Author: Paul Goldstein

Is Liberia’s President Manipulating the Presidential Elections?

Some may argue that Liberia is more democratic today than at any time in its history, but the country’s 2017 presidential election holds stains of electoral manipulation. Electoral manipulation is best described as the set of practices that includes, among other things, stuffing ballot boxes, buying votes, and intimidating voters – and in the case of Liberia, secretly meeting with election officials. These actions violate fundamental political freedoms, undermines the function of elections as mechanisms of accountability, destroys confidence in electoral and democratic institutions, and sometimes lead to instability – especially in fragile states like Liberia. Why Governments Engage...

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INTERPOL and Cisco Are Joining Forces to Fight Cybercrime

SINGAPORE – INTERPOL and Cisco have signed an agreement which will see cooperation between the two organizations to prevent and combat cybercrime. Signed at the INTERPOL Global Complex for Innovation (IGCI) in Singapore, the accord will see Cisco and INTERPOL share data relating to criminal trends in cyber-space, emerging and known cyber-threats and malicious attacks. The agreement will enhance threat detection from around the world and also paves the way for potential future collaboration between the two organizations on training and knowledge sharing. “The exchange of information and expertise between the public and private sectors is vital in combating...

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Former Foreign Minister of Senegal Arrested in New York, Charged with Bribing High-Level African Officials

The charges and allegations in the complaint are merely accusations.  All defendants are presumed innocent unless proven guilty in a court of law. NEW YORK – Chi Ping Patrick Ho aka Patrick C.P. Ho, 68, of Hong Kong, China, and Cheikh Gadio, 61, of Senegal, are each charged with conspiring to violate the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), violating the FCPA, conspiring to commit international money laundering, and committing international money laundering.  Gadio was arrested in New York on Friday afternoon and presented on Saturday before U.S. Magistrate Judge Kevin Nathaniel Fox.  Ho was arrested on Saturday afternoon and...

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George Weah Maintains Lead in Liberia’s Election

Photo: George M. Weah in blue Monrovia (Globe Afrique) – Ex-footballer George Weah continued his lead in Liberia’s Presidential election as the counting of ballots moves into the weekend. Observers from the United States, European Union, and the Carter Center have applauded the Liberian people for displaying a sincere commitment to holding peaceful elections. Elections are the most critical path a country must follow in a democracy. It allows the citizens to express their interests and select an individual they believe is the best to lead them. In many countries in Sub-Saharan Africa, especially nations like Liberia, with its...

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United States Concerned Over Charles Taylor’s Involvement in Liberia’s Presidential Election

Ex-Liberian Warlord President Charles Taylor, here being arrested and sent to The Hague In an article on BBC NEWS titled Is Ex-warlord Charles Taylor pulling Liberia’s election strings from prison? Reporter Charlotte Attwood explores the unlikely coalition between former footballer George Weah, a candidate in Liberia’s presidential election, and former warlord Charles Taylor’s ex-wife Jewel Howard Taylor, who is running as the vice-presidential candidate. Sources within the Trump administration stated, it’s troubling how quickly Liberians have forgotten their terrifying civil war including the rape of women and young girls along with the events that led to, at least, 250,000...

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