Wednesday, December 12, 2007
The Chairman of the world's largest Steel Company Mr Lakshmi Mittal told a news conference in Monrovia that his company was increasing its investment in the country from US $1-billion to US $1.5-billion dollars. Mr. Mittal who is in the country as a guest of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf also told reporters his company is willing to expand its activities beyond the mining sector to share its expertise in other areas including the country’s power sector. Mr Mittal praised President Sirleaf for the progress the government continues to make since she assumed the leadership of the country and said he was pleased to associate with the President. “There is positive feeling about Liberia out there,” he acknowledged, assuring the President of full and direct commitment to the project. “We have to ensure that this project is successful because it will be a model for the future.
This news could not have come at a better time, the country is still recovering from almost two decades of civil war, the economy is in shambles, unemployment is at an all time high, and with electricity and sanitation almost nonexistent, this was indeed good news for the Liberian people. with these strings of good news lately, be it debt cancellation, Investments like the one announced by Arcelor Mittal today, or the huge outpouring of goodwill that the Liberian leader continues to get from the world's community, the Liberian nation might well be on her way to reclaiming her glory.
Monday, December 10, 2007
Thursday, December 6, 2007
The Associated press is reporting that Liberian Officials have confirmed the presence in Liberia of mass graves which are believed to hold the remains of people massacred during the civil war. A team headed by Jerome Verdier, chairman of Liberia's Truth and Reconciliation Commission, the national commission investigating human rights violations during the country's 2 decades of civil war visited the four villages where the graves are located. Among the villages "some of the survivors narrated horrible and gruesome stories of the atrocities committed against them by various warring factions during the Liberian conflict.Verdier said villagers told his team they wanted the bodies exhumed and reburied. He said while that was not his commission's role, it would try to help villagers who want to give proper burials to those massacred. The smallest grave the commission visited held 78 bodies; the largest contained as many as 500, according to Verdier.
Liberia's truth commission, patterned after a similar commission established in 1995 to examine human rights abuses in South Africa, offers victims an opportunity to air their grievances and create a historical record.
It cannot conduct criminal trials, but can recommend that some people be prosecuted.
Some 250,000 Liberians are believed to have been killed in the fighting between 1990 and 2003, when former President Charles Taylor bowed to international pressure and went into exile. He is now imprisoned in The Hague, Netherlands, awaiting trial on charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity.
After weeks of mud slinging and allegations of gross human rights violations during the Liberian civil war against some of, or at least one of the candidate running for the presidency of the Organization of Liberians in Minnesota, Liberians in Minnesota elected Kerper Dwanyen as their new leader. Dwanyen who onced headed the Nimba Redemption Council, during Liberia’s civil war, was accused by some of his opponent as a rebel who was involved in atrocities against innocent civilians. But at approximately 2:15 a.m Monday, when the last ballot was counted, it was clear Dwanyen had been elected president with 793 votes. The incumbent, Martha Sinoe, came in a distant second with 436 votes, followed by Wynfred Russell (257) and Jackson George (229).
Let us hope that now the new leadership of the organization will really get to the business of working for Liberians who called Minnesota home. The first thing the new leadership should address is the constant negative news about the Liberian community in Minnesota, at almost all Liberian gatherings, there are always reports of fights and drugs, this is really sad, and if something is not done about this problem, all of us stand to have our good names ruin by these thugs.
Monday, November 19, 2007
Liberia on the other hand, has announce publicly that it is willing to host Africom, coming out out of almost two decades of civil war, and with our infrastructure, and economy in shambles, there is no telling that Several hundred, or even thousand, well paid American soldiers and civilians, would work wonders for the economy. and not to mention the huge financial incentive, and the creation of thousands of jobs that would come with Africom requests for basing rights.
Another reason we Liberians should welcome Africom is because it would give pause to any future rebel group, or military commanders contemplating a coup.
There is no reason what so ever to fear Africom, i believe they will be a force for good on the continent, that's why we wholeheartedly support our President, to not only bid that Africom be base on the continent, but we also support her effort to have Liberia host Africom.
Friday, November 16, 2007
Liberia is recovering from 14 years of a brutal civil war that killed 270,000 people and ended in 2003 .
