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Everyday for Rogue (Thief), One Day for Master”
(By Siahyonkron Nyanseor)
Since the beginning of 2005, Liberian daily newspapers as well as the international media have reported about the corrupt practices of Government officials. The one that caught my attention is, “Police chief suspended for stealing generator”. This story was reported by the IRIN on January 11, 2005. The story reads, “The government's police chief, Chris Massaquoi, was suspended last week after diverting a US$20,000 generator that was meant to light up the national police headquarters, for his personal use”.

Liberia’s Election Guidelines: Some Unfinished Business
(By Dweh S. Boley)
The elections season in Liberia is fast approaching, and we have to applaud the National Election Commission (NEC) for having the strength and character to keep the process on course under undeniably difficult circumstances. The Commission has got its structure in place. It is coordinating with other international and local organizations to mobilized resources and to ensure fairness and integrity of the process.

The Greatest Evil In Our Society: Corruption
(By James Torh)
When one takes up time to visit Liberian websites to read news from back home, most if not all the headlines are about corruptions among our leaders from the Executive Mansion to Capitol Building. The first branch of government, the National Legislative Assembly is on record for calling for the suspension of its leadership for corrupt practices. It is disturbing, worrisome and shocking when the disease is corruption and the country is Liberia, a tiny country coming out of brutal civil war for over a decade.

Ritualistic Killings Spark Mob Action in Maryland
(By Josephus Moses Gray)
Some panic-stricken inhabitants of the southeastern county of Maryland, mainly in Harper city, over the weekend took the law into their hands when they staged a violent protest over the wave of ritualistic killings which has re-surfaced in the area.

Welcoming Center for New Pennsylvanians Profiles Liberian Journalist
A Liberian Journalist residing in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA has been profiled amongst prominent immigrants in the State of Pennsylvania.

Libya And Liberia: Why Is Chairman Bryant Going To Tripoli?
(By Abdoulaye W. Dukulé)
As Chairman Charles Gyude Bryant leaves Monrovia at the head of a delegation for a two-day official visit to Libya starting today, January 25, 2005, it may be timely to reflect or revisit the thorny relationship between Liberia and Libya and what can be gained from this visit. In 1979, when President William R. Tolbert hosted the Organization of African Unity (OAU) Summit, Libyan strongman Moammar Kaddafi flew into Monrovia with one of the largest delegations, equipped with armored cars and toilet seats. This was the hey-day of the Cold War.

Min. Mason Outlines Prospects for Liberia’s Iron Ore Industry (Forum)
The Minister of Lands, Mines & Energy, Jonathan Mason, says Liberia still has rich deposits of iron ore that can be tapped for future benefit of the country; writes Josiah S. Hallie. Speaking over the weekend on Radio Veritas during the phone in talk show, Min. Mason indicated that the government has put up a biding process recently for companies interested in mining Mount Nimba, to bid for it.

ULAA Lobbies for the Participation of Liberians in the Diaspora in the 2005 Elections
As Liberia's 2005 elections draw nearer, it seems clear that Liberians in the Diaspora will not be allowed to vote outside Liberia. When asked about the participation of hundreds of thousands of Liberians in the Diaspora in the coming elections, the head of the Elections Commission, Cllr. Frances Johnson-Morris said in an interview published in The Perspective (August, 2004) that Liberians will only vote in Liberia in October, 2005. Asked specifically whether Liberians would be allowed to vote outside the country, she said, "No, I do not foresee that. I do not foresee that they will be allowed to vote outside of Liberia. Liberians have the right to vote, but they have the right to vote in Liberia.

