LIBERIANS ARE WARY OF FALSE PROMISES

"MONROVIA, Liberia —. In the absence of a comprehensive response from an opposition political party or civil society group, this op-ed is meant to fill that void and provide a response on behalf of millions of Liberians who are voiceless and are hurting. State of the Nation address

 

PRESIDENT WEAH TAKES OATH IN PEACEFUL TRANSITION

BBC - George Weah Sworn in as Liberia's 24th Presiden

 

Read President George Weah full inaugural speech

Read President George Weah full inaugural speech


Former World, Europre and Africa best footballer is elected President of Liberia

"MONROVIA, Liberia — For decades, Liberia has waited through war and strongmen for a peaceful democratic transfer of power. On Thursday, as the last ballots in a presidential election were being tallied, that appeared to be on the verge of happening." -NY Times

 

Liberians are yet to elect a true greAt president

Liberia's past and current Liberian political class are in a league of extraordinary underachievers. For 170 years since independence, the nation's despite its early gains after independence in 1847, today lag's behind in all key areas of education, healthcare, economic empowermentt and its people are amongst the poorest in the world.

 

Liberia's leaders have been incapable of digesting lessons from mistakes made by past presidents, or they are simply too greedy and forgots the oath of office when they take power.

170 years after independence, the Liberian political class has failed to build a nation that caters to the socioeconomic development needs its citizens. Instead, every President and government since independence, have treated their citizenswith contempt, yet they come seeking vote every election season.  Read more...

 

Liberians Deserve an Honest Living

This op-ed was written as a response to Samuel P. Jackson’s opinion piece, “U.S. undermines democracy and stability in fragile postwar Liberia.”  Mr. Jackson’s op-ed was a well written “mea culpa” on behalf of his progressives’ clique. It sounded more like a remorse for the failure of the Progressives to transform Liberia when they were given the chance to do right by their people. Enough with the rhetoric!  Read more...

Dr. Tipoteh accused of being on the wrong side of history

Liberia's Main Opposition calls for expansion of corruption Probe

Liberia’s main opposition party, Congress for Democratic Change (CDC), is calling on all officials implicated in the ongoing alleged corruption scandal to recuse themselves from their current positions while the prosecutorial process takes place.  Read more...

 

UN Secretary General tackles Youth Empowerment

is Johnson-Sirleaf's presidential task-force a dishonest scheme?

The presidential task-force set up by President Sirleaf to investigate an allegation of bribery in the Sable Mining case may be a diversionary tactic and a public relation stunt. Madam Sirleaf has a cunning way of deceiving international donors, whenever there is a scandalous report of corruption in her government. When one closely follows the manner in which President Sirleaf had dealt with prior corruption cases, one would realize that this president is lackadaisical in dealing with corrupt cronies. Read more...
Liberian officials cited for corruption


Liberians must Unite against the "Sirleaf Dynasty"

Madam Sirleaf has shown time and again her unwillingness and indifference to prosecute government officials and cronies who have been implicated in corrupt practices, despite overwhelming evidence from audit reports and sometimes from the very task forces she sets up whenever acts of corruption are discovered happening right under her nose. Read more...

 

Global Witness exposes Bribes to officials

Global Witness exposé has uncovered over US$950,000 in bribes and other suspicious payments by UK mining firm Sable Mining and its Liberian lawyer, Varney Sherman. Responding to Global Witness’ findings, the government has pledged to investigate and hold those culpable to account. Read more...

 

Winning the war on Corruption

Liberia is on the rise and the people are more and more aware today of government workings than any time in the nation’s 169 year history. Winning the war on corruption must be treated as a national security issue to address the ticking time bomb of discontent and apathy amongst citizens. Read more...

 

Slave Mentality Hampers Development

Freedom to lead a happy life is the most wonderful thing God created (for believers of freedom like myself) and gave it abundantly to every living organism upon the face of the universe, without regard to geographical, social-political, scientific, or racial classification. Read more...

 

Liberian Government Wasteful diplomacy

It baffles us that Liberia with its limited resources continue to allocated millions of dollars it does not have just to maintain operations of diplomatic mission abroad. It is time for the Government to Consider Cutting Costs, Reducing expenses on Foreign missions abroad.

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Liberian War criminal arrested in US

A Liberian national residing in Philadelphia, who participated in his national brutal civil war, is “accused of committing or ordering such atrocities as the public raping and sexual enslavement of women and murdering children. He was living in East Lansdowne. Read more...

 

It’s Time to End Impunity in Liberia

Pursuant to the Powers and Authority of the TRC as enshrined in Article VII Section 26(a) (b) (c) (d) (e) of the TRC Act of 2005 to address issues of impunity and to ensure accountability for violations of human rights during the period 1979 - 2003, the TRC recommended 49 individuals including Madam Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, for debarment from holding public offices in Liberia for 30 years and other possible criminal prosecution by a specialized war crime court. Read more.

