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Taylor's Accounts: Associates, Top LBDI Executives Linked (Forum)
Confidential update reports about exiled former President Charles Taylor's bank accounts in several banks in Africa, Europe and the Americas are emerging. The accounts, according to document in the possession of The FORUM, are being coordinated by associates of the exiled president including former President Pro Tempore of the Liberian Senate, Grace Minor and others (names withheld) through a network of top executives of the Liberian Bank for Development & Investment (LBDI) in Monrovia.

Kofi Annan Flowers UNMIL Military Officers, Observers (Forum)
The Secretary General of United Nations (UN) Kofi Annan, during the weekend honored over 300 top military brass of the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) for their sacrificial services being rendered in war-torn Liberia.

As He Proclaims His Presidential Ambition: George Oppong Weah Stands between Condemnation and Admiration (Forum)
From where he sits on the bench of retirement having successfully reached the apex of world's soccer, Liberia's most famous soccer legend George Oppong Weah may be feeling the warmth of politics, especially so that which has to do with the nation's challenging and highest seat- the presidency.

The Death of Yormie, Vaye: Accused Threatens to Sue FORUM Editor (Forum)
Gone are the painful and dreadful moments when two prominent sons of Nimba County and former Deputy Ministers in the Charles Taylor regime, Isaac Vaye and John Yormie met their brutal end, but at every passage of time the instant of wonderment remains pointing to the origin and cause leading to such heinous crime which has deprived the families of the deceased of their once shinning stars.

UNHCR Holds Programme Management, Financial Reporting Workshop (Forum)
The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), conducted a two-day training workshop on Programme Management and Financial Reporting for its implementing partners.

Crisis Smoke Still Hangs Over NPA (Forum)
It appears that House Speaker George Dweh is partly, if not wholly responsible for fueling the ongoing leadership wrangling at the National Port Authority (NPA).

Why Would The ICGL Want Sanctions Lifted At This Time?
(By Gbe Sneh)
Certain issues in this reconstruction process simply will not go away. The appropriate time to seek the lifting of Timber and Diamonds Sanctions is flush in the midst. Just when we thought that we had this issue tabled for the right conditions under which we would concert our efforts to appeal for a relief from the sanctions, we now have the International Contact Group for Liberia (ICGL) that is jumping the gun.
Dr. Byron Tarr, The Perspective & Its Managing Editor May Be Heading To Court
This letter was necessitated by the postscript to "The end of Liberia's Cellular Phone Problem is in Sight", dated September 4, 2004. In the name of fairness, I request that the wrong information implied by the author who failed to search for the truth be corrected by the publication of this letter.

Jacques Klein Dumps Bryant, NTGL (Forum)
The prolonged honeymoon that once existed between the National Transitional Government of Liberia (NTGL), and the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL), seems to be fading away. The Special Representative of the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Jacques Paul Klein, continues to register his mission's displeasure over the lack of cooperation by the Bryant transitional group to effect the travel ban and the seizing of Taylor and his associates' assets in accordance with the UN Security Resolution 1521 of 2003.

Bryant Wants UNMIL To Bite (Forum)
National Transitional Chairman Gyude Bryant has warned those fermenting chaos in the country to desist and give peace a chance.

Brumskine May Quit LUP (Forum)
The political euphoria that once characterized Liberia Unification Party's (LUP) stalwart, Cllr. Charles Walker Brumskine, seems to be fraught with twists and turns as the presidential aspirant is still meandering through to find an easy outlet by which he can clinch to state power, come 2005 general and presidential elections.

Hundreds to Grace This Year's World Peace Day (Forum)
Hundreds of Liberians and foreign residents are expected to grace this year's World Peace Day Celebration. The day will be celebrated across the globe today, Tuesday.

The War and the Siege Mentality: Staying Alive & Getting Out at all Costs
(By Abdoulaye W. Dukulé)
It was back in 1991, July. I had just returned home to work with the Interim Government and was out on Carey Street having lunch with a friend who was a Minister. When we were ready to leave, he opened his attaché-case to settle the bill. I glanced in and saw a passport, an airline ticket and US hundred dollar bills. I asked my friend if he was about to travel. He simply said "no."