Since taking office as the first elected female president of Liberia following 2005 elections, Liberian President Ellen Sirleaf traveled the world pressing creditor nations to cancel the country's debts and give it a chance to rebuild from a brutal 14-year civil war that left 200,000 dead.
By clearing Liberia's debt accrued over years, the struggling country will be able to gain access to loans and other assistance from the IMF, the World Bank and the African Development Bank.
Friday, November 9, 2007
After fourteen years of civil war, Liberia is now rebuilding. And Liberian refugees from all over the world are coming back home to help in the rebuilding process.At the moment many people don't have electricity and nearly three quarters of the population doesn't have access to clean drinking water. Here is a video of one Liberian entrepreneur who is trying to provide safe water and make a living at the same time.
Once the world's fifth-largest iron ore exporter and home to the world's largest rubber plantation, Liberia's economy collapsed during more than a decade of on-off conflict, now we all have to do our part to help our country.
Monday, November 5, 2007
Monday, October 29, 2007
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
Thursday, October 18, 2007
"It's very important for our friends in the IMF to recognize that debt relief for Liberia is part of our agenda, and I would hope that they would help you," Bush said.
The IMF, which consists of 185 member countries and aims to promote economic growth in underdeveloped countries, will hold a joint three-day conference with the World Bank beginning Saturday.
Liberia has begun emerging from two civil wars from 1989 to 1996 and 1999 to 2003 that devastated the West African country's economy.
Bush said the United States will continue to support education and combating malaria in Liberia and the rest of the African continent. Bush said plans were being drawn up to reintroduce the US Peace Corps to Liberia.
Sirleaf-Johnson said Liberia has made progress since the civil wars but still faces "many challenges," including the threat posed by malaria, which is a leading killer of Liberian children.
Monday, October 8, 2007
Tuesday, September 11, 2007
Monday, September 10, 2007
Sunday, August 26, 2007
something truly have awaken in me, this new sense of national pride, have left me feeling even prouder to be call a LIBERIAN, and to do whatever i can for my country, once we were one of the stable and fastest developing nation on the African continent, now we are among the poorest, but slowly the table is turning, and in the words of one of my favorite U.S president, John F Kennedy, ask not what your country can do for you, but rather ask what you can do for your country, will serve as not only a wake up call, but also as an inspiration to give back, and do whatever we can for our beloved country, duty and honor to our country demands this of us , it is not only our duty, it is the right thing to do.
here are some videos of Liberia on the road to recovery, after 14 years of devastating civil war.
The country needs all the help it can get,after years of corrupt rule, and war, the country is starting from the bottom.
But with her people's determination, the country is ready to take on any new challenges.
Thursday, July 26, 2007
Happy birthday Liberia, and Happy independence day to all my countrymen at home and all across the globe, our country turn 160 years old on the 26 of July, The mere fact we have reach this far is a feat in itself, let us reflect on the last 2 decades of our country's recent past, and pray for the almost 200,000 of our countrymen who died in a senseless war,all the while holding our heads up high, for the future holds nothing but possibilities, and always rembering that we are all in the same boat together, one nation, one people, and one commom destiny. God bless us all.
Ellen johnson Sirleaf president and comamder in chief of Liberia.
Tuesday, July 24, 2007
Liberia, which means "land of the free," was founded by free African-Americans and freed slaves from the United States in 1820. An initial group of 86 immigrants, who came to be called Americo-Liberians, established a settlement in Christopolis (now Monrovia, named after U.S. President James Monroe) on February 6, 1820.
Thousands of freed American slaves and free African-Americans arrived during the following years, leading to the formation of more settlements and culminating in a declaration of independence of the Republic of Liberia on July 26, 1847. The drive to resettle freed slaves in Africa was promoted by the American Colonization Society (ACS), an organization of white clergymen, abolitionists, and slave owners founded in 1816 by Robert Finley, a Presbyterian minister.
Slave states in North America, increasingly interested in getting rid of their free African-American populations, encouraged the formation of colonization societies. These groups organized themselves independently of the ACS and founded their own colonies in Liberia for transplanting free African-Americans. Some of the "volunteers" were emancipated only if they agreed to emigrate. The Maryland State Colonization Society established its colony in cape palmas in what is today maryland county.Virginia and Mississippi also established Liberian colonies for former slaves and free blacks. all these colonies later came together and became the commonwealth of liberia.
