Tuesday, December 7, 2010

What goes around does indeed comes around...............

Supporters of Ivory Coast opposition leader Alassane Ouattara protest in the city of Abidjan, Ivory Coast, Saturday, Dec. 4, 2010.

It has been reported in recent days that thousands of Ivorian refugees have cross over into Liberia, fleeing the instability in their Country.
Tension has been mounting in recent weeks in the World's largest cocoa producing country following presidential elections in that neighboring state. It can be recalled that the Electoral Body in Ivory Coast recently declared opposition leader and Prime Minister Alassane Ouattara as winner of the presidential polls, but the commission's announcement was contested by the country's constitutional court that later confirmed incumbent Laurent Gbargbo as president elect and subsequently inducted him into office.

Reports coming from Abidjan say opposition leader Alassane Ouattara has also declared himself and has been inducted into office as president of the Republic of the Ivory Coast. According to the BBC, Mr. Ouattara was inducted into office yesterday at a local Hotel in Abidjan amidst heavily armed UN Security presence.

United Nations soldiers from Togo stand guard outside the Golf Hotel, where opposition leader Alassane Ouattara was sworn-in as president, in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, Saturday, Dec. 4, 2010. The two candidates in Ivory Coast's disputed presidential election took dueling oaths of office Saturday after each claimed victory

Many Diplomat and foreign observers in the country have predicted that war is eminent and have suggested that the west African regional body ECOWAS should called an urgent meeting to address the crisis before it turns into a full skill war.

In the main time The Liberian President, Her Excellency Madam Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has issued a stern warning to Liberians to refrain from interfering in the internal affairs of the Ivory Coast," a press release from the foreign ministry said on Monday night.

"This comes on the heels of reports that certain individuals and former warlords have been contacted unofficially to intervene," the release says.

"The people of the sisterly and neighbourly Republic of Ivory Coast need all the support we can muster as they are currently going through a difficult period following the contested election results," Johnson is quoted as saying.

It was Ivory coast that once assisted Charles Taylor and his band of barbarians to rack havoc upon the Liberian people,while we do not want war in our sister Country, and we certainly do not want chaos on our border, I cannot help but see how Karma have come back to bite them in the butt.What goes around does indeed comes around.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Vice President, Joseph Boakai Commends Chinese Role in Liberia .......

Liberian Vice President, Joseph Boakai, has commended the Chinese Government positive involvement in maintaining peace and stability in postwar Liberia, he attended a farewell reception held at the Chinese Ambassador's residence in Congo Town .

While making a toast during the reception, the Liberian V.P. said it as an honor to be able to associate with Chinese peacekeepers during the farewell reception held by Chinese Ambassador ZHOU Yuxiao, and expressed the Liberian government's appreciation and gratitude towards the meaningful contribution made thus far by the Chinese Government and its people, not only in the area of the peace and stability, but also in showing their solidarity by been the first major power in the world to send its President to visit Liberia in 2007, and giving numerous development assistances after the resumption of the bilateral diplomatic relationship between the two countries in 2003.

For his part, Chinese Ambassador ZHOU Yuxiao thanked Vice President Boakai for his kindness and high regards to the bilateral relationship between China and Liberia by honoring his presence at the farewell reception. The senior Chinese envoy commended the departing Chinese peacekeepers for their devotion and sacrifice to the peace building and postwar reconstruction of Liberia, and challenged them to bring back to China not only the unforgettable experiences and memories, but also the daily progress in peace and development made by Liberian Government and its people.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Bob Johnson....... A True Friend of Liberia.....

There is a saying “The friend who can be silent with you in your moment of despair or confusion, who can stay with you in your hour of grief and bereavement, who can fight for you, when you can no longer fight, that is a friend who cares, that is a true friend.

That is exactly what Robert Johnson have been to Liberia...... A true Friend.
Mr Johnson has worked tirelessly for the people of Liberia, investing and encouraging companies, and major corporations from around the world to invest in Liberia. Mr Johnson once said black Americans need to have the same commitment to Liberia that many American Jews have to Israel. "I believe passionately that African Americans have a responsibility to support Liberia, much like Jewish Americans support Israel. Given the long historical relationship between our two countries, we have a special responsibility to do whatever we can to ensure that President Sirleaf succeeds in her effort to rebuild the country.