Combating Malaria in the Next Liberian Republic
(By Syrulwa Somah)
First recorded around 1700 B.C. in China, the vector of malaria (genus Anopheles, known by their posture: mottled wings and "tail in the air") is the single biggest cause of death among children worldwide. Nearly 3,000 children die daily from malaria out of total annual malaria deaths worldwide of 1.5 million people (WHO, 1999). The World Health Organization also estimates that out of the 200 million people affected by malaria worldwide each year, 70 million are children under the age of 5. In Liberia, about 4,500 Liberian children die each year from malaria, writer Abdoulaye W. Dukulé quoted a Liberian Health Ministry physician in his article “Life in Monrovia” (The Perspective, 2001)

Chapter Presidents of Sinoe County Association Pledge Support to the Jarbah-Peal Administration
(A Joint Statement Issued by Chapter Presidents & Officers of SCAA)
, members of the Board of Directors, presidents, officers and members of local chapters constituting the Sinoe County Association in America, Inc.- SCAA, an entity duly incorporated under the laws of the State of Pennsylvania, United States of America, convened our annual Executive- Board meeting in the city of Bladensburg, Maryland from January 14th thru the 16th, 2005; and having assembled a constitutionally mandated quorum at said meeting and consistent with chapters’ constitution and by-laws, do solemnly resolved the following...

Why Moral Issue Should be a Major Determinant for Elections in October 2005
(By Dorsla D. Farcarthy)
As we prepare ourselves for the much awaited elections come October 2005, the issue of morality in my mind must be a major determinant for the next President of our country. This is something we need to look at critically because our society is being eroded of those good values that once characterized our country and people.
No Web Sites, Emails or Cell Phone Calls for Liberian Politicians?
(By Mohamedu F. Jones)
According to recent new reports, the National Elections Commission of Liberia (NEC) recently issued Guidelines that reportedly includes the following statement: “"No activity of political parties and independent candidates shall extend beyond the boundaries of the country."

National Elections Commission Taken to Task (Forum)
A prominent Liberian anthropologist, Jutee Dupah, has taken the National Elections Commission (NEC) to task for its failure to publish the election laws to educate the Liberian voters; writes Josiah S. Hallie

UNMIL Urged to Deploy in Foya, Kolahun… (Forum)
The Administrative Assistant to Lofa County Superintendent, George T. Tengbeh, is urging the authorities of United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL), to deploy peacekeepers in Foya, Kolahun and Vahun Districts...

Petition Drama in Nimba (Forum)
What appears to be a discontentment over the petition of Assemblyman Sidiki Turay to contest a representative seat for Zoegeh District, come October 2005 elections has aroused amongst opinion leaders back home.

Jacques P. Klein
“A Major and Dangerous Shortfall in Funding…” Says UN Jacques Klein of Liberia
(By Abdoulaye W. Dukulé)
In a bid to keep Liberia on the front burner in US political circles, Ambassador Jacques Klein, Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary General and head of the United Nations Mission to Liberia (UNMIL) was recently in Washington, DC to shore up support for the fragile peace process in Liberia. Against the background of international concern and goodwill for the victims of the tsunami who grabbed every headline in every country in the world for weeks, raising concerns about the fate of Liberia was not an easy task. In making the rounds, Mr. Klein, talked to American policy makers and opinion leaders as well as Liberians about the progress made so far and the challenges ahead in Liberia

Liberian Women Break Silence!
(Association of Liberian Women in Pennsylvania)

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; 1/12/05: Liberian women in Pennsylvania invoke critical thinking among Liberians and raise the bar as the country prepares for its presidential elections in October. The women grouped as the Association of Liberian Women in Pennsylvania, ALWPA, held an insightful debate with three of Liberia’s “40” presidential aspirants in attendance.

Revisiting the Current Call for Another National Conference
(By George-Daweh Yuoh)
If history must be used as a pointer to reference the actions and possible outcomes of present and future events, then certainly, some critical questions must be asked about the objectives of the current call for a Liberian National Conference. And if the individual character (past attitude) of most of the organizers of this supposedly "national conference" is anything to go by, especially their past level of honesty and commitment to the cause of the Liberian people, then one cannot fault the cries for the abandonment of the current call for a Liberian National Conference.

