Dual Citizenship: Taxation and the Right to Vote

first_imgShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) The issue of dual citizenship has generated a lot of commentary and heat here in Liberia as well as in the Diaspora, especially in the United States. Those who support it are exercised about the righteousness of their cause. Their argument goes something like this. Commencing with the coup d’etat mounted by M/Sgt Samuel Doe and his 17 compadres in 1980, Liberians started leaving the country involuntarily in large numbers, fleeing persecution and political instability.The second wave came in 1985 in the wake of the abortive Quiwonkpa failed coup. The atrocities, especially those perpetrated against the Gio and Mano populations, have been amply documented in such books as “A Promise Betrayed” by Bill Berkeley of the Lawyers’ Committee on Human Rights.The civil war followed in 1989 and a third wave ensued, all the way through Octopus, April 6, 1996 and World War III in 2003. Those who were forced to leave Liberia to avoid slaughter, rape, maiming, displacement or such other horrors of war argue that they should not lose their right to Liberian citizenship because they opted to take citizenship of another country while they were in the Diaspora.  They feel that they should be entitled to recover their Liberian citizenship, along with all the rights and privileges that go with citizenship now that peace and harmony reign. They want to be dual citizens, i.e. citizens of Liberia and of the United States or whatever other country they have adopted as their new home. They want to have their cake and eat it too.Those opposed to the notion of dual citizenship are equally adamant that they don’t want people with one foot in Liberia and another foot elsewhere. Citing the case of Ellen Cockrum, they fear that dual citizens will commit crimes in Liberia, then hop on a Brussels Airlines flight to avoid prosecution. Emotions are raw.The issue of dual citizenship is a complex one. First, foreign citizenship is a matter of choice. A personal example will illustrate the point.I fled Liberia in 1986 because C-I-C Samuel Doe was after my hide. My dear friend Jim Holder, Ellen Sirleaf, my father Harry Sr., Tuan Wreh, Jackson Doe, Gabriel Kpolleh and a number of other political figures had been arrested and incarcerated in the aftermath of the Quiwonkpa debacle. Because they had not gotten up soooon in the morning, Doe and his henchmen did not get me. I was hiding right under their noses in Monrovia. But when my mother-in-law, Justine Nimley, asked her brother, G. Alvin Jones, what would happen to me if I turned myself in, the clip response was that “They would skin me alive”. Understandably, I was not brought out of my hiding place.Instead, I journeyed to the United States and applied for political asylum. If ever there was a person for whom the asylum laws of the United States were created, it was me. I had a “well founded fear of persecution”. So, when the time came and I became eligible for US citizenship I chose not to obtain US citizenship. I did so because I knew that eventually I would come back to Liberia and I didn’t want to lose my Liberian citizenship. My wife at the time and eldest daughter, both of whom were born in Liberia, chose to become US citizens. I settled instead for a Green Card.I lived in the United States for 16 years and missed out on a lot of the benefits of citizenship. But that was my choice. Life is like that. You make choices and you have to accept responsibility for the consequences of the choices you make. That goes for citizenship as it does for many other things. You cannot have your cake and eat it too.Proponents of dual citizenship focus on the benefits of citizenship but often forget about its obligations. One of the privileges of citizenship, which many proponents of dual citizenship are eyeing, is the right to vote in elections in Liberia. But if you do not live here and consequently have to live with the consequences of the choices you make at election time, is it fair for you to be given the right to vote here?Another of the obligations of citizenship is supporting the cost of government through taxation. Under American law, a US citizen must pay taxes on their income wherever it is earned. Would dual citizens accept to pay taxes in Liberia as well as in, say, the United States even though they may not live in Liberia? If the answer is no, then how would they be contributing to upkeep of the government in Liberia in the way that those living in Liberia do?The writer is a businessman. He can be reached at hagreaves49@gmail.com.last_img read more

