NMCP launches 2016 malaria prevention report

The Ministry of Health through the National Malaria Control Program (NMCP) has launched the 2016 Malaria Indicator survey report with a glaring call to prevent the wide spread of malaria across the country.

The 2016 Liberia Malaria Indicator Survey (LMIS) is the third Malaria Indicator Survey conducted in Liberia since 2009 as part of the DHS Program, and activates here in Liberia.

The LMIS was designed to provide estimates at the national level, for urban and rural areas, and for five regions and Monrovia specifically.The launching of the 2016 LMIS report which was held Tuesday, 5 December at the Ministry of Health in Congo Town, Tubman Boulevard brought together both media representatives from various media intuitions.

The 2016 Liberia MIS provides populations-based estimates on malaria indicators including malaria prevention, case management, malaria, and anemia prevalence to inform strategic planning and program evaluation.

The report explains that all children between the ages of 6-59 months living in selected households were eligible for the malaria and anemia testing. Accordingly, the malaria testing was done through rapid diagnostic testing, and the anemia testing was also carried out using the hemocue system.

The report notes that of the 3,250 eligible children, 86% of them provided blood for RTD and anemia. In total 2,872 children were tested for malaria, and 2,873 were tested for anemia.

The 2016 MIS report suggests that the best way to prevent malaria is by suing Insecticide Treated Bednet (ITN), adding that the Intermittent Preventive Treatment (IPT) for pregnant women to prevent themselves from malaria, and the treatment consists of two doses of fansidar at least once during antenatal care.

Speaking to this paper in an interview, the Communication Associates at Democratic Health Survey (DHS) Mrs. Anne Linn says the 2016 survey targeted about 4,000 households, and it ran from September to November 2016.

According to her, the objective of the 2016 LMIS report is to provide current information for policymakers, planners, researchers, and program managers to have an insight on the danger of malaria.Mrs. Linn names topics in the report as Ownership, Access, and the Use of Mosquito bednets.

By Lewis S. Teh--Edited by Winston W. Parley

AME University students donate to Louisianan Township

Assorted materials valued over US$150.00 have been presented to the Township of Louisianan by 80 students from the Africa Methodist Episcopal University or AMEU.

The materials, which include one wheelbarrow, one bag of white wash, a pack of candies and biscuits, two rakes, dozens of washing and bath soap, Fenol central disinfectant, carton of Pop Tile Soap, three shovels, two grass cutters, cartoon of cholera and cutlasses.

Presenting the items on behalf of his colleagues, Student Prince N. Weah, says they were gratified that the AME University could contribute to the development of Louisianan.He discloses that the students, who are reading Public Administration, Sociology and English, among others, could not visit the township without identifying with the place.

Speaking earlier, Instructor Darlington A. P. Smith, who took the students on a field visitation to Louisiana Township, expresses gratitude to the leaders of the township for the smooth development of the area.

Mr. Smith continues that the intent of the students’ visit was to intellectually interact with the leadership of Louisiana, including youth of the area, including sports.
During the intellectual interaction held at the newly constructed Louisiana Town Hall, the students asked several questions regarding the function and structure of local government, education and health facilities, source of income generation by residents and youth and the sale of dangerous drug substances.

Responding to the many inquiries from the AME University students were the Commissioner of Louisiana Township Solomon Miller and the Council Secretary-General Mr. Wilton Saysay.

The two local officials adequately addressed all of the students’ inquiries, lamenting that the township through the intervention of the traditional devil has been able to stop sales of dangerous substances to youth of the area.

According to them, the first action taken by the township leadership did not produced sufficient result as dealers continue to trade the substance to people, thereby craving the intervention of the traditional devil, which put the situation under control. Following indoor interaction, the male and female teams of the AME University clashed with the youth of Louisiana in both soccer and kickball.

