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Jan 17, 2008  Liberia: Firestone Challenge Advances
    Workers at the Firestone Rubber Plantation in Liberia have for the first time won representation under a free union vote, throwing out the officials of a company-controlled union. The vote took place in July last year, but it took two court decisions and an unauthorized strike before officials finally agreed to negotiate with the new union and hand over their company-collected union dues. The union recognition is only a first step, however, in changing a system of brutal exploitation of child labor and virtual bondage for the rubber tappers.

Aug 1, 2007  USA/Africa: Questioning AFRICOM, 1
    With the nomination in July of General William E. Ward as the first chief of the new U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM), the long-discussed new command took another step toward full operation, now scheduled for October 2008. But the controversy about what this military reorganization means for U.S. military involvement in Africa is just beginning.

Feb 9, 2007  Liberia: Debt Cancellation Overdue
    Demonstrators delivered over 10,000 Valentine cards to the U.S. Treasury this week asking the U.S. Treasury Secretary to "have a heart" and cancel Liberia's debt. With the Liberia Partners' Forum in Washington scheduled for next week, even the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has stated that the debt is unsustainable. But more than a year after President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf took office, Liberia is still being asked to repay arrears on accumulated debt.

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

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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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