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.
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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.
The practice of journalism the world over has and continues to be in partnership with the government of the day because they work hand in hand for the betterment of that given society or societies. The fact remain that the practitioners are considered being the members of the forth estate thus making them to be a serious stake holder that has been empowered to crossed checked activities of government and societal related activities by way of disseminating the flow of information's void of biasness and many more.
Alistair Campbell, spin doctor- in-chief to former British Prime Minister Tony Bliar, is credited for popularizing the new order of spin. It was simply an over exaggeration of little or no truth to serve deep seated ideological –swayed or a given interest.
Anyone who knows the situation in Liberia would take issue with Daniel Bergner’s characterization of President Sirleaf as an “uncompromising woman.” Any leader of a country in a situation like Liberia’s will have to compromise every day in every way with giant donors like the World Bank, the E.U. and the U.S. State Department, not to mention the competing interests and demands of a war-ravaged population and a political class that is constantly fighting over a very small plate of spoils.
Finance Minister Augustine Kpehe Ngafuan has fired at critics of the government whom he insists are well aware of the depth and scope of Liberia’s institutional and policy changes under the Ellen led Government but are simply postulating with falsehood seeking to exploit a presumably gullible audience.