Liberia's alleged war criminals
Lofa Federation UrgeD to renew Focus

The Federation of Lofa Associations in the Americas (FLAA) keynote speaker urged he Leadership of the Federation to renew its mission through Leadership development, strategy planning, Board Leadership, participation of members, and bringing young people on-board into the Federation.. Read more.


REFORM, REDRESS AND RECONCILIATION ARE KEY TO MOVING lIBERIA FORWARd

We must never revert to a military coup d’état as we’ve done in the past, for conflict breads more chaos and suffering. We must commit ourselves to ensuring that we engender a Liberia, where there is rule of law; where everyone gets a fair shot of opportunities and share in the resources; and where we educate new generations to put nation above tribe or ethnic group... Read more...

Lofa Federation UrgeD to renew Focus

The Federation of Lofa Associations in the Americas (FLAA) keynote speaker urged he Leadership of the Federation to renew its mission through Leadership development, strategy planning, Board Leadership, participation of members, and bringing young people on-board into the Federation.. Read more.


Liberian Ambassador to Grace Lofa Federation 25th National Convention

As per its constitutional obligation, The Federation of Lofa Associations in the Americas (FLAA) assembles annually at a designated venue to review its past operations and chart a new course of action for the future. It is also an opportunity for the Federation to undertake fundraising activities to support its programs... Read more.

Obama-Solunteh


Emotions run high at Barway's funeral

Total indignations and cries for justice for little Barway Collins, murdered here a month ago, Saturday,  filled the air while some collapsed as funeral rites took place over the deceased’s remains with thousands of people from all walks of life in full attendance at the Shiloh Temple in Minneapolis, Minnesota... Read more...

Barway Collins funeral


murdered Teen's last gift to mother

Majority of African teenagers who are lucky to make it to the US never bothered to call back home and greet parents left behind after the first few months. Never even mention kids as young as 5 year-olds; they are just too young to keep a better memory of closed relatives, including their biological parents... Read more...

Barway's gift to mom


REFORM, REDRESS AND RECONCILIATION ARE KEY TO MOVING lIBERIA FORWARd

We must never revert to a military coup d’état as we’ve done in the past, for conflict breads more chaos and suffering. We must commit ourselves to ensuring that we engender a Liberia, where there is rule of law; where everyone gets a fair shot of opportunities and share in the resources; and where we educate new generations to put nation above tribe or ethnic group... Read more...


BArway's murder was not ritualistic killing

In Liberia, and perhaps the whole of Africa, where people generally regard community elders (including clerics) as supreme leaders, it is a cultural thing to have village or town’s elders go to the authorities and plea for mercy on behalf of someone who is in violation of essential cultural norms of the land; this includes felony, among other lesser crimes... Read more...

Kids mourn Barway

Barway search party

 

Emotions run high as mourners attend memorial service for BArway Collins

Emotions ran high along the banks of the Mississippi River where hundreds marched to throw roses and balloons into the river and to say goodbye to Barway at least for now. To get to the river, they used two narrowed bush paths, one of which is believed to have been used by the killer to dump Barway’s body... Read more...

Barway Collins memorial

Barway Collins memorial

The Search for BArway, What was it like?

As sympathizers for  the victim gather today for the remembrance of this innocent lost soul, this correspondent thought it is necessary to take a quick view at what the search for little Barway was like particularly on the last day, Saturday April 11th before the teen’s body was found in the Mississippi River. I had teamed up with the Brooklyn Center searched team, the same group Pierre Collins and wife Yamah Collins joined... Read more...

The search for Barway

The search for Barway2


Body identified as Missing Liberian Boy

Hennepin County and Crystal Police here appear to be closed to cracking the mysteries surrounding the missing Liberian 10 year-old boy as law enforcement medical examiners try to find out whether or not the body of a teenager found along the Mississippi River, near Minneapolis, Minn., last evening could be that of Barway Collins who has been missing for weeks... Read more...

 

Minnesota-Liberian Community mourns

Since the country emerged from the ashes of a brutal African war more than a decade ago, many Liberians back home continue to find themselves at loggerheads with their brethren living overseas often as a result of betrayal by some who lure relatives residing places such as the United states and Europe, into wiring them money with promises to build decent homes for them but would instead divert such funding into their personal use... Read more...

 

FEderation of Lofa Associations seek peace

To the citizens of Lofa County, particularly within the Zorzor and Fisebu areas, we are craving your indulgence in exercising restrain at this time to give the government an opportunity to conduct its investigation and subsequently release its findings for a peaceful resolution of the situation.  Please note that the people of Lofa County deserve peace, and going forward we want to make sure that all citizens co-exist in tranquility and fraternal love... Read more...

