A book titled ‘Burdens of Darkness’ written by one of Liberia’s finest writer and journalist F. Shelton Gonkerwon has been launched in Monrovia. During the launching ceremony over the weekend, author Gonkerwon said that the book is based on his personal experience doing the country’s civil conflict and the bitterness experienced by native Gio and Mano tribes.
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The Press Union of Liberia or PUL, an entity fast becoming a political establishment rather than a civil society group which seeks to protect the welfare of practicing journalists and ensure ethical standards Monday July 11, 2011 issued a press release in which it condemned this paper and accused it of practicing “bad journalism”.
In the eyes of too many Liberians it would look as if our country has turned the curve of democracy, leaving behind that ugly past of political misrule, denial of the rights of the majority to rule and freedom of individual choice. It will almost look certain from a face value assessment of the current body polity that our country is a fast growing democracy, one which has made a leap from a near police state under dictator Charles Taylor less than a decade ago.
The 2011 Legislative and Presidential campaign which kicks-off today is expected to be based on the issue of a promise kept and a call for a change of leadership. The ruling Unity Party or UP is expected to be canvassing on its achievements over the past five years. Prominent among its campaign messages would be the ongoing infrastructure developments, the debt cancellations, the stabilization of the economy, changing of the country’s image from a failed state to a nation of peace and progress, a nation worth emulating positively.
Africa’s oil deposit has been dubbed a deadly disease responsible for much of the wretchedness befalling the continent. Most oil-rich countries, if not all, are plunged into civil unrest, political instability, economic downturn and social biases encouraging pillage of major state assets thereby leaving the general masses to suffer and wither in abject poverty.
NEW YORK – It is a well-known – though questionable – truth in the online community that consumers won’t pay for privacy. Accordingly, most companies regard the entire issue warily, seeing only expensive disclosure requirements, constraints on their ability to collect information about their customers, and a potential source of legal liabilities.
DENVER – For many of us in the United States Foreign Service, Lawrence Eagleburger, who died this weekend, was a larger-than-life figure who left an indelible mark on our institution and on our lives. Eagleburger, who served and later often closely advised a string of US presidents from John F. Kennedy to George H.W. Bush – and was briefly Secretary of State himself – was a diplomat who went after every tough issue there was.
NEW YORK – Sooner than expected, the International Monetary Fund will have a new managing director. For more than a decade, I have criticized the Fund’s governance, symbolized by the way its leader is chosen. By gentlemen’s agreement among the majority shareholders – the G-8 – the managing director is to be a European, with Americans in the number two post and at the head of the World Bank.
We have encouraging news out of Africa this week of World Malaria Day, as we take stock of the illnesses and deaths caused by this longtime scourge. Eleven countries in Africa had slashed the number of confirmed malaria cases, malaria-related hospital admissions or deaths by more than 50 percent by end 2009. When 2010 data becomes available we expect it to show that even more countries have shown similar progress.
WASHINGTON, DC – Dropping bombs as a solution to the world’s trouble spots may be falling out of fashion (with the notable exception of Libya), but finger wagging is definitely back in.