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Liberia Lawmakers Alarm Over High U.S.$ Rate

Liberia Lawmakers Alarm Over High U.S.$ Rate

Members of the House of Representatives has alarmed over the constant deprecation of the Liberian dollar, leading to the unprecedented hike of various commodities in the country. Currently, the Liberian dollar is trading as low as L$150 to one United States dollar, something the lawmakers say must be urgently addressed. In a communication to Plenary […]

Liberian Women Call On President Weah to Keep His Promise of Equal Land Rights

Liberian Women Call On President Weah to Keep His Promise of Equal Land Rights

“Laws on marriage, divorces, property rights, child custody and land ownership all contain powerful clauses that marginalise our women in favour of men” A promise by Liberian President George Weah to change laws that discriminate against women is spurring campaigners to push for legal reform to protect wives’ land rights. Women are lobbying Weah to […]

Give President George Weah a Chance!

Give President George Weah a Chance!

Much has been said about the controversial loan scheme undertaken by the Weah Administration to finance road development projects in the country. Many have argued that the loans were contracted out of the well-known channels of the Bretton Woods Twins, the IMF and World Bank. But it is possible we could be running too fast […]

What We Need to Learn for This Year’s Polls in Zimbabwe, Cameroon and DR Congo

What We Need to Learn for This Year’s Polls in Zimbabwe, Cameroon and DR Congo

As Zimbabwe, Cameroon and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) prepare to hold historic polls in July, October and December respectively, concerns around violence, intimidation and credible electoral processes are rising. In Zimbabwe, incidents of intimidation and threats of violence have been reported ahead of the 30 July election, which will be a test for […]

After Ebola – What Happens When the Virus Fades and the NGOs – and Money – Leave?

After Ebola – What Happens When the Virus Fades and the NGOs – and Money – Leave?

Ebola wiped out nearly 10% of Liberia’s doctors and nurses. Take a look at life for those it left behind. Musu lies on her side in a cot in the Tubmanburg public hospital in Liberia’s northwestern Bomi County. She grips the creamcoloured bed rails, waiting for her father to clean her fresh surgical wounds. The […]

Traditional Chiefs Back President George Weah’s Private Jet Bid

Traditional Chiefs Back President George Weah’s Private Jet Bid

At the just ended National Tradition Leaders Conference held in Ganta, Chief Zanzah Karwor, speaking for the chiefs, gave their backing to President George Weah for obtaining a presidential jet to facilitate his travel. Presenting their 11 count resolution to Internal Affairs Minister Varney Sirleaf, Chief Karwor said the bid to purchase the jet was […]

The Scams Which Drain West Africa’s Resources

The Scams Which Drain West Africa’s Resources

The international coalition of journalists which pioneered reporting on the “Panama Papers” has teamed up with West Africa’s Norbert Zongo Cell for Investigative Journalism (Cenozo)* to expose the tax avoidance, financial crime and corruption which siphon money out of the region, hindering development. In what the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) calls West Africa’s […]

Wanted – Honorary Consuls For ‘Cash-Strapped’ African Nations

Wanted – Honorary Consuls For ‘Cash-Strapped’ African Nations

Honorary consuls occupy a little-known niche in the global elite. Many work to rigorous standards, but for others their avowed love for their adopted country is not always reflected in their tax filings. On an overcast afternoon in September 2009, Benin President Thomas Boni Yayi raised a pair of golden scissors above a ribbon at […]

West Africa is Losing Millions of Dollars

West Africa is Losing Millions of Dollars

West Africa is losing millions of dollars that could be spent tackling poverty and inequality because governments are bending the rules to favour the rich and powerful, said Oxfam today in the wake of #WestAfricaLeaks. #WestAfricaLeaks shows an elaborate collusion between some of the region’s most powerful politicians and business leaders. From Senegal and Nigeria […]

On Africa Day – Who Has Taken Up the Mantle of Pan-Africanism?

On Africa Day – Who Has Taken Up the Mantle of Pan-Africanism?

Pan-Africanism – the liberation of Africans through regional cohesion and solidarity – has played a crucial role in shaping the continent’s development. First championed by Kwame Nkrumah and Julius Nyerere in the 1960s, it was later advanced by Thabo Mbeki and Olusegun Obasanjo, whose presidencies in South Africa and Nigeria respectively saw the introduction of […]

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