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Reflections on the death of an unpunished dictator

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Credit: Pambazuka News.
By Patrick Sylvain, Boston, USA.*
I was barely five years old when François Duvalier died and his nineteen year-old-son was sworn in as President in April 1971. This was done after the Haitian constitution was amended with neither national referendum nor proper parliamentary procedures to account for the dramatic change in the age requirement, from forty years of age to nineteen.
I remember my mom dressing me up for school: I had on a new pair of ankle-high black (...)

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The Sierra Leone Mining sector: Past and Present

11 May 2009

By Engineer Pierre Lightfoot-Boston, USA.
Previous leaders have not only done a dismal job with the Sierra Leone mining sector, but betrayed the trust of the Sierra Leone populace that supported and voted them in office and subjecting the good people of Sierra Leone into abject poverty. The Sierra Leone mining sector can be tied to many of the systematic problems currently plaguing the nation, which include, but are not limited to the following; lackluster leadership, lack of vision, no (...)

Sierra Leone’s tourism troubles

4 May 2009

By Patrick S. Bernard, Lancaster, PA, USA.
The Sierra Leone media and some in England were abuzz last week covering former British Prime Minister Tony Blair’s visit to Sierra Leone to highlight Sierra Leone’s tourism potential. Blair’s optimism for a thriving tourist industry must be, however, tempered, as he did in some of his statements, by the very sobering realities that hinder the growth of tourism in the country.
Here are excerpts from an essay I wrote on the (...)

Somalia: Pirates or Patriots of the Sea?

27 April 2009

By Alie Kabba, USA.
It is disheartening, once again, to see the butchery of truth by an oversimplification of complex phenomena in a place that has become a metaphor for the grave ills of post-colonial Africa - Somalia.
As we say out here, don’t believe the hype! Or, as Bob Marley and the Wailers succinctly put it, half the story has never been told.
Let’s get through the debris of Gaza, the wasteland of Eastern Congo and the blighted plains of Darfur to get to the facts (...)

Sierra Leone at 48: A Historical, Political and Cultural Assessment

20 April 2009

By Sekou Daouda Bangoura,USA.
April 27 1961 represents a political watershed in the history of Sierra Leone. On that momentous day Sierra Leone regained its independence from Britain. Unlike other countries in Africa whose march to independence was marked by a violent struggle, Sierra Leone attained independence peacefully; independence was virtually handed over to us on a silver platter. It was a moment that was greeted with euphoria - the entire country was agog with festivity to herald (...)

Political violence in Sierra Leone: Is the red flag up again?

17 April 2009

By Joseph Cabineh Howard, Indianapolis, USA.
It was all history - for a good reason though - when in the 2007 elections the incumbent Sierra Leone Peoples Party (SLPP) conducted an election in Sierra Leone, and peacefully transferred power to the opposition All Peoples Congress (APC), albeit, with some murmur.
In a continent where political transitions are too often visited by traumatizing violence and eventual collapse of the state, the Kabbah government deserves high marks for its (...)

Sierra Leone is a good place to visit and retire

15 April 2009

By Essa Thaim Kurugba, The New Rising Sun, USA.
Due to its political tranquility and its safe haven reputation the British colonialists called Sierra Leone “The Cradle of Africa”. Sierra Leone is truly blessed by our forefathers and it is an amazing country, with a reputation for hospitality and a tranquil place for retirement.
The climate is excellent with equatorial rain forest. Private clinics and healthcare are inexpensive and of better quality compared to other African (...)

I have a Real Dream!

10 April 2009

By Dr. Foday M. Kallon, Freetown, Sierra Leone.
International public opinion has learned with indignation about happenings in Freetown and Sierra Leone in general. This demonstrates that there is still the absence of political tolerance in Sierra Leone. The people seem not to have learned from the past "deep down in the bones” but only “in the flesh". They pay lip service to democracy and democratic practices. They do not believe in agreeing to disagree. They believe in "my (...)

Challenges to democracy: The military in Guinea

3 April 2009

Dadis Camara of Guinea is an example of ’militariat’ rule in West Africa, writes Jibrin Ibrahim, Director of the Centre for Democracy and Development. Camara has been avoiding elections, with claims for the need to challenge drug networks and end corruption, but, says Ibrahim, this is an agenda to legitimise his rule. The drug networks, Ibrahim suggests, are closely linked to a military ruling class that is kept in place by the state’s high expenditure on the military and (...)

A sobering political lesson for SLPP mavericks

28 March 2009

By Sekou Daouda Bangoura, USA.
The swift and drastic response by supporters of the ruling All People’s Congress to stone-throwing hirelings and hoodlums of the Sierra Leone People’s Party two weeks ago generated a firestorm of condemnation from SLPP sympathizers worldwide.
The SLPP headquarters in Freetown was severely damaged while some supporters of the grand old party including the recently elected chairman of the Western Area Lansana Fadika were seriously manhandled for (...)

Is it time for a third force in Sierra Leone

23 March 2009

By Alpha Lebbie, PV Correspondent, Boston, USA.
It is almost 50 years since Sierra Leone gained independence from the British in 1961. Since then what can we really show for this?
The major public buildings, the Youyi building, the national stadium and the 18 storey Bank of Sierra Leone buildings in downtown Freetown are the only admirable structures in the country since independence.
Life is not all about edifices; but apart from that has there been any improvement in the ordinary (...)

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EDITORIAL

Sex in the Time of Ebola

By Alhassan Fouard Kanu, Guest Writer, Freetown, Sierra Leone. The Ebola-stricken nation of Sierra Leone is employing whatever means possible, from individual to state level, in response to (...)

OPINION

Television and Learning

By Arthur Ramo, Madrid, Spain. Television is a technological medium of great importance in the lives of people, because it provides information and entertainment, among other things. However, (...)