Ethnicity Reinforces Our Diversity Not Our Hindrance
(By Syrulwa Somah)
Ethnicity is as old as humankind. People in every part of our modern world, just as in ancient times, belong to some kind of ethnic or tribal group that reinforces their sense of belonging, nationalism, patriotism, social values, political progress, and development. The languages we speak, the customs and traditions we cherish, the food we crave, and the clothings we adore all have some linkages to our ethnicities, whether as Blacks, Europeans, Asians, Icelanders, or simply as Liberians. Ethnicity reinforces our very beings as persons and nations in charting our destinies in this world in regard to national unity and progress.

Liberians Voting Abroad: Maximum Participation, International Standards, and Constitutional Prerogative
(By John S. Morlu, II)
We are going to have the elections in October 2005. All the legal and political maneuverings to postpone the election have failed. We have elections law that pleased the United States, ECOWAS, the United Nations, the EU, and practically all international actors with interests in Liberia. The International Republican Institute, and the National Democratic Institute, two influential organizations in America, have also blessed the election laws. U.S. Ambassador John Blaney is satisfied. UNMIL’s Jacques Klein is satisfied.

Martin Luther King (L), Patrick Lumumba (R)
Remembering King and Lumumba: Two Martyrs of Our Time
(By Theodore T. Hodge)
Today, as the world remembers and pays tributes to the life and times of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., we recognize an incredible historical coincidence, which students of history and aspirants of liberation need to keenly, reverently observe. Today, January 17, set aside this year to memorialize Dr. King, happens to be the same day on which Comrade Patrice Lumumba, the first Prime Minister of Congo was executed in 1961. Patrice Lumumba, though not as well known as Dr. King, was revered, feared and hated by many as strongly as Dr. King was.

Press Statement On the Illegal Detention of 88 Persons in Grand Bassa County
(Statement Issued  By Liberia Democracy Watch (LDW), Green Advocate, Foundation for Human Rights and Democracy (FOHRD), Foundation for International Dignity (FIND), Center for Democratic Empowerment (CEDE))
At dusk on January 10, 2005 the Chairman of the Bassa Concern Citizen Movement, a 12 year old grass-roots and people organization based in Grand Bassa County requested the intervention of Liberian human rights and pro-democracy organizations in the illegal arrest and detention of more than 80 persons. Mr. Gabriel Smith indicated that 88 persons from District No 4 in Grand Bassa County had been arrested including a ten year old boy called Shadrach Banwon. He also pointed out that the arrest took place as local people tried to protest their eviction from their ancestral homeland.

Liberian Government Refuses To Transport Donated Buses To Monrovia (A Press Release Issued By ULAA)
The Union of Liberian Associations in the Americas (ULAA) expresses serious disappointment over the attitude of the government of Liberia in refusing to transport free buses donated to the city of Monrovia to ease the severe transportation problems facing the residents of the City.
It can be recalled that last year, the City of Dayton in Ohio donated 12 buses to the City of Monrovia through the efforts of the Dayton Sister City Relationship and the City of Dayton, the Dayton Area Liberian Association and ULAA. Since the donation of the buses, the Union has repeatedly called on the government of Liberia to act in ensuring that the buses are transported to Liberia.

Living Without a Country: A Fool’s Choice
(By Theodore T. Hodge)
Growing up an avid reader, one story that left the most profound and indelible impression on my mind was “The Man Without a Country”, by Edward Everett Hale. Although a work of fiction, its intensity never diminished. In the story, “The Man Without A country”, Philip Nolan, a young army officer was banished for life from ever setting foot on the land of his nativity, America. In addition, he was banned from reading any materials (newspaper articles or otherwise) that referred to the country. In short, Philip Nolan was to live the rest of his life aboard US naval vessels as a prisoner; deprived of his natural citizenship...

