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  Culture of Liberia - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The culture of Liberia reflects this nation's diverse ethnicities and long history.
Many consider the Gola to be earliest tribe to inhabit Liberia, but the Gola themselves claim they met the Dei ethnic group there when they arrived.
The Dei ethnic group are a vanguard group of Bassa that settled Liberia in waves.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Culture_of_Liberia   (611 words)

 Liberia - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The history of Liberia as a political entity begins with the arrival of the fl American settlers — the Americo-Liberians, as they came to be known — who established a colony of “free men of color” on its shore in 1822 under the auspices of the American Colonization Society.
Taylor was quickly flown to Liberia, where he was shuffled onto a waiting UN helicopter to face charges for crimes against humanity in Sierra Leone (although the venue for this trial may shift to the Hague).
Liberia's government is based on the American model of a republic with three equal branches of government, though in reality the President of Liberia has usually been the dominant force in Liberian politics.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Liberia   (3039 words)

 Travel in Monrovia Liberia Culture
Liberia, its name derived from the Latin liber, meaning "free," was founded by freed American slaves in the early nineteenth century.
The hard-won peace in Liberia cannot be assured if its children are not encouraged to leave the ways of war behind and taught the necessary skills they need for everyday life.
The plight of child soldiers in Liberia is a poignant way to commemorate this year's Day of the African Child, as an example of the continent's enormous potential and the daunting obstacles that often impede its development.
www.africatravelling.net /liberia/monrovia/monrovia_culture.htm   (662 words)

 Consolidating a Democratic Political Culture in Liberia Towards 2003 Elections
The right of the Liberian media to monitor the building of a democratic culture in Liberia is protected by Article (XVc) of the Constitution of Liberia which states "In pursuance of this right, there shall be no limitation on the right of the public to be informed about the government and its functionaries"7.
Liberia is the only nation in the world that can boast of the need to respect and protect the dignity of the human person and all other rights he is entitled to as the objective for its establishment.
Unfortunately, Liberia is also unique because, although it was founded as a country in which the respect for human rights should be superior to all other considerations, it has ironically won for itself a place amongst nations which have by classified as having little or no regard for human rights.
www.theperspective.org /consolidating.html   (3625 words)

 Liberia 4
Liberia is a coastal West African state of approximately 97,754 sq kms, bordered by Sierra Leone to the west, Republic of Guinea to the north and Cote d'Ivoire to the east.
However, changes in Liberia's economy, growth and infrastructure, and the effects of a long-running civil war, have led to the inevitable blurring of geographically-based language demarcations.
Liberia was founded by freed fl slaves from the southern states of the US who were settled on the Grain Coast under the auspices of the American Colonization Society in the early part of the nineteenth century.
www.asylumlaw.org /docs/liberia/ind99b_liberia_ca.htm   (15271 words)

 While Liberia Bleeds
Sadly and conversely, there is an underlining assumption that failure is guaranteed whenever people who are not steeped in the culture of Liberia's self-appointed political and social elite undertake any endeavor of national scope.
Because being of tribal extraction in Liberia was never thought of as a suitable platform for acquiring social and political refinement, Liberian tribal virtues were never seriously considered in the creation and maintenance of political institutions.
In 1990 Liberia lay bleeding - freshly wounded - while the cabal that had planned an executed the attack on her met in Banjul, the Gambia.
www.theperspective.org /bleed.html   (1067 words)

 MapZones.com : Liberia History   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-03)
Portuguese explorers accomplished contacts with Liberia as early as 1461 and named the area Grain Coast because of the abundance of grains of Malegueta Pepper.
Liberia, which means "land of the free," was founded by freed slaves from the United States in 1820.
The destruction of Liberia’s economy begun by Doe was completed by the war.
www.mapzones.com /world/africa/liberia/historyindex.php   (431 words)

