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Liberian Political Struggles: Was President Weah Thoughtful in Calling for the End of the…

first_img– Advertisement – Dr. Kadiker Rex Dahn By Kadiker Rex Dahn, MA, M.Ed, PhDIntroduction  I salute our progressive fathers, those who are alive as well as those who have gone into glory for solidly laying the foundation of the multi-party democratic system in Liberia. In laying the foundation, indeed it wasn’t bread and butter but bloodshed, and untold sufferings. In 1979, the “Rice Riot speaks” of the “struggle,” Retrospecting the past, considering the experiences of the present and the struggle that lies ahead, our progressive fathers from the political trenches came up with the political manifesto which states, “In the Cause of the People, the Struggle Continues.” From the 1970s up to January 21, 2018, this manifesto became the path in which sons and daughters of progressivism in part took their strength.Surprisingly, on January 22, 2018, at an inaugural address by President George Weah after laying out his vision for the country, concluded by telling the Liberian people that “In the Cause of the People, the Struggles must End.” We ask, has President Weah taken concrete steps to address Liberian plights to end the struggles inherited from one successive generation to another?Our answer is a resounding No and, on the contrary, we maintain that since coming to power, President Weah has created more problems with more struggles and those problems undermine the struggle of our progressive fathers. This article will attempt to argue that the call by President Weah to end the struggle without putting in place concrete mechanisms and practicing what he preaches to end the struggle was not thoughtful.Discussion When progressive fathers said in the cause of the people, the struggle continues, they were referencing the fight to end or curtail many cultural liabilities prominent among which include nepotism, corruption, alienation, etc. When in President Weah’s inaugural address, he stated that the struggle must end, conscientious individuals extrapolated that immediately, the President, whose campaign slogan, “Change for Hope”, could actualize his promise. From what has been known thus far, the actions or inactions of President Weah-led government speaks for the fact that he was quick and not thoughtful to call for the end of the “struggle.”Legends Gabriel Baccus Matthews, Conmany Wesseh, Amos Sawyer, H. Boima Fahnbulleh, Togba Nah Tipoteh and other progressive fathers, who suffered for multi-party democracy could oppose what is at present unfolding in the leadership of President Weah. The CDC-led government from initial analysis seems not only to have failed on nepotism, but on what we called geographical or regional nepotism. By geographical or regional nepotism, we intend to argue that President Weah’s appointees in government miserably lacks the test of inclusiveness where almost all appointed are from the Southeast where he hails from.We ask, did only the people of the Southeast vote for him and no sector of the country voted, and thus wants to appease his electorates? We wonder how with such alienation in government, can a president call for an end of struggles? Such action of alienation, is it not against what our progressive fathers fought for? Progressive fathers championed equality, regardless of ethnic or religious backgrounds, but with the ascendancy of George Weah to the Presidency, such effort seems to be undermined. How is it then Excellency that you are demanding the end of the political struggle when willfully, you have created more struggles by alienating a cross-section of the citizenry? Better still, philosophically, is it possible Excellency to end struggle of any kind while one is alive?Indeed, the pronouncement in ending Liberian struggles seems to be a political rhetoric with reality far-fetched. Consider prices of local commodities where things are heading for the wrong direction, is that the way you intend to end the struggles? Our staple food price is at an astronomical rate, and there seems to be no concrete mechanism to curtail such increment. In what manner and form Excellency can the struggles the Liberian people are going through come to an end?Liberian-owned businesses, promised by you that they would not be spectators in their own economy, have not been provided opportunity that would enable them to actualized what you promised. Rather than Liberian businesses not being spectators, they are gate keepers, not even allowed to come on the field of Liberianization, the national policy of the Liberian government. The CDC’s government under your leadership has been besieged by claims of corruption, and bad governance where citizens under the umbrella of Council of Patriots (CoP) in mass has given one month ultimatum to address some of the pressing issues facing the nation. Here again, as a protégé of progressivism we ask, in what manner and form Excellency, that you expect the struggles to end?Conclusion/RecommendationsFinally, from the above analysis, you may agree that you are struggling to ensure genuine democratic leadership where equality, fair play and inclusion would be the cornerstones. The fact that you are struggling indicates that ending the struggles are remote propositions. You have surrounded yourself with individuals, who will not honestly tell you the truth. You are right in part to have some of your folks around you, but the presidency is not for supporters alone, but educated and experienced citizens with impeccable records, who will guard you both at the national and international levels.Again, Excellency, these suggestions are being made in good faith for the better of your leadership, and that of our country. We are taken aback of your refusal and unwillingness to fight against cronyism, corruption and regional nepotism. Gabriel Baccus Matthews once said of former President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s election, “This is the President all of us did not vote for, but this is the President all of us have.” Bad governance destroys the fabric of a nation, thus our candid advice to take stock of your activities since incumbency, because, we believe those activities undermine your quest to end the struggles. Emphatically, we maintain like our Progressive Fathers that “IN THE CAUSE OF THE PEOPLE, THE STRUGGLE CONTINUES!!!”About the authorKadiker Rex Dahn holds a PhD in Historical, Philosophical and Social Foundations of Education from the University of Oklahoma. He is a member with distinction of the North America Scholar Consortium. Contact: yenpuu@yahoo.com.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

