Liberians from all parts of the country will be going to the polls to elect a new President. This will be the second truly democratic post war election. Innumerable parties have already registered, yet Liberians seem not to have seen any party or coalition of parties capable of influencing the ruling Unity Party. Liberians have been yearning for a rainbow coalition, something, if not realized, according to the majority of the people, could make the elections a mare formality for the Unity Party. The New Dawn has been talking to some Liberians on the issue.
Six years into her historic Presidency as the 1st democratically elected woman Head of State of an African country, the euphoria which greeted the event in 2005, is still well alive in Liberia and around the world. President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has weathered the storm and lived up to the task, despite the daunting challenges that faced her when she walked into office. She was prepared and “hit the ground running.”
The General Services Agency or GSA is the official custodian of all government assets ranging from buildings, vehicles to chairs and desks. The GSA as custodian of all government assets is responsible for all government properties, including private buildings rented by government and government buildings rented by private individuals.
When the Ministry of Finance announced last Thursday that the Ministry of Transports had been adjudged the highest revenue collector (in the tune of US$3 million), for the period 2010, on its Tax Appreciation Day, there were jubilations and expressions of joy amongst officials and staff for a job well done of that ministry.
NEW YORK – Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks, is in the news again, this time after former Swiss banker Rudolf Elmer turned over to him confidential records on roughly 2,000 wealthy individuals that Elmer claims contain evidence of money laundering and tax evasion. Elmer was quickly convicted of violating Switzerland’s bank-secrecy law, but few journalists have demanded that Assange be prosecuted for his role in the affair. That, apparently, happens only in the United States.
It is an open secret that despite all of the efforts by Chief Justice Lewis and others to straighten up the Judiciary, corruption continues to be among some judges, magistrates and lawyers in coordinated factions, with party litigants possessing the biggest cash prevailing. One clear example of such travesty of justice is the situation with the property dispute between the children of the late Mary Page, a former City Mayor of Kakata in Margibi County and a Lebanese national, Elias Antoune.
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.