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RENAISANCE FEVER GRIPS LIBERIA --Thousands of Ellenites Swarm Margibi, Bong Counties

Liberian Group Wants Economic Governance Plan in Place for Six Years

ULAA Cautiously Endorses Proposed Economic Governance Action Plan: Decries Corruption in Liberia

A Symposium to Support Peace Education for Post-Conflict Reconstruction in Liberia

Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf's Supporters Launched “May 7th Group for Ellen”

Ellen Comments On Unity Party's Momentum

Edwin Snowe Says CIJ Report is “Vicious, Malicious and a Categorical Falsehood”

Aagon F. Tingba, Ojuku T. Nyenpan Earn Masters Degrees in Business Administration

Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf Takes A Bold Step

(A Thank You Note From The Late Dr. Harry F. Moniba Family)

Special Statement from the Chairman of the Steering Committee of the All-Liberian National Conference, Inc.

Parade of Speakers at the All Liberian National Conference in Columbia, Maryland

Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf is Keynote Speaker at National Conference

Donor's meeting for Cape Mount Hospital and Clinics

Vai Script Workshop

University of Liberia students cry for Mary Antoinette Brown Sherman Scholarship

‘George Oppong Weah Presidency would be risky for Liberia’
(By Winsley S. Nanka)
Former Margibi County Senior Senator and a long time member of the Transitional Assemblies in successive interim governments during the 1990s, David Menyongai says that “a George Oppong Weah presidency would be risky for Liberia. He argues that Mr. Weah is inexperienced and he lacks the capacity to govern”. Speaking to The Perspective during a phone interview, David Menyongai said he was reacting to the recent political developments in Liberia.

Ellen's Supporters at Gbarnga City Hall

RENAISANCE FEVER GRIPS LIBERIA --Thousands of Ellenites Swarm Margibi, Bong Counties
(Press Release Issued by LIFE)
It is now evident that the October 11th elections in Liberia presents a daunting challenge to all the candidates, if any of them should win a simple majority in the first round. That is why as the campaign heats up, Unity Party’s flag bearer, Mrs. Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf has triumphantly embarked on a nation-wide VictoryTour aimed at meeting with her swarm of supporters across the country and also persuading undecided voters as to why she’s considered THE BEST AMONG THE REST.

Stop The Ambiguity
(By Emmanuel Abalo)
This writer is stunned and taken aback by the ambiguous positions by some Liberian political operatives, particularly on the Charles Taylor extradition to face the Special Court in Sierra Leone to answer the indictments. According to news reports emanating from a presidential debate held on August 19, 2005 in Monrovia, among the first four presidential candidates, namely Messers Togba-Nah Tipoteh, Roland Massaquoi, Varney Sherman and Ms Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf ,

I Am The Voice Of The Voiceless, Says George Weah
(By Abdoulaye W. Dukulé)
It is what any politician would dream about when running for elections: thousands, perhaps tens of thousands of young voters, in the night, cheering and screaming at every word you proffer, scanting your name every time you take a breather to wipe sweat from your face, and demanding more of your words whenever you try to stop speaking. As in a rock concert, facing a crowd of groupies and super fans, George Manneh Weah felt at home, on a stage, surrounded by a reggae band and backdrop of hundreds of older partisans in the background.

Democracy’s Test in Liberia
(By Theodore T. Hodge)
George Weah, at 38 is probably the youngest candidate in Liberia’s presidential race race. With barely a high school education to his credit, he is by far the least formally educated. He has never held public office and practically has no management experience. Yet, to his credit, he is the most widely known Liberian, not only in the race, but arguably the most popular Liberian alive.

Misguided Conclusion is Fueling Election Violence in Liberia
(By Dionysius Sebwe)
The level of election violence unfolding in Liberia should be taken seriously. With all the frenzy, our focus should be on the future of Liberia – and that means electing a visionary with excellent leadership experience, sound policies, and practical platform messages to improve the lives of ordinary Liberians.

Weah May Boycott Presidential Debate -As Baccus Prepares To Step In (Forum)
The Standard-bearer of the Congress for Democratic Change (CDC) George Oppong Weah, is reportedly designing excuses aimed at avoiding the planned debate which is conducted by the Radio Varitas and Search for Common Ground under the sponsorship of the European Union and Carter Center.

God Is Watching! (Forum)
HAVING CREATED LIBERIA and Liberians and granted them all recipes of life, including the power to think, figure out and drive themselves along the path of social, political and economic destiny, God, no doubt sits upon His heavenly throne, hoping and expecting that Liberia and its people, like others earth- wide would exhibit and conduct themselves in a way that they would reap peace,...