NAYMOTE to Empower 40 Young Political Leaders

first_imgThe Young Political Leadership School (YPLS) established through NAYMOTE has developed a program to empower young political leaders with the tools and knowledge needed to support the development of research-based campaign platforms and effective political campaigns in the country.NAYMOTE’s Executive Director, Eddie Jarwolo said, the YPLS aims to strengthen and contribute to Liberia’s democracy through capacity building of young political leaders that would make political parties more effective in the political system of Liberia.Mr. Jarwolo said there is a dire need to have positive thinking young citizens in Liberia who are willing to uphold the mantle of leadership and run the affairs of the nation in a responsible and accountable manner. “YPLS wants to ensure that political platforms reflect the views of the people and electoral campaigns are organized based on standards and are free from violence, so as to increase citizens’ trust in political parties, improve Liberia’s democracy and electoral politics. Young political leaders must effectively build and manage voters base, engage voters, and deliver issue based campaign messages,” he said.This first of its kind leadership program is being organized under the theme “Organizing Political Campaigns.” The training targets 40 persons and will take place from April 4th to 8th at the National Elections Commission Conference Hall in Monrovia.Mr. Jarwolo said the YPLS will build the knowledge of 40 young political leaders, campaign managers, campaign organizers, from 20 political parties and independent candidates for the five days.“Young Liberians have leadership skills gap. There is also lack of access to adequate information on the functions of governance institutions and young Liberians are increasingly losing the zest to serve in leadership positions,” he observed.He said the program will also seek to empower youth wing leaders in the various political parties and support based groups. “The program targets young independent political candidates who have the will to serve and need a deeper understanding of political and governance processes in the country,” he said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

EPA Provides Updates on MNG Gold Mine Incident

first_imgMr. Goll addresses the media at EPA head office in SinkorA crisis management team (CMT) set up by the government to investigate the recent chemical spill incident that affected 34 persons at the MNG Gold Mines in Kokoya, Bong County, is making efforts not just to unveil what might have gone wrong, but also institute stringent measures that would ensure that such an unfortunate incident doesn’t happen again.It may be recalled that there was a chemical spill when a section of the geo-membrane of the Tailing Storage Facility (TSF) ruptured at the MNG Gold facility, affecting the victims who were taken to Phebe Hospital in Suakoko for immediate medical examination. The situation has since been greeted with angry reactions across the country—and the government, through the CMT, has since taken steps to remedy it.The rupture resulted in an uncontrolled discharge of ‘slurry’ containing a high concentration of cyanide into the Sein Creek and the surrounding environment.At a press conference on Tuesday, the CMT, led by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), availed its findings by technicians who visited the site from October 5-7.EPA Deputy Executive Director Urias Goll, who addressed the press conference, said: “No free cyanide (a deadly chemical used to extract gold) was detected in the nearby Sein Creek which had a concentration level of 0.310ppm during the first trip.”All six hand pumps in the community, Mr. Goll said, were assessed but found no cyanide concentration, thus no impact on groundwater at the moment.Compared to the previous assessment, Mr. Goll noted that the free cyanide levels have decreased by 44 percent from 0.966ppm to 0.540ppm within the TSF. “It can be accepted considering the limit is 50mg/L in TSF according to International Cyanide Management Code,” he said.As a temporary measure to remedy the crisis, the EPA and CMT have authorized MNG to take some immediate actions. One of these is for the company to de-water the TSF that holds about 300,000 cubic meters of water under strict compliance with IFC standards and the Water Quality Guidelines of Liberia.“A third party has been hired to conduct compliance testing and monitoring during the de-watering process. This de-watering process is intended to access the full damage of the TSF in order to ensure comprehensive rehabilitation and repair,” Goll noted.MNG will construct a mini-dam (TSF) as an interim measure to continue its operations while the current TSF is being adequately repaired. However, the mini-dam is already part of the expansion plan developed by MNG.The CMT also indicated that out of the 34 persons hospitalized at Phebe Hospital, only 6 have required further examination and the rest have been discharged without any complication. “We have not received the latest medical report from the 6 persons but will inform the public once the doctor submits the details of the examination,” he indicated.MNG has provided food items (300 bags of rice, 4 cartons of chicken, 3 cartons of beef) and 4 poly tanks to supply clean and safe drinking water to the community for the month of October.MNG–Gold is a Turkish Mining company working in several parts of Kokoyah District in Bong County. The company took over from the American-Liberian Mining Company (Amlib) in 2013 following a mutual agreement between the two companies.The government, immediately upon the occurrence of the incident, organized the CMT, which has been working with MNG Gold and the community to amicably remedy the situation.The CMT is also responsible to ensure that the impact of the disaster does not leave any side effects, long or short-term, on the affected communities, especially their sources of water. The CMT also wants to ensure that such a situation does not happen again.The CMT will again visit the site on October 19 to continue its investigation. MMG-Gold suspended its operations since the incident on September 23.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

