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GAO Gives Government Credibility
Liberia's Joint Ownership Of Its Natural Does Not Only Yield High Profits, But Transfers Technology, And Inoculates The Country From Security Threat

It is about time for Liberia to establish joint ownership of its natural resources and lure investors onto labor-intensive economic sectors such as manufacturing industries. Such an approach would not only diversify Liberia's economic activities, but also perhaps extend the life span of our depletable resources and inoculates Liberia from security threat.

Warnings of Security Threats Undermine National Security & Reconciliation
Last February, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf accompanied by an array of government officials and business leaders participated in a well attended and successful private sector forum on Liberia in Washington, DC. The main objective of the meeting was to attract investors to Liberia and the central theme was that Liberia had found peace and stability after decades of turmoil. For the past two weeks, President Sirleaf, Vice President Joseph Boakai as well as Minister of Defense Samukai crisscrossed the US and carried the same message to Liberians in the Diaspora as well as to potentials investors.

Tension Brews At GSA, Workers Want Fallah Out, But… Forum
The premises of the General Services Agency (GSA) yesterday became tense when workers of that entity decided to demonstrate for what they described as “unjust treatment being meted out to them by the GSA Deputy Director Richard Fallah.

Brownie Samukai
Minister Brownie Samukai Discusses Liberia Security Sector Reform in US
(By Abdoulaye W. Dukulé)
Jacques Paul Klein, former UN Representative in Liberia summarized it best, when he said that very diplomatically Minister Samukai had put his fingers on the delicate but serious problems the security sector reform was facing in Liberia. The meeting was taking place at the United States Institute of Peace (USIP), convened by Dr. Dorina Beckoe, of the Center for Conflict Analysis and Prevention.
John S. Morlu II
Auditor-General Working on Tight Rope - Forum
-Can He Fight Corruption?
-As He Wants 2006/2007 Budget Audited

What appears to be a new crusade in the fight against corruption in Liberia by the newly commissioned Auditor-General of Liberia, John Morlu, is unfolding amidst challenges and temptations; writes, Josiah S. Hallie.

TRC Receives Unprecedented Support on Buduburam As Refugees Turn Out in Dozens to Give Statements
(A Press Release Issued by TRC)
Buduburam, Ghana:
Dozens of Liberian Refugees residing on the Buduburam Liberian Refugee Camp in the Gomoa District, Central Region of Ghana, are queuing up at statement taking sites to give their statements to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) Statement Taking Team currently conducting Statement taking pilot activities on the camp.

The Financial Autonomy Act is a Sham – Drop the Tax Exempt provision
(By Phil George)
Legislators that support the Financial Autonomy Act in its current form should be ashamed of themselves for bad leadership. How can legislators exempt their income from taxation while expecting ordinary citizens to pay taxes? What kind of message does that send to the ordinary citizen?

A Letter From Monrovia – Home, Sweet Home
(By James Thomas-Queh)
I must have left you off in suspense and perplexed on this most delicate subject- corruption – a great pain in the neck of this government. Well, I poked my nose once more into two of the most spectacular and symbolic examples for which this administration would be remembered.

Decentralization Of State Power In Liberia: An Idea Whose Time Has Come
(By Abraham James)
The thesis of the author is that there is a need for a comprehensive Local Government Legislation to decentralize state power in Liberia. Decentralization is considered here in connection with the transfer of state power from central to local authority. It relates to the reorganization of centralized institutions to give greater autonomy to local bodies throughout Liberia.

Exams ‘Thieves’ Outsmart WAEC -As Flexibility Fee Bankrolls Criminality - Rorum
According to a famous adage, “never count your eggs until they are hatched.” If this adage is indeed true, then it became a reality when scores of senior students from several high schools took to the streets in great jubilation at the end of the exams without first of all awaiting the results of the exams thus leaving them caught with their pants down when it was announced that the exams had been cancelled due to rampant dishonesty.

WAEC’s Credibility At Stake - Rorum
In a quest to build one’s capability in order to cope with unfolding challenges in contributing to the growth and development of the society and helping to shape global direction and opinions positively, while remaining self confident, the only cardinal “key” to unlock such doors is sound, credible

GEMAP Slips - Forum
The President of Liberia and an advocate of good governance of over a decade, Madam Ellen Johnson- Sirleaf has expressed reservation over the performance of the Governance Economic Management Action Plan or GEMAP.

