PART IIPurposeThe work is meant to give an introspective analysis of the initiatives and efforts made so far to retrack Liberia on a peaceful path. Since 1979, the foundation of peace in Liberia has been shaky. Hence, an in-depth analysis of efforts in post war Liberia is logical for the purpose of history.IntroductionNo one living in Liberia during its best days of peace and progressive development in the 1960s and 1970s would have believed that we could wreck our own country. But it did happen. Great enmity befell us; we were torn apart, gnashing our teeth at one another and flexing our muscles and swords at one another. Indeed, “Things Fell Apart”. Warring factions sprang up, wicked war lords were born and destructions upon vivid destructions raged. In the end, we reached the never-promised land of divisions and animosities. And so, great and tireless efforts have to be made to mend our broken pieces. Periscoping these efforts, reviewing their methods and results, with the view of learning and pointing out our mistakes and building new frontiers and methods of peace are the aims of this work.For definition, a periscope is a telescopic instrument mounted on vessels and ships for viewing their environments of travel. As for us Liberians, our eyes, ears and minds as well as the situations of life we find ourselves in post-war Liberia make us an instrument of viewing our fragile peace.And this work discusses five major components of the peace we have carved. The stakeholders have been both local and international actors. There may be other minor components, but we believe that they can be interwoven in these major ones.III. Private Sector Initiatives And EmpowermentHardly anywhere in the developed world is the government larger than the private sector in economic terms. The rich that is billionaires and millionaires are in the private sector. Ours is the contrast. Only those who work for governments after governments are the rich folks. Indeed it is a mystery and a wonder.The Ellen Government has said it has made available five million US dollars through the Central Bank to the commercial banks for lending purpose to the private sector. In addition to that, the administration of Governor Mill Jones has been in the media for similar lending scheme to the marketers. But he received sharp critism from the 53rd Legislature for his stand. And the scheme has now become a history. What has gone wrong? It is also said that commercial banks like LBDI and Access Banks are in the business of lending to the private sector. But where are the funds going? Who is benefitting? Is it the same, the “rich get richer” story? Socretes once said, “You cannot do the same thing over and again and expect a different result.”Realistically, our private sector is divided into two, namely, the Liberian Business Community and the combination of the foreign and alien business community. As long as the Liberian Business community is not well programmed and supported so that Liberians take hold and control of their economy, our peace will always be fragile. Why? This is because we live and own a rich land filled with lots of natural resources but with an impoverished huge majority. In the absence of a Liberian middle class, in the absence of a well-established Liberian business community, there will always be discontent, and discontent breeds grumble and insecurity. So here are some pieces of advice in this direction:1. In America and most countries in Europe, farmers are subsidized by their governments heavily so that they increase food production; with increase of food production; food prices are affordable and cheap. And since a large portion of their population is farmers, a huge portion of their economy is in their pockets and hands. And this creates a national class sector of the economy, not a foreign middle class.In our situation even after twenty-four years of a sinking economy, our farmers are not even self-supported because they do not even have the cash. So they produce little for physical survival, label the production price high and remain very poor time after time. This national economic circle breeds discontent that is never healthy for peace. Why? This is because these people do not know what they are working for. In our post-war situation, what we need first and foremost is a well planned farming program. Our farmers need technical training; they need a well-planned and continuous cash subsidy; then markets must be created both locally and internationally for the sales of their produce. For example, how much money can a manual gari producer with such hard labour put into his pocket? Nothing much, but if his production is machine-based, his economic life will be better.The likes of plantains, vegetables, palm oil, banana and even our country rice are not even better. As long as they are produced by manual labour and in little quantity, their prices will remain very high and their producers remain very, very poor. And this is dangerous for any peaceful co-existence.2. Our economy is import driven rather than an export market. As long as we heavily import all of our common and major consumer goods, our economy will and not progress.We import construction items like cement, zinc, nails etc. Then we import food items like rice, salt, chickens and other meat products. We even import rubber products although we grow many rubber trees. The damaging economic effects are in two folds. First, it creates huge capital flight. And such weight on the US dollar leads to high prices and hash economic life. The second ruining economic effects is since importation is cost effective, only the rich foreign and alien class can afford to import, not the poor national majority.The truth is, these foreign and alien business men ought to be investors – owners of factories and industries. And if they are importers, they must be whole – sale importers and not retailers. Empowering the private sector is to create an enabling