The boy who started the Syrian War tells his story on Al Jazeera -

“If we had known what would happen, we’d never have written that graffiti,” says Mouawiya Syasneh in The Boy Who Started The Syrian War, a recent Al Jazeera documentary that tells his story. “We saw what was happening in Egypt and Tunisia,” he tells Al Jazeera, referring to the Arab Spring. “The electric shock treatment was the worst,” he tells Al Jazeera. I wanted to fight for the Free Syrian Army (FSA).”Just four weeks after joining the FSA, Mouawiya was shot and wounded in the leg. Later on, we started to feel we’d messed up and made a huge mistake.”SOURCE: Al Jazeera(Visited 10 times, 10 visits today)Commentscomments

February 12, 2017 20:15 UTC

Fake Custom Broker Arrested…Arraigns in Court on Monday; Media Group Praises Police Chief -

The custom brokers in the country are legitimately licensed by Custom Brokers Association of Liberia and to functions in straight adherence to the Association rules and laws of Liberia. After it was discovered that Edwin Barclay was engaged in a suspicious activities, direct phone contact was made with the president of the Custom Broker Association of Liberia. Due to the gravity of Barclay’s scam an activity which continues to embarrass the Association, the custom boss requested for a direct representations to the Bushrod Island Headquarters of the Custom Broker Association to meet his deputy-the vice president for an immediate probe. He described Barclay as a fake custom broker. He then displayed Barclay’s dubious company-the JAKE Clearing Company’s identification card and fake deed for acres are confiscated by the Custom Broker Association of Liberia.

February 12, 2017 15:28 UTC

Undocumented Immigrants Arrested Nationwide, Stoking Fears Of Trump’s ‘Deportation Force’, As 360 Already Picked Up -

AUSTIN, Texas ― President Donald Trump’s promised crackdown on undocumented immigrants is in full force this week, with increased deportation efforts around the country, activists and elected officials said Friday. ICE officials initially said that this week’s actions were “routine” and nothing outside the ordinary. According to report, the group in its own weak way, is said to be reaching out to the African Union to diplomatically engage Washington to express their concerns since over 1 million Africans might become vulnerable to this enforced process unnecessarily. Since the weekend, over 360 immigrants have been picked up for deportation. READ MORE OF THIS REPORTSOURCE: The Huffington Post Online(Visited 12 times, 12 visits today)Commentscomments

February 12, 2017 15:11 UTC

Man, 28, brutally flogs pregnant wife, 20, to death over housekeeping money -

Accra – A Ghanaian farmer, 28, brutally killed his 20-year-old pregnant wife after she demanded money for her upkeep, a report said on Saturday. The suspect, identified only as Joe, beat up his two months pregnant wife Ama Attaa following an argument over housekeeping money. Joe, who was reportedly infuriated by how his wife challenged him during the dispute, picked a stick and flogged her to death. An unidentified family member said the deceased left behind a 1-and-half-year-old son. I suspect he has fled the community for fear of arrest,” the unidentified family member was cited as saying.

February 12, 2017 14:26 UTC

‘Gbarnga-Mendikorma Highway Critical To Sub-regional Trade’

Vice President Joseph N. Boakai has restated that the Gbarnga-Mendikorma highway project will not only bring great relief to the people of North-Western Liberia, but will also open the country to sub-regional commerce and trade. He noted that the road project will further increase the Gross Domestic Product of Liberia and enhance free movement of peoples and goods in the sub-region in keeping with Mano River Union (MRU) protocols. Vice President Boakai said without roads it is impossible to execute programs in health, education, agriculture and other areas that are critical to the growth and development of the nation. The signing is a financing agreement that will cover the first section of Lotone of the Gbarnga-Mendikorma highway project at the cost of US$20 million, a release from the Office of the Vice President said. The signing Friday commemorates the fourth signing ceremony for funds earmarked for the Gbarnga-Salayea road project.

