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The 2011 Elections and the Advent of Vuvuzela Politics

The run-up to the 2011 elections has generated a lot of hot air from diverse perspectives. We have witnessed discordant messages coming from the opposition ranks, and even from within the same party or political blocs. The Congress for Democratic called for a boycott, the Liberty Party campaigned for Yes-to-All, and the Liberia Transformation Party called for a blanket No vote. Within the CDC, its Campaign Coordinator Senator Jewel Howard Taylor called on Liberians to go and vote in the referendum. Just a few days ago, CDC candidate for Montserrado County electoral District 10 Julius Berrian disclosed on radio that he actually vetoed his party’s official position by voting in the referendum.

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No Lecture on Political Violence; Just Help!

If only a small percentage of the people now calling for violence free elections were to lend their voices to calls for Justice and Rule of Law, the appetite for violence in general most certainly will diminish and Liberia would be well on its way to full recovery. Instead, the recovery has stalled due to injustice, impunity, poverty and benign neglect. And the impending election is hardly a remedy whether violence free or not.

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Speech By Lewis Brown, Montserrado Senatorial Aspirant

My Fellow Countrymen:

Last week, as an independent candidate, I announced my intention to contest the Senatorial Seat of Montserrado County. I thank all of you for the words of encouragement and support which I have received across our dividing lines of party, tribe, gender and religion.

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Old Leadership, New Leadership

Leadership has become a buzz word for practitioners, bureaucrats and theorists of African development. The term variously means a process of getting work done through people. Leadership may not be science but it is committed responsibility. Africans in civil service, in business schools, in NGOs, in the mass media, in think tanks, in academia, in State Houses, in opposition political parties use leadership as a sort of reality refiner - a way of contrasting past and present, an implement for cataloging out history at a moment of African changes, the flowering of The African Century.

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LOOKIN’INSUDE FROM OUTSIDE: The August 23, 2011 National Referendum

A referendum (also known as a plebiscite or ballot question) is a direct vote in which an entire electorate is asked to either accept or reject a particular proposal. This may result in the adoption of a new constitution, a constitutional amendment, a law, the recall of an elected official or simply a specific government policy. It is a form of direct democracy. In the case of our country, Liberia, there are four propositions for which thousands and thousands of us would be voting on Tuesday, August 23, 2001 throughout the country.

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America’s Reactionary Feminists

NEW YORK – It is obvious that the left and the media establishment in the United States cannot fully understand the popular appeal of the two Republican tigresses in the news – first Sarah Palin, and now, as she consolidates her status as a Republican presidential front-runner, Michele Bachmann. What do they have that other candidates don’t – and that so many Americans seem to want?

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Climate Change as a Business Problem

LONDON – Some political problems can be solved overnight; others take years to tackle. But, in the distant future, when the financial crisis and the euro’s troubles are long forgotten, we will still be facing the consequences of climate change.

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Who Is Garmai Estella Korboi – Liberia’s Independence Day Orator

Madam Garmai Estella Korboi Calvins woke up one sunny morning, in March 2011, to news that she had been selected to serve as National Orator for the July 26, 2011, National Independence Day in Lofa County.

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Liberian Author Launches Burdens of Darkness

A book titled ‘Burdens of Darkness’ written by one of Liberia’s finest writer and journalist F. Shelton Gonkerwon has been launched in Monrovia. During the launching ceremony over the weekend, author Gonkerwon said that the book is based on his personal experience doing the country’s civil conflict and the bitterness experienced by native Gio and Mano tribes.

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Why we are not Surprised PUL? (Pt-1)

Front Page Comment

The Press Union of Liberia or PUL, an entity fast becoming a political establishment rather than a civil society group which seeks to protect the welfare of practicing journalists and ensure ethical standards Monday July 11, 2011 issued a press release in which it condemned this paper  and accused it of practicing “bad journalism”.

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