Friday 20 October 2017
(New Democrat 05/08/13)
Monrovia was abuzz with the spectacular display of security might Friday morning when columns of heavily armed police officers were deployed into the streets ahead of Friday’s civic protests that have caused nervousness in the country. There was a mixture of panic and relief among the residents as the convoy of police officers steadily moved about the streets brandishing their weapons apparently to demonstrate their ability to handle any ugly situation arising from violent protests, and demonstrations. One frightened resident, apparently reflecting on the bloody effects of the April 14, 1979 riot when security officers clashed with thousands of people demonstrating against the hike in the price of the nation’s staple, rice, rushed into his house on Benson Street to...
(The Newdawn Liberia 05/08/13)
Hell broke loose Tuesday, May 7th in the Cooper’s Beach Community within the Eternal Love Winning Africa (ELWA) area along the Robertsfield highway when protesting residents clashed with officers of the Police Support Unit or PSU from the Liberia National Police, while executing an eviction and demolition order from the court. The PSU officers arrested scores of protesting residents, who had erected burning tires and other roadblock mechanisms in the community to prevent their eviction from a private property, owed by the Cooper’s family after a mandate from the Civil Law Court. Tear gas was been fired at violent residents in the area who had set-up roads blocks in prevention of an eviction and demolition mandate from the Civil law...
(New Democrat 05/07/13)
UN Security Council has identified security set back in a number of African countries including Liberia but authorities of the council have reaffirmed the Peacebuilding Commission’s role to prevent a relapse of conflict and support the initiatives of recovering Governments and societies to own and lead the process of rebuilding and leaving the trauma behind. In two briefings, the Council heard a review of the Peacebuilding Commission’s performance over the past year from its former Chairperson, Abdulkalam Abdul Momen of Bangladesh, and glimpsed the course of its future work from current Commission Chair, Ranko Vilović of Croatia. Mr. Momen reported that 2012 had been a year when the question of collective responsibility and commitment of the membership had taken centre...
(New Democrat 05/07/13)
Deputy Director of Police for Operations Abraham Kroma has assured journalists that they would not be arrested by the Liberia National Police (LNP) while discharging their professional duties. “Because safe to speak, freedom of expression in all media is a very powerful tool for our democracy. ‘’There would be no arrest of journalist under the watchful eyes of Col. Clarence Massaquoi at the LNP,” he told journalists. Kroma’s assurance at the celebratory program of the World Press Freedom Day in Buchanan, Grand Bassa County, went at odds with threats made against journalists by presidential guard commander Daniel Othello Warrick who vowed to pursue any journalist publishing articles that question the integrity of Liberians including himself. Kroma told journalists that their...
(Allafrica 04/30/13)
The brutal regime of jailed ex-president Charles Taylor registered the largest rate of economic growth than the present government of President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, a new group has claimed. The Liberian Institute of Public Integrity or LIPI report, which was compiled by the talkative former Auditor General John Morlu, his ex-Press Officer Ernest Maximore, Aloysius Toe, the man brought to fame by Taylor; Dan Saryee, the man noted for the issuance of the controversial Legislative report cards, and Cllr. Jerome Verdier, former chairman of the defunct TRC, among others hailed the Taylor regime as the best performer in the history of Liberia. "President Taylor regime registered the largest growth rate in the history of Liberia, growing at 106.28% in December 1997...
(Reuters (Eng) 04/30/13)
Economic development researchers on Monday unveiled a database of China's aid to Africa in an effort to work around Beijing's secrecy about the numbers, as a debate rages over the intentions and impact of Chinese assistance. The study and database by the Washington-based Center for Global Development and AidData, a research project, includes 1,673 Chinese development finance projects worth $75 billion in 50 African countries from the years 2000-2011. The Chinese figures, using standard measures of Official Development Assistance (ODA) and Other Official Finance (OOF), are roughly on par with U.S. aid to Africa during the same period, the Center for Global Development said. While official ODA from Western countries and some major developing countries is openly reported and easily...
(Allafrica 04/29/13)
The British Ambassador to Liberia, Fergus Cochrane-Dyet, says his government would continue to support the National Elections Commission(NEC) in all spheres of its endeavor. Ambassador Cochrane-Dyet says this is because the UK government places premium on the sustenance of good governance and democracy in Liberia noting that the work of the NEC is very critical to meeting this very essential quest of his government. The UK Ambassador made the disclosure Friday when he made a courtesy call on the Chairman and members of the reconstituted Board of Commissioners of the National Elections Commission at the NEC's Headquarters in Monrovia. The British Envoy said despite the fact that Liberia is making significant progress towards building peace and democracy, the role of...