Establishing National Developmental Benchmarks That Will Serve As A Blueprint
(A Press Release Issued By A Liberian Economist Residing In The United States)
A Liberian economist residing in the United States is calling on the government of Liberia and other key decision makers to pass a historical law that will comprehensively establish national developmental benchmarks that will serve as a blueprint against which all current and future national developmental policies will be based to ensure continuity in Liberia’s national development policy

The Tug on My Heart
(By: Emmanuel Dolo)
Liberia has been tugging at my heart since I left that country nearly two decades ago. But lately, I have been thinking about returning home to Liberia with greater frequency than ever before. These thoughts have been the mark of a painful search for the complex strands that have linked me so profoundly to my homeland. I have been thinking about how the war scattered us all over the world.

Mittal Steel did the right thing – will Firestone?
(A Press Release Issued By Global Witness)
Mittal Steel, the world’s largest steel company, has moved one step closer to living up to its corporate social responsibility pledges by renegotiating its deeply unfair $900 million iron ore concession agreement with war-ravaged Liberia.
What’s Liberia Share Of Its Natural Resources Such As, Iron Ore And Diamond?
Nigeria Holds 57% Stake In Its Oil Industry While Sierra Leone Gets Only 3% Of Its Diamonds Profits

(By J. Yanqui Zaza)
The recent news that Liberia is now permitted to mine and export its diamonds and that the Legislators have approved the Metal Steel agreement brings mixed feelings. On the one hand, economic activities would increase, while on the other, most Liberians could suffer more misery. Predictably, had Liberia increased its share of the revenue and profits from the sale of its natural resources, multinational corporations would have had reduced opportunities to increased their profits at the expense of ordinary Liberians.

The Role of Education in Shaping the “New Liberia”
(By Adetokunbo K. Borishade)
In 1989, the late Dr. Mary A.B. Sherman reminded us of the dialectical relationship that exists between education and the society it serves. This message was the focus of her keynote address at the 21st Annual Conference of the Liberian Studies Association in 1989. Dr. Sherman eloquently pointed out the evolutionary and synergistic processes involved with educating a society: “Education originates from that society, contributes to changing it and is, in turn, changed by the society.”

Rejoinder: Auditor-General Morlu wants Big Bucks to Curb Corruption
(By James K.B. Kamara)
Without an audit by ECOWAS and E&Y, would Liberia be prosecuting Chairman Bryant, former Speaker Edwin Melvin Snowe, and a slue of other former public servants? The GEMAP formed its foundation in the audit of the 5 state owned enterprises and Central Bank of Liberia. Could Liberians have allowed GEMAP without a professional audit of those institutions to establish the factual basis of gross economic malfeasance on the part of government functionaries?

A Letter From Monrovia - Home, Sweet Home (Part I)
(By James Thomas-Queh)
I never thought on an early return to Monrovia when I departed that near decimated city on May 6, 1996, aboard the famous “Bulk Challenge.” And you can not blame me - that was my second desperate departure into exile - the first being in August 1980. But then again the nostalgia of home was always present.

Nigeria Election – Recipe for A Coup D’Etat
(By Ramses K Nah)
Elections in Africa are already the joke of the world and Nigeria’s recent elections has validated this notion and emboldened the stagnation of democracy on the continent. What an utter disgrace to Obasanjo? What was he thinking?

Auditor-General Morlu wants Big Bucks to Curb Corruption
(By Ruel Francis Dempster)
The blueprint and budget submitted to the National Legislature by the newly appointed Auditor-General (AG), John S. Morlu II, is an effort well deserving of commendation and emulation by other heads of institutions of Government. The document embodies both vision and substance.

Linking Mental Health and Culture: Exploring the Liberian Case
(By Emmanuel Dolo)
The transition from war to peace represents not only political and economic shifts. It also reflects a cultural and psychological change in the lives of Liberians. And in light of the recent shootings at the Virginia Tech University, it became critical to write this article considering that in its recovery from war to peace, at least 100, 000 former demobilized fighters are parading the streets amidst a pool of other war-affected people.
G. Baccus Matthews
Gabriel Baccus Matthews Rises Again and Utters Empty Words
By Theodore T. Hodge)
It is the month of April and Gabriel Baccus Matthews, former chairman of the Progressive Alliance of Liberia, commonly called PAL, has risen again to bask in national spotlight. In April, 1979 he called for a peaceful demonstration against the government of Liberia --- the demonstration was meant to call attention to the high price of a bag of rice. Things went out of hand and many demonstrators lost their lives; the event became known as the “rice riots” and forms a sad chapter in Liberia’s contemporary history.