Mr Johnson was in Liberia for Delta's first direct flight to Monrovia.

As a Liberian, I truly admire and applaud the efforts of Mr. Johnson to bridge that gap between Africans and African-Americans.

Johnson, the founder and chairman of The RLJ Companies (RLJ),has significant business and development projects in Liberia including the nation’s first four-star oceanfront hotel.

Monday, August 30, 2010

Meet Liberia's own Gregory Artus Frank.......

Lovers of African Movies have seen him in a number of African blockbuster film like who loves me and Chelsea, but few know that this talented Actor is a Liberian, who struggle for years, before making it big on the silver screen all across Africa.

After receiving a Human Resources Management degree from AME University in Monrovia, Gregory decided to pursue his passion for acting. He started out doing a lot of minor roles, but then he decided he wanted to do something on his own. His first film Juetey (Children’s Business), a film he both directed and starred in, was also his first big attempt at doing screenwriting.
By 2008, Juetey has won six movie awards including Best Writer, Best Supporting Actress and Movie of the Year, just to name a few.

Here is scene from one of his movie WHO LOVES ME.......

Gregory Artus Frank was born on May 4th 1979 in Montserado County Liberia.

Friday, August 13, 2010

Withdraw the Maritime act from the Senate Madame President...............

President Sirleaf

The Executive and the Legislative branches of government in Liberia, are said to be locked up in continuing discussions over the passage of the new Maritime Act that, among others, seeks to transform the Bureau of Maritime Affairs into an Authority and gives it the power to collect its own revenue, creates its own security unit and immunes its officials from prosecution while serving a seven-year term, among others.

The United States Government, the European Union and the International Monetary Fund have all slammed the Act, with the US warning that it potentially violates Liberia Public Financial Management Law. Even other government agencies such as defense and finance ministries have respectively opposed the financial autonomy and the establishment of a security unity under the Act.

Last week renowned Liberian rights activist Kimmie Weeks joined the chorus of opposition by denouncing the act as an affront to the Liberian People, Mr. Weeks claimed that the Act, which is being debated by the Senate and stands to give the Bureau of Maritime Affairs and its commissioners a broad power, gives way to the creation of an entity that will be unanswerable to the Liberian people and removes safeguards that prevent widespread corruption.
”We cannot allow ourselves to go back to the years long ago when multinationals and large companies could convince the Liberian Government to pass loss in their favors, but which were extremely detrimental to the Liberian people in the long run. We‘ve been accused of passing some of the worse contracts in the world. Let‘s not let history repeat itself. Just say no to Maritime act,” Mr Weeks said.

As a huge supporter of the Sirleaf Administration, i have praised the President when ever she did good, and when ever she was wrongly criticize for political reasons for the many good work she was doing for the Liberian people, but this Maritime act submitted by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is just not a step in the right direction. We just cannot let an agency of the government collect its own taxes, have their own security force and at the same time give them a wide range of powers including policing themselves, with out the input of the Liberian people. The international community thinks the act is seriously flawed, the Liberian people wants it withdrawn, and we think the President should seriously consider withdrawing it from the Senate.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

couple of Interesting stories featuring Liberia on CNN Inside Africa.......

CNN inside Africa this week has a series of interesting report about Liberia, that i will also like to share here on my blog.

In the first story Prince Johnson -- once a rebel commander in Liberia's civil war, and a man accused of crimes against humanity -- says he has found God, and he wants to lead Liberia to a secure future as a born again Christin.

This fool was not only responsible for the death of many Innocent Liberians during the civil war, but he was also caught on tape drinking Budweiser while his men were cutting off the ears of then President- Samuel Doe to his amusement, before torturing and killing him. and to think he has the audacity to want to be President and govern Liberia makes me sick, this criminal should be in prison along with his Pal Charles Taylor where they all belong.

The next story in the series and one of my personal favorite is about the dissemination of information to the masses, and the voice and vision of the young generation of Liberians ready to rebuild after years of war.

