ISIS may already be thinking of using Ebola as a low-tech weapon of bio-terror, says a national security expert, who notes that the “Islamic State of Iraq and Syria” and terror groups like it wouldn’t even have to weaponize the virus to attempt to wreak strategic global infection. Such groups could simply use human carriers to intentionally infect themselves in West Africa, then disseminate the deadly virus via the world’s air transportation system. Or so says Capt. Al Shimkus, Ret., a Professor of National Security Affairs at the U.S. Naval War College.
In article under a front-page, emotional headline proclaiming that “Minister (Walter T. Gwenigale of the Ministry of Health & Social Welfare, R. L.) Warns Senators”, the New Democrat newspaper says “. . . vowing not to reinstate the two (dismissed) men, . . . Joseph Tamba, President, and George Williams, Secretary-General of the National Health Workers of Liberia (New Democrat, October 16, 2014)”.
DAKAR – The Ebola epidemic is threatening not only West Africans’ lives, but also the progress toward democracy, economic growth, and social integration that Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea have made in the last decade. In order to protect their achievements, the three countries’ governments, which comprise the Mano River Union, must buttress their response to the current epidemic with a coordinated strategy to prevent future outbreaks.
‘A letter to Minister Konneh dated May 18, 2012, in the possession of the Daily Observer newspaper shows that the Auditor from Internal Audit Division (of the Ministry of Finance) had recommended certain measures against three (top) staffs for corrupt activities’. The names, positions, source of corrupt payments and the amounts are as follows”:
Parents ask me all the time about how they can help their children at home during this terrible time when all schools in the Republic of Liberia are closed and children are at home. Some parents ask for packages from the school to help children learn at home. I usually tell them that I cannot put myself at risk going to the school and interacting with people when the EBOLA Virus is still active in Liberia.
... Careful review of the facts of our past, recent past and prevailing 167-year history shows that we had and continue to ignore, disrespect and disobey, consciously, the laws that we created, debated, approved and passed, including statutory, legislative enactments and our organic, constitutional laws.
This is the worst and best time for education in Liberia. This is the worst time because the Ebola Virus has infected so many people that all of our schools and learning facilities have all closed. Our school system has come to a standstill in Liberia. We can use this worst time in education to being our best time in education. Let us use this time to put things in the right perspective and plan for a dynamic educational program for Liberia. I have spoken with so many people on this aspect of decentralization.
In his recent communications addressed to Members of the Grand Gedeh County Legislative Caucus, Professor, Dr. S. Benson Barh, prominent Senior, ethnic/tribal citizen of Grand Gedeh County, wrote that “No one (Grand Gedean) is more Grand Gedean than the other (Grand Gedean)”.
In recent months and continuing, the Liberian and international media has been and is active in the process of educating and informing the public about the spread of the Ebola virus and its deadly Epidemic, with socio-economic and political analysis and its impact on the Mano River sub-region of West Africa, especially, our country, Liberia. The local, daily updates of new cases of infections and deaths in our densely-populated City of Monrovia and suburbs of body removals and burials are, indeed, scary and deeply troubling and worrying.
In a congratulatory message to the newly-appointed National Land Commission for its Draft Land Rights Policy recently made public for national, consultative debate and eventual legislation, dedicated to land acquisition/possession and definition of ownership rights reform, including Customary, Land Tenure reform in Liberia.