(Allafrica 04/25/13)
Monrovia — I woke up feeling the headache and chills, and made a couple of trips to the bathroom to ease the nausea. The experience was all too familiar; I was having another bout of malaria, even though that wasn't changing my day's routine. Growing up here, I have suffered more than a dozen times from the disease. A trip to the nearby clinic was going to be later in the day. This is typical for many Liberians. The onset of high fever is almost certain to be a case of malaria. Even without a professional diagnosis, the sufferer will proceed to ingest available medications, usually an herb. According to the 2011 Liberia Malaria Indicator Survey, hospital records suggest that...
(Allafrica 04/24/13)
President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf has stressed the need for the promotion of cultural exchanges between Liberia and China. According to President Johnson-Sirleaf, cultural exchanges between the two countries will foster a stronger bond of friendship between the two countries. The Liberian leader made these comments recently at a one-day Cultural Festival organized by the Zhejiang Normal University (ZNU) Art Troupe with support from the Chinese Embassy in Liberia and the Confucius Institute (CI) in China has ended in Monrovia with the one-day Cultural Festival was held at the Monrovian City Hall under the theme: "The China-Africa Connection." The one-day Cultural Festival was marked by Chinese tradition dances, folks' music, martial arts performances and African-China mix music dances. It was attended by...
(Reuters (Eng) 04/22/13)
African finance ministers told their rich nation counterparts at weekend meetings of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank to work harder and faster to kick-start their economies to avoid a prolonged slump that could undermine strong growth in the developing world. "We are concerned," Nigerian Finance Minister Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala said at the meetings of global finance leaders. "If we continue to see slow growth in the euro zone, which provides a large market for many African countries, and is coupled with a slowdown in emerging economies, then we will become more vulnerable," Okonjo-Iweala told a news conference of African finance ministers. "We need to insist that our partners in other parts of the world work harder and faster." Despite...
(Reuters (Eng) 04/19/13)
President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf has suspended exports of unprocessed rubber from Liberia in a bid to force companies to process the commodity in the West African country, saying this will provide a boost to domestic economic activity. An executive order issued by Johnson-Sirleaf late on Thursday said the export ban was aimed at ensuring new job opportunities and development. It said urgent action was needed to stem a decline in its rubber sector amid illegal rubber tapping. "The intention is to add more value to our production ... This will help to open new factories," Robert Kpadeh, Deputy Minister for Technical Services told Reuters. Kpadeh said there would be a short term drop in government revenues, without providing further details. Agriculture...
(Reuters (Eng) 04/15/13)
Sub-Saharan Africa's economic growth should accelerate to more than 5 percent over the next three years, far outpacing the global average, but the region must do more to convert this into reducing poverty, the World Bank said on Monday. In its latest Africa's Pulse analysis of prospects for the region, the bank saw increased investment, high commodity prices and a pick-up in the global economy driving this expected growth surge in the world's poorest continent. It said foreign direct investment (FDI) inflows to Sub-Saharan Africa were projected to increase to record levels each year over the next three years, reaching $54 billion by 2015. This compared to $37.7 billion in 2012, a 5.5 percent increase in a year when FDI...
(Reuters (Eng) 04/10/13)
Carlyle Group (CG.O) is looking at a number of banks in east and west Africa for a potential investment, its Africa co-head said on Wednesday, as the U.S. private equity firm focuses on the continent's growing consumer market. Carlyle, which last year invested in a pan-African grain trading firm, has recently signed a second deal, Marlon Chigwende also told the Reuters Africa Investment Summit. "Banking is very interesting today, and that is the general statement across a lot of sub-Saharan Africa," Chigwende told the Reuters Africa Investment Summit in Johannesburg. "Certainly, there are several opportunities of fast-growing banks, good management teams, interesting market positioning." Although private equity is still at a nascent stage in Africa, investor interest in the fast-growing...