Josepus Moses Gray
The Perspective's Liberia Correspondent Attends International Conference In Dakar
Josephus Moses Gray, the Liberia correspondent of The Perspective is in the Senegalese capital, Dakar, toparticipate in a five-day international conference on "Audience Research in Community Radio". The conference runs from January 10-15, 2005. The venue of the conference is at the AMARC-Africa Central West Africa Regional office in Dakar, Senegal.

Selecting the Best Leadership for Liberia
(By Sonkarley T. Beaie)
Within less than ten months from now, Liberians are expected to go to the pole to elect our leader, a man or woman that will lead the war ravaged nation with complete dethroned economy, thousands still internally displaced and thousands more to return from exile as well as hundreds of traumatized former fighters. I understood from the National Elections Commission Boss that about forty-three presidential aspirants have emerged to contest the election.

Reflections On The Wrangling Among Liberia’s Educated Elites: Preventing New Pitfalls
(By Emmanuel Dolo)
As Liberia transitions from war to peace, squabble is raging among the nation’s educated elites once again. The recent example of these divisions has emerged among members of the Steering Committee designated/elected to facilitate an All Liberian National Conference (ALNC). The Internet has been inundated with emails, a few sensible and the majority reflecting the disappointing quality of thought that emerges from mere jousting for power and infatuation with self.

Forgiveness: The Path to Reconciliation and National Unity
(By George M. Kiadii)
During the past decade or more, the citizens of Liberia have suffered many tribulations. Unquestionably, the assaults on Liberians have created complicated issues because the conflict pitted neighbors against neighbors as a result of misleading information given by the leadership of warring factions.
The Executive Mansion
Profile of The Next President of Liberia
(By Gladys K. Johnson)
The military coup of 1980 that precipitated the demise of the True Whig Party and brought an end to minority settler rule in Liberia (a one party system that had existed for many years) also created an insatiable urge or thirst for the position of president. Today, everything that moves on two legs and is a male thinks he can become president, on the premises that “if Doe could become president, so can I.” These men or even women, in limited numbers, seem to forget that Doe and friends as well as Charles Taylor and his cohorts came to power by use of military force. And all Liberians are witnesses to the problems that rule by terror and incompetence created for their country.

A Revolutionary Change In agricultural Research In Liberia Will Greatly Benefit The New Liberia
(A letter from Sonii David)
I was pleasantly surprised to see the article by Syrulwa Somah "Promoting agricultural production in Liberia". The Perspective is my main source of information on Liberia, as a Liberian who has lived abroad for the past 15 years. Agriculture appears to receive little or no focus in the efforts to reconstruct the country, a very surprising and alarming situation. Dr. Somah raises a number of very important points, most of which I agree with.

LIBERIA: Slow progress in restoring water, electricity to Monrovia (IRIN)
MONROVIA, 11 Jan 2005 (IRIN) - By night Monrovia hums to the sound of several thousand private generators. The noise has grown louder since the end of Liberia's civil war in August 2003, and the city's lights brighter.

A Message To All Liberians
(From Bennie D. Warner, Former Vice-President (77-80) )
A great opportunity is unfolding before us to return to normalcy and band ourselves together to begin the process of rebuilding Liberia.

Rejoinder To “Does Liberia Need Another National Conference”
(By B.J. Samukai)
A nation coming out of a major civil crisis finds an appropriate mechanism to understand the historical path of its contemporary history as a legacy of understanding contending issues that brought about the conflict. The evolution of an Agreement centers around exchange of ideas, though heated and divergent, but with an acceptable theme for galvanizing the inherent and physical endowment of a Nation State. It evolves around a common desire to delink selfishness for the common good of all.

Promoting Agricultural Production in the New Liberia
(By Syrulwa Somah, Ph.D.)
Liberia has abundant fertile soil for the growing of bananas, rice, plantain, bitter ball, cassava, Malaguatta pepper, mushroom, coffee, kola, cocoa, mango, okra, palm nuts, papaya, pepper, yams, eddoes, sweet potatoes, greens, and other basic agricultural products consumed in Liberian homes, cities, towns, and villages everyday.