environment that will make the foreigners and alien owners of factories and industries and leaving the retailing markets with the locals. And the locals must have access to loans and credit facilities to have the requisite purchasing power from the factory and industry owners. Such is the economic recipe for empowering the private sector in our post-war situation. Anything to the contrary which will continue to put new wine in old bottle will not be healthy for our post-war peace. The logical conclusion warrants Liberians to become the owners of their economy as discussed above and empowering the Liberian private sector so as not to make them strangers economically; because as long as we have nothing to happily live for, peace can never be guaranteed.Indeed, empowering the private sector with the philosophy of maintaining our fragile peace is to make it a private-sector economy. And that largely means creating a large Liberian business class. In two ways, this will sustain our peace:It will transfer and sustain the economy in the hands of the Liberian people; this will reduce the economic hardship and reduce discontent.1. And secondly, it will also guarantee the sustainability of the foreign and alien businesses. Remember that the riches of one man or a few persons among very many poor people is socially dangerous.IV. Justice for PeaceOne loud and resounding message of our post-war era is that there can be no sustained peace without unconditional justice. The reason is historical and simple: all of the woes that came upon us for twenty-four years were the explosion of grudge against one hundred and fifty-seven years – 1847 to 2004 of calculated and institutionalized injustices. Justice must be for all; it must not be sectionalized because of secret fraternity; it must never be a commodity as it used to be and is again raising its ugly head. Justice must not be sold to the money lords. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
January 14, 2020
LPO Executive Director, Mr. Eddie Mulbah-Liberia Peace-building Office urges adoption of National Reconciliation Policy urgentlyThe high level of hate messages currently sweeping across the country has become a cause for concern for many conscious Liberians and international partners who are jittery about the state of affairs.Many, especially CSOs like NAYMOTE and others, are beginning to panic with fear that the country has not learned from its ugly past and risks treading a slippery path of violence if care is not taken.Social media and radio stations have been inundated with war of words and hate messages among Liberians, especially proponents of the government and supporters of opposition political parties. This situation is being exacerbated by harsh exchanges between government officials and opposition leaders along with their respective apologists.Among those that are deeply concerned about these harsh realities is the Liberia Peace-building Office (LPO), which says there is an urgent need for Liberia to adopt a national reconciliation policy. The adoption of such a policy, according LPO Executive Director, Eddie Mulbah, will help curtail some of the unwarranted hate messages in the country—some of which, many believe, is contributing to political tension in the country.The Peace Building Office is under the direct supervision of the Deputy Minister for Administration, Ministry of Internal Affairs (MIA) and is responsible to provide strategic and policy level support to the government on peace building policy and reconciliation.Speaking at the launch of the “Advancing Reconciliation through Legislative Reforms and Civic Engagement,” project in Bentol, Mr. Mulbah noted that reconciliation remains a vehicle for sustained long-term stability, which cannot be achieved without local participation and dialogue among stakeholders.The launch was the beginning of the rollout of the project that will ensure the development of reconciliation plans for seven counties (Montserrado, G. Bassa, Bong, G. Kru, River Gee, Gbarpolu, and Maryland counties. The first eight counties were completed last year.The initiative is a continuation of a nationwide reconciliatory project that started during and under the auspices of the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL).“250,000 persons died as a result of the 14-year civil crisis. Sweat and blood soaked the grounds. Many people are hurt, while some are coping. We need to heal this country through reconciliation and we therefore need to stop the hate. It is not helping us,” he said.The LPO head said the government continues to commit itself to reconciling the country, as doing so is the only medium through which it (government) stands to succeed.Since the cessation of hostilities in the country, Liberia is yet to develop a national reconciliation policy that would heal the wounds and reunite the citizenship.The absence of such a pivotal document, many believe, is the cause of the uncontrollable level of hate that is currently manifesting in the country. The absence of a reconciliation policy seems to explain why Liberians, especially top government officials and political leaders speak however they please without tact or rectitude.“Other countries that come from war have policies on national reconciliation. We do not have as a government and country a national policy to reconcile us. So when concluded, this initiative would lead to developing a national policy on reconciliation. And that policy will guide you and me, as well as the governance process of the country,” Mulbah said, adding: “That will be a key outcome and the right trajectory for our country.