The buzzword in global economic management is “austerity”. From the United States to Europe and most noticeably Greece and Spain, austerity measures are being used as the panacea to the economic challenges of the moment. The multilateral financial institutions (MFI), including the IMF and World Bank, have been advocating austerity as a prerequisite for financial help in the form of bailout.
Minutes after President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf ended the State of the Nation Annual Address to the National Legislature (January 25, 2016), the Message was subjected to a cascade of analyses featuring mixed reactions. However, a close look at these analyses shows two strands of opinions emerging. One group of pundits was concerned that President Johnson Sirleaf’s devotion of a sizable portion of the Address was devoted to debunking the pervasive criticism that there is endemic corruption in the public sector.
The assertion that Liberia is a “Christian nation” has reopened the debate over religion in Liberian public life. The rhetoric around the issue has the propensity to be divisive, and sadly, it is also embraced by some of our political leaders. Remember, they are not saying that many, even most Liberians, profess the Christian faith. They are saying that Liberia’s national identity is mainly Christian. I am afraid that the proponents might just not understand the harmful repercussions of their assertion.
The role of tertiary, technical and vocational education and training cannot be overemphasized, as it remains a prerequisite for sustainable economic growth and sociopolitical development of any nation.
On October 5, 2011, the Supreme Court of Liberia made a landmark ruling in the case MPC et al vs National Elections Commission et al. Though the case had far reaching implications for Liberia’s democracy going forward, not many people paid much attention to its subtext and possible impact on the peace of the country.
From the crest of Ducor in Monrovia to the shores of Lake Shepherd in Maryland County, many international sports betting companies and casinos are flocking into Liberia obviously to tap into the crunch European football is having on many young people on the West Coast of Africa.
On January 26, 2015, President Ellen Sirleaf in fulfilment of her Article 58 mandate to present the government’s legislative program and report on the state of the Republic, raised a debate on dual citizenship.
President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf knows all too well she is running out of time as she tries to leave an indelible ink on the page of history. Her tenure is part of a long-running story of Liberia’s historical past and momentous present, punctuated by intermittent upheavals and brief periods of stability. How she etches her name on the golden page of history remains a contentious issue as her regime draws erringly closer to an end.