U.S. prospect Perez loaned to Serie C side

first_imgTransfers U.S. youth international Joshua Perez loaned to Serie C club Last updated 2 years ago 07:33 9/1/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Joshua Perez Ansaldi Inter Fiorentina Serie A Transfers Fiorentina Serie A The 19-year-old, who played alongside Christian Pulisic at the U-17 World Cup in 2015, has left Fiorentina on a one-year loan to AS Livorno Calcio United States youth international Joshua Perez has been loaned to Serie C side AS Livorno Calcio from Fiorentina.Perez, the nephew of former U.S. midfielder Hugo Perez, finalized the one-year loan move at Thursday’s transfer deadline.With @Joshua_Perez26 at @acffiorentina finalizing his 1 year loan to @LivornoCalcio. Excited for the season ahead #DeadlineDay #Italy pic.twitter.com/u7QbgdUPpS— Lyle Yorks (@Lyle_Yorks) August 31, 2017The 19-year-old forward signed a four-year deal with first-division side Fiorentina in February, but will be moving down to get valuable playing time. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Perez made one appearance for Fiorentina, playing 15 minutes in a 4-1 loss to Inter Milan last November.Perez was on the U.S. squad alongside Christian Pulisic at the 2015 Under-17 World Cup.last_img read more

16 days ago​BVB, PSG challenge Arsenal for Celtic whizkid Dembele

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say ​BVB, PSG challenge Arsenal for Celtic whizkid Dembeleby Ansser Sadiq16 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBorussia Dortmund are joining Arsenal in the race to sign Karamoko Dembele from Celtic.The 16-year-old has become one the hottest properties in Europe over the past few months.The Sunclaims that Arsenal boss Unai Emery is a huge fan of Dembele and wants to add him to the squad.But it appears that he will have competition. PSG are interested, while Bild reports that Borussia Dortmund are “hot” for the youngster as well.Dembele has not played this season for the Celtic first team, but is rated very highly by everyone in the game. last_img read more

Morrissey Helps Raise Thousands For PETA By Signing Autobiography

first_imgA one-of-a-kind signed hardback copy of Autobiography by Morrissey, the only copy of the full-colour hardback signed by the author, has sold on eBay for £8,300, with all proceeds going to PETA as a New Year’s present to help prevent the slaughtering of animals for meat.Morrissey signed only one copy of the book – the cover of which pictures the singer-songwriter bare-chested in a swimming pool.“Animals in dire need of help have no better friend than Morrissey”, says PETA’s Mimi Bekhechi. “Whether it’s cruelty to cows, chickens and pigs headed for the table, animals being made into boots and coats or other abuse, Morrissey speaks out forcefully. The proceeds from his signed autobiography add to the work of this true hero to animals.”Morrissey has been a solo artist for 26 years, during which time he has had three number one albums in England in three different decades. He has had 11 top 10 albums (plus nine with The Smiths), and his songs have been recorded by David Bowie, Nancy Sinatra, Marianne Faithfull, Chrissie Hynde, Thelma Houston, My Chemical Romance and Christy Moore, amongst others. In 2006, Morrissey was voted the second-greatest living British icon by viewers of the BBC, losing out to Sir David Attenborough. In 2007, Morrissey was voted the greatest “northern” male, past or present, in a nationwide newspaper poll. In 2012, he was awarded the keys to the city of Tel Aviv.Morrissey’s efforts to help stop animal abuse are legendary and date back nearly three decades. He has teamed up with PETA and its overseas affiliates to encourage people to adopt healthy and compassionate plant-based diets and always have their companion animals spayed and neutered. Morrissey has starred in a number of PETA’s head-turning ad campaigns, and the vegetarian icon recently joined PETA’s fight to pressure department store Fortnum & Mason to stop selling foie gras, which is made from the enlarged and diseased livers of force-fed geese and ducks.In 2009, Morrissey made international headlines when he walked off stage at a US music festival stating that he hoped the “burning flesh” he smelled was human. And as he performs The Smiths’ “Meat Is Murder”, he regularly screens footage of PETA US’ hard-hitting Meet Your Meat exposé. So it was only fitting that Morrissey was named PETA’s Person of the Year in 2011.last_img read more