The Jacob Town Violence
NTGL Launches Investigation into Last October Violence (Forum)
The National Transitional Government of Liberia has finally set into motion a National Commission to trace perpetrators of 29 October 2004 violent disturbances in Monrovia and beyond. More than a dozen reputable Liberians chaired by the Executive Director of Center for Democratic Empowerment (CEDE), Ezekiel Pajebo, were recently given the gavel of authority at the Executive Mansion to immediately begin a thorough investigation into the core of the violence.

UNICEF Empowers MOE (Forum)
The Ministry of Education has received brand new Land Cruiser Toyota Jeeps from the United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF), aimed at accelerating Liberia’s postwar educational program.

Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf Dedicates Bakalu School in Gbarnga (Forum)
Unity Party Standard-bearer, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, over the weekend dedicated the newly renovated John F. Bakalu Elementary & Junior High School in Gbarnga, Bong County.

Media Advocacy Group to Defend FORUM (Forum)
A media right free expression advocacy organization – the Media Foundation for West Africa may likely render legal assistance in the case involving FORUM and Hope International President, Melee Kermue.

FDP Cracks - Vice Chair Says There Are Two Presidential Hopefuls (Forum)
As the period of 2005 general and presidential elections is fast approaching, ‘political meningitis’ seems to be eroding the fabrics of Free Democratic Party (FDP) given the emergence of two factions within the party over the standard-bearer post.

Facilitation For All Liberians Participation In The 2005 October General Elections
(By Leon Q. Ledlum)
The percentage of Liberians outside the natural borders of Liberia became more acute, and progressed to chronic state as the civil war protracted, giving ways to more people seeking shelter elsewhere. For all those displacements of the ordinary citizenry against their will, no authority has taken responsibility, but rather more government regulations are being drawn to regulate their participation in their local and national civic duties. As it stands today, 10% of Liberia’s population perished as a result of the wars, while the percentage of Liberians outside, though not official, may stand at about 35...

Bishop Bennie D. Warner
Former Vice President Bennie D. Warner and Others Condemn Corruption in Liberia, Wish Peace and Security for 2005
(By Winsley S. Nanka)
I recently spoke to the former Vice President of Liberia, Bishop Bennie D. Warner and other Liberians in the United States about various issues concerning Liberia including the persistent reports of corruption by Liberian government officials, and the former vice president’s recent endorsement of Dr. Woah-Tee for the presidency of Liberia on the ticket of the Liberia Unification Party (LUP). Bishop Bennie D. Warner, then Bishop of the United Methodist Conference of Liberia, was selected by William Richard Toltert, Jr. to serve as Vice President of Liberia in 1977 after the death of Vice President James Edward Greene.
2005: A Year of Possibilities And Dangers
(By Abdoulaye W. Dukulé)
The way forward is paved with both dangers and great opportunities. In the next 10 months, some Liberians will showcase themselves as potential saviors of the people of the war devastated country. They will promise a system of governance built on fair play, justice, equity, with democratic values as their only guiding principles in the process of running the nation. They will promise the same things politicians always promise when running for office. And for a short while, with all the hype and carnival, everything under the sun would seem possible.

Dr. Togba-Nah Tipoteh
Dr. Tipoteh Gives Clarification on ULAA (Liberia) Story
The Perspective contacted Dr. Togba Nah Tipoteh to inquire about a story carried by the Analyst, a Monrovia-based newspaper. According to the story, which was published in the December 27, 2004 issue, the paper claimed that the “Liberian Chapter of the Union of Liberian Associations in the Americas (ULAA) had honored Dr. Tipoteh for being the only Presidential Candidate who stayed with fellow Liberians throughout the civil strife”. Was it true that such an organization did honor him, we inquired?
Chairman Bryant Says Threats to his Life Justify Spending US$366,000.00 on Armored Jeeps
(By Josephus Moses Gray)
The Chairman of the National Transitional Government of Liberia (NTGL), Charles Gyude Bryant has justified the purchased of armored jeeps valued US$366,00.00 last year. He told the nation on January 4, 2005, during his nationwide address that the amount paid is less than the US$1 million dollars that the government allocated to purchase the jeeps. He alleged that there is a security threat on his life brought to his attention by some foreign governments as well as authorities of ECOWAS prompted him to purchase the bulletproof vehicles.

