Former Somali military commander on trial in US

  Trial began on Monday in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia in a lawsuit brought by a Somali national, Farhan Warfaa against Colonel Yusuf Abdi Ali, aka Tukeh, a former commander in the Somali National Army.    Mr. Warfaa alleges that Col. Tukeh, a Virginia resident, played a role in […]

Africa must unleash power of its financial markets

With Africa’s population expected to overtake China’s by 2025, the continent’s economic potential is undeniable. At a time of slowing global growth, the world is starting to take notice of Africa’s fast-growing population and markets, and the opportunities they hold. Between 2010 and 2016, more than 320 embassies were opened in Africa, while global investment […]

President Weah warns against sabotage and hate

Liberian President George Manneh Weah wants Liberians to desist from acts of sabotage and hate against one another and work together for the good and development of the country. President Weah said instead of Liberians undermining and sabotaging each other, they must work in concert to uplift their country for the good of all.   […]

Liberia signs on to China’s Belt and Road Initiative

Liberia is among the latest countries that have now signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the People’s Republic of China (PRC) on cooperation within the framework of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI).  Over 150 countries ( 37 from Africa) and international organizations have so far joined the Initiative. The BRI, previously the Silk […]

Ethiopian PM wins Houphouet-Boigny Prize

Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed Ali has been named as laureate of the 2019 Félix Houphouët-Boigny Peace Prize for his actions and, in particular, for having been the instigator of a peace agreement between Ethiopia and Eritrea. The jury also recognized Ali’s worthiness for the reforms undertaken to consolidate democracy and social cohesion. Finally, the jury considered […]

President Weah commits to dialogue for peace, stability

Liberian President George Manneh Weah has said that he will continue to ensure regular dialogue and consultation with every Liberian, irrespective of political and ethnic affiliations. In a meeting with the country’s former Vice President Joseph Boakai on Wednesday, President Weah noted that this approach would be the hallmark of his administration towards moving the country […]

Green energy central to sustainable development

For many African governments facing numerous challenges, green energy solutions may not be at the top of their priority list. However, without a focus on clean energy the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals will be difficult to achieve in African countries, according to Sweden-based Nordic Africa Institute guest researcher Opeyemi Esther Akinyemi.   Many sub-Saharan African countries […]

Global military spending grows to $1.8 trillion

Total global military spending rose for the second consecutive year in 2018, to the highest level since 1988—the first year for which consistent global data is available. World spending is now 76 per cent higher than the post-cold war low in 1998. World military spending in 2018 represented 2.1 per cent of global gross domestic product […]

Liberia: President Weah’s tough choices

By Seltue R. Karweaye (s.karweaye1668@student.tsu.edu) Liberia is a nation of over 4.7 million people with one of the lowest electricity access rates in the world (at approximately 12%, USAID). Ethnic, religious and political issues have skyrocketed to an all-time high. Infant and maternal mortality are among the highest in the world. Education and health systems […]

African First Ladies, Merck discuss women empowerment

Merck Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Merck KGaA Germany, staged the Merck Foundation First Ladies Initiative (MFFLI) Summit in Bujumbura, Burundi from March 30 to April 1.  The event was attended by 15 African First Ladies to discuss the strategy to break the stigma of infertility and empower women and girls in education. Prof. Dr. Frank Stangenberg Haverkamp, Chairman of […]