February 11, 2017 19:47 UTC

Africa’s Cities Population To Reach 1 Billion By 2040

The World Bank (WB) has reported that Africa’s urban population will double over the next 25 years, reaching 1 billion people by year 2040. The report titled: “Africa’s cities opening to the world”, stresses the need for the cities to grow economically as they also grow in size. The report, which was released Thursday, states that improving conditions for people and businesses in Africa’s cities is key to growth. “What Africa needs are more affordable, connected, and liveable cities; improving the economic and social dividends from urbanization will be critical as better developed cities could transform Africa’s economies,” says Makhtar Diop, World Bank Vice President for Africa. “Africa’s cities are growing in population, adding the size of another Nigeria to cities by 2025; so they have a critical role to play in their countries’ economic growth,” the report stressed.

February 11, 2017 19:30 UTC

Senate Constitutes Independent Economic Review Panel -

The Liberian Senate has constituted an independent Economic Review and Advisory Panel to research Liberia’s economic conditions and make recommendations for that body’s consideration. Recommendations from the panel, according to Senate Pro-Tempore Armah Jallah, who addressed legislative reporters on Friday, will be used to improve the nation’s economic situation and the harsh economic conditions being experienced by the people. The panel, which comprises highly acclaimed and professional Liberians, is headed by veteran economist and former Minister of Planning and Finance, Dr. Byron Tarr. “The senate notes efforts by the Executive branch of government to respond to these concerns. However, the senate believes there must be multidimensional considerations to limit the impact of the economic crisis,” he said.

February 11, 2017 19:28 UTC

Liberia Needs US$20m For 2018 Population Census – Says LISGIS Boss -

The Director General of the Liberia Institute of Statistics and Geo-Information Services (LISGIS), Dr. Edward Liberty, has put the cost for the conduct of the 2018 national census at US$20 million. Dr. Liberty disclosed that based on discussions held with development partners, the Government of Liberia will be required to provide about 50 percent of the funding needed for the census. Article 39 of the Constitution of Liberia mandates the National Legislature of Liberia to cause a census of the republic to be undertaken every ten years. Since it attained independence, Liberia has conducted four successive census exercises the first was conducted in 1962; the second in 1974, and the third and fourth in 1984 and 2008 respectively. When conducted, Dr. Liberty said the population data from the 2018 census exercise will play a major role in the formulation of the constituency boundaries for the 2023 presidential and legislative elections.

February 11, 2017 19:18 UTC

Ellen Celebrates Final Armed Forces Day With The Military, As Nigerian Ex-President Preaches Defense For Democratic Transition -

The occasion today, February 11, 2017 was colorful when the military and the paramilitary in their unique and usual uniforms paraded the principle streets of Monrovia in observing of Liberia’s 60th historic Armed Forces Day anniversary as thousands queued out to watch their splendid military performances befitting this day. The Barclay Training Center (BTC) the home of the Liberian Armed Forces was over overwhelmed as early as 7am this morning with hundreds of government officials including the Commander In Chief of the Armed Forces, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf to witness this occasion. Following series of military performances backed with colorful parades at the BTC to thrill observers and well-wishers, the former President of Nigeria, Olusegun Obasanjo served as this year’s national orator for Armed Forces Day celebration, the theme of this year’s celebration is, “The AFL Supporting and Defending Our Democratic Transition.”This year’s Armed Forces Day celebration was indeed unique as its observance is believed to be the final of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s administration as her tenure ends in October following the 2017 general and presidential election. (Visited 43 times, 43 visits today)Commentscomments

February 11, 2017 13:52 UTC

Trump Administration Keeping 'Every Single Option' Open Regarding Travel Ban -

WHITE HOUSE — U.S. President Donald Trump says he is considering a “brand new order” on immigration after an appellate court unanimously ruled against his order barring refugees and citizens from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States. Trump told reporters on board Air Force One Friday that a new executive order could be issued as soon as Monday or Tuesday, if the administration decides to pursue that course of action. READ MORE OF THIS STORYSOURCE: VOA News Online(Visited 21 times, 9 visits today)Commentscomments

February 11, 2017 12:33 UTC

Dutch Prosecutors Demand 20 Years For Alleged ‘Charles Taylor’ Gun Runner -

AMSTERDAM (AP) — Prosecutors have demanded a 20-year sentence for a Dutch businessman accused of illegally funneling arms to former Liberian warlord Charles Taylor and involvement in war crimes during Liberia’s brutal civil conflict. The demand came Friday at an appeal hearing for Guus Kouwenhoven, who was originally convicted in 2006 of breaching a U.N. arms embargo by trading weapons for timber in Liberia from 2000-2003. He was sentenced then to eight years’ imprisonment, but successfully appealed. The Dutch Supreme Court in 2010 ordered a fresh appeal hearing, ruling that prosecutors should have been allowed to present two anonymous witnesses during the trial. In a written statement, prosecutors allege that Kouwenhoven contributed to atrocities in Liberia by “again and again delivering weapons and ammunition to Charles Taylor and his forces.”SOURCE: Associated Press(Visited 23 times, 23 visits today)Commentscomments

