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Alcoholism: A risky behavior that many Liberian youth are getting accustomed to

Alcohol drinking is becoming a normal behavior in Liberia. Businesses have been diverted from other essential goods to the sale of alcohol. Those beverages are sole at a minimum price to the extent that it is affordable for someone who cannot buy a cup of rice. This risky behavior has grave health and social implications that have been ignored or overlooked by many actors and citizens. As a result, tragic motor accidents have been reported while others accumulate the adverse effects of this substance over time, resulting into early deaths and complications.

Mount Coffee: A Milestone for Liberia

Five years ago, switching on the lights with electricity from the Mount Coffee Hydropower Plant was only a dream. But, after being heavily damaged during the civil war, the Government of Liberia, under President Sirleaf’s leadership, launched an ambitious plan to restore the facility. And now, with support from the U.S. Government and other international partners – including Germany’s KfW, the European Investment Bank, and the Government of Norway – Liberia is turning a dream into a reality.


Christine Tolbert Norman, Mayor, Bentol

Bentol City on a Mission to Fulfill ‘Promise, Purpose and Prosperity’

Bentol, a small city situated thirty minutes from Monrovia, still bears some scars of the vandalism and looting that characterized Liberia’s first military coup in which President William Richard Tolbert, a Baptist preacher and native of the town, was slain in 1980. The town also suffered more extensive looting during the country’s back-to-back civil wars of the 1990’s.

Defending Democracy: A Rebuttal of Dictatorial Nostalgia

There are those in Liberian society like John T. Richardson, Charles Taylor’s Former National Security Advisor, who have enriched themselves on the war-induced misery of the Liberian people. Therefore, they see chaos as an opportunity to reactivate and entrench their predatory vices. Some have suggested that government should arrest him for his utterances aimed at undermining national security. But that might be the reaction he wants from government. It would give credence to his rage. Even this article might validate him in a certain way.

Obama Must Read the Riot Act to Gambia’s Jammeh as George W. Did for Liberia’s Taylor

When Gambia’s long term ruler and strongman, Yahya Jammeh accepted defeat in the December 1, 2016 elections and gracefully placed a call to the president-elect, Adama Barrow, congratulating him on his victory, many greeted the statesmanship from Jammeh with a mixture of relief, excitement and point-blank caution.

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