Liberia

Senator George Weah greets his supporters during a campaign rally in Monrovia on Oct. 8. (Issouf Sanogo/AFP/Getty Images)

A Football God Is About to Become President of Liberia

Former AC Milan striker George Weah is revered in soccer-obsessed West Africa, but can he convince Liberians he’s smart enough for the top job?

Liberian President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf visits the Hall of Remembrance at the Yad Vashem Holocaust museum in Jerusalem, 19 November 2007. Johnson-Sirleaf is on an official visit to Israel. AFP PHOTO/MENAHEM KAHANA        (Photo credit should read MENAHEM KAHANA/AFP/Getty Images)

The Tearing Down of Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

The ghosts of Liberia’s civil war are stalking the country ahead of this week's election — and threatening the complicated legacy of the Nobel Peace Prize-winning president.

On this episode of The E.R., the Panel joins forces with Lawfare to have a conversation with Bob Bauer and A.B. Culvahouse.

Book Talk, Part II: “Madame President: The Extraordinary Journey of Ellen Johnson Sirleaf”

From inspiring young women leaders to forging relationships with the hardest hitters on the international stage, how will Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s legacy live on?

UN troopsand Liberian riot police take position on November 7, 2011 in Monrovia. Police shot dead up to four protestors during a rally in Monrovia, opposition leaders said on November 7 on the eve of a run-off vote they accuse President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of rigging.  Shooting erupted after anti-riot police and UN peacekeepers using water cannons tried to block an unauthorized march by thousands of demonstrators supporting the opposition challenger Winston Tubman of the Congress for Democratic Change (CDC) party. AFP PHOTO / ISSOUF SANOGO (Photo credit should read ISSOUF SANOGO/AFP/Getty Images)

How the U.N. Silenced Liberia’s Press

Instead of fostering independent media, the U.N. monopolized the post-war airwaves and paid reporters for friendly PR.

USA first lady Michelle Obama (L) looks on as she visits a woman education program in Monrovia on June 27, 2016.
US First Lady Michelle Obama told girls in Liberia on Monday to fight to stay in school, as she visited the west African country where the vast majority drops out due to financial pressures. / AFP / ZOOM DOSSO        (Photo credit should read ZOOM DOSSO/AFP/Getty Images)

Liberia’s Education Fire Sale

Everyone knew the country's public school system was a mess — but nobody thought the government would try to fold up shop.

A Liberian health worker holds a baby infected with the Ebola virus on October 18, 2014 at the NGO Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders) Ebola treatment center in Monrovia. The death toll in the world's worst-ever Ebola outbreak has shot past 4,500, killing at least half of the more than 9,000 people infected, fresh World Health Organization figures showed on October 17. AFP PHOTO / ZOOM DOSSO        (Photo credit should read ZOOM DOSSO/AFP/Getty Images)

The Ebola Rape Epidemic No One’s Talking About

When the outbreak hit West Africa, fevers spiked – and so did rates of teenage pregnancy.

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How Liberia’s Latest Ebola Case Slipped Through the Cracks

Just weeks after the country was declared Ebola-free, the newest case of the deadly virus revealed worrying shortfalls in its ability to prevent another outbreak.

MONROVIA, LIBERIA - AUGUST 19:  A resident washes his hands in chlorinated water at a public bathroom in the West Point slum on August 19, 2014 in Monrovia, Liberia. An holding center in West Point for people suspected of having the Ebola virus was overrun and shut down by a crowd on August 16. The Ebola virus has killed more than 1,000 people in four African nations, more in Liberia than any other country.  (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

Want to Fight Ebola? Help Liberia Invest in Toilets.

Preventing epidemics in the developing world starts with a focus on basic hygiene.

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How Cuba Could Stop the Next Ebola Outbreak

West Africa’s medical system was brought within an inch of its life by a devastating epidemic. But Havana could help nurse it back to health.

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What Did the U.S. Learn From Ebola? How to Prepare for Bioterrorist Attacks

The United States prepared for an Ebola crisis that never came. What it learned in the process was that it's not yet ready to confront a bioterrorist attack.

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Ebola’s Toll Was Horrific. It Could Have Been Much Worse

Hundreds of thousands infected. Tens of billions of dollars lost. Africa’s Ebola outbreak looked apocalyptic, but an unprecedented global response kept the worst from happening.

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An Empty, Underused Medical Outpost Could Be the Future of the Ebola Fight

John Nel was sent to build a lifesaving Ebola clinic in the middle of the Liberian jungle. It opened too late to help fight this outbreak, but could help prevent a new one.

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‘We Are Fighting an Enemy, and the Enemy Is Ebola’

Maj. Gen. Gary Volesky's 2,500 soldiers have spent months battling a rampant killer in Liberia. Is the fight over, or has the front line shifted?

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