The final story in the series is about surfing in Liberia, and a young Liberian who is trying to get recognition for the sport.

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Happy Independence Day...........................

On July 26 1847 exactly 163 years ago 11 men, representing different parts of the commonwealth of Liberia, and led by Hilary Teage, signed the Liberian Declaration of Independence. By signing the declaration of independence these patriotic sons of Liberia told the world that a new country,called Liberia, the land of the free, the first free negro nation on the African continent was born.
Liberians will gather all over the world to celebrate Independence day.....

Happy birthday Liberia, and happy independence day to all my fellow Liberians and friends of Liberia all around the Globe, as we all gather to celebrate the 163 years birth anniversary of our homeland this July 26, let us not forget who we are or where we came from, let us remind ourselves that though we may be of many tribes, we are still one people with one common destiny.

The Liberian People are a proud, resourceful, and Patriotic people who despite all the hardship and horrors of the last decades, continue to rise and put our nation first. the daunting task of rebuilding the country,after decades of war, may seem sometimes impossible, but the future holds nothing but possibilities if we all just work together for the common good of our Country.
Long live the republic of Liberia, Long live the peoples of Liberia.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

World bank cancels Liberia's 4.6 billion dollar debt....

One of the greatest achievement of the Sirleaf Administration came yesterday when the World bank agreed to cancel Liberia's 4.6 billion dollar external debt.
Noting that the country "has successfully implemented its poverty reduction strategy and maintained a stable macroeconomic environment, despite the global economic crisis.

The debt relief is expected to free up resources for Liberia to rebuild its social services following years of civil war.

"Liberia can now mobilize additional resources to rebuild the road network and the electricity supply system, providing the infrastructure needed to allow economic growth, while continuing to expand the health care and education systems," IMF mission chief for Liberia Chris Lane said in announcing the decision. "Liberia will also be able to further develop its own financial market and channel private savings to productive uses."

Liberia becomes the 29th country to reach the completion point under the HIPC Initiative. The completion point marks the end of the HIPC process, which started in 2008 when the Executive Boards of the IMF and the World Bank agreed that Liberia had met requirements for reaching the decision point, when countries start receiving debt relief on an interim basis.
Tuesday's announcement will reduce Liberia's debt by 90 percent, according to the IMF, relieving 4.6 of the 4.9 billion dollars the country owes.

We applaud the President and her team in Monrovia, for doing a great job, The granting of debt relief marks a significant milestone in our Country's path toward recovery, it would not have happen without the leadership of the President.

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Actor Director Dermot Mulroney will direct a film based on George Weah....

Actor Director Dermot Mulroney will direct a film based on the life of Liberian football player George Weah.
The actor - who recently completed filming on his directorial debut Love Wedding Marriage - and his partners are said to be excited about making a movie about the soccer legend.

Weah known in Liberia as King George rose from the slums of Liberia's capital, Monrovia, to not only become one of the best soccer player in the world, but also the only person to win FIFA World Player of the Year, European Footballer of the Year and African Footballer of the Year in one season (1995). He used his popularity as a sports figure to help child soldiers lay down their weapons during Liberia's civil war, and he was a factor in bringing down the bloody dictatorship of Charles Taylor, presently on trial at the Hague for international war crimes.

Mulroney, along with producing partners Tharita Cutulle and Rainier Negri, recently secured a deal for Weah's life rights after making a final presentation to him at his Miami home.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

President Sirleaf meets President Obama at the Whitehouse.....

President Barack Obama today praised Liberia's progress against poverty and corruption, saying its neighbors can learn from its emerging dedication to democracy.

Obama welcomed President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf on Thursday for an Oval Office visit, praising her for leading Liberia after its brutal civil war.

Obama met Sirleaf in the Oval Office, and pledged the United States would stand with Liberia at every step of the way of its democratic development.

"I have been an extraordinary admirer of her work for many years now.... The United States and Liberia are close friends, longstanding partners, and Liberia is now emerging from a very difficult period," Obama said.

"Part of the reason it has been able to emerge is because of the heroism and courage of President Sirleaf."

