According to the PAPD, a  document released by the CDC led government shows that less than 5% of the Liberian labor force is employed in the formal economy as wage laborers. Many Liberians who are willing and capable to work are either employed in the informal sector in the urban areas or eke out a living through subsistence farming in the rural communities. The peasants drift from the rural areas to the urban centers. But cannot find a market for their labor. Thus, they either become petite traders of retail commodities, daily hires or get involved with some other informal economic activities to earn an income to survive. Op-ed 

Happy labor day to the peasants who toil the land!

For Immediate Release Liberia doesn’t have a large and advanced working class, as we know it to be in an advanced capitalist society, suffice it to mean that majority of our population has not been drawn into the formal labor market. This is because of the underdevelopment of the productive forces or everything that is used to produce the means of subsistence is still wanting. According to the PAPD, a  document released by the CDC led government shows that less than 5% of the Liberian labor force is employed in…

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Report by Henry Karmo frontpageafricaonline.com Public Policy 

Guss Winn: Liberian Human Rights lawyers to Sue Liberia House of Representatives

    Monrovia – The office of House Speaker Bhofal Chambers has denied the involvement of the speaker in the beating of Mr. Guss Winn, a painter who stormed the seat of the legislative branch Tuesday, demanding US$26,000 in debt. In a statement Wednesday, the Speaker’s office said stating, that at no time did the Speaker order the beating and inhumane treatment meted against Mr. Winn a local contractor who worked for the Legislature and is yet to receive his arrears. Video of Mr. Winn’s humiliation has gone viral on…

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Guss A. Winn, News 

Contractor brutalized in Liberia at Capitol Building for Protesting he be paid

    The grounds of the Capitol Building was a scene of action when a contractor on Tuesday who had gone to request members of the House of Representatives for his just pay in the tone of US25,000 after rendering services that august body was reportedly flogged by private security assigned to the House of Representatives for staging a protest in demand of his pay. The victim, Guss A. Winn, said he entered into an agreement with the Speaker and members of the House of Representatives about four months ago…

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Disclosing to the public the disbursement of funds at the Liberian Senate, declaring his assets, subject himself to double pay cut, influencing fellow Senators in debates and votes on critical national issues at the Liberian Senate such as the rejection of NEC Chairman nominee Nwabudike, interventions in distressing conditions of poor people are only a few examples of his leadership, faithfulness, and vision. I urge all well-meaning Liberians as well as CDCians to reject the negative propaganda scheme launched against Senator Dillon by the corrupt Weah CDC government and their surrogates. News 

Prince Johnson Contradicts AB Dillion, says Weah gave $200,000 bonus for SoE

  Staff Report As public outrage mounts in the wake of revelations by Nimba County Senator Prince Johnson that Legislators have received payout bonuses of US$6,000 as an inducement to affix their signatures of approval to the resolution authorizing the imposition of a State of Emergency, several legislators (names withheld) have shrugged off the charges claiming that the US$6,000 paid to each legislator was actually “operational funds” which have since gone unpaid for a little over two (2) years. This has left the public confused about who is indeed telling…

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Here is it: Illusion is being extinguished, the charade has ended, and the old moribund True Whig Party has fallen from grace to grass being defenestrated, being consigned to the ash heap of history by their social inferiors, as they call the people. A new day has come. The masses are joyous; the exhilaration is electric, and the celebration has overwhelmed the streets. Monrovia has seen a swarm of stampede, hope high, aspiration reawakened, and a new day has come. The wall of invincibility has fallen like a deck of cards. All the reactionary rhetoric of using the coercive force of the state to teach the working people and Liberian masses a lesson has been all talk, talk and talk. Tributes 

Still in the cause of the people: a tribute to Prof. Dew Mayson

By A. Bombo Kiadii We must not lose focus to convey an outpouring of comradely salutation to a remarkable icon who has fought relentlessly to reshape the historical contours of the fatherland and make his worthwhile contributions to the peoples of the global South in the fight for social justice, equality, and a better world. As I journey through history and look back to the defeat of the bankrupt oligarchy, I have developed a great admiration for this man and his comrades who placed their lives on the line. As…

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Wisher, now cochair of the committee that selects the poet laureate, said in a statement that Mayson’s “lovingly crafted poems have fed, held, and awakened many of us already. She has long been a beloved artist and educator in Philadelphia, and we are honored by her desire to serve as Poet Laureate," Wisher said. “Trapeta’s commitment to this city and its people is brilliantly evident in her work, art, and life.” Artists & Reviews 