“If government is to take peace and reconciliation as cardinal component of its agenda, then we need to know why this is not advancing. You need to tell us. You need to make the suggestions,” he urged the participants.Mulbah called for the establishment of a reconciliation trust fund in order to finance reconciliation initiatives in the country. The Trust Fund is in line with the Strategic Road Map for National Peace-building, Healing and Reconciliation, which is a step down of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) recommendations.US$8 billion Spent, but challenges still aboundNAYMOTE Executive Director, Eddie Jarwolo, said it is unfortunate that Liberia’s development partners disclosed that they spent over US$8 billion for peace-building and consolidation in the country since 2003, but the government is far from being reconciled.“This huge amount could have rebuilt a modern state but all went to conflict. Therefore, peace and reconciliation is key, especially now that UNMIL has left,” he said.Jarwolo indicated that reconciliation, peace and trust building are very cardinal issues that the country needs to work on.He indicated that the situation that took place recently in Weala, Margibi County where angry motorcyclists burnt two police stations and a magisterial court, clearly indicates that the people are losing trust in the justice system, as well as in the police.“When the people wrote and gave the police 72 hours to intervene in the situation, they [the police], did not act swiftly. They were to make sure that the issue was addressed and the people had fair justice,”“I think that if Liberia is to move forward, peace and reconciliation is key, especially among political parties, youth groups, tribal groups, religious groups. The issues about land ownership should also be addressed adequately. Accountability and transparency are issues that we also need to work on with seriousness.NAYMOTE Executive Director, Eddie JarwoloWith the project, NAYMOTE and its partners are generating issues that could trigger conflict in the country. NAYMOTE is focusing on the community engagement component of the project.“This means that we are conducting 21 community meetings in an effort to get the people’s feedback on those things that have the potential to trigger conflict. Fourteen district level engagements to be held and a seven-county dialogue, where we will come out with our plan that we will work on sustaining peace and reconciliation in the seven counties.The seven counties report will culminate in a national conference to complete the 15 counties’ reconciliation plans to be presented to President Weah, he said. Local steering committees will be established in the counties in order to give the locals the opportunities to manage the project and take ownership of it.“This initiative is for the people, so we want to take leadership of it. We will only give the local committees the financial and technical assistances that they need to succeed—we are committed to doing just that,” Jarwolo indicated.“We are working with the youth, women, traditional leaders, motorcyclists and other vulnerable groups to ensure that this initiative is a success.”The event brought together scores of stakeholders from the Ministry of Internal Affairs, traditional leaders, youth groups and others.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
January 12, 2020
Minister of State, Joseph Harmon on Sunday morning charged the Bishop and congregation of the Smith Memorial Congregational Church to reclaim its position as a beacon of hope for communities across Guyana.The Minister of State, who was at the time addressing congregants at the Church’s 175th anniversary service, reminded that the Church has a role to play in the areas of social, community and economic development as it once did during the period of slavery and at the time of emancipation.Minister of State, Joseph Harmon shares a light moment with Reverend Oslyn Small of the Smith Memorial Congregational Church during the church’s 175th anniversary service on Sunday“The Church should return to its role as a social leader. It is a credible organisation in this community. It should utilise this public trust to solve social problems – such as domestic violence, drug abuse, poverty, teenage pregnancy and school absenteeism. Smith Memorial Congregational Church, in the Congregational tradition of service, should become a beacon of hope for its communities once again,” he stated.Minister Harmon noted that congregationalism and service to communities were inseparable and the bonds between church and communities should, therefore, be reinforced.Congregationalism, he stated, came to Guyana 210 years ago as part of the work of the London Missionary Society to minister almost exclusively to Africans. It became a beacon of hope in desperate and despondent times as Congregationalists supported Africans in their struggles, both during and after enslavement.Churches, he added, became community centres and classrooms. They were part of the social architecture of their communities supporting the four pillars – faith, family, farm, and the school.Congregationalism mentored local leaders, demonstrating the ability of locals to manage their own affairs, he added.Guyana, the Minister said, owes a debt of gratitude to the Congregational Church as it pioneered education before and after Emancipation, supported community development and provided assistance to those in need. As such, he said that the Church should deepen its involvement and integration in the community. It should work in, for and with the community to provide opportunities, especially for the young people, he declared.Meanwhile, Pastor Loris Heywood, who delivered the sermon, echoed similar sentiments as he urged the congregation to learn from its history and work to create a bright future for the lives it would touch through its ministry.The religious institution was opened on November 24, 1843 as a tribute to the work and suffering of the late Reverend John Smith, who was sentenced to death. Smith, a London Missionary Society Minister, died by hanging for the role he allegedly played in the notorious East Coast Demerara Slave Insurrection in 1823.He was referred to as the “Demerara Martyr” as a result of the circumstances surrounding his death.