By Emmanuel Mondaye -Editing by Jonathan Browne

“We are ready to vote UP out”

Some diehard partisans of opposition Coalition for Democratic Coalition (CDC) say they are prepared to vote out ruling Unity Party (UP) at the presidential runoff which still faces legal challenge by defeated opposition Liberty Party (LP) presidential candidate Cllr. Charles Brumskine.

The runoff is suspended by the Supreme Court to allow the National Elections Commission (NEC) hear and decide Cllr. Brumskine's complaint of alleged fraud and irregularities in the 10 October presidential and representatives elections in which he emerged third among 20 presidential candidates.

CDC partisans told this paper in separate interviews over the weekend that despite the prohibition placed on the run-off election expected between CDC's Sen. George Manneh Weah and UP's Vice President Joseph Nyumah Boakai, they are in readiness to prove to the world that the CDC is the winner of the elections.

According to them, attempt by LP's Brumskine to destabilize the runoff process has reenergized supporters of the CDC, vowing that nothing will stop them from whipping Vice President Boakai who they say supports the other losing political parties. Patrick Moore, Solumie Jackson and Samuel Livingstone who identify themselves as strong supporters of the CDC, said that no amount of threats from the losing parties can change the minds of CDC partisans from turning out to reconfirm that CDC is the frontrunner of Liberian politics.

They oppose claims by other opposition politicians that the election process was marred by irregularities ties and fraud. The CDC supporters who appear very angry, say Liberians are tired of suffering under a Unity Party led-government, claiming that the ruling party has nothing substantial to offer the people who twice voted it into power.

“If Brumskine, Boakai and Urey think that their action can stop us from going to the poll to vote and elect Sen. George Weah as Liberia’s next president, then they must be making a big mistake because all supporters of the CDC throughout Liberia have resolved to kick the UP government out of power”, the CDCians say.

They say they will disgrace the political ‘Junta’ of Liberty Party, Unity Party, and All Liberian Party in any re-run declared by the NEC at any time. The CDCians conclude that they are fed up with the treatment of the UP government and its associates.

By Emmanuel Mondaye --Edited by Winston W. Parley

Motorcyclists appreciate Ellen

President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has received appreciation from the Commercial Motorcyclists Union of Liberia (CMTUL) for 12 years of uninterrupted peace and for creating the space for motorcyclists to carry out their normal duties. “Madam President, because of the maintenance of peace under your able leadership we are able to ride our bikes, build our homes, sent ourselves to school and feed ourselves, we say thank you very much Madam President; you will be remembered even after your administration has come to an end,” he said.

An Executive Mansion release said, the assertion was made at a program marking the appreciation of President Sirleaf by Commercial Motorcyclists Union of Liberia, which took place at the Monrovia City Hall on Sunday, November 5, 2017.

Speaking on behalf of the Motorcyclists, John Kenyon, head of the Union said President Sirleaf as the first democratically female President in Africa has done well and should be appreciated while she is still alive. Presenting a copy of a movie to President Sirleaf entitled: “Pem-pem boys nonviolent movie”, he noted that President Sirleaf has created the space for motorcyclists to succeed and improve their lives. He furthered: “We are productive citizens of Liberia and not to be called all kinds of names,” he said.

He used the occasion to congratulate Deputy Inspector General of Police, Abraham Kromah for the level of transformation over the period. Using a biblical maxim, Mr. Kenyon described Col. A.B. Kromah as transitioning from “Saul to Paul”. Mr. Kenyon encouraged motorcyclists to avoid being used by politicians for their selfish interest and ensure peace always and at all times.

He told the gathering that the Union has purchased a parcel of land in Margibi County to construct a vocational school to enhance their ability. He then appealed to President Sirleaf on behalf of the Union to be captured in the next national budget to buttress their development efforts.  Responding, President Sirleaf thanked the Motorcyclists and described them as “Professional Entrepreneurs” and not just “Motorcyclists” because they carried sick children and pregnant women to various places. She commended them for their outstanding contributions to the Liberian economy by providing transportation services throughout the country.