Liberian Bio-Medical Scientist and Others Hit a Medical Milestone: Invent Noninvasive Diagnosis for Ulcer
(By Winsley S. Nanka)
Dr. Dougbeh Christopher Nyan, a Liberian bio-medical scientist currently at the University of Pennsylvania Medical Center and others have developed a noninvasive diagnosis method for the bacteria that causes ulcer. Ulcer is a gastric intestinal disease that "effects about 50% of the world population at various levels". The invention by Dr. Nyan and others was published in the September 2004 edition of the Journal of Infection and Immunity of American Society for Microbiology

Chairman C. Gyude Bryant On Corruption And Other Isssues Affecting Liberia
(By Lamini Warrity - Media Advisor to Chairman Bryant)

It's the first such Assembly the National Transitional Government is going to attend. It's an opportunity to brief the international community on Liberia's on-going peace process including disarmament. The international community is to be called on to stay the course on Liberia in terms of our Disarmament, Resettlement, Reintegration programs and our mandate to create the enabling environment for the timely holding of free and fair elections.

What's Wrong With Us? (Weah's LFA Presidency Issue)
(By: George D. Yuoh)
Many times I would sit alone in the quiet of the cool Minnesota night and wonder what is the problem with us (Liberians). Are we a cursed people? Why do we flaunt progress and embrace degradation and incompetence? Why do we turn our backs to that which the rest of the world would fight to hold on to? Why do we so often fail to learn from the successes of others? And again, are we a cursed people?
"Dr. Conteh's Appointment Is irreversible," Says Chairman Bryant
(By Josephus Moses Gray)
The visitor to the University of Liberia (UL) and Chairman of the power sharing National Transitional Government of Liberia (NTGL), Charles Gyude Bryant said the appointment of Dr. Al Hassan Conteh, president of the University remains bold and unchanged.

Flashbacks From War-Trauma: Reactions To The Reinvention Syndrome
(By: Emmanuel Dolo, Ph. D.)
When I read Dr. Amos Claudius Sawyer's article attempting to correct alleged misrepresentations by E. Sumo Jones, Sr and Dr. Harry Moniba, I felt a sense of obligation to my generation to intervene, although uninvited. I felt a flashback of the gross disappointment and dismay at the generation that unreasonably agitated against the Tolbert Administration and promised Liberians better life. And when the opportunities arose for them to change the course of events, they failed us miserably.

Chairman Bryant Addresses UN General Assembly September 22, Leaves for U.S.
(By Josephus Moses Gray)
The Chairman of the National Transitional Government of Liberia, Charles Gyude Bryant heads a high power delegation that departed Monrovia on 15 September for the United States on a two weeks working visit.

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Cllr. Varney Sherman
Interview With Counselor Varney Sherman
I agree with you that the country is in a very difficult period, the most difficult of her history. And you ask why would anyone want to be interested. The answer could be "to get us out of the mess." One of the reasons why I want to become President of the republic of Liberia is to ensure that none of those who got us in the mess becomes President of Liberia. Or If may put it another way, we must not allow those who helped others to get us in the mess to become President of Liberia. We believe very strongly that if any of the protagonists of our civil crisis were to be elected president of this country there is a strong likelihood that the country would return to violence - because a large group of Liberians will feel threatened.

Radio Broadcast: Best Medium of The Times
How do we enfranchise the entire nation for the 2005 Elections? Let's hit the radio waves. Given the abysmal literacy rate in our country, the duty to reach out to the electorate, through radio broadcasts, cannot be overemphasized.

Let There Be The Cooling Period (Forum)
WHEN HE WAS being officially inducted into office as Transitional leader, following his selection by parties to the Liberian crisis in Ghana last year, Chairman Gyude Bryant promised to do all in his power to make sure that the transitional period would be wholly and solely a period of cooling.

Gbarpolu Citizens, NGOs Hold Development Meeting (Forum)
A one-day consultative meeting aimed at discussing the development needs of the citizens of Gbarpolu County was recently held in Bopolu among the citizens and all NGOs operating in the county.

UNHCR Deploys Community Empowerment Workers (Forum)
The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), has deployed 35 Community Empowerment Project (CEP) workers in four district in Lofa County namely: Voinjama, Zorzor, Salayea and Kolahun.

National Security Budget Is A Handout (Forum)
National Security Minister, Lorsey Kendor says, the amount allotted to his Ministry as its 2004-2005 fiscal budget by the National Transitional Government of Liberia (NTGL) is a "handout."

Lone Star Exposes LTC Management (Forum)
The General Manager of the Lone Star Communication Corporation (LCC), Hassan Baydoum, has accused the Management of the Liberia Telecommunications Corporation (LTC) of collecting interconnection fees from his company but has failed to render such services.

In the Midst of Violent Protest by Students, Outgoing UL President Says he Will Hand Over to Dr. Conteh
(By Josephus Moses Gray)
While the massive destruction of billions of dollars worth of properties and the loss of hundreds of thousands of lives are still visible in the society as a result of the 14-year civil war in the country, some Liberians are yet to learn to resolve their problems through a peaceful and amicably ways. It seems that the guerilla warfare used as an approach has become the order of the day. This violent approach is very prevalent in the Liberian society nowadays.