The Ganta Tropical Storm: A Challenge to Liberia’s Environment
(By Syrulwa Somah)
In March 2007, a severe tropical storm raked and disrupted normal life for the people of Ganta in Northern Liberia. The storm left scores of people severely injured, and destroyed close to 200 residential homes, offices, schools, and a hospital building. Indeed, the people of Ganta definitely deserve special care and attention for this great misfortune.
President Laurent Gbagbo
Peace Process in Côte d’Ivoire: Laurent Gbagbo Wins it All
(By Abdoulaye W. Dukulé)
Laurent Gbagbo, the embattled President of Côte d’Ivoire emerges as a winner in his five year struggle to end the rebellion that has divided his country since September 2002, following a failed military coup. The signing of the March 4 Accord in Ouagadougou led to the formation of a new government headed by Soro Guillaume, leader of the rebellious New Forces and once a disciple of Laurent Gbagbo.
The One Who Pays The Piper Selects The Tone
(By: Aagon Gweh Linford)
Once again, Liberians are set to witness yet another drama in the new government of Liberia's first female president Ellen Jonhson-Sirleaf, as she carries out what is expected to be the first major cabinet re-shuffle.

The Ministry of Justice Sets Record Straight - Government has won more cases than it has lost
(A Press Release Issued By The Ministry of Justice)
The Ministry of Justice wishes to make clarification to the general public regarding its performance in criminal cases that have come before the courts of Liberia, since the coming to power of the Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf administration.

International Non Governmental Organisations-Agents of Social & Economic change in post- war Liberia or Agents of ‘Sustainable Dependency”? - Part 2
(By Jimmy Shilue)
Although the reconstruction process of Liberia has generated significant ‘good way’ from the international community, the stark reality is the international community does not have defined framework for reform and reconstruction.

Interpreting The Liberian Constituion: City Vs Township
(By Alphonso W. Nyenuh)
The purpose of this writing is not to discuss the Snowe Supreme Court case (which to me has become mute) but to provide the public with the accurate, logical and legal interpretation of Chapter V, Article 40 of the Constitution of Liberia.

President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf
The Anticipated Cabinet Reshuffle: What if…
(By Abdoulaye W. Dukulé)
Heads will be rolling”, used to say one of President Tubman’s butlers and a confident who walked the streets of Monrovia, putting fear in the hearts of government officials by spreading rumors of impeding cabinet shuffles. Today, life in Monrovia has turned most uncertain for many in President Sirleaf‘s government since she hinted at the possibility of reshuffling her one-year old government.

Gyude Bryant
The Question of Immunity and Economic Sabotage--A Test Case
(By Amos Ziah Koukou)
After 14 years of devastating civil war in Liberia and the signing of the Accra Peace Agreement that culminated into the establishment of the Charles Gyude Bryant led transitional government, Liberians at home and abroad celebrated the dawn of a new day which was supposed to mark the beginning of the end of not only the war, but also the beginning of the erection of a foundation for good governance.
GAO: Restoring Liberia’s Humanity
The General Auditing Commission, or better still, the General Accountability Office has three critical, but patriotic duties to accomplish in its quest to ‘remodel’ Liberia and restore the ‘humanity’ of the Liberian people after 14 years of self-inflicted violence—and by extension, after nearly 160 years of lingering under the politics of misrule...

Don’t Forget Computer Wiring in Public Building Design
Now that the country is in the process of a major reconstruction push, we need not forget that many of those public buildings must be fitted with wiring for computer networks – it should not be an afterthought. I’m not underestimating the ingenuity of our folks but if past and current construction is anything to go by, there seems no comprehensive enforcement of city planning or building code.

Scott Family Liberia Fellows Program Description
Liberia is beginning to rebound from 14 years of civil war that killed over 270,000 people, destroyed basic infrastructure, and left government systems in ruins. The war finally ended in 2003, and elections in 2005 led to the inauguration of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

Scott Family Liberia Fellows - Job Description
The Government of Liberia, working in cooperation with John Snow, Inc, and the Center for Global Development, and through the generosity of the family of Ed Scott, is seeking approximately 5-6 Fellows to work in Liberia for one year.

