PRINCETON – In 2000, the world’s leaders met in New York and issued a ringing Millennium Declaration, promising to halve the proportion of people suffering from extreme poverty and hunger by 2015. They also pledged to halve the proportion of people without safe drinking water and sanitation; move toward universal and full primary schooling for children everywhere – girls as well as boys; reduce child mortality by two-thirds and maternal mortality by three-quarters; and combat HIV/AIDS, malaria, and other major diseases. These pledges, reformulated as specific, measurable targets, became the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
It is no secret that throughout the length and breadth of this country, Liberians continue to remain divided on various lines. And of course, the reasons are so numerous, diverse and grave that only a Jesus-minded leader or group of administrators can bridge such national disunity.
LONDON – We are in the midst of a revolution in health care – or so some leading scientists tell us. Francis Collins, Director of the United States’ National Institutes of Health, guides us through the upheaval in his new book The Language of Life – DNA and the Revolution in Personalized Medicine. As he puts it, “We are on the leading edge of a true revolution in medicine, one that promises to transform the traditional ‘one size fits all’ approach into a much more powerful strategy that considers each individual as unique and as having special characteristics that should guide an approach to staying healthy. But you have to be ready to embrace this new world.”
ROME – Recently, I was on a road in the Southern Choma District of Zambia to meet with Rosemary Pisani, a smallholder farmer and mother of eight who struggled to feed her children prior to joining a farmer’s cooperative to raise goats. Thanks to the cooperative and support from other farmers, she now has a thriving business and all of her children are in school.
TOKYO – Hillary Clinton’s recent trip to Asia may one day be seen as the most significant visit to the region by a United States diplomat since Henry Kissinger’s secret mission to Beijing in July 1971. Kissinger’s mission triggered a diplomatic revolution.
It appears that nowadays there is a harboring fear amongst state officials and other prominent citizens about what Tom Kamara, the opportunistic journalist of 40-year experience will write about them. These fears are often expressed-Tom will write about you oo!
Journalism is one social discipline that provides enlightenment, in terms of education and information for the general good of society. But when such profession is prostituted for reasons beyond human comprehension, the society becomes morally paralyzed. That’s exactly the situation in which we find ourselves in Liberia today.
NAIROBI – At long last, Kenya is getting a new constitution, something that had eluded our country for decades, even though almost everyone knew that one was needed. That the referendum on the new constitution was voted upon so peacefully – only a few short years since my country was wracked by a violently disputed presidential election – is also worthy of celebration. By shunning violence, Kenyans demonstrated emphatically that we can settle our disputes peacefully.
Reading in Frontpageafrica.com August 2, 2010 story, (Maritime Authority Act: Commissioner Kesselly Seeks More Financial Autonomy) one question needs to be asked, Why??? The Bureau of Maritime Affairs is nothing more than a liaison service between the Government of Liberia and our contractor, Liberian International Ship & Corporate Registry, LISCR. Why should more authority be given? From what should the commissioners be immune?
During the realy morning hours of Sunday, July 11, Liberians were awaken to the news on the British broadcasting Corporation that the deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Honorable Togbah Mulbah was under house arrest at his residence in Sinkor.