In Solidarity with Archbishop Michael Kpakala Francis
(By Aagon F. Tingba, Jr.)
"To Achieve genuine and authentic peace, there must be reconciliation…but to have reconciliation and therefore peace there must be justice. If there is no justice, if the fundamental rights of our people are not respected, it will be near impossible for genuine peace and reconciliation to come about in our country. Faith-based organizations can and should play a pivotal role."

A high level delegation of Hub Ministries International to Visit Liberia
(Press Release)
A high level delegation of Church leaders , Medical Doctors and other related professionals is scheduled to arrive in Liberia in late September to conduct an independent assessment of Liberia's health needs with special emphasis on rehabilitation and mental health.

Presidential Aspirants Beware
(By William G. Nyanue)
Three incidents occurred in Liberia recently that I believe should be of concern to all presidential aspirants in particular and all Liberians in general. All three incidents involved the Chairman of Interim Government, Mr. Gyude Bryant.

Dr. Al-Hassan Conteh
Crisis at University of Liberia Deepens as Dr. Conteh Arrives In Monrovia
The crisis at the University of Liberia (UL) over the appointment of Dr. Al Hassan Conteh as President if the nation's highest institution of learning by the Visitor to the University, Charles Gyude Bryant, chairman of the two years power sharing transitional government of Liberia, has deepened, to the extend that solution remains elusive.

UN Peace Keepers Release Statistics On The Disarmament Exercises In Liberia
(By Josephus Moses Gray)
Authorities of the United Nations Mission in Liberia or UNMIL released the latest statistics of the on-going disarmament, demobilization, rehabilitation and reintegration or DDRR exercises across Liberia, a West African nation devastated by fourteen years of bloody civil war. The United Nations Mission is yet to release the actual figure of the number of persons that took up arms during the civil war. The statistics, which covers the period of six months, shows that up to date, a total of 72,652 ex-combatants have been disarmed by UNMILL.
Elections 2005: Issues And Thoughts
(By: George-Daweh Yuoh)
Although the National Elections Commission (NEC) may have just started serious work on the elections slated for October 2005, we've heard and read some comments emanating from the NEC on sensitive issues concerning the elections, and some of these comments are cause for genuine concerns as to the expected outcome and its relative fairness.

IGNU, Moniba And Transitional Order: Responding To E. Sumo Jones, Sr.
(By Dr. Amos Sawyer)
I do crave indulgence to provide some information to Mr. E. Sumo Jones, Sr. and others who have raised an issue regarding Dr. Moniba and the interim government which I headed. I wish Mr. Jones would have raised the issue separately instead of intermingling it with a discourse regarding the appropriate governance arrangements for post-conflict Liberia, an issue of immediate concern to a wider audience of Liberians, as can be seen from published comments. I also wish he had raised his concerns as questions rather than structuring them as charges as if based on facts.

A Nation In Terror, The True Story of the Liberian Civil War - James Youboty
(A Book Review By By Abdoulaye W. Dukulé)
If the story of the past twenty-five years of mayhem and destruction that befell on Liberia were ever to be written, it would start with every Liberian's personal experience of the era. There will be many theoretical and philosophical attempts to explain what happened to Liberia and what led Liberians to self-destruct almost to the point of total annihilation.

In The End, The People Win
(By Gbe Sneh)
Like my friend is fond of quoting his mentor, "You have made the town become too small for yourself." The properties acquired from corruption money are conspicuous. The stolen money stashed away in banks, even under pillows, can and will be tracked. In due time, they will all be reclaimed. Is that a win for the people? Of course!

Hon. E. Sumo Jones Enters The Presidential Race Too
Because of overwhelming requests and expressions of support from many of my friends, admirers and ordinary Liberians at home and abroad that along with my own desire, because I have not seen anyone who have expressed the same ideas and plans that I have with the sincere intention to implement them if elected in the best interest of the Liberian people, and Liberia, ideas and plans that will once more place...

Dr. Amos C. Sawyer
The Need For Pre-Elections Governance Reforms: Continuing the Dialogue
(By Dr. Amos Sawyer)
I am delighted that there is an emerging discourse about pre-elections governance reforms. I would like to further contribute to this discourse by addressing some of the issues that were recently raised in published accounts. I would like to use those substantive issues raised by Mr. E. Sumo Jones in his published statement, "Comments on Sawyer and Weh-Dorliae's Postponement of Elections" as a point of departure.

