Month: June 2018

Go Get More Loans: A Command with Grave Consequences

Infrastructure deficit in Liberia is one of the major constraints on economic growth and development. It is obvious that national government must prioritize the need to construct more roads to reduce transportation and business costs, expand capital investment in other sectors of the economy especially in agriculture production, tourism etc., thus leading to an increased in overall economic growth, and ensuring an unhindered movement of the people across the country. Anybody with just a perfunctory insight on what the lumpen masses go through in the countryside of the homeland to commute and visit medical facilities will jump at every...

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Guinean Couple Charged with Forced labor of a young Guinean girl

FORT WORTH, TX – A Guinean couple, Mohamed Toure, 57, and Denise Cros-Toure, 57, of Ft. Worth, Texas, appeared in federal court in the Northern District of Texas on a criminal complaint charging them with arranging for a 5-year old West African girl to work in their home for over 16 years without pay and without any education. While these types of indentured servant arrangements are prevalent in Africa, the Thirteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution specifically prohibits both slavery and involuntary servitude. It is, perhaps, the only Constitutional amendment that dictates the behavior of private citizens as...

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An Open Letter to Ismail Haniyeh and Yahya Sinwar

 Ismail Haniyeh and Yahya Sinwar By Michael Anderson and Sam Ben-Meir Dear M. Haniyeh and Sinwar; I am writing this letter to you in the wake of the latest confrontation between Palestinian demonstrators and the Israeli military that tragically resulted in the death of 120 Palestinian youth. I maintain that all this bloody mayhem could have been avoided had you concluded long ago that the solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict rests on ending all violence and no longer perpetuating demands such as the right of return, knowing that this will never come to pass. Time and circumstances have changed...

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An Open Letter to Israel’s Prime Minister Netanyahu

Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Dear Prime Minister Netanyahu: The latest demonstration of Palestinians along the Gaza border with Israel that turned violent was no surprise to me or perhaps to a multitude of Israelis and Palestinians as well. This tragic confrontation that resulted in the death of 120 Palestinians was not the first and will not be the last. Israel has waged three wars against Hamas and countless retaliatory strikes, and yet nothing has fundamentally changed. The sad thing is that nothing will change unless Israel accepts the reality that Hamas is the governing authority in Gaza, with...

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Liberia’s Legislature ratified the ill-fated Eton Finance PTE Limited-GOL

Capitol Building By Alfred P. B. Kaidii We don’t have faith in the collective of membership of the Liberian legislature. The whole legislature is a façade. Apart from the specious filibustering and boring antic, the legislature has always being subservient and played second fiddle to every Liberian leader. A rubber stamp institution it is, thus making it anachronistic in the context of check and balance. In true, check and balance, in the context of Liberia, is only on the paper. The reality is different. The legislature is just a burden taxpayers have to shoulder to make Liberia appears like...

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