Kevin in Liberia

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I know not which is most profitable to me, health or sickness, wealth or poverty, nor anything else in the world. That discernment is beyond the power of men or angels, and is hidden among the secrets of your Providence, which I adore, but do not seek to fathom. ~ a prayer by Blaise Pascal

Saturday, October 01, 2005

Election Business...Here Come the Brick Layers

Well, its almost election time here in Liberia and its exciting to see the birth of a new democracy. Tension about the election has been supplemented by a new twist brought on by none other than the Freemasons themselves. Here's my interpretation, and i believe to be a fairly accurate account, of what is going down over here in Liberia with regards to the upcoming elections. There was a deadline for all the presidential candidates to have all their paperwork in to the National Election Commission (NEC) with regards to applying as an official candidate to run for President of Liberia. Two candidates, which have been barred from running in the election, have filed appeals with the Supreme Court (yes, there is one over here - a bunch of the members of which are Freemasons)and the appeals are actually being upheld even though their applications were past the deadline. The one thing that gives this thing a bit of a twist is that this whole deal with upholding these appeals goes against a peace agreement that was signed in Ghana that brought end to 14 years of civil war. If these two candidates end up running for President then the NEC will have to reprint all the ballots and re-distribute them to all the remote locations within Liberia, allowing Gyude Bryant, current interim President (and Freemason), to retain power for that much longer and perhaps skim some more money while he's in power...if he hasn't done enough of that already. The dilemma comes when you have this piece of international legislation that has been signed (the peace agreement) that sets out electoral guidelines and then you have this national body (the Liberian Supreme Court)driven by a bunch of power-mongers (the Freemasons) making decisions whose results will run counter to what this piece of international legislation explicitly lays out. Certain individuals at the NEC are positive that the Freemasons are behind all of this. What the actual goals of a move like this are still remains to be seen. There are enough Freemason candidates in the election that the chances of one of them getting elected are pretty good so its going to be interesting to see when the final results are in.

Another twist that is very interesting is that, if I have my stories correct, the Head of ECOWAS was supposed to be at a meeting with the NEC in Monrovia here but instead he was nowhere to be found except in Nigeria meeting with the current interim President Mr. Gyude Bryant. If my memory serves me correctly there is another man of power from Liberia who is exiled in Nigeria. Very interesting.

Its always interesting to read on the web about how the Freemasons get involved with politics but its extra interesting to me to see them pulling these dirty moves right in front of your eyes.

Anyways, a post about our geo-caching adventure at the Bong Mines and a couple pictures will follow...