Transitional Government Buys 334 Vehicles Worth Over US$8 Million,
...European Union, Others Raised Concern
By Josephus Moses Gray
Amidst abject poverty, low wages for civil servants, compounded
by lack of essential social services in the country, the two year-power
sharing transitional government of Liberia under the Chairmanship of
businessman, Charles Gyude Bryant has reportedly purchased about 334
new vehicles valued about US$8.5 million dollars.
Involved in your Destiny!" Archbishop’s Statement Re-echoed
Archbishop Michael K. Francis
(By Musue N. Haddad
"Liberians in the Diaspora and at home should reflect on Archbishop
Michael Francis’ counsel and become actively involved in their
destiny," Father Gabriel Jubwe said over the weekend.
The Implications Of A Growing AIDS Epidemic In Asia And Eastern Europe
(By Dr. Chinua Akukwe)
Africa continues to be the epicenter of the HIV/AIDS pandemic with
more than 25 million Africans living with the condition. Africa accounts
for two-thirds of all HIV/AIDS cases in the world, nearly 80% of all
deaths, at least 90% of maternal-child birth transmissions, and 90%
of all children who have lost one or both parents to AIDS. However,
in the last few years, HIV/AIDS has become a growing concern in Asia
and Central Europe. A runaway epidemic in Asia and Central Europe
will have major implications for Africa. I discuss these implications.
Give Conflicting Figures On Iron Ore Deal (Forum)
Despite confirmed reports that the Charles Gyude Bryant Transitional
Government of Liberia had sold a 50,000 metric tons of stockpiled
iron ore at the Port of Buchanan to a Chinese Company-Qingdao Trading
Group Corp. at US$10million dollars, new development emerging from
the ranks and files of the NTGL suggests that there are conflicting
figures regarding the exact cost of the ore.
Wants Education Task Force Re-Enforced (Forum)
The Principal of the Gardnerville Central Academy (GCA), Mulbah B.
Sumo, Sr., has called on authorities of the Ministry of Education
to re-enforce its education task force.
Are Ungrateful," Says D. Wah Hne (Forum)
The Special Assistant to House Speaker George Dweh has spoken of what
he called "the ungratefulness of the people of Liberia towards
their leaders, an attitude he said has contributed to the downward
trend of the nation in all of its programs.
FORUM Goes Internet
The FORUM newspaper, in a bid to inform many Liberians and non-Liberians
in the Diaspora on issues affecting the country, has taken another
step forward by going on the Internet.
Agreement with FAO (Forum)
The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and Food
and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in Liberia have signed an agreement
to implement a joint multi-year project until the end of 2005. The
project is aimed at providing basic agricultural inputs to war-affected
In Government Is Our Concern (Forum)
MANY LIBERIANS IF not all, jolted over the news of a new Transitional
Government put together in Accra, Ghana by the framers of the Liberian
LRTC Embarks on
Development Programs in Pleebo (Forum)
The Rubber Trading Corporation (LRTC) in Pleebo, Maryland County,
is said to have embarked on a series of development programs to benefit
Hampers National Growth -
Rep. Nathaniel Innis (Forum)
Grand Bassa lawmaker at the National Transitional Legislative Assembly
(NTLA), Nathaniel B. Innis, has expressed total resentment over the
permeating blanket of societal vices including lack of a sense of
nationalism and patriotism on the part of certain people entrusted
to take Liberia out of the dungeon thereby keeping the nation and
people at a doldrums point.
Will Lay Down Our Chalks, If...", - UL Professors
Credible information emanating from the University of Liberia (UL),
say that professors at the nation’s highest institution of learning
have threatened to lay down their chalks should Dr. Al-Hassan Conteh
take over as president of the institution.
Must Make Their Voices Heard for War Crimes Tribunal, Says Chief Prosecutor
(By Ahmed K. Sirleaf, II
Former U.S. government official, professor of international law, and
Chief Prosecutor to the Special hybrid International War Crimes Court
for Sierra Leone, David Crane, called on Liberians Wednesday, to speak
out for a special war crimes tribunal for their country.
