PARIS – Oscar Wilde said that experience is the name we give to our mistakes. Last year, we tried to analyze the errors that led the world into economic crisis. Now it is time to analyze the mistakes we made when trying to get out of it. When the scale of the crisis became clear last year, many were certain that it would be managed badly. But perhaps we should be grateful that it was managed at all. Unlike in the 1930’s, decision-makers acted quickly, ignoring dogmas that warned against rapid intervention.
The Book of Common Prayer in our Anglican Communion states that “In the midst of life, We are in death.” However, Hebrew 12:2 in the Bible instructs us to look unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith…
KOLKATA – On the eastern edge of Kolkata, Dulu Bibi, a 25-year-old mother of four, worries about the cost of treating her two sick boys. Her husband earns 80-90 rupees ($1.90 or €1.40) a day. The family’s basic diet is low in the essential micronutrients that children need to thrive. Dulu’s two sons, aged three and one, are weak and feverish, lack appetite, and cry a lot. “If I have to spend 150-200 rupees on medicine,” she asks, “what will I eat and feed my children with?”
Corruption is a serious problem facing all nations. It continues to retard national development and results in human suffering. Corruption comes in many guises. Bribery, extortion, fraud, trafficking, embezzlement, nepotism and cronyism are all different manifestations of this disease.
Attaining full democracy in post-war Liberia will remain an illusion as long as the current administration continues on the paths of past regimes, to underplay calls for Claims Courts to be established in the Country.
Violence is a public health problem by the impact generated in both morbidity and mortality, as in mental health, fear, stress ... One of its expressions is the rape: as a crime, it has a high registration of complaints precisely because, contrary to what Naomi Wolf says on The new Dawn (January, 3rd) complaints are not anonymous but is a real person that has to do that report and thereafter, be exposed to a re-victimization in different areas. It happens that the victims were tried in the Court of Public Opinion with intrusive attempts of interviews on the facts, and with judgments on the women themselves; as Wolf notes, “It is no one's business whom a victim has slept with previously, or what she was wearing when she was attacked.”
Recently, President Sirleaf has her very self gone on record for referring to the opposition as having psychiatric problem, and indicated the opposition needs to go and see a psychiatrist; all because they are playing their role as critics against her administration.
A Guest Article
The Press Union of Liberia, PUL is the umbrella organization of all journalists, media institutions and organizations and media NGOs within the borders of Liberia. To succeed in achieving its primary objectives of protecting and defending journalists and advocating social justice in Liberia, the PUL must have at its core, unity of purpose, i.e, the unification of all journalists, media institutions and organizations, as well as media NGOs to achieve such objectives.
A new environmental report, release by the United Nations HABITAT on the State of African Countries has revealed that millions of Africans are at risk from sea level rise. The report which is titled: The State of African Cities 2010: Governance, Inequality and Urban Land Markets, also predicts a rise in the population of African cities.
In recent times, the Liberia National Police has been at the centre of various discussions on the unwholesome and unprofessional behavior of some of its field and operations personnel.