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Op-ed 

WHITE IS LIBERIA’S BEST PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE

  Liberians have a tough choice ahead. Current President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, a trained policymaker respected in Europe and North America, has failed after twelve years because of a corrupted political system which is malfunctioning and gangrenous according to french leading newspaper Le Monde “Au Liberia, le bilan plombé d’Ellen Johnson Sirleaf“. West African countries are among the World’s poorest in spite of catapulting strong leaders with stellar academic credentials. IFPRI’s 2017 Global Hunger Index which just came out stresses that the severity of Hunger in Sierra Leone and Liberia is “Alarming”,…

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Politics 

Unite Against the “Sirleaf Dynasty of Dishonesty”

When Liberia made history in 2005 by electing the first female President in sub-Saharan Africa, the nation was over-joyed and the world embraced Madam Ellen Johnson Sirleaf in her new role and for her bold promise to restore our country’s image. Our traditional allies, the United States and other countries in Europe and in Africa, stepped forward to provide support to the Sirleaf Administration in rebuilding war-torn Liberia and to restore hope to the nation’s four million people. However, after nearly 10 years of hoping that Madam Sirleaf will make…

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News 

Liberia-Ethiopia Historical Ties Hailed By Pres. Sirleaf

MONROVIA, March 30 (LINA) – President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has lauded the historic ties subsisting between Liberia and Ethiopia amid the tremendous contributions both nations have made together in promoting the Pan-African spirit through the formation of the Organization of African Unity (OAU) in the early 1960s. According to an Executive Mansion release, President Sirleaf made the commendation when Gifti Abasiya, Ambassador-Designate, Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia accredited to Liberia with residence in Accra, Ghana presented her Letters of Credence to the Liberian leader on Tuesday, March 29 in Monrovia….

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Politics 

SIX QUOTES: Verbatim

1. “We did good, we did good!” —Amara Konneh, Finanace and Development Minister, in a farewell speech touting the development initiatives and accomplishments of the Sirleaf led administration, a speech in which the min said he owed no-one an apology, esp, amidst denunciations from the administration’s critics, that less was being accomplished 2. “What will Konneh’s legacy be, having come to the party when that job was already done? With all of the money that passed through his hands, why are Liberians not better off?” —Liberian Daily Observer editorial, the…

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News 

A Year To Go Her Presidency Sirleaf Wants New Bank Notes

Monrovia – The Liberian economy has been experiencing crisis since the country experienced the outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus during the entire 2014. After Ebola the country has not been able to overcome the shock from the consequences of the crisis and further compounded by decline in the prices of commodities in the extractive industry-rubber, iron ore, etc., the major source of income for Liberia, the economic situation has been deteriorating in 2016. With the country still facing the economic crisis, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is requesting the National…

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Politics 

Critics say Pres. Sirleaf Invoke Sedition Laws Of A Repressive Past

By Rodney Sieh Monrovia – As far back as the 1900s, governments in Liberia have used charges of sedition as a draconian weapon against political figures seen as threat to their rule. The arrest this week of young activist, Vandalark Patrick has resurrected a familiar refrain that threatens to land the Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf-led government along the ranks of Presidents’ Tubman, Barclay and Doe, who used the charge as political tool against critics and opponents including the current President, at the height of her political sojourn. Sedition Targets ‘Unpatriotic Citizens’ The…

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News 

Pres. Sirleaf snap at pressmen: Excuse me I have not come here for that!

Monrovia — Barely 48 hours after describing comments emanating from Senate Pro-Temp Armah Jallah as intolerable and incomprehensible, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf on Tuesday visited Capitol Hill and held talks with the leadership of the National Legislature. Though details of the President’s discussion with the leadership on Capitol Hill are sketchy, an irritated Sirleaf snapped and waltzed out of an impromptu interview with journalists when quizzed about her recent response to the Pro Temp’s comments. “Excuse me!! I have not come here for that. If you have concerns, come to…

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Op-ed 

Liberian govt jail activist on sedition charges

Monrovia — Political activist Vandalark Patricks has been formally charged by the government with sedition and criminal libel against President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. Witnesses say Patricks was picked up at a local Haiti center downtown Monrovia at 4pm on Tuesday by officers wearing mufti and whisked off to the Headquarters of the Liberia National Police (LNP). One day after his arrest and subsequently being charged by the Government of Liberia, Patricks was taken to the Temple of Justice late Wednesday afternoon at about 4:00 pm to the offices of the…

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Op-ed 

President’s Son Appointment Draws Criticisms From Liberians

AFP—Liberia’s central bank confirmed Thursday it has appointed the son of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf as interim governor despite his previous suspension from the institution for failing to properly declare his assets. Charles Sirleaf was deputy governor of the bank until his promotion to interim governor on Wednesday, but in 2012 was temporarily suspended on his mother’s orders for breaching declaration rules. The bank confirmed the appointment to AFP on Thursday but would not comment further. It was unclear how long he was expected to remain in the interim governor…

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Politics 

Haunted by the C.D.B. King, Tubman, Doe and Taylor legacies—or worse?

As we pen this editorial, Heaven help us NEVER to wish any retribution whatsoever upon whoever is tempted, for any reason, to devour his or her fellow compatriot. Retribution is not our lot. We leave it to God. We have been destroying our own people for a long time. We recall what they did to E.J. Roye in 1871. He was assassinated because of political differences. What happened to our eminent historian and scholar, Edward W. Blyden? Yes, they say he had some personal problems, especially “woman palava,” but which…

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