 

Residents deny massacre claim; press must not cover-up war crimes-II

To many Liberians and foreign friends who encountered NPFL rebels during the war (writer included) this sounds surreal, knowing that rebels belonging to NPFL largely carried out targeted killings of unarmed civilians due to ethnic affiliations and other unclear reasons, just as other factions. Yes, one could even raise a hypothetical argument and suggest that “Gen. Martina Johnson,” as she was popularly known everywhere, acted as a “Good Samaritan” and often rescued civilians and as well as spared lives of surrendered Krahn AFL soldiers caught at the battlefronts, an act according to unconfirmed rumors Prince Johnson’s INPFL former chief of staff... Read more...

Martina Johnson

Former rebel general, Martina Johnson

press must not cover-up war crimes

Except that one was written presumably by an independent daily, and the other by a freelance writer who holds tribal affiliation to one of the war crimes suspects, the objective for both stories are clear in the story contents-they set out to defend the two former hardcore rebel commanders against acts of “War crimes” for which the two have been separately indicted and are awaiting trials. And just by coincident, the Inquirer-Konneh stories also exhibit striking similarities in many forms.. Read more...

American Nuns Killed in Liberia

American Nuns who were murdered during Liberia's brutal civil war


Ethnic violence in Lofa leaves unanswered questions

The magnitude of the referenced news story requires seasoned journalists, reporters who have homicide-court reporting as their beats. Indeed, in some cases like in the Zorzor situation, the editor might want to even dispatch two reporters (one experienced, and the other, a beginner, for learning processes), most likely from none of the contending ethnic groups (Lorma-Mandingo), to the scene to report or do a follow-up in the aftermath of the chaos. Such is only meant to maximize objectivity. Read more...

 

Kai Toteh, Liberia Based US Trained Freelance Journalist, Author, is no more

Kai Toteh, a US trained journalist who worked in the United States for many years as freelance writer is reported to have passed away about two weeks ago on February 17th at his Brewerville residence located in a suburb of Monrovia. Read more...

Kai Toteh

Toteh's book

 

Liberia re-opens borders

Liberia's war against the deadly Ebola Virus is nearning an end as government opens borders with neigboring countries. Despite recent gains, post-Ebola programs are needed to help communities recover and rebuild. Read more...


race against time to curb Ebola

Monrovia: - Several new deaths have been reported across various counties that have been impacted by the Ebola outbreak and around Monrovia. Neighboring Guinea and Sierra Leone also reported new cases and deaths this week. The mood of the Liberian nation is a mix of confusion and quiet-panic. Read more...

National Symbols Project, a good for nothing exercise

The review of Liberia’s National Symbols is nothing new. For example on July 22, 1974, the Liberian National Legislature enacted an Act authorizing the late President William Richard Tolbert, Jr. to set up a commission to address the issue of Liberia’s National Symbols. Read more...

 

Liberian History 101: The Man Called D. Twe

Among all of the stories Sergeant Moore told us, the two that had lasting impact on me were the stories about Welleh Didwho Twe (1879-1961) and Plenyono Gbe Wolo (1883-1940), the son of the Paramount Chief Gbe. Read more...

Liberian Government failed to address the Issue of salary Disparity

The underling was instructed to change the conversation diabolically, in an arrogant and capricious manner. Jerolinmek PIAH’s silly cut and paste narrative is diversion, diversion, and diversion.. Read more...

a tale of two peoples - a rejoinder

Settlers, Aborigines, Natives, Indigenous, Country people, Americo-Liberians, African Liberians, Congoes, Civilized and Uncivilized are words we cannot erase from our history. They are historical facts! They will forever remain part of the Liberian debate/discourse. Read more...

Salary REgime Promotes corruption

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Corruption poses risks to political legitimacy and stability in fragile and weak administrations, including bad and poor governance countries. There is an urgent need for the international community, donor partners and foreign aid agencies to prioritize corrective action on corruption in fragile nation-states and instable administrations.t." Read more...

Me, Myself and I syndrome

"When you control a man's thinking, you do not have to worry about his actions. You do not have to tell him not to stand here or go yonder. He will find his place and will stay in it." Read more...

ULAA Puts its eggs in one basket

The current leadership of ULAA has grossly failed to have its priorities together. It “puts all of its eggs in one basket”. The leadership is so obsessed with this Dual Citizenship thing that it is paying deaf ear to the current mismanagement of our nation’s resources by individuals who do not care for the ordinary people. Read more...

UN COmmends Liberian Police

As the world celebrates the International Day of Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action on 4 April, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General in Liberia, Karin Landgren, has commended the progress being made in building the capacity of the Liberia National Police (LNP) and the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL) in handling Explosive Remnants of War (ERW). Read more...

