“Farah details the sequence of events that led to the... alliance between al-Qaeda and Liberia's notorious former president Charles Taylor, and the summary rape and ruin of West Africa while Taylor orchestrated the inequitable trade of diamonds for uniforms, weapons and cars to perpetuate the nightmarish strife. However, this is not where the book ends "it's where a new unsettling story begins. After Farah's article ran in the Post, he and his family were forced to leave Africa for their own safety. On arriving home, Farah says, he was met by a bitter and embarrassed CIA determined to discredit him in order to cover the fact that they knew nothing about al-Qaeda's involvement in West Africa. Over time, the CIA's behavior led to the revelation of damning information about the United States's entire network of intelligence agencies, rife with infighting, disorganization and lack of central control. Farah's drum-tight presentation of evidence to substantiate his allegations will be difficult to dispute, and his stark and straightforward writing style makes this book hard to put down.”5. Op-ed 

Ian Fleming’s Diamonds are Forever: a story of diamond smuggling out of Taylor’s Liberia

By Dag Walker Ian Fleming, died 1964, is the author of the James Bond spy novels. Fleming’s first Bond novel, Casino Royale, was published in 1952. He eventually wrote eleven James Bond novels. So far, James Bond novels have sold over 100 million copies. On top of that, there have been 26 James Bond movies. Less well known is that Fleming wrote two non-fiction books, one of which, published in 1957, is about diamond smuggling in Liberia: The Diamond Smugglers. The book is based on two weeks of interviews Fleming…

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An increasing US focus on Africa — but is it a ‘pivot’?

    By John Vandiver STUTTGART, Germany— Is the U.S. “pivoting” toward Africa? The U.S. commando raids earlier this month in Somalia and Libya have some pundits floating the idea that the U.S. could be in the early stages of a strategic swing toward Africa. The idea has already been hash-tagged on Twitter as a kind of counterpoint to the much touted U.S. strategic shift to Asia. With misrule and weak governance casting an arc of instability across a large swath of Africa, the region at times seems almost front and center as…

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South African Malema To Form Political Party

The former head of the youth wing of South Africa’s governing African Nation Congress is set to launch his new party in Marikana where police last year killed 34 striking miners demanding a pay rise. Julius Malema, who was expelled from the ANC for bringing the party into disrepute, told South African media he wanted to become the country’s next president under the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) party. He said he would not be satisfied with a seat in parliament. Malema, 32, said he picked on Marikana as the venue…

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Society Arts & Leisure 

Liberian Graft House Berates LPRC Williams

The attention of the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission (LACC) has been drawn to a press release issued by the management of the Liberia Petroleum Refining Company (LPRC) insinuating that the LACC has asserted that the LPRC Managing Director, Mr. T. Nelson Williams is among public officials who have deliberately refused to cooperate with the Commission on grounds that he has not declared his income, assets and liabilities. The LPRC press release is a complete misrepresentation of the facts. The LACC at no time indicated that Mr. Williams deliberately refused to cooperate…

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Liberia: Kansas City Linebacker Chief Tamba

  Tamba Hali knows what it means to be a good player on a bad NFL team. In his first seven seasons with the Kansas City Chiefs, the outside linebacker racked up 62½ quarterback sacks and forced a remarkable 23 fumbles … and yet his team won just 38 of the 114 games that they played. The 2012 season was especially disappointing. Touted as a possible playoff dark horse, the Chiefs instead finished with the joint-worst record in the league – a miserable 2-14. If it was tempting to describe…

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Liberian news editor free for 30 days

By Ralph Geeplay Lawyers representing Frontpageafrica Editor Rodney Sieh have secured his release for 30 days in the Liberian capital of Monrovia. The lawyers contended that Sieh’s imprisonment violated various provisions of the Liberian constitution of 1986, including the prohibition against debt bondage in Article 12, the Equal Protection Clause of Article 11, the due process clause of Article 20, and the directive against extreme punishment in Article 21. Kwame Clement [Pro bono] a former Liberian journalist and broadcaster who reside in Maryland, the United Statres in collaboration with Musa Dean and…

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Can Africa Follow China’s Industrialization Path?

  Marcelo Giugale The simple answer is “No”. But there is a lot that sub-Saharan Africa (“Africa” for short) can learn from the Chinese industrialization experience — that incredible transformation from an old, inward-looking, heavy industrial sector which provided relatively little employment, exported almost nothing, and was owned and managed by the state, into the world’s most formidable light-manufacturing machine, run by private entrepreneurs and home to hundreds of millions of jobs. In two decades, the country’s share of global manufacture exports rose from nearly zero to 15 percent —…

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Danny Jordaan Returns to South African Football

  LIberian Listener Sports Danny Jordaan who headed South Africa 2010 world cup successful campaign has returned to South African football, this time as president of the South African FA. He was elected as new head of South Africa FA” after winning the two-man contest for the position,” in which Jordaan garnered 162 votes while his rival Mandla Mazibuko took home 88 ballots, said the British Broadcasting Corporation. The new SAFA President is an advisor to Confederation of African Football (CAF) president Issa Hayatou after several failed attempts for a…

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Kenya Airways Upgrading Services

Staff Report Kenya Airways, the national carrier of Kenya is modernizing its aircrafts and upgrading its facilities with the aim of boosting trade and connecting Africans with the world, according to reports. On a recent tour of the Jomo Kenyatta Airport which was a scene of recent fire disaster on August 7 causing a temporary shutdown of operations, the Airport Manager, Edward Kobuthi told journalists from five African countries that the airport is functioning at full capacity, he encouraged passengers not to fear in coming to Nairobi. Mr. Kobuthi described…

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11 Questions: Patricia Jabbeh Wesley, Poet

      Wesley [PhD] is Associate Professor of English at the Pennsylvania State University and a Liberian writer with four books of poetry under her belt.  Jabbeh Wesley’s fifth book “In Monrovia, the River Visits the Sea,” is now in print. It is a children’s book recently published by One Moore Book Publishers, Jan. 2013. 1. How well received have your poetry books been? It depends on who you are talking about. Outside Liberia, my books have been very well received, particularly, in the US and outside, in countries…

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