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Gambia Electoral Reform Support 

In Gambia, Yahya Jammeh's political party,
The APRC is the only party allowed access to the National Radio and Television Network.
The APRC is the only party allowed use of government vehicles for election campaigns.
The APRC requires all government employees to support and vote for the party during elections or risk termination and dismissal.........................more













Trust Launches The Gambia’s First Escrow Service  - NiaNia Touray  Gambia................................more

Prudent Trust Company Limited is a
PrivateInvestment Management firm specializing...............
..more

Maafanta Interview With NDT

We caught up with Prudent Trust Co-founder Niania Dabo Touray on vacation in DC. And again , it 's all about Prudent! - She spoke to Fatou Jaw Manneh a little bit about herself and her company.......................more 

Petition to Disinvite Gambian President Yahya Jammeh

Petition by Fatou Jaw Manneh

Petition to Disinvite Gambian President Yahya Jammeh ........................more

I read Pharmacy for one year at Uppsala University and later proceeded to read Bio-medicine and Public Health.......more

BREAKING OMERTÀby Jainaba Bah, Sweden..........more

BREAKING OMERTÀ – PART II:

by Jainaba Bah, Sweden...........more

BREAKING OMERTÀ: (Part III) 

Jainaba Bah (Sweden)................more



BREAKING OMERTÀ:

In Response to Modou Sarho’s (Dumo) Last Balang Baa Article (Part III)

Jainaba Bah (Sweden)

This article is dedicated to Abdoulaye Wopa Krubally. Wopa, the abandoned one! May your soul rest in perfect peace! Aameen!.............more

 

BREAKING OMERTÀ -  PART IV: In response to Modou Sarho’s (Dumo) Last Balang Baa Article.   By Jainaba Bah (Sweden)..............more


BREAKING OMERTÀ - PART V:

In response to Modou Sarho’s (Dumo) Last Balang Baa Article.

By Jainaba Bah (Sweden)

Recent dramatic events have made me consider whether it is worth continuing this narrative. The unknown fate of Imam Baba Leigh, the spine chilling revelations of Bai Lowe on Freedom .................................................more

INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY – 2013

By Jainaba Bah, Sweden.................more

 

OMERTA SERIES

by Lamin J Darboe

In Response to Alfa Jallow on the Jainaba Bah “Breaking Omerta” series...........more

Fatou Sagnia Proudly displays banner, New York demonstrations

Never be afraid of the qualities that set you apart. Don't consider shrinking to fit in with others...Don't court other's acceptance, rise up to your full height. Swell out and take up your due space...Beware of the 'imposter syndrome',this is incredibly common and is utterly disastrous for your moral and ability to perform at your best. Whoever you are don't ever short-change yourself in your own self-appraisal. Don't ever fall short, hike up the extra inches...Success doesn't thrive on self-doubt, whether you are running the show or planning to , what's required is confidence, courage and the ability not to give a damn about what people thinks of you...Just be you and stand tall. !!! --

Rohey Yata Smith, Manchester, UK

Operation Girls Catch Yaya

by Fatou Jaw Manneh

 (maafanta archives - 2010).................more


Halipha can't you see?
by Fatou Jaw Manneh...........more

Fatou Jaw Manneh, Publisher ,maafanta.com

I am Gambian
by Fatou Jaw Manneh.......more 

Senegal You Make Us Proud
by Fatou Jaw Manneh.........more 

Happy Birthday Mr. President

by Fatou Jaw Manneh....more 
Thank you all  for signing the
petitionIt has and is reaching all
targets. Thank you all so much
Please sign
Stop Gambian
President Yaya
Jammeh Now
ADD YOUR NAME signon.org......more

"Like all  egomaniacs, he is
the opposite of greatness.
He is a petty, aggrieved, insecure, venal, paranoiac, pernicious,

depraved, intolerant, crass, corrupt, deceptive, dishonest, avaricious,
intemperate, dishonorable,
untrustworthy, misinformed, semiliterate, inarticulate, thuggish,
malcontent, violent, tribalist,
lying little man. Someone needs
to tell him that the Holy Quran is not
for carrying around."
- Foday Samateh   on Yaya Jammeh

A Blueprint for a Post-Jammeh Gambia   -  by Dr.Abdoulaye  Saine

IntroductionYahya Jammeh's decision to carry out nine death sentences of forty-seven death-row  inmates on August 26, 2012, is outrageous! It is simply senseless! But Jammeh's rule and decisions have hardly made sense to most right-thinking individuals........more

THE JAMMEH REGIME: BLIND PATRIOTISM AND THE WILLFULLY IGNORANT - by Ousainu Mbenga, Wash, D.C....more

We should attack Yaya
Jammeh from all
fronts 
saysSenegalese
NGOs and  SENEGALESE
HUMAN RIGHTS GROUPS
.........................................
more

"Africa needs a new type of
citizen: A dedicated, modest,
honest, informed man and woman
who submerge self in service
to the nation and mankind.
A man and woman who abhor greed and detest vanity. A new type of man
and woman whose humility is his
and her strength and whose integrity is his and her greatness" -
Nkrumah.

Culture and Customs   of Gambia by  Dr. Abdoulaye Saine

Gambian News Online/Resources/Funstuff

These sites bring you all the news you need to know from the Gambia.

freedomnewspaper.com

hellogambia.com

gainako.com

thegambiaecho.com

senegambianews.com

thegambianbanker.comafricac.org

Thagambiadispatch

TheGDProject


These sites are very important to us. 

We get some news and inspiration from them.

The Oped Project

The Huffington Post

Confusedeagle.livejournal.com

Greatwomenspeakers.com

Allafrica.comIWMFAfricac.org


STGDP

CPJ

IFJ

BBC

Amnesty International

Gambian constitution

AU Charter

UN Charter

Human Rights Watch

For all the funstuff and Extraswww.funnyjunk.comwww.

howstuffworks.com

African Princess Rohey Yata Smith

The story of an African dictator that was once a hero (The Mugabes and the Gaddafis')  

by Fatoumatta Sanyang (YoungAfrica) 

Dictatorship is not a foreign concept in Africa. That being said, there are a lot of ...........more

The Cost of Africa’s Inferiority Complex (1) 

By Honourable Saka

According to one estimate, African girls of today spend more money on fashion than what they spend on books and food combined.......more

Six Pillars of Character

T rustworthiness
R espect
R esponsibility
F airness
C aring
C itizenship

“Seven Deadly Sins
Wealth without work
Pleasure without conscience
Science without humanity
Knowledge without character
Politics without principle
Commerce without morality
Worship without sacrifice.”
Mahatma Gandhi

THE LEGACY OF SATANG  JOBARTEH


A person may be measured by his or her talents while he or she lives and by his or her friends when he or she dies. ...............more

A New Book on The Gambia to be released this month

A new book on The Gambia, State and Society in The Gambia Since Independence: 1965-2012 will be released shortly. Published by the USA based Africa World Press, this massive volume (686 pages) is edited by Professor Abdoulaye Saine, Drs Ebrima Ceesay and Ebrima Sall.........................more

GrandMa Sirreh hosting the Maafanta Impressive People of 2012 awards.  

The Maafanta Impressive People Of The Year Awards. And the winners   Areeeeeeeee........

.................more

 

The names are in alphabetical order: 

Bayo, Sheikh Sidia – head of CNTG

Bojang-Sissoho, Amie – Programme officer ...............................................more

by D.A.Jawo

“Behold the turtle. He only makes progress when he sticks his neck out.”James Bryant Conant (1893-1978); Chemist, Educational Administrator


Business Dreamers

 - Ansu Saho, Indonesia..................more

Maafanta Awards. I Am Thrilled!

-  Jainaba Bah

Dear Fatou!

I would like to seize the occasion and wish all Maafanta's readership a much rewarding year!
Congratulations for being the first Gambian woman to give our people a platform where they can have a voice of their own, without fear or intimidation. In my book you are No. 1. You deserve a warm applause!
I am much thrilled and humbled by the award I received from Maafanta.People, sometimes say they don't deserve awards they are given, when they don't mean it.Whatever the motivation behind this one, I happily accept it and I am content. 
Thank you for jump-starting my year with such a thrilling experience.
Simply Amazing!
Best wishes/Jai

Happy New Year Maafanta!

Dear Sister Fatou,

As we say goodbye to 2012 and welcoming 2013, I wish to convey a special message of togetherness in this little struggle of ours.......................more

“Just because something isn't a lie does not mean that it isn't deceptive. A liar knows that he is a liar, but one who speaks mere portions of truth in order to deceive is a craftsman of destruction.”   ― Criss Jami

Falling on Fertile Grounds: the rise of drug-trafficking and the role of CSOs in West Africa

Afia Asare Kyei is the Law, Justice and Human Rights Programme Manager at the Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA) .....................more


CULTIVATING 

SENE - GAMBIA : 

A NATION OF THINKERS

By: Ousainou Mbenga

The process to cultivate such an honorable nation must not be confined to the isolated .............more






"What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead.”  Nelson Mandela 

Dear Sister Fatou,

I send this Happy New year greetings to you,family and working mates at Maafanta in the name of our Banjul community organisation.Your solidarity and support to our organisational initiative and community which happened to be the capital of the Gambia is an example that will be recounted when the history of our efforts will be written in the future.May the new year bring with it the best for you ,family and friends.You are following on the glorious path in the history of the best of our African Women Ancestors.
Provisional Chairman , Pappa Ousman Alieu Jeng
..............................................................................
Thanks Papa Jeng. Banjul is our Nation's capital. It's upkeep is our collective responsibility. 
Thanks for the initiative!!! - Fatou

If you think you're too small to have an impact, try going to bed with a mosquito. 

Anita Roddick 





 

Africa: Where black is not really beautiful

By Pumza Fihlani

BBC News, Johannesburg .............more

Pa Malick Faye and international protection

by Lamin J Darbo ,UK

Since his sudden and unceremonious dismissal as Managing Director, Pa Malick Faye (Pa Malick) must have been dealing with the acute conundrum of the lie he lived all these years as a staffer of the pro-government Daily Observer (DO) newspaper.......................more

PROOF! SOURSOP FRUIT KILLS CANCER.

Raymond Kirlew, Yvonne Kirlew of Discovery Bay, St Ann, and Florida radio host Dr Dennis Grant, hold leaves and a soursop from the soursop tree behind them....................................more

What Happened to Banjul? - 

My Story - Part II

By Momodou Ndow

A city is a relatively dense and permanent settlement. They were initially formed as central places of trade for the benefit of citizens living in close proximity to each other. Such form of living facilitates all sorts of interactions. .............................................more

“Senegal can hold its head up high today,” said Alioune Tine of the Dakar-based African Assembly for the Defense of Human Rights (RADDHO). “My country is setting an example for Africa by showing that Africans can take care of their own problems. The time when brutal despots could just take their bank accounts and move next door is coming to an end.”

