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"Liberians Should Not Give Up" - Says Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf
The July 19, 1997 Liberian election, during which she came in second to former guerrilla leader Charles Taylor has made Ellen Johnson Sirleaf a major player in the Liberian political theater. The editorial board of The Perspective met with Mrs. Johnson-Sirleaf recently in a suburb of Atlanta for a wide ranging discussion of developments in Liberia. Below is the full text of the interview.

Liberians Hold Protest Rally Against Human Rights Abuses
On Friday, Feb 6, 1998, Liberians converged in Washington, DC, at the premises of the Liberian Embassy, to hold a protest rally against the abuses of human rights in Liberia. Liberians had come from various parts of this country in response to a call from the Union of Liberian Associations in the Americas (ULAA), to protest the widespread and continuous abuses of human rights and civil liberties of the people of Liberia by the government of Liberia.

A Need For A Fresh Start
For more than a year, The Perspective has underscored some of the causes of the problems that ail Liberian society. Problems which culminated into a violent eruption of a civil war in which we almost destroyed ourselves as a nation by wrecking unnecessary atrocities upon the hapless civilian population, killing more than 150,000 of our fellow citizens.

The Liberian Democratic Future Examines Current Issues - A Commentary
In our determined efforts to provide you, our readers, with the most reliable, up-to-date information on Liberia, The Liberian Democratic Future shall from time to time look at issues of national importance through its newsmagazine, The Perspective. This kind of commentary is designed to give you informed analysis of the inner workings of the Taylor regime, the underlined rationale which drives its decision-making process, and the political, economic and security ramifications of government policies. This analysis is based on reliable source information, which is not necessarily available in the public domain, and as such, is not yet known to the general public.

Democratic Practices: A National Right Not A President Gift
In the past 18 months, I have spent considerable time and energy to highlight some of the problems that have bedeviled the Liberian nation, and the nagging effects that manifest themselves in the relationship among Liberians in the diaspora and at home. In doing so, I have learned that we as Liberians are not prepared to accept the truth of our past. We would rather forget those things which dichotomize us, preferring, instead, to accentuate what others call the positive aspects of our interaction with one another.

Issues In Perspective: Taylor's Administraton Launches Public Relations Blitz
With public opinion on its political conduct and performance stack up against the regime since it assumed the reins of power six months ago, the Taylor administration in the past two months, it appears, has embarked upon a well-conceived and orchestrated public relations strategy to not only repair, but to also improve its image amongst the populace at home and the international community abroad.

The Future Of Democracy And Multi-Party Politics
While in my study working on this article recently, I received a very surprising call from a longtime friend whom I have not spoken to for quite some time. Attempting to make up for lost time, we began our conversation by getting to know each other again, talking about our respective families, and how we were faring with life and work. Having discussed those personal issues, we immediately jumped on to another subject that is a passion: politics and the Liberian dilemma.

Blaming God For Our Actions
We live in an increasingly difficult and dangerous world. The anxieties of life, political necessities, uncompromising efforts to find solutions, and the failure to accept responsibility for our actions, have increased the uncertainties of our time. In addition, violence -in every form - revolutions, insurrections, armed rebellions, robbery, rape, etc., have all become features of a world losing its sense of direction. What's happening to our society? Where can we turn to for lasting peace and contentment?

Presidents' Birthdays As National Holidays?
My late father who could barely support his family on a meager monthly government salary of $100.00 and some change per month as a County Commissioner was furious on this day when the local disbursing officer in Sinoe County handed him his check.

Debt and Adjustment in the Liberian Economy: Some Policy Implications
As Liberia emerges from the ravages of war, her economy wobbles under debt and monetary crises which threaten the country with further economic uncertainty and poverty. The threat comes not only from the direct impact of the crises but also from the policy options that are available for resolving them.

Exodus, A Success Story
This success story began during the Summer of 1997. The group of 14 individuals that won the championship are mostly Liberians with one Mexican American. We have been playing soccer at Winter Chapel Field in Doraville, Georgia for the love of the sport.

Kenya: A Tale of Two Tragedies
Inside the East African Standard of December 15, 1997, there was a picture of Wilmina Achieng being transported to hospital on a wheelbarrow. She looked lifeless amid stares of bystanders whose faces betrayed their helplessness. Achieng had been "brutalized," as the East African Standard put it, by Danny Ndedah Ndembwa, her husband. The East African Standard narrated the following story.

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