The Liberian leader assured the Motorcyclists of her government’s commitment to improving the lives of all Liberians including motorcyclist’s all over Liberia adding, “Although we having reach the place we want to reach due to some delays including the outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus for two years and others, we are committed to connecting our roads including county capitals; All financial requirements has being put in place to begin the roads pavement as we approach the dry season” She said.

Speaking further, she noted despite the challenges encountered, her government has made sufficient progress both nationally and internationally including building of roads, among others. Describing the ceremony as a family gathering, she urged motorcyclists to respect the rule of law and be good citizens because according to her the future rest with them. She promised to sponsor a movie presented to her entitled “Pem-Pem Boys Non Violent Movie”.

In separate remarks, Deputy Inspector General Abraham Kromah and Cllr. Yvette Chesson-Wureh lauded the motorcyclists for coming together and encouraged them to remain law abiding at all times. They pledged their continued support to the Motorcyclists.

Donald Trump’s Federal Reserve

CAMBRIDGE – With the appointment of Jerome Powell as the next Chair of the United States Federal Reserve Board, Donald Trump has made perhaps the most important single decision of his presidency. It is a sane and sober choice that heralds short-term continuity in Fed interest-rate policy, and perhaps a simpler and cleaner approach to regulatory policy.

Although Powell is not a PhD economist like current Fed Chair Janet Yellen and her predecessor, Ben Bernanke, he has used his years as an “ordinary” governor at the Fed to gain a deep knowledge of the key issues he will face. But make no mistake: the institution Powell will now head rules the global financial system. All other central bankers, finance ministers, and even presidents run a distant second.

If that seems hyperbolic, it is only because most of us don’t really pay attention to the Fed on a day-to-day basis. When the Fed gets it right, price stability reigns, unemployment remains low, and output hums along. But “getting it right” is not always easy, and when the Fed gets it wrong, the results can be pretty ugly.

Famously, the Fed’s efforts to tame a stock-market bubble in the late 1920s sparked the Great Depression of the 1930s. (Fortunately, of the candidates Trump was considering for the Fed post, Powell is the one least likely to repeat this mistake.) And when the Fed printed mountains of money in the 1970s to try to dull the pain of that decade’s oil shocks, it triggered an inflationary surge that took more than a decade to tame.

At times, the rest of the world seems to care more about Fed policy than Americans do. Little wonder: perhaps more than ever, the US dollar lies at the heart of the global financial system. This is partly because much of world trade and finance is indexed to the dollar, leading many countries to try to mimic Fed policies to stabilize their exchange rates.

Powell will face some extraordinary challenges at the outset of his five-year term. By some measures, stock markets look even frothier today than they did in the 1920s. With today’s extraordinarily low interest rates, investors seem ever more willing to assume greater risk in search of return.

At the same time, despite a strongly growing US and global economy, inflation remains mystifyingly low. This has made it extremely difficult for the Fed to normalize policy interest rates (still only 1%) so that it has room to cut them when the next recession hits, which it inevitably will. (The odds of a recession hitting in any given year are around 17%, and that seems like a good guess now.)

If Powell and the Fed cannot normalize interest rates before the next recession, what will they do? Yellen insists that there is nothing to worry about; the Fed has everything under control, because it can turn to alternative instruments. But many economists have come to believe that much of this is smoke and mirrors.

For example, so-called quantitative easing involves having the Fed issue short-term debt to buy up long-term government debt. But the US Treasury owns the Fed, and can carry out such debt purchases perfectly well by itself.

Some argue for “helicopter money,” whereby the Fed prints money and hands it out. But this, too, is smoke and mirrors. The Fed has neither the legal authority nor the political mandate to run fiscal policy; if it tries to do so, it runs the risk of forever losing its independence.

Given that monetary policy is the first and best line of defense against a recession, an urgent task for the new chair is to develop a better approach. Fortunately, good ideas exist, and one can only hope that Powell will quickly move to create a committee to study long-term fixes.