GAMBIA DEMOCRATIC ACTION GROUP (GDAG) AND SAVE THE GAMBIA DEMOCRACY PROJECT ANNOUNCE THE LAUNCHING OF A NATIONAL CONFERENCE

Contact Information:

Alkali Conteh:contehalkali@yahoo.com

Musa Jeng: Jengfann@yahoo.com

Pa Samba Jow: jowfara@msn.com

GDAG and STGDP are excited to announce the launch of a national conference dubbed GAMBIAN CONFERENCE FOR DEMOCRACY AND GOOD GOVERNANCE to be held in Raleigh, North Carolina from May 18, 2013 to May 19, 2013........................more

Maafanta Attention

Dear Fatou,
I am Dr. Alhasan Ceesay of Njawara village and a novice writer. I would like to draw Maafanta's attention to the work I am involved with villagers in the region since my return to the Gambia in 1992. Here is how to get info relating to it.
My web site is: friendsofmandinggambimed.btck.co.uk 
Books can be viewed on entering: Dr. Alhasan Ceesay/books; and google search
Alhasan Ceesay/book/PublishAmerica.com and Alhasan Ceesay/books/amazon.com
Fatou my efforts have since returning to our beloved land been trying to bring relief to villagers. Hence with help of foreign doctors I have treated more 9000 villagers free ofcharge despite difficulties within. A third of sales of each of my books go to support NGO: Manding Medical Centre at Njawara. Helping expose our effort may just be the light we need at the end of the tunnel in bringing much needed medical relief to rural Gambia. Please feel free to contact me on 44+7556092403 any time convinience as we all committed to the Gambia. Thanks for taking time to review our rquest.
Yours Sincerely
Dr. Alhasan Ceesay, MD 

You make us all proud already Dr. Ceesay!

God bless - FatouJM

The hypocrite's crime is that he bears false witness against himself.  What makes it so plausible to assume that hypocrisy is the vice of vices is that integrity can indeed exist under the cover of all other vices except this one.  Only crime and the criminal, it is true, confront us with the perplexity of radical evil; but only the hypocrite is really rotten to the core.  ~Hannah Arendt, On Revolution, 1963

Regina Mariama Manneh





 

 

Yahya Jammeh’s Charnel House

By MATTHEW OMOLESKY from the FEBRUARY 2013 issue

Human rights theater, like the global outcry over Gambia’s death penalty, only obscures the real nature of lawless, despotic rule................................more

picture : courtesy of  Godfrey Mwampembwa


The Gambia: An overview of Yahya Jammeh military regime’s horrible legacy

By Mathew K Jallow

The story I wanted to write this week was going to be extremely flattering, yet not superfluous.........more

Updated List

Gambia Independence Celebrations. February 18 , 2013. We have nothing to celebrate

Below is our predicament:...............more

Say No To Yaya Jammeh

15 WRONG REASONS TO GET MARRIED!

==========================
1. You must not get married because of lust.
2. Infatuation (Love at first sight- sudden love)
3. Just liking the idea of marriage. It's just like joining the Army because you like the uniform. Nobody joins the army with a promise that he won't go to war.........more 


"""""Just about any head of state with average ambition can build schools, roads and hospitals. What sets Yahya Jammeh apart is his misplaced self-image as a man of destiny gliding on the sweeping wave of history. Listening to him, an act of unbearable mental torture, one hears a jumble of crude vocabulary of a self-anointed republican, patriot, nationalist, field marshal, prophet, genius, shaman and humanitarian. A breathing definition of a multiple personality disorder. He wants to impress upon his audience that he doesn’t only embody the dreams and spirit of the nation but attains a greatness so unique that it defies all categorizations and comparisons. That he is a one-off phenomenon in all the vestiges and vistas of time.

Such blinding if not archaic hubris and heroic pretensions are quite familiar. Like all egomaniacs, he is the opposite of greatness. He is a petty, aggrieved, insecure, venal, paranoiac, pernicious, depraved, intolerant, crass, corrupt, deceptive, dishonest, avaricious, intemperate, dishonorable, untrustworthy, misinformed, semiliterate, inarticulate, thuggish, malcontent, violent, tribalist, lying little man. Someone needs to tell him that the Holy Quran is not for carrying around. The sacred Revelation is not a prop for gimmicky display of piety. The Words of the Almighty are meant for recitation to acquire wisdom and guidance. If this ignoramus really knows how to read the Book of all books, he would be doing so every morning and night on national television and leading every Friday prayer at the State House mosque. Just like he is no professor or doctor of any sort, he is no sheikh. He is an empty pretender. A vain extrovert infected with infantile and fetish need for attention. From his overdressing, raving and ranting to uncouth mannerisms, the sane mind is conflicted over determining whether he is a scarecrow or clown with the keys to the highest office in the land.""""' -  Foday Samateh on Yaya Jammeh


IN MEMORY OF THE FALLEN HEROS ON APRIL 10TH/11TH
by Jainaba Bah

Flowers for you! 

The young valiant students; 
Who in seeking justice defied arms & authority
You threw yourselves in harm's way 
This was before any Arab Spring, 
You walked the path of Sharpville & Soweto
Embracing bullets and making the ultimate sacrifice
Who said the Gambian is a coward? 
Rest in perfect peace!



Thank you Maafanta and Hellogambia

This is to say a big thank you to ‘Maafanta’ and ‘Hello Gambia’ for publishing my article on Autism...................................more









A PERSPECTIVE ON 1981 COUP DETAT 

* The attempted Gambian coup d'etat of 30 July 1981
A 1991 Paper

By Arnold Hughes

Three decades have passed since the abortive coup d'etat in The Gambia,...................more









FAB FASHION: SENEGALESE/GAMBIAN REGINA MANNEH EMERGES AS THE FACE OF AFRICA FASHION WEEK LONDON 2013...........more

Thank You Maafanta

Dear Fatou,

Thank you for publishing our request with regards to Manding Medical Centre in Maafanta. The villagers and all patients who chance to benefit from your particiption remain forever grateful to you and the Gambia is proud of daughters like you. Bravo and keep in touch. On behalf of the villagers and myself please accept our profound gratitude for exposing our dream to the world. Regards.  My web site is: friendsofmandinggambimed.btck.co.uk
Dr. Alhasan Ceesay, MD







THE AU DECLARATIONS 

FINAL PRESS RELEASE OF THE 21ST ORDINARY SESSION OF THE SUMMIT OF THE AFRICAN UNION
SUMMARY OF KEY DECISIONS ADOPTED BY THE ASSEMBLY OF HEADS OF STATE AND GOVERNMENT......................more 

From Sainey Faye





New media law passed is in violation of the Banjul Charter. 

African [Banjul] Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights, adopted June 27, 1981, OAU Doc. ..................................more

Welcome Address on May 17, 2013 by Eugene Weeks, Mayor Protem , Raleigh

WELCOME!

On behalf of the members of the Raleigh City Council and the more than 415,000 residents of Raleigh, I would like to welcome you as you gather in...........................more





 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The Raleigh Accord.

Raleigh, North Carolina U.S.A. May 19 2013:  The three-day Gambia Conference on Democracy and Good Governance organized by GDAG, STGDP, and DUGA successfully concluded in Raleigh,...........................more





Fatou Jaw Manneh

Raleigh Presentation

Good Afternoon Ladies and Gentlemen:

When I got the request and invitation to present a paper on Gambian journalism, I sent word to Gambian journalists on the ground for input lest...........more

Photo: STGDP Chief Banka Manneh

The Raleigh Accord:

That GDAG, STGDP, DUGA convened a conference in Raleigh North Carolina from the 17th to the 19th May 2013 to bring together the key players in the field (heads of political parties, politicians, civil society, and the media to dialogue and consult on the way forward...............more



Behind every great man , is a great woman. With every good organization as GDAG , are great women. Thank you Madam Alkali Conteh, Sophie Seye Conteh and team , for the wonderful meals throughout the  STGDP/GDAG/DUGA conference in North Carolina. The hospitality is great. We are all very grateful. Thank you Madam Conteh






 

Nancy McFarlane,  Mayor of Raleigh,  Declares May 17, Gambia Day 

Nancy McFarlane, Mayor of Raleigh,North Carolina, signed a proclamation declaring May 17, 2013, GAMBIA DAY.

PROCLAMATION...................more

Congressman David Price

Remarks at the Gambia Conference for Democracy and Good Governance

May 18, 2013

 It is my pleasure to welcome you to Raleigh and St. Augustine’s University this  morning and offer you some brief words of encouragement as you begin what I hope will be a productive conference....................more







GAMBIA: PRINCIPAL ACT RAISES SERIOUS HUMAN RIGHTS CONCERNS

Gambia: Principal Act raises serious human rights concerns-   Date Published: 7 May 2013
...................................more


AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL

PRESS RELEASE

5 July 2013

The Gambia: New bill stifles online dissent

A new bill in the Gambia which could impose lengthy prison sentences and hefty fines for criticising government officials on the internet is an outrageous attack on freedom of expression, Amnesty International said.............................more









The Gambia’s Silenced Dissent

Fatou Jaw Manneh

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Book Review: Defeating Dictators by George Ayittey

Georg Ayittey. Defeating Dictators.  New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2011, 288pp. Hardcover $18.10 ISBN-13: 978-0230108592............................more

Ayittey on Steering Committee

Yes, I heard about your national conference in Raleigh.

I am glad that you decided to form the National Consultative Committee (NCC) (Steering Committee) but it must be guided by some strict rules; otherwise it will become ineffective and could be hijacked...............................more










African Narco News -  On Gambia

Inside A $1 Billion West African Cocaine Cartel

........................................more


Amended Gambian media law restricts Internet freedom

Abuja, Nigeria, July 10, 2013--

The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns an amendment to a media law adopted by the Gambian ...................................more











Deborah Mbye keeps hope alive for jailed husband Brigadier General  Omar Mbye (OB Mbye ) sentenced to death in The Gambia.

Deborah Burns Mbye is a British citizen married ...........................................more







List of murdered, incarcerated, exiled and forced disappeared Gambians -

compiled by Mathew K Jallow

Gambians kidnapped from Dakar Senegal 2013

Mahawa Cham, abducted from Dakar, whereabouts unknown

Saul Ndow, abducted from Dakar, whereabouts unknown............more





AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL
PUBLIC STATEMENT

Gambia: No Compromise on Human Rights: ..................more








Twinkle Twinkle my Little Moroccan star
by Fatou Jaw Manneh

Twinkle twinkle my little Moroccan star.

Now I wonder where the hell you are................................more








The Gambia’s Internet Law: RSF very disturbed, Amnesty International shocked - frontpageinternational

The free press and free expression agency, Reporters Without Borders, RSF, has said it is very disturbed by The Gambia’s new Information and Communication (amendment)Act 2013 – which imposes lengthy jail term and heavy fines for persons “spreading false news” on the internet...............more

The Gambia’s new Information and Communication (amendment)Act 2013 bill.

by Fatou Jaw Manneh

Here comes another cruel bill from Yaya Jammeh and his new Information Minister Nana Grey Johnson. We will kill it! In the name of Ramadan. So help us God!......................more

Senegalo Gambia Game 6 : Senegal - 11, La Gambie - 1

by Fatou Jaw Manneh

Voila!!! Yes a bridge is going to be planted in the River Gambia. Waye waye –Kai –Kai  Macky– Waye Macky. Mbaa Yansi Jamma? Daydate Amuuffi-dehh. 

