Letter to my Compatriots

La nouvelle norme en matière de pétrole

LAGUNA BEACH – Les prix du pétrole sont de nouveau à la baisse, le baril de pétrole brut américain s’élevant actuellement en dessous des 42 $ – soit le plus bas niveau depuis le mois de mars 2009, au plus fort de la crise financière mondiale. Et tandis que la baisse brutale de l’an dernier s’expliquait en grande partie par la survenance de deux impressionnants chocs de demande, le déclin actuel revêt désormais une importante dimension liée à la demande.

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Ref.: “Corruption and Nepotism in Liberia”: The Mumbo Jumbo, Historical Context and Fact Check

Dear Fellow Compatriots:

In recent weeks, the pages of newspapers and the airwaves of radio and television stations have been saturated with talk about corruption and nepotism in Liberia. In beer parlours and night clubs, on buses and in taxis, the talk often turn to corruption. Sadly, the public seems unable to challenge the purveyors of the corruption and nepotism gossips, not just to explain these terms, but to real show proof. In fact, gossips take on a life of their own with each new gossiper embellishing the story a little to suit his purpose and self-importance.

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Ref.: “Corruption in Liberia? Did We See Transparency International Corruption Perception Index of 2012?

Dear Fellow Compatriots:

In recent weeks, the pages of newspapers and the airwaves of radio and television stations have been saturated with talk about corruption in Liberia. On buses and in taxis, on campus in on market grounds – and even in churches the talk often turns to corruption. Institutions, public and private, some created to fight corruption and are expected to be more judicious and circumspect in their utterances, have joined the fray. Some have claimed that corruption is “undermining the government”, etc.

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Ref.: Welcoming and Applauding Amb. George Weah’s Appointment as Liberia’s First Peace Ambassador

Dear Fellow Compatriots:

In October, following the confluence of several unconnected and unexpected events involving the Presidency, the popular Liberian concept of “October Rain” was given a new life. “October Rains” are a euphemism for abruptness and unpredictability. They are considered special and have large and heavy drops; they come often without clouds forming and without warning; they are sudden. They also stop as quickly as they fall.

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Ref.: Hailing the Gbarnga National Conference on Vision 2030

Dear Fellow Compatriots:

In less than a week, all roads will lead to Gbarnga, Bong County, where a three-day National Conference to discuss framework document of the Vision 2030 Development Agenda will be held. A statement from the organizers indicates that the national conference will be a structured national conversation designed to focus on Liberia’s past, present, and future.

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Ref.:“Corruption & Nepotism in Liberia”

Dear Fellow Compatriots:

In recent weeks, the pages of newspapers and the airwaves of radio and television stations have been saturated with talk about corruption and nepotism in Liberia. In beer parlors and night clubs, on buses and in taxis, the talk often turns to a discussion of corruption. Sadly, the public seems unable to challenge the purveyors of the corruption and nepotism gossips, not just to explain these terms, but to insist on the show of real proof or evidence beyond hearsay. In fact, as is so often the case, gossips and innuendos in Liberia take on a life of their own with each new gossiper embellishing the story a little to suit his purpose and self-importance.

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Ref.: Restoring Decorum and Respect to our Public Square

Dear Fellow Compatriots:

More than a year ago, I launched this letter series to add my voice to the national debate on challenges facing our nation. Then, as now, I was convinced that when reasonable and patriotic voices remain silent, the voices of irrationality, selfishness, and greed gain currency and the mistaken impression is had that they speak for all Liberia. Reasons beyond my control necessitated the suspension of the series.

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Ref.: Liberia’s Historic Inauguration of Pres. Sirleaf: A Summon to Country and Duty

Dear Fellow Compatriots:

A week ago today, at exactly 12:00 noon, the 22nd constitutionally and democratically re-elected President of Liberia, Madame Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, and her Vice President, Ambassador Joseph N. Boakai, took the constitutional Oath of Office, marking the first time in sixty years that an incumbent President of Liberia has peacefully and democratically succeeded himself or herself.

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Ref.: Real Story Behind “Youth” Agitation in Monrovia

Dear Fellow Compatriots:

Imagine the inherent humanity, nobility, and win-win benefits of the Liberian government’s decision to provide jobs for school-going young people with the promise to pay them in time to enable them earn “Christmas money”!

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Ref.: Hearty Congratulations, Madame President, Ms. Gbowee

Dear Fellow Compatriots:

The moment came. I squinted trying to see if my television and eyes were not playing a game of optical illusion on me. I squinted again and again trying to capture the full moment.  It was incredible. It was surreal.

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