Demonstration Marks Chairman Bryant's Visit to Buchanan
(By Josephus Moses Gray)
The usual rousing welcome ceremony marked by traditional dances, powerful speeches, songs, presentation of gifts and kola nuts to a head of state in appreciation of the leader visit turned the other way on 4 September as hundreds of the inhabitants of the Port city of Buchanan, Grand Bassa county, staged a peaceful demonstration in manifestation of their dejection to the visit of Charmin Charles Gyude Bryant, head of the power sharing government of Liberia, to the county.

David Kortee Caught Between Scissors (Forum)
The recent visit of Governance Reform Commission member, David Kortee, to exiled President Charles Taylor in Calaba, Nigeria, has propped up threats for his dismissal from the Commission.

As Dr. Conteh's Induction Date Draws Closer: NTLA Waters UL Crisis (Forum)
The National Transitional Legislative Assembly (NTLA) Plenary which had promised to find an amicable solution to the foaming situation at University of Liberia (UL), has reportedly moved to calm the storm.

After 30 Oct. 2004: Prosecution Awaits Illegal Arms Carriers (Forum)
At long last, the end of the first aspect of the Disarmament, Demobilization, Rehabilitation and Reintegration (DDRR) process of the Liberian Comprehensive Peace Accord, is expected to take effect 30 October of this year, although with a stern warning accompanying the news that anyone caught possessing illegal arms following said date would be prosecuted in accordance with the Liberian Law; writes R. Karpeh Reeves.

As Iron Ore Deal Gains Public Criticism (Forum)
The Chinese Embassy accredited near the capital city of Monrovia is expected to hold a major press conference soon and declare its government's position regarding the withdrawal of diplomatic ties with Liberia.

US Embassy Empowers Journalists (Forum)
Over one hundred Liberian journalists were proud recipients of mini tape recorders from the Public Affairs Office of the United States Embassy.

It seems like everybody sports a cellphone in Monrovia - even cellphones that have been disconnected due to subscribers' inability to buy scratchcards.
The End of Liberia's Cellular Phone Problem is in Sight!
(By George H. Nubo)
Before I left for Liberia in July, one of the first things I considered was a cell phone. I made sure that I got a phone that could work in the country - and I succeeded. I did not have to purchase a new telephone because my wife's old T-Mobile phone did the trick. The first day after my arrival in Monrovia, I activated the phone and bought a US$15.00 scratch card, assuming that that would solve my communication problem. It didn't. What it did efficiently was to enable me to experience the problems that our brothers and sisters have to go through on a daily basis. On our way back from the Lone Star office in central Monrovia to Paynesville, we stopped in Sinkor at a gas station opposite what used to be Relda, at which time I decided to try my "new" phone. I attempted to call a friend who works at the Elections Commission not knowing that the Commission was just adjacent to my location.

Cllr. Charles W. Brumskine
Another Open Letter To Senator Charles Brumskine
(By: Theodore T. Hodge)
About a fortnight ago, I wrote and published an open letter appealing to you to address an issue raised by one Mr. Emmanuel Munyeneh. The issue at hand was the integrity and professional ethics of another presidential candidate, Dr. Walter Gwenigale. In an article published by The New Democrat, the writer asserted that Dr. Gwenigale had performed questionable surgery on a number of victims of the Liberian civil war -- unnecessarily amputating the limbs of as many as a thousand patients. Regardless of one's political affiliation, this is a very serious allegation that demands substantiation. No response has been forthcoming.

Proposition 12 for Decentralized Governance in Liberia: Power Sharing for Peace and Progress
(A Book Review By Emmanuel T. Dolo, Ph. D)
Decentralization as a fundamental strategy for systemically effecting national reforms and rebuilding post-conflict Liberia is a constructive proposal. There are some strengths of the book that are worth highlighting. It rightfully begins with a critique of the excesses of the imperial presidency and a call for introducing equity amongst the three branches of government. Dorliae is also right in his critique of the political, social and economic hegemony created by the Settler elites, the centralism that they fostered; and the unequal development that such a system engendered. True, the rural sector where indigenous people predominantly reside remains underdeveloped.

Former Vice Presidents Bishop Bennie Warner, Dr. Harry Moniba, Others React to the Postponement of 2005 Elections in Liberia
(By Winsley S. Nanka)
Dr. Amos Sawyer's suggestion reported in the August 26, 2004 edition of The Perspective Magazine that Liberians postpone the October 2005 national elections in Liberia "to allow for putting into place the constitutional changes necessary for good governance to be sustainable in Liberia" is drawing reactions from Liberians in the United States. Dr. Sawyer's suggestion is in support of the book, Proposition 12 For Decentralized Governance In Liberia Power Sharing For Peace And Progress By Yarsuo Weh-Dorliae.