Illiteracy And Its dilemma
(By Aaron B. Weah)
Illiteracy and its dilemma has set the pace and premise for almost everything controversial known to this country. History has established facts that the 5% so- called ruling class that ruled Liberia for more than a century succeeded in suppressing and denying the natives equal rights and opportunities particularly education; knowing that education is an incentive of freedom, development and sound decision making.

Our Country Has Seen Nothing But Failed Leadership
(Speech delivered by the Standard bearer of the Alliance, Hon. John Sembe Morlu, at the formal opening of Elections Campaign 2005 in Monrovia, Liberia on August 18, 2005)
Today marks the beginning of a new chapter in the history of Africa’s first republic, our beloved country, Liberia. Liberia and the Liberian people have suffered too long. Our country has seen nothing but a failed leadership for the past 158 years. Our country and its people were engulfed in a self-inflicted, senseless civil war that caused physical and psychosocial wounds, displaced thousands of people and blighted nearly 300 lives.

A Rejoinder to Harry Greaves and Harry Yuan’s Response to My “Open Letter”
(By Tarloh Munah Quiwonkpa)
The purpose of this article is two folds: (a) to address the concerns of Liberians who have questioned my motivation for daring to raise the issue of my husband, General Thomas Quiwonkpa’s death during an election season, and (b) to extend my thanks and appreciation to the hundreds of Liberians who have expressed their sympathy to the Quiwonkpa family through emails and phone calls, and who have also expressed their support for our cause.

Elections 2005: First Presidential debate
(By Abdoulaye W. Dukulé)
A year ago, a debate amongst the presidential aspirants who met today in the studios of the Catholic radio station Veritas would have been a determining moment for the upcoming elections. The four candidates, to a certain extend, personify the various currents and major political tendencies of the past twenty-five years.

The October Election A New Beginning Or A Continuation of Our Hellish Journey To The Abyss?
(Stephen O. Adams)
Finally, another dawn is falling on Liberia and all Liberians have been granted a third chance in little more than three decades to do the right thing and put in position of power an individual with the foresight to lead us from the backwaters of the abyss.

Dual Citizenship and its Importance to Liberia’s Economic Development
By Edmund Zar- Zar Bargblor
Dual citizenship in some intellectual circles is perceived as the expression of two major tendencies that are observed in the world today. There is on the one hand globalization, transcendence of all borders, emergence of common identities, multiple new identities that didn’t exist before. Another attribute points to the return of nationalism, very often associated with the collapse of empires and old state entities, like the Soviet Union.

Religion and Power in Liberia
(By J. Patrick Flomo)
I was surfing the net one day last week and came across an interesting article by Mr. Abdoulaye W. Dukulé, posted on the Perspective Web site. I found Mr. Dukule’s argument intriguing and think it worth the attention of all Liberians who care deeply about the sociological composition of the new Liberia that is in the making.

Violence Drowns Political Campaign
(By Abdoulaye W. Dukulé)
Hopes for a civil and quiet campaign were dashed when unruly partisans, mostly youth supporting the George Weah campaign took to the streets, swirling rocks at convoys of opponents, attacking partisans of other camps and tearing down posters of those they perceived to be “enemies” of their man.

NEC Warns Against Campaign Violence (Forum)
By Lewis K. Glay
The National Elections Commission (NEC) says it will not relent to revoke the acceptance certificate of any political party, alliance or independent candidate whose supporters will perpetuate violent acts during the campaign period.

Chief Justice Defends Judiciary (Forum)
(By Lewis K. Glay)
Chief Justice Henry Reeves Cooper has dispelled the public perception that the Judiciary would divert fund intended for renovation of courthouses across the country. Cllr. Cooper made it crystal clear that there has been a tripartite agreement between the Judiciary and UNMIL to help revamp dilapidated courthouses in the country due to the civil war.

Campaigning for two presidential candidates?
2005 Campaign Kicks Off
(By Abdoulaye W. Dukulé)
The tropical August rain started on Saturday evening and went on for two days uninterrupted, except for a few moments, now and then, just to allow the clouds to gather again to pour more rain on the wet city of Monrovia. Then, today, Monday, August 15, 2005, around 10 a.m., as if to allow the campaign for the 2005 presidential and general elections to kick off, the downpour stopped. Not sooner has the rain stopped that crowds started to take over the major arteries of the city.
762 Candidates Qualified For 2005 Elections, 17 Others Kick-Out, Campaigning Starts August 15
(By Josephus Moses Gray)
The National Elections Commission (NEC) credited by the Liberian Government and Liberia’s partners to conduct the ensuing October 11 Presidential and Legislative Elections has qualified 762 candidates, while at the same time the commission has rejected the applications of 17 aspirants, thus denying them participation in the electoral exercises.