 About Liberia - Travel, Maps, Flag and Information
The history of Liberia as a political entity begins with the arrival of the fl American settlers — the Americo-Liberians, as they were to be known — who established a colony of “free men of colour” on its shore in 1822 under the auspices of the American Colonization Society.
The historical roots from which a majority of present-day Liberians derive their identity, however, are found in the varied traditions of the several tribal groups of indigenous Africans whom the settlers confronted in their struggle to gain a foothold in Africa and, later, extend their control into the interior.
The country is still recovering from a devastating civil war, which began in 1999 and ended in August 2003, when a peace accord was signed for a transitional power-sharing government until the October 2005 elections.
www.canadiancontent.net /profiles/Liberia.html   (870 words)

 AIA Poetry: Liberia's Nagbe Thinks Through the Times   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-03)
They were not written by world-famous, but local poets, feeding on the rich vein of their tribal tradition and culture, richness hardly made available to the English versions.
At that time, Liberians were discovering that they had unlimited resources in their culture, and they put some interesting shows on television.
It lay in the centre of the capital, Monrovia, with the sight open toward the Atlantic Ocean, on a cliffy area, buried in green vegetation and red-flowered trees, directly opposite the Executive Mansion, the presidential palace.
poetry.allinfo-about.com /features/nagbe.html   (1084 words)

 The Liberia waiting game | Salon.com   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-03)
Although President Bush has promised to come to Liberia's aid once the conditions of a regional peace agreement are met, the United Nations has called upon the United States to send in a small peacekeeping force now.
Liberia was founded in 1847 by freed American slaves and freeborn fl American landowners, and they brought with them some of the baggage of Southern culture.
Once in Liberia they built plantations and excluded the indigenous Africans from voting or holding office, considering them to be "uncivilized." Evidence of the original American influence is still widespread, from the capital Monrovia, named after U.S. president James Monroe, to the architecture.
dir.salon.com /story/news/feature/2003/07/25/liberia/index_np.html   (1178 words)

 ipedia.com: Liberia Article   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-03)
Liberia is a country on the west coast of Africa, bordered by Sierra Leone, Guinea and Côte d'Ivoire.
The country has recently been afflicted by two civil wars (1989 - 1996 and 1999 - 2003) that have displaced hundreds of thousands of its citizens and destroyed the Liberian economy.
Liberia declared its independence and became a republic on July 25, 1847, a day now celebrated as independence day.
www.ipedia.com /liberia.html   (581 words)

 TLC Africa.Com
When Ellen Johnson Sirleaf took office as Liberia's post-war president on January 16, she outlined a number of initiatives aimed at producing tangible "deliverables" for the country's war-ravaged population during the first five months of her administration.
The Government of Liberia has directed that all Ministries should deposit their respective revenue intake in a central account that will be decided by the Ministry of Finance in conjunction with the Central Bank, Information Minister Johnny McClain said Thursday.
Liberia’s new president, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, recently spoke before a joint session of the U.S. Congress and met with President Bush.
www.tlcafrica.com   (1160 words)

 Culture of Liberia: Facts and details from Encyclopedia Topic   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-03)
Liberians united for reconciliation and democracy (lurd) is a rebel group in liberia that has been active since 1999....
Krahn is an ethnic group of liberia, it is also the language traditionally spoken by these people....
The movement for democracy in liberia (model) is a rebel group in liberia that has been active since early 2003....
www.absoluteastronomy.com /encyclopedia/c/cu/culture_of_liberia.htm   (1080 words)

 Directory - Regional: Africa: Liberia: Society and Culture
Liberia Institute of Journalism  · cached · Organizes training programs for working journalists, hosts open symposia, and publishes the West Africa Newsletter in collaboration with the International Center of Washington, DC.
Liberia, June 1999  · Images from a Geneva Convention Commemoration concert, and current living conditions of the Liberian people.
Liberia: Past and Present of Africa's Oldest Republic  · iweb · cached · Elaborates on the country's history from its declaration of independence in 1822.
www.incywincy.com /default?p=85832   (345 words)

