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President Sirleaf’s “Lead, Follow or Get Out of the Way”

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President Sirleaf’s “Lead, Follow or Get Out of the Way”

In a recent face book chat, two Liberian comrades residing in the United States took President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf to task, blaming her for the ongoing hardships experienced by ordinary Liberians. They could have been right considering the fact that she’s the head of the government.

 

Investing in Liberia’s Future through Education

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Investing in Liberia’s Future through Education

In 2003 in Liberia, after 14 years of civil conflict, nearly 500,000 children were out of school. Most of our schools were damaged or destroyed and our teaching core was decimated. Given that war truncated or stalled so many children’s education, some might have felt that getting our youth back in school was all that we could hope for. However, it is precisely because we had so much to achieve that Liberia committed to a higher vision.

 

Our Land, Our Future

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Our Land, Our Future

Liberia’s total land area is approximately ten million hectares. Liberia currently has one of the highest land concession rates in Africa: almost40% of our nation’s land has already been promised to foreign investors for logging, palm and rubber plantations, and mining across all fifteen counties. Between 2004 and 2009, the Liberian government either granted or re-negotiated land and forestry concessions totaling 1.7 million hectares – over 15% of the total national land area. In 2010 alone, more than 661,000 hectares were granted to two foreign corporations for palm oil production.  Today, even with a moratorium on public land sale in place, private investors continue to seek and acquire land concessions throughout the country.

 

The 2017 Presidential Speculations: Who Stands a Chance

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The 2017 Presidential Speculations: Who Stands a Chance

Unlike many parts of the world, where only known political quantities stand the chance of winning elected office, in Liberia people aspire to public office, especially the presidency, regardless of whether they are invisible people even in their own little communities.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 23 October 2012 02:13 )
 

Time to Test Iran

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NEW YORK – Most of the debate about how to address Iran’s efforts to develop nuclear-weapons capacity focuses on two options. The first is to rely on deterrence and live with an Iran that has a small nuclear arsenal or the ability to assemble one with little advance notice. The second is to launch a preventive military strike aimed at destroying critical parts of the Iranian program and setting back its progress by an estimated two or more years.

 
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