Supreme Court Justice Johnson, STAY Away From The Bryant Case
(By Gbe Sneh)
When Bryant was sworn in as the interim Chairman of the NTGL and he delivered his inaugural speech under the theme, “There Will Be No Business As Usual.” some, including this writer breathed a sigh of relief, however be it with skepticism in some quarters. We placed our scarce resources in this man’s care to lead us through the transition. Now, look at what he did instead.

In Zimbabwe a Bishop Stands up to a Dictator
(By Theodore T. Hodge)
It is always fascinating when a religious leader, frustrated by the suffering of his flock, decides to stand up --- even at the risk of losing his own life. This happened last week in Zimbabwe. Archbishop Pius Ncube of the Southern Belawayo diocese has vowed to participate in an anti-government protest, even if it means his life.

Electing a Woman President is not Enough
(By Phil George)
After 14 years of war, Liberians have come to their senses by choosing the path of peace and democracy in a free and fair election. They also made history by electing the first woman president on the continent of Africa. That is something to be proud of, no doubt.

Liberia's Role In The Explosion Of Freedom And Independence In Africa
(By Abraham James)
On March 6,2007, President John Kuffuor of Ghana hosted world leaders from around the world to Ghana's jubilee celebration. Fifty years, ago Ghana became the first of the colonies in Sub-Saharan Africa to gain independence. The event was a memorable achievement in the struggle for African independence.

Executive Mansion's Response to theWorld Association of Newspapers
I write to acknowledge receipt of your letter dated March 15, 2007 directed to Her Excellency, the President of Liberia, in which you raised concerns relative to the safety of the Publisher of the Independent Newspaper, Mr. Sam Dean and the general issues bordering on press freedom in Liberia.

Does Liberia Need a Benevolent Dictator: A Response to Mr. Bedell and Others
(By George P. Gonpu)
Mr. Thomas Bedell’s highly provocative question on whether or not Liberia needs benevolent dictatorship has drawn interesting responses from a number of Liberians. He and a few Liberians provide perspectives that seem to suggest that the attitudes of Liberians and their failures to be grateful to their leaders

President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf
Don’t Wait for the President - do Your Jobs and be Creative
(By Phil George)
When the president has to give directives to remove garbage from the streets of Monrovia, or to remove squatters or looters from the foot of the Gabriel Tucker’s bridge, it suggests that some officials are not doing their jobs.

Peace Dividends: More Cash For Monrovia Landlords, But No Funds For Children’s Health, Education, Or Democracy
(By J. Yanqui Zaza)
The idea of using Liberia’s priority funds to pay rent arrears to domestic creditors (comprising pre-dominantly of Monrovia landlords) and, subsequently, to waive real estate taxes owed by the same landlords indicates that President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf’s economic policy is set on the course to widen the gap between the rich and poor.

Building Capacity for Reconciliation: Lessons from Lost Opportunities
(By Emmanuel Dolo)
Follow the trail of bloodshed before and during the civil war and you will find countless acts of ethnic bigotry and governments too immersed in discrimination, thus too feeble, to make meaningful difference in the prejudices and inequities that pervaded the society.

New Accord Signals Peace in Côte d’Ivoire
(By Abdoulaye W. Dukulé)
In a nationwide address on Friday March 9, 2007, Ivoirian President Laurent Gbagbo profusely thanked his colleague from Burkina Faso, Blaise Compaoré for successfully overseeing the latest peace negotiations between the Ivorian government and rebels of the New Forces who have been in control of the northern half of the country since September 2002.

Life in the U.S.A. and Liberia: Some Reflections from a Former Saint Teresa’s Convent Schoolteacher
(By Evans Duncan)
Well, I woke up this morning and I've been introspecting and I have been a bit nostalgic. It is strange that I have not been homesick for nearly a decade, at least not that I remember. Maybe I feel this way because of my renewed sense of hope for the future of Liberia. It is difficult to walk through the world on a day-to-day basis without a sense of hopefulness.

President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and delegation are back in the country
President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and delegation are back in the country following an official visit to a number of European countries including Spain, Japan and Belgium. The President told reporters upon arrival Friday at the Roberts International Airport, that Netherlands has been requested to consider the reconstruction of the Vai Town Bridge.

