’s not necessarily a bad thing. But we hope that same level of intrusion will be made when it comes to the US$25 million [infusion]; that same level of intrusion will be made when it comes to other bread-and-butter issues like the L$16 billion; that same level of intrusion will be made when it comes to the attacks on Honorable Yekeh Kolubah, Senator Dillon, or Henry Costa or Mo Ali…” Op-ed 

My TAKE on Liberty Party, CPP and CoP integrity saga: Hypocrisy at the highest level!

By Abraham Doedeh Even though Senator Abraham Dillon has apologized, let me state again for the record, Mr. Dillon’s statement of using biblical scriptures to [justify corruption] is untimely and ill-thought but whatever way you put or justify it, it is FLAT out wrong to defend a bad character and actor like Musa Bility, who has a consistent history of criminal record nationally and internationally. Here’s my problem with the Dillon power play; prior to the convention Mr. Dillon had the singular most sacred responsibility to bring Kla Edward Toomey…

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The two authoritative sources that I have just given do not make competence or integrity of relatives an exception to the definition. Therefore, those who are saying that the appointment of relatives who are competent and have integrity falls outside the definition of nepotism are wrong. Unless they write their own dictionaries, they have to accept the current definition of nepotism. Except for monarchies, like Kingdoms and empires, where countries are ruled by families, nepotism is wrong everywhere, especially in democratic countries such as ours. Nepotism is wrong because it is an abuse of power. It provides a situation where the best jobs in a country are occupied by relatives of public officials. It deprives better qualified citizens who are not relatives of public officials of opportunities for employment. A nepotistic leader promotes patronage, opportunism and sycophancy as avenues for employment. In an atmosphere where nepotism prevails, honest patriots and nationalists are deprived of opportunities for employment because they are not prepared to stoop so low. Nepotism therefore is a dangerous and very serious corrupt practice because it has the tendency to promote corruption and mass unemployment. Public Policy 

Enhancing Military and Legislative Interaction in a Democracy: Liberia in perspective

  By Tiawon Gongloe   I am greatly honored and elated to be here this morning to speak to the gallant men and women of the Armed Forces of Liberia as a keynote speaker at the beginning of this very important week in the life of the Armed Forces of Liberia which, under normal circumstances, should end on February 11, 2021 with an elaborate national program. Such an elaborate celebration is not possible this year for the insecurity situation created by the COVID 19 pandemic. As a person who, over…

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Examining ANC’s Alexander Cummings’ CPP Tenure: He got small success as Chairman

By JN Larsah   Collaborating Political Parties [CPP] Chairman and ANC Political Leader Alexander B. Cummings have turned-over of the CPP leadership mantle to Senator and Liberty Party Political Leader Nyongblee Karnga-Lawrence. So, this offers an ideal opportunity to quickly review Mr. Cummings’ performance by taking a glimpse of his leadership ability, in terms of areas in which he made gains and areas where losses were incurred. There has been more than plenty of talks about what many regard as Mr. Cummings’ excellent leadership profile, specifically given his experience as…

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