Tag: liberia

Voters pick two for run-off in historic Liberian elections

Voters pick two for run-off in historic Liberian elections

| October 18, 2017

(GIN)—Voters in Liberia were lining up at dawn last week to choose new leadership for a nation whipsawed by health and other challenges under the 12 year administration of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. As of Monday, out of a field of 20, the top vote getters were George Weah’s Congress for Democratic Change leading with […]

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Liberian president leaves mixed legacy with ‘fragile gains’

Liberian president leaves mixed legacy with ‘fragile gains’

| October 10, 2017

(GIN)—Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf winds up her presidential career this month with a major record of achievements as Africa’s first female head of state. The economy is four times its size when she took office in 2005. The national debt has been wiped out, schools are being built and enrollment is up. The country […]

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Radio still dynamic medium in 21st century says U.N. on World Radio Day

Radio still dynamic medium in 21st century says U.N. on World Radio Day

| February 14, 2017

(GIN)—Since its invention in 1895, the radio just won’t sit still. From a big box with lights, bulbs and dials, to a portable unit small enough for one’s pocket, to an app, to a unit you can set up at home, the radio has changed its look but continues to have a singular role as […]

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Liberian warlord recalled as evangelical ex-wife throws hat in ring

Liberian warlord recalled as evangelical ex-wife throws hat in ring

| January 25, 2017

(GIN)—As Liberian President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf’s six year term in office draws to a close, political hopefuls are jockeying for position to fill the top seat. Among them is the ex-wife of convicted warlord Charles Taylor. The selection of Sen. Jewel Howard-Taylor has resurrected, for some, the Taylor nightmare of a brutal war and the senator’s […]

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Last likcs for Nice Ice Cream? Competition turns ethnic in Liberia dispute

Last likcs for Nice Ice Cream? Competition turns ethnic in Liberia dispute

| October 18, 2016

(GIN)—There was a padlock on the door of Monrovia’s Nice Ice Cream parlor after the Ministry of Commerce shut down the confectionary for allegedly violating the Liberianization Policy. Liberian rivals accused Nice Ice Cream of not abiding by the policy which gives nationals first dibs in producing and selling the frozen treat. FrontPageAfricaonline suggested the […]

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Liberia announces moves against guns, light weapons

Liberia announces moves against guns, light weapons

| September 13, 2016

(GIN)—U.S. cities fighting to get guns off their streets are not alone in the struggle. Liberia is there too. This week, President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf declared by proclamation that all persons who surrender small arms and light weapons under a regional weapons collection program would be granted amnesty. President Sirleaf’s concern went beyond guns linked to […]

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Operation L.A.A.N.D (Legislating African Americans New Developments)

Operation L.A.A.N.D (Legislating African Americans New Developments)

| August 30, 2016

By Jeromyah Jones Special to Frost Illustrated Merely recognizing the achievements and contributions of a people after 400 years of being dehumanized, brutalized and racially victimized will never be enough to right the wrong that America systematically constructed for the lives of African Americans. This proposal requires one to take off his political shades and […]

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Liberia outsourcing public education to U.S. firm

Liberia outsourcing public education to U.S. firm

| April 5, 2016

(GIN)—In what might be a first in Africa, Liberia will put its entire pre-primary and primary education system in the hands of a U.S. start-up that would bring a charter school model to struggling schools on the continent. Bridge International Academies already has a presence in Kenya, Nigeria, and Uganda. Despite a headquarters in Nairobi, […]

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Muslim protest bid to ‘baptize’ Liberia as Christian state

Muslim protest bid to ‘baptize’ Liberia as Christian state

| March 15, 2016

(GIN)—An upcoming referendum to make Liberia a Christian state is meeting fierce opposition from the country’s Muslims and some Christians. At a three day retreat held by the National Imam Council of Liberia, a resolution was drafted that included a threat to boycott the referendum if the issue of the Christian state is not removed. […]

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Palm oil plantations devouring forests in West Africa

Palm oil plantations devouring forests in West Africa

| September 29, 2015

(GIN)—A newly released study has found that trees covering an area twice the size of Maine were cut down worldwide in 2014. But, the biggest threat to forests is looming over West Africa. Governments there have been buckling to pressure to convert “vacant” land and sell off forests for more profitable uses, namely palm oil […]

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