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Strong regime against drugs abuse urged
Delivering the keynote speech at a National Stakeholders’ Dialogue on Rape, Bong County Senator, Jewel Howard Taylor, yesterday urged the government to set up a strong regime to guard against drugs and substance abuse in the country.
Financial insecurity breeds corruption
Minister of Information, Mr. Lewis Browne, has linked the ever-failing fight against corruption to financial insecurity most public officials experience after retirement. Min. Browne told journalists in Monrovia over the weekend that the fight against corruption will never materialize if such financial insecurity is not addressed.
Fighting for Liberia's Future-One Issue at a Time
A Conversation with President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf In her second and final six-year term as Liberia's president, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has continued a heavy schedule of international travel, despite seemingly intractable challenges at home. It is an uneasy balance, she acknowledges-courting international investment and aid while struggling with a fractious democracy still scarred by a war that killed hundreds of thousands of people, displaced two-thirds of the population, and destroyed nearly all the country's infrastructure. After attending the Africa-Arab Summit in Kuwait, Johnson Sirleaf visited Dubai, where she sat down with AllAfrica's Reed Kramer and Tami Hultman to discuss her priorities and principles.
 News Gathering At The Presidency: Protocol Vs.  Expediency and Reality
Chasing the news at the Executive Mansion, like covering the Presidency of any other nation, in my opinion is one of the prestigious but challenging tasks I have ever faced in my life as a journalist in my own country-Liberia for the past ten years. As I once stated in two previous feature articles about covering the Liberian Presidency, there are a lot of things one has to adjust himself to, some well-defined and spoken, while the others are ambiguous. The Executive Mansion is usually referred to me as the nerve of government activities owing to the volume of work that exits there, and considering the fact that journalists covering the Presidency are most often interacting with individuals from diverse backgrounds. For instance, ambassadors of sovereign nations and international organizations. There is no doubt that some of these people are well schooled or knowledgeable when it comes to contemporary global issues. In this case, does a journalist who covers the Executive Mansion have to be told by the press secretary or protocol officers that he needs to put his house in order before trying to conduct an interview with a guest of the President? Or if a diplomat representing an international organization or a sovereign nation is due to present letters of credence, does a journalist covering the Presidency have to be told to go ahead to do research on that international organization or the country being represented by the ambassador in question if that individual journalist must do a better work? Do protocol officers or security officers have to open tutorial classes for journalists to impact knowledge concerning the need for media personnel covering the Executive Mansion to beware that such assignment entails being one’s own security? There may be those who may not agree with me. But whatever the case may be, I am under moral obligation to respect the opinion of anyone who does not see things the way I look at them. But I think these are some of the unspoken things I am talking about.

Most Liberians label journalists as people who are critical of virtually everything, but who don't give credit to where credit rightfully belongs.
Every July 26 Liberians are joined by people around the world to celebrate Independence Day.
A Conversation with President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf In her second and final six-year term as Liberia's president, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has continued a heavy schedule of international travel, despite seemingly intractable challenges at home.
For every time I hear comments that I see as politically explosive or combustible, especially considering where we are coming from as a nation, my heart bleeds in a psychological manner.
For the last four months I have been living with a Liberian on a mission.
For a very long time, I keep following the kind of negative trend the Liberian society is gradually taking when it comes to individual Liberians constructively, collectively and sincerely working along with government by doing those things that could help transform our own country after many years of civil war.
The Government of Liberia has asked the people and government of Japan to reactivate its JOVC program in Liberia.
I totally don't get the rationale behind the government's decision to restrict the movement of motorcyclists on"major roads" in the city.
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