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Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

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Sunday, October 19th, 2014

‘There is no Ebola here’: What Liberia teaches us about the failures of aid

Professor Thandika Mkandawire is a development economist with a sharp mind and an even sharper tongue – one of Africa’s finest.  Last week I moderated a discussion on health and governance in Africa at a conference in Cape Town in which he gave the keynote address.  He demonstrated why he is such a celebrated public

Friday, September 20th, 2013

The Disneyfication of Ellen Sirleaf Johnson

Liberian president, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is often presented by western media as an avatar of all things good, which is unsurprising. This was the narrative that made her an icon of international development and women’s empowerment. It took...

Monday, September 2nd, 2013

Press Freedom in Liberia

“Your spirit appears to me to be anarchical. I remember during the last Administration, you were critical and censorious of it. When it comes to the present Administration, you are occasionally censorious and critical of it. I...

Friday, April 27th, 2012

The verdict on Charles Taylor

Yesterday the Special Court for Sierra Leone found Charles Taylor guilty of aiding the RUF during the Sierra Leonean Civil War. The court case that has taken five years is the last of a court that has...

Thursday, April 5th, 2012

‘Africa’s first* transgender music star’

African governments don’t want us thinking that “homosexuality” is within the realm of their “traditional values”. So these leaders, even Nobel Peace Prize winning ones, use that as an excuse to justify the persecution and lack of protection for...

Tuesday, January 17th, 2012

Photographing Liberia

Time LightBox features the work of photographer Glenna Gordon.

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2011

‘The return of the one party state’

Most supporters of the opposition Congress for Democratic Change followed the recommendation of their party leader and restrained from voting on November 8. The election results show this with all clarity. After counting all the votes  NEC  showed that...

Friday, October 7th, 2011

Who is Leymah Gbowee

I once heard the photographer Harry Mattison discuss the difficulty, the near impossibility, of photographing peace. For Mattison, an award winning photographer of conflict, this was an epiphany. Peace is difficult, representing peace is near impossible. The...

Friday, October 7th, 2011

The Nobel Peace Prize’s Kanye Moment

“Hey Liberian people, I know you got an election going on and all, and I’m gonna let you finish, but Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf was one of the best presidents of ALL TIME…” That’s the message sent to Liberia...

Monday, July 11th, 2011

The most heard phrase on the streets of Monrovia

Liberian music is going through a creative explosion. Cultural singers are taking to the studio and creating an exciting, high-energy, danceable sound. Young urban folks have invented a local Hip-Hop style called Hipco which talks to their...