Collateral Damage
(By B. J. Samukai)
The renowned Liberian writer, Dr. Abdoulaye Dukule, in his article “Liberia & Ivory Coast: Two Different Paths to Peace” (, December 30 2004), provided a comparative perspective of the Liberian and Ivorian conflicts and their path to recovery. On the one hand, the Ivorians have undertaken to discuss and fully document (with some degree of biasness depending on which side of their conflict) the full extent of their crisis, the actors, victims, confessions, circumstance of events for understanding their contemporary political history. Across the border in Liberia, without getting together to discuss anything, letting bygones be bygones without truly

Does Liberia Need Another National Conference?
(By John S. Morlu, II)
The idea of having a national was first floated by Former Chairman of the Interim Government of National Unity, Dr. Amos Sawyer, in a letter to Chairman Bryant in April 2004, when he declined Chairman Bryant’s request for him (Dr. Sawyer) to serve on the Good Governance Commission. Dr. Sawyer sees are too many institutional flaws that need correction. So the holding of the elections should be based on a successful restructuring of political institutions, and implementing good governance.

A Review of the NTGL
(A Year-end Statement By K-Hastings Panyonnoh)
While our international friends are fighting tooth and nail to give us peace and a new beginning in building a new era for our strife-torn country, there are attempts by certain Liberians to subvert and squander the enormous external goodwill put at our disposal.

Sekou Conneh to Endorse the Dismissal of His Nominees, If... (Forum)
The Chairman Emeritus of the disbanded Liberia United for Reconciliation and Democracy (LURD), Sekou Demate Conneh has called on members of the dissolved movement to foster unity in encouraging the ongoing peace process.

The Conception Of A New Nation: Mirror On The Wall
(By Emmanuel Dolo)
Months from today, Liberians are likely to go to the polls to vote for their new leaders: a president, vice president, legislators, and many occupants of other elective offices. The clock started ticking on January 1, 2005 toward the delivery of a new nation state. The metaphor that best captures this experience for me is the conception of a baby and the associated critical processes that influence safe delivery, an imagery borrowed from Emmanuel Bowier during a recent conversation about our hope for Liberia in the New Year.

The Tsunami's Havoc and Mandela's Previous Call for Indian Ocean
(By Paul Barton)
A rainbow of peoples, nations and cultures suffered and continue to be affected by the Indian Ocean Tsunami that hit South Asia and parts of coastal East Africa. The region of Asia affected (Indian Ocean Islands, South Asia) also has the second largest population of Black (Negro/Africoid) peoples after Africa itself.

“My Dream Is to See Liberia Redeemed from Darkness” (Forum)
A Liberian professional engineer, John K. Boimah(P.E.) has reemphasized his fervent desire and preparedness to becoming an instrumental element in seeing to it that Liberia gets redeemed from the ashes and debris of war to a prewar status marked by those substantial components of lifebuoy to include electricity.

No Standard-bearer for FDP (Forum)
A member of the National Executive Committee of Free Democratic Party (FDP), Stephen Saysay, says FDP does not have any standard-bearer yet as it is being portrayed by some partisans.

2005 Begins! -‘Bryantic’ Ills vs Disappointed Masses (Forum)
Liberians have entered year two of the transitional period with the ills of the past including corruption in high places, standing as potential coefficient of year two of the transitional period.