The commonwealth received most of its revenue from custom duties which angered the indigenous traders and British merchants on whom they were levied. The British government advised Liberian authorities that it did not recognize the right of the American Colonization Society, a private organization, to levy these taxes. Britain's refusal to recognize Liberian sovereignty convinced many colonists that independence with full taxing authority was necessary for the survival of the colony and its immigrant population.
On july 5 1847 11 men, representing diffrent parts of the commonwealth, and led by Hilary Teage, signed the Liberian Declaration of Independence. they were Samuel Benedict, Hilary Teage, Elijah Johnson, John Naustehlau Lewis, Beverly R. Wilson and J.B. Gripon (Montserrado County); John Day, Amos Herring, Anthony William Gardiner and Ephriam Titler (Grand Bassa County); and Jacob W. Prout and Richard E. Murray (Sinoe County).
Declaration of Independence by the Representatives of the People of the Commonwealth of Liberia in Convention Assembled. July 16, 1847 . We, the representatives of the people of the commonwealth of Liberia, in convention assembled, invested with the authority of forming a new government, relying upon the aid and protection of the Great Arbiter of human events, do hereby in the name and on behalf of the people of this commonwealth, publish and declare the said commonwealth a free, sovereign, and independent state, by the name and title of the Republic of Liberia.
While announcing to the nations of the world the new position which the people of this Republic have felt themselves called upon to assume, courtesy to their opinion seems to demand a brief accompanying statement of the causes which induced them, first to expatriate themselves from the land of their nativity and to form settlements on this barbarous coast, and now to organize their government by the assumption of a sovereign and independent character. Therefore, we respectfully ask their attention to the following facts:
We recognize in all men certain inalienable rights; among these are life, liberty, and the right to acquire, possess, enjoy, and defend property. By the practice and consent of men in all ages, some system or form of government is proved to be necessary to exercise, enjoy, and secure their rights, and every people have a right to institute a government, and to choose and adopt that system, or form of it, which in their opinion will most effectively accomplish these objects, and secure their happiness, which does not interfere with the just rights of others. The right, therefore, to institute government and powers necessary to conduct it is an inalienable right and cannot be resisted without the grossest injustice.
We, the people of the Republic of Liberia , were originally inhabitants of the United States of North America.
In some parts of that country we were debarred by law from all rights and privileges of man - in other parts, public sentiment, more powerful than law, frowned us down.
We were excluded from all participation in the government.
We were taxed without our consent.
We were compelled to contribute to the resources of a country which gave us no protection.
We were made a separate and distinct class, and against us every avenue of improvement was effectively closed. Strangers from other lands, of a color different from ours, were preferred before us.
We uttered our complaints, but they were unattended to, or only met by alleging the peculiar institutions of the country.
All hope of a favorable change in our country was thus wholly extinguished in our bosoms, and we looked with anxiety for some asylum from the deep degradation.
The western coast of Africa was the place selected by American benevolence and philanthropy for our future home. Removed beyond those influences which oppressed us in our native land, it was hoped we would be enabled to enjoy those rights and privileges and exercise and improve those faculties which the God of nature has given us in common with the rest of mankind.
Under the auspices of the American Colonization Society, we established ourselves here, on land, acquired by purchase from the lords of the soil.
In an original compact with this society, we, for important reasons, delegated to it certain political powers; while this institution stipulated that whenever the people should become capable of conducting the government, or whenever the people should desire it, this institution would resign the delegated power, peacefully withdraw its supervision, and leave the people to the government of themselves.
Under the auspices and guidance of this institution which has nobly and in perfect faith redeemed its pledge to the people, we have grown and prospered.
From time to time our number has been increased by immigration from America , and by accession from native tribes; and from time to time, as circumstances required it, we have extended our borders by the acquisition of land by honorable purchase from the natives of the country.
As our territory has extended and our population increased our commerce has also increased. The flags of most civilized nations of the earth float in our harbors, and their merchants are opening an honorable and profitable trade. Until recently, these visits have been of a uniformly harmonious character; but as they have become more frequent and to more numerous points of our extended coast, questions have arisen which, it is supposed, can be adjusted only by agreement between sovereign powers.