One idea is to raise the Fed’s inflation target. But this would be problematic, not least because it would breach a decades-long promise to keep inflation around 2%. Moreover, higher inflation would induce greater indexation, ultimately undermining the effectiveness of monetary policy. Paving the way for effective negative-interest-rate policy is a more radical – but by far the more elegant – solution.

Bank regulation is also part of the Fed’s mandate. The 2010 Dodd-Frank financial-reform legislation, which has spawned 30,000 pages of rules, has been a boon for lawyers. But the massive compliance costs ultimately fall on small and medium-size businesses. It would be far better simply to require banks to raise much more of their resources in equity markets instead of through bonds. That way, shareholders, not taxpayers, would take the big hit in a crisis.

I have not mentioned the elephant in the room: the threat to the Fed’s independence posed by a president seemingly intent on challenging all institutional norms. When President Richard Nixon was intent on being re-elected in 1972, he put heavy pressure on then-Fed Chair Arthur Burns to “juice” the economy. Nixon was re-elected, but inflation soared and growth collapsed. No one should be wishing for a replay – even if Nixon eventually was impeached.

Kenneth Rogoff, a former chief economist of the IMF, is Professor of Economics and Public Policy at Harvard University.

By Kenneth Rogoff

Cybersecurity Starts at the Top

LONDON – Every time a major corporate cybersecurity breach occurs, the response looks pretty much the same: cry “havoc!” and call in the cyber first responders to close the breach. But by the time an executive or two stands before a few government committees, proffering some explanation and pledging to beef up security protocols, people – including the hackers – have largely moved on. And with each breach, the cycle accelerates: people either dismiss the threat – it probably won’t happen to them – or accept it as an unavoidable pitfall of modern life.

The truth is that the threat posed by cybersecurity breaches is both acute and avoidable. The key to mitigating it is to understand that cybersecurity isn’t simply a technology issue; it is also an urgent strategic issue that should be at the top of the agenda for every board and management team. After all, from Yahoo! to Equifax, data breaches have often been rooted in internal forces of human error, carelessness, or even maliciousness.

Already, the scale and speed of attacks is massive. It has now emerged that the 2013 Yahoo! data breach affected all three billion accounts. In May, the WannaCry ransomworm attack affected dozens of the UK’s National Health Service trusts, and spread globally at lightning speed.

The recently revealed Equifax data breach – which occurred during two months when the company had a patch to a known security vulnerability, but hadn’t applied it – gave the hackers access to 145.5 million consumers’ personal and sensitive data. According to testimony provided by now-former Equifax CEO Richard F. Smith to the US Congress, the breach reflected the negligence of one individual in the IT department.

The risks are only growing. The United Kingdom’s National Cybersecurity Centre, founded last year, has already responded to nearly 600 significant incidents. The department’s director recently predicted that our first “category one cyber-incident” would occur in the next few years.

One problem is that many organizations simply don’t have cyber-security on their radar. They believe they are too small to be a target, or that such breaches are limited to the tech and finance sectors. But, just recently, the US fast-food chain Sonic – not exactly a tech giant – revealed that a malware attack on some of its drive-in outlets may have allowed hackers to secure customers’ credit card information.

The fact is that many types of companies use, if not depend on, technology. And they collect many types of data, about everything from customers and employees to distribution systems and transactions. Consumers often don’t comprehend the extent of companies’ data collection, failing to understand even the basics of the “cookies” being used when they surf the web. According to a March 2017 report by the Pew Research Center, many Americans, for example, “are unclear about some key cybersecurity topics, terms, and concepts.”

Of course, consumers must be informed and vigilant about their own data. But even those who are, find that if they want to engage fully in modern life, they have little choice but to hand over personal data to organizations in both the private and public sectors, from utility and finance companies to hospitals and tax authorities.

With automation, this trend will only accelerate, with people counting on technology to do everything from ordering groceries to turning on the lights and even locking the doors. The power this gives to the likes of Google and Amazon, not to mention an ever-growing array of startups, is obvious. What is not obvious is that consumers can rely on companies’ knowledge and duty of care to protect the information they collect.

