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2 Years of Unparallel Success: Pres. Weah Scores High in Infrastructure Development

A Commentary by J. Lyndon Ponnie George Weah was considered a non-entity of Liberian politics by his critics, the intellectual class and traditional ruling elites—and, in fact, that’s why the electorate, most of them the impoverished masses—elected him over them. The elites are chronically trapped in their ego and the monotony of politics bend against the masses of the people. The people needed a paradigm shift in governance—a shift from elite-favored to masses-favored leadership in the country. Thankfully, the masses were wise, and George Weah won the presidency with over 61% of the total votes in the 2017 presidential elections. And during his inauguration ceremonies, which took place two years ago at the largest soccer stadium in Monrovia, first in Liberia’s history, Weah amongst other…

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POLICE MANHUNT IN LIBERIA FOR KILLERS OF GERMAN BUSINESSMAN

A police manhunt is ongoing in Liberia’s coastal city of Buchanan, Grand Bassa County for the killers of German Businessman George Schedenann. The German was shot dead recently by some unidentified gunmen in the area. A team of anti-robbery taskforce of the Liberia National Police has been dispatched to the area and has commenced a manhunt for suspects who are said to be eight in number. ELBC Correspondent quotes the wife of the deceased, Linda as saying her husband left their home to do some work at the office of a company he was operating. She explained that she later heard the sound of gun shots coming from the direction of the company’s fence. Mrs. Schedenann said upon their arrival at the compound, her husband…

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COURT IN LIBERIA GRANTS FORMER PRESIDENT JOHNSON-SIRLEAF’S INDICTED SON MEDICAL LEAVE

The Criminal Court “C” in Monrovia has granted indicted former Central Bank Deputy Governor, Charles Sirleaf, leave to seek medication abroad. Judge Nancy Sammy, Thursday, granted Defense Counsel’s motion, requesting the Court to allow its client Sirleaf to seek medical attention due to poor health. Judge Sammy told the Defense Counsel Lead Lawyer, Cllr Johnny Momo, that Defendant Sirleaf’s travel is only restricted to India, as the contrary shall warrant further legal option by the Court. Judge Sammy has ordered the Clerk of Court to surrender Defendant Sirleaf’s traveling documents to his lawyer in compliance with the Court’s decision. Mr. Charles Sirleaf and four others were indicted by the Liberian Government for allegedly committing multiple state crimes, including money laundering, economic sabotage, and criminal conspiracy,…

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Ex-Liberian Warlord Seeking new trial, questions whether murders, rapes, torture, and cannibalism make him a genocidal war criminal

A Delaware County man serving a 30-year prison term for hiding his past as a brutal Liberian warlord to gain entry into the United States urged a federal appeals court in Philadelphia on Tuesday to overturn his conviction and sentence. Lawyers for Mohammed Jabateh, 53, of East Lansdowne, argued that their client may have committed numerous murders, rapes, and acts of enslavement, torture and ritual cannibalism during the first Liberian civil war — a protracted, multifaction conflict that ravaged the West African nation between 1989 and 1997 — but as terrible as those crimes were, they did not necessarily amount to genocide. “Liberia, for all its horrors in the early ‘90s, was not Rwanda, not Bosnia, not Cambodia, and not the Third Reich,” Jabateh’s attorney…

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Liberia’s New Army –a force for good

By. J. Lyndon Ponnie The Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL) trace its origins to a militia that was formed by the first black colonists in what is now Liberia, it was founded as the Liberian Frontier Force in 1908, and retitled in 1956. For almost all of its history, the AFL has received considerable materiel and training assistance from the United States. For most of the 1941–89 period, training was largely provided by U.S. advisers, though this assistance has not prevented the same generally low levels of effectiveness common to most of the armed forces in the developing world. For most of the Cold War, the AFL saw little action, apart from a reinforced company group which was sent to ONUC in the Democratic Republic…

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Bethel bishop’s wife linked to Costa’s escape

The Liberia Immigration Service (LIS), has named Della Belleh, the wife of Bishop Wolo Belleh of Bethel Cathedral of Hope church, as being amongst several individuals as persons of interest in the ongoing investigation involving the use of an alleged fake lessee passé by Henry Costa, Chairman of the Council of Patriots. Addressing a news conference recently, LIS Commissioner General Robert Budy named Monie Hook Momolu, a former employee of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Della Belleh, the wife of Bishop Wolobelleh of Bethel Cathedral of Hope in Congo Town and Musa Sackor, the Cousin of Mr. Costa. Commissioner Budy said the individuals of interest are being invited by the Liberia Immigration Service to aid with the investigation. The LIS Commissioner General also disclosed that…

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LIBERIA: SOLICITOR GENERAL TEARS INTO BAR ASSOCIATION PRESIDENT

The Solicitor General of Liberia says the leadership of the Liberia National Bar Association (LNBA) has been hijacked by political activists and radicals that are using its strips and edifice to propagate their own selfish political agenda to the detriment of other LNBA members. In a press release issued in Monrovia recently, Cllr. Sayma Syrenius Cephus noted that allegations contained in statement issued by the LNBA against him is nothing but LNBA’s own figment of imagination, alleging that it was either driven by ignorance or mischief or both, and interspersed with personal hatred and jealousy of its President Taiwan Gongloe simply to tarnish his enviable legal credentials as a former defense counsel, spanning over a decade, in clear violation of his constitutional rights to due…

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Schiff mauls Cipollone on impeachment trial’s first day

On the first day of the Senate impeachment trial, President Trump’s lawyers were caught off-guard and unprepared. White House counsel Pat Cipollone and a crew of several other lawyers for the president arrived for their first day of the trial, apparently expecting things to start off slowly with sleepy arguments over the rules for the trial. Opening arguments were not expected until Wednesday. Cipollone was granted an hour to speak a few minutes after Chief Justice John Roberts entered the Senate chamber and the trial began in earnest. He used only three of those minutes. He spoke in a halting voice and said little of substance, simply asserting that Trump “has done absolutely nothing wrong.” And then he sat down, yielding the floor to the…

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AGATHA NIMENE BEGS HAT-TRICK…AS LIBERIA WOMEN’S U-20 BEAT GUINEA WOMEN’S U-20

Liberia’s young sensational female football star, Agatha Nimene, scored three times as newly founded Liberia Women’s U-20 defeated visiting Guinea Women’s U-20, at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium in Central Monrovia. Agatha opened her scoring as early as four minutes, when she curled in a set-piece from 28 yards. She added a second eleven minutes later when she converted a penalty after Guinea defender handed the ball in the eighteen box. The Blanco FC goal puncher completed her hat-trick in the fifty-first minute from another penalty following another handball by the Guinean defense. Despite the 3-0 victory for Liberia women, Guinea dominated possession in most part of the match but struggled in their finishing and poor in defense. The game which was a first leg match…

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After Rigorous Vetting Process, Weah Finally Gets his Choice for Agriculture Minister

By J. Lyndon Ponnie It’s almost seven months since President George Weah dismissed his agriculture minister Dr. Mogana Flomo. At the time, he told the Liberian public that he would only name his replacement if he got the rightful and ideal person no matter how long it took. He added that he needed a new minister of agriculture that will make agriculture work for Liberia-food production, with emphasis on the production of the country’s staple food-rice. The Liberian President had earlier promised to tackle, give attention and prioritize the issue of agriculture the same way he is dealing with road connectivity in the country. And after a seven-month search and rigorous vetting process, the former soccer star turned politician, has got his choice for the…

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All Liberia Party Standard Bearer Benoni Urey speaking to media executives at his residence in Careysburg.

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