Argument For No Postponement Of Liberian 2005 Elections
Of late, I have become increasingly concerned by continued talks of
extending the timetable for national elections in Liberia by a year,
because the country will not be ready for such elections within a year.
I believe that such talks, especially from prominent and experienced
Liberians, might send the wrong message to our benevolent benefactors
who have sacrificed enormous resources to secure the peace that our
beloved country, Liberia, currently enjoys. I believe, with all my heart,
that it would be prudent on our part as Liberians, to respect the time-table
that has been set by the United Nations and work with everything that
we have, to ensure that even the minimal conditions are met to hold
National elections in October, 2005.
Mounts Over Disbursing Officer’s Removal
There are reports that concern is gradually mounting within the leadership
of the rebel group, Movement for Democracy in Liberia(MODEL), as it
relates to the removal of the former warring group’s nominee
from the position of Chief Disbursing Officer at the Ministry of Finance.
Workforce at Highest Risk of HIV/AIDS (The
The Country Representative of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)
in Liberia, Dr. Deji Popoola has disclosed that the Liberian workforce
is at the highest risk of HIV/AIDS infection and needs to benefit
from communication tools that will reverse the imminent danger.
Present Funds, Items to Public Works Today
Residents of Matadi and surrounding areas are expected to present
some funds and items to the Public Works Ministry towards the road
reconditioning project of the Fiamah-Matadi and Airfield-Matadi roads.
The presentation ceremony is expected to be at 2.p.m. at the Ministry.
Bursts Smuggling Ring (The Inquirer)
The joint anti smuggling team of the Bureau of Customs at the Finance
Ministry yesterday uncovered a major smuggling ring to defraud government
in taxes at the Freeport of Monrovia.
to "In the Interest of the University"
(By Frederick G. Varney
I read with interest Mr. Yuoh's opinionated article [In
the Interest of the University
dated 24 August 2004 - The Perspective
magazine] over the controversial appointment of Dr Al Hassan Conteh
as UL president. Following my reading of that article, I mustered the
courage to respond in view of the attending impacts that article would
have on readers who may not know the subject under discussion. My position
on this issue is not about the appointment of Dr Conteh, but it is about
the skewing of Dr Kollie’s sacred records of professional service
to our society.
against Liberian Refugees in Ghana?
(A Letter From Joe Wandah)
Well, of late the Analyst's advertisement with respect to recruitment
placed in their paper is a matter of great concern here - with both
print and electronic media having this issue on their talk shows and
in newspaper commentaries almost every day since the advent in Monrovia!
Pajibo Speaks on Disarmament, Sanctions and the Peace Process
(Interview By J. Moses Gray and George H. Nubo)
As a student leader in the 1980s, he ran into problems many a times
with the military government of Samuel Doe who went as far as jailing
and sentencing him and a few other students to death by firing squad.
He spent eighteen years in exile and returned last year to live in
Liberia. Now, Mr. Ezekiel Pajibo is Executive Director of the Center
for Democratic Empowerment,(CEDE) a center for social and political
advocacy and research founded by former interim president Dr. Amos
Sawyer. Activities at the center came to a standstill three years
ago when individuals believed to be former NPFL fighters attacked
Dr. Sawyer and ransacked his offices. The managing editor of the Perspective
and our correspondent in Monrovia, Moses Gray, sat with Ezekiel Pajibo
to talk about the current state of affairs in the nation.
Voyage Home From Exile (Part III)
Amos Sawyer calls for the Postponement of the 2005 National Elections
(By Brownie J. Samukai)
Monrovia is rattling with elections politics. Politics of the future
is argued around existing policies, personalities, behavior and pronouncements
of key members of the CPA Cluster, as well as general feelings of
ordinary Liberians, whether it is about lack of transportation, corruption,
lack of basic services, or even how Lone Star is fairing in International
football matches. Even though elections are not due in Liberia until
next year 2005, it would seem the fever of being politically relevant
has not escaped gatherings, whether playing soccer with Alpha colleagues,
or visiting relatives at Chicken Soup Factory, or pep talks after
Sunday Church Services.