Open Letter to Mr. Eric S. Kaba
(By: Theodore Hodge)
I read your rebuttal to my earlier pieces with some degree of shock. I know you and respect your right to agree or disagree with my views. But I think you carelessly chose to express yourself with such trepidation and angst over an already dead issue, but that’s up to you.

Statement on Government Anti-Corruption Drive
(A Statement Issued By The Civil Society Organizations)
In the last months and weeks, the Government of Liberia has proffered charges against a number of persons for misusing and misapplying public funds. Those who have found themselves on the wrong side of the law include former Chairman of the National Transitional Government of Liberia (NTGL), Charles Gyude Bryant, the former Minister of Finance, Lusinee Kamara and the former Minister of Commerce, Rev. Samuel Wlue

The Role of Education in Shaping the “New Liberia”
(By: Adetokunbo K. Borishade)
In 1989, the late Dr. Mary A.B. Sherman reminded us of the dialectical relationship that exists between education and the society it serves. This message was the focus of her keynote address at the 21st Annual Conference of the Liberian Studies Association in 1989.

The Knuckles Saga Continues
(By: Jonathan J. Williams)
Isn’t it sad that our collective conscientious are being judged by a few people who choose to deviate from the central problems of the Knuckles saga only to attack the character of people on either side of the argument. Yes, it is true that we all have to search within ourselves to see where we stand on this issue.

DESPICABLE!: A Response to Mr. Theodore Hodge
(By: Eric S. Kaba )
I normally do not like to do this but there comes a time when we must take off our gloves and confront with “bare hands” that which is not only absurd but despicable as well. This is the case with Mr. Theodore Hodge’s completely senseless and baseless defense of Mr. Willis Knuckles disgraceful, odorous and shameful act that was caught on camera and made public a few weeks ago.

The Issue Of Mr. Knuckles Is Not Simply A Moral Issue
(A Letter From George Fahnbulleh)
I believe your approach to the issue of Mr. Knuckles as simply a moral issue is extremely simplistic and naïve. While this episode should give us, as Liberians the opportunity to examine the historical relationships between the patriarchal society which has dominated women over the years, you have chosen to address the morality or immorality of the this particular situation.

A response to: The Knuckles Saga: Who defines morality?
(Saa M. McCarthy)
I write to respond to the article (http://www.theperspective.org/articles/2007/0303200701.html) published on The Perspective Website [March 3, 2007] authored by Dr. Francien Chenoweth Dorliae. Titled: The Knuckles Saga: Who defines morality?

(By: S. Jabaru Carlon)
In Liberia today, especially since the past four months or so, it has been all but good news; in spite of the many good things the Sirleaf government is arduously trying to achieve. And for some of us connected with that government, one way or another, it is quite disturbing that we only hear from the distance the age-old malicious utterance of Crucify Him/Her”.

Sensing The Danger
Our new-born democracy in Liberia must be cleaned of all ills - ills that have cost the country and people untold sufferings over the years. Ills that have eaten and destroyed the moral, ethical and social values of Liberia for decades. We can all bear witness to the ills of the society that caused Liberia to lose its spot on the international scene.

The Knuckles Saga: Who defines morality?
(By Francien Chenoweth Dorliae)
As a female Liberian citizen, I regretfully accepted Mr. Knuckles’ resignation. Unlike, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, who I deeply admire, my regret is not because of holding public officials to “high moral standards”, rather it is because of my strong opposition to intermingling government and morality.

The former President of Switzerland, Mr. Adolf Ogi, Meets With President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf
The former President of Switzerland, Mr. Adolf Ogi, has paid a courtesy call on President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf at the Foreign Ministry in Monrovia.

Information Minister
Lawrence Bropleh
The Perspective Condemns the Unilateral and Illegal Action of the Minister of Information
Over the years, The Perspective newsmagazine has been at the forefront in the fight for social justice and political freedom to ensure the advent of democracy in Liberia. One of the basic tenets of democracy is the freedom of speech. In its many forms, the media represents a clear manifestation of freedom in any nation.

Heroism by President Sirleaf: A Moment in Our Lifetime
(By: Emmanuel Dolo)
In the aftermath of the Knuckles’ scandal, several questions have loomed. Did President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf make the right decision to have delayed her response? Was she right to have noted that she regretted the decision to accept Mr. Knuckles’ resignation? Others, particularly Mr. Theodore Hodge have even charged Liberians who supported the suspension and/or termination of Mr. Knuckles with overreaction and indifference.