"She is committed to the rule of law, made strides in reforming the judiciary and in all these endeavors I want to make sure the people of Liberia understand... that the United States is a constant friend and partner."

Obama said Sirleaf's example should be taken as inspiration to other African nations including, Guinea, Ivory Coast and Niger.

Sirleaf said her country had made important progress, and she thanked Obama for his and America's support.

Africa's first elected female head of state, Sirleaf said that she would not hide the fact that Liberia had challenges, but added that all basic freedoms were alive in her country today.

"We said that we were going to make Liberia rise again. I come today on behalf of the Liberian people to say that we have made a lot of progress," she said.

"We have been able to maintain peace for seven years now."

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Delta airlines to start direct flight to Monrovia in September.....

Delta Air Lines Inc. said Tuesday it will again begin once-a-week service between Atlanta and Monrovia, Liberia, in September of 2010.

The flights between Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport and Roberts International Airport in Monrovia will stop in Accra, Ghana.

Delta, based in Atlanta, had planned to start the flights last June, but they were delayed while the airport in Monrovia was brought into compliance with international aviation standards.

Delta said the service will begin Sept. 4 and use Boeing 767 aircraft with 34 premium seats and 181 seats in coach.

The airline said Liberian aviation officials and have approved the flights, and U.S. regulators have given preliminary approval. Delta has operated in Africa since 2006.

The new service between Atlanta and Monrovia will be welcome by Liberians in both Countries....

In a statement issued by Delta, Liberian President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf said her government was enthusiastic about the first direct flights to the United States in several years.

Delta had hoped to launch Liberia flights in June 2009 but had been awaiting government approval since then.

The Transportation Security Administration pulled the plug on the planned route launch last year because the Monrovia airport did not meet international security standards. Also last year, Delta's planned inaugural flight to Nairobi, Kenya last year was canceled amid terrorist threats.

On Tuesday, Delta announced that it had preliminary approval from the U.S. government, along with approval from the Liberian Civil Aviation Authority, to sell tickets for the new flights. The company said it expects final U.S. government approvals before the flight begins.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

The Sad case of five Liberian girls in Oklahoma........

The Tyler, Convicted Child abusers........

I have been following the case of five Liberian girls who were adopted in 2005 from an orphanage in Liberia, by an Oklahoma couple who were later convicted early this year of abusing the oldest child.
Members of the Liberian community in Oklahoma and other concern groups have been trying to have the Oklahoma department of human services remove the remaining children from the care of this couple, but in a huge setback yesterday an Oklahoma judge ruled that the children should remain in the care of these monsters.

In a closed hearing Monday, Major County District Judge Vinson Barefoot ruled that the girls would remain with their adopted parents Verlon Tyler and Penny sue Tyler despite testimony from the couple's own 28-year-old son that he, too, was abused by them as a child.

The abused older girl, now 13, endured abuse from her entire adopted family, the girl was tied to bedposts, forced to sleep outside and denied food for several days as punishment, authorities say.
The Tyler Children have been convicted with sexual assault, and battery

She also was abused by the Tyler’s biological children. according to court records the couple's son Ashton Tyler 20, was charged and convicted with rape by instrumentation, and their daughter who is 21 was charged with assault and battery. She is living with relatives in another state.

This is truly unbelievable, how can a judge who is suppose to be looking out for the interest of these kids, let venerable children stay in the care of these monsters?

Melvin Johnson a Liberian attorney who is based in Atlanta, and represents the girls, said he
will appeal the decision, and has plans to investigate the couple for adoption fraud."These children should not be living with convicted, longtime child abusers,” Johnson said.

We urged Liberian communities all across the U.S to get involved with this case, we also urged the Liberian Embassy to do what ever it can to get these girls out of the care of these people, they are still technically Liberian Citizens, and our government must do all it can to ensure their safety and protection.

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Why I support President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf for a second term as President of Liberia.....

When President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf finally declared that she intends to seek the Presidency for a second term earlier this year, many of us who are her loyal supporters were ecstatic, and overjoyed.
Since the President's announcement that she would seek a second term in office, her detractors and some opposition politicians in Monrovia have attack her move as unconstitutional. Some like Charles Brumskine of the Liberty party have said the Sirleaf administration has been an utter failure,

Brumskine stated that no administration in the history of the country has received more international aid, benefited from more multilateral assistance, and been the target of such international goodwill as the Sirleaf government.