Death, Especially Violent Death, is a Very Painful Experience
(By Harry Greaves)
I read Tarloh's open letter on your website after I wrote. Since she chose that medium to query me, I am choosing the same medium to respond. I would therefore like my response to be carried in the same publiction.

London Times Prediction Carried by The Perspective is Unfounded and Irresponsible
(By Bennie Warner)
Recently the London Times Online predicted that the upcoming Presidential race in Liberia will come down to two contestants, those being Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and George Oppong Weah. The pronouncement was further reported on The Perspective published online from Atlanta, GA, USA last week.

A Response to Tarloh Quiwonkpa's article
(Press Statement Issued By Harry T. Yuan)
The purpose of this press statement is two-fold. First, I want to address Mr. Kerper Dwanyen’s allegations pertaining to my involvement with the Nimba Redemption Council (NRC).

Morlu’s Campaign Manager Resigns, Joins Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf
(By Winsley S. Nanka)
Hilary F. Gbunblee has resigned as the national campaign manager for the Liberia National Union’s presidential nominee, John S. Morlu. Gbunblee resigned recently from the Morlue campaign in Monrovia and has returned to the United States. Gbunblee, however, plans to return to Liberia shortly to campaign for Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf.

Presidential Candidate Disappears - As Disgruntled Partisans Loot Head Office (Forum)
The Standard-bearer of the Liberia Education Development Party (LEAD), Rev. Hanniah Zoe is said to have absconded the country for the United States of America leaving the partisans of the party in disarray.

ICGL Sets Dragnet for Trouble Makers (Forum)
The International Contact Group on Liberia (ICGL) has assured Liberians that it is in full support of UNMIL and Liberia’s law enforcement agencies as it will firmly and decisively deal with any group having attempts to derail the electoral process.

NEC To Disqualify Dual Citizens, If…, -Weah, Dahn Face Gavel (Forum)
The Chairman of the National Elections Commission (NEC), Cllr. Frances Johnson-Morris, has clarified that the Liberian constitution rejects dual citizenship, and anyone who obtains such status cannot be qualified by law to run for presidency.

17 Nimbaians Die In Sinoe Diamond Mine (Forum)
Reports reaching The FORUM has revealed that 17 Nimbaians are known to have died as a result of what believed to be an outbreak of cholera epidemic in the diamond-mine area in Sinoe County.

Campaigning in the Name of God: Only Time Will Tell
(By Wilfred M. Manyango)
One thing that has become a staple in the Liberian election circus is the claim by many politicians of receiving some divine instructions to run for a position in the forthcoming election.

A Group Accuses Several Presidential Canidates of Dual Citizenship
(By Josephus Moses Gray)
A group calling itself “Progressive Action for Change in Liberia has protest to the National Election Commission (NEC) not to allow Madam Sirleaf and 14 other candidates Dr. Togba Nah-Tipoteh, Cllr. Charles Brumskine, Cllr. Varney Sherman, Alhaji G.V. Kromah, Mr. Natheniel Bannes, Mr. Sokou Konneh, Dr. Roland Massaquoi, Mr. David Fahart, John Morlu to contest the elections on grounds that they all allegedly hold dual citizenships.

Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf
The Power That’s Unassuming: The Case of a Presidential Candidate More People Believe Would Deliver
(By James Seitua)
The singing of Liberia’s favorite patriotic song, “The Lone Star Forever”, generated a thunderous applause, but it was the message of hope for a new Liberia delivered by Liberia’s foremost female politician that brought down the house.

780 Persons Join Elections 2005 Race
(By Josephus Moses Gray)
In less than a three day- time for the official conclusion of the nominations exercise for candidates to contest various political seats in the October 11 Presidential and Legislative Elections, a total of 780 persons have so far submitted their applications to the National Elections Commission (NEC).

GUINEA--- A Friend or Foe to Liberia's Future Progress?
(By Alex Redd)
The Republic of Guinea was once Liberia’s closest ally in keeping the political idealism of Pan-Africanism - ranging from economic interests to the promotion of the Organization of African Unity (OAU), now African Union (AU). But what has happened with respect to this next door neighbor’s role in Liberian politics since the 1990s?