January 6, 2020
Ray Wilkins never believed Nemanja Matic would be a star for Chelsea but is happy to admit he was wrong as the Serbian continues to impress in his second coming at Stamford Bridge.Wilkins worked with the midfielder during his time on the club’s coaching staff and was instrumental in the decision to let him leave for Benfica in 2011.Matic has since gone on to forge a reputation as one of the best holding midfielders in the game and was brought back to London by Jose Mourinho in the summer for a fee of more than £20million.He has been an ever-present for the Blues since his return and headed Chelsea to a 1-0 Champions League group-stage win at Sporting Lisbon on Tuesday night.Reflecting on his remarkable progress on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, Wilkins said: “When he left a few years ago, I was instrumental in that. He was half the size, wasn’t influential in a game for the reserves and looked as if he was drifting.“Then he left to go to Benfica and, full credit to him, he showed what he was all about. He has come back twice the size, he is huge, and he is performing outstandingly well.”
December 29, 2019
Mark Noble (left) has not been called up to the England squad 1 West Ham fans don’t know what else Mark Noble can do to get an England call up.The midfielder has never played for the senior side and the Upton Park faithful thought he might get the nod for England’s friendlies against Germany and the Netherlands.Some supporters can’t quite get their head around the fact the likes of Lallana, Milner and Henderson have been picked ahead of Noble considering the way the Hammers’ season is going.Here, talkSPORT looks at some of the reaction from fans online.
December 29, 2019
1 Chelsea star Cesc Fabregas Chelsea’s Cesc Fabregas has apologised to Liverpool defender Ragnar Klavan for the studs-up challenge which saw the midfielder sent off in their International Champions Cup clash in Pasadena.The Spain international slid in and caught the new signing on the top of his foot in the second half of the Blues’ 1-0 win and the referee Baldomero Toledo immediately brandished a red card.However, Fabregas sought out the Estonia international afterwards to offer his apologies.“It’s a red card. He [Fabregas] came by us in the dressing room and said sorry,” Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp revealed.“He came too late in the challenge, of course. Sometimes in life if you are too late you get a red card, especially in football.”
December 26, 2019
Everton have approach Nantes over the signing of Kamal Bafounta, according to reports.Bafounta, a midfielder, has been capped six times by France’s Under-16 side, and he’s caught the eye playing in the Nantes academy. 1 Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland Bafounta’s former trainer, and the current head of recruitment at Lille, Johan Renard, told Goal of the teenager: “The first time I had him at Under-15 level Kamal was 13. We were playing against Bourg-Peronnas and 30 minutes in he picked up the ball in our half, dribbled past four or five players and scored.“That move has stayed in my mind because it shows why Kamal has progressed so much. He was much bigger than the rest, his physical and technical talent gave him a huge advantage.“What is certain is that he is less extravagant than [Paul] Pogba. It’s not quite the same style of play either but I’m sure he has the ability to do as well as him.“He is a very intelligent boy, polite, educated and very calm, I can’t even remember him getting angry.“He has everything going for him to make the most of his talent because he is also very hard working. In training he would show an hour and a half of intensity and silence.”Watch highlights of Bafounta below: TOP WORK LATEST The 16-year-old has already visited Borussia Dortmund’s training complex as the Bundesliga club look to wrap up a deal for him, but Ouest France now say Everton have also ‘asked’ about Bafounta. IN DEMAND The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star RANKED targets REVEALED Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer three-way race Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father moving on Liverpool’s signings under Michael Edwards – will Minamino be the next big hit? Chelsea confident of beating Man United and Liverpool to Sancho signing Bafounta has caught the eye at youth level for Nantes and France targets Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Latest transfer news LIVING THE DREAM Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January
December 22, 2019
December 16, 2019