“Yet after four years of being in power, about 85% of the population is still unemployed and four out of every five Liberians cannot find $1 dollar a day on which to live. For the ordinary Liberian, not much has changed. In fact, life has gotten harder”, he said.

Most of us Liberians have had it with these so call politicians who are all talk but nothing else, what really do they expect? that the country would build itself, and go back to its prewar status in just four years, even if Mr Brumskine was President would he have accomplished half of what the Sirleaf administration have done so far? we have seen the effect of what these kinds of nonsensical statements have had on our society before, we remember clearly the 1979 rice riot, in which opposition politicians claimed the progressive government of President William R Tolbert was corrupt, and encourage our people to violence which ultimately led to the brutal assassination of the President, all for what? because Baccus Matthews and other politicians said the price of rice was too high. Today our country is still paying the price for what happen thirty something years ago.

Looking at where we are today, and compared to where we were before President Sirleaf took office, we can rightly say with full confidence that the country is in a much better shape, that the President and her team have done a remarkable job under the many difficult circumstances to put the Liberian people and the Country back on the road to prosperity. The Country's Image abroad has been restored, the rehabilitation of the nation is in full swing, the Country now boast one of the freest press in all Africa, something we could only dream of just few years ago.

President Sirleaf said that she was ignoring her pledge in 2005 not to seek re-election, as she was not aware then about the huge amount of hard work to be undertaken in rebuilding the country which is recovering from years of civil war. She also said that her decision to seek re-election was prompted by her successes in governing.

We could not agree more, She is an able and experience leader, and she continues to be in my opinion the right person, the only person, to lead Liberia for a second time at this critical time in our history.
So Madame President we wholeheartedly support your bid for a second term as President of Liberia............ MA ELLEN FOR PRESIDENT IN 2011

Monday, March 15, 2010

Liberia remembers President Roberts on his Birth anniversary..............

Liberia is today celebrating the birthday of its first President Joseph Jenkins Roberts. the day is being celebrated as a national holiday in line with a Presidential proclamation, and an act of 42nd legislature.The day was set aside to recognize the many invaluable services and sacrifices of the late President. The first president of Liberia, was born in Petersburg, Virginia, USA on march 15 1809, Of mixed black and white heritage, he emigrated to Liberia with his widowed mother and three brothers in 1829. He became a successful merchant and caught the eye of Liberia's white governor, who appointed Roberts as his successor. The first African-American governor of Liberia, he went on to become the first president of the new country in 1847, serving six terms in all. His major accomplishments include gaining the recognition of Liberia from most European nations, and halting the slave trade on Liberia's borders.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Senator Taylor needs to shut up................................

The senior Senator from Bong County, and wife of former President Charles Taylor, Jewel Howard Taylor, said she is drawing, up an impeachment proceeding against President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf for allegedly violating the Liberian constitution when she recently call on her cabinet Ministers to appoint two members of her party to government positions.

The senator believes that the President's call which was made at a party convention a week ago, aims to promote segregation in employment, thus contradicting Article 8 of the Liberian Constitution which provides that job opportunities be given all Liberians regardless of creed, religion, political affiliation or social status.

The Bong County Senator told a news conference at the weekend in Monrovia that it was a sad day in Liberia's history that a president would seek the welfare of only her associates.

Where was the then first lady when her husband's men killed innocent people for no reason

Wow if Senator Taylor is such an expert on the Constitution, where was she when her Husband the former President blatantly used the Constitution to wipe his ass for lack of a better word.
where was she when her husband arbitrarily abuse the rights of the Liberian People, were was she when people were being taken to jail and killed without any reason, after what these people did to the Country they should be the last to open their mouths about anything concerning the constitution.

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Former warlord and head of the Liberian peace council George Boley has been detained by U.S immigration and border officials.................

Former warlord and head of the Liberian Peace council George Boley who has been accused of human rights violations in Liberia — allegations he has denied for years — has been detained by U.S immigration officials who accuse him of “extrajudicial killings, and other gross human rights violations during the Liberian civil war.