No company can afford a laissez faire attitude about cybersecurity. Yet even tech companies took some time to recognize the extent of their technical responsibilities, including the need for a C-level executive to manage their technology needs. Not long ago, such companies often maintained a “helpdesk” mindset: just make sure people could use the product and have someone to call if something went wrong.

But, with data breaches proliferating, often with business-critical consequences, there is no excuse for such inertia. Such breaches can cripple companies both operationally and financially, owing to the direct theft of funds or intellectual property and the cost of plugging the security hole or paying punitive fines. They can also diminish a company’s reputation and credibility among investors, business partners, and communities, even in cases when the breach is minor and doesn’t compromise sensitive information.

While board members do not all have to be technology experts, they do need to keep up with the state of their company’s technology, including how well secured it is. A board’s risk committee can conduct in-depth reviews. But regular status updates to the full board, like those for other crucial issues affecting the business, are also needed.

In today’s world, no organization – public or private, commercial or non-profit – has an excuse not to be supremely vigilant and pro-active about securing their data and systems. It is not enough to meet legal requirements, which don’t keep up with technological change. Instead, those requirements should be viewed as a starting point for a much more robust, closely monitored, and effectively adapted system that truly protects the data on which our societies and economies increasingly depend. Data breaches are not a fact of modern life. They are an artifact of modern indifference.

Lucy P. Marcus is CEO of Marcus Venture Consulting.

By Lucy P. Marcus

The Turn of the Kurds

NEW YORK – Returns show a high percentage of Iraq’s estimated eight million Kurds turned out to vote in a referendum on independence for the Kurdistan Region and other areas of the country with a substantial Kurdish population. An even higher proportion of voters – reported to be above 90% – voted yes. Much of the world, though, is unsympathetic, and statehood in today’s world depends on recognition by other states. So what happens now?

To be sure, there is not and should not be any automatic right of self-determination. It was one thing for people in colonies ruled by governments thousands of miles away and deprived of many of their rights to opt for independence in the wake of World War II. It is something else altogether for a region to secede from an existing independent country. A world of frequent secession would be in even greater disarray than the world we already have.

The question then naturally arises: under what circumstances should leaders and populations seeking to leave one country and establish their own be supported? There is no universally accepted set of standards, but let me suggest some that should be applied:

• A history that indicates a clear collective identity for the people in question.

• A compelling rationale, in the sense that the population must be able to demonstrate that the status quo is imposing a large political, physical, and economic price.

• The population makes clear that it strongly favors a new and separate political status.

• The new state is viable (the last thing the world needs are more failed states).

• Secession does not jeopardize the viability of the rump state or the security of neighboring states.

By these standards, there is a persuasive case for Kurdish independence. The Kurds have a strong sense of collective history and national identity, and failed to achieve statehood after WWI through no fault of their own – even though the case for it was as persuasive as those of other groups whose national hopes were satisfied. The Kurds of Iraq suffered greatly (including being attacked with chemical weapons) at the hands of Saddam Hussein’s regime. An independent Kurdistan has the potential to be economically viable, given its energy reserves. And Iraq without Kurdistan would still be viable, as would other neighboring countries.

Nonetheless, the desire of the Kurds in northern Iraq for a country of their own is mostly being resisted. Iraq’s central government, worried about the loss of territory and significant oil reserves, strongly opposes Kurdish secession. Turkey, Iran, and Syria all oppose Kurdish independence anywhere, fearing that their own Kurdish minorities could be “infected” by the “virus” of Kurdish statehood and seek to break away and create a state of their own or join the new Kurdish entity carved from Iraq.

Iraq’s central government has threatened to close its airspace to planes flying to or from the Kurdish region. And Turkey has threatened to cut off the pipeline on which Kurdistan relies to export oil. The danger in such moves is that the viability of the new entity (which would be landlocked) could be jeopardized, not to mention the risk of military clashes.