alex williams A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#cloud#saas Related Posts A few factors make Microsft Dynamics CRM Online a player in the social CRM space that deserves serious notice.Microsft Dynamics CRM Online is available in 40 languages. Regional data center development provides a universal experience for the user, be they in the United States, Asia or the Middle East. And it provides a price difference that makes Oracle look exorbitant and Salesforce.com quite pricey.Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online fully integrates with Microsoft Office. That provides a level of content management to integrate with social components such as an activity stream. These combined factors put the service square in the middle of the market for CRM offerings.Here’s a bit more about what’s available with the new Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online:The service went through a four month beta test with 11,500 customers around the world. The company built out data centers in North America, the Middle East and the Asia Pacific regions for the launch.Microsoft Dynamics online is available at a monthly rate for $34 per person. That compares to Oracle and Salesforce.com, which charge $150 per person and $125 per month respectively.Microsoft is aggressively promoting Dynamics. It will provide $200 per user, which can be applied to services such as migrating data or customizing the solution to meet unique business needs.Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online has a Microsoft Office interface, providing an experience that people are accustomed to using.For developers, configuration and customization with full .NET development in Windows Azure that provides integration with business applications.Paul Greenberg is bullish about Windows Azure. But the authoritative CRM expert has a few overall reservations about Microsoft Dynamics CRM:Most germane here, Dynamics CRM 2011, announced for 40 markets by year end in July 2010, is a solid CRM competitor in the market when it comes to traditional SFA and customer service functionality. However, it suffers when it comes to its integration of social channels, despite its proclamation of social “connectors,” which are used to integrate Facebook, LinkedIn and other external social feeds. Frankly, by comparison to its competitors, not all that much to show. In fact, competitive feed integrators like Gist do a better job than what I’ve seen, and provide more value. But what can’t be argued is its familiarity through the use of an Outlook user interface, or the solidity of its traditional functionality (minus of course marketing, which is as poor as many of their competitors, though companies like Oracle – see above – are starting to incorporate marketing into the suite quasi-effectively, at least).It’s sometimes easy to think that Salesforce.com has a lock on the social CRM space. This latest offering shows that Microsoft’s might and productivity offerings should not be overlooked even though in some respects it has obvious shortcomings. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…
December 3, 2019
A little hesitantly he moved a step or two forward after receiving the coveted Legion of Honour, the highest civilian award in France, cleared his throat and spoke for a little over two minutes.“I don’t know what to say… I am honoured… I am privileged,” he said with tiny pauses between sentences. Thespian Soumitra Chatterjee’s voice was mildly stirring as he spoke at the investiture ceremony where Chevalier de la Légion d’honneur or the Knight of the Legion of Honour, the award instituted in 1802 by Napoleon Bonaparte, was handed over to him by the French Ambassador on Tuesday. Mr. Chatterjee said he would remember the evening as long as he lives. “This honour simply overwhelmed me. I don’t know what I have done to deserve this, but I pledge to enhance the award as much as could,” he said. Interestingly, he did not mention Satyajit Ray, who hand-picked him for the third part of the Apu Trilogy, Apur Sansar. French Ambassador in India Alexandre Ziegler began his presentation, connecting Tuesday night’s event with one held 29 years ago. “[It was the] second of February, 1989, on this day, during his visit to Kolkata, President of the French Republic François Mitterrand conferred the Order of the Legion of Honour on legendary Indian film-maker Satyajit Ray. In a few minutes, I will have the immense privilege to confer the same distinction on the maestro’s actor – a man who has himself become a legend – Soumitra Chatterjee,” Mr. Ziegler said. As the Ambassador moved forward to present the award, another man sitting in one of the corner seats stood up perhaps to get a better view. He was Sandip Ray, a film-maker and Ray’s son. He was in the audience when his father received the award three decades ago. “The last time the function was held in the lawn of the National Library and the place was so very interesting … quite more open… and those days February used to be still cold in Calcutta,” Mr. Ray reminisced.“But I am emotional today as much as I was in February 1989. He [Soumitra Chatterjee] should have had this honour earlier, but I am happy he finally got it as he is an immensely popular actor not only in the country but in Europe and France too,” Mr. Ray told The Hindu.The evening eventually drew to a close. The light on the Ash Carbon projector through which Apur Sansar was first screened in 1959 — a key souvenir of Mr. Chatterjee’s career, spanning over five decades, however, was kept on pretty late into the night.