 Liberia: Violence, discrimination and impunity - Amnesty International   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-03)
The Comprehensive Peace Agreement, which ended the almost continuous internal conflict in Liberia between 1990 and 2003, was signed on 18 August 2003 by the then government; the two main armed opposition groups, the Liberians United for Reconciliation and Democracy (LURD) and the Movement for Democracy in Liberia (MODEL); and by all political parties.
The objective is to develop and implement pragmatic solutions for the problems and challenges facing Liberia’s justice system – including re-establishment of the Law School – with the overall aim of restoring the rule of law.
On 28 July, the leadership of the Mano River Union countries (Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone) signed a communiqué in Freetown, Sierra Leone, stating that some of Charles Taylor’s activities in Nigeria were in breach of the terms of his asylum.
web.amnesty.org /library/Index/ENGAFR340032005   (6256 words)

 Liberian Online - Liberia Portal
Luiz Carlos Da Costa, the deputy head of the UN Mission in Liberia (UNMIL), which is supervising the recruitment process, said the new police force must have a gender balance.
Now we are talking an average infection rate of 12 percent [and] the rate of infection for women and children is higher,” said Sirleaf at the recent launch of a new HIV/AIDS public awareness campaign in collaboration with the World Health Organisation and the African Union.
During Liberia’s 14 years of brutal warfare, guns and mortars were used alongside sexual violence and rape to terrorise, intimidate and control the civilian population.
www.liberianonline.com   (1909 words)

 Liberia - Books, Maps and Atlases for sale
The first avifaunal survey of all of Liberia, this book provides a complete annotated checklist and distribution maps for all resident species and regular migrants to the country.
Based on the author`s many years of residence in Liberia and illustrated by one of the world`s foremost bird artists, the volume is an essential reference for all serious birders and ornithologists.
Set in Liberia, this first novel is neither travelogue nor folktale, but a moving contemporary story about a 12-year-old American white girl, who is trapped in an unhappy home in a foreign place until she makes a friend and glimpses another world.
www.africaguide.com /country/liberia/books.htm   (830 words)

 Consolidating a Democratic Political Culture in Liberia Towards the 2003 Elections: Prospects and Challenges of the ...   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-03)
At the time, it was the popular thinking that Liberia's backwardness was due to the country being a virtual one-party state for so long.
The political parties in Liberia are too many and therefore they are losing their value and utility to the Liberian people.
We know that all the parties in Liberia are committed to the concept of free and fair democratic elections, to the free enterprise system of an open market economy, as well as to the exercise of individual freedom.
www.copla.org /blamoh1.htm   (3451 words)

 An invitation to discuss deconstruction of Liberia's political superstructure   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-03)
Liberians, like you, who have our country at heart, have agreed to meet and discuss how Liberia's standard political culture could be effectively transmuted before the much-talked-about 2005 general and presidential elections.
This could be a precursor to a larger All-Liberian Conference being proposed by ULAA and the Movement for Political Reform in Liberia.
Clearly, Liberia craves and demands a leader who perceives the unseen potential of other Liberians; a leader who is willing and able to provide a truly democratic opportunity for all Liberians; a leader who has the courage to focus on ideas and issues, not demagoguery, sectarianism, ethnicity and personality.
www.copla.org /baltimorememeeting.htm   (366 words)

 Whitworth Press Release
Yoder, who has studied Liberian political and social culture for two decades, has been invited by The Carter Center to participate on a team that will monitor and report on the elections.
The team’s four responsibilities include conducting interviews to evaluate the fairness of election campaigns, observing polling sites during the election itself, monitoring transportation, and counting of the ballots and producing a report on whether the election was free and fair.
A second scenario would be a clean election but a new government that is not inclined or not able to challenge Liberia's political culture of patronage and favoritism.
www.whitworth.edu /News/2005_2006/Fall/YoderLiberiaElections.htm   (691 words)

