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Cuttington's Students
Who Will Lead Liberians to the Promised Land in 2005?
Speech Delivered By Dr. Syrulwa Somah at Cuttington
God didn’t come down from heaven to lead the children of Israel to the Promised Land. Instead He counted on the children of Israel, the men, women, and children of the Hebrew people, led first by Moses, and then by Joshua, to follow His direction to the Promised Land. Today, in Liberia, we need good leaders such as Moses and Joshua to lead us on the path of unity, peace, and reconciliation so we can together rebuild our country. We ought to be tired of being slaves in our own country. It is time that we think long and hard about the kind of life we want for our children and ourselves tomorrow. We have to be firm in our desire to see total peace and stability in Liberia, otherwise we will continue to guess about the kind of life we want to live if we do not work together and choose the best leaders for us.

Nonprofit Organizational Development, Leadership and Responsibility
(A Presentation
by Syrulwa Somah, Ph.D)

I am honored by your invitation to participate in this leadership seminar as a presenter. I have been very busy lately with job and family matters that I almost had a second thought about being here today. But, then, I felt a sudden urge and obligation to be here when I remembered the Bassa proverb, Son dyoa do ni fia gbinnin, which when translated to English means, "A single hand cannot coil a boa constrictor."

Liberia: The Way Forward (Annual Message Delivered by Chairman Gyude Bryant)
Let us first bless the Lord our God for sparing our lives to see this day and being able to assemble in this chamber. I ask that you kindly rise and observe a moment of silence in reverence to our Creator for the blessing of Peace that He has given Liberia and in memory of our citizens who perished during our fratricidal conflict

J. Rudolph Johnson
"For Whom the Bell Tolls"
(A Keynote Address By J. Rudolph Johnson at the Maryland County Association of Liberia National Conference)
Like his contemporaries and kinsmen, bearing such names as Appleton, Bedell, Brownell, Bryant, Collins, Elliott, Langford, Neufville, Shannon, Speare, Wallace, Wilson, and many others too numerous to mention, names my siblings and I often heard around the dinner table, the Old Man did love and cherish his hometown, county, and country, and went to his grave wondering, why in the world people who had dubbed themselves patriotic citizens of Liberia would have taken up arms, drugged little children and used them as soldiers to commit genocide against some 250,000 of their own countrymen; to brutalize and traumatize innocent women, children, and even senior citizens; to loot and decimate the entire socio-economic infrastructure of the country that many had labored so hard to build.

Statement Issued on October 2, 2003, By Jacques Paul Klein on the Paynesville Incident
Yesterday, a serious incident occurred at Paynesville, a suburb of Monrovia, involving a convoy carrying the chairman of Liberians United for Reconciliation and Democracy (LURD), Mr. Sekou Conneh, for a meeting with the President of Liberia. The LURD violated arrangements for its entry into the city, negotiated by ECOMIL prior to its integration into the UN force. ECOMIL was integrated into the UN Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) on 1 October.

Tiawan Gongloe
The Way to Lasting Peace in Liberia
With a peace agreement signed by the warring parties and representatives of the civilian population to end the on-going civil war in Liberia, many Liberians and friends of Liberia are hoping that the guns will be silenced and peace will return to Liberia. The question is whether if peace returns to Liberia as all hope, it will be durable or might just be a recess for another round of violence. It is this debate on whether or not there will be lasting peace in Liberia following the Accra Peace Agreement that I want to make a contribution to this morning.

Cllr. Mohamedu F. Jones
Liberia: Pathways From War to Peace
Why does civil war in Liberia continue? This inquiry presents a fundamental premise on which to formulate any "path towards peace." Multiple peace agreements were signed. Peacekeepers came. Free and fair elections were declared. Constitutional governance resumed. Peacekeepers left. However, peace was definitely not assured. Two years into the term of the Taylor administration, the civil war flared up again - full force. Why did the conflict restart? Could it be that factions were planning to launch a fresh assault all along?

Massa Amelia Washington
Covering Global War on Terrorism Through African and American Lenses
On Friday April 18, 2003, the African Studies Department of the University of Pennsylvania, held a One Day Workshop entitled: "Covering Global War On Terrorism Through African And American Lenses" at its campus in Philadelphia. Ms. Massa Amelia Washington, a Liberian journalist, served as a panelist at the workshop.

The Level Of Poverty And Suffering That Liberians Now Live Under Has Become Unbearable
It was quite traumatic to watch thousands of people walking aimlessly with their few belongings on their heads last week. They were fleeing from the armed attack during the distribution of relief food at the Jahtondo and Wilson Town displaced camps. Out of the crowd, I saw a two-year old child at the Freeport area who had been abandoned by his fleeing mother. He was not only very frightened but also hungry and shabbily dressed. The torn clothes on him were the only ones he owned and he had no shoes on his feet, as he clung to a total stranger.

Photo by Musue N. Haddad
Pam Bridgewater
Neither the Government of Liberia nor the LURD Appear Capable of a Military Victory"
A Statement by the Pamela Bridgewater, US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Africa, at the MDCl's conference on Liberia

A look at the Implications of Abuja Accord on Elections 2003 and the term of office of the current Members of the Liberian Senate as Regards the 2003 Elections
photo by Musue Haddad
Tiawan Gongloe - photo by Musue Haddad
A presentation by Tiawan S. Gongloe at a Symposium organized by The Movement for Democratic Change in Liberia in collaboration with The Ralph Bunche International Affairs Center of Howard University and The Association of Liberian Journalists in the Americas Held at the Nyamburu Cultural Center of the University of Maryland at College Park, Maryland, USA on Friday, February, 28, 2003

Liberia: A "Victim of widespread insecurity and a dysfunctional socio-economic system, fuelled by corruption from top to bottom"
A Made By Cletus Wotorson on Behalf of the Liberian Leadership Conference/Liberian Leadership Forum at the Two-Day Symposium of Liberia's Political Future, College Park, Maryland, USA, on March 1, 2003

Liberia's 2003 Elections-(A Presentation by Cllr. Mohamedu F. Jones)
There are a large number of issues that confront Liberia's ability to hold "good" elections later this year. As it stands today, considering conditions in Liberia, the current government, the present leadership, and the available resources, we must conclude that Liberia is not ready and will not be ready to hold "good" elections in October 2003. However, "good" elections must be held in October 2003. I will offer some suggestions for in this regard at the end of this presentation.

