Commentaries


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.

“If we’re to truly beat corruption, we need to instil a culture of lawfulness today”

Each year, on December 9, the world marks International Anti-Corruption Day. We treat this not only as a means to raise awareness, but also as an opportunity to showcase innovative ways that people and organizations can work together to counter this scourge.

Corruption affects each and every one of us: our healthcare suffers when funds for medical equipment are stolen; our education systems are hit when school budgets are illegally siphoned off; and our political institutions are undermined when bribes are paid and kickbacks sought.

Remarks of the Commissioner for Social Affairs and Gender, ECOWAS Commission, at the Ceremony of Delivery of ECOWAS Humanitarian Assistance in Liberia

Honorable Minister of Gender, Children and Social Protection,
The Deputy Ministers present,
The Special Representative of the President of ECOWAS Commission,
Distinguished Ladies and Gentlemen

I am very pleased to be here today to perform a very important task which aims at addressing an issue which has been very dear to my heart. The challenges faced by our children, brothers and sisters who have one way or the other suffered from the Ebola scourge is a matter which the ECOWAS Commission remains concerned about and in which I feel personally connected to.

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