 Liberia on the Internet
Both pressure and "principled" engagement should be used to obtain a negotiated solution that ends Liberia's conflict and secures fundamental reforms, including restructuring of the armed forces, return of opposition, and guarantees of freedom of expression and political activity." ICG is "an independent, non-profit, multinational organisation, based in Brussels, Belgium.
Essays and lessons for schools (The Story of Liberia, Liberia and the U.S., economic factors and U.S. foreign policy), a historical chronology, From PBS, the public television organization.
Is "the world's largest prize program honoring grassroots environmentalists." "Since the mid -1970s, Alexander Peal, has been a primary champion of [Liberia's] forest conservation and wildlife preservation efforts." He is the President and founder of the Society for the Conservation of Nature of Liberia (SCNL).
www-sul.stanford.edu /depts/ssrg/africa/liberia.html   (5102 words)

 United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-03)
The primary purpose of the measures contained in the GEMAP is to combat the corruption which has sadly been entrenched in Liberia’s political culture for decades.
The GEMAP will enhance the capacity of the Liberian State to collect the revenues that are due to it in their entirety and ensure that the revenues, as well as Liberia’s natural resources, are used for the benefit of all the people of Liberia.
Motivated by principles and a commitment to preparing a better future for Liberia, they persevered and were able to reach consensus on robust measures that have the potential to change the quality of life of the Liberian people for the better.
www.unmil.org /read.asp?newsID=587&cat=pr   (428 words)

 ELCA Liberia Support Network
William Powers went to Liberia in 1999, with the goal of fighting poverty and saving the rainforest, but he soon encountered a number of obstacles to those dreams.
If you are looking for some interesting reading on Liberia, take a look at three fascinating novels by John Gay, which tell the story of twins Koli and Sumo, from their birth in rural Liberia in 1931 to 1995 when the civil war forces the family to become refugees in neighboring Ivory Coast.
This powerful and moving account of the work of Liberian women in trying to bring about peace during Liberia's protracted civil war is a testimony to their great determination and courage.
www.elca.org /liberia/resources.html   (473 words)

 Liberian cultural treasure-trove stored at IU
Vital records of the history and culture of Liberia are found in more than 300 boxes of government documents, newspapers, photographs, art items, music recordings and other materials kept at Indiana University.
He said the materials, added together, help define the intellectual heritage of Liberia, which was founded in 1842 by freed slaves and free-born fls from the United States.
Ellen Sieber, curator of collections at the museum, said they were collected over 50 years and relate to cultural and political life in Liberia and its links to the United States.
www.onliberia.org /HT_Article.htm   (810 words)

 ELCA Liberia Support Network
Edna Johnson, volunteer nurse in Liberia for a year serving the LCL via the ELCA's Division for Global Mission, is finally due to move to Curran Hospital by 30 October.
After analyzing the security situation, the presence of the rule of law and the availability of humanitarian services in Liberia, the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) and the National Transitional Government of Liberia (NTGL) have declared six of Liberia's 15 counties safe and ready for the return of refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs).
The repatriation of refugees to Liberia from Ghana and Sierra Leone began on October 1st.
www.elca.org /liberia/news/ebulletin-2004oct.html   (2379 words)

Liberia: Flight from Terror: Testimony of Abuses in Nimba County.
Saha, Santosh C., Culture in Liberia: an Afrocentric View of the Cultural Interaction Between the Indigenous Liberians and the Americo-Liberians.
Somah, Syrulwa L., Historical Settlement of Liberia and Its Environmental Impact.
www.terrorismcentral.com /Library/Geography/LiberiaList.html   (103 words)

 Amazon.com: Historical Settlement of Liberia and its Environmental Impact: Books: Syrulwa L. Somah   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-03)
Having been brought up in Liberia and being familiar with quite a few of the places and seen the effects of her subject matter, I can honestly say that what she has written a very perceptive and poignant book.
I think that she has pointed out has truly affected the culture in Liberia was and still is influenced by the first settlers.
That is, customs having been brought from Africa originally and then influenced by European culture and slavery, returned to Africa by way of the freed slaves, sered as the basis on which many of these settlements were formed.
www.amazon.com /exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/0819196533?v=glance   (669 words)

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