Lo Buggarekk –Na-Nekk-Jamma. Bridge? Jayllal, Jaylllal. Plot of land? Here we go! You can have all of Serrekunda! Who? Salifu Sarjo? I will catch him myself Macky. I never said you harbor my enemies. Heh? Njehh Reggut Waff- Dehh.................................more

GAMBIA PRESS UNION

PRESS STATEMENT 

GPU concerned over new communication legislation ...........................more

The Daily Observer Founder Kenneth Y Best's statement to the International Press Institute


Dear Sasu:
I wish to thank you and Bethel sincerely for this powerful statement on the Gambian parliament's terrible Act against ................more


The Best Advice I Ever Had

A Tribute to My Sainted Mother, Mrs. Lilian Best, Delivered at the American Embassy on Mother’s Day, 2010, at the Invitation of Ambassador Linda Thomas Greenfield


By Kenneth Y. Best ( Founder of The Daily Observer , Gambia and Liberia).............more


The Man Who Revolutionized Gambian Media

Reflections on Kenneth Y. Best

By Cherno Baba Jallow

In late 1992, a year after graduating from the Sixth Form, I visited the Daily Observer’s offices in Bakau seeking employment as a reporter. .................................more

ZAINAB PILFERING & SPENDING OUR MONEY

by Baobab Girl, Gambia

Dear Fatou Jaw Manneh,

You are right in dragging your heels to write about our money pinching first lady. It has been long overdue. All the same I would like join you in that venture.........................more








The Week's News Recap

The 68th UN General Assembly , New York

Team Yaya Jammeh versus Team Diaspora

by Fatou Jaw Manneh...........................more

Yaya Jammeh and his Mandinka problem - 

by Fatou Jaw Manneh
Yaya Jammeh and his entourage after being beaten up by New York protesters went back home to the Gambia fuming and ready for revenge...........................more



"What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead.”  Nelson Mandela 

The Prayers continue

".........regardless of the measure of Western responsibility for Africa's mess, it is clear that the future of Africa lies in the hands of African leaders. Thus far, individually and collectively, they have been more prone to hide behind the past than to take responsibility for the present."-    Samantha Power

The Hypocrisy of Fatou Camara

by  Musa Camara

“Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of human freedoms — to choose one's attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one's own way” Viktor E. Frankl..............................more










The full text of  Secretary General Momodou Sabally's Anti- UNDP, Mandingko, UK, US and patriotic Gambians. 

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How the "struggle" against Jammeh could end up producing low caliber leaders   -  By Sutay Kuta Sanneh, UK......................more











"Mccarthy square happens to be his palm oil outlet and pot is 7 dalasis that is what makes me laugh. As the head of state you should be more concerned about protecting domestic businesses not to be competing with them." 

 - Serious Boy Ablie Njie writes to Maafanta!

Dear Aunty Fatou of Maafanta. You and I don't know each other,  but I've read and heard a lot about you and to be quite honest, you inspire me a lot. .....................................more










Most of you have no idea what Martin Luther King actually did          -    Daily Kos

This will be a very short diary. It will not contain any links or any scholarly references. It is about a very narrow topic, from a very personal, subjective perspective.............more 

MEMORIES OF THE BLADE
By Oumie Sissokho
It is indeed with utmost displeasure for almost every victim of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) to remember the feelings of pain, anxiety, sadness, anger and distrust associated with a brutal act perpetrated against one in the name of a custom. ..............more








What's On - Gambia
PHOTO OF THE DAY: Welcome to the smiling coast








Thank you!

Dear Fatou,
Thank you so much for allowing us to post the Big Dreams Incorporated Back to School giveaway add on your website. It was a successful event, ...............more
Everybody is a Genius. But If You Judge a Fish by Its Ability to Climb a Tree, It Will Live Its Whole Life Believing that It is Stupid.---  Albert Einstein



THE OUTREACH

Oumie: Greetings and welcome to The Maafanta Outreach Program. As you might be aware, the Outreach is a new interactive and educative initiative that seeks to reach out to individuals and organizations ...........more


Greetings, readers and well-wishers of Maafanta, I am delighted to inform you that we have a new program. It is "the Outreach"- On a monthly basis,

 This program is to share, learn, inspire and give more to our communities and countries. Should any of you have an individual or organizations worth learning from, kindly do inform us and we will reach out to them. It’s about us. Together, we can do better. 

Thank you.

Oumie Sissokho Maafanta Facebookpage Editor

The Crab Revolution (Part 1)

By Demba Njie, Sweden

The Gambian revolution, which is going on right now, is one of the most complicated revolutions that has ever happened in the world. Everyone wants to be a leader and want it to be in his or her own way, ...................................more

CORDEG chief

Dr. Abdoulaye Saine

talks to Aisha Bittaye


Maafanta.com publisher assigned me for an interview with Dr. Abdoulaye Saine, new chairman of CORDEG.Having heard of his name and read some of his scholarly work on African Politics and Democratization, as a ...........................more




THE OUTREACH

INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY 2014 WITH STUDENTS FROM NATIONAL CHENGCHI UNIVERSITY, TAIPEI, TAIWAN

By Oumie Sissokho

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Something is still rotten in the state of Gambia

By Foday Samateh

maafanta archives

Yahya Jammeh and his diehard supporters can slaughter hundred or thousand cows for a merry feast...................more

Africa Progress Report 2013

The Africa Progress Panel (APP) chaired by former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan just released the 2013 .............more

To be King or not to be King -- that is the question. - from maafanta archives

ByFoday Samateh...........more

If We Must Die
By Claude McKay
If we must die, let it not be like hogs
Hunted and penned in an inglorious spot,
While round us bark the mad and hungry dogs,
Making their mock at our accursèd lot.
If we must die, O let us nobly die,
So that our precious blood may not be shed
In vain; then even the monsters we defy
Shall be constrained to honor us though dead!
O kinsmen! we must meet the common foe!
Though far outnumbered let us show us brave,
And for their thousand blows deal one death-blow!
What though before us lies the open grave?
Like men we’ll face the murderous, cowardly pack,
Pressed to the wall, dying, but fighting back!

“Within a system which denies the existence of basic human rights, fear tends to be the order of the day. Fear of imprisonment, fear of torture, fear of death, fear of losing friends, family, property or means of livelihood, fear of poverty, fear of isolation, fear of failure. A most insidious form of fear is that which masquerades as common sense or even wisdom, condemning as foolish, reckless, insignificant or futile the small, daily acts of courage which help to preserve man's self-respect and inherent human dignity. It is not easy for a people conditioned by fear under the iron rule of the principle that might is right to free themselves from the enervating miasma of fear. Yet even under the most crushing state machinery courage rises up again and again, for fear is not the natural state of civilized man.”
― Aung San Suu Kyi, Freedom from Fear

To be King or not to be King -- that is the question.
By Foday Samateh - maafanta archives June 2010

We are supposed to believe that a brazen plot of power-grab concocted in the State House in Banjul is a yearning call of a grateful nation on their benevolent President to accept the crown of a benign King...................................more

Happy Birthday Mr. President
by Fatou Jaw Manneh - from maafanta archives
Happy birthday Yaya Jammeh
How old are you now Yaya Jammeh?47? 
I pray that you live to a 150 years.................more

Oral statements of Amnesty International to the African Commission on Gambia
Amnesty International made a number of oral statements to the African Commission on Gambia.
They are available online for your information:
- statement on torture: http://www.amnesty.org/en/library/info/AFR01/007/2014/en
- statement on human rights defenders: http://www.amnesty.org/en/library/info/AFR01/005/2014/en
- statement on freedom of expression: http://www.amnesty.org/en/library/info/AFR01/009/2014/en
A common thread to these statements is that Gambia continues to fail to implement African Commission resolutions. ..................more

"No army can defeat youths that will not give up on their dream of freedom and a better country" Says Sam Phatey.........more
We raised 152,000.00. Thank you
Fund For Hope
Statement from Haddy Mbow.............more

Fatou Jaw-Manneh is a Gambian journalist and activist who received political asylum from the United States in 1994 and has lived in the U.S. ever since. She is a well-known member of the Gambian community in the U.S. and runs the popular news and politics website Maafanta.com............................more

 From maafanta 

archives  Some thoughts on "This Struggle”

By Fatou Jaw Manneh
Few years after the  military took over in The Gambia in 1994, I was tipped off by some Daily Observer journalists that part of the junta was in Washington, D.C. to lay a case before the US government about their legitimacy. I was given their address and I met with the ..............................................more

Government is instituted for the common good; for the protection, safety, prosperity, and happiness of the people; and not for profit, honor, or private interest of any one man, family, or class of men; therefore, the people alone have an incontestable, unalienable, and indefeasible right to institute government; and to reform, alter, or totally change the same, when their protection, safety, prosperity, and happiness require it.

John Adams, Thoughts on Government, 1776

Defeating Dictators: Fighting Tyranny in Africa and Around the World.

BY GEORGE B. N. AYITTEY. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2011. Pp.vi-282. $ 28, hardcover (978-0-23010859-2).  - 

By Dr. Abdoulaye Saine

George Ayittey remains an important intellectual force of our time, in part, because of his criticism of Africa's political and intellectual elite. ..................................more










Liars!

From Pappa Faal

July 22nd in the Gambia, 1994

by Fatou Jaw Manneh

From maafanta archives

July 22nd in the Gambia, 1994

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Mali President Ibrahim Keita  at the Center for Strategic and International Studies

A lion that once roared "deka bi Ma kor mom" was reduced to a quite mouse at the Hay- Adams hotel. - 

(from Pa Modou Jobe facebookpage)

Moving on from this buffoon, but seriously though, I gotta give it to the Gambian Warriors. You guys should have seen the scenery. Only love for country and freedom could have sparked that passion. You see folks screaming until their lungs came out.............................more

The Yahya Jammeh 20 year rule legacy.

By Mathew K. Jallow
1. A few shiny urban area buildings
2. A couple of feeder roads
3. 500 and 1000 Gambians/non-Gambians murdered
4.150 Gambians and non-Gambians summarily executed
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Interview With Rohey Yata Smith, A Gambian Rights Advocate

By: Isatou Bittaye

Isatou: Can you please introduce yourself to our readers?

Rohey Yata: Hello Maafanta readers, I am Miss Rohey Yata Smith, a Gambian residing in England with my family..............................more

Gambia my sweet home is producing stars. 

By Matie Daffeh

Yes! It is producing Sheros that we can be .................more










Happy Birthday America

By Fatou Jaw Manneh

Or do I simply say: Thank you America

238 yrs ago today to be exact

America gained Independence from Great Britain

A militia was started and headed by George Washing ton

A farmer from Virginia to stand up to the British tyranny

With dedication they fought and fought

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Stop the Persecution UDP Supporters!!