Immigration and border officials detained George Boley on Jan. 15 on allegations that he is in the country unlawfully and that he committed killings in another country, according to Pat Riley, a spokeswoman for the federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Boley has long contended that federal authorities have relentlessly pursued him because of baseless allegations that he committed war crimes in Liberia.

Last year the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Liberia, tasked with detailing possible human rights violations committed during the civil war, named Boley as one of eight people who should be prosecuted for their actions.
He is scheduled to have a hearing later this month before an immigration judge to determine whether he should be deported to his home country.

I for my part cannot wait for the day Mr Boley, Alhaji Kromah, Sekou Conteh, and Prince Johnson all join former Liberian President Charles Taylor in the Hague to face war crimes charges, Most of us Liberians who saw these men and their barbarian armies at work during the war will never forget what these people did to our country, I hope they all burn and rot in hell where they all belong.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Liberian national arrested in Bensalem for attempted homicide.............

A Liberian national who is also a notorious gang member was arrested for the weekend shooting of a man during a homecoming party and was arraigned last night on two counts of attempted homicide.

Investigators arrested Daniel “Rush” Potepa, an alleged member of the Sex, Money, Murder set of the Bloods gang, after two confidential informants and other witnesses identified him as the shooter.

Daniel “Rush” Potepa, 20, faces two counts of attempted homicide and related charges after allegedly shooting township resident Anchul Rostogi, multiple times.

Also charged in the case is Liberian national Augustine “Lyrico” Kiawu, 24, who also identified Potepa as the shooter. Kiawu was charged last week with aggravated assault and conspiracy, police said.

Potepa was jailed on $3 million bail. After his arraignment early Tuesday.
After the criminal charges he is most likely to get deported, and when he does, i hope the Liberian Government also deal with him and put him in the middle of nowhere, these fools don't need to be let loose among civilize people, he had nothing to offer here in America, he will definitely not have anything to offer when he is sent home except, to be another nuisance for our already ill equipped police force.

Monday, February 1, 2010

The Vice Guide to Liberia my ass....................

I finally got to see this despicable piece of work called the vice guide to Liberia, a so called documentary that have been getting a lot of buzz all across the web.
Done by a bunch of nerds and racist fools who have nothing better to do but to put junk on the internet, these fools have manage to make my country look like a nation of cannibals, prostitutes, and drug addicts.

here are some of their work

I am frankly really offended that these assholes not only made my country the laughing stock of their demeaning work but in the process also exploited poor and venerable people in their videos for their own sick pleasures.

this video is comparable to if I made a video about homeless people, gangs, and drug addicts on the streets of a major American city like say New York and depicting it as the conditions of every day, average Americans. you have slums and ghettos that are worse here then anything we have in Liberia, so please don't insult our intelligence.

Our country have come a long way since the end of the civil war, we do not need your little fat white asses running around our country, demeaning our peoples and making us the butts of your sick and twisted jokes, if the good folks at vice TV or what ever you guys call yourselves don't have anything better to do, i suggest you guys go back in your parents basement and do what you do best, like looking at porns, and leaving subject matter you have no clues about .

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Liberian Vice President Joseph Boakai Extols China-Aid..................

Liberian Vice President Joseph Nyuma Boakai accompanied by Chinese Ambassador to Liberia H.E. Mr. ZHOU Yuxiao, over the week end visited the Fendell Campus Construction Project of the University of Liberia, a China-aid program in the education field to the postwar Liberia.

Extolling the partnership and friendship between Liberia and China, the Liberian Vice President observed that, the construction of the modern facility by the Chinese Government demonstrated the value of the partnership China and the people of Liberia shared, the vice President also commended the Chinese Embassy in Liberia for its quick response in bringing the China-aid project into reality within a very short time frame, which has been clearly becoming another impetus towards Liberia's reconstruction agenda and surely will encourage numerous Liberian youth in the pursuits of their higher education.

Upon his departure, Vice President Joseph Boakai presented two local goats to the Chinese contractor as an expression of his personal appreciation towards their goodwork.