The United States opposes Kurdish independence, concerned that the opposition of the neighboring states could fuel further turmoil in an already turbulent Middle East. But it is also true that the Kurds meet many of the criteria for statehood, operate a political system with democratic features, and have been a loyal and effective ally against the Islamic State in both Iraq and Syria. And the opposition of an illiberal Turkey, an imperial Iran, an Iraq heavily influenced by Iran, and a Syrian regime that owes its survival to Iranian and Russian military intervention strengthens the geopolitical argument for Kurdish statehood.

One option for the US and the European Union (which has been similarly cool to the idea of Kurdish independence) would be to support or participate in negotiations between the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) and the Iraqi government in Baghdad. Such talks could aim for a compromise over how resources and territory might be divided or shared. Parallel talks involving Turkey and the KRG could address both economic and security concerns.

The US and the EU should also make clear that any support on their part for Kurdish separatism is not a precedent for others. There are already more than 190 countries, and the emergence of new ones is neither simple nor straightforward. Each situation needs to be judged on its merits. Groups have every right to participate in the determination of their future, but not to decide it by themselves. The Kurds of Iraq have made their preference known; it is neither fair nor sustainable to refuse to take their goal seriously.

Richard N. Haass is President of the Council on Foreign Relations and the author of A World in Disarray: American Foreign policy and the Crisis of the Old Order.

By Richard N. Haass

Le tour des Kurdes

NEW YORK – Les résultats montrent qu’un pourcentage important des huit millions de Kurdes d’Irak ont participé au référendum sur l’indépendance du Kurdistan autonome et des territoires du pays à forte population kurde. Une proportion plus importante encore d’électeurs – qui serait supérieure à 90 % – ont voté oui. L’hostilité internationale, pourtant, est à peu près générale et, dans le monde d’aujourd’hui, un État ne peut se constituer qu’à condition d’être reconnu par les autres. Que va-t-il donc se passer ?

Il n’existe pas – et il ne saurait bien entendu exister – de droit automatique à l’autodétermination. Ce fut une chose pour les peuples colonisés, gouvernés par des États distants de milliers de kilomètres et privés d’une grande part de leurs droits, d’adopter l’indépendance au lendemain de la Seconde Guerre mondiale ; c’en est une autre pour une région de se séparer d’un pays souverain. Un monde où de telles sécessions se multiplieraient serait plus désemparé encore que celui dans lequel nous vivons déjà.

Une question, dès lors, survient : dans quelles circonstances doit-on soutenir des dirigeants et des populations qui cherchent à se détacher d’un pays pour créer le leur ? S’il n’existe pas de critères universellement acceptés, qu’il me soit permis d’en suggérer quelques-uns :

• Une histoire attestant l’identité collective incontestable du peuple en question ;

• • Un fondement incontournable, à savoir que la population doit être capable de prouver que le prix politique, physique et économique
 du statu quo est trop élevé ;

• Le choix clair de la population en faveur d’un statut politique nouveau et distinct ;

• La viabilité du nouvel État (la prolifération des États faillis est la dernière chose dont le monde a besoin) ;

• Une scission qui ne remette en cause ni la viabilité du reste de l’État partitionné ni la sécurité des États voisins.

À l’aune de ces critères, les arguments en faveur de l’indépendance kurde sont convaincants. Les Kurdes ont une conscience aiguë de leur histoire collective et un fort sentiment d’identité nationale. Leur échec à créer un État après la Première Guerre mondiale ne peut leur être imputé : leurs raisons étaient aussi légitimes que celles d’autres groupes dont les aspirations nationales ont été satisfaites. Les Kurdes d’Irak ont terriblement souffert du régime de Saddam Hussein (qui eut recours contre eux aux armes chimiques). Un Kurdistan indépendant, étant donné ses réserves énergétiques, aurait les capacités de sa viabilité économique. Et l’Irak sans le Kurdistan demeurerait viable, tout comme les pays voisins.