Alaric Tokpa's political struggle


During the period Liberia was ruled by military decrees, even the safety of the relatives and friends of those who were under detention as “political prisoners” were often in jeopardy. This period saw the frequent disappearances of family members of detained government opponents, including politicians. Read more...

Press Freedom under threat in Liberia

According to a report from Monrovia, plain clothes officers from the National Security Agency (NSA) headed by Fomba Sirleaf, the son of President Sirleaf showed up at Henry Costa’s office on Ashmun Street to issue him a Writ of Arrest on charges of “Terroristic Threats, Menacing and Criminal Coercion. Read more...

war criminals New cyber frontlines, pt.3

Alhaji Koroma
A man of God said something during a radio program recently and it made lots of sense. He said, “Our attitudes and utterances [writings] can serve as proof of who we are inside and outside.” This is certainly true and for us who write, people can clearly know us better (inside and outside) through our thoughts, and need no further introduction. Read more...

war criminals New cyber frontlines, II

It is interesting altogether how the former warlord Aide has over the years transformed his TOOLS OF WAR [the guns] into those of COMPUTER KEYBOARDS. Discussing the war with the elusive Dolleh in order to know why he acted the way he did during the conflicts was of paramount interest to me as war victim. Read more...

war criminals New cyber frontlines

A decade and half old brutal war that left nearly 300,000 dead and ruined whatever infrastructures left of the economic-deprived West African nation of Liberia, no doubt created deep mistrust and hatred between key war-actors and their victims now living abroad, mainly, the United States. Even though the bloodbath ended more than a decade ago, however, the war of words continues, this time not in Liberia itself, but in cyberspace. Read more...
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Liberian Men march against violence

 “Violence against women, violence against our mothers and sisters has reached an unacceptable level and we all must join efforts to put this to an end,” says Oniel Bestman, one of many men who participated in the One Billion Rising for Justice Campaign in Monrovia.
It was a sunny Friday afternoon. Read more...

Modern eye center to be established soon

LVPEI delegation meets with President Sirleaf during a courtesy call. Also present were JFK officials, Dr. Wvanne Mae Scott-McDonald and Dr. Billy Johnson Gullapalli N. Rao and the partnership with the LV Prasad Eye Institute (LVPEI) of Hyderabad, India, is well on course, and a modern ophthalmological center will soon be established in Liberia. Read more...

China Union refuses to honor Labor Ministry’s ruling

The Ministry of Labor’s ruling for the reinstatement or settlement of $US3, 450 to Mr. Nyumah Saah has been ignored by authorities at China Union. Mr. Saah, who walked into INSIGHT offices yesterday to share a copy of the ruling, said he decided to come public because his right has been trampled, and Labor Ministry is not doing anything to enforce its ruling. Read more...

The review of our national symbols must be now

Many Liberian historians and scholars continue to argue about who were present on the flag committee and who were not present. Others are arguing about the description of the flag. The fact of the matter is, [the] Liberian flag is foreign and is a complete plagiarism, which is the result of lack of ingenuity on the part of the designers and their facilitators. Read more...

Africa’s billionaire meets with Pres. Sirleaf

Africa’s richest man, billionaire Alhaji Aliko Dangote, paid a courtesy call, Thursday, on President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf at her Foreign Ministry Office, where he briefed her on the progress of his investment in Liberia. Read more...

China Union set for first ore shipment

One of Liberia’s largest investments in the extractive sector, China Union is set to make its first shipment from Bong Mines of about 500,000 tons of iron ore through its newly constructed pier at the Freeport of Monrovia, Bushrod Island. Read more...

Liberian children are on their own in the streets

Liberian Children selling in the streets
According to an official report, 59 percent of Liberia’s population comprises children ages 10 and 15, and most of these children take on responsibilities of breadwinners. While some sell in the streets and others beg and prostitute, a local NGO said in its mission statement.  . Read more...

Africa’s billionaire meets with Pres. Sirleaf

Africa’s richest man, billionaire Alhaji Aliko Dangote, paid a courtesy call, Thursday, on President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf at her Foreign Ministry Office, where he briefed her on the progress of his investment in Liberia. Read more...

Southern Liberia gets HIV coordinating structure

The multi-sector approach incorporates all sectors in addition to the health sector to address issues related to HIV and AIDS. The workshops bring together a cross section of 40 participants from each county. Read more...


Liberia’s President State of the Nation Address was Deceptive

Ellen Sirleaf speaks at State of the Nation

The speech that lasted for more than two hours finally ended followed by massive criticisms. Almost everyone reacted to the speech in the negative, saying the speech was a mere rhetoric and the same old song; almost everything in the speech was said before but no results. Read more...

Why Peace ContinueS to Elude Liberia?

As we go along , we must also look at two concepts from a local Liberian compendium of indigenous knowledge systems: (1) “kpɛ” (bitter aftertaste)  and  (2)” kpɔ̃tɔ̃”(lingering residual of animosity). Read more...

