‘Guns Terrorize Democracy’

first_imgFormer Public Works Minister Samuel Kofi Woods yesterday recalled that he had long been  against Liberia having a standing army by declaring,  “Guns do not protect or promote democracy but guns terrorize democracy.”Delivering the Keynote  Address at the 58th Armed Forces Day Celebration at the Barclay Training Center (BTC) on Wednesday, Mr. Woods told his audience, “Over the years of my career, I have supported the demilitarization of the state and campaigned against increased military expenditures and architecture at the expense of other social services.“At my Truth and Reconciliation Hearings few years ago, I called for the dissolution of the army and frowned on huge US support to the Liberian Military over the years and during the restructuring phase, suggesting that similar resources be diverted to health and education as well as other social services. We have an opportunity to now reflect together,” he said.“This position,” according to Att’y Woods, “is borne out of the army’s legacy and its history: “A history of fear, lack of trust, and suspicion. Fear because the military has   always represented the power of a repressive government and therefore ordinary citizens are often fearful of any increased presence of the armed forces.”Att’y Woods, who is also a human rights lawyer and activist, said he is having the suspicion because of the “Sins of your Fathers,” referring to past behaviors of soldiers of the army and their paymasters.Giving historical reflections, he said, “We are reminded of the origin of our military and the role it has played historically as we constructed our nation. “As you may be aware, the forerunner of the Armed Forces of Liberia was the Liberia Frontier Force (LFF). The LFF did not serve the interest of the vast majority of Liberians.  Instead, it preyed upon them. Its successor, the AFL, did not do better.”The military was therefore seen as a “vehicle of the political establishment using brute force and naked power to penetrate the interior of Liberia,” said Woods.According to him, the character of the military was then a place for “societal rejects and way-wards.” He disclosed that its recruitment procedures were questionable, not elaborating further on it, however. “Our people were afraid of the national army because it visited upon them  mayhem and destruction,” he added.Further supporting his argument, he reminded everyone that in 1980, the AFL conducted a coup d’état that resulted in a military dictatorship. “It polarized our nation and people. Most, if not all of us, are witness to this history.”But Att’y Woods,  The Human Rights advocate,  disclosed that he hoped to see the AFL having an army that will be engaged in  development activities such as  constructing roads, engaging in agriculture and providing medical services, amongst others.“Our military barracks must be transformed into citadels of learning. When we recruit young men and women to serve our country, they should be offered the opportunities to obtain the highest form of learning our nation can offer.“Our barracks must be centers  of learning and excellence. Those who enter our army must, as a matter of national urgency, be assured that by the time their military service to the nation is ended, they can be deployed into other professions and contribute to the nation building process. In other words, it is not sufficient that our men and women in the army are only trained to fight wars but are trained as well to improve the living conditions of their fellow Liberians.”All efforts to reach the Chief Public Affairs Officer of the Armed Forces of Liberia, Captain. Dessaline F. Allison, to obtain the AFL’s reaction to Att’y Woods’ assertions were unsuccessful as his mobile phones were switched off.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Guyana-Canada team up to boost oil and gas sector

first_imgOver 20 Canadian organisations experienced in the oil and gas sector are currently in Guyana having attended the Guyana Petroleum Business Summit and Exhibition (GIPEX) and are in talks with local businesses to develop the sector in the country.Caption: Representatives of some of the Canadian-based oil and gas companies along with Canadian High Commissioner, Lilian ChatterjeeThis announcement was made on Thursday evening at a reception hosted by Canadian High Commissioner, Lilian Chatterjee.  In her remarks, the High Commissioner noted that “Canada is one of the world’s principle energy producers with some of the world’s largest energy reserves; an industry that supports more than 500,000,000 direct and indirect jobs. There is lots of learning in the petroleum industry that can now boost world-class expertise in exploration and production.”High Commissioner Chatterjee remarked that the companies currently in Guyana are eager to share their knowledge and expertise with local businesses. She noted that oil and gas extraction has been Canada’s top export earner by value since 2005, adding that these businesses have vast background knowledge and experience in the sector.One of the recent business collaborations unveiled on Thursday evening is the ‘Guyana Strategic Services’ – a merger between local public relations firm, Sagacity Media, and Canadian consultancy, the Caron Hawco Group.The Caron Hawco Group is a communications, business and trade consultancy that specialises in the offshore oil and gas industry. The owner, Caron Hawco, stated “if you need to build your brand, make connections, if you want to know about trade if you want to know about Guyana and the oil and gas industry we offer those services” and noted that the Guyana Strategic Services will take the oil and gas industry by storm.The High Commissioner urged Guyanese companies to develop their manpower in order to benefit from the opportunities that will be made available.last_img read more

9 months agoSouthampton boss Hasenhuttl: I want January signings

first_imgSouthampton boss Hasenhuttl: I want January signingsby Freddie Taylor9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveSouthampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl says the club are looking to sign players this month.Saints have already let Steven Davis and Manolo Gabbiadini leave, but Hasenhuttl has revealed he wants more activity before the end of January.”The squad is still a little bit too big for me,” Hasenhuttl said. “Sometimes there are 24 players and that makes it not possible to play 11 v 11 because there are three or four guys left out there.”We took a few young players into the squad, which I thought was necessary, because it helps us create a new hierarchy and bring in a few young, hungry players in.”It always helps to put a challenge on the older ones – it’s a good mix.”Our eyes are open and the transfer market at the moment is a little bit quiet. There were five or so players changing in the Premier League in January.”We will look for one in this transfer market for sure when and what position you will see and we will tell you.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Xherdan Shaqiri hails Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp

first_imgLiverpool’s winger Xherdan Shaqiri is in awe of his new boss Jurgen Klopp who he regards as both “an excellent coach” and “a very nice character.”Shaqiri, 26 has admitted that Klopp has a good man management skill which helps to motivate the team to perform even better.The pacy winger suggested that the former Borussia Dortmund manager was a big influence in him joining Liverpool.Shaqiri told the official Liverpool FC magazine: “He’s a very good coach, but for me, the character he has is also important.“He has a very nice character, you can joke with him, but of course, you have to be focused on the pitch and give everythingRoberto Firmino, LiverpoolVirgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.“You can see the relationship he has with the players all the time, he’s very friendly in speaking with them, and that was important for me in coming here and working with him.“I knew him from Germany when I was at Bayern, and he was the manager of Dortmund.“He wanted me to come to Liverpool, and I wanted to work with him, so I am very happy to reunite with him.”Shaqiri is yet to start for the Reds in the Premier League even though he has featured from the bench on a couple of occasions.However, he is expected to start for the Reds in the coming days considering their hectic schedule.last_img read more

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