By Gary Schulze, USA.
Source: Friends of Sierra Leone (FOSL).
The passing of Madiba brought back memories of a trip I made to South Africa in 1973 as a staff member of Young Presidents Organization. I traveled there with a group of American and Canadian company presidents. After serving as a Peace Corps Volunteer a few years earlier in Sierra Leone where racial harmony is the norm, I was completely unprepared for the repressive racist society I found in South Africa. Everywhere we went, (...)
Distant Sunrise - The Strength in her Pain to Forgive
Charleston, SC: Francess Cole, 2012 pb 181pp $13.00
Book Review by LaShanta Y. Jones Tinner, PhD.
When I first read Distant Sunrise, I was deeply moved. This story can capture the heart of anyone who believes that freedom should exist in the physical and spiritual realms.
F.A. Cole presented a detailed description of the pain and suffering of women who experience female genital mutilation and (...)
The Patriotic Vanguard will be publishing tributes to one of Africa’s greatest sons, former South African President Nelson Mandela who died December 5 and will be buried in his hometown of Qunu after a massive funeral service in the South African capital of Pretoria on Sunday.
As our own contribution to this historic process, we shall be publishing tributes to the late Madiba as from today, Tuesday December 10, to Tuesday December 17.
So please send your tributes with your personal (...)
US Presidential Elections and Liberian Affairs 1980-2012: A Personal Reflection.
By Dagbayonoh Kiah Nyanfore II, USA.
I write about the United States presidential elections covering 1980-2012 based on my recollections taken primarily from my personal journal and memoir. I tried to include the role each US administration had played regarding Liberia and the events which occurred during the period covered. As a student of history and political science, I wrote on the events for (...)
The African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights held a public hearing in respect of Application No. 013/2011 - The Beneficiaries of the late Norbert Zongo, Abdoulaye Nikiema alias Ablassé, Ernest Zongo, Blaise Ilboudo, and the Burkinabe Movement for Human and Peoples’ Rights (Applicants) vs. the Republic of Burkina Faso (Respondent), on 28 - 29 November 2013, at the seat of the Court, in Arusha, Tanzania.
The matter relates to the alleged assassination in 1998 of Mr Norbert (...)
by - 3 December
The African Court for Human and Peoples Rights based in Arusha,Tanzania has called for support and cooperation from member states of the AU so as to enable it carry out its mandate effectively.
The Court which is a creation of the African Union is currently faced with several challenges that includes the non-signing of the protocols of the Court.
This has prevented individuals and organizations in states which have not ratified the protocol to have access to the Court. Since the (...)
By Zainab Tunkara Clarkson, London, UK. *
In Sierra Leone, the majority of women face serious inequities, most of which are not reported by the media.
While discrimination against women is multifaceted, traditionally it is more prevalent in areas that affect the economic status of women in society: lack of access to resources such as loans to finance business undertakings, freehold land to serve as collateral on loans, education for a competitive advantage , healthcare to (...)
Two new envoys have on November 28th presented their letters of credence to His Excellency President Dr Ernest Bai Koroma at the Credentials Hall, State House, Freetown.
Receiving the Egyptian Ambassador designate (photo) on the one hand, President Koroma noted that Egypt has been a friend of Sierra Leone since independence. “It is one of the very few countries that did not close its embassy even at the height of our civil war. We salute Egypt for standing with us", President Koroma (...)
By Dr. John Leigh, former Sierra Leone Ambassador to the United States of America.
I have explained the words "Mendecrats" and "Mendecracy" several times in a number of forums but some people are still uninformed. So, I’ll do a once over for others.
Mendecrats are not just every Mende person. My late beloved mother was Mende but she was no Mendecrat. Mendecrats are tribalistic Mendes who believe that, pa-o-pa (by all means), only Mendes should rise to the top in SLPP, even (...)
The Patriotic Vanguard’s Freetown Bureau Chief Alpha Rashid Jalloh (photo), has returned home from Arusha, Tanzania, where he represented the newspaper at a conference organized by the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights.
He said many people who saw him mistook him for president Yoweri Museveni of Uganda especially the Tanzanians.
“I was coming out of the Naura Springs Hotel in Arusha when I heard a man shouting and running behind me. He caught (...)