Philadelphia Poet Laureate is Liberian born Trapeta B. Mayson

Trapeta B. Mayson, a Liberian-born poet, teacher, and licensed social worker, will be Philadelphia’s next poet laureate, for 2020 and 2021, the Free Library of Philadelphia announced Thursday. She will succeed Raquel Salas Rivera, who won a prestigious $50,000 award from the Academy of American Poets while serving in the post. The poet laureate post is a two-year position with some ceremonial and community-outreach duties. Mayson will be expected to participate in at least one reading a year at the Free Library and participate in a school program, workshop, or…

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The COVID-19 case has increased to 2M+ globally. The rising death toll is over 145,000, collapsing economies while leaving the most vulnerable without food and shelter. Yet in the wake of the global pandemic, the president of the United States, Donald Trump, has put a stop to the US' financial support to the WHO. Trump justifies halting aid to the WHO on claims that it is "China Centric." It raises enormous questions about the ability of the WHO to curb the virus at a time with insufficient funding with the proliferation of a virus to which there is no cure. This, given the escalation of the situation, gives no hope for our ability to overcome the virus. Op-ed 

Post COVID-19-Economic Recovery & the potential threats to environmental sustainability

    The Editor, The COVID-19 case has increased to 2M+ globally. The rising death toll is over 145,000, collapsing economies while leaving the most vulnerable without food and shelter. Yet in the wake of the global pandemic, the president of the United States, Donald Trump, has put a stop to the US’ financial support to the World Health Organization or WHO. Trump justifies halting aid to the WHO on claims that it is “China Centric.” It raises enormous questions about the ability of the WHO to curb the virus…

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Disclosing to the public the disbursement of funds at the Liberian Senate, declaring his assets, subject himself to double pay cut, influencing fellow Senators in debates and votes on critical national issues at the Liberian Senate such as the rejection of NEC Chairman nominee Nwabudike, interventions in distressing conditions of poor people are only a few examples of his leadership, faithfulness, and vision. I urge all well-meaning Liberians as well as CDCians to reject the negative propaganda scheme launched against Senator Dillon by the corrupt Weah CDC government and their surrogates. Op-ed 

Endorsing Sen. Abe Dillon’s Action as a Member of the CDC

By James Nan Larsah, Jr. I am a longstanding member of the Congress for Democratic Change (CDC), one of means, standing, and record, and I have a clear understanding of the propaganda scheme orchestrated against Senator Abe Darius Dillon by mainly elements of the corrupt ruling establishment in Liberia over the Senator’s exposure of funds disbursement at the Liberian Senate. While I remain a member of the CDC, I refuse, reject, and vehemently denounce any notion of a CDCian as one whose loyalty to the party and party leaders is…

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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 

Covid-19: Pres. Weah Gives Senate 200,000 as country lacks Ventilators and PPEs

    While Montserrado County Senator Abraham Darius Dillon revealed here Tuesday this week that senators on Capitol Hill received US$6,500 each as operational fund after they endorsed the State of Emergency and stimulus package submitted by President Weah, Senator Prince Yormie Johnson rather says the amount is compensation for extra-sitting in the wake of their Easter Break. The Liberian Senate netted a total of US$195,000 (not 180,000 as earlier) this week for 30 senators, at the time health workers, doctors and nurses on the frontline of the fight against…

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Although this author’s prediction maybe overdue, it is not a starch, however, to wonder out loud, the potential devastation the COVID-19 pandemic could bring to Liberia’s poorest people. Consequently, it is important that critical policies be formulated and implemented to inform, educate and treat every Liberian. Moreover, is the George Weah-led CDC government prepared to require self-isolation for Liberians, and ready to ban Liberians from leaving their homes except to buy food, essential supplies, and medicines or for work? Every Liberian needs to be better prepared on ways to prevent, tackle and arrest this deadly virus from spreading and killing Liberians, most especially, the innocent. Therefore, it is imperative that all Liberians continue to look out for their fellow countrymen, women and children, especially those in vulnerable groups, and those with fever, headaches, cold, high blood pressure, diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Still others to look out for are those in local markets, entertainer and community centers. As a matter of fact, all overcrowded transport centers and busting commercial districts need to be equipped with public mobile hand washing facilities. Finally, President George Weah should not allow corruption to undermine and deepen suspicions among Liberians regarding equal access to medical supplies, equipment, services and treatment. Op-ed 

The correlation between COVID-19 pandemic and climate change crisis

    By: Gardawheh Gad Boe   In December 2019, researchers in China identified a deadly new coronavirus strain that had infected dozens of people and was recognized by the World Health Organization as a pandemic, 11 March 2020. Borders slammed shut. Global trade stalled and markets crashed. In a matter of weeks, the momentum behind efforts to jointly confront climate change essentially vanished. Countries have locked down cities, banned international travel, and shut down their economies in a desperate effort to slow the outbreak. As the COVID-19 outbreak wreaks…

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