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Archive for January, 2012

Time to Change Our Politics and Protest Methods

Time to Change Our Politics and Protest Methods

Lovetta Tugbeh      Tewroh-Wehtoe Sungbeh Political demonstrations usually happen when a group of people takes to the streets through a form of grievance to publicly express a viewpoint concerning political, economic and social issues that affects their community and people.      With passion, conviction, and legitimacy, and the numbers (in terms of attendance and message) that […]

Ministry of Education on Donor Harmonization Improve

Ministry of Education on Donor Harmonization Improve

  The Paris Declaration and the Accra Agenda for Action, two international conventions outlined five basic principles for making aid and service delivery effective for targeted beneficiaries, especially in Sub-Sahara Africa. These include: Ownership, Alignment, Harmonization, Results and Mutual Accountability.      The basis for these five core principles among other things, is to enhance and hold […]

President Sirleaf Promises to Fight Corruption: Will it Hold?

President Sirleaf Promises to Fight Corruption: Will it Hold?

  The global corruption watchdog, Transparency International (TI), has just released its highly anticipated 2011 Corruption Perception Index (CPI), which ranks countries based on a level of perceived corruption within a country, and the results would seem to intimate that the Liberian government has made no headway in the fight to curb corruption in Liberia. […]

Crisis Management and why Police Organizations Fail to Control Mob Riots

Crisis Management and why Police Organizations Fail to Control Mob Riots

There is a need for Liberia to right size and consolidate all its security agencies under a joint command, and call it “Liberian Homeland Security (LHS).” There is a well-written plan that principally serves as guide for all entities protecting the Liberian nation.  Although the primary aim of LHS is to secure Liberia from those […]

The Marriage: Ellen Sirleaf & Amos Sawyer

The Marriage: Ellen Sirleaf & Amos Sawyer

This week, Professor Amos C. Sawyer was in Manila, the Philippines to collect the prestigious Gusi Peace Prize. When you consider that the prize received 1,490 nominations annually, from which 10 to 15 recipients are called, you have a sense of appreciation that it is a laudable honor. This year, the erudite former interim president shared […]

CDC to Demonstrate Across Monrovia, November 28; While Miatta Fahnbulleh Wants 50% Women Appointed in New Government

CDC to Demonstrate Across Monrovia, November 28; While Miatta Fahnbulleh Wants 50% Women Appointed in New Government

Monrovia, Liberia: The Standard Bearer of the Congress for Democratic Change, Winston Tubman, says his party will lead a series of demonstrations across Monrovia, starting November 28.      Addressing his CDC supporters at the party’s headquarters on Monday, Mr. Tubman said the demonstrations are geared toward putting forth their case regarding the recent boycott of the […]

CellCom Drops Calling Rates for Inauguration: New Campaign Intended to Promote Reconciliation

CellCom Drops Calling Rates for Inauguration: New Campaign Intended to Promote Reconciliation

 Liberia-based Cellcom, the winner of the  National Excellence Award, and a leading  cell phone company announced a drop in its call rates from 15 cents per minute to 1 cent per minute in anticipation of the upcoming inauguration ceremonies in the country. Cellcom’s corporate communications strategist Kimmie Weeks says the reduction in call rates is intended to celebrate […]

Abolish or Drastically Reform the National Elections Commission

Abolish or Drastically Reform the National Elections Commission

     The ideal of leading “Liberia in the years to come” will not be an easy task for the presumed winner, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, but a massive political headache for this president until genuine peace talks are held, and also until the National Elections Commission is either drastically reformed or abolished to resolve the electoral crisis. […]

Bloody Monday, November 7: A Mistake to be Corrected

Bloody Monday, November 7: A Mistake to be Corrected

  Following the April 14, 1979 rice rebellion during which the security forces shot and killed over 140 Liberians and jailed hundreds more, Liberians in Monrovia adapted a popular song which they sang everywhere in protest against the atrocities committed by the goons of the Tolbert administration. It went something like this: “April 14, aye yah, Tolbert […]

Liberian Media Under Attack: Government Failed to Show Evidence

Liberian Media Under Attack: Government Failed to Show Evidence

Monrovia, Liberia: The Government of Liberia failed on Thursday to produce evidence against three media institutions it says broadcast inflammatory messages a day before the November 8 run-off presidential election.  Appearing before Criminal Court A, the Liberian government, represented by Solicitor General Wilkins Wright failed to produce substantive evidence in the case regarding the closure of […]