Press Union concern over Justice Minster suspension

PUL

The Press Union of Liberia said it is troubled by recent actions by the Supreme Court of Liberia against Justice Minister Christiana Tah and Cllr Beyan Howard for their role in the compassionate release of journalist Rodney Sieh.  Read more...

US$220m for Mount Coffee Hydro repair

Mount Coffe Hydro
The Project Director of the Mount Coffee Project Implementation Unit (PIU), Randal Enns, has put the cost of rehabilitating the damaged power plant at US$220 million.  Read more...

Opposition leader, Fayiah Gbollie Killers still on the run

It is more than a month since the murder and police assurance to conduct a speedy investigation has yet to produce any results. Up to this date we have not heard a word from the investigators.  Read more...

“Guard conscience of integrity”

The Country Director of the United Nations Development Program in Liberia has commended the Liberian Government for efforts made to establish the Liberia Independent Information Commission.  Read more...

Liberian Government Officials accused of drug dealing

Speaking in Monrovia Monday, January 6, 2014, the Montserrado County lawmaker accused Police Director Chris Massaquoi and National Security Agency boss, Fomah Sirleaf and others in the security apparatus of being involved in the use and sales of drugs in Liberia..”  Read more...

91.5% public primary students are over age

Statistics produced by the Ministry of Education (MOE) shows that 91.5 percent of all students at the public primary level in the country are overage.  Read more...
Liberian over-age students

Liberia's Education Crisis...

The stark reality is that our education system is in freefall and we need to examine and address the causes that underlie this crisis. Sen writes that “in a society where so much depends on the written medium, being illiterate is like being imprisoned, and school education opens a door thorough which people can escape incarceration.”  Read more...

Voice of Liberia season's greetings

New GEorgiA Gulf road gets facelift

The residents of New Georgia, Gulf on the outskirt of Gardnersville have lauded Mr. John B.S. Davis III, President of Liberia Bank for Development and Investment (LBDI) and his wife for singlehandedly reconditioning their road. The road, though has no name, connects Gulf residents to the New Georgia Estate. Read more...

Demolition work starts on Somalia Drive

Ahead of the 2014 Somalia Drive road reconstruction and expansion by the government of Japan, the government of Liberia has started demolishing structures in close proximity to the road. Read more...

Musue Hadad, a FAllen Hero! A special tribute..."

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Anti-Rape Walk planned in Monrovia

The Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity (Eta Epsilon Lambda Chapter), in collaboration with the Ministry of Gender Development and with support from Cellcom Telecommunications will on Monday, December 9, 2013 Presents: Men Against Rape and Gender Based Violence in Liberia "NO MEANS NO/REAL MEN DON'T RAPE" A National Awareness Campaign. Read more...

Fisheries End Sensitization Workshop

A three day sensitization workshop on the operational guide of the Sub Regional Fisheries Commission (SRFC) to facilitate the implementation of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) 2010 Agreement on Port State Measures to prevent, deter and eliminate illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing activities in Liberia ended Thursday December 5, at the Ministry of Agriculture in Gardnerville. Read more...

Ten reportedly dieD of rape in nine months

Young protesters display coffins against rape
The children who paraded the symbolic coffins sought to draw the attention of the public on the dangers of rape. The parade was part of activities marking the 16 days of activism against gender-based violence (GBV). Read more...


Criminal Court C’s order against media is an attempt to suppress information from the people

The court has the right to give order prohibiting any information from any form of dissemination but must state why. Failure to do so, the court’s order shall be considered arbitrary and a censorship. Read more...

President Sirleaf blasts gov't teachers; describes their action as total nonsense

The President who angrily addressed the teachers after a brief meeting with authorities of the Ministry of Education in Sinkor said that their (government teachers) salaries will be paid, but they will never be reinstated or teach in any of the public schools around the country. Read more...

Banking in rural Liberia Risky

Mr. John B. S. Davis, III President of the Liberia Bank for Development and Investment (LBDI) says banking outside Montserrado was a critical choice to make in face of existing challenges being addressed by Central Government. Read more...

Patriots Alliance of Liberia wants reform policy for civil servants removed

Patriot Alliance of Liberia, in a press release yesterday is calling on the Civil Service Agency to remove the reform policy because it is not in the interest of civil servants. The Director General, Hon. George Wonder has decided to re-implement the civil servant reform policy, but the reform policy does not seek to increase servants’ salaries, the release signed Patriots Alliance of Liberia Executive Director Korva M. Jorgbor, said. Read more...

“Seven out of the 18 Grand Gedeans in jail are getting blind"

A group calling itself, Concerned Citizens of Grand Gedeh County says seven of the 18 men from Grand Gedeh who are currently behind bars at the Monrovia Central Prison are going blind. Augustine P. Jolo, Chairman of the group said their kinsmen are presently on hunger strike for the past days now due to their condition. Read more...