An Open Letter to Harry Yuan, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, Amos Sawyer, Boima Fahnbulleh, and Others
(An Open Letter By Tarloh Munah Quiwonkpa)
It has been 20 years since I lost my friend and husband, General Thomas Quiwonkpa on that unforgettable day in Monrovia, Liberia (1985). Many people may be wondering why it has taken me this long to break my silence. Yes, it has taken me this long for many reasons.

Nigeria Obasanjo Hijacks Liberia Elections
(By Abdoulaye W. Dukulé)
No single politician has influenced ECOWAS sub region as Charles G. Taylor in the last 14 years. He has become an icon of evil for many people. Since 1989, on that fateful day when he launched his rebellion against the military dictatorship of Samuel Doe, no day goes by in Liberian life without a mention of Charles Taylor.
Constitution and Laws of Liberia are clear with regards to the citizenship issue
(By George K Fahnbulleh)
The last paragraph of Mr. Hodge’s rejoinder to the C. Alake Williams does a disservice to his readers. He writes:" The Liberian constitution does not clearly address the issue of dual-citizenship. We can at least conclude that the issue remains ambiguous and ambivalent." This is incorrect. It would be of great service to his readers to go through exactly what the Constitution of Liberia says with regards to citizenship.

London Times Predicts Two- Horse Race In October Elections
(By: Josephus Moses Gray)
The 2005 Presidential and legislative Elections scheduled for October 11 is expected to be a two-horse race between Madam Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, a Harvard-trained political stalwart, and international soccer legend, Ambassador George “ Oppong” Weah, latest report published by London Times Online has said.

A Call For Out Of Country Voting
The Liberia Campaign for Out of Country Voting for All Liberians, comprising of Liberian church and community organizations, ordinary Liberians, friends of Liberia in the United States and around the world, joins with tens of thousands of Liberians and friends of Liberia around the world, in calling for out of country voting for all Liberian citizens in the Liberia’s historic post-war

UPP, LPP Giants Brace Johnson-Sirleaf, As She Crosses NEC’s Examination (Forum)
(By: Helroz Zorleh)
The Standard-bearer of the Unity Party (UP), Madam Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, has finally passed the screening process by the National Elections Commission (NEC) which qualified her to campaign and run for presidency in the coming October 11, elections.

EGAP or GEMAP Will Be Meaningless, If… (Forum)
(By: Josiah S. Hallie)
I am one of those who put “my head on the chopping board” that the only way Liberia can recover from its economic malaise is through the intervention of the international community by working in partnership with them in streamlining those viable sectors.

No One Can Do It Better than Ourselves (Forum)
THE LIBERIAN NATION has gone through 158 years since independence, but could hardly boast of the vibrancy and reality of social, political or economic life.

Charles Taylor
Corruption, Charles Taylor and Elections
(By Abdoulaye W. Dukulé)
A few months ago, the transitional legislative assembly – that huge and costly white elephant of the CPA - suspended its leaders for “corruption,” with Speaker George Dweh and his deputy accused of mismanagement. Later, the heads of the social security were “suspended” for tempering with bank accounts of the institution. This was followed by the dismissal of the Board of directors of the NPA

Remembering Liberia’s Constitution in this Election Year
(By Elliott Wreh-Wilson)
Because we did not convene a national conference to plan for the October elections in Liberia, I thought I should seek your permission to call our collective attention to the place of the Constitution in this election year. Despite the many revisions it has endured, the Constitution remains the most sacred and stable symbol of the will of the Liberian people.

Roads To Development
(By Gbe Sneh)
At the core of economic development is a network of roads. Reconstruction takes shape on the road. Resettlement of Internally Displaced People happens on the road Relieving congestion in Monrovia is down the road. All the farmers that we are training will only get to the farms by road. All the crops the farmers will harvest can only get to the market by road. To go to school, the learner has to walk or ride a car on a road.

World Bank 'S Silence On The Misuse Of The $359 Million Dollars
(By J. Yanqui Zaza)
On February 19, 2005 and April 8, 2005 (theperspective.org), the Vanguard and this writer respectively did not only question the squandering of the $359 million dollars, about 69% of the $520 million dollars pledged in February 2004 by donor organizations. They also focused on why the World Bank (WB) and International Monetary Fund (IMF) failed in their fiduciary role in administering the disbursement or appropriation of the donors’ funds.

Liberians: Beware of Opportunist Politicians
(By Wilfred M. Manyango)
If anyone has been paying attention to the news from Liberia lately, you may have read of politicians crossing over from one party to another. This has been especially true of politicians from the National Patriotic Party crossing over to other parties.