(By Winsley S. Nanka
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania - Dr. Amos C. Sawyer, former interim president
of the Republic of Liberia has suggested that Liberians extend the term
of the Gyude Bryant interim government to allow for putting into place
the constitutional changes necessary to make good governance sustainable
in Liberia. Dr. Sawyer was speaking at the University of Pennsylvania
on August 21, 2004 as part of the four-man panel that discussed the
book, PROPOSITION 12 FOR DECENTRALIZED GOVERNANCE IN LIBERIA POWER SHARING
FOR PEACE AND PROGRESS by Yarsuo Weh-Dorliae. Others members of the
panel included Cllr. Philip A. Z. Banks III, former member of the Council
of State, the Republic of Liberia, veteran presidential advisor Mr.
Bai Gbala and the newly appointed president of the University of Liberia,
Dr. Al-Hassan Conteh.
Want Constitution Amended
The women of Liberia have stressed the need for the amendment of the
constitution of Liberia to specify punishment for rape and other forms
of violence against women and children in the country.
To Support Liberia’s Educational System
The UNESCO-Regional Bureau for Education in Africa (BREDA) has pledged
its commitment to support Liberia’s educational system.
Threaten Suit for Salary Arrears
Aggrieved workers of the Royal Timber Corporation(TRC) have threatened
to institute legal action against the management of the logging concern
should it fail to settle their salary arrears.
Roundtable for CSOs and Political Parties
Two American pro-democracy institutions based in the country, the
International Republican Institute (IRI) and the National Democratic
Institute (NDI), will today host the first, in a series of roundtables
between Liberian civil society organizations and registered political
Orator Suggests Ways For National Reconciliation
The national orator at the formal program commemorating Liberia’s
157th Flag Day, Madam Mary Brownell says for Liberians to reconcile,
they must transcend from conflict and not conflict management and
denounce violence and war, as well as prevent the stock pile of arms.
Concur With Flag Day Orator
THIS YEAR'S FLAG Day celebration was held under the theme, "Disarmament,
Reconciliation and Peace", and the renowned Liberian educator,
Madam Mary Brownell, served as National Orator for the occasion.
Liberia’s Slow Leaks For 2005
(By Syrulwa Somah
In traditional Liberian Bassa culture, folklores and proverbs are used
extensively to teach and reinforce social, cultural, religious, leadership,
and other intrinsic societal values to the Bassa youth. And one such
Bassa folklores, a creation legend, holds that one day in the fullness
of time, Gedepohoh, the Bassa deity, summoned the family of man (humans)
and the colony of creatures (plants, animals, and other living organisms)
into the higher heavens and instructed them to go forth and live in
peace on todokpa (the land earth), which he had created for their enjoyment.
But instead of Gedepohoh ordering the multiplication on earth of farm
crops and other seedlings for food, shelter, vegetation, and healing
for the congregants, he decided that all plants and seedlings should
physically be planted on earth.
the Interest of the University of Liberia
Dr. Al-Hassan Conteh
(By: George Daweh Yuoh
The on-going controversy surrounding the appointment of Dr. Al-Hassan
Conteh as the new President of the University of Liberia has all the
trappings of what the greater Liberian society has to grapple with
in years to come. People have gotten a little more conscious of their
rights to resist and will do everything to utilize those rights. And
they should! People have also seen how others have gotten away with
forcibly imposing their way and will on the majority, and they too
would want to test those waters.
University of Liberia Gets New President
(By Abdoulaye W. Dukulé)
In a letter dated August 17, 2004, the Chairman of the National Transitional
Government of Liberia, Mr. C. Gyude Bryant informed Dr. Al-Hassan
Conteh that he had appointed him President of the University of Liberia.
