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Reflecting On Clinton's African Safari

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Liberia's Ugly Past
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Reflecting On Clinton's Africa Safari
Today, probably Clinton's recent African safari has faded from the memories of many. Some of us have even forgotten why Clinton made this safari. Clinton stated, in his own words, that America is seeking a new friendship and partnership with an Africa that is committed to democracy and economic development. And, he said, he was visiting Africa in order that the American people may see Africans with new eyes.

Healing Wounds By Confronting The Nation's Past
"The war is over, but the battle is not yet won" is a common military maxim often used to describe how military solutions by themselves are not adequate means of resolving issues of great national concern.

Reconciliation: A Call For Justice
Not since the Fall of 1995, when the world community commemorated the 50th anniversary of the start of the Nuremberg war crimes trial, have we seen an unprecedented interest in the age-old debate of war crimes and justice. In the past few months, we had heard a cacophony of views about bringing the malefactors of war to justice, so they can account for their actions against humanity.

The Chicago Conference On Reconciliation: Public Relations Ploy or Reality?
Few weeks ago, when The National Rainbow PUSH Coalition shrewdly decided to host a covert conference on reconciliation in Chicago, many Liberians embraced the idea. The called meeting, however, did not invite the hundreds of thousands of Liberians living in the United States. A select few were chosen by the National Rainbow Coalition.

While Liberians in America are waiting for someone else to "fix Liberia" so we can all go home to get our assignments with the government, have Liberian parents in this nation asked themselves or thought about what's going on in the lives of their off-springs?

The Country And Congo Palaver:
Who's The Problem?

Since, in fact, this was a direct request by the editors of The Perspective Magazine that I write this article in response to President Charles Taylor's threat to ban the use of the term "country" and its antithesis "Congo", I must necessarily begin the piece exactly in a way that confirms the utility of these terms; not, however, with a view to derogate any group, but to show that perceiving tribal designations as the problem and thus banning these cultural identities is simply a brand of arrogance which borders on stupidity.

With the 20th century drawing to a close, and barely few years left before a new millennium is ushered in, it is befitting to examine the challenges that lies ahead of Liberia, a country emerging from the ashes of a bruising civil war. An examination is appropriate in light of its independence anniversary and sesquicentennial celebration - the country turns 151 on July 26 - and is preparing for a national summit conference on its future of Liberia planned for July 24 -31.

Ambassador Diggs Meets Liberians Of Metro Atlanta
For months, the Liberian Community Association of Georgia has been ignored and neglected by Liberian officials visiting metro Atlanta. But things changed during the past few months when Mr. Blamoh Nelson, Director General of the Cabinet, became the first Liberian official to formally meet with members of the community. It appears that the new effort is the result of the "public relations blitz" rolled-out by the Taylor government at the beginning of the year.

Lest We Forget: Trial Of The Century
Imagine what would happen if the dead could speak! The thousands of Liberians killed during the Liberian Civil War would put on a defence against those whose orders, and through whose hands they died. It would become another trial of the century, only second to the O. J. Simpson Trial.

Liberia's Ugly Past: Re-writing Liberian History
In a One - two punch, President Taylor tried to rewrite and re-invent Liberian history by making preposterous, ill-conceived remarks about citizenship and ethnicity. Many consider such pronouncements as a strategy by a leader trying to deflect responsibility to the desperate need for solutions to a dire web of complicated issues most of which is the result of his actions.
Issues In Perspective
When one criticizes the Taylor administration for many of its undemocratic actions, some Taylor's loyalists contend that his government is legitimate. But legitimacy is not our problem in Liberia. Every advocate of democracy recognizes the legitimacy of the government but questions its disregard for citizens' right. Reminding his critics that Taylor was elected democratically is irrelevant at this point.