Defeating the power of incumbency

While the presidential election was anticipated to be close, there were still doubts that it would be possible to unseat an incumbent president in Nigeria. So when Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressives’ Congress (APC) was declared as winner of the election, Nigerian democracy has entered a new stage that will contribute to set the […]

Surviving climate disaster in Africa’s Sahel

For over 30 years the great Sahel Desert region in Africa has been a harbinger of the coming climate disaster our planet is facing and surviving such has become a national priority here in Eritrea on the eastern end of the Sahel; Thomas C. Mountain writes. Remember Michael Jackson and the great Ethiopian drought and […]

Speech: A European Union of the People

  Many of the grand statements throughout history have been poetic. But one of the most important sentences in post-war Europe was as bone dry as it was powerful: “The French Government proposes that Franco-German production of coal and steel as a whole be placed under a common High Authority, within the framework of an […]

Nigerian elections: Wind of change blows in 80 hours

In less than 80 hours, Nigerians will make a choice that will not only impact Nigeria but Africa and the world in general for the next four years and beyond.   It is a known fact that Nigerians in the diaspora are being disenfranchised by the constitution of Nigeria and that the People’s Democratic Party (PDP)-led parliament […]

Press must not cover up for war crimes suspects

Few weeks ago, I was doing research online and came across a news story published February 25, 2015 by the Inquirer Newspaper of Liberia titled, “Residents Deny ‘Massacre’ Claim.” The story is related to charges of war crimes against one Martina Johnson, a well-known former NPFL rebel commander who was arrested last year by Belgium […]

The argument to honour a Liberian football legend

In sports, heroes are not hard to find because athletes, unlike any group of citizens, are blessed with special talents which, when put on display, often provide national joy and therapy for a country.  For love of country, they perform under inconvenient and dangerous circumstances without hesitation.  Therefore, when it comes to Liberian footballers, everyone […]

Struggle against Boko Haram entering new phase?

A week and a half before Nigeria’s presidential election was scheduled, the military declared in a letter to the chairman of the electoral commission that they would not be able to assist with security measures for another for six weeks due to a major offensive to be concluded in the north-east. As a result, the […]

Liberia: A place where platitudes and hypocrisy take precedence over noble goals, part II

Continue from last edition Only in Liberia, but culture is culture in other parts of the world In other places of the world culture, generally, is regarded as “culture,” however bizarre some may appear. For that matter, one will often see people from different cultures join in with celebrants and celebrate without much questioning. For […]

Decentralization in Liberia: A giant leap into the future

On Wednesday, February 18, President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf launched the National Policy on Decentralization and Local Governance. The policy is aimed at decentralizing governance in Liberia, and the launching is in response to the long yawning of the Liberian people to see tangible evidence of decentralization.  For all practical reasons, this is an expressed commitment of […]

Liberia: a place where platitudes and hypocrisy take precedence over noble goals

While neighboring sub-regional ECOWAS countries continue to focus on building strong human labor force and at the same time work toward catching up with latest modern technologies for the benefit of their respective countries and peoples, in war-ravage Liberia, conversely, officials and ordinary people have in recent years devoted much time to setting one group […]