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ABIDJAN, Nov 9 (IPS) – Liberia’s two-month-old interim government is facing difficulty in convincing the refugees who fled the five- years of bitter civil war to return home, despite the promises of peace and elections.
Liberia’s rival warlords signed an accord in Abuja, Nigeria, in August which led to the swearing in of a power-sharing National Reconciliation Council (NRC) in Monrovia on Sep. 1.
At home, the various factions that fought to control Liberia after Taylor invaded the country from Cote d’Ivoire and ousted President Samuel Doe, are transforming themselves into political parties in preparation for multiparty elections scheduled for 1996.
www.williambowles.info /africa/lib_archive/ceasefire_091195.html   (776 words)

 Liberia - Facts, Information, and Encyclopedia Reference article
The Republic of Liberia is a country on the west coast of Africa, bordered by Sierra Leone, Guinea, and Côte d'Ivoire.
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 color” on its shore in 1822 under the auspices of the American Colonization Society.
The founding of Liberia was privately sponsored by American religious and philanthropic groups, but the colony enjoyed the support and unofficial cooperation of the United States government.
www.startsurfing.com /encyclopedia/l/i/b/Liberia.html   (1447 words)

 Liberia information - Search.com   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
Liberia, officially the Republic of Liberia, is a country on the west coast of Africa, bordered by Sierra Leone, Guinea, and Côte d'Ivoire.
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, to Africa — who established a colony of “free men of color” on its shore in 1822 under the auspices of the American Colonization Society.
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.
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 Liberia   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
Liberia is a country on the west of Africa bordered by Sierra Leone Guinea and Côte d'Ivoire.
Liberia was settled by freed American slaves in the early 1800s and this is where the country its name from.
Liberia was traditionally noted for its hospitality academic institutions cultural skills and arts and works.
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 Polity IV Country Report 2003: Liberia   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
Civil and political liberties in Liberia were frequently violated while both civil society and the rule of law remained underdeveloped.
The security situation in Liberia continued to deteriorate throughout 2002 and early 2003 as a new offensive by LURD and the Movement for Democracy in Liberia (MODEL) rebels began in November 2002.
The rebel political factions (LURD and MODEL) and the former Taylor regime are all represented in a government of transition which, under the chairmanship of Gyude Bryant, is tasked with beginning Liberia's reconstruction and staging elections in 2005.
www.cidcm.umd.edu /inscr/polity/Lbr1.htm   (1604 words)

The early history of the republic was characterized by struggles between political parties representing "mulattoes" (lighter-skinned, upper-class businessmen or "merchant princes") and "true fls" (poorer ex-slaves and recaptives).
For most of Liberia's history, the primary meaningful division on the national level was between the tribal majority and the settler minority; with few exceptions, one's tribe made little difference in terms of life chances and upward mobility.
Liberia was one of the earliest host countries for the United States Peace Corps.
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 Liberia's Path from Anarchy to Elections   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
Liberia now has a constitutional government that maintains order across the country, but a series of challenges remain: rebuilding the basic infrastructure of the state, repatriating hundreds of thousands of refugees and internally displaced persons, creating reformed security forces, and institutionalizing the rule of law and democratic governance.
The United Nations Observer Mission in Liberia and ECOWAS issued a joint certification that declared the electoral process was "free, fair, and credible." Taylor won the presidency in a landslide, with more than 75 percent of the vote, followed by Sirleaf, who took 10 percent.
In some parts of Liberia, Taylor was a popular figure who was remembered for defending communities against attacks from rival militias and who maintained relative order in his zone of military occupation during the war.
www.brookings.edu /views/articles/lyons/199805.htm   (3137 words)

 Liberia must fight corruption Liberian Online - Liberia Portal
Members of Liberia's transitional parliament voted to indefinitely suspend their parliamentary speaker, George Dweh, for corruption along with his deputy and two other members of the house, A report by a special parliamentary committee, published at that time, concluded that the four men had spent US$92,000 of government money without authorisation.
When I was in Liberia, years ago, 50 Liberian Dollar was a lot of money, you can feed on it for a day; I have been told I need about 200 LD for a good lunch.
In Liberia, the unemployment status of many parents and parental neglect leads to children running away from home to go in the streets to hustle on their own to meet the expense of their survival or to make ends meet.
www.liberianonline.com /liberia-news358.html   (2898 words)

