Commentaries

Liberia: Welcoming 2017 with Cautious Optimism

It is always a joyous moment around the world to fortunately witness the ushering in of a brand new year. This is not because everything is perfect or rosy in our world, which may seem a utopia, but it is based on the fact that this marks an unveiling of a novel parcel and a fresh start of a calendar year. For many this is a period of introspection, retrospection, reflection and reformation. Unarguably, the ecstatic twinkling crossover to the New Year is as a consequence of the sustained gift of life, without which all is finished for this earthly journey.

Charles Taylor’s Declaration of War: Twenty Six Years On

The guttural voice at the other end of the telephone line came booming into my landline (mobile telephony phone was still years away). It turned out to be that of one of the most quizzical, almost interrogative broadcast interviewers ever to work for the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC). The last time ace broadcaster of BBC fame Robin White interviewed me, it was to get clarity on the relatively soft story on how the treason case against Doe’s once powerful former Defense Minister Gray D. Allison had been progressing. That was in 1986.

Liberia: The Rise of Hope over Gloom in the New Year

As the nation approaches transition to a new political era, Liberians across all divides must plant a new ethos that cultivates hope. At a time when most of us have pessimistically concluded that our society is broken and our domestic problems are insurmountable, my aim is to show that in spite of the frightening obstacles, the next president can learn many lessons from the successes and challenges of the present one. I will be the first to admit my naïve optimistic faith in the power of the Liberian people working together collectively and achieving unmatched ends.

If I Were a Gift at Christmas: I Would be a Little Light Bulb

“Thinking Thoughts”
If I were a gift at Christmas, I would be a little light bulb to shine a light around people in this doggone troubled world, who do not have anybody to give them gifts this Christmas, while others are receiving lavishly. I would shine a light so bright that they would put aside their woes and lay their sorrows at the Compassionate Savior’s feet and hum the tune of the great 17th Century hymn, “Come ye disconsolate, where’er ye languish, come to the mercy seat fervently kneel…earth has no sorrow that heaven cannot cure.” But I would not stop there.

Empowering the Locals – A Panacea of Liberia’s Socioeconomic Stagnation

It is disheartening to note that the bulk of the Liberian people still live in abject poverty more than 10 years after the Sirleaf administration assumed the mantle of leadership.

Though this government has achieved some successes in the areas of health, education, road construction, and also guaranteed free speech for the Liberian people, it has failed to back its pledge for “zero tolerance on corruption as declared in President Sirleaf’s inaugural address of January 16, 2006.

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