For years past, the American Colonization Society has virtually withdrawn from all direct and active part in the administration of the government, except in the appointment of the governor, who is also a colonist, for the apparent purpose of testing the ability of the people to conduct the affairs of government, and no complaint of crude legislation, nor of mismanagement, nor of mal-administration has yet been heard.
In view of these facts, this institution, the American Colonization Society, with that good faith which has uniformly marked all its dealings with us did by a set of resolutions in January, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and forty-six, dissolve all political connections with the people of this Republic, returned the power with which it was delegated, and left the people to the government of themselves.
The people of the Republic of Liberia , they, are of right, and in fact, a free, sovereign, and independent state, possessed of all the rights, powers, and functions of government.
In assuming the momentous responsibilities of the position they have taken, the people of this republic feel justified by the necessities of the case, and with this conviction they throw themselves with confidence upon the candid consideration of the civilization of the world.
Liberia is not the offspring of ambition, nor the tool of avaricious speculation.
No desire for territorial aggrandizement brought us to these shores; nor do we believe so sordid a motive entered into the high consideration of those who aided us in providing this asylum. Liberia is an asylum from the most grinding oppression.
In coming to the shores of Africa, we indulged the pleasing hope that we would be permitted to exercise and improve those faculties which impart to man his dignity; to nourish in our hearts the flame of honorable ambition; to cherish and indulge these aspirations which a beneficent Creator had implanted in every human heart, and to evince to all who despise, ridicule, and oppress our race that we possess with them a common nature; are with them susceptible of equal refinement, and capable to equal advancement in all that adorns and dignifies man. We were animated by the hope that here we should be at liberty to train up our children in the way that they should go; to inspire them with the love of an honorable fame; to kindle within them the flame of a lofty philanthropy, and to form strongly within them the principles of humanity, virtue, and religion.
Amongst the strongest motives to leave our native land - to abandon forever the scenes of our childhood and to sever the most endeared connections - was the desire for a retreat where, free from the agitation of fear and molestation, we could approach in worship the God of our fathers.
Thus far our highest hopes have been realized. Liberia is already the happy home of thousands who were once the doomed victims of oppressions; and, if left unmolested to go on with her natural and spontaneous growth, if her movements be left free from the paralyzing intrigues of jealous ambition and unscrupulous avarice, she will throw open wider and yet a wider door for thousands who are now looking with an anxious eye for some land of rest.
Our courts of justices are open equally to the stranger and the citizen for the redress of grievances, for the remedy of injuries, and for the punishment of crime.
Our numerous and well-attended schools attest our efforts and our desire for the improvement of our children. Our churches for the worship of our Creator, everywhere to be seen, bear testimony to our acknowledgment of His providence.
The native African bowing down with us before the altar of the living God, declares that from us, feeble as we are, the light of Christianity has gone forth, while upon that curse of curses, the slave trade, a deadly blight has fallen, as far as our influence extends.
Therefore, in the name of humanity, virtue, and religion, in the name of the great God, our common Creator, we appeal to the nations of Christendom, and earnestly and respectfully ask of them that they will regard us with the sympathy and friendly considerations to which the peculiarities of our condition entitles us, and to that comity which marks the friendly intercourse of civilized and independent communities.
The Liberia's national flag is called “LONE STAR”.
Flag Day- August 24th
The National Flag Song - The lone star forever.
The eleven horizontal stripes represent the eleven signers of the declaration of independence and the constitution of the Republic of Liberia.
The blue field symbolizes the continent of Africa.
The five pointed white star depicts Liberia as the first “independent republic” on the continent of Africa.
When freedom raised her glowing form on Montserrado's verdant height,
She set within the doom of night, 'midst low ring stars and thunderstorms the star of liberty - and seizing from the waking morn, its burnished shield of golden flame she lifted in her proud name and raise a people long forlorn to noble destiny
The Lone Star forever!
The Lone Star forever!
O long may it float over land and over sea.
Desert it, no never! Uphold it, forever! O shout for the Lone Star banner,
Joseph J Roberts became the first elected president of the new country. Roberts had moved there in 1829 at the age of twenty from Petersburg, Virginia.
