Author: Martin Kollie

Travel Bonanza in Weah-led Government: The Emergence of a New Cartel in Liberia – A Camarilla of ‘Pro-Poor’ Mafias

Across the landscape of Africa’s oldest independent nation and the World’s fourth most impoverished country, it appears like a new plot of state mafias is emerging under Soccer Legend turned President George M. Weah. This camarilla of ‘pro-poor’ pillagers seems overly prepared and well positioned to plunge Liberia into financial nullity and obscurity unremorsefully. Who is leading this clique of kleptocrats? Who is piloting this Coalition of Desperate Crooks (CDC)? The chief mastermind of this corporate spree and wealth-seeking escapade is Minister Samuel D. Tweah, Minister of Finance and Development Planning. Even though this Minister is yet to develop...

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An Unmerited Accolade: Arsene Wenger and Claude Marie LeRoy Do Not Deserve Liberia’s Highest Honor

Even France could not give both Arsene Wenger and Claude LeRoy its least honor for their contribution to football in France. On Friday, August 24, 2018, Liberia will bestow its highest honor on two foreign football managers who hail from France. Liberia under ex-Soccer Legend George M. Weah will decorate Arsene Wenger and Claude Marie François Le Roy for contributing to his football career. The 68-year-old Frenchman Arsene Wenger will be inducted into the Order of Distinction with the title of Knight Grand Commander of the Humane Order of African Redemption – The Highest Honor. The 70-year-old Coach Claude...

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Rising Impunity and Injustice in Liberia: Shielding Rape & Sheltering Rapists

 A Letter to the United Nations Women August 9, 2018 Ms. Marie Goreth Nizigama Country Director UN Women H and G Plaza Sekou Toure Avenue UN Drive, Mamba Point Liberia, West Africa   Dear Ms. Nizigama:   With an innermost sense of grief and sympathy for a 13-year-old Liberian girl who bled profusely to death as a result of being gang-raped on July 21, 2018 in Maryland County by 3 adults, I find it essentially compelling to inform your office about this sad, shocking and disturbing episode – an episode that echoes a stressful memory and traumatic moment. Rape...

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The Red Rooster from Ducor – Series 2

In this second edition of our series “The Red Rooster from Ducor”, we are spotlighting: 1.      Foreign Missions and Embassies of Liberia 2.      The arbitrary arrest and despotic imprisonment of Central Bank employee Alfred Cheeks. The Rooster’s Crow: 1. Foreign Missions and Embassies of Liberia Liberia has spent over US$44.3 million on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in a period of just 3 years (36 months). Out of this amount, we spent over US$12.4 million on 27 embassies and foreign missions in Africa, America, Asia and Europe. The budget of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs this fiscal year is...

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Primary Education: The Wisest Investment for Government, Partners and Parents

Liberian school kids seen here, need to develop reading skills A speech delivered at the Graduation Ceremony of the Belenie Christian Foundation School System 72nd Junction, Somalia Drive, Paynesville City August 20, 2017 By Martin K. N. Kollie Guest Speaker / Youth & Student Activist   The Principal and Board of Trustees of Belenie Christian Foundation School System The VP for Administration and VP for Instruction The Dean of Student Affairs The Faculty and Support Staff Parents, Guardians and Sponsors Government Official here present Our graduates and precious jewels Members of the Press Distinguished guests Ladies and gentlemen: I...

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