This event which tilted the political balance of power in the country has since been a question subjected to various forms of interpretations by authors of different academic disciplines.
In contrast, thus, it is worth noting that the military seizure of state power in Liberia was a direct sequel of the harsh socio-economic realities which plagued the country for almost a century and a half and dichotomized the society on that basis.
On the other hand were the underprivileged who engaged the status quo in a fierce struggle for the decentralization of political power, the democratization of the nation, and the redistribution of the national wealth.
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 House of shame: Nothing surprises me anymore
Snowe, the “political magician,” “wonder boy” and “come back kid” did not quit his post as suggested, and did not wait for the charges to be corroborated, but worked the same magic he performed in November by convincing a segment of the population to vote for him.
As a result of Dusty’s unstable political nature, his abilities as a leader, his commitments, his principles and his politics were always questionable and under attack by those who viewed him as a corrupt and opportunistic individual who will use others to achieve his selfish political objectives.
And if his controversial tenure as chairman of the political party he abandoned so many times to chase his political dream on the other side of the aisle is the barometer that measures his accomplishments, than we are in for a long ride.
www.theliberiandialogue.org /articles/c011406tws.htm   (1146 words)

 spiked-politics | Article | Unfree Liberia
For all the reports of Liberia's 'drug-crazed' gunmen (and children) who just want to wreak havoc (5), two events encouraged the rebel upsurge and the bloody storming of Monrovia: the United Nations' indictment of Taylor as a war criminal in June, and President Bush's demand that Taylor 'must leave' in July.
Bush claimed that progress in Liberia was 'conditional' on Taylor leaving.
Liberia, once a symbol of freedom after being founded by freed American slaves in 1847, is now held up as an indicator of the perils of independence.
www.spiked-online.com /Articles/00000006DE93.htm   (1003 words)

 LiberianForum.Com ~ Liberian Information Online
In my view, the setback with Liberia has been that people who have led the government have not been sufficiently committed to the nation – whether it is Americo-Liberians or natives.
I hope this presidency represents a transition between the politics of naked greed and the politics of accountability.
In Liberia today, we are in dire need of solidifying and showing fidelity to the values established under our constitutional/statutory scheme and establishing a very broad consensus on what our economic priorities or values ought to be.
www.liberianforum.com /articles/sunday001.htm   (1167 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)

 Politics - Liberia freeing itself from past - sacbee.com   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
Liberia is trying to rebound from a 14-year civil war that killed 250,000 people -- nearly one-twelfth of the population -- and sparked violence across the region for much of the 1990s.
She returned to Liberia to join an interim government and, in November 2005, won 59 percent of the vote to defeat soccer star George Weah in the presidential election.
And we in Liberia know that our president is not an angel," said Edwin Snowe, a smooth-talking young parliament speaker who's emerged as her chief rival.
www.sacbee.com /111/story/95850.html   (883 words)

 Liberia: History, Geography, Government, and Culture — Infoplease.com
Africa's first republic, Liberia was founded in 1822 as a result of the efforts of the American Colonization Society to settle freed American slaves in West Africa.
Liberia's indigenous population is composed of 16 different ethnic groups.
Liberia's flag of 'inconvenience': Liberia's days as the world's second largest ship registry may be numbered.
www.infoplease.com /ipa/A0107718.html   (1032 words)

 INCORE: Conflict Data Service: Internet country Guides: Liberia
Since it was founded in 1960, this newsletter has followed the activities of political, military and social groups, changes in political power, the roles of armies and armed struggles, and financial and economic development.
This 2002 report states that Liberia "remains a wellspring for continued conflict" in West Africa, and it is therefore imperative to find ways to peace in the nation.
This peace agreement between the Government of Liberia and the Liberians United for Reconcilation and Democracy (LURD) and the Movement for Democracy in Liberia (MODEL) and Political Parties was signed in Accra, August 18th 2003.
www.incore.ulst.ac.uk /services/cds/countries/Liberia.html   (2612 words)

 Politics of Liberia
On November 12, 1985, former Army Commanding General Thomas Quiwonkpa[?] invaded Liberia by way of neighboring Sierra Leone and almost succeeded in toppling the government of Samuel Doe.
Liberia is still trying to recover from the ravages of war.
Liberia has a bicameral legislature which consists of 64 representatives and 26 senators.
www.fastload.org /po/Politics_of_Liberia.html   (969 words)

