Scam, kidnap by South African police

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Scam, kidnap by South African police

Scam, kidnap by South African police

 
Camden County New Jersey: home to the poorest and most dangerous city in the US (Camden) and a wealthy community (Haddonfield). MJoTA 2013 v7n1 p0606 click here
Kabilagate in South Africa and the Democratic Republic of Congo click here

The Congolese 20 were scammed, arrested and have been kept in Pretoria Central Prison because of abuse of power by employees of the South African government click here

Wikileaks, freedom of the press, freedom to know what is private and what is public. MJoTA 2013 v7n1 p0623 click here

Tales from Antigua: Ghanaian prince declares war, Portugal lays the first foreign wreath, a St Bernard dog on a warm full-moon night  click here
Countries spy on each other? Really? MJoTA 2013 v7n1 p0612 click here

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Ecuador. MJoTA 2013 v7n1 p0623 click here

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Bridge International Academies are neither ineffective nor unsustainable | Letters
Millions of parents rely on our schools, which offer a quality education to children in impoverished communities, says Sean Geraghty of Bridge International Academies

In response to your story about Bridge International Academies (UK urged to stop funding ‘ineffective and unsustainable’ Bridge schools, 3 August), it is worth noting that those claiming to speak for civil society are largely unions and organisations that campaign against education reform and are avid protectors of the status quo. The authors neither acknowledge this nor refer to external evidence to substantiate their claims, referring only to reports previously funded by these same organisations.

Those who seek to close down affordable schools often do not acknowledge – as the Department for International Development does in this article – that millions of parents rely on these schools.

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Thu, 10 Aug 2017 17:17:02 GMT


UK urged to stop funding 'ineffective and unsustainable' Bridge schools

Civil society groups call on foreign donors not to fund Bridge International Academies, citing high fees, low pay and poor teaching methods

A coalition of 174 civil society organisations has called on international donors, including the UK government, to drop support for a private school company operating in Africa.

Bridge International Academies (BIA) provides technology-driven education in more than 500 primary and nursery schools in Kenya, Nigeria, Uganda, Liberia and India. Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg are among the high-profile philanthropists from whom the American startup has received funding.

Related: 'Beyond justification': teachers decry UK backing for private schools in Africa

We don’t agree that student test scores alone should be used to decide whether to dismantle our public education system

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Thu, 03 Aug 2017 11:00:12 GMT


Can Ellen Johnson Sirleaf save Liberia?

Africa’s first elected female president has made giant steps in ridding her country of warlords, rape and child soldiers, but much remains to be done

It’s not every day a president invites you into their bedroom. But then Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, the president of Liberia, is not your typical president. A woman for one thing, the first ever elected to lead an African nation, she’s also had several previous lives: freedom fighter, banker, UN bureaucrat, rebel, farmer, grandmother-in-chief. Would I like to go inside her room? Hell, yes!

We went to school in the city, and spent the vacations here in my father’s village. We crossed two different worlds

As a child, I got into fights. To make me look strong, my grand-mother cut me with a razor, then rubbed charcoal in

We could easily have gone back to war. There were still warlords, there were child soldiers who had never gone to school

Rape offenders will get to the family, offer them money, offer them education for their children

When I offer a definition of feminism which sees men and women as equal, she says 'I live that'

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Sat, 22 Jul 2017 23:05:00 GMT


Africa facing shortfall of 50 million jobs by 2040, report says

Unemployment crisis will ravage the continent if it doesn’t opt for market-based development, according to report by Tony Blair’s Institute

Parts of Africa could face a massive unemployment crisis by 2040, with “catastrophic” consequences for the global economy, new research has found.

The report predicted a shortfall of 50 million jobs, which should serve as a “wake up call” for governments across much of the continent, as well as international donors and agencies. According to the analysis by the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change, based on world bank data, the labour force in sub-saharan Africa will be 823 million by 2040, up from 395 million in 2015. However, total number of jobs is only expected to hit 773 million, it said, leaving 50 million people in Africa unemployed.

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Tue, 27 Jun 2017 06:00:23 GMT


Police arrest woman over alleged torture during Liberia civil war

Arrest by Met’s war crimes unit in London relates to atrocities of 89-93 war

A woman has been arrested by a police war crimes team on suspicion of torture. The 51-year-old was held in custody over allegations relating to atrocities during the Liberian civil war which stretched from 1989 to 1993.

Metropolitan police arrested the woman at an address in east London just after 7am on Thursday. Police said searches were being carried out at two addresses in east and central London.

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Thu, 01 Jun 2017 14:32:51 GMT
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The Vice President of Liberia visits New Jersey and Pennsylvania. SJ Dodgson. MJoTA 2013 v7n1 p0623


A 4-day visit to the Delaware Valley ended today for the Vice President of Liberia, a soft-spoken, slow-moving elderly gentleman with good things to say.

I saw him at 3 events; at the Camden City Hall reception on Friday June 21; at Rowan University Investment Forum on Saturday June 22, and then later on that afternoon at a Lutheran Church in Drexel Hill, Pennsylvania.

Wonderful welcome at City Hall, Camden, NJ on Friday night by the mayor Dana Rudd  and some elected officials and dignitaries.

I was startled when he told us he was grateful to come to this beautiful city. I have never heard anyone say that.  Camden is the murder capital of the US, I only hope events like this will help to turn it around.

At the Saturday afternoon town hall, what really made the audience happy was his saying that dual citizenship has been approved.

Which means that American citizens can still be Liberian citizens, can still vote in Liberian elections, can still run for office. An electorate or more for the Liberian Diaspora? Not yet.

The town hall started late, about 3 hours after the expected time, so I had time to walk around the church with huge stained glass windows and high wooden ceiling and read the 2 placards of protest. Everyone was well-behaved, the vice president gave a calm speech, as did the ambassador, and the commissioner of police in Upper Darby welcomed the delegation, and all Liberians, to Drexel Hill.

Then the protesters started shouting. The large plain clothes detective wearing a lime green tie and a wire into his ear, and he was white, his attempts to blend in failed on so many levels, walked slowly towards the protesters and called inside the 3 Upper Darby police who had been waiting outside.

The Liberian protesters moved outside, shouted for video cameras, and the vice president answered questions. First happily explaining that freedom of speech is a right in the US, and in Liberia.

What impressed me is that we all were able to walk into and out of the church freely.

Anthony Kesselly calmed everyone down, which is what he has been doing since he was a leader in the university in Liberia more than 30 years ago. He was a leader in the Philadelphia Liberian communities for years, and was traveling with the vice president as his policy adviser. Anthony moved back to Liberia last year, it was great to see him.

No-one was patted down before or after, or asked to identify themselves. Very civilized.

Liberia is in good shape.