• Declining trends in global peace operations

    Friday, May 29, 2020

    While the number of United Nations and non-UN multilateral peace operations increased slightly in 2019, the number of personnel deployed in them decreased, according to new data from the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI). Although sub-Saharan Africa maintained the highest number of operations and personnel, two new operations in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) […]

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  • Liberia: State of emergency and freedom of expression

    Tuesday, May 26, 2020

    By Atty. Urias Teh Pour The surge of the global COVID-19 pandemic has provided compelling reason for states to impose restrictive measures, some in the form of health protocols to beat back the spread of the deadly disease. These measures have provoked debate, essentially around the nature and scope of these restrictions vis a vis […]

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  • Integration is relevant for African economies

    Sunday, May 24, 2020

    The second Africa Regional Integration Index (APII 2019) was launched Friday by the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), the African Development Bank and the African Union Commission (AUC), with a call to action to African economies to deepen their integration. The 2019 Index, which builds on the first edition published in 2016, provides up-to-date data […]

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  • Africa must boost spending on agriculture

    Saturday, May 23, 2020

    African countries need to urgently expand food reserves, keep food supply flowing and boost their agriculture budgets to avert a possible hunger pandemic, partly caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, delegates at a two-day webinar in Abidjan, Ivory Coast hosted by the African Development Institute (ADI) urged on Tuesday. Africa must now, more than ever, develop […]

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  • Liberia’s state of emergency: Role of security officers

    Thursday, May 21, 2020

    By Atty. Bowoulo T. Kelley The novel coronavirus plagued the world so swiftly that it was described by the head of the World Health Organization Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus as ‘an unprecedented outbreak that had met an unprecedented response’, as the virus continued to spread around the globe with an increase in the number of confirmed cases […]

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News

Apr
15

Thousands flee Burundi as election tension rises

Thousands of Burundians have fled their country, fearing it might descend into violence ahead of a presidential election scheduled for June. “Burundi is sitting on a time-bomb and it’s sad that the outside world does not care,” Justin Rwasa, one of around 4,000 Burundians to have sought refuge in neighbouring Rwanda, told IRIN. Burundi is […]

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Apr
14

Slow African growth this year, says World Bank

Sub-Saharan Africa’s growth will slow in 2015 to 4.0 percent from 4.5 percent in 2014, according to World Bank projections released Monday. This downturn largely reflects the fall in the prices of oil and other commodities, notes Africa’s Pulse, a twice-yearly World Bank Group analysis of the issues shaping Africa’s economic prospects released today at […]

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Apr
13

US: Liberians mourn deaths of two brothers

At the Cross of Glory Lutheran Church located on Brooklyn Blvd, Brooklyn Center, Minn., one of several Christian worship centers for African-Liberian Americans, words proved inadequate in describing the true personality of a youthful Liberian official, Lee Sonny Mason Sr., who died in the US about one month ago during a brief visit; writes James Kokulo Fasuekoi. Saturday, April […]

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Apr
12

Swedish-South Africa links go back a long way

One of the proudest moments in modern Swedish history was when Nelson Mandela visited Sweden in 1990 – the first country outside of Africa – after his long imprisonment. Sweden’s relations with South Africa are unique. As far back as the 1960s, a country-wide Swedish anti-apartheid movement arose. In the early 1970s, we were the […]

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Apr
9

Ebola exposed global insensitivity to Africa

The recent Ebola outbreak in West Africa has exposed the global failure and insensitivity of the international community to health crisis in poor African countries, says Sam Slewion, a social justice activist and social work practitioner.  Mr. Slewion said while substantive progress is being made to contain the Ebola outbreak in the three affected West […]

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Apr
7

Increased security for international trading

Globally, the increased concern around public safety has resulted in the intensification of security measures for transportation of goods internationally. Businesses which trade internationally need to be aware of the security measures in place to mitigate the risk to their operations and their people. This is according to Oliver Facey, Vice President of Operations for […]

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Apr
6

Amb. Nyenabo challenges Liberian diaspora

Liberia’s Ambassador designate to the Kingdom of Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxemburg and the European Union, Amb. Isaac W. Nyenabo, II has challenged Liberians in the diaspsora, especially those in the Benelux Zone to join the massive development and reconstruction taking place in their country. Ambassador Nyenabo told a group of members of the Liberian community […]

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Apr
5

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 […]

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Apr
4

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 […]

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Mar
31

Liberians want reforms, says Pres. Sirleaf

President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf says Liberians, through a series of national consultations, have shown and made clear their strong desire to see adjustments made to Liberia’s 1986 Constitution. Highlighting some of the national consultations where these views resonated, she named Vision 2030, Land Reform and the Decentralization Initiative as a few of the many national consultations […]

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