This is a picture of the first presidential residence in Monrovia.
two dallars bill in early Liberia.
So as Liberians gather at home and all across the world, to celebrate, the 160 years our country have been independent, on july 26 2007, let us not be ashame of who we are as a people,our nation have had alot of trials and tribulations in recent years, but we are a resilient people, and the nation remains intact ready to meet any chalenge that fate may send our way, and let us not forget the words of our national anthem,
In union strong success is sure
We cannot fail!
With God above
Our rights to prove
We will o'er all prevail,
With heart and hand
Our country's cause defending
We'll meet the foe
With valour unpretending.
Long live Liberia, happy land!
A home of glorious liberty,
By God's command!
Happy independence day everybody.
Saturday, July 21, 2007
Once again as an African, i feel its my duty to bring the Darfur issue to the forefront, how can we sane people of Africa, and the world let a whole race of people be rape,starved, and killed systematically, while we sit and do nothing about it. How can we possibly sit at our dinner table to eat, while thousands of babies and their parents go without food for days, Africa must unite to end the conflict in darfur, if the west was going to help the people of darfur, they would have done it a long time ago, but this is not Kosovo, or Bosnia,where they were able to raise millions of dollars, and were able to put troops in those countries to stop their genocide, just as they let us down during the Rwanda genocide of the 90s, they will also let Africa down in Darfur.
FOR ONCE AFRICA MUST UNITE TO PUT AN END TO THIS INSANITY!
How can the world sit and let this happen in the 21th century?
Friday, July 13, 2007
About 200 people were at the soccer match, organized as a reunion for Liberians living in the Twin Cities. The shooting happened around 8:00 p.m. near the Osseo School District's Adult Education Center.
Witnesses say the shootings happened so fast and they were in shock watching violence unfold at a reunion for Twin Cities Liberians. One witness said a child was beaten up just before a shot was fired across the field.
Lt. Scott Nadeau said the child and one of the adults appeared to be innocent bystanders. None of the injuries appear to be life-threatening. Classes were going on at the education center, and staff members put the building on lock down after they learned of the shooting.
Two people including the shooter, Beyan Massaqui were taken into custody.
going to any Liberian social function in the Twin cities these days is a matter of Life and death, it disgust me to see my people behaving badly like this, are we going to be the laughing stock of the African community? these rebels will be the ruin of us all, if something is not done urgently.
Thursday, July 12, 2007
As we continue to draw ever closer to the conclusion of the first term of the first female president of Liberia, many Liberians especially in the diaspora are wondering if she is going to run for a second term, in my opinion the very stability of the Liberian nation depends on her decision, she is the only one best qualify, and best positioned to continue leading the battle weary people to progress and prosperity. the president's detractors, including many of the so called senators and representatives on capital hill, have continue to do all in their power to discredit and bring the government to its knees, these greedy,corrupt,blood stained hands killers turn politicians, are like wolf hiding in the dark, just waiting for the right time to pounce, for only in anarchy and chaos, can they survived.
To say its very important the president run again is an understatement, in order to firmly secure the peace for which almost two hundred thousand of our countrymen pay the ultimate sacrifice, in order to continue to enjoy the respect and blessings of the international community, and in order to ensure that the next generations of Liberians never again experience war, she has to run again, it is inevitable, she must run for president, the very destiny of our country future is on the line.
Sunday, June 3, 2007
The day of judgment has finally come for former Liberian president Charles Taylor to answer for his heinous and brutal crime against the Liberian people. you can run but you can't hide so says an old parable in Liberia, did Taylor and his band of merry cronies think they would get away with the carter camp and duport road massacre? did they think they will get away with the amputations of arms and legs of thousand of innocent people in Sierra Leone? you were suppose to protect us, yet you chose to kill us, you were suppose to liberate us from the tyrant Samuel Doe, remember above all else the people? but when we compare the two of you, he comes out looking like a saint, you had a chance to be a great leader, when we give you the 97 elections, instead you made us beggars when our country is rich in natural resources, you scar our nation and left a whole generation traumatize forever, its not too late to ask the Liberian people for mercy, and than maybe just maybe we will find it in our hearts to forgive you.