By Yero Jallow

As we follow court cases in the Gambia, it is quite saddening to see the open persecution of UDP supporters, especially the many active ............................................more

Re: Disinvite Gambian President Yaya Jammeh 

Dear Fatou,

I stand with you. America should not even acknowledge dictators but should work with freedom loving people everywhere to encourage liberty and self-determination.

Your Friend,

Senator Don Shooter

Send all emails for now to fatoujm@gmail.com










Each one Reach Five Challenge!
To change hearts and minds.

By: PPP Media

Each person call five people, talk to five people, beginning yesterday!

My friends, the current bad state of affairs in Gambia, under Dictator Yaya Jammeh does not discriminate - whether you are in denial or see things for what they are. We are all victims -some more so than others - of twenty years of incompetence and buffoonery bordering on criminality. .........................................more










ON THE 22ND JULY 1994 WAS THE DAY THAT THE FREEDOM OF THE PRESS IN THE GAMBIA DIED!!!   -  

By Lamin Saddam Sanyang,

The Netherlands.

Today is the world press freedom day. This supposed to be a day of joy, and a day of celebration for the press all over the world, but our Lunatic President Jammeh turned this joyful day to an emotional day for the Gambian people and African people at large. Because you cannot celebrate world press freedom day in The Gambia without thinking of uncle Deyda Hydara,.......................more












Four "Karimistes" missing in Gambia: Have they been arrested and held incommunicado?

As revealed exclusively your favorite site, four members of the Free Movement Karim (Mlk) are missing in the Gambia.The coordinator said movement, Nar Aly Ndiaye and three of his comrades Mourtala Thiam, Amadou Diop and Mourtala Gaidel Wane went last Tuesday in the Gambian capital 
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JAMMEH IS CHARGING FAMILIES FOR THE SINS OF THEIR RELATIVES: #FreeYusuphaLowe 

Hurt people hurt people’, they say. Any man who lacks certain basic human emotions hurt people but they hardly get hurt. Yaya Jammeh is that kind. Of the eight basic human emotions President Jammeh is filled with fear stemming from paranoia that his evil deeds will haunt and yank his disturbed soul out of his chest through his mouth................................more










David Simon: 'There are now two Americas. My country is a horror show'
The creator of The Wire, David Simon, delivered an impromptu speech about the divide between rich and poor in America at the Festival of Dangerous Ideas in Sydney, and how capitalism has lost sight of its social compact. This is an edited extract
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A Citizen’s Query: Is NRMG Finish? The Debate Rages on …Part 2

“Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds” –Albert Einstein.  By Yero Jallow

As our traditional adage goes “ning-boroo mang meh, koomah-tuulal bukah-long” meaning if the race is not stretched, we have no way of knowing the real seeds from the chaff. It is exactly the case here. Oh well, I am vindicated before even long, and I said that no one can fool history, as history resolves itself. Despite the many sincere comrades who prevailed on me to allow NRMG deal with its biting bugs; citizens reading can distinguish between the chaff and the real seeds from the heaps of hay......................................more










GAMBIA YOUTHS FOR UNITY: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

U.S., U.K., EUROPE & AFRICA

Editor,

You are hereby informed of the emergence of the Gambia Youths for Unity (GYU) in the Gambian civil platform as a structured pressure group with the mission to bring diaspora organizations under one unified group and engaging youth on the ground for greater civic participation.................................more













A Citizen’s Query: Is NRMG Finish?

By Yero Jallow

On April 26th 2015, the National Resistance Movement Group (NRMG) issued a press release. In the release as published on Freedom Newspaper, NRMG stationed itself as the main Diaspora civil society association, thus, “As a civil society organization, the National Resistance Movement of the Gambia (NRMG) strongly believes that after 20 years of dictatorship the struggle to unseat the Jammeh administration ...............................more









THE PEOPLE’S WARRANT FOR JAMMEH’S ARREST

 BY: Ousainou Mbenga

 WE THE DISOBEDIENT SONS AND DAUGHTERS OF OUR BELOVED GAMBIA, HEREBY DECLARE YAYA JAMMEH WANTED FOR TREASON, MURDER, RAPE, PLUNDER AND PILLAGE. A WARRANT FOR HIS ARREST IS HEREBY MADE PUBLIC.

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UDP, GAMBIAN WOMEN, PROJECT A 2016 JAMMEH GBAGBO.

-  The Pata PJ Vault

Ousainou Darboe. Kemeseng Jammeh. Solo Sandeng. These folks and many unknowns proved that the Gambia still has hearts made of steel. Fatoumata Tambajang. Fatou Jawara (women youth president). Ordinary women and young girls. The women stole the show not with the usual ambiance of dancing and singing they gave their male counterparts on political platforms, but slept outside on the verandas following an impasse and let their voices be heard on matters. Voices of reason and substance. ................................more

Africa Arriving

By Baba G. Jallow


1884

They met at Berlin

And set you on the table

A free piece of delicious cake

To be sliced and cut to feed

Bloated egos and greedy eyes

With selective sight that only saw the glitter

Were totally blind

To that which really matters to you

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For Immediate Release

Central African Republic: Key Step Toward Justice
Get New Special Criminal Court Up and Running
(Bangui, April 24, 2015) – The Central African Republic's National Transitional Council has taken decisive action for justice for the victims of atrocities by adopting a law to establish a Special Criminal Court within the national justice system, .............................more











Gambia import firm, employees charged with cocaine trafficking 

BANJUL (Reuters) - A court in Gambia charged one of the country's leading import firms and seven of its employees with drug trafficking on Thursday after 45 kg of cocaine were discovered in a sugar shipment from Brazil last month....................................more

South Africa ( Azania ) ......A case Of Historical Amenia !!! 

By Sainey  Faye 
 A GREAT FREEDOM FIGHTER ---ALBERT LUTHULI,  ANC PRESIDENT
BECOMES THE  FIRST AFRICAN NOBEL PEACE PRIZE WINNER.  
"I have joined my people in the new spirit that moves them today, the spirit that revolts openly and broadly against injustice."  ...........Albert Luthuli,ANC
WHO WAS ALBERT LUTHULI ?
Many probably, don't  know of the elder ANC Freedom Fighter from whom many  learned the ropes along the way; in their struggle to dismantle Apartheid. ..........................more

Macky takes the bull by the horn

By Fatou Jaw Manneh

Or is it Macky tackles the elephant in the room? Go Macky, Go Macky, Go Macky. Bravo. Macky Sall in Cassamance. Aiwa! Came as a surprise to many SeneGambians. It is past time. What a relief!!! This is the best move and a very bold one. Congratulations Macky. Cassamance cannot be ignored. A rich land for cultivation and a very popular tourist hub and destination for Senegal. Why shun them? It is about time Dakar catches up with the Cassamance region, open up genuine discussions and (yes!) the railway indeed is welcome news for Cassamance. ................................more










The Gambia: UDP's Hon. Ousainou Darboe stands his ground; finally.
By Mathew K Jallow

The looks on Yahya Jammeh’s face are always priceless; nervous, insecure and intimidated. Hon Ousainou Darboe on the other hand, exudes dignity, and is as sure of himself in public, as he is around his old high school buddies. The difference in demeanors between UDP’s Hon. Ousainou Darboe and Yahya Jammeh are a striking mirror of the chasm in their intellectual mismatch and political consciousness. 

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Gambia Consultative Council (GCC) in solidarity with the United Democratic Party (UDP)

The Gambia Consultative Council (GCC), recognizing the inalienable rights of the United Democratic Party, and all other political parties in the Gambia, to lawfully hold political demonstrations, protests marches, group meetings and public rallies, without being harassed by security agents of the Gambian military regime,................more

Go-Fund The Diaspora or NOT?

BY Abdul Savage

I respectfully submit some quarters of our people, particularly in the diaspora, are using  this “contribution phenomenon” to milk as much as possible from unsuspecting people to benefit themselves, while marginally they will not account for such contributions, nor would they entirely make such contributions available to the CAUSE for which such contributions were made in the first place..................................more










PDOIS STATEMENT ON THE ISSUING OF PERMITS IN CONNECTION WITH POLITICAL ACTIVITIES

The UDP Caravan Does Not Pose Any Security Threat

Leave It To Go or Provide Them With A Permit to Have Normal Rallies

Issued By  Halifa Sallah  

On Behalf Of The Central Committee                                 17th April 2015

 Political parties are instruments of leadership. They have to employ strategies and tactics which are dictated by times and circumstances to attain their aims and objectives.Opposition parties have been criticised for waiting until the campaign period to go to the people. 

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Gambia Opposition Leader Cannot Use PA System to Address Supporters  James Butty

April 17, 2015 3:08 AM

Gambia’s main opposition leader said security forces Thursday denied him permission to use a public address system to speak to his supporters while touring the country. Ousaninu Darbo of the United Democratic Party (UDP) said that under Gambia’s current controversial Public Order Act,.......................................more

NO VISA NEEDED FOR GAMBIANS

Macky Sall, President of Senegal at a press conference with journalists April, 16th.

"" Macky Sall , President of Senegal on a press conference with journalists. A democratic country and president."Senegal is a land of welcome. People live in peace with us. A Gambian who comes to us did not need a visa but once here we do not tolerate that attacks the Gambian regime is not going to protect these people. This is valid for all nationality because we also expelled Chadian blogger "notes Macky Sall during the press conference he gave to the Sentv Rfm and Rts Kaffrine." - Macky Sall.google translate










Your ABC and 123 of Gambian Political Economy Part 3 Series by Sarjo Bayang

Stakeholder Interests, Power, and Decision Making

Properly functioning dispensation of public affairs takes into account and provides for all stakeholder shared interests. That is done with great fairness in order to ensure optimal satisfaction.  In this edition of our series on Gambian political economy we shall explore and examine the balance of power in .....................................more








APRIL, 15th IS AFRICAN FREEDOM DAY !!! 55 YEARS…!!!

Question: What Is African Freedom Day?
What year was it proclaimed?
How many African countries had political independence when it was
proclaimed ? How many were present in the proclamation ? What country was it held at and what was the name of the capital?
Who was the head of State or President?
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Boycott Thione Seck - Senegalese Musician!Let’s take the fight against Dictator Yaya Jammeh to his friends and collaborators in our oppressionLet us not sponsor our own oppression – Lets hit our oppressors in them in the pocket!

By: Kaba Sallah

As you may have already heard, Thione Seck, is preparing for a tour of the United States. Some of the most loyal fans of Senegalese musicians are Gambians. Unfortunately, some of the most renown and celebrated stars including, Thione Seck, are no friends of Gambia! (March 2014). Fast forward April 2015.....................................more










Where ACCOUNTABILITY to the Gambian People Stops and Begins?

By Abdul Savage

As we all are aware, Jammeh’s rule is an event receding into the past, into Gambian history, and we all know there is NO statute of limitation on murders in any civilized society, since the existence of mankind.

