Thursday, July 26, 2012

Liberia: Signing Table Mountain is not enough!

By ralph geeplay

Liberian president Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is being praised for signing the Table Mountain declaration which aims to boost press freedom and stop the criminal prosecution of journalists in Liberia. Sirleaf deserves commendation, but It is important to note that the signing comes from the Executive Mansion at a time when assaults and libels against the press has been documented and on the rise. All the Fourth Estate has done these past years even when dictatorships ruled Liberia has been an effort to report the news and bring sensitization to the greater public as it fulfill their professional obligations.

Friday, July 20, 2012

Liberian Senate move to criminalize gays

By ralph geeplay

If there is one thing that draws unanimous consensus in the West African state of Liberia, it is that gays in the country will have no place in the society to live their lives peacefully, never mind that the country is still war wary, with many citizens still traumatize after almost two decades of conflict. The religious community too have not help things, it also despise gays furiously. More so,  the Liberian presidency has issued statements that have not bore well for gays. And so, the Liberian Senate on Tuesday this week went to work and  amended the Domestic Relations Law by voting for an anti-gay legislation, which it hope,  the presidency will sign. Of all the pressing national issues in Liberia,  is this the one that gets them...?

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Recalled Forkey Doe for the Nigerian tie

By: ralph geeplay

The President of the Liberian FA must recall Francis Forkey Doe to the Lone Star now, as Liberia prepares to play the Super Eagles of Nigeria. Doe is probably Liberia best kept secret since the dribbling legend George Weah left professional football for politics, following an impressive spell of certified career in Africa and Europe. What have kept the lid on Doe’s career are perhaps disciplinary issues, but no one doubts his talents. He remains without hesitation Liberia’s finest scorers amongst today’s generation of Liberian players seeking to make a name, since Oppong Weah left the scene about a decade ago.

Doe connects with DC United fans

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Tough call: Lone Star gets Super Eagles

 By: ralph geeplay
The Liberia Lone Star has been paired with Nigeria’s Super Eagles for the final round of qualification for the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON), to be held in South Africa. The biggest football gala on the continent showcase African elite nation teams every two years. The Cup was won last year by Zambia.

Lone Stars of Liberia

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Ellen Johnson Sirleaf Liberia’s Unsettled Peace

By; ralph geeplay

It seems the specter of war and Liberia’s march from conflict to peace is still elusive. Nobel laureate President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf efforts to the lead the Liberian government after almost two decades of war have received a sharp criticism from a major international organization. It is no secret that Liberia exported war to other West African countries and bred hundred of thousands of child soldiers in the process during the reign of President Charles Taylor. Taylor legacy still haunts Liberia say analysts because, the country teeters on violence continuously, while also threatening the fragile peace of its neighbors. In a stinging indictment by Human Rights Watch (HWR) recently, the globally respected organization accused the Liberian government of doing little to curb crossed border attacks from within the country. The report said the government was harboring mercenaries, while protecting criminals responsible for Liberia's two decade fracas, the report was issued on June 6th of this year.

Liberian mercenaries returning from Cote ivoire