Samuel Sakama Politics 

The nexus between education and crime – a look beyond Dr. Daniel E. Cassell’s alleged offending. 

By Samuel Sakama A HIGH intelligence quotient (IQ) or even an earned Ph.D. does not make one a ‘good person. Put bluntly, education does not necessarily make one a ‘good person. But research generally shows that having an education reduces one’s risk of committing a crime.  THERE is a causal link between educational attainment and crime. For example, the majority of prisoners across the US (the world’s biggest jailer) are functional illiterates; followed by those who attempted/completed secondary education, post-secondary education, graduate school, and then postgraduate. The same can be…

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amos sawyer Tributes 

Amos Sawyer: An African Statesman and Struggle Icon, A Tribute

  By Cherbo Geeplay The pan-African progressive community is hugely grateful to Dr. Amos C. Sawyer for his contributions to Liberia’s development and his personal sacrifice as an activist, leader, professor, and public servant. Sawyer’s recent announcement to leave the political stage is indeed the end of an era, but it is also the beginning of another! It was a daunting task to write this tribute in honor of an esteemed pan-Africanist and statesman. Perhaps poets are not good prose writers.  “We can write the new chapters in a visual…

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daniel cassel /news public trust Public Policy 

New kid on the block: Daniel Cassell has presented no plans to develop Liberia, just talk…

  By Socrates S. Saywon, Sr.  Monrovia – Dr. Daniel E. Cassell, the political leader of a newly established political party, the “People’s Liberation Party” is capitalizing on Liberia’s fragile political environment as the 2023 general and presidential elections draw near. Cassell who had his political institution grand opening and dedication ceremony of the PLP on February 20, 2021, has stepped up his activities  with various groups, most notably by awarding scholarships and gifts to Liberians in a charm offensive for political gain, according news reports. One example, is such…

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As extreme hardship spirals as a result of economic paralysis, corruption, and bad governance under President Weah, CDC is going to lose more support (votes). Ahead of 2020 and 2023, there is a bitter price that CDC has to pay for increased job losses, rape, poor health, messy education, hunger, failed promises, public graft, etc. A lot of votes will be lost. This means that the CPP stands a far better chance to win both in 2020 and 2023 elections if they prefer winnable/sellable candidates and if they remain on a plinth of unhindered unity, honesty, maturity, and loyalty. Op-ed 

CDC Machiavellian Strategy Ahead of 2020 And 2023 Polls, How CPP Can Avert a Predatory Plot    

  By Martin K. N. Kollie In this brief analysis, I have exposed four (4) vicious strategies of CDC and advanced five (5) suggestions to CPP ahead of 2020 and 2023 polls in Liberia. Without Montserrado, CDC and Weah’s second term bid is a DEAD DREAM. Opposition Senator Abe Darius Dillon currently poses serious threat to CDC’s political lifespan. If the opposition wins Montserrado County for the second time in roll in this upcoming December’s senatorial election, it means that CDC is done for good. Weah and his idol worshippers…

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Must we allow an opportunist like Sylla to pollute Liberia’s political corridors with such parochial agenda once more? No..No..No. We must be bold and honest about how we do politics or business in Liberia. The action of Sylla can only fit in the triangle of opportunism, egocentrism, and sectarianism. Since Pres. Weah along with his government has become so unpopular, Weah's intent is to rig 2020 and 2023 polls. Op-ed 

The Three-Facedness of Ali Sylla – ALCOP, CDC, or UP? – Part 1

  By Martin K. N. Kollie In 2014, young Ali Sylla had a golden opportunity to etch his name in Liberia’s political history. The Unity Party (UP) chose Sylla as its Senatorial Hopeful to contest in Liberia’s populous County, Montserrado. Young Sylla cheerfully chose to eat his lunch before recess period. This was a missed opportunity. Even though Sylla was never the most qualified or the most competent candidate to contest on UP’s ticket in 2014 Senatorial Election, but he was preferred, through a democratic process, because the Unity Party thought that…

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This fact is often framed as a continent-wide struggle between the ancient and the modern, between Africa’s age-old tribal allegiances and its modern political institutions inherited from Europe. According to this narrative, African societies are yet to be fully reformed by modern life. When faced with elections therefore, voters continue to express old tribal solidarities rather than deciding based on ideology or policy. This argument presents European colonialism as a civilising mission against the customary order, albeit one which failed to fully de-tribalise its subjects. The 1884 Berlin Conference, far from dividing Africa among European powers, becomes seen as a unifying exercise that brought tribes together into modern political entities. As foreign affairs commentator Jonathan Power wrote in a 2006 article for The New York Times: Op-ed 

Colonialists didn’t fail to root out Africa’s tribal politics. They created it.

Standing in line at a Nairobi polling station to cast my ballot in Kenya’s 2017 presidential election, I struck up a conversation with fellow voters in the queue. The result was a foregone conclusion, said one of the gentlemen proudly. We had the numbers and our candidate was going to win. Everyone else agreed. No one needed to ask which candidate we would be voting for. That was another foregone conclusion. We were speaking in Kikuyu, and the Kikuyus were voting for President Uhuru Kenyatta. In the end, Kenyatta was…

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The silence on the part of principals of major political parties is alarming and shameful. Boakai, Brumskine, Urey, and Cummings cannot be playing coy while surrogates and middlemen remain caught in the crosshairs of this political fluke that is CDC. Op-ed 

Boakai, Brumskine, Urey And Cummings Play Coy

    The Editor The silence on the part of principals of major political parties is alarming and shameful. Boakai, Brumskine, Urey, and Cummings cannot be playing coy while surrogates and middlemen remain caught in the crosshairs of this political fluke that is CDC. If your voices cannot be loud and resounding at this time, the people don’t want to hear a damn thing from you when it is time to campaign. You guys have a moral and fiduciary responsibility to be loud, consistently and constructively confrontational, and direct. Politics…

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Public Policy Society Arts & Leisure 

Liberian American Journalists Demand Apology

New Castle, Delaware — The Association of Liberian Journalists in the Americas (ALJA) is demanding a public apology from Liberia’s Minister of Information Culture Affairs and Tourism (MICAT), Eugene Nagbe, for his recent verbal attack on two local Liberian journalists. ALJA said it wants Minister Nagbe to openly express regrets to broadcast journalists, Emmanuel Capeheart of the Liberia Broadcasting System (LBS) and Estelle Liberty Kemoh of Power TV for the unnecessary public humiliation they suffered at his hands while executing their professional duties at the Capitol Building in Monrovia.

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Charles Brumskine Eyes Liberian Presidency Again

By Timothy T. Seaklon Former Liberty Party (LP) political leader, Cllr. Charles Walker Brumskine, may reconsider his decision of quitting politics as he eye the Liberian Presidency again. When asked whether he could return to politics if petitioned to contest for the Liberian Presidency in 2017, Cllr. Brumskine simply replied, “It will be considered.” Cllr. Brumskine who contested twice for the Liberia Presidency in 2005 and 2011 said the desire to contest is there but the decision to do so will be made by the people. Cllr. Brumskine, speaking to…

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Liberian Senate Wants Central Bank Out Of Politics

By Obediah Johnson The Liberian Senate has amended several provisions of the 1999 Act that created the Central Bank of Liberia (CBL). The decision to amend Part IV Section 13, Sub Section 3 (a-e), Part II Sub Section 1, Section 17 and Part V, was taken on Thursday, February 13, 2014 during a regular session at the Chamber of the Senate on Capitol Hill in Monrovia. According to the new amendment, the Executive Governor of the CBL and members of the Board of Governors “shall be prohibited to contest political…

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