In addition to “murders” we all are aware of, and tracking of millions of dollars, ........more

Speech delivered by United Democratic Party leader Lawyer Ousainou Darboe of the Gambia during the SI Africa council meeting held in Bamako Mali

Protocol: Mr Chairman, party leaders present here, distinguished delegates, ladies and gentlemen. I stand on existing protocols. 
West Africa is witnessing a rebirth in the quest to establish sustainable democratic systems across the region. From Senegal to Ghana; Ivory Coast to Benin and most recently Nigeria, tremendous successes are
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15 Years On: The Cry of Justice

By Yero Jallow

The cry of justice in thunder bolts weeping bitterly aloud

Roaring with its rainbows, shine, and refreshing rains

Who hears the sweet voices of redemption far and near?

The wind carries the burden on its flying wings

Where another pharaoh reigns with terror

Guns and bayonets are not pens.

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Reckless People
by Momodou Ndow
Hired fired hired fired and hired and fired again
Arrested shackled paraded humiliated and jailed
They return consciously seeking more thrill of shame
Consumed by fear bearing gifts and praying for emperor
How vain is blind and detrimental loyalty to the ..........................more
http://momodoundow.blogspot.com/2015/04/reckless-people.html

Accountability OR Witch Hunt Post-Jammeh?   By Abdul Savage

I submit it will be unjust, unfair and outright disrespectful to suggest any future Accountability exercise by the Gambian people as “witch-hunt”. ONE THING we all can agree on, whether you are a pro-Jammeh, pro-APRC or not is this: lots of wrongs have been done to the Gambian people for the last 20 plus years..................................more










Recovery of the tourism sector: Macky Sall will remove the visa fee from May 1
Written Friday, April 3, 2015
The fee for an entry visa to Senegal will be abolished as of 1 May 2015, announced Friday the head of state, Macky Sall, in his address to the nation for the 55th anniversary of the accession of Senegal independence. (Google Translate)
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NTCG’S PRESS RELEASE ON THE VERDICT

AGAINST 30th DECEMBER 2014 ACCOMPLICES

The NTCG is deeply troubled and appalled to hear respective proffering of death sentences and life imprisonments for and/or of soldiers allegedly framed as accomplices of 30th December 2014 heroic attack on the State House by a surreptitious Court Martial in The Gambia....................................more










Asylum requests to rich countries at highest point for almost 25 years

UNHCR says 850,000 people applied for asylum in wealthy countries in 2014 as hundreds of thousands fled conflicts in Syria and Iraq...................................more








AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL

PRESS RELEASE

Date: 1 APRIL 2015

Gambia: Soldiers sentenced to death in secret trial must not be executed

Death sentences imposed on soldiers accused of participating in December’s attempted coup d’état in Gambia are a cruel violation of the right to life and the right to a fair trial, Amnesty International said today.  

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Africa: President Macky Sall breaks from mold; inadvertently puts African dictators on notice   By Mathew K Jallow

Is it a sign of the times; perhaps even a new paradigm shift, or just an ephemeral indulgence in rare political maturity? In the coming weeks and months, two very conflicting and contradictory events will likely occur, one of which may redefine Africa’s political direction for generations to come........................................more










Bare-faced Lies Political Parties’ Candidates Told Nigerians During Political Rallies & Campaigns  -
(Democracy & Good Governance, 27th March 2015)-In politics, when a politician or a political party promises the electorates heaven and earth during rallies or campaigns, it is called psychology of politics. For instance, when a political party candidate seeking legislative election begins to promise the electorates road construction and industrialization ..........................more










FOR PUBLICATION:

THE RISE OF A GAMBIAN MOVEMENT: (JOUGLENNUETAHAW)

The catalyst of change in the Gambia will have to come through a movement of the people within Gambia. Movement within a nation does not happen by itself, nor will it happen with the approval or blessings of any head of state or governments The Gambian people will have to mobilize with a common .........................................more









Pata PJ Got his Mojo, Won’t Spare PDOIS a Slack

By Modou Nyang

For Pata PJ, “many observed” that “for far too long…political pundits, commentators and those with voices and platforms have been exceedingly kind to [PDOIS] whilst holding others by the collar.” And for him, he’s got his sleeve up to put a stop to it. For Pata, PDOIS is being spared by pundits, commentators and those with voices and he does not like it................................more










Senegal's Karim Wade jailed for corruption  - bbc.com

A court in Senegal has sentenced the son of former President Abdoulaye Wade to six years in prison for corruption.

Karim Wade was also fined $230m (£150m) for illegal enrichment during his father's 12-year rule.................................more










Burning and sizzling issues....By PPP   Media

The Modern Day Boat People  - Gambian Youths!

The Back-Way  Phenomenon !!!

Following  the end of the Vietnam War in 1975,  and the economic   collapse caused by US sanctions, hundreds of thousands fled the country in rickety boats to  mostly shores along the South East  Asian coastline. Most of them were hoping to land in Singapore and Hong Kong. The plight of these economic and political refugees became the best indicator of what a failed state looks like long before the term became popular  in modern political   lexicon.............................more

The Invisible

By Baba G. Jallow

Crowds, crowds everywhere

Not a face in sight

Heads, heads everywhere

Not a single nod

Laughter, laughter everywhere

Not a single smile

Shouts, shouts everywhere

Not a single whisper

Eyes, eyes everywhere

Not a single sighting

Ideas, ideas everywhere

Not a single thought

Light, light everywhere

Yet darkness reigns supreme

Noble thoughts swallowed

So ignoble wins the day!


Banka Manneh Freed on Bail

By Yero Jallow

In a dramatic twist on Thursday March 19th 2015, Minnesota Federal Magistrate, Becky R. Thorson of St. Paul, granted Banka Manneh conditional bail. Mr. Manneh, a household name in both the U.S and the Gambia, has been on the FBI investigation list since after theDecember 30th alleged coup in the tiny West African impoverished country, the Gambia. The event followed loss of lives and trial of alleged conspirators both in the U.S and the Gambia. Those charged in the U.S are charged for violating the U.S Neutrality Act, a law that forbids launching from the U.S to forcefully dislodge a foreign Government thoughtfully “friendly” to the U.S...........................more










Heroic Cries

By Yero Jallow

My eyes reddened. The ship swayed on ocean waves.

It was the news. The wind carried the burden on its wings.

My heartfelt sorrow. My mind moved on Earth length horizons.

The king’s house in total disarray. I heard the citizens’ cry.

Heroes put on chains. It is a recounting terror tale..............................more










Senegal leader Macky Sall offers to reduce presidential term as 'example to Africa'
theguardian.com

Macky Sall proposes a referendum on reducing his mandate from seven to five years......................................more












Your ABC and 123 of Gambian Political Economy   Series by Sarjo Bayang

Understanding of relationship between the economy, politics and society is crucial to making those governing accountable to the general public as key stakeholders. Everyone is affected in vast ways about economic and political conditions of a country. This is true about Gambia also................................more










Younger Generation Gambians Misled by President Jammeh  -  Sarjo Bayang

Apart from rampant corruption and gross abuse of his position as president there is further damage that Yaya Jammeh badly inflicted on Gambian society. Since coming to power by staging a coup, Jammeh has been shrewdly utilising public resources to destroy young persons in Gambia by calculated systematic process revealed through keen observation........................................more










ARE PDOIS BEING EXCEEDINGLY DIFFICULT?

By Pata Saidykhan

For us to attain any gains in our pursuit of freeing The Gambia from the tentacles of a 20 year dictatorship, we must embrace the culture of impartiality, brevity and honesty in our actions as well as our political discourses. ......................................more










WHO WAS AMY JACQUES GARVEY ? (1896-1973)   By  Sainey Faye
"The doll-baby type of woman is a thing of the past, and the wide-awake woman is forging ahead prepared for all emergencies, and ready to answer any call, even if it be to face the cannons on the battlefield."  ----- Amy Jacques Garvey
Seldom do we honor our women for their herioc deeds and sacrifices, they rendered in the African liberation or Black liberation struggle.  Amy Jacques Garvey is one of many in our worldwide African liberation struggle, who deserves admiration, honor, and respect for her positive contributions to our cause...............................................more










“Operation Bulldozer” on the Balance
By Ebou Gaye
There is so much controversy surrounding the operation launched recently by President Jammeh. This contentious operation, dubbed “Operation Bulldozer”, gives our security forces the green light to shoot “armed criminals” right away and mount an investigation or ask questions later. Pros see the edict as a timely initiative and thus welcome it heartily, praising its promulgator, whereas cons view it as a dangerous, imprudent and unwarranted move..............................more










ALINE SITTOE DIATTA (JATTA) - AFRICAN HEROINE, PRIESTESS, & LIBERATION FIGHTER 
By  Sainey Faye
May 8th, 1943- On this date Aline Sittoe Diatta (Jatta) was arrested by the French colonial forces. Aline Sittoe Diatta was born in 1910, whilst others say 1920; but was not born inside or out of royalty in the African society of Kabrousse; which was once a a kingdom of the Jolas.The society of Kabrousse is strategically located on the Atlantic coast south of Cape Skirring in Casamance. ..........................more










The Gambia: Agenda 2016; the nexus of deception, propaganda and reality

By Mathew K Jallow

Suddenly, it has taken center stage in the political discourse, to assume the dominant role in yet another historic “presidential” election cycle. In previous elections, .............more

The New Gambia – Nothing but the truth so help me God!

By Momodou Ndow

Just to clarify, I don’t have any affiliation with a Gambian political party nor do I have a political hat to ...........more


Cameron Russell: Looks aren't everything. Believe me, I'm a model










Gambia will never Develop or Progress under Yaya Jammeh Presidency

By Sarjo Bayang

Without needing to think hard or far, the truth is right under your nose. For more than 20 years Yaya Jammeh keeps recycling assorted brands of deception. Certainly were Jammeh not one big fool to think he is able to escape scrutiny by curiously attentive observers then majority of Gambians can be counted bigger fools in their own rights in believing his imaginary development talks.

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Committee for the Restoration of Democracy in The Gambia CORDEG

Press Release

01 March 2015

CORDEG meet with UPD, PPP Leaders and PDOIS Representative

Hon. Ousainou Darbo, Hon. Omar Jallow (OJ) and Malik Kah of PDOIS’s European Chapter, met on 23 February 2015 with CORDEG executive members to discuss important matters relating to the scheduled 2016 elections.............................more









Teacher’s resignation letter: ‘My profession … no longer exists’
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Gambia must take immediate steps to address concerns of UN Special Rapporteurs on torture and extra-judicial executions: Amnesty International’s written statement to the 28th session of the UN Human Rights Council (2-27 March 2015)

By Amnesty International, 27 February 2015, Index number: AFR 27/1100/2015

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The Cartoon Character

By Baba Galleh Jallow

Hashtag Momla Rekati, Managing Director of Minimal Farms Unlimited was a favorite subject of cartoonists in our little town. Their interest in him was enhanced by the great man himself, who repeatedly proclaimed that he liked caricatures of him because “these nice distortions of my anatomy show who I really am, which is too complex for uninitiated minds to understand or for mere words to express.” .................................more







Face of Islam

By Yero Jallow

“The word 'Islam' means 'peace.' The word 'Muslim' means 'one who surrenders to God.' But the press makes us seem like haters” –Muhammad Ali

I was hit hard by Imam Ahmed’s sermon yesterday at the Daral-farooq mosque. His sermon, focused on the late Imam Safi (RA) and his rise to eloquence, detailed a life of struggle from a poor boy (later one of the most powerful Imam Safi) and his widowed mother’s struggle to have Safi learn the art of wisdom, languages, and life matters. 

