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Archive for July, 2013

Tribalism: A Catch-22 accusation in Liberian discourse

Tribalism: A Catch-22 accusation in Liberian discourse

By Siahyonkron Nyanseor       The pamphleteer, Thomas Paine, author of ‘Common Sense’ often referred to as a “dreamer and patriot in American History” wrote in his Dissertation about the First Principles of Government. Paine wrote. “He that would make his own liberty secure must guard even his enemy from oppression; for if he violates this […]

Open letter to Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

Open letter to Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

By D. Garkpe Gedepoh          Mrs. Johnson-Sirleaf, The recent state of affairs in our country seems very troubling and despicably disheartening. We have seen the return of social injustice and corruption in government, as well as your lieutenants embezzling state coffers with impunity while thousands of Liberians languish in abject poverty. It is apparent that […]

Theme: "Who will stand in the gap for Liberia?" A July 26, 2013 Pastoral Letter to Churches in  Liberia

Theme: “Who will stand in the gap for Liberia?” A July 26, 2013 Pastoral Letter to Churches in Liberia

By Rev. Dr. William B. G. K. Harris              SUB-THEME: “What It Takes To Stand In The Gap!“ Lessons: Ezekiel 22:23-31; Proverb 3:1-12; Matthew 28:19-20; Job 1:9-10 Text: ” Ezekiel 22:30- And I sought for a man among them that should make upthe hedge, and stand in the gap before Mefor the land, that I […]

MOLAC deserves our support

MOLAC deserves our support

By Tewroh-Wehtoe Sungbeh             Finance Minister Amara Konneh has been invited (far away from home) by the fragmented Organization of Liberians in Minnesota (OLM), to deliver this year’s July 26 Independence Day oration. What is obvious to all is the importance of this day often celebrated with much fanfare by Liberians of various social, political […]

Mary Broh’s back – the second time? Now what?

Mary Broh’s back – the second time? Now what?

By Tewroh-Wehtoe Sungbeh           Mary Broh is back! Thanks to her good friend Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. To Ellen’s supporters, the controversial Broh is qualified to be mayor, and perhaps the only person in Liberia (in Sirleaf’s mind) who can handily carry out the tasks of cleaning Monrovia. Now that she’s back we are supposed to celebrate […]

So, what will it take....?

So, what will it take….?

By Emmanuel Abalo             In the last few days, a shameful indictment of corruption was handed down and it stained the national pride of the West African state of Liberia. According to its Global Corruption Barometer for 2013, the anti-corruption non-profit organization Transparency International (TI) based in Berlin, key findings of its survey directly confirms the […]

In Japan, a person commits suicide every 15 minutes

In Japan, a person commits suicide every 15 minutes

By Clemente Ferrer         Many Americans die from firearms which they use on themselves. Almost 20,000 of the 30,000 deaths by firearms in the United States, were suicides, according to the figures provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, reports the New York Times. The number of suicides has increased by 12% in […]

Resign now, President Sirleaf! You have no credibility

Resign now, President Sirleaf! You have no credibility

By Tewroh-Wehtoe Sungbeh                                Now that President Sirleaf’s chosen auditor general, Robert Kirby, is reportedly out of a job in Liberia (for now, because those fired are often recycled like aluminum cans to another government posts as if they did nothing wrong in the first place), it is time for Ellen Johnson Sirleaf to also […]

We are our own worst enemy

We are our own worst enemy

By Tewroh-Wehtoe Sungbeh             I find it very difficult describing Liberian politics. I also find it hard describing the participants – the ones who often refers to themselves as either ‘politicians’ and ‘progressives.’ One is already in office, and the other, well, are in the background or in the public sphere constantly pinpointing the wrongs […]