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“I Will Protect Every Inch of Liberia,” President Weah Tells Citizens, Residents Amid Threats of Street Protest

Monrovia, Liberia: President George Weah of Liberia, has reassured Liberians and residents alike that there will be no instability in the Country under his administration. President Weah said he has the constitutional duty to protect all Liberians and residents and to ensure that every inch of the length and breadth of the country is secured. Remarking at the Georgia Patten United Methodist Church on Sunday, December 29, 2019, Dr. Weah urged citizens and residents to go about their normal activities including work, business amongst other regular chores. President Weah, a staunched member of the Church, joined hundreds of worshippers to commemorate the church’s 115th Anniversary. Making remarks during the program, the President said peace is important and will always prevail. “This is a country of…

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Bulk carrier reportedly attacked in Gulf of Guinea

Bulk carrier VINALINES MIGHTY reportedly was attacked at around 0130 UTC Dec 30 in Gulf of Guinea some 150 nm NW of Sao Tome, 200 nm SW of Bonny. Identity of attacked ship not yet conformed. If it’s VINALINES MIGHTY, her track shows with high probability, that she avoided attack and escaped. Bulk carrier is en route from Douala Cameroon to Greenville Liberia. Awaiting ship’s ID confirmation and further details. One more bulk carrier could be in the same area, her last AIS as of 0600 UTC Dec 30, was some 14 hours late. UPDATE: Ship’s ID confirmed, it’s VINALINES MIGHTY. Dryad Global reported that the ship was boarded by 3 pirates, but “all crew are safe”. So details of an attack are still unknown.…

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In Iran, It Is a Crime to Be a Christian

by Majid Rafizadeh The Islamic Republic of Iran is unleashing a sweeping crackdown on Christians, particularly those who have dared to convert from Islam to Christianity. Most recently, nine Christians in Iran, possibly converts, have been convicted by the Islamic court, and each sentenced to five years in prison. The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) arrested them for attending church services at a private house. According to a report by Article 18, an Iranian NGO which promotes religious freedom: “The arresting officers introduced themselves as agents from the Ministry of Intelligence (MOIS). “They stormed the Christians’ homes in a coordinated operation at around 9am, confiscating Bibles, Christian literature, wooden crosses and pictures carrying Christian symbols, along with laptops, phones, all forms of identity cards, bank…

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Liberia: Diplomatic Missions Want Clarity on Costa’s threat of “Using deadly force” in his planned Dec. 30 Protest

Several Foreign Missions accredited near Monrovia have issued a joint statement requesting the leader of the opposition COP, the controversial Henry Costa to clarify the use of inflammatory Language of using deadly force during his planned December 30 protest. The Ambassadors and Chargés d’Affaires of the United States, the European Union, Sweden, United Kingdom, France, and Germany in a joint statement issued in Monrovia, over the weekend, requested Mr. Costa, to clarify the use of “inflammatory language” which was said to have been made on the eve of Christmas. According to the statement, Costa in his Christmas Eve broadcast on Facebook Live, implied that some of his supporters would be armed, and threatened under various circumstances to use deadly force. The statement: “In light of…

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Liberia’s UN Ambassador Addresses Peacekeeping and Peacebuilding Conference in Ireland

(New York, December 24, 2019) Liberia’s Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary and Permanent Representative to the United Nations, His Excellency Dee-Maxwell Saah Kemayah, Sr. says there is a need to ensure that women are at the core of global peacebuilding and peace sustenance initiatives if the world desires guaranteed and long-lasting peacekeeping and peacebuilding processes. Addressing a Panel on ‘The Role of Women in Making and Sustaining Peace at the ‘Peacekeeping and Peacebuilding: Progress and Prospects Conference’ in Ireland, Ambassador Kemayah said empirical findings have shown that participation of women in peacekeeping and peacebuilding processes positively contribute to the overall goal of peacekeeping initiatives, a dividend that has been acknowledged by the United Nations. The panel discussed the important role that women have to play in…

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Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf to grace 2019 FALA Awards in Lagos

Former President of Liberia, Ellen Sirleaf Johnson will present prizes to Future Africa Leaders Awards (FALA) winners, on Tuesday, December 31, at the Loveworld Convention Centre, Ikeja, Lagos. The awards, in its seventh edition, seek to recognise and empower young Africans within the age range of 16 to 23, that have demonstrated exemplary leadership, by taking responsibilities for the socio-economic and political states of their countries through education, empowerment, medical outreach, community development programmes, among others. Speaking, at the weekend, during a press conference, Member, Central Executive Council (CEC) Loveworld Incorporation, Ambrose Isesele said the awards, an initiative of Future Africa Leaders Foundation (FALF), is to support youths, who are making efforts to improve their community. “The foundation aims to expand the leadership potentials in…

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Blame our troubles on the 1990s – the decade that never ended The fallout from the decade of Blair and…

By Ruadhán Mac Cormaic In a time of perpetual crisis, the feeling of longing for an idealised past in which nothing much happened can exert a powerful pull. The tempting counterpoint to this decade of upheaval is the 1990s – the period in between two world-changing events, the fall of the Berlin Wall and the 9/11 attacks, when history had come to an end, the world economy was booming and The Sopranos remade television. Nostalgia for the last decade of the 20th century is a particular kind of western indulgence, of course. These years encompassed the Rwandan genocide, bloody civil wars in Congo and Liberia and the violent break-up of Yugoslavia. Yet the idea of the 1990s as a holiday from history, as the American…

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Liberia: UN, ECOWAS Want Anti-government Protest call off

The United Nations and other West African countries have urged Liberia on Friday to avoid a major protest rally planned for next week as the country grapples with a deep economic crisis. A joint delegation of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the UN’s office in West Africa and the Sahel (UNOWAS) visiting Liberia has urged opponents of President George Weah planning an anti-government protest slated for December 30 to call it off. A self-styled ‘Council of Patriots’ had announced an anti-government protest in the capital Monrovia slated for Monday, December 30 for what they called economic difficulties affecting the oldest black republic in Africa. The bulk of those leading the protest are people from the former ruling Unity Party Government of…

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How Trump’s tweets – and Cardi B – are making more Americans move to Ghana

The man from Boston stared at the ocean and thought: Maybe I’ll never go back. He’d come to coastal Ghana for an adventure, he told friends, but his motivation ran deeper. Pierre Delva craved a fresh start without the question that had bothered him since childhood. “Is it because I’m black?” the used-car salesman said, reclining at a seaside bar in the nation’s capital, Accra. “You don’t have to wonder here.” What started as an anniversary promotion called the Year of Return – a government-funded call for the African Diaspora to explore Ghana four centuries after the first slave ship reached Virginian soil – has enticed some Americans to stay for good. Officials in this west African nation of roughly 29 million people say interest…

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Fresh tensions in Guinea as opposition cries ‘constitutional coup’

Guinea’s political opposition accused the president on Friday of staging a “constitutional coup,” prompting fresh tensions in a country wracked by rolling anti-government protests. President Alpha Conde on Thursday announced a new draft constitution for the West African country, which critics fear he will use to pursue a third term once his second ends in 2020. Hundreds of thousands Guineans have demonstrated since mid-October over concerns the president plans to stay in office beyond the legally mandated two terms. Conde, 81, has not yet confirmed whether he plans to run again. “This is nothing short of a constitutional coup,” Fode Oussou Fofana, vice president of the main opposition party, the Union of Democratic Forces of Guinea, told AFP. He said changing the constitution to stay…

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