NEW YORK – It went almost unnoticed on a day of brinkmanship and geopolitical pyrotechnics. At the United Nations, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas rolled out his demand for full statehood. Israel responded predictably, backed by the United States and others. Diplomats scuttled hurriedly to and fro, seeking compromises and middle ground – anything to do a deal that would keep the matter from coming to a vote in the Security Council or General Assembly.
Since 2006, Liberia has now recently emerged to join and become a full-fledged part of the credible nations of the world (under Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf's leadership). During the 1980s, 1990s and early 2000s, this country had serious problems with monstrous levels of corruption, mismanagement in government and public corporation circles and bad governance. There were no attempts made by any previous government to rein it in. Over the past 3 years there has been a virtual turnaround in public finance and nation development.
We Liberians like the easy way out of hard times – always trusting the wolves that come in sheep’s clothing than the white chicken that we’ve known to be white no matter how much dirt it may be covered with. We begin to regret after missing out on our only window of opportunity to make the right decision. Then all of the sweet talks and nice promises become bitterer, raining in more hard times with no one dare talk or risk disappearing.
Liberia’s political matrimonies or marriages may be voluntary or involuntary, depending on the factors inter-playing in the political system. In part one of this issue under discussion, political marriages were attributed to economic and security reasons, and that such could be voluntary or involuntary depending on the variables.
The run-up to the 2011 elections has generated a lot of hot air from diverse perspectives. We have witnessed discordant messages coming from the opposition ranks, and even from within the same party or political blocs. The Congress for Democratic called for a boycott, the Liberty Party campaigned for Yes-to-All, and the Liberia Transformation Party called for a blanket No vote. Within the CDC, its Campaign Coordinator Senator Jewel Howard Taylor called on Liberians to go and vote in the referendum. Just a few days ago, CDC candidate for Montserrado County electoral District 10 Julius Berrian disclosed on radio that he actually vetoed his party’s official position by voting in the referendum.
If only a small percentage of the people now calling for violence free elections were to lend their voices to calls for Justice and Rule of Law, the appetite for violence in general most certainly will diminish and Liberia would be well on its way to full recovery. Instead, the recovery has stalled due to injustice, impunity, poverty and benign neglect. And the impending election is hardly a remedy whether violence free or not.
My Fellow Countrymen:
Last week, as an independent candidate, I announced my intention to contest the Senatorial Seat of Montserrado County. I thank all of you for the words of encouragement and support which I have received across our dividing lines of party, tribe, gender and religion.
Leadership has become a buzz word for practitioners, bureaucrats and theorists of African development. The term variously means a process of getting work done through people. Leadership may not be science but it is committed responsibility. Africans in civil service, in business schools, in NGOs, in the mass media, in think tanks, in academia, in State Houses, in opposition political parties use leadership as a sort of reality refiner - a way of contrasting past and present, an implement for cataloging out history at a moment of African changes, the flowering of The African Century.
A referendum (also known as a plebiscite or ballot question) is a direct vote in which an entire electorate is asked to either accept or reject a particular proposal. This may result in the adoption of a new constitution, a constitutional amendment, a law, the recall of an elected official or simply a specific government policy. It is a form of direct democracy. In the case of our country, Liberia, there are four propositions for which thousands and thousands of us would be voting on Tuesday, August 23, 2001 throughout the country.
NEW YORK – It is obvious that the left and the media establishment in the United States cannot fully understand the popular appeal of the two Republican tigresses in the news – first Sarah Palin, and now, as she consolidates her status as a Republican presidential front-runner, Michele Bachmann. What do they have that other candidates don’t – and that so many Americans seem to want?