In his letter, copy of which was received by The Perspective, Chairman
Bryant writes that Dr. Conteh’s election was effective immediately
and followed "extensive consultations with a wide range of professionals
and practitioners in the field of academics" in keeping with
laws and regulations of the University of Liberia.
Open Letter to Senator Charles Brumskine
(By Theodore T. Hodge)
I am writing to you directly because a matter of great magnitude has
surfaced upon which I’ll personally like your public response.
I understand you are a very busy man, so I’ll get right to the
point. About two years ago, while perusing the now defunct website
AllAboutLiberia.com, I came across an article posted by Mr. Willis
Knuckles who was admonishing you to return to Monrovia if you had
any presidential ambitions. Mr. Knuckles was of the opinion that you
could not successfully run a campaign for the Liberian presidency
why sitting in an "air-conditioned" office in Washington,
DC. He challenged you to come into the trenches because you had nothing
to fear, even though President Taylor had referred to you as a "scary
Faces in ULAA
(By Abraham Massaley
Arthur Watson of New Jersey won on his third attempt Saturday (August
21, 2004) to become the 22nd President of the Union of Liberian Associations
in the Americas (ULAA) in a bitterly contested election which nearly
marred the existence of the organization. But as soon as the ULAA
Elections Chairman, Benoni Tarr Grimes announced the election result
at the Liberian center in Trenton, New Jersey Saturday night, calm
immediately returned to the Union and a sense of hope was once again
rekindled when Morris Koffa of Washington, DC graciously accepted
defeat in his concession speech and pledged to work with the new administration
in moving the Union forward.
As Dr. Conteh
Reaches the Stage: Drama At UL (Forum)
Dr. Al-Hassan Conteh
Barely twenty-four hours following the appointment of Dr. Al-Hassan
Conteh as President of the University of Liberia by Chairman Charles
Gyude Bryant, professors and teaching assistants at the nation’s
highest institution of learning, subsequently laid down their chalks
in protest to the appointment.
Will Arrest Anyone (Forum)
Authorities of the two forestry regulatory and monitoring agencies-
the Ministry of Lands, Mines & Energy and the Forestry Development
Authority (FDA), say the government in conjunction with UNMIL will
arrest anyone found encroaching on the Sarpo National Park.
Reconditions Roads, Bridges in Southeast (Forum)
The Chinese Engineering Battalion of the United Nations Mission in
Liberia (UNMIL), is currently reconditioning roads and bridges in
Induction Ceremony Hitches (Forum)
The induction ceremony of the newly appointed Superintendent of Bong
County, Daniel L. Weetol, failed to take place in Gbarnga recently
due to alleged poor planning.
Charity-Georgia to Rescue Rural Children, Elderly
A US based humanitarian organization, African Charity –Georgia,
is currently here to assess rural Liberia for the kick-off of its
projects aimed at catering to the educational, medical and sanitation
needs of war-stricken Liberians.
Bumpy Road to Democracy: Past and Present
(By Theodore T. Hodge
For many generations since the founding of Liberia, Liberians were forcibly
taught to not challenge authority. The prevailing culture seemed to
sanction the theory of Divine Rule. The ruling class, specifically,
high officials of government, were guaranteed to rule with impunity.
In this bizarre and corrupt culture, Liberians came to accept their
collective place of subjugation. Everyone seemed resigned to "hear
no evil, speak no evil".
of New President Sparks Temporary Confusion at the University
|Unversity of Liberia Main Entrance
(By Josephus Moses Gray
Normal academic activities at the Capitol Hill main campus of the nation's highest institution of learning -the University of Liberia (UL)- came to "stand-still" on Thursday, August 19, 2004, as confusion brewed on the campus over the selection of the new university president. The discontentment, which had the propensity to de-generate into chaos, if not address urgently, started following reports that the head of the National Transitional Government of Liberia, Chairman Charles Gyude Bryant has appointed Dr. Al Hassan Conteh as the new president of the university.