Malgré cela, le souhait des Kurdes du nord de l’Irak d’obtenir leur propre État se heurte à une résistance quasi générale. Le gouvernement central irakien, inquiet de cette perte de territoires et des importantes réserves de pétrole qui y sont attachées, s’oppose fortement à une sécession kurde. La Turquie, l’Iran et la Syrie refusent tous et partout l’indépendance, craignant que leurs propres minorités kurdes ne soient « contaminées » par le « virus » de l’État kurde et ne cherchent elles aussi à faire sécession pour créer leur propre État ou rejoindre la nouvelle entité kurde détachée de l’Irak.

Le gouvernement central irakien a fermé son espace aérien aux vols à destination de la région kurde ou en provenance de celle-ci. Et la Turquie a menacé de couper l’oléoduc indispensable au Kurdistan pour exporter son pétrole. Le danger de telles initiatives est qu’elles peuvent remettre en cause la viabilité de la nouvelle entité (qui se retrouverait ainsi prisonnière), sans compter les risques d’affrontements armés.

Les États-Unis s’opposent à l’indépendance kurde, inquiets que l’opposition des États voisins n’alimente de nouveaux troubles dans un Moyen-Orient déjà très agité. Mais il est aussi vrai que les Kurdes remplissent de nombreux critères parmi ceux qui font un État, qu’ils se sont doté d’un système politique aux attributs démocratiques, et qu’ils se sont montrés, aussi bien en Irak qu’en Syrie, un allié loyal et efficace contre l’État islamique. Quant à l’opposition d’une Turquie illibérale, d’un Iran impérial, d’un Irak lourdement influencé par l’Iran et d’un régime syrien qui ne doit sa survie qu’aux interventions militaires iranienne et russe, elle renforce encore les arguments géopolitiques en faveur d’un État kurde.

Pour les États-Unis et l’Union européenne (qui a reçu tout aussi fraîchement l’idée d’une indépendance kurde), une option pourrait être de soutenir des négociations entre le Gouvernement régional du Kurdistan (GRK) et le gouvernement irakien à Bagdad, voire d’y participer. Ces discussions pourraient rechercher un compromis sur le partage des ressources et des territoires. Des pourparlers parallèles entre la Turquie et le GRK pourraient aborder les questions économiques et de sécurité.

Les États-Unis et l’Union européenne devraient aussi faire comprendre qu’un soutien de leur part au séparatisme kurde ne saurait constituer un précédent. Il existe aujourd’hui plus de 190 pays, et l’émergence de nouveaux pays n’est jamais simple ni facile. Chaque situation est singulière et doit être jugée comme telle. Tous les groupes ont le droit de participer au choix de leur avenir, mais non de le décider seuls. Les Kurdes d’Irak ont fait connaître leur préférence ; refuser de prendre leur but au sérieux n’est ni juste ni soutenable.

Traduction François Boisivon

Richard N. Haass est président du Council on Foreign Relations. Son dernier livre s’intitule A World in Disarray: American Foreign Policy and the Crisis of the Old Order (« Un monde désemparé : la politique étrangère américaine et la crise de l’ordre ancien »).

Par Richard N. Haass

Carter Center makes recommendation to NEC

U.S group Carter Center is calling on the National Election Commission (NEC) to uphold and ensure free, fair, and transparent elections come October 10,2017.

The Carter Center in its press release issue over the weekend offers several recommendations on steps to increase public confidence in the election and flags a few issues that could prove problematic, including several that could be addressed prior to Election Day.

According to Carter Center, NEC should consider using all media and telecommunication options to communicate the availability of the SMS voter list verification tool to voters, which would contribute to the public’s confidence in the quality of the list and help familiarize voters with the location of their polling places.

To further its commitment to transparency, the NEC should publicly post the lists of people selected as polling station staff so that the names may be scrutinized by the community.

The NEC should continue its efforts to explain the tabulation process and the provisions for ensuring adequate access for party agents and observers, and any other safeguards it is implementing.