CALM WEATHER FORECAST FOR RNLI BOAT RUN

first_imgThe RNLI are holding a Boat Run tomorrow Sunday from Mountcharles to Mullinasole.by Paul O’ SullivanThe flotilla will leave the Big Pier at 3pm to arrive at the Mullinaole Pier. The event is open to all vessel; canoes, kayeks, rowing boats, dingies, half deckers etc.The Mountcharles and Inver Rowing clubs are participating.Those taking part are reminded that lifejackets MUST be worn.Please support the RNLI Lifeboats who have had one of their busiest summers ever including our local lifeboat in Bundoran.  CALM WEATHER FORECAST FOR RNLI BOAT RUN was last modified: September 6th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:boat rundonegalRNLIlast_img read more

FANCY A WEEKEND OF ADVENTURE ON STUNNING TORY ISLAND?

first_imgIt is one of Ireland’s most unexplored gems and there are so many Donegal people who have yet stepped foot on stunning Tory Island.Well now is your chance.For two weekends this summer, you have the chance to explore all this magical island has to offer. It’s less than an hour by ferry, but a trip to Tory is like stepping into another world.If you want to forget about your cares and worries and immerse yourself in an island which is rich in flora and fauna, simply get the details from the poster above.You’ll be glad you did.FANCY A WEEKEND OF ADVENTURE ON STUNNING TORY ISLAND? was last modified: April 25th, 2016 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:adventure weekenddonegalTory Islandlast_img read more

Graeme Souness blasts Paul Pogba’s attitude despite brilliant Man United display

first_img Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Every Championship club’s best signing of the decade, including Taarabt and Dack smart causal Pogba was outstanding against Young Boys REVEALED LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures 3 Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions “I think he’s treats football as a bit of a joke. I wonder if he trains properly every day, that’s a stab in the dark at one of the things he could improve.“I don’t see him having improved at all since the day he arrived, I still see flaws in him. I don’t see much difference in him from when he turned up.” Pogba doubles United’s lead from the spot Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? possible standings 3 RANKED But Liverpool legend Souness, who has been one of Pogba’s toughest critics, continues to question the Frenchman’s attitude and claims the World Cup winner treats football ‘like a joke’.Speaking after the Group H clash, the pundit said: “If he [Pogba] wants to become a star, someone who can run games, and wants people talk about him like he is a proper player, I think he’s got to show consistency, he’s got to show leadership and I think he’s got to change his attitude. BEST OF England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won silverware impact Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade Red Devils boss Jose Mourinho praised the character of his captain, who missed his last spot-kick against Burnley but stepped up in a crucial moment against Young Boys.“I like the player to have the courage to take a penalty after one that he missed,” Mourinho told MUTV. “I like that.“He missed against Burnley. The next penalty the team has, he is there to take it, to make it 2-0 and to kill the game for us.” Graeme Souness launched a scathing attack on Paul Pogba’s attitude despite his man of the match performance against Young Boys.The Manchester United midfielder was involved in all three goals during his side’s 3-0 Champions League victory in Switzerland, including a stunning left-footed strike to open the scoring and an emphatic penalty. Souness remains sceptical about Pogba MONEY 3last_img read more

