Category Archives: Samuel Kanyon Doe

More investors coming to Liberia

Liberia is not a poor country. It has abundant natural resources: gold, diamonds, iron ore, oil and timber. Its agricultural potential notably includes rubber and palm oil. In the 20th century this small West African country, the size of Ohio, … Continue reading

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Which way, Ivory Coast?

  April 12 is a date to remember. Liberians immediately think of April 12 1980: the day Master Sergeant Samuel Doe seized power and the country made a U-turn from which it still has to recover. Ivorians now have their … Continue reading

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Democracy or Impunity? The Long Walk To Democracy In Africa (updated)

The following post is repeating my September 28 post which was incomplete due to technical difficulties. I have now included the links missing in my previous post.   Last week – in mid-September – it was announced in Monrovia that … Continue reading

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Democracy or Impunity? The Long Walk To Democracy In Africa.

Last week it was announced in Monrovia that the infamous former Liberian warlord Prince Johnson is to run for President. Nineteen years ago Prince Yormie Johnson captured then President Samuel Doe, ordered his men to torture, mutilate and execute him, … Continue reading

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April 12, 1980 – 2010

I can’t help but think of April 12, 1980 when the anniversary of Samuel Doe’s bloody coup d’état approaches. I happened to be in Monrovia on that historic day, en route to Burkina Faso, then still called Upper Volta, where … Continue reading

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