 POLITICS: Drained Liberia Receives Drops of Aid
An official government delegation, led by the chairman of Liberia's National Transitional Government, Gyude Bryant, is visiting Washington and New York appealing for funds to rebuild a country in shambles.
The United Nations is appealing to member states for more troops for its 9,000-soldier peacekeeping force in Liberia, which is 6,000 troops short of its target of 15,000.
Liberia's reconstruction is also a regional issue, Annan warned.
www.ipsnews.net /africa/interna.asp?idnews=22299   (1104 words)

 Web Directory » Web Directory » Regional » Africa » Liberia » Society and Culture   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
Liberia Institute of Journalism - 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: Past and Present of Africa's Oldest Republic - narration of the country's history from its declaration of independence in 1822 until present times.
Liberia's Current History - Channel for the discussion of contemporary history of Liberia and African Liberian folklore.
www.dcpages.com /DC_ODP/?c=Regional/Africa/Liberia/Society_and_Culture   (455 words)

 afrol News - Liberia sanctions to be reconsidered
The question about limits in Liberia's exports and imports today again was raised in the UN Security Council after its controversial decision last week to prolong its sanctions regime against Liberia.
The national transitional government of Liberia had earlier requested a lift of the sanctions on national timber and diamonds exports.
The new panel, which continues the work of earlier expert groups, also was given a mandate that included assessing the progress in maintaining and respecting the ceasefire and establishing and maintaining stability in Liberia and the sub-region.
www.afrol.com /articles/13394   (619 words)

 POLITICS-LIBERIA: Better Some Right to Vote Than None?
Taylor's departure was prompted by the advance of rebels on Liberia's capital, Monrovia.
Accused of perpetrating numerous atrocities in the country after starting an earlier rebellion in 1989, the ex-leader is also under indictment by a United Nations-backed court for his part in war crimes carried out in neighbouring Sierra Leone.
Efforts to return the displaced to their homes have been hampered by a lack of funds, and torrential rains which have left Liberia's dirt roads impassable.
www.ipsnews.net /news.asp?idnews=30526   (927 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)

 LSJ Volumes 1-10
Politics, Privilege and Progress in Liberia - A Review Article, see Berg, Elliot J. Report on the Conference on Social Science Research in Liberia, see Gibbs, James L., Jr.
Politics in Liberia: The Conservative Road to Development by Martin Lowenkopf, reviewed by Richard M. Fulton, 72.
Ethnicity And Politics In Liberia: A Class Analysis Of Power Struggles In The Tubman And Tolbert Administrations From 1944-1975 by Stephen S Hlophe., reviewed by Alfred B. Konuwa, 10.2:52.
www.onliberia.org /LSJ_I_X.htm   (4382 words)

To find other books on Liberia, search MONDO using "Liberia" and other keywords pertaining to your topic.
Liberia from the University of Louisville, Eckstrom Library, Government Publications
Liberia (from Jurist at the University of Pittsburgh)
exlibris.colgate.edu /gateway/Liberia.html   (983 words)

 afrol News - Liberia election conducted peacefully
The UN, which has held real power in Liberia for the past two years, has plaid a leading role in the organisation of the elections, which is an important part of its mandate.
Civilian police and troops from the UN peacekeeping operation in Liberia (UNMIL) had been deployed at key locations and patrolled very visibly across the country to ensure a secure voting environment.
"While we do not know this evening which of the two candidates will be chosen as the newly elected leader of Liberia, we do know that today, Liberian voters have taken a major step towards rebuilding their nation," the UN Envoy said.
www.afrol.com /articles/17165   (652 words)

 Foot-dragging on the Taylor Issue is Incomprehensible -  5/16/05
Taylor has meddled in Liberia's internal matters through his countless surrogates from the day he left the country, and enjoyed running things by remote control, even though his host has repeatedly warned him to stop doing what he's doing or else....
Charles Taylor, the stealth president is still the man to beat; a guy who, despite the heinous crimes he committed against humanity continues to dominate Liberian politics his way through his ever-present sycophants wandering around the country.
Taylor reportedly has interfered in the politics of Liberia, undermined the interim National Transitional Assembly and the October elections by agitating turmoil, and has even attempted to assassinate President Lansana Conte of neighboring Guinea in January, for Conte’s earlier support of the LURD rebel faction in Liberia.
www.theliberiandialogue.org /articles/c051605tws.htm   (507 words)

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