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Xenophobia and maladministration at Nawec Brikama power station
By a concerned Nawec staff
Before going further let me introduce myself.  I am a staff of Nawec working at the Brikama 1 power station.There are some unfortunate things happening at the power station.  As you may know, this station was initially managed by Global Electrical Group (GEG) which is owned by a Lebanese business tycoon, Muhammed Bazzi.................more

Amnesty International Report 2014/15

Republic of the Gambia
Head of state and government: Yahya Jammeh 2014 marked 20 years since President Yahya Jammeh came to power.1 The authorities continued to repress dissent. .......................................more

AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL ANNUAL REPORT 2014/2015 

This has been a devastating year for those seeking to stand up for human rights and for those caught up in the suffering of war zones.By Salil Shetty, Secretary General at Amnesty International........................more   










Hon. Omar A. Jallow (OJ) 50th Independence Interview Highlights

By: PPP Media

Hon. OJ had a series of Online Radio interviews on Gainako and Freedom radios on the week of February 18th, 2015, to commemorate Gambia’s 50th Independence anniversary. The purpose of the interview blitz was to set the records straight, comparatively, and to give the fitting tribute to our Independence heroes. The AFPRC junta and Dictator Yaya Jammeh have spent 20 years minimizing and downplaying our attainment of independence from British colonial rule.................................more

Efforts to Rebuild Post-Jammeh

By Abdul Savage

As much as we are spending time fighting the old, I respectfully submit that we must devote, equally as well, some time to plan to rebuild anew.

Now, when democracy and stability are restored in the Gambia, how do we go about rebuilding? Yes, true, we will secure and get international funding to help rebuild post-Jammeh, but wouldn’t it be prudent, wise and helpful to know that a band of Gambians has taken the initiative to pre-empt the rebuilding efforts? Yes, it would be.....................more














Committee for the Restoration of Democracy in The Gambia CORDEG

The Promise of True Independence Remains Elusive Under Jammeh

As Gambia marks fifty years of political independence, CORDEG salutes the country’s founding fathers and people of Gambia for their vision, accomplishments and forbearance at this most difficult period in the country’s history.  The immediate post-independence period and the first republic, in particular, had their share of challenges and lost opportunities.  ..........................................more










No More Dictatoship

Comrades –
I just get done listening to the buffoon talk. Once again, while I am not surprised at Jammeh’s usual emptiness, inferior complexity, and paranoia, something just struck me hard. The whole idea of the wronged and oppressed asking for forgiveness from their captor and oppressor didn’t go well with me, at least just from basic sense, not to talk about common sense. What wrong have you done to ask for forgiveness? .................more











Coup Gambie: What A Mlle !!! Par Fatou Jaw Manneh, Phoenix, Arizona.
Merde !! Quand les nouvelles de prise de pouvoir en Gambie par des «combattants de la liberté" a éclaté, il était jubilation partout sur ​​l'internet et d'autres médias sociaux dans le monde entier. Nous avions rares nouvelles que Jammeh est coincé quelque part au Tchad pendant au moins 48 heures sur le chemin de Dubaï.............................more










Gambia Coup: What A Miss!!!

By Fatou Jaw Manneh

Damn!!When news of power takeover in The Gambia by “freedom fighters” broke out, there was jubilation all over the internet and other social media around the world................more










The Case for a United Coalition of the Opposition for 2016 General Elections…

By: People’s Progressive Party ( PPP) – Gambia – Media.....................more

Fatou Jaw Manneh Speaks at the 2014 Oslo Freedom Forum!

Dear Ms. Manneh:
I sincerely hope you can make the Oslo Freedom Forum this coming year. Below and attached please find your formal invitation to speak at the 2014 event, to take place October 20, 21, and 22...........more







Fatou Jaw Manneh –  U.S African Summit. 

 By Yero Jallow, Gainako’s Staff writer.

In exclusive interview with Gainako, Fatou Jaw Manneh talks about the U.S African Summit, Gambia’s struggle and her take on some of the political issues at hand. .................................more










Chief Ebrima Manneh and the World Press Freedom Day

As the Gambia joins the rest of the World to celebrate World Press Freedom Day today, May 3rd, 2015, I wish to join you (Media practitioners) in commemoration despite being a senior security officer. I am a bonafide senior citizen with a vast wealth of experience in the National Intelligence operations. .................................more











Immigration Drives a Deeper Wedge Between EU States   Analysis  APRIL 29, 2015 |- stratfor.com

 Summary

The European Union is once again struggling to come up with a coherent asylum strategy for its 28 members. In recent years, the rising number of asylum seekers entering the European Union through countries such as Italy and Greece has generated friction among member states, fueled criticism of the Schengen Agreement and contributed to the growing popularity of nationalist parties........................more

The Back Way Conundrum (Our Euro Crazed Society)  

By Saul N'jie
When I left home for the shores of these United States I was no more than a boy. I left a good number of my childhood friends back home, some of the brightest human beings I know to date. These folks, by no fault of their own are a waste of human capital. Their intellects and thinking faculties are being wasted, for the institutions that could cultivate their capabilities are not there or even if they are, they don’t have access to them for several reasons. One of which is agency, the who you know, or lack of resources, you name them. I know that if they have had the same opportunity as I did -- to study in the United States, they would have been top notch scholars in their own rights. The system within which they are living in is rather unforgiving; for the most part if you are not well connected, lucky, or affluent, you are doomed to mediocrity. ....................................more

























RIP AMY JOOF Inna Lillahi wa inna ilayhi Rajioon. On behalf of my Aunty Ya Ida Bah & Pa hassan Drammeh of Old Jeshwang, Uncles Mansour & Alieu Bah, The Joof family of New Primet street, Ya Aji Jata Jagne of Dobson, Alh Dodou Jagne of Lancaster street, The families of the Late Ya Aji Fatou Jaw of Sukuta, Mam Ebrima Njie, Ya Aji Pullo Sowe & Ya Aji Warreh Jagne of Lancaster Street, Ya Aji Maimuna Jagne of James Senegal, Mam Alieu Gaye of Gloucester street, The Bobb family of Perseverance street, with a heavy heart regret to announce the demise of our sister, cousin, niece & granddaughter Amie Joof, Colleh Fatou Bah, who passed away today in Maryland USA at the tender age of just 42. Your great sense of humour, sweet smile & soft spoken voice will be greatly miss. I manage to make you laugh 8 days ago by saying that you've lost your great african pride (bottom). You'll forever be in our heart & prayers. Rest in eternal peace cousin. May Allah the most merciful forgive your shortcomings. May He protect, guide& bless your one & only baby boy Man Junior, may He ease the pain in the heart of your husband Damel Fall & all your love ones & may Jannatul Fidawsi be your finall abode,

Mengeh Jaye facebook page











PRETENTIOUS SYMPATHIZER LAUNCHES SKATING, SCORNFUL ATTACK ON NRMG LEADERSHIP Rejoinder:  Citizens` Query – Is NRMG Finish?

Freedom of speech is such a beautiful thing to happen for anyone especially a people who have been deprived of it for nearly a quarter of a century. If our struggle as Gambians is to achieve anything, certainly freedom of opinion and expression should enhance people`s right to determine their destiny.  

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The Gambia: More than just the UDP party leader; turning the moment into a national movement    

By Mathew K Jallow

Clearly, political events over the past two decades have shown Gambians’ incredibly capacity to let each national crisis lapse without appropriately responding to the gravity of each situation; the Koro Ceesay assassination, mass students’ massacre, witch-hunting, mass incarceration, multiple executions, citizen abductions, stifling of the independent press, monopoly of political space, and everything in between. ...........................................more











Macky prend le taureau par les cornes 
(Par Fatou Jaw Manneh)
Ou est-ce Macky a osé faire face à la situation?
Ou est-ce Macky se attaque à l'éléphant dans la pièce?
Aller Macky, Aller Macky, Aller Macky. Bravo. Macky Sall en Casamance. Aiwa! Une surprise pour beaucoup de sénégambiens. Il était temps. Quel soulagement !!! C’est le meilleur coup et, un coup très audacieux. Félicitations Macky.
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Unite or Perish! Unite or Diaspora Boycott!

Open Letter to the Opposition Parties from the Diaspora.Fundamental Questions Remain Unanswered.

Revised and Updated

By: Kaba Sallah

The recent Fass Njaga Choi Standoff, in April 2015, has opened a new chapter in Gambian politics. The UDP was able to force Dictator Jammeh and his forces to back down, and let the Freedom Caravan to proceed on a nationwide tour. From all indications, it was a very successful campaign tour of the country, with large and emboldened crowds, and community leaders, coming out openly to speak their mind. 

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No Elections with Jammeh; No Elections Without concrete Reforms – NRMG Position On the Political Impasse in The Gambia

The recently concluded stand-off  between the Jammeh administration and the opposition United Democratic Party (UDP) is if anything, a harbiger  for more confrontation in the very near future. Once again we are being tested for resolve and determination in our strive to end dictatorship in the Gambia. Right to peaceful assembly by citizens of a democratic country especially of members of lawfully constituted political parties as guaranteed by the Constitution of the Republic, are non-negotiable.

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A Poem: Back Way Speaks!

By Yero Jallow

I am the back way

the attractive dream of the alienated youths

even though everyone chastises me aloud

i give hope to the youths who are denied a home

those denied freedom and economic security in their home countries.

I am the back way

though I have taken lives in the deserts and seas

I still lid my lamp for many out in the perilous journey

With tough love, I lifted the youths on my ugly back

And carried them ashore to greater lands or to eternity.

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FMS & TGA Young Women's Summer C.........

In August 2015, For my Sister and The Girls' Agenda will partner to host a Summer Camp for 100 young women between the ages of 14 and 24 in The Gambia.................................more











WHY PRESIDENT JAMMEH WATCHES GAMBIANS DIE AT SEA. 

Every day, scores of lives perish in the deserts and the Mediterranean Sea. Hardly does a day go by that you do not read about Gambians dying trying to make it to Europe through the Back Way’. .................more











Gambias/Sukutas own Gallo Saidy!

Town drinks its fill of clean water 

Access to safe drinking water is a human right.

So simple and yet, for some communities, so unachievable.

In 2013 Campbell Live brought you the story of Tokomaru, a North Island town of 500 people.

They had been told they would have to boil their drinking water for the next 10 years as an upgrade was going to take time and money – lots of it.

