Liberia’s Electoral Stand-off

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Liberia’s Electoral Stand-off.

Neither President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf nor her presidential challenger Winston Tubman are adding to their personal luster following the Liberian elections. Johnson-Sirleaf is defending the Liberia National Police shutdown of three opposition media entities (a radio station and two television networks) that reported on the riot in which three people died the day before the elections. In an address to the nation, President Johnson-Sirleaf said the police moved to “prevent incitement.” But, the Press Union of Liberia does not accept that justification and has urged her administration to stop intimidation of the media.

Iranian students form human shield near nuclear site amid fears of Israeli attack – Haaretz Daily Newspaper | Israel News

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Iranian students form human shield near nuclear site amid fears of Israeli attack – Haaretz Daily Newspaper | Israel News.

Hundreds of students on Tuesday formed a human chain around the uranium conversion plant in central Iran, in a demonstration staged by students to show that Iranians were ready to sacrifice their lives if the nuclear sites were attacked by Israel

Ending political cronyism

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Ending political cronyism.

TRADITIONAL FORMS of patronage can no longer be tolerated. They reflect unethical standards of behaviour that damage public confidence in the fairness of administration and the quality of our democracy. If the aspiration to create a new and inclusive society – articulated by President Michael D Higgins in his inaugural address – is to mean anything, then the old ways of doing business and rewarding political supporters must be consigned to the dustbin.

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