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March 28, 2017  Liberia: Mining, Displacement, and the World Bank
    "The roots of the New Liberty Gold project stretch back before 1995, when a resource extraction license was issued by former warlord turned president Charles Taylor to a mysterious company called KAFCO. The permit changed hands a few times and, today, Avesoro holds its permit via a wholly-owned subsidiary, Bea Mountain Mining Corp – a company created in 1996 by Keikurah B. Kpoto, one of Taylor's closest associates. In 1998, foreign interests bought Bea Mountain Mining. The beneficiaries of the sale were well hidden. According to a document IRIN procured, three quarters of its capital belonged to a company incorporated in the British Virgin Islands. The rest was held by owners of bearer shares." - IRIN investigative report, March 21, 2017

Jun 2, 2016  Liberia/Global: Financial Secrecy at Work
    "Finance Uncovered, working with an anonymous Liberian journalist, has exposed a little-known offshore business registry that has created tens of thousands of anonymous companies and registered them to a non-existent address in Monrovia, Liberia's capital city. Although these companies are technically a creation of Liberian law, management of the registry is based in the United States and appears to have the support of the US government. ... Our investigation has discovered over half a billion pounds of high-value London property registered to Liberian offshore companies."

September 10, 2014  West Africa: Ebola Response Scale-Up Urgent, Uncertain
    "The best way to help Africa stem the tide of the current Ebola epidemic is by rapidly investing in and deploying basic infectious control measures like gowns, gloves, water, and sterilization tools, coupled with health worker and community health trainings in how to properly use them." - Adam C. Levine, Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine, Brown Medical School

Jan 17, 2008  Liberia: Firestone Challenge Advances
Aug   1, 2007  USA/Africa: Questioning AFRICOM, 1
Feb   9, 2007  Liberia: Debt Cancellation Overdue
Mar 19, 2006  Liberia: Johnson Sirleaf in New York, Washington
Oct 10, 2005  Liberia: Elections Necessary, Not Enough
Dec 12, 2004  Liberia-Sierra Leone: Consolidating Peace?
Nov 12, 2003  Liberia: Peace Process Implementation

Recent Bulletins on Continent-Wide Issues

May 17, 2017  Africa/Global: Whose Energy?
May   8, 2017  Africa: World Bank Financing Land Grabs
April 25, 2017  Africa/Global: Media Repression 2.0
April 17, 2017  Africa/Global: New Reports Show Massive Tax Losses
April 10, 2017  Africa: African Feminism Past and Present
March 21, 2017  Africa/Global: Scaling Up Solar

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Africa Policy E-Journal (1995-2003)

2003-09-28 Liberia: UN Peacekeeping
2003-07-29 Liberia: Peacekeepers Still Awaited
2003-07-03 Liberia: Waiting for Washington
2003-06-26 Liberia: War Escalates, White House Indifferent to Crisis
2003-06-01 Liberia: Churches call for Peace Support
2002-02-05 Liberia: Elections and Human Rights
1997-12-11 Liberia: Human Rights Report
1997-08-16 Liberia: Election Commentary
1997-06-29 Liberia: FOL Testimony
1996-12-23 Liberia: FOL Report, 2
1996-12-23 Liberia: FOL Report, 1
1996-10-02 Liberia: JPC Update
1996-07-29 Liberia: WOA Update/Alert
1996-05-27 Liberia: Recent Documents, 2
1996-05-27 Liberia: Recent Documents, 1
1996-04-29 Liberia: WOA Letter to Clinton
1996-04-11 Liberia: Action/B'ground Docs,2
1996-04-11 Liberia: Action/B'ground Docs,1
1996-01-29 Liberia: UN Report (excerpts)
1995-10-22 Liberia: More U.S. Support Needed
1995-09-16 Liberia: U.S. Policy (part 2)
1995-09-16 Liberia: U.S. Policy (part 1)

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