‘OIL’ BE THERE FOR THE FINAL VOWS RIG WORKER

first_imgA Letterkenny man has vowed to get off a remote oil rig off the coast of Scotland in time to make it for the All-Ireland Final.Frankie Veldman works more than 180 miles north-east of Aberdeen in the North Sea.Frankie has been at every Donegal game this year bar one when he could not make due to offshore work commitments. But the Ard O’Donnell man says he will get to Croke Park on September 23rd – even if he has to swim!“I’m due to get off the day before and I’m hoping I can get a ticket and get to the match.“Hopefully the weather conditions will be okay and the work schedules and I can get of off in time.“The craic has been good here for the past couple of weeks and I have the flag flying in the rig here. “Hopefully it will still be flying when I get back to the rig and we’re All Ireland champions,” he said.Frankie works with another 120 workers on the Balmoral Oil Rig.The Letterkenny man is planning to make the trip to Dublin with his close friend Petie McGee from Meenmore in Dungloe and Petie’s daughter Noreen who is Frankie’s girlfriend. ‘OIL’ BE THERE FOR THE FINAL VOWS RIG WORKER was last modified: September 10th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:all-irelanddonegalFRankie Veldmanletterkennyoil riglast_img read more

THE MAGDALENE LAUNDRIES SCANDAL – JARLA’S VIEW

first_imgTHE MAGDALENE LAUNDRIES SCANDAL – JARLA’S VIEW was last modified: February 11th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:JarlaMagdalene Laundrieslast_img

Standings shuffled after crash-filled day

first_imgTALLADEGA, Ala. – Dale Jarrett’s voice was hoarse and choked with emotion. He had just won a frantic shootout to end a 98-race drought and steal the spotlight from NASCAR’s championship drivers. Jarrett, a hardened veteran, could hardly believe what had happened Sunday during a crash-filled race at Talladega Superspeedway that shuffled the points standings and moved Tony Stewart back on top of the Nextel Cup leaderboard. “When you get to this point of your career, you’re not exactly sure when that last victory is going to be there, so you learn to cherish each one,” Jarrett said. “It is very emotional. When I was coming down that backstretch, it was very emotional.” Jarrett, an also-ran most of the race, used a three-wide pass to challenge Tony Stewart for the lead on the final lap of a three-lap overtime shootout, then passed Stewart on the backstretch in the UAW-Ford 500 for his first victory since 2003 at the now-defunct North Carolina Speedway. “Everybody was talking about the top 10 cars in the Chase,” said crew chief Todd Parrott. “And the old faithful one here (Jarrett) kind of hanging around where he needed to hang around and to be around at the end and then to make the move that he did is pretty special. “Me and this guy have worked a lot of magic together and we’re not done.” Kyle Petty spun to bring out a caution before the leaders crossed the finish line, freezing the field. NASCAR then had to review tape to establish a final finishing order. The final decision had Stewart second and in the points lead after the third of 10 Chase for the Championship races. “The big picture is what we were worried about today,” Stewart said. “Even if we finished 10th and gained points, that was the big thing. I wish we could have won it, but if we couldn’t, I was glad to see DJ do it.” Matt Kenseth finished third and Ryan Newman was fourth. Stewart holds a four-point advantage over Newman – who originally thought he was the new points leader – after a race that shuffled the Chase standings. Meanwhile, Jimmie Johnson’s reputation and championship hopes were damaged after he was blamed for causing an early accident. Johnson, who started the day as the points leader, was involved in two accidents and dropped to fourth in the standings – 98 points back. Talladega is the wild card of NASCAR’s 10-race championship hunt. Because drivers are forced to use horsepower-sapping restrictor plates, the cars all run in one tight pack and the slightest bobble is capable of wiping out half the field. So it’s the one track where the 10 Chase drivers started the race knowing their title hopes could be crippled before the day was over. When the dust settled, at least five Chase drivers suffered some sort of accident-related damage and Johnson’s track record at Talladega had taken another huge hit – this time for a wreck he was involved in 20 laps into the race. It was here that Johnson started a 25-car accident in April that led Dale Earnhardt Jr. to call him an “idiot” and start a rash of backlash against Johnson’s perceived aggressive driving. This time, Johnson ran into the back of race-leader Elliott Sadler’s car, igniting a frightening eight-car accident that sent Michael Waltrip flipping down the track. The drivers involved widely blamed Johnson for the accident. “I’m really upset at Jimmie,” Sadler snapped. “I guess he’s trying to keep his streak alive – he caused a big wreck here last year and he caused a big one again this year. Maybe that’s his way of racing here at Talladega … try to get rid of everybody so he can win the race.” But Johnson wasn’t positive he was at fault. He believed he was pushed into Sadler when Earnhardt ran into the back of Johnson. Either way, he knew his reputation was taking a hit. “It’s real easy to sit on your couch and point fingers and say, `So-and-so did something wrong,’ ” Johnson said. “But until you are out there in these cars, at these speeds, and seeing all the near-misses and what is really going on, it is not worth forming an opinion.” Johnson’s accident ended the race for Chase driver Mark Martin, whose car was totaled. Martin came into the race fourth in the standings, but dropped to ninth after the race. “I’m glad this is over with,” Martin said. “I didn’t even work up a sweat.” Johnson was in a second eight-car accident that started when Newman hit Casey Mears. That accident damaged the cars of Chase drivers Rusty Wallace and Greg Biffle. Both were able to get back on the track to run for points, but Biffle knew it was fruitless. “We’ll just try to get as many points as we can and hope that Ryan makes a few more wrecks and we can gain some positions,” Biffle cracked. Stewart, meanwhile, climbed four spots in the standings after dropping out of the lead last week. He had spent seven weeks as the points leader before slipping to fifth coming into Talladega. For Jarrett, it was a victory that proved he may be on track to turn his slumping program around. He was reunited with Parrott last week and the two proved they still have chemistry. The two clicked from the start of their relationship, winning their very first race together, the 1996 Daytona 500. They went on to win 26 races, including a second Daytona 500, and the 1999 championship. But Parrott left at the end of the 2002 season and Jarrett has run through seven crew chief changes since. “You know, driver-crew chief relationships, if you get six good years, that is longer than a lot of marriages,” Jarrett said. “We do have a huge amount of respect for each other, and Todd has brought back a leadership that we haven’t seen since he left, really.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 last_img