Read more: http://www.3news.co.nz/tvshows/campbelllive/town-drinks-its-fill-of-clean-water-2015042019#ixzz3YBWMPD2L

A Fleeting Pan-Africanist Idea: The United States of Xenophobic Africa?

By Saul Njie , Washington DC

Africans, in toto, speak of Pan-Africanism and African Unity mostly in abstractions. The current xenophobic attacks on other Africans in South Africa would and could finally allow us to have an honest conversation, for once. The idea of Pan-Africanism is very nebulous, to say the least. It was born out of an inferiority complex and the quest for self-determination for the people of African descent around the world. This was the thread that bonded Marcus Garvey, Aimee Cesare, W.E.B. Du Bois, Kwame Nkrumah, Haile Selassie, among other leaders of the time. Their idea was that the oppressed black peoples of the world need to come together to form a coherent bloc -- to counter or oppose the imperialists, oppressive powers. This was a good start, but it was mostly based on unrealistic, myopic theoretical frameworks that were doomed to fail once put to the test. 

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Gambian women making us proud in Dakar, Senegal.










Fatou Jagne

Legal Advisor, Director, ARTICLE 19 Sénégal/West Africa. She is a PHD student too!











Aisha Dabo: Writer, Media Specialist, Linguist and Activist .











Binnette John Sarr . She is bilingual, Director of Finance and Administration for the Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa, a Pan-African research organisation headquartered in Dakar, Senegal .







Gambian girls "killing" it in Dakar, Senegal. Marie Khumba Gomez, Vivi Amie Chris, Bella Gassama and Gina Manneh (super model), Nakala Series actresses..........











Inna Jawara, actress Cafe Avec 











700 migrants feared dead in Mediterranean shipwreck

Italian coastguard retrieves 28 survivors so far, and about 20 bodies, according to the interior ministry, after boat sinks 60 miles off Libyan coast

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NTCG’s CALL AND ITS SEQUEL

FOR THE GAMBIA

The NTCG’s encouragement call on all Gambian opposition political parties and groups on April 15th, 2015 to fuse forces with the UDP the opposition party with largest for the purposes of the 2016 Presidential election is seemingly having a sequel of good news some days later.

Honourable Ousainou Darboe! Mr Kemeseng Jammeh!

Honourable Omar Jallow!

Honourable Mai Fatty!

Honourable Halifa Sallah!

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Gambia Democracy Fund

Recent efforts by the Gambia government denying the United Democratic Party the right to assemble and address its members has created a crisis that warranted Gambia Democratic Fund to convene an emergency meeting on 4/17/15. Members present at the meeting unanimously agreed to disburse one thousand US Dollars ($1,000.00) as a donation to show solidarity with The Gambian people currently in Fass Njaga Choi................................more










Standoff in Gambia

Cordeg is aware of the on-going standoff between UDP and Security forces in the North Bank Division of Gambia. The UDP is a legitimate registered political party with a large support base among Gambians and a constituent member of CORDEG. For 3 days running, Gambian security forces have blocked the UDP convoy on a countrywide tour to which they are legally and constitutionally entitled.....................more










UNITED DEMOCRATIC PARTY (UDP) HAS ENOUGH OF JAMMEH'S THUGGERY!

-  The Pata PJ Vault

There will always come a time when an oppressed people will be obliged to push back against their oppressors, when they continued to be denied the ventilation they needed. It is only natural that patience and perseverance run out and the innate instincts to defend self kick in. This is the state of the Gambian opposition and United Democratic Party in particular..........................more







GO UDP GO GO UDP GO

PRESS RELEASE

POTENTIAL BLOODBATH BEING OCHESTRATED BY GAMBIA GOVERNMENT AGAINST THE OPPOSITION UNITED DEMOCRATIC PARTY.

The United Democratic Party (UDP) is informing the international community about a potential bloodbath being orchestrated by the Gambia Government against the party.

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UDP Nationwide Tour April 16 - April 26 2015

It’s no secret the appalling human rights abuses in the Gambia.  It is a known fact the serious economic mismanagement by the authorities in the Gambia.  These and many other issues are known quantities to everyone.  While we keep ourselves reminded of, and continue to criticize the current regime's atrocities and maladministration, we must ..........................................more










The validity of Gambia’s death penalty regime: a question the Supreme Court answered incorrectly  - Lamin J Darbo

With the recent announcement of Courts Martial verdicts on the 30 December 2014 State House attacks, the question of the death penalty is back on the agenda as a topic of major public interest. Both sides of the underlying political spectrum informing the December events are curious as to whether The Gambia has a valid death penalty law.

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Omar Jallow (OJ) on the beat.










Hillary Clinton: Race for the Presidency in America.  -  By Yero Jallow

"People say that if you find water rising up to your ankle, that's the time to do something about it, not when it's around your neck." - Chinua Achebe.

Oh well, good luck to the Clintons. Hilary Clinton has been dragging her feet on this, but her interest in the presidency is no hidden secret...............more










THE STATEMENT OF NTCG ON THE ANNIVERSARY OF APRIL 10TH &11TH, 2000

The NTCG mourns and unequivocally condemned the brutal killing of students 15 years ago by the security forces under the directives of Dictator Yaya Jammeh. This day and on the day that prefixes it on April 10th &11th respectively of the year 2000, Yaya Jammeh ordered the maiming of over 15 innocent students including Omar Barrow a Red Cross volunteer............................more










FIFTEEN YEARS HAS GONE, WHEN 14 INNOCENT STUDENTS PLUS A RED CROSS VOLUNTEER AND A THIRTEEN YEAR (3yr) OLD CHILD WERE BRUTALLY MASSACRED IN COLD BLOOD BY THE POLICE INTERVENTION UNIT (PIU) OF THE GAMBIA, AND YET STILL NO JUSTICE HAS BEEN TAKEN PLACE !!!

By Lamin Saddam Sanyang,

The Netherlands.

Fifteen years ago April on the 10th and 11th 2000 was one of the darkest days of our smiling coast. On the 10th of April 2000, was the day when unarmed students in the greater Banjul area, under the leadership of the Gambia Students Union 

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The Gambian Opposition: Some Honest Analysis Please.  - 

By Alkali Conteh

Growing up in Sabbach-Sanjal in the early 1960's we witnessed the Gambia’s political climate beginning to shape up.  As the powers in charge were determined to derail the efforts of the emerging political landscape to bring self rule to our nation, our people turned to the grassroots to fight for what was rightly ours..........................more

The Gambia: Self-interest and twisted minds; the binary effects of the Gambian tyranny

By Mathew K Jallow

It is a war that has sapped the wills of so many, and forced the escape, to freedom, of so many others. It is an undefined war that is also fought in the minds, and which has tested the will and challenged the depths of a nation’s commitment to itself. And it is a war without borders; but with frontiers that extend as far as the imagination.................................more










Stop Bullying Sheikh Muhideen

By Baba G. Jallow

The ongoing trial of Darsilami Sangajor Caliph Sheikh Sheriff Muhideen Hydara represents one of the most nauseating inflictions of unnecessary and totally unjust harassment of innocent persons by the Yahya Jammeh’s Bully State..............more

Darsilameh Caliph General denies conspiring with village alkalo

Africa » Gambia  Thursday, April 02, 2015
The Caliph General of Darsilameh Sangajor, 
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Happy Independence Day Senegal.










Peacebuilding: Role of Youth in Africa

Culled from The African Executive

The late founding President of the free and democratic South Africa, Mr. NR Mandela, once remarked: “We owe our children – the most vulnerable citizens in our society – a life free from violence and fear.” Those of us growing up in Africa have been witness to the deafening thunder of the gun and the terror of the unceasing sound of the canon...................................more










SAVING LIVES THROUGH PERFORMANCE 

STORY BY NANCY JOSEPH MARCH 2015

On a makeshift stage in The Gambia, a small West African nation, a dozen women sing to an enthusiastic crowd. The audience claps along, moving to the beat. But the songs are not joyful celebrations of love or salvation..............more










Intersociety Dedicates Presidential & NASS Polls’ Security Success To Armed Forces & Southern Voters
(Democracy, Public Security & Safety, Onitsha Nigeria, 31st March 2015)-We humbly wish to dedicate the security and safety of Nigeria and Nigerians so far following the conduct of the 28th March 2015 Presidential and NASS polls to the gallantry of the armed forces of Nigeria including the National Intelligence Agency and the Department of State Security Service.........more






P.O.BOX 4507, NE• Washington, DC  20017Phone: (202) 590-4318  (301) 254-9983 • Email:duga@dugaglobal.org • www.dugaglobal.org

DEMOCRATIC UNION OF GAMBIAN ACTIVISTS
Press Release......................................more










The Days after March 28 In Nigeria

By Muhammed Lamin Juwara

It’s 24 hours to the Election Day and what seems ...........................................more








Gambia fails to heed UN warnings on deteriorating human rights

Gambia has effectively thumbed its nose to the international community after it failed to accept a raft of recommendations to address its ..............................................more










 As Deaths Mount on Back Way to Europe, a Community Rallies to Protect Its Young

Using the Power of Music to Spread the Word

By My Basse Staff

The spate of young deaths on the back road to European shores have left Gambian civic groups, not least Friends of Basse, asking what is there to be done. .......................................more.










A prominent dissident was just charged in the US with plotting to overthrow one of Africa's most oppressive governments 

In late December, a group of Gambian immigrants to the US were involved in a failed attempt to overthrow Yahya Jammeh, the brutal dictator who's ruled over their native country since 1996.
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The Educated-Illiterate

By Jutala

You said he is an educated-illiterate. But how is that possible? How can one be educated and still be illiterate? "But how could he not understand this simple equation? People want to live according to their natural will. Forcing people to do things they don’t like is equal to unhappiness and resentment.........................more











Maafanta.com

To:

Lamin Jaiteh

Modou Njai

Buba/ Lamin Barrow

Thank you










Perspectives / Culled From TheRoot.com

Dr. Ben, One of the Last ‘People’s Scholars’ of Harlem, Joins the Ancestors

The activist and educator Yosef ben-Jochannan, a founding scholar of Africana studies, died this week.

