Peak youth – seizing the moment

We have accepted the concept “peak oil” – the point where oil production goes into an irreversible decline. Now we are being asked to contemplate that we are also rapidly approaching “peak youth”, when there will be more young people than ever before in the history of the planet, and when young people as a […]

Ebola pushes Liberian economy downward

Liberia’s Finance and Development Planning Minister Amara Konneh has disclosed that the country’s economic growth rate is experiencing a downward trend due to the overwhelming impact of the Ebola virus on the country.   He said Liberia’s growth rate is subject to reduction as the projected rate at which the country’s economy was heading has […]

Ebola orphans face stigma, stress

Of the hundreds of children in Sierra Leone who have lost parents to Ebola, the vast majority have lost both their mother and their father. Among them is eight-year-old Lamin Borbor, who sits alone beneath the shade of a large, tin-roofed gazebo, playing with a small toy car, outside the Ebola Interim Care Centre (ICC) […]

Terrorists killed 18,000 last year

The number of lives lost to terrorist attacks increased by 61% in a single year, according to the second edition of the Global Terrorism Index (GTI), rising from 11,133 in 2012 to 17,958 in 2013. The index also recorded a 44% increase in the number of terrorist incidents, rising from 6,825 in 2012 to 9,814 […]

President’s son threats appalling, says journalist

  A Liberian journalist says he is appalled by recent remarks by the son of Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf posted on Facebook on November 13, in which he “threatened to deal” with anybody who protests his candidacy for a senatorial seat. Jackson T. S. Seton,  formerly news editor of the Inquirer Newspaper, now a US resident, […]

Liberia under economy dictatorship

  Having followed the Liberian presidency of Madam Ellen Johnson for almost a decade, it has become apparent that she is an economy dictator. Unlike a noble leader, whose actions are intended to advance national interest by managing resources responsibly in order for nearly all citizens to benefit, an economy dictator cunningly protects cronies and rewards […]

Top football stars unite against Ebola

The world’s top football players, including Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo, Barcelona’s Neymar Jr., Chelsea’s Didier Drogba and Bayern Munich’s Philipp Lahm, are joining forces with global health experts to help raise global awareness in the fight against Ebola. In a new campaign “11 Against Ebola”, players from some of Europe’s biggest clubs come together to […]

School lessons by radio in Sierra Leone, Liberia

With the nationwide closure of schools in Liberia and Sierra Leone due to the Ebola outbreak, and with no immediate prospect of them reopening, a growing number of students are receiving their lessons via radio. “Right now, in the midst of Ebola, the Ministry of Education has embarked on this program – Teaching by Radio […]

World Bank approves $30m credit, grant for Liberia

The World Bank Group’s Board of Executive Directors Wednesday approved a total of US$30 million in credit and grant to support Liberia’s medium-term strategy to strengthen its transparency and accountability mechanisms’ The money will also be used to expand the economy, increase access to quality education and improve health services that are critical to fighting the […]

Include migration in post-2015 agenda

As the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) expire at the end of 2015, campaigners are calling for the inclusion of migrant worker protections in the post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), noting that migrants contribute billions to reducing poverty – often at great cost to their personal safety and well-being. The world’s estimated 232 million international migrants […]