Resume at the University of Liberia Today (The
The University of Liberia Faculty Association(ULFA), has resolved
to go back in the classroom this morning with immediate effect.
Jacques Klein Speaks on Progress of Disarmament
Jacques P. Klein
(By Josephus Moses Gray
With over 66,440 ex-combatants from the former warring factions having
so far surrendered their weapons to the United Nations peacekeepers
in Liberia, the Disarmament, Demobilization, Rehabilitation and Reintegration
(DDRR) exercise in the country has now become irreversible.
Holds Memorial Service (The
It was a solemn scene yesterday at the headquarters of UNMIL, when
the UNMIL boss, Amb. Jacques Paul Klein wept openly as he embraced
the survivors of last year’s bombing incident at the UN headquarters
in Baghdad, Iraq.
Moves To Save Sarpo National Park (The
The National Transitional of Government of Liberia (NTGL), has mobilized
monitors and agents from the Ministry of Justice to move in to evict
encroachers in the Sarpo National Park who, recent reports say, are
carrying out illegal activities within the national forest reserve.
Chairman Bryant, But... (The
FOR SOMETIME NOW, some officials of government have cultivated the
habit of taking properties of the government assigned to them as their
personal property thereby, denying the government of Liberia its legitimate
right to claim these properties from them even if they have to leave
Get Over US$300,000 for Rehab. (The Inquirer)
Development Alternatives, Incorporated (DAI), the implementing agent
of USAID has awarded a grant of nearly US$210,000 for various rehabilitation
projects in Grand Gedeh County. The fund is part of the United States
Government’s support to Liberia’s reintegration and rehabilitation
Official Denies Recruiting (The Inquirer)
Assist. Defense Minister for Coast Guard Affairs, Johnson Leaman has
denied a report that he is recruiting men to wage war in the sisterly
Republic of Guinea
To Dedicate QIP in Harbel Tomorrow
UN SGSR Amb. Jacques Paul Klein will formally dedicate an UNMIL sponsored
quick impact project in Harbel, Margibi County, tomorrow.
Instructors Boycott Classes
Instructors at the nation’s highest institution of learning,
the University of Liberia(UL), yesterday laid down their chalk as
a sign of protest over Tuesday’s news broadcast that the Executive
Mansion has appointed Dr. Al-Hassan Conteh as president of the institution.
Village for Liberia Soon (The Inquirer)
An international non-governmental organization (NGO), Rafiki Foundation
which has a branch office in Tanzania, says it will shortly embark
upon the construction of a Children’s Village in Liberia.
Jubilations for Launch of DDRR (The Inquirer)
Two ex-combatants got killed instantly on Tuesday evening when a rocket-propelled
grenade accidentally exploded whilst they and others were jubilating
by brandishing their weapons over the launching of the DDRR program
in Nimba County.
Dweh Pledge to Fully Implement CPA
The NTGL Chairman Charles Gyude Bryant and NTLA Speaker George S.
Dweh have again recommitted themselves to the full implementation
of the Comprehensive Peace Accord(CPA).
from exile - Is the UN complacent in Taylor’s Continued Control
of Key Economic Sectors of Liberia?
(By S. Olu Adams
It has been several months now since the disgraced and shameless ex-president
Taylor boarded a Nigerian aircraft for exile. With his exit, many were
hopeful that at last the twenty years of demise, decay and deprivation
of a people would begin to subside. Finally, it appeared that the international
community, in the guise of the United Nations, had ushered in an era
of rebirth for our depraved and disenfranchised population. Liberia
would now begin to emerge from the abyss. With about 20,000 blue hats
slated for Liberia, and the hawkish Jacques Klein managing the UN affairs
in the country, all but the most pessimistic would have garnered strength
and hope for the country.
Voyage Home From Exile (Part II)
(By Brownie J. Samukai
It was around midnight on a cool evening, and I was driving alone
on the stretch from behind Zone Five Police Station in Paynesville
towards town, through Elwa intersection, passing the once dreadful
White Flowers" (former residence of President Taylor)
unto Tubman Boulevard. The return of Peace and some semblance of normalcy
were palpable. It was almost unbelievable that I also saw several
other vehicles driving around that area at such time of the night.