February 11, 2017 12:07 UTC

Nusra Terrorists Fail to Prevail over Syrian Army Positions in Northern Homs -

TEHRAN (FNA)- Syrian Army troops warded off a large-scale offensive of Al-Nusra Front (recently renamed to Fatah al-Sham Front) in Northern Homs, killing 15 terrorists and wounding several more. The al-Nusra Front took to the the towns of Ein al-Hossein, Jaboula and al-Amiriyeh in Central Homs to break through the government forces’ positions in the town of Ein al-Dananir but failed and lost at least 15 fighters in clashes with the army soldiers. A military source said that the Nusra terrorists had planned to open their way to the Northern front of the key town of al-Moshrefeh after capturing Ein al-Dananir. On Thursday, the army’s artillery and missile units opened heavy fire at several positions of Al-Nusra Front in Northern Homs, destroying their positions and killing or wounding a number of terrorists. READ MORE OF THIS STORYSOURCE: News Now/ FNA(Visited 18 times, 18 visits today)Commentscomments

February 11, 2017 11:48 UTC

Burma: Security Forces Raped Rohingya Women, Girls -

New Eyewitness Accounts Show Systematic Attacks Based on Ethnicity, Religion(New York) – Burmese government forces committed rape and other sexual violence against ethnic Rohingya women and girls as young as 13 during security operations in northern Rakhine State in late 2016, Human Rights Watch said today. The Burmese government should urgently endorse an independent, international investigation into alleged abuses in northern Rakhine State, including into possible systematic rape against Rohingya women and girls. Survivors and witnesses, who identified army and border police units by their uniforms, kerchiefs, armbands, and patches, described security forces carrying out attacks in groups, some holding women down or threatening them at gunpoint while others raped them. Many survivors reported being insulted and threatened on an ethnic or religious basis during the assaults. READ MORE OF THIS STORYSOURCE: Human Rights Watch/ Reuters(Visited 45 times, 25 visits today)Commentscomments

February 10, 2017 16:41 UTC

Tomorrow, February 11 Is Liberia’s Armed Forces Day -

President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has by Proclamation declared Saturday, February 11, as “Armed Forces Day” to be observed throughout the country as a National Holiday. According to a Foreign Ministry release, President Sirleaf, who is also Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL), has ordered all military and paramilitary organizations within the Republic to organize and execute appropriate programs, parades and ceremonies in recognition of the Day. She has further directed that all government offices, public and business houses be closed on that day. This year’s celebration is the 60th and is being observed under the theme: “The Armed Forces of Liberia Supporting and Defending our Democratic Transition,” while other activities commemorating the celebration include: February 5th, Thanksgiving Christian Service; February 7th, Armed Forces Day Symposium; and February 10th, Thanksgiving Muslim Prayer. The National Legislature declared February 11 each year as “Armed Forces Day”, to be observed as a National Holiday in recognition of the vital role of the Armed Forces of Liberia in defending and protecting Liberia’s territorial integrity and its people from foreign aggression and upholding the social and political liberty of the people of Liberia as enshrined in the Constitution.

February 10, 2017 16:31 UTC

President Trump backtracks on Israeli settlements, Jerusalem embassy -

President Trump is sounding more and more like President Barack Obama when it comes to issues important to Israel. “Well, I want Israel to be reasonable with respect to peace,” Trump told Israel Hayom, after being asked about whether he would move America’s embassy to Jerusalem. After all these years, maybe there is even a chance for a bigger peace than just Israel and the Palestinians. Trump replied, “I am thinking about the embassy, I am studying the embassy [issue], and we will see what happens. I’m thinking about it very seriously, and we will see what happens.”Trump was more decisive in his stance on the Israeli settlements in the Palestinian Territories, which Israel resumed within days of Trump taking office.

February 10, 2017 16:30 UTC

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