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Archive for May, 2013

Adoptions of children decreased by 48% worldwide

Adoptions of children decreased by 48% worldwide

By Clemente Ferrer          More and more couples without children want to adopt, but on the other hand, there are fewer kids up for adoption. Previously, the lack of kids for adoption, in developed countries was compensated through the adoption abroad. Now this is more complex. The number of international adoptions has dropped by 48%. […]

Americo-Liberians: The 17th Tribe of Liberia - Part I

Americo-Liberians: The 17th Tribe of Liberia – Part I

By Siahyonkron Nyanseor        “Americo-Liberians: The 17th Tribe of Liberia” is a two parts series. Part I will look at various sources such as the Bible, Greeks, Romans and Anglo-Saxon (English) cultures; and what Cultural Anthropologists say about tribe, before arriving at a working definition and all that encompasses tribe. One of my main reasons […]

Questioning rationale behind Sirleaf’s Gandhi award, and many other awards

Questioning rationale behind Sirleaf’s Gandhi award, and many other awards

By Tewroh-Wehtoe Sungbeh       Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is a former financier of a deadly civil war who got away without ever been indicted for war crimes, for her role in the 14-year civil war that ended before she was elected President of Liberia in 2005. The president’s international friends prefer not to see her that […]

The "doctors, professors and counselors at law" in the Liberian society

The “doctors, professors and counselors at law” in the Liberian society

By Tewroh-Wehtoe Sungbeh     I always thought the two-letter word that preceded his name was actually his first name. But it wasn’t. As a child, however, I constantly heard the press and others referred to the Liberian president at the time as “Dr. Tubman.” The dictatorial Mr. Tubman set the precedent and encouraged the Liberian people […]

Q&A with Environmental Activist/Engineer Morris T. Koffa, Executive Director, Africa Environmental Watch (AEW)

Q&A with Environmental Activist/Engineer Morris T. Koffa, Executive Director, Africa Environmental Watch (AEW)

By Tewroh-Wehtoe Sungbeh        Q&A with Environmental Activist/Engineer Morris T. Koffa, Executive Director, Africa Environmental Watch (AEW), a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization established to respond to environmental distress in Liberia, and also to provide environmental expertise in Africa through educational awareness and behavioral change communication. Q. You have been an environmental advocate for […]

Q & A with restaurateur Wilhelmina "Mina" Bestman, owner, Mina's West African & Caribbean Cuisine, (5439 Memorial Dr), Stone Mountain, Georgia

Q & A with restaurateur Wilhelmina “Mina” Bestman, owner, Mina’s West African & Caribbean Cuisine, (5439 Memorial Dr), Stone Mountain, Georgia

By Tewroh-Wehtoe Sungbeh   This week interview features restaurateur Wilhelmina “Mina” Bestman, owner of Mina’s West African & Caribbean Cuisine, who single handedly turned the once struggling Mina’s Place/Mina’s Kitchen into a thriving and all-inclusive place to dine with families and friends. So far, Mina’s West African & Caribbean Cuisine is believed to be the longest-serving […]

Why Charles Taylor’s war crimes judgment seems like A travesty of justice to Liberians

Why Charles Taylor’s war crimes judgment seems like A travesty of justice to Liberians

By Moco McCaulay      On April 26, 2012, the former leader of a small African nation and a feared ex-rebel leader who spread terror in his country and across West Africa—but seemed above-the-law—was finally cut to size by the swashbuckling sword of Lady Justice. It was a day that international news media heralded as: “the […]