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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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Stories of Liberian women in time of war to premiere in New York

Stories of Liberian women in time of war to premiere in New York

| September 22, 2015

(GIN)—While Liberia’s civil war is distant history to some, an African playwright has rescued the tale of five women, captive wives of a rebel commander, whose survival in a treacherous war zone resonates strongly even today. “When I first came upon the story of Liberian women, it was actually about women soldiers,” recalled writer-actor Danai […]

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Rwanda eases way for ‘president for life’

Rwanda eases way for ‘president for life’

| September 8, 2015

(GIN)—While most African leaders want you to believe they’re for ending the colonial-era practice of rule by a “president-for-life,” Rwanda is one among several moving quietly to embrace it. A petition drive allegedly from Rwandese citizens is urging a constitutional amendment to allow President Paul Kagame to stick around for a third term. Rebuilding Rwanda […]

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A nightmare comes to close in Liberia as MDs declared ‘Ebola-free’

A nightmare comes to close in Liberia as MDs declared ‘Ebola-free’

(GIN)–With no new infections in 42 days, Liberia has been declared free and clear of Ebola by the World Health Organization. The announcement was made in the emergency command center in Monrovia, a room packed with reporters, aid agencies and dignitaries, including the U.S. Ambassador to Liberia Deborah R. Malac. Responses ranged from applause to […]

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As Ebola outbreak slows, world health body shifts focus

As Ebola outbreak slows, world health body shifts focus

| February 9, 2015

(GIN)—For the first time since the end of June 2014, there have been fewer than 100 new cases of Ebola reported in a week in the three most affected countries. That was the positive news from the World Health Organization in a new report which cited 99 confirmed cases in the week ending Jan. 25, […]

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U.N. body demands debt cancellation for Ebola-impacted countries

U.N. body demands debt cancellation for Ebola-impacted countries

| February 5, 2015

(GIN)–The U.N. Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) is calling on multilateral institutions and governments to cancel the debts of Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, giving them “breathing space” to address the region’s economic challenges. All three countries are ranked in the bottom 15 in the U.N.’s Human Development Index. “West Africa needs debt relief,” said […]

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