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The death of Secretary Colin Powell today of complications from COVID and multiple other health problems was a loss to many of us who knew him, worked with him and respected him during and after his profound and long period of service to his beloved United States.

When I was designated to represent my war-toned and poverty-stricken Republic of Liberia in Washington in 2003, I requested the State Department to delay my first formal meeting with the Department until it was possible to have audience with Secretary Powell, who was on tour overseas. As soon as he returned and was advised, he met with me on the 8th floor of the Department. The Secretary was most gracious, personally committed and full of understanding with the Liberian situation and promised his personal friendship and support to help heal the wounds of Liberia from the long civil war there.

True to his words, he helped to organize a Donor Conference for Liberia at the United Nations and facilitated a range of US Government and International Donors’ support for Liberia. That policy and his friendship continued long after his departure from the State Department.

Mrs. Minor and I join in paying tribute to this Gentleman Soldier, Great Statement and decent human being and express our sympathy to his wife Alma and their family.

Charles A. Minor
Former Liberian Ambassador of Liberia to the United States
October 18, 2021

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Liberia’s main opposition establishment, Collaborating Political Parties (CPP) has described as counterproductive to the country’s economic growth the Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) – led government’s alleged broad daylight hardship imposed on the citizenry.

In a statement issued by the CPP Executive Committee Monday, 25 October 2021, the opposition bloc observed that since the CDC regime conducted a controversial and fraud-laden US$25m Mop-Up Exercise in 2018, the last quarter of each year has been characterized by a strange scarcity of Liberian dollar banknotes on the market.

According to CPP, this strange scarcity of Liberian dollar banknotes often comes with a corresponding precipitous drop in the Liberian Dollar-US Dollar exchange rate.

This is not only counterproductive to the economic growth desperately needed, but it is broad daylight hardship being imposed on the people of Liberia by the CDC-Led Government,” the CPP said. Read more...

LC offers full ride to Liberian teen hero

Liberian Ambassador to the United States to visit campus Wednesday

Livingstone College is offering a full scholarship to a Liberian teenager, who became a national hero in his country after finding and returning $50,000 to its rightful owner.

Emmanuel Tuloe, 18, was driving his motorcycle taxi in northeastern Nimba County on a highway when he saw a bunch of money wrapped in a plastic bag on the road. It contained $50,000 USD and $100,000 in Liberian money.

News reports say the teenager took it home and gave it to his aunt to keep until he found out to whom it belonged.

Later that day, the owner, businesswoman Musu Yancy, went on the radio appealing for the money to be returned, and he took it to her. Read more...

Depoliticize LEC to make it vibrant

The Liberia Electricity Corporation (LEC) like the Liberia Water and Sewer Corporation (LWSC) is charged to provide two critical services that the Government of Liberia has failed to effectively deliver, but presides over both corporations for political reasons, particularly the LEC.

Former President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf successfully campaigned on the promise of bringing electricity to Monrovia in six months if elected and delivered “Small Light today, Big Light Tomorrow” after coming to the Presidency. Read more...

Agnes Tirop: Mourners pay respects to running star

Leading athletes have joined hundreds of mourners at the funeral of Kenyan runner Agnes Tirop, who was stabbed to death in her home.

Her husband, Ibrahim Rotich, appeared in court this week as a suspect in her killing.

Ms Tirop was being buried at her parents' home in Nandi County, Kenya, on what would have been her 26th birthday. Speakers at the funeral called for an end to domestic violence.

Her mother, Dinah Tirop, also spoke.

"I don't have much to say for today, I have mourned, I have cried, all my tears are gone," she said. "I give my daughter her final send-off and I ask God to give her her place." Read more...

European Union Head of Delegation Wants Government of Liberia Develop Master Plan for Its Electricity Sector

MONROVIA – The head of delegation of the European Union Mission in Liberia, Amb. Laurent Delahousse, has made a resounding call on the Government of Liberia to draw up a master plan for the electricity sector.

The energy sector is viewed as one of the areas with huge potential that could boost Liberia’s economy in its post war recovery and reconstruction drive if managed properly. It has received massive support in hundreds of millions of dollars from Liberia’s partners including the EU and the United States. Read more...

Cummings Vindicated?

CPP lawyers say they altered and structured the framework document, but…

Lawyers of the Collaborating Political Parties have confirmed that they altered the structure and content of the framework document, which the Alternative National Congress and its leader, Alexander B. Cummings, have been accused of.

In a letter, dated October 14, 2021, leaked to the Daily Observer, the CPP lawyers, led by former Justice Minister, Cllr. Benedict Sannoh, informed Senator Nyonblee Karnga-Lawrence, who was then chair of the CPP, that revision to the framework document was made by them. Read more...

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Poetry: I am a Liberian

I am a Liberian.
My domain stretches from the coastal plains of Cape Palmas to the grand heights of Cape Mount; up the rocky hills of Montserrado.
I claim L.I.B. because she’s all mine!
From the mighty Wologisi, higher up the snow-capped peaks of Nimba – my navel strings are buried deep within her endless rainforest.
I am because Liberia is, Liberia is because I am!

I am a Liberian.
Not because I am a Belle, Kissi or Mandingo; but because I war dance as a Mano, Lorma and Bassa.
Oh yes, the Kpelle, Gio and Gola dabble in the traditions of our ancestors, But if you were to listen keenly, you will also feel the ancient rhythm of the Krahn, Grebo, Kru and the Gbandi.
Not too far in the distance, the Congua, Dei and Vai sing along in one accord!

I am a Liberian.
I belong to no tribe, yet I belong to them all – my Liberian fraternity is total!
We stand in absolute brotherhood because the love of liberty unites us here.
True, my allegiance is to no clan, no individual group or established “societies” but to All Hail, Liberia Hail.

I am a Liberian.
Allah, Jesus or our Ancestors may define my religion; yet my loyalty to Liberia remains indivisible.
Politics will not separate me from this one fact, nor will this Free Verse cover the entirety of my Liberian-ness.
Yes, the drumbeats of my village draw me closer, but my soul remains unequivocally clear in its proclamations: I am purely and unapologetically, Liberian.

By A. O. Dualu

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