Such a ride was not possible under the Taylor regime unless if you
belonged to the "gang". During that quiet late night,
UNIMIL soldiers were dismantling and removing several check points
in Monrovia except a redesigned one not far from Fish market, and
another near Johnson Street Bridge.
Park Under Threat, Anybody Listening? (The
The Sapo National Park which was established in 1983, and extended
to cover 445657 acres of forest land by an Act passed by the National
Legislature in 2003 as a result of its recognition of the core of
an immense forest block of the Upper Guinea Forest Ecosystem which
is very important to the conservation of the biodiversity of Liberia
and of West Africa as a whole, is under serious threat from mining
and hunting activities.
Today in Nimba County (The Inquirer)
As preparation to begin disarmament and demobilization in Nimba County
has been concluded, UNMIL authorities have indeed confirmed that the
exercise is to begin today in Ganta.
Speaker Dweh Investigated
Ex-Fighters Go On the Rampage in Vai Town (The Inquirer)
A former member of the legislature and a signatory to the Comprehensive
Peace Agreement(CPA) says NTLA Speaker George Dweh should be investigated
for his constant utterances which are inimical to the peace process.
Normal traffic and business activities in the commercial district of Vai Town yesterday came to a temporary standstill as disgruntled ex-combatants staged a protest action in the area.
Eight Persons Eyeing Nimba County Superintendentship (The Inquirer)
With the apparent delay in the appointment of a superintendent for their county, reports say eight eminent Nimbaians have expressed their desire to become the Superintendent of Nimba County during this transitional period.
The Liberian National Elections Commission Chair Addresses Elections Issues
Cllr. Frances Johnson-Morris
Chair, National Elections Commission
(An Interview Conducted by George H. Nubo and Josephus Moses Gray)
Following the publication of your inaugural speech by The Perspective, we expressed interest in conducting an interview with you. We are thankful that you accepted our request. Congratulations on your selection! Madam commissioner, there have been various comments regarding who will be conducting the next elections - the elections commission or the electoral system of the UN and the international community?
"Once a Liberian, Always a Liberian"? Fact Versus Fiction
(By Theodore T. Hodge)
In a recent piece posted by one Charles Alake Williams, the theme was the birthrights of Liberians. The question posed was, "Why are Liberians being forced to give up their birthrights when they become citizens of another country?" I do not intend to delve into the rest of Mr. Williams’ opinions and observations, it is appropriate, however, to correct a false assumption: Liberians are not being "forced to give up their birthrights".
Liberian Women Raise Crucial Issues With Bryant (The Inquirer)
A cross-section of Liberian women under the banners of "Women of Liberia Mass Action for Peace" and "Women in Peace Building Network(WIPNET)", have recommended five crucial issues with NTGL Chairman Charles Gyude Bryant to facilitate the smooth implementation of the Liberian peace process.
"Withdraw Cllr. Cherue’s Appointment" (The Inquirer)
The Civil Society Organizations of Liberia (CSOs) has called on Chairman Gyude Bryant to swiftly withdraw the appointment of Cllr. Frederick Cherue as Board Chairman of the Liberia Petroleum Refinery Corporation and "desist from consistently undermining the spirit and intent of the Accra Agreement."
LAP Wants Sect. 15 of Election Law Amended (The Inquirer)
The National Chairman of the Liberia Action Party, Madam D. Sheba Brown has stressed the need for the National Election Commission (NEC) to amend Section 15 of the 1986 Election Law of Liberia.
CARITAS/Monrovia Offers More Scholarships (The Inquirer)
In its efforts to assist the needy in society, Caritas/Monrovia has augmented its scholarship program by accommodating more deserving students. The program has now swelled from 120 to 400 students for the coming academic year.