Ordinary Liberians are resilient

Going on their daily hustles in the morning, not sure how the day will be, ordinary Liberians get on “Yellow Bus” or “Killer Bean” - used school buses once used in the U.S., and conduct praise and worship in unison and with conviction and smiles and pay offerings through the leader, whom they referred to as pastor who leads the on-wheel praise and worship. Read more...

Liberian Govt. moves to stabilize exchange rate

In the wake of the staggering exchange rate between the Liberian dollar and the United States dollar, the Ministry of Finance and the Central Bank of Liberia have adopted a number of short and long term measures to mitigate the problem and bring relief to the population, Finance Minister Amara Konneh has disclosed in Monrovia. Read more...

University of Liberia Faculty Protest Provost

Amid students’ protests against perceived lapses within the University of Liberia (UL) administration, faculty of the institution has threatened to lay down their chalks if the Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost, Dr. Wade Elliott Brownell, don’t resign. Read more...

Irish Aid, WASH Consortium launch Euros 1.1m Project

The Liberia WASH Consortium with support from Irish Aid has launched a Euros 1.1 million project targeting increase support to WASH activities in five counties. The Liberia WASH Consortium is an assembly of local and international organizations working in the Water, sanitation and hygiene sector in the country. Read more...

Konobo, Grand Gedeh gets new cell tower

The town of Konobo in Grand Gedeh County came alive over the weekend as Cellcom launched the first telecommunications network in that part of the country for the first time in close to a decade. Hundreds of residents from the district were joined by dignitaries and representatives from partner organizations at the launching and ribbon cutting ceremony held on Friday, November 15, 2013. Read more...

Liberia International airport catches fire

RIA

Liberia’s only international airport, the Roberts International Airport (RIA) in Margibi County late evening gutted fire, a local television station reported. Liberia television giant, Power TV reported in its 9p.m. news Monday that the airport’s personnel and accounts departments were affected by the fire but no major damage has been reported thus far. Read more...

Calls to Modernize the LIberiaN Legislature

Participants at a one-day Policy Dialogue in Monrovia called for the immediate re-engagement of the modernization of the Liberian Legislature, if that august body is to function efficiently, and be seen as credible and transparent. The modernization of the Liberian Legislature was initiated a few years ago, but came to a halt a few years later because of several reasons. The Donor partners are willing to re-engage in the modernization process. Read more...

Women network frowns on FGM, early marriage

The Women of Liberia Peace Network (WOLPNET) has described the practice of female genital mutilation (FGM) in Liberia, as unacceptable and should be abolished. “These practices contravene international laws like the African Union (AU) Protocol and CEDAW, to which Liberia is a signatory,” the organization said. Read more...

E.J. Roye BUilding ordered closed

The historic Edward J. Roye building situated on the western end of Ashmun Street was yesterday closed to the public by the General Services Agency (GSA) for possible renovation. According to Mr. Edward Fahnbulleh, one of the supervisors on the scene yesterday told reporters that they were mandated to close the building by hierarchy of the GSA.. Read more...

Motorcycle Taxis Ban is holding

Passengers wait for buses

Major streets of Monrovia, including Somalia Drive which begins from Freeport to Red Light and from Central Monrovia to Red Light, were completely cleared of motorcyclists without an incident. In an effort to preempt potential threats by disgruntle elements, Police carried out vigorous patrols in streets that motorcyclists were forbidden from using. Read more...

Sinoe Citizens reached agreement

The citizens of Tarjuowon Statutory District in Sinoe County have signed a social agreement with Golden Veroleum Liberia in Unification City Saturday, November 9, 2013. Under the agreement, Golden Veroleum (GVL) Liberia will construct schools, clinics, hand pumps, build houses, rehabilitate roads, fund adult literacy schools and give preference to citizens of Tarjuowon for employment opportunities in the area. Read more...

Motorcyclists Banned from plying Monrovia's main streets

Motorcyclists in Monrovia

The banning of motorcycles plying the main streets of Monrovia has received mixed reactions from pedestrians who now anticipate delays in their commuting time. “There is always some form of traffic in this city and the motorcycles have been an extreme help in getting to places on time. Now they are being pushed out of the city; the push pull for cars on Broad Street just got tougher,” Mrs. Valerie Berry a car owner stated. Read more...

Chicken Soup Factory’s accident prompts gunfire

Burned Bus

According to motorcyclists’ account backed by some eyewitnesses in the area, the driver of the yellow bus deliberately hit the motorcyclist, killing him on the spot, but other eyewitnesses differed with the account, saying that it was a taxicab coming from an opposite direction (from Down Town Monrovia toward Red Light) that hit the motorbike rider onto the yellow bus that was heading to town. Read more...

