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Archive for September, 2012

The dynamics of a transforming society

The dynamics of a transforming society

By Francis W. Nyepon   The vision to significantly transform the Liberian society must first deal with changing behavior, attitude and mindset of people at the bottom of the social strata. Change can never come to Liberia with the majority of its people believing that public officials do not have their best interest at heart […]

Life Imprisonment for Repeat Offenders should be Implemented

Life Imprisonment for Repeat Offenders should be Implemented

By Clemente Ferrer   Murderer and rapist José Franco de la Cruz was released from prison after serving 21 years of his sentence. Within months of his release, he was rearrested by the police for an alleged sexual assault of a homeless girl. Repeat offenders should be banned from society; their sentence should be life […]

Can Dlamini Zuma reform the African Union?

Can Dlamini Zuma reform the African Union?

By Ralph Geeplay    A decade after its creation, the African union (AU) this year took a bold step and chose a woman to lead the continental body in a much contested electoral process that saw the South African Home Affairs Minister elected to the top post. Dlamini Zuma has her hands full because the African Union […]

Putting a politically convenient spin on nepotism in the Sirleaf administration

Putting a politically convenient spin on nepotism in the Sirleaf administration

By Tewroh-Wehtoe Sungbeh     Nepotism is a word Liberians often throws around to make a point about the Ellen Johnson Sirleaf administration’s hiring practice that favors her family members. Sirleaf did not invent the use or practice of nepotism in Liberian politics. In fact, previous Liberian presidents, as is already known engaged in similar act in […]

Lone Star and Super Eagles battle to 2-2 draw

Lone Star and Super Eagles battle to 2-2 draw

Ralph Geeplay      The Liberian Lone Stars on Saturday played the Super Eagles of Nigeria for the Afcons qualifyer slated for South Africa next year. The Liberian trio of Tonia Tisdell, Sekou Oliseh Jabateh and Zah Kranger proved too much for the Eagles to handle. The Nigerians seemed surprised by the quickness of the Liberian national team they […]

Kaetu Smith: “I am a good coach”

Kaetu Smith: “I am a good coach”

Ralph Geeplay  Lone Star head coach Kaetu Smith is expected to face a decisive moment of his coaching career, when his team meets the Nigerian Super Eagles this weekend in Monrovia. This is clearly a Goliath vs. David encounter that will put to test the coaching skills of Smith, who is expected to take his sling against […]

Six ways to catch the Nigerian Super Eagles

Six ways to catch the Nigerian Super Eagles

By Ralph Geeplay    The Super Eagles of Nigeria, as far as the record and other things are concerned are the favorites in their first leg clash with Liberia for a place at South Africa 2013 Nations Cup. The match which takes place at the SKD on Saturday, September 8, is regarded as a qualifiers as […]

Democratic pluralism, not nepotism

Democratic pluralism, not nepotism

By Rufus D. Neufville     The allegation of nepotism is the biggest political missile repeatedly unleashed by critics of the administration of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. Liberians at home and abroad often debate this polemical topic. Some have written voluminous articles while others attack the regime on this issue whenever they are given a space at […]

The fight for Africa

The fight for Africa

By Ralph Geeplay      US  Secretary of State Hillary Clinton recent Africa tour, which ran for 11 days indicates that Washington is determined to reassert itself on the continent, after a lackluster Obama first term that put forward no real Africa agenda. Don’t forget that America had extensive connections on the continent during the height of the […]

Sirleaf’s recent suspension of 46 government officials another breach of the democratic process

Sirleaf’s recent suspension of 46 government officials another breach of the democratic process

By Tewroh-Wehtoe Sungbeh      When President Sirleaf fired or asked her entire cabinet ministers to take an administrative leave of office “effective immediately” in 2010, I questioned the wisdom behind the decision and hinted that her decision could have a potential negative impact on the democratic process. While it is true that Liberians are no longer […]