Posted: March 20 2015 12:07 PM
“Though painful, this is a victory, that we had him for 97 plus [sic] years,” continued Jeffries, retired professor of Africana studies at the City College of New York and one of ben-Jochannan’s unofficial aides...............................more










EVENT INVITATION:Strengthening the African Human Rights System

Opportunities and Obstacles

Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights invites you to a discussion with international legal experts on the African Human Rights System:

Time:

2:00–3:30pm, Tuesday March 24, 2015

Place:

RFK Human Rights, 1300 19th St NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20036
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Dr. Simone Gbagbo’s Imprisonment: Lesson for First Ladies (Culled from the African Executive)

Ivorian former first lady, Dr. Simone Gbagbo, is now a prisoner. Mr Gbagbo was recently found guilty of subverting authorities, among others, and was awarded 20 years in jail. Mrs Gbagbo’s conviction has been received with mixed views and reaction. .....................................................more

The Gambia: the venerable Sayerr Jobe and the bastardization of his noble legacy

By Mathew K Jallow

The outcry was swift. The reaction was scathing. And the condemnations; relentless and laced with pejorative verbiage. A nation perpetually mired in severe social and economic disaffection, was once again challenged by an arrogant showcase of imperial unilateralism. Notwithstanding the influences of our colonial culture, the ancestors who found an unpopulated landscape and created a..............................more











Africans Spend More Than $7 Billion On Fake Hair     -  By Staff reporter

Despite limited financial resources, Africans are spending an estimated $7 billion on their hair, Media reports.............................more

PDOIS’ REACTION TO CORDEG’S PRESS RELEASE

Halifa Sallah

For the Central Committee                      11th  March 2015

The Gambia is at a crossroads. The party in power has demonstrated its total  incapacity to free the people from impunity and poverty. However, its administration cannot end peacefully unless a process is put in place which would enable the vast majority of people, who do not want impunity or poverty to vote for change.The combined opposition in the Gambia has never had 50 percent of the vote. Hence the task of bringing about change is not one of simply unifying opposition supporters.....................................more

Hon Seedy Njie maverick comments is an insult to the Gambian people.

By sulayman keita
Hon Seedy Njie who have made a maverick comments  by calling the Gambian leader President Yahya Jammeh  the father of  Gambia People is an insult  to the Gambians.
The maverick and moron nominated member of the toothless bulldog parliament  of the Gambia   don’t know his left and right of Gambian politics and he  is  every day rubbishing and insulting the entire Gambian populstion in the media  and tarnishing  the decent politics of Gambia which was instituted by the former regime under the dynamic leadership of Sir Dawda Kairaba  Jawara......................more










Celebrating International Women’s Day: Meet 17 inspiring women in The Gambia 

On the 5th March, 2015, famous author and motivational speaker, Momodou Sabally posted on Facebook: “Seeking names: 50 really outstanding Gambian women...”

What’s On-Gambiais proud to publish some of the famous names mentioned by Sabally’s followers. They are unquestionably women that changed The Gambia and continue to inspire young people.

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RIP Ya Binta Jarju.










The Paradox of America's Electoral Reform 

By George Friedman

We are now in the early phases of selecting the president of the United States. Vast amounts of money are being raised,...........................more










New Song (Dinama Nekh) by Jerreh Jallow(Jizzle) featuring A2
In his own words:
Dinama Nekh
Chorus 
Girl I love the way you whine 
And the way you move your body ..oh oh Dina ma nekh Dina ma nekh 
You got everybody watching 
You driving dem boys crazy 
Oh oh Si noye Yengaleh
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Happy Women's day.











International Women’s day: A reflection

by Fatou Jaw Manneh

When I was growing up in my native land, The Gambia, I never heard of anything called International Woman or Women’s Day. I am Muslim, and going by tradition and religion, and as the norm in the area I come from, the woman’s role is mainly to be a stay-at-home mum and wife, taking care of husband and children, the gardens.

My Mum used to advise me that a high school education was good enough for a housewife. She still is not aware that I have managed to get a college degree in America; not sure if it will mean anything to her. It will just probably just scare her. 

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The Cartoon Character – Part II

By Baba Galleh Jallow

Hashtag Momla Rekati was flabbergasted. He was totally flummoxed and besides himself with a combination of rage, worry and confusion that threatened to blow his pear-shaped head into a thousand small pieces. For a long time he gazed at his latest depiction as Mr. Anonymous. .....................................more

PUBLIC NOTICE FROM PDOIS HEADQUARTERS

4TH March 2015

This is to convey for public notice that PDOIS has held no meeting with CORDEG.  The Central Committee is investigating the source of the misrepresentation of the party and would issue a public statement on the matter in due course.

                                 Halifa Sallah












GCC revamping to meeting ongoing challenges
The Gambia Consultative Council, in order to meet past and new challenges, has revamped its executive. In light of the recent resignation of a high profile member, Mr. Falai Baldeh, and the aborted effort to restore democracy and the rule of law in Gambia, ................more











Jammeh’s “Amnesty” Must Begin at Home (“charity begins at home”)

Dr. Abdoulaye Saine

Yahya Jammeh never ceases to amuse or amaze. On one hand, he grants “amnesty” to diaspora dissidents and critics but excludes ten others whose names he failed to disclose. It is reminiscent of his “amnesty” to Sir Dawda.” While he welcomed him back, “security” of former government officials who wanted to come home with the former president could not be guaranteed, he said...........................more










 WHY I BELIEVE GAMBIAN LAW MAKERS FAILED THE PEOPLE.

By   Mbackeh Bamba Jabbi.

                    In 2009, when Gambian law makers passed the Information and Communications (Amendment) Act, they have miserably failed their constituents because this law has and continues to victimize countless innocent citizens in and outside Gambia.....................more

REMEMBERING MALCOLM X  / EL HAJJ MALIK SHABAZZ  

MAY 19, 1925  --- FEBRUARY 21, 1965         
By   Sainey Faye
He was one of our African revolutionary freedom fighters, who  contributed immensely to our liberation struggle.He helped influence the political consciousness of Black Americans, during the Civil Rights struggle in the U.S.A.; and elsewhere in the Caribbean and Africa in the 1960's.His conversion to a Black Muslim was transformative, which led to his Hajj to Mecca, and extensive travels and contacts in Africa, Middle East, and elsewhere. ............................................more










APPRECIATION AND GRATITUDE: THE LIBERATION FUND

The Gambia Democracy Fund Committee and family members of the December 30th victims of the violence in The Gambian, wishes to express their  profound appreciation and gratitude to all brothers, sisters, and sympathisers who benevolently gave donation towards the fund to assist families and relatives of our fallen heroes and those who returned from action............................more











Senegal pledges $500 mln railway to southern Casamance region 

Feb 19 (Reuters) - Senegal's President Macky Sall pledged on Thursday to build a $500 million railway linking the capital, ..............more


Gambian Turns 50

By Momodou Ndow

The idea of fighting for Independence, gaining it, and self-rule sounds pretty romantic, right? .............more


Founding Father

In his book "Kairaba," Jawara comes out as a pragmatist during the push for Independence.

By Cherno Baba Jallow

With countries such as Tunisia, Morocco, Ghana, Guinea gaining autonomy from colonial rule in the 1950s, demands for Independence in Africa began to take on a more widespread, ardent tone. By 1960 and the year after, all but Cape Verde, Guinea Bissau and The Gambia had gotten full Independence in the West African sub-region.  Read more: http://www.mybasse.org/










The Gambia Coup - what a Miss!
Dear Fatou,
Damn Ms Fatou!  I was rejoicing too!
I read with much interest your last article published in Gainako newspaper............more

What in the world is wrong with Gambian Grandees?

By Saul Saidykhan

I originally published this article over thirteen years ago. Some of the characters I cited to make my point then are no longer with us though the disappointment generated by their behavior is etched indelibly in the minds of some of us.........more








A group of Gambian diplomats who turned an embassy into a "warehouse" selling tax-free tobacco have been jailed. 

- BBC News       ..................................more








Gambian diplomats guilty of tobacco fraud

Gambian diplomats who sold tax-free tobacco from their London embassy have been found guilty of cheating the UK taxpayer out of almost £4.8m.........................more


Tax-dodging Gambian diplomats jailed over UK tobacco scam.............more







Fatou Jaw Manneh Goes to Oslo

By  Foday Samateh

“When I arrived in Gambia, I was greeted by some plainclothes secret service personnel at the airport. “You are Fatou Jaw Manneh?” they asked. “Yes,” I answered. “Come with us,” they said. My brother was there to pick me up. “Where are you taking her?” he asked.....................more










Oslo Journal, Part VII 

Iyad El-Baghdadi, you have met. He’s the Palestinian who was kicked out of the UAE for his democratic agitation, mainly online. And he now gives a speech to the Freedom Forum crowd.......................more


National Review Elections Online

For some reason, dictators like to hold fake elections. Well, we know why: They sense, somehow, that their dictatorship is wrong, and they like to have a fake democratic imprimatur.

In my “Oslo Journal” today, I write about a journalist from Gambia — a remarkable woman named Fatou Jaw Manneh. She showed us pictures from her home country, which is bossed by a dictator named Jammeh.................................more

Longevity will Never Equate Legitimacy –Lessons from the Harmattan, Black Revolution – Bravo Burkina Faso!Let All Midget Dictators be warned of the impending Revolution

By: Kaba Sallah........................more


Urgent Matter Regarding Captain Simon Peter Mendy Currently on Vocation in the United States   -  GAF Military Intelligence Officer....................................more









Dictators are like natural disasters to world citizens:Fatou Jaw Manneh  -   theoslotimes.com

Fatou Jaw Manneh is a refugee, currently living in Arizona, USA...........more

Burkina Faso crisis: Opposition urges Compaore to quit

Burkina Faso's opposition has renewed its call for the immediate resignation of President Blaise Compaore as hundreds of protesters ............more


Gambia Chief Justice rejects GPU suit against media laws

The Supreme Court of The Gambia will in November determine an application filed by lawyers for ...........more

By Verena Giesen, Germany (Picture: Verena and Fatou at the Oslo Freedom Forum)

Dear Fatou,......................,,,..........more







Defeating Dictators

Oslo, Norway
October 20 – October 22, 2014On October 20, 21, and 22, dissidents, activists, world leaders, journalists, policymakers, entrepreneurs, artists, philanthropists, and scholars united in Norway to share their stories and collaborate on ideas for Defeating Dictators..........................................more










Fatou Jaw Manneh Speaks at Oslo Freedom Forum 

Fatou Jaw Manneh, journalist and activist was invited to  Oslo Freedom Forum 2014. The forum on defeating dictators lasted for 2 days, from  21st – 22nd October............................more  









Germany offers free college tuition to U.S. and international students 

This is incredible:

All German universities are now free to Americans and all other international students. The last German state to charge tuition at its universities struck down the fees this week.
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The cocaine often makes its way to Guinea-Bissau via smaller aircraft. From there, it makes its way north to consumers in Europe in three ways: with speedboats, by land or via "swallowers." The latter are usually Nigerians who, for the equivalent of some €800 ($1,000), swallow capsules -- small balloons filled with up to a kilo of drugs -- and then try to reach Lisbon or Cape Verde on commercial flights. 

http://www.spiegel.de/fotostrecke/photo-gallery-tilting-at-windmills-in-guinea-bissau-fotostrecke-94075-7.html

White House Arrival Videos and President Obama Handshake Photos .............................more

Who taught you to hate your [dark] skin?

February 27, 2014 — Skin-lightening/bleaching is a problem, but it's only a sign of much deeper inter-related issues: self-hatred,............more

Opposition to leadership(Mansa) should be eliminated.-Dr. Baba Ceesay.

Haikus4Gambia...........................more
Gambians in Minnesota: Finding family on foreign ground
  • Article by: ANNA PRATT , Special to the Star Tribune
  • Updated: February 18, 2014 - 1:10 PM

Gambians living in Minnesota reach out to one another as they would ........................more


















With Pata Saidykhan at the DC Demo.