Attempted US$35,000 theft bounces at MoF

Six individuals have been arrested and charged with theft of property in connection with a stolen blank check and subsequent attempt to steal over US$35,000 from the Ministry of Finance’s operations account at the Central Bank of Liberia. Read more...

Liberia Defense Chief Sues Opposition Youth Leader

Brownie Samukai (on left)

Defense Minister Brownie Samukai has filed a lawsuit with the Sixth Judicial Circuit Court alleging that Mr. Jefferson Koiji, youth wing chairman for the opposition Congress for Democratic Change party for defamation. Samukai said Koiji defamed him after Koiji alleged that he, Samukai was one of those who plotted to assassinate President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf upon her arrival at the Robert International Airport. Read more...

New Georgia Community Water Source Contaminated

Broken handpump

More than five thousand residents in the New Georgia Gulf One Community area were shocked Wednesday afternoon, when they found human feces in the well they use daily for washing, bathing, cooking and other usages apart from drinking, after their lone hand pump broke weeks ago. There is no suspect and no police report made up to press time. Read more...

Residents terrified by fallen light pole

LEC fallen light pole

The residents, who refused to call their names for reason best known to them, said the pole fell early morning yesterday during which time they were still in bed. The cause of the tumble is due to corrosion owing to decades of lack of maintenance or replacement by the LEC. Read more...

Journalist Sieh under house arrest

Journalist Sieh was on October 7, 2013 granted a compassionate release by the MoJ for a period of 30 days and ordered not to leave the city of Monrovia without first seeking permission from Assistant Justice Minister for the Bureau of Corrections and Rehabilitation. Read more...

Danish Timber Giants caught illegally exporting Liberian timber to Europe

Liberia's illegal timber trail

Danish timber giant Dalhoff Larsen and Horneman (DLH) purchased illegal timber worth more than three hundred million US dollars from Liberia in 2012, Global Witness revealed today. One of the world's leading international timber and wood product wholesalers, the company previously bought conflict timber financing the government of recently convicted war criminal Charles Taylor during the country’s brutal civil war. Read more...

Remembering Five American Nuns Killed in Liberia’s Civil War

“They called themselves freedom fighters, but they killed innocent people; we pray for those liars”. These were the words of the late Roman Catholic Archbishop, Michael Kpakala Francis, expressing his remorse and antipathy surrounding the horrific killing of five catholic nuns at the evil hands of war criminals who maimed, raped, and murdered more than 250, 000 innocent Liberians and foreign nationals during Liberia’s 14-year civil war. Read more...

Ivorian Refugees return home

With the dry season setting in, the United Nations High Commission (UNHCR) has succeed in repatriating some four hundred eighty-nine Ivoirians who sought refuge in Liberia during hostilities in their country in 2010 and 2011 respectively. Read more...

Africa's post-colonialism woes

The emancipation of Africa from colonial rule was immediately trailed by dictatorial rules, which over the years proved to be a replica or even worse than colonialism. First, the liberators of Africa began posing themselves as the masters, kings, and monopoly of knowledge, and hence, declaring themselves directly or indirectly for life time rules. Read more...

More Liberians protest in Minnesota

Jowlo

Few weeks from now, little Jowlo, born of immigrant Liberian family in the US, will celebrate her ninth birthday. Though she may not know the brutal history of Liberia, the country from which her parents originated, but there is one thing Jowlo knows for sure about Liberia, plus a few familiar names associated with it. Corruption!! Read more...

Government of Liberia is not serious about Democracy

Taiwon Gongloe

“Nobody should be arrested in this country for using the democratic space in a manner that is opposed to the Government view. That is what is called democracy. Our test of commitment of democracy is to tolerate opposing views,” Cllr. Gongloe said. Read more...

Liberian Government Arrest Protesters

It has been reported in Monrovia that dozens of people were arrested the day of President Sirleaf’s arrival. On Tuesday, October 8, 2013, the group of young men who were riding around Monrovia, in pickup trucks and playing “Monkey come down” music and calling on Liberians to go out on Wednesday to call for the President’s resignation werr arrested by the Liberian National Police. Read more...

Acid Victim Cries for help

An officer of the Plantation Protection Department (PPD) for the Firestone Robber company operating in Liberia has allegedly being accused of wasting acid on resident of the plantation.
According to Mr. Emmanuel Kollie who is a direct victim said the Firestone Plantation protection Division PPD Officer wanted to kill him. Read more...

U.S. Ambassador in Liberia puts foot in mouth

Ambassador Malac

The ambassador’s statement is not a surprise to many Liberians who have been following U.S. foreign policy in Liberia relative to democracy, which includes freedom of speech, press, movement and so forth. U.S. officials have always implied that Liberians don’t need or deserve the level of freedom the people of United States have and enjoy—meaning that the detention of Liberian journalists for no substantial reason is good enough and must be considered one of the free press in Liberia. Read more...