UNMIL Force Commander Gives Position (The Inquirer)
The UNMIL Force Commander Lt/Gen. Daniel I. Opande says he is not interested in the leadership crisis in LURD, except to ensure that it does not create any problem for the improved security situation in the country.
Liberia’s Olympic Team Off To Athens (The Inquirer)
The country’s team to this year’s Olympic games which is scheduled to officially kick-off tomorrow in Athens, Greece left the country yesterday.
NPP’s Celebration of Taylor’s Departure Ends Sour (The Inquirer)
The gaiety that occasioned yesterday’s program organized to mark one-year since the departure of former president Taylor by the National Patriotic Party(NPP), which he led to victory in the 1997 elections, was short-lived as hell broke loose at the end.
Liberian-American Relations - The Looming Challenge
(By Abraham L. James, Ph.D.
United States-Liberian relations have experienced many challenges over the years. Today, the issue of rebuilding the Liberian nation seems to loom large. There is a need to overhaul and strengthen the great institutions and legal system of the country, rebuild its ravaged economy and "expunge" corruption from Liberian society. The process is likely to become one of the most important challenges ever encountered by U.S-Liberian relations. Although the reconstruction of Liberia is the responsibility of Liberians, in this globalized world of interdependent countries, economies and peoples, Liberia will need external assistance for its reconstruction and renewal, and the United States is likely to be expected to take the lead in this endeavor.
Bleak and Dismal News From Liberia
Jacques P. Klein
(By Theodore T. Hodge
Jacques Klein, the celebrated former US Air Force general turned diplomat, who presently heads the UN Mission to Liberia has been sounding some alarming bells lately. As we stand on the sidelines, we should note the considerable mood change of this present day governor of Liberia, from optimism to pessimism. When he speaks, we should listen, for good reason: He’s in charge; let’s make no mistake about that.
A Voyage Home From Exile (Part I)
(By Brownie J. Samukai)
After almost six years in exile, I took a journey on 9th July 2004 to return home from my Duty Station in Dar es Salaam on a Kenya Airways flight to Nairobi enroute to Monrovia via Abidjan. Upon arrival in Abidjan I entered an impressive redesigned international airport different than the one I had left six years earlier. It was on September 23, 1998, I fled Monrovia on board a Weasua flight from RIA, with the assistance of trusted NPFL assets and the fearsome but model physique NPFL female General Martina, for Abidjan, into exile in the United States.
Liberia’s foreign Minister Confirms Sale of Embassy's Property Under Pressure
|Liberian Ambassador’s Residence at 52 Whatley Avenue
(By Josephus Moses Gray
In the wake of an investigative article published by The Perspectiv
e newsmagazine on the sale of the Liberian embassy property in London (Liberian Officials sell Ambassador’s Residence at 52 Whatley Avenue, London SW20
), the United Kingdom, by some identified individuals within the ranks and files of the two-year transitional government, the Minister of foreign Affairs, Thomas Yaya Nimley has confirmed the sale of the mission property in London.
Blood From Stones by Douglas Farah
A journey into the world of death, diamonds and arms trafficking in the footsteps of Al Qaeda and Charles Taylor, an indictment of the former Liberian dictator.
(A Book Review By Abdoulaye W. Dukulé
Very few in the world would ever establish any connection between grocery coupons and the funding of terrorism. And even a fewer would ever imagine that a Senegalese émigré and used-car salesman in dusty Ouagadougou, in landlocked Saharan country Burkina Faso in West Africa lives off American taxpayers because he held the key to the financial activities of the world most known terrorist group Al Qaeda in Liberia and Sierra Leone. Or what about infant meals or cigarette trafficking as a means to finance terrorist groups around the world? As surprising as they may sound, all these activities are linked to the gigantic financial web terrorists have resorted to to move money around the world, almost legally, to support their members and carry out their deadly activities.
Elections 2005: What Are The Issues For The Aspirants?
