This, Too, is Liberia

Selected writings of the renowned Liberian journalist Tom Kamara

Tom Kamara

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This, Too, is Liberia

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ISBN: 9789461231321, geïllustreerd, 274 blz., February 2021, Engels
Formaat: 20.0 (h) x 12.9 (b) x 2.0 (d) cm. Gewicht: 474 gram.

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"This, Too, is Liberia"

The above quote of the late Tom Kamara is emblematic for his writings and a characterization of the social, economic, and political landscape of his motherland. He fearlessly and objectively fought to expose the ills of the Liberian society. Tom was committed to promoting press freedom, social justice, and good governance in his beloved country and he did that even at the peril of his life.
He wrote hundreds of articles in the New Democrat, the Liberian newspaper he founded in 1993, and in The Perspective, an online Liberian magazine, during his asylum in the Netherlands.
This, Too, is Liberia contains a selection of his articles, with particular focus on Charles Taylor, the Liberian Civil Wars, the troubling relations between Liberia and the USA, the Samuel Doe and Ellen Johnson Sirleaf eras and the development of democracy in Liberia and other African countries.

T.K., as he was affectionally called, did not only articulate the plight of the ordinary Liberians but devoted his life to the search for realistic solutions to the problems confronting Liberia.

Tom Kamara (1949-2012) was born in Lofa County, Liberia. He towered among the few famous journalists in Liberia. Though his critics viewed him as a controversial journalist, both his detractors and admirers undoubtedly respected his refusal to bend the truth and compromise his objectivity.

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over de schrijver(s)Tom Kamara (1949-2012) was born in Lofa County, Liberia. He towered among the few famous journalists in Liberia. Though his critics viewed him as a controversial journalist, both his detractors and admirers undoubtedly respected his refusal to bend the truth and compromise his objectivity.

After his studies in the United States, Tom immediately returned home in 1981 to become Editor-In-Chief of the government-owned The New Liberian newspaper. In 1983 Tom became Director of Press and Public Affairs of the Constitutional Drafting Commission. For reasons that were never revealed, he was thrown into jail by the National Security Agency from where he clandestinely escaped and fled into exile to the Netherlands. Returning home in 1990, he established in 1993 the New Democrat newspaper as an alternative medium for free press in Liberia. When Charles Taylor seized power in 1996, he had to flee into exile again in the Netherlands.
Returning to Liberia in 2004, Tom Kamara reached the pinnacle of his career as Publisher and Managing Editor of the New Democrat newspaper. He died on June 8, 2012 in Brussels, on his way to the Netherlands for medical treatment following a brief illness.
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Acknowledgements 1

Maps 6
1: Liberia, West Africa, Africa 6
2: National capital Monrovia, the 15 counties of Liberia and their capitals 7
3: Language and ethnic groups 8

Introduction Tom Kamara (1949-2012) 9

Section A: The Doe Era 1980-1990 20
1. Struggling Against The Sword 21
2. Liberian Officials Bicker Over Genesis of Horrors 25

Section B: The Taylor Era 1990 – 2003 31
3. Liberia's Scheduled Elections: Guns Do Not Heal 33
4. A Veil of Democracy 35
5. Liberia: Back to Square One 36
6. Who Should Dispose Of Arms 39
7. Shifting Alliances in Liberia's Theft and Plunder 41
8. Liberian Citizenship and Passport Up for Sale! 47
9. Poverty's Triumph over Democracy in Liberia 51
10. Can Jesse Jackson, Help Sierra Leone As He Links Sankoh to Mandela? 55
11. In Search of Enemies and Allies 59
12. Liberia's Persecuted and Rising Voices of Dissent 65
13. When the Means to an End are Convenient and then Feared 72
14. Meaningless UN Sanctions As Liberia is Pardoned 75
15. Pariahs, Sanctions, versus "Ordinary People” 78
16. Back to Arms and Anarchy 82
17. Liberia: The Emergence of a Criminal State 89
18. Living with Paranoia 95
19. Charles Taylor's Fatal Sierra Leone Dance 98
20. The Liberian Senate's Feuding "Criminals" 102
21. "No Belgrade Here" 106
22. Selling Deception 109
23. Curse of Mercenaries 113
24. Deceptions and Sanctions 117
25. Misinformation, Sanctions & Bedfellows 123
26. Harbingers of Truth & Reluctant Converts 127
27. In Allah’s Name or For The Almighty Dollar? 133
28. Cowardice Behind Samuel Doe’s Shield: S.K. Doe: Dead but still alive 137
29. The Menace of Disarming Rebels Without Arms 142

Section C: The Johnson Sirleaf Era 2006-2012 146
30. The Mortality of Charles Taylor 147
31. UN’s Trinity of Instability: Crime, Corruption & Violence 151
32. Now The Moral High Priests: The Different Sides of Morality 154
33. Here Comes The Shantytown Democracy In The Legislature 159
34. The Second –Term Curse Looks On 163
35. Selling Democracy As An Endangered Demon To The Poor 166

Section D: Liberia and the USA 171
36. The True Face of Jesse Jackson's Liberian Heroes 172
37. Messengers Carrying the Burdens of Bad News 176
38. Opting for Refuge over "Honour" 181
39. Praying and Celebrating Against Going Home 184
40. Visas, "Peanuts" and Sovereignty 186
41. Bush's Message to His "Bushmen" 191
42. Carter's Sad Liberia Goodbye 195
43. Where Jesse Jackson Sees Best 201


Section E: Miscellaneous Items 203
44. Africa, The Curse of History, and Europe's New "Benevolence" 203
45. Who Are Gaddafi's "Us" and Mandela's "World Policemen"? 208
46. Elections and Erosion of Stability in Africa 213
47. Rawlings Remembered 219
48. Kabila & The 'Kingdom of the Congo' 222
49. African Union or African Utopia? 227
50. Woes of the African Journalist 231
51. Non-Aligned Movement Dissolves in Nostalgia 236
52. Tough Times for Africans with Europe’s Far-right 238
53. In Search Of The Right & The Left of Liberian Politics 241

Section F: Reflections on Tom Kamara and his Work 245
A. Tom Kamara Dedicated his Life to Free Press and Democracy 245
B. Home and Exile: Remembering Tom Kamara's Life in the Netherlands 247
C. A Tribute to Thomas 'Tom' Saah Kamara 253
D. The New Democrat Halts Operations 260

Sources 262

List of Abbreviations 263

Index 264
toelichting"This, Too, is Liberia"

The above quote of the late Tom Kamara is emblematic for his writings and a characterization of the social, economic, and political landscape of his motherland. He fearlessly and objectively fought to expose the ills of the Liberian society. Tom was committed to promoting press freedom, social justice, and good governance in his beloved country and he did that even at the peril of his life.
He wrote hundreds of articles in the New Democrat, the Liberian newspaper he founded in 1993, and in The Perspective, an online Liberian magazine, during his asylum in the Netherlands.
This, Too, is Liberia contains a selection of his articles, with particular focus on Charles Taylor, the Liberian Civil Wars, the troubling relations between Liberia and the USA, the Samuel Doe and Ellen Johnson Sirleaf eras and the development of democracy in Liberia and other African countries.
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