Halloween Fest in Letterkenny set to be the biggest, best and scariest yet…………

first_imgShopLK brings the Halloween Fest to Letterkenny with fun and games for all. On Saturday 29th of October, the town centre will be filled with ghouls, ghosts and all kinds of wonderful costumes as the people of Letterkenny get ready to follow the trick or treat trail.Register for the Trick or treat Trail from 12.30pm at Market Square and bring the children on a fun filled trail round Letterkenny.Now in its 5th year the Halloween Fest is proving really popular with children and adults. Many of the shops on Main Street and beyond will take part in the Trick or Treat Trail giving out treats to all the families in fancy dress. Letterkenny CDP once again bring their Halloween Monster Bash to town along with the House of Fright Mares, Photo Booth, Fancy Dress Competition, Disco with DJ Scoop and lots more games, arts & crafts. The Letterkenny Shopping Centre and Retail parks are also getting involved with face-painting, family fun, pumpkin carving a lots more besides.After all that we have a Halloween parade lead by the Letterkenny Senior Accordion Band at 4pm with dancers, ghouls, ghosts and scary monsters parading to the Courtyard Shopping Centre where the prize winners will be announced.The President of Letterkenny Chamber, John Bowe, said, “We’re delighted to see how popular the Letterkenny Halloween Fest has become. It is great to see whole families out in town for the day dressed up in their creative costumes. The event is growing each year with the Retail Park, Letterkenny Shopping Centre, Main Street and The Courtyard Shopping Centre all involved making it a real community event. We look forward to seeing all the fabulous costumes on the day and we’ll be here to join in the fun.”This Halloween also meet St.Colmcille and hear the legend of the Súileach Monster (watch out the monster may be lurking about) plus hear many more tales from the warrior saint.  Lots of fun to be had trick of treating and who knows you may get selfies with the monster. Letterkenny Halloween Fest on Saturday 29th October includes all your favourite Halloween activities. Monsters, ghouls, ghosts and the trick or treat trail. So spend the whole afternoon in Letterkenny this Saturday for the best in Halloween fun.Halloween Fest in Letterkenny set to be the biggest, best and scariest yet………… was last modified: October 25th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more