(By George D. Yuoh
Very hopefully, UNMIL will successfully complete the disarmament and demobilization of former combatants, and have them reintegrated into larger society with the hope that they will be transformed into useful citizens. Very hopefully, the Transitional Government will now start to pursue its main assigned agenda of repatriation of Liberian refugees and resettlement of internally displaced Liberians.
Varney Sherman Resigns as LPRC’s Board Chairman (The Inquirer)
It has come to my attention that at the recent meeting in Accra, Ghana of the warring parties to the Comprehensive Peace Agreement and you my chairmanship of the Board of Directors of the Liberia Petroleum Refining Company (LPRC) was a contentious issue. I am informed that one of the accusations is that by your preferment of me as the Chairman you are giving me unfair advantage as an aspirant for the Presidency of the Republic of Liberia as compared to other aspirants.
Bong Citizens Reject Appointment of County Officials (The Inquirer)
As the nomination of civil authorities in the counties by Chairman Gyude Bryant receives cold shoulders, some citizens from Bong County have issued a position statement to the NTLA.
"UNMIL Not Responsible for Electricity" (The Inquirer)
The head of the United Nations Mission in Liberia, Amb. Jacques Paul Klein says UNMIL is not responsible to provide electricity to the city of Monrovia and its environs.
Stop Discouraging Investors (The Inquirer)
ON MONDAY, POST and Telecommunications Minister Eugene Nagbe ordered the closure of the Atlantic Wireless Liberia Incorporated(AWLI). He said his Ministry’s decision was predicated upon the fact that AWLI was illegally transmitting on GSM 900 frequency which was not assigned to it by the Ministry.
U.S. Embassy Public Affairs Office Donates to UL (The Inquirer)
The US Embassy’s Public Affairs Office yesterday donated a consignment of assorted books and furniture to the University of Liberia(UL).
Postal Affairs’ Action Backfires (The Inquirer)
The NTLA Committee on Post and Telecommunication is calling on Postal Affairs Minister Eugene Nagbe to withdraw his letter ordering the immediate closure of the Atlantic Wireless Liberia Incorporated (AWLI) GSM operations.
War Imminent In Guinea
We have received information from credible military sources that everything seems to indicate that civil war is imminent in Guinea. According to our sources, recruiting and training of fighters have been taken place in Nimba and Lofa, on the Guinean border. The same informant, who spoke to us under the conditions of anonymity, says that there have also been movements of heavy weaponry from Liberia into Guinea,...
(By Abdoulaye W. Dukulé
The most recent celebration of Liberia’s 157th Independence in Washington, DC was a real departure novelty for many. As far as many people remember, the embassy of Liberia in Washington DC has mostly served mainly for a lieu of demonstration or just a place where Liberians reluctantly sent their official documents for renewal. An embassy represents a government and for a long time, since the mid 1980s, very few Liberians have been proud of their government.
The Perspective to Launch Newsmagazine in Liberia soon
(By Josephus Moses Gray
A pro-democracy group in Monrovia, the Center for Democratic Empowerment (CEDE) recently held a welcome reception for the Managing Editor of The Perspective
newsmagazine, Mr. George Nubo, during his three-week assessment tour in the Liberian capital at their Ashuman Street offices.
Sister Mary Laurene Browne: Words of Hope and Challenges for the New Liberia
Sister Mary Laurene Browne, OSF
President, Don Bosco Polytechnic
(By Theodore T. Hodge
In reading the national oration delivered by Sister Mary Laurene Browne on the occasion of Liberia’s 157th anniversary, I was quite impressed by how she seemed to successfully capture a bunch of sub-themes in order to ideate a national theme. I use the word "ideate" purposefully because it is the most meaningful word that comes to mind in describing what the Good Sister did:
National Human Rights Centre of Liberia Human Rights Situation Report
This first bi-annual situation report has been compiled from the striking developments, conditions, incidents and tendencies which characterized the Liberian peace process and transition, specifically during the period January - June, 2004. It highlights basic human rights issues including abuses and other acts committed by roaming armed militias especially in areas not covered by the troops of the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL).