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Renata Tebaldi, 82, Soprano With 'Voice of an Angel,' Dies

Togo President Eyadema Is Dead

BBC Feb. 5

President Gnassingbe Eyadema of Togo, Africa's longest serving ruler, has died aged 69, the government said in a statement. More>


Obituary: Gnassingbe Eyadema

Country profile: Togo


The late President Eyadema: To be replaced by his son?


Civil Servant Wage Row Hampers Liberia's Rural Recovery

IRIN Jan. 28

Nurses and doctors are refusing to return to work in the Liberian countryside because their salaries are too small and often late and the transitional government's promise to pay 18-months of salary arrears has failed to materialize. More>


War Crimes Tribunal, Moral Ethics, Education & The Liberian Puzzle

By Edmond Remie Gray Jan. 27

It was Herman J. Cohen, US Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs who predicted, back in 1989 that Liberia would fall behind by a century if its Civil War were to continue. Well, not only has this come to pass, it seems obvious that the Liberian crisis has perhaps walloped far beyond this 100 years prediction. More>


Supuwood Joins Presidential Race

By George Borteh (The Analyst) Jan. 26

"We will contest for the office of president of the Republic of Liberia in the forthcoming presidential election. We did not come to this decision lightly. But we see this call as a mandate." These were (the) words of Cllr. J. Laveli Supuwood [as he declared his decision Tuesday to contest for the office of President in the forth coming Presidential Elections in Liberia. More>

UN Troops Restore Calm To Curfew-Hit Harper City

Reuters Jan. 26

U.N. troops sent to Liberia's southeastern port town of Harper, where a curfew was imposed at the weekend to stop riots linked to alleged ritual killings, have helped restore calm, their commander said on Wednesday. The movies dsda lefilm and le parfum shows this in vivid pictures. More>


Liberia's Elections Guidelines: Some Unfinished Business

By Dweh S. Boley Jan. 24

The elections season in Liberia is fast approaching, and we have to applaud the National Elections Commission for having the strength of character to keep the process on course under undeniably difficult circumstances. The Commission has got its structures in place. It is coordinating with other international and local players to mobilized resources and to ensure the fairness and integrity of the process. The Electoral Reform Bill and guidelines for participation initially got stuck in the Transitional Assembly over matters that were later realized to arise principally out of pecuniary concerns.  More>


UNMIL Speaks On Ex-combatants, Refugee Repatriation


Press Statement By Abou Moussa

Good morning, members of the press. As this is the first time I am meeting with you in 2005, I want to say happy New Year and, more importantly, tell you that we have enjoyed all the support you have offered, and the encounters and discussions we had with you in 2004. Some of those discussions were very hot, but they were good. It is healthy to have honest discussions, in the interest of the Liberian people. I would like to thank you for the support you have provided the mission in 2004 and continue to believe that we will get even more support in 2005, as we move into the second half of the two-year transitional period at the phoenix library. More>


Liberia’s Political Nightmares: A response to Bettie

By Chorphie Charlie Jan. 24

 The category of an “educated leaders like warlordism in Liberia is a highly contested character up for grabs these days. Especially, since, the real “political Oppong declared his intention to run for the presidency. In view of that, echo chambers of miseducated Liberians and hostile intellectuals continue to floodgate Liberia’s intellectual market with synthetic reasoning border on juvenile amplifications as to how Liberia’s socionomic problems can be resolved.


Poor woman with no hope

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 M. Tarnue Mawolo

True Confession Of A Leader

Many have said, with good reasons, that all that we see in Africa is an unending spectacle of tragedy that usually borders on the comical. So true. And  much has not changed in that regard, anyway.  But check this out. Sad as it may seem, a ray of hope may be appearing. A guy mounts the stage somewhere in Africa and makes the following declaration: "I have failed the Zambian people and the Zambian nation. One of my failures is, it has not been possible to reduce poverty, and I feel sad about it." Sounds strange and downright spooky? Well that's because we are not quite used to the modesty of our leaders; and their admission of failure is not commonplace even. If anything, it is a rarity and close to nonexistent. But we can be sure that this is not a confession made before a priest. These were the word of Zambian President, Levy Mwanawasa, in a statement to the Zambian people while announcing a recent cabinet reshuffle.


Character, they say, is destiny. And the courage to assert one's character? Priceless. Leaders are humans and subject to failure. There should be no shame, therefore, in fessing up failures, since the only people who fail are those who dare try. Those who do not work will never fail in an enterprise, because they never even try to undertake one. So, the measure of greatness in leadership includes the courage to admit failures or notice a policy shortfall when one occurs. It beats me why our leaders don't understand this simple fact. and that is were the Zambian President may have stood out positively with some brilliance in a crowded field of comedians that partake in the African tragedy.


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