Old tensions haunt Ivory Coast’s upcoming election

When Ivory Coast’s President Alassane Dramane Ouattara in March announced his retirement, he had planned for a smooth transition of power. The country’s Prime Minister Amadou Gon Coulibaly, who had worked alongside Ouattara for 30 years, had been chosen to represent the ruling party in the presidential election on 31 October. However, when Coulibaly died […]

Liberia: Global summit for justice on Saturday

A virtual conference focused on justice in Liberia will be held this Saturday, September 5, via Zoom. The conference with the theme, In Pursuit of Justice, is organized by the Global Initiative for Justice (GIJ) and will be moderated by Welma Redd and chaired by Michael Mueller. Panelists are Liberian legislators Yekeh Kolubah, Armah Jallah, Conmany […]

Africa in COVID-19 vaccine initiative

While the race to find safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines continues, African countries are signing up to a ground-breaking initiative, which aims to secure at least 220 million doses of the vaccine for the continent, once licensed and approved. All 54 countries on the continent have expressed interest in COVAX, a global initiative which is […]

Liberia’s death penalty calls: human rights implications

By Atty. Urias Teh Pour The upsurge of reported cases of rape, especially statutory rape has seen thunderous calls for the enforcement of the capital punishment. These calls continue to resonate from political leaders, civil society activists, religious leaders and the general public. The July 26 independence Day Orator, a respected clergyman, in his oration […]

Sweden hosts international meeting on gender equality

Some 70 participants from civil society organisations, the social partners and government agencies took part in a digital meeting on 26 August hosted by Minister for Foreign Affairs Ann Linde and Minister for Gender Equality Åsa Lindhagen. Discussions covered the international coalition to work for financial gender equality, of which Sweden is one of the […]

New Pan African collaboration starts

A bold and exciting Pan African collaboration gets underway at the upcoming South African Book Fair which takes place as a virtual event from September 11 to 13. The initiative aims to create a collaborative and co-ordinated approach towards increasing the promotion of local, African-owned and -controlled book production industries as well as the exchange […]

US industry puts Africa at risk of plastic pollution

The American Chemistry Council (ACC) has lobbied the US government during the COVID-19 pandemic to use a US-Kenya trade deal to expand the plastics industry’s footprint across Africa. Documents obtained by Unearthed — Greenpeace’s investigative journalism platform — through the Freedom of Information Act separately show that the same lobby group, which counts Shell, Exxon […]

Liberian 3rd division club falls on hard times

Liberian club Diadora FC is preparing for the third division football championship which is scheduled to begin soon. Located in the Chocolate City community outside the Liberian capital, Monrovia, Diadora has been putting up strong performances in the Liberian Football Association third division championships in Gardnersville for a number of seasons. In the 2010/11 season, the club became knock-out champion […]

Liberian sports journalists induct new leadership

The Sports Writers Association of Liberia (SWAL) on Friday, August 14 inducted newly elected officials  into office to serve a three-year term. The ceremony, held at the ICampus in Monrovia, the Liberian capital, was attended by dignitaries, football administrators and the media. Liberia Football Association (LFA) President Mustapha I. Raji, Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) […]

Europe, Africa digital forum next week

For the first time, the EurAfrican Forum will be held exclusively online, on the 3rd and 4th of September. EurAfrican Forum Digital 2020 will bring together personalities from the public and private sectors, but also representatives of civil society, entrepreneurs, activists and scientists This year’s edition will focus on challenges and common points, under the […]