Further, a clear outline of the planned timetable for releasing results would help prepare political parties and the general public for the days following Election Day.
In order to assure voters that they can cast their ballots free from intimidation and that the secrecy of the vote is fully protected, all parties should refrain from gathering voter identification numbers in the time before Election Day.

In addition, the political parties and the NEC should assure voters that it is not possible to determine how a voter cast his or her ballot based on an identification number, and that persons who have collected voter identification numbers will not be able to determine how a voter cast their ballot.

The NEC should prepare itself to respond to questions about the number of voters who were allowed to vote on Election Day when they showed up with a valid voter registration card but were not on the published list.

The NEC should instruct its staff to strictly enforce the law regarding who is authorized to be present in polling places, Political parties should refrain from releasing parallel results prior to the publication of provisional results by the NEC. Further, both the political parties and the NEC should be clear in informing voters that only results reviewed and released by the NEC are official.--Press release

Lonestar Cell MTN subscriber wins 1,000,000LRD By Lewis S. Teh Liberia’s leading GSM Company, Lonestar Cell MTN, has again put smiles on the faces of its valuable subscribers with a resident of Paynesville City, outside Monrovia Cyrus N. Paye, winnin

Liberia’s leading GSM Company, Lonestar Cell MTN, has again put smiles on the faces of its valuable subscribers with a resident of Paynesville City, outside Monrovia Cyrus N. Paye, winning 1000,000 Liberian Dollars, an equivalent of US$8,300 from its a Mobile Money Raffle draw.

Speaking to reporters over the weekend at the start of the draw held at the company head offices in Oldest Congo Town, Lonestar Cell Mobile Money Manager, Massa Dennis, says the draw was meant to identify with subscribers, who have been active in using mobile money account to transact.

“As you may be aware, the mobile money draw here today marks the company six years since this promotion was launched in 2011, and every September is the month to remember, where many subscribers will have the chance to win many of our valuable prices”, narrates Madam Dennis.

She continues that the company remains Liberia’s leading GSM operator because of the many programs and promotions it is engaged into, saying, “Lonestar Cell MTN is not only in the business of mobile activities, but rather we care about the living conditions of our subscribers, and we also give back to where we operate as a means of providing quality service and promotions”, among others.

Massa says the company uses this medium to say thanks to its many subscribers for trusting and using the services over the years. According to her, “September to remember” is a raffle draw that put together to reward customers every week of September, and that so for in the last three weeks, management has been rewarding customers with fantastic prizes, and “we though to climax this with a mobile money star winner.”

She says management has decided to make the exercise an annual celebration of mobile money Liberia, because of its impact on the lives of the public, and as a way of saying thanks to subscribers. Prizes awarded include bags of rice, television sets, generators, blackberry phones and modern, Argo-oil, but the most memorable prize of all is the one million Liberian Dollars, which obviously is the grand prize.

According to the Mobile Money Manager, the September is not for profit making, but a period to express thanks to the thousands of subscribers across the country.

“I am very excited, and proud of the impact that our service has had on the lives of our customers, and we look forward to having more customers”, Madam Dennis says. For his part, the winner of the grand prize, Mr. Cyrus N. Paye, expresses delight over services being offered by Lonestar Cell MTN, saying, I am proud; I just started using mobile money, but all in all, I am grateful to God, and Lone Star Cell for providing this opportunity to our country.”

Cyrus notes that though he had a little doubt when he received call that he has become a lucky winner.  When I received the call that I won, I was in the midst of some colleagues, and I show them the numbers, they couldn’t believe because there are lot of fake guys in town, calling people to inform them that they won, but I look at the number and decided to give it a try, and it’s a reality, so the service is unique. I want to encourage others to see reason to use it.”

The live draw, held on Power FM, a local radio station in Monrovia, was witnessed by officials from the Liberia National Lottery Authority, including staffs and employees of the company.

By Lewis S. Teh-Editing by Jonathan Browne

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