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Taylor, U.S. Dollar And Public Ignorance
A little over two years ago, Charles Taylor was campaigning for the presidency in Liberia and making promises of all sorts and to lend credibility to his many promises, he procured rice from the Republic of Taiwan and distributed it amongst his constituency. Confounding even his critics, Taylor made himself over in a crowded field of presidential wannabes and projected an image as the one person who had a sustained connection to the ordinary household in Liberia. Outhustling, out-maneuvering and double crossing even some of his fiercest opponents, Taylor managed to do the imponderable, bringing most Liberians into his cheering line and virtually assured himself as a drop of goodness in a sea of insanity.

The Liberian Saga: One Nation, Two Cultures
In his series, Liberia's Ugly Past, my colleague James D. Smith had highlighted key indelible elements of the Americo-Liberian legacy. Mr. Smith ably dealt with this issue that it would be repetitive for me to venture redoing his brilliant pieces.

Liberians Take Stand For Democracy
In his tumultuous and disastrous presidency, Liberia's President Charles Taylor has overcome and survived many obstacles in his path. He would have perhaps achieved a major feat and scored an heroic triumph if his visit to the United States to attend the United Nations General Assembly Conference last September had not been stopped in its tracks. While he says the "lack of funds" made it impossible for him to attend, it is clear that there was a gathering storm and a confluence of several forces beyond his control that helped prevent this visit.

Bureau of Veterans Affairs? What A Joke!
The headline I read online the morning of September 19, 1999, went like this: "Liberia Sets Up Office For Civil War Veterans."

West Africa: An Indictment
The very peculiar West African habit of rewarding criminals, mass murderers and assassins must have by now disabused our idealistic minds that in the absence of political consciousness by leader and people, peace with justice ban be achieved. The lack of moral decency which is demonstrated by rewarding the likes of Charles Taylor, Foday Sankoh, Blaise Campoare, etc., points to one undeniable truth: there can never be stability in West Africa as long as West African leaders ignore the clamor of the people for justice and instead preach the hollow gospel of stability, which in reality is a plea for "staying in power" at any price.

The Problem with Most Liberians
In the Liberian community at home and abroad, every issue has become "relative". Our brothers and sisters believe that there is no such thing as "right" or "wrong". A growing number of them have dismissed the notion of objectivity and raw facts. Since all things are relative to them, truth, justice and principle have also met with similar fate.

Redefining The Struggle
For many in the Diaspora, Liberia is now a thing of the past. Liberia has had her time, and positive history-making ended in 1980 with the overthrow of the Americo-Liberian oligarchy by non-commissioned army personnel. A significant number of the pre - 1980 aristocrats botted the country for the United States fearing reprisals; especially after the gruesome deaths, by firing squad, of the thirteen cabinet officials, and the callous murders and witch-hunt that ensued in the immediate aftermath of the military takeover.

Liberia: The Emergence of a Criminal State
For many Liberians, the end of their 7-year ghastly conflict meant an opportunity for renewal and reconstruction. But 2 years after a much heralded election, the evidence is that this country of barely 2.6 million which lost about 300,000 persons, including 20,000 children dead out of 45,000 drafted into rebel armies, is being transformed into a criminal state and a comfortable, supporting home for West Africa's most callous criminal dissidents.

Sorry Charlie, They Won't Be Coming After All
The joy was endemic contaminating everyone in the crowd of anxious Liberians and well-wishers of Liberia gathered outside across from the White House on the evening of September 19, as Black Congressional representatives and Rep. Patrick Kennedy of Rhode Island wasted the good news.

Liberian President Charles Taylor Planned To Visit Morehouse College During U.S. Trip
Liberian President Charles Taylor, whose visit to the United States has been postponed, will not visit Morehouse College on Friday, Sept. 24, as had been planned.

A Joint Statement In Opposition To President Taylor's Visit To The U. S.
To the astonishment of Liberians and people of conscience who have followed developments which caused more than 250,000 lives in Liberia since Charles Taylor's reign of terror, the Notice of Nolle Prosequi issued by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts has cleared the way for fugitive Taylor's entry into the U.S.

No Red Carpet Treatment For Charles Taylor
With the impending visit of Liberian President Charles McArthur Taylor to the United States in September of 1999, the Liberian Association of Metropolitan Atlanta wishes to strongly express its consternation over the willingness of many African American leaders to unconditionally embrace him despite the fact that his human rights records are checkered and punctuated with blatant disregard for life and liberty.

Why President Taylor Should Not Be Granted Honorary Degree
As the world undergoes dramatic democratic transformation and is poised to enter the next millennium, it is the hope of most Africans that Africa and the people of African descent everywhere will become the major beneficiaries in the quest for creating a democratic society and bringing the prosperity of the world to those who have least benefited in the last century.

Cry West Africa:Taylor's Domino Adventures
Indeed what many have been fearing-an inferno spreading from Taylor's Liberia that will consume West Africa with catastrophic dimensions-is slowly emerging. From every indication, the current standoff between Liberia and Guinea is a ghastly timed bomb that is bound to explode, and explode with disastrous proportions. Time is now the only holdup, with Conakry vowing to retaliate for the killing of 28 of its citizens allegedly by Liberian soldiers of Charles Taylor. Taylor, on other hand, declares he "who is down fears no fall", convinced that nothing left in Liberia, including life, is of value if war comes.

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