The Bumpy Road to Democracy Continues
(By Theodore T. Hodge)
In a recent article published on this website, "Liberia's Bumpy Road to Democracy: Past and Present", I lamented the unfortunate state of the Liberian nation: The tendency for the citizens to revert to lawlessness willfully. I wrote, "However, what concerns and bothers me is the extent to which the citizens of the new Liberia are willing to flex their newly-discovered political muscles. I guess there is a thin line between demanding political rights in a society and challenging authorities with the intent to destabilize and create chaos. Liberians, in exercising their newly found freedom must be mindful that there are those who would like to see the country descend into chaos so they can capitalize on the ensuing statelessness".

Mrs. Sirleaf Calls for Public Hearing On Budget (The Inquirer)
The need for the Liberian populace to demand for an open hearing on the US$80.million dollars budget presently before the National Transnational Legislative Assembly (NTLA) has been stressed.
Comments on Sawyer and Weh-Dorliae's Postponement of Elections
(By E. Sumo Jones, Sr.)
I read with interest and article on your popular website dated August 26, 2004 under the caption "Dr. Amos Sawyer Calls For The Postponement Of The 2005 National Elections In Liberia." Also, in the same article, I observed that Mr. Weh-Dorliae has recently published a book with the title: Proposition 12 For Decentralized Governance In Liberia Power Sharing For Peace And Progress" who also shares the view expressed by Dr. Sawyer that the 2005 elections be postponed. State of Our Transition to Democracy
(By Gbe Sneh)
In vivid colors we are now seeing what the National Transitional Government of Liberia is all about. We have a lame-duck Executive Branch caught in a strangle hold by the tentacles of a vicious NTLA headed by a Speaker bent on perpetuating disunity and lawlessness. UNMIL remains oblivious to its surroundings.

Dr. Al-Hassan Conteh
The University of Liberia: Priorities for the Transitional Period and Beyond
(By Al-Hassan Conteh, Ph.D., President of the University of Liberia)
In his inaugural address of October 14 2003, Chairman Bryant articulated the NTGL's higher education goal as part of the restoration process of Liberia: "our institutions of higher learning will be crucial. We shall work hard to revive and support the University of Liberia and all other institutions of higher learning." Two important questions pertaining this goal statement are: how to make the University of Liberia relevant to the transitional process, and how to shrink the gaps in the quality of higher education between Liberia (affected by years of civil war) and the rest of the current world of globalization and advanced information technology.

Reaction To "Liberians Are Ungrateful", A Statement Attributed To D. Wah Hne
(By R. Wesley Harmon )
Reference is herewith made to your article of 31st of August instant, culled from The Forum Newspaper, in which D. Wah Hne, Special Assistant to "House Speaker Dweh" berated the Liberian populace for, what he described as "The ungratefulness of the people of Liberia towards their leaders". Mr. Hne went on to say that, "this attitude has contributed to the downward trend of the nation in all of its programs."

NEC Wants 10-year Residency Clause Suspended (The Inquirer)
The National Elections Commission of Liberia(NEC), has recommended to the National Transitional Legislative Assembly, the suspension of the controversial Article 52 of the Liberian constitution which bans presidential aspirants who have not resided in the country ten years prior to the holding of an elections from contesting.

RR Component of DDRR Needs Much Attention (The Inquirer)
UNICEF Executive Director, Carol Bellamy has said if the RR component of the DDRR program is not given much attention, there might be an environment of instability in the country.

NTLA Member Samuel Wilson Chats with The Perspective at his capitol building office in Monrovia
Two Maryland Lawmakers Express Concern (The Inquirer)
Two Maryland County NTLA lawmakers have warned that any attempt to assign law enforcement officers in the county outside of their recommendations, will provoke a mob action by the citizens. Representatives Samuel Wilson and Adolphus Wallace sternly sounded the warning recently at the Capitol, when they hosted a press briefing on issues affecting Maryland County.

LBNM Warns About Fake Nursing Schools (The Inquirer)
The Liberian Board of Nursing & Midwifery {LBNM} has cautioned students desirous of taking up nursing as a profession to enroll at schools that have been duly accredited.

LWSC Strives To Safeguard Water Facilities (The Inquirer)
Management of the Liberia Water and Sewer Corporation(LWSC ) has begun safe guarding its water treatment facilities in leeward counties from permanent dormancy.

Postal Affairs Rescinds Order (The Inquirer)
The Ministry of Post and Telecommunications yesterday back-pedaled on a decision made recently which ordered the Atlantic Wireless (Liberia) Incorporated (AWLI/LiberCell) to cease operation in the country.