(Voice of America 04/09/13)
A coalition of Liberian activist groups has decided to call off a mass protest that had been scheduled for this Friday. Vandalar Patricks, vice president for international affairs of the Coalition for the Transformation of Liberia, denied allegations the coalition cancelled the protest in exchange for a bribe from the government. Patricks said the protest was postponed following appeals from various sources, including foreign diplomats, religious groups and elders. “We temporarily suspended the planned peaceful assembly which was scheduled for April 12, 2013. It was due to several pleas from the diplomatic mission in Liberia, the Liberian Council of Churches, the traditional council, and civil society organizations. And, having listened to them, I think it’s our moral responsibility to give...
(The Associated Press 04/02/13)
GANTA, Liberia (AP) -- Officials say that Moses Blah, the man who served as Liberia's president for two months after Charles Taylor stepped down, has died. He was in his mid-60s. The Information Ministry says Blah died of a medical condition early Monday at the country's largest John F. Kennedy Hospital in the capital, Monrovia. It did not give details of the condition. Blah had recently complained of heart troubles, and sent out appeals for medical attention overseas. Blah was Liberia's vice president until Taylor stepped down on August 11, 2003. A former ambassador to Libya, Morocco and Tunisia, Blah served for two months as president and then handed power over to transitional head of state Charles Gyude Bryant who...
(Reuters (Eng) 03/26/13)
"BRICS, Don't Carve Africa" reads a banner in a church hall in downtown Durban where civil society activists have gathered to cast a critical eye at a summit of five global emerging powers. The slogan evokes the 19th Century conference in Berlin where the predominant European colonial states carved up the African continent in a scramble historians see as epitomizing the brash exploitative capitalism of the time. Decades after Africans threw off the colonial yoke, it is the turn of the blossoming BRICS group of Brazil, Russia, China, India and South Africa to find their motives coming under scrutiny as they proclaim an altruistic-sounding "partnership for development, integration and industrialization" with Africa. Led by that giant of the emerging powers,...
(Reuters (Eng) 03/26/13)
President Barack Obama hosts the leaders of four African nations this week, all of which are cited in a new report for effectively increasing spending on agriculture to combat extreme poverty and hunger. The report by the ONE Campaign, an anti-poverty group co-founded by Irish rockers Bono and Bob Geldof, said Senegal, Malawi, Cape Verde and Sierra Leone either met or were close to meeting targets for increased budget spending on agriculture. All of the countries, except Cape Verde where there is little data, are also on track or close to meeting a U.N. target of halving extreme poverty by 2015, the report said. The African leaders will visit the White House on Thursday to showcase their fledgling democracies, but...
(The New York Times 03/26/13)
BEIJING — As President Xi Jinping of China continues his first overseas trip as his country’s leader, arriving in South Africa late on Monday after Russia and Tanzania, he meets with much goodwill – but also some concern among Africans that China may be a “new colonial power,” extracting resources and selling manufactured goods, as I reported on Sunday. China knows it. In a speech in Tanzania, Mr. Xi sought to calm the concerns, as my colleagues Chris Buckley and Jeffrey Gettleman reported. “China frankly faces up to the new circumstances and new problems in Sino-African relations,” Mr. Xi told an audience of Tanzanian politicians and officials in Dar es Salaam, the country’s economic hub and a center of government,...
(Reuters (Eng) 03/14/13)
Catholics in Africa and Asia on Thursday greeted the election of Pope Francis from Argentina as a historic breakthrough that would pump the developing world's vital energy into a struggling Church and amplify the voice of the planet's poor. While there was disappointment that Pope Benedict's successor did not come from the African or Asian continents, Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio's Third World origins spurred hopes of a kindred spirit among Catholics from Manila to Maputo. Argentina, in Latin America's southern cone, is as far from Africa and Asia as Europe, the prime source of previous pontiffs. But these rapidly developing southern continents of the globe, where poverty still looms large, are now home to the world's fastest growing Catholic communities. African...
(Allafrica 03/06/13)
The Faith-based media group the Christian Media Center says recent developments in Liberia show how volatile and fragile the peace in the county remains. The Christian Media Center in a release issued Tuesday says President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has spiritually lost control of the state and there is serious need for Liberians to pray for God's intervention to advert what lies ahead of the Liberia. The faith-based group noted that President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is largely to blame for most Liberians loss of faith in her government and recommends that the president and leaders of the three branches of government take a spiritual retreat to ask God to help them maintain sanity of Liberia. Christian Media Center in the release...

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