Tension Breeds on Ellen Arrival

Ellen Johson Sirleaf

Having received protest from several Liberians in that part of the globe, coupled with a state visit in Costa Rica, President Sirleaf is expected to return to Liberia today in the amid tension and angers by cross-section of Liberians calling themselves “Ellen-step-down campaigners.”
On the other hand, supporters of the Liberian Leader have also organized themselves to assemble from the Robert International Airport in Margibi, up to the Capital Monrovia to give Africa ‘Iron Lady’ is a warm welcome. Read more...

Blind Faith: Supporters of Ellen and the Unity Party Government of Liberia

Ellen in meeting with ULAA

All of this has to do with “Blind Faith in Man” - another human being. In a nutshell “Blind Faith in Man” is defined as belief without true understanding, perception, or discrimination. If I may add, it is like a blindfolded person walking towards moving traffic without the common sense to know that danger lies ahead. Read more...

future of Liberian children compromised

Liberian Children

According to investigation, there are two basic reasons public schools are overcrowded. The population of young people in Monrovia is enormous, and there is a small number of public schools in Monrovia. Private schools are so expensive that poor people cannot afford to send their children there. Read more...

Schools in Monrovia need serious help

Several schools in central Monrovia are faced with situations that are very rare in many 21st century schools. One of such schools is the Solomon & Son elementary school located in the Borough of West Point adjacent to Fanti town beach area. . Read more...

Ivorian refugees still divided over civil conflict

Investigation in Grand Gedeh Country by our own correspondent has established that Ivorian refugees residing at the Plant Timber Product (PTP) camp near Zwedru City are still divided over the recent civil conflict that plunged their country into years of brutality. Read more...

On the Wrong side of History?

Liberian Protesters

These are difficult times for Liberians communities at home and in the diaspora, which must distinguish right from wrong and elect good over evil. Most of the times some Liberians do not know the way forward because they are ill informed, bought over or simply chicken out due to potential retributions. They need to be mindful and pay heed to the advice by Robert Heinlein that reads: “A generation which ignores history has no past and no future. Read more...

In defense of Liberian Protesters

MOLAC and CLACI are doing what Ellen did to President Samuel K. Doe. She protested against an elected government and raised MONEY to wage wars that led to the death of 250,000 people, and displaced a million other for the sole purpose of replacing him. Unlike Ellen, MOLAC, CLACI and all freedom loving Liberians and friends are exercising their God giving RIGHTS, and are doing it according to international laws and the Liberian Constitution. The protest is against Ellen and her associates for the “RAMPANT CORRUPTIONS” her DISUNITY PARTY has engaged in these seven (7) years. Read more...

Robert Sirleaf’s resignation gets! Mixed Views; CallS for audit and prosecution

Robert Sirleaf

Minutes after the press briefing by President Sirleaf, during which time she read and circulated her son’s resignation letter, radio stations broke the news in brief followed by reactions from Liberians. Robert Sirleaf resigned from all two of his top posts: National Oil Company of Liberia (NOCAL) Board Chairmanship and Adviser to the President, respectively. Read more...

Future Liberian Leaders must be trained and vetted


If Liberians must dream of a new nation that is prosperous, united in diversity, and where “everyone gets a fair shot” at success regardless of ethnic background or political affiliation, the government and people of Liberia should ask themselves, “after 15 years of war, how do we rebuild a nation that puts the needs of citizens above party or ethnic affiliation?” Read more

For EfficienCy, Legislature must have Committee Staff


It is known around the world that, if it were not for Committees, the Legislature would probably be in session for an entire year. Without functional Committees, it would take that long for the entire Senate and the entire House of Representatives to scrutinize and take public testimony on every bill. Read more

Cement Dust Killing Liberians

Belema Community Board Chair, Dukuly said that the INCHR has already concluded every arrangement with community dwellers a few weeks ago, and that has enabled them to begin legal action against the cement maker - CEMEMCO. Read more

Liberian Civil Society say, Let Rodney Go!

The National Civil Society Council of Liberia (NCSCL) has called on the government of Liberia to immediately release from prison, Rodney Sieh, managing editor of FrontPage Africa and reopen the paper. Read more

Cement Dust Killing Liberians

Motorcylists deaths raise tensions

Civil Society calls on Government to free jailed journalist

Jailed Liberian Journalist under pressure

Workers accused company of Unfair Labor Practices at Dura Plast

CDC Warns Liberian Government against Media Crackdown

Liberian ex-warlord says he was backed by Guinea

15-year makes community proud in New Georgia

Bad roads in Monrovia: New Georgie complains

Liberians protest in MN

Konneh not running?

Mob Justice in Monrovia