Amb. Blaney
US Ambassador Blaney Says Conditions in Liberia are not Right for Free and Fair Elections
Ambassador John Blaney says conditions in Liberia are not yet right for free and fair elections. Below is the full text of Mr. Blaney's remarks: "The United States is concerned that preparations for the 2003 elections are inadequate and that necessary conditions do not yet exist to permit free and fair elections. For example, the United States and others have repeatedly encouraged the Government of Liberia to get help on election preparations from the United Nations well beyond requests for security-related assistance."

"Taylor is destroying the aspiration, happiness, and hope of our people," Says Charles Brumskine
The evil grip of President Taylor and his government on our country threatens our existence as a people and as a nation-state. Liberia has degenerated from a beacon of hope in Africa to a pariah state.

Political Activities For The Attainment Of Peace And Development In The Mano River Union Basin
Before I proceed any further, please permit me to extend my thanks and appreciation to the organizers of this conference for inviting me to make a presentation on the topic: "POLITICAL ACTIVITIES FOR THE ATTAINMENT OF PEACE AND DEVELOPMENT IN THE MANO RIVER UNION BASIN."

“In the Wake of Rebels Attack on Liberia... By bringing together Liberians from diverse political persuasions and different schools of thought, men who obviously stand fundamentally on different political divides regarding their understanding of the general state of affairs in Liberia, vi-sa-vi what they consider in terms of what constitutes the national interest of Liberia, is the right step in the right direction.

Testimony on the State of Emergency, Sanctions and Arms Embargo
Last year the United Nations Security Council imposed sanctions, including arms embargo, on Liberia for that country's role in supporting the RUF rebels in Sierra Leone. Counselor Tiawon Gongloe was recently invited by the Liberian Senate to give his opinion on the sanctions, arms embargo, and the state of emergency imposed by Charles Taylor on February 8 in that West African nation.

Issues of Liberia's Ethnic Relationships
They are issues that are built into those peculiar Liberian code words: "Country," "Congo," "Native," "Americo" - and all that these words conjure up in our minds. Remember, the Liberian civil war was prolonged and sustained primarily as an ethnic war; the most depraved acts took place in the context of ethnic animus. Today, we continue to run the risk that ethnic discord may lead to deep, prolonged and even more destructible inter ethnic conflicts in the country – struggles that could last far into the future.

The Legacy That Was The Episcopal School
The sojourn through these schools was a tedious, and at the same time a very memorable and rewarding one; especially for those who made it through, in spite of sometimes seeming insurmountable difficulties. For some of us, this journey began from Bendaja or Mambo, to Mbaloma (these three once called the Episcopal Village Schools), on to Bethany or St. John's for the final lap. Along these pathways some of us encountered or came under the tutelage of such men and women as A. Tamu Diggs of Mambo, T. Bai Sherman, James Kin Freeman, Peter K. Sherman (all of sainted memory), and J. Bai Paasewe of Bendaja; also at Mbaloma were T. Bai Sherman, Arthur B. Abdullai, the Rev. C. Kei Kandakal (the only one alive today) and S. Momolu Kiawu (deceased) whom we also met later at EES, Bethany.

Consolidating a Democratic Political Culture in Liberia Towards 2003 Elections - Prospects and Challenges of the Liberian Media
Before I proceed any further, permit me to express gratitude to the Press Union of Liberia (PUL) for inviting me, not only to witness but to also participate in activities marking the 37th Anniversary of the Union. I do not know what were the considerations that led to my selection, amongst, so many more important personalities in this country to make a presentation on this memorable day in the life of the PUL. However, there is something unique about this occasion that I must point out before going any further.

Liberia Deserves A Fresh Start
In December 1889, Edward Wilmot Blyden was the first Liberian statesman to visit this City. A Pan-Negro Patriot, he visited Jacksonville as a traveling agent of the American Colonization Society to publicize the fact that the Society was still active and to collect subscriptions on its behalf. He was on a mission to recruit blacks to return to Africa and help build Liberia a new home for all Africans, the first black republic.

The Relationship we Shared in the Past
How many of you here tonight, remember the 1960s! For example, in the early 1960s, there was a popular song entitled, "You Too Late, You Lost Your Chance". I cannot recall the group or artist that composed the song. "You Too Late" and "Hit The Road Jack, Don't Come Back No More" were two of the most popular songs of that period. Somehow, both songs were significant in that they communicated particular messages to our generation. Those messages were about Relationship and Direction. But there was another kind of message we got from "You Too Late". It was a warning to keep out of the streets after mid-night. After mid-night Heartmen, loosely referred to as Hidemen roam the streets of Monrovia in search of human parts for their clients or for themselves

Lawyers as Guardians of Civil Society and Perfectors of Democracy
It is a truism that the legal profession is considered the first among all professions. Men and women who find themselves in this profession are regarded as people of sound reasoning powers and judgement. Lawyers are the cream and conscience of human society. That is why when lawyers speak, people think twice.

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