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The Pen Is Mightier Than The Sword

Prudent 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 

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

 

The Joke That is “Françafrique” Independence

by Saul Saidykhan

An abused people – be it a country or nation, have two un-enviable faults in common with..........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

Imam Baba Leigh New York protest

Aminata and I

By: Fatou Sagnia, New York

January 23, 2013 was the coldest day of the year in New York, with wind chills hovering around zero degrees. In recent history, this was quite a record of sorts for the Big Apple. It seemed, however, almost prophetic that our protest for the release of a man of God would fall on such a day..........................................more

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
















WHEN WILL HE......
by Aisha Saidy
When will he............more

Sigga Jagne of STGDPInterview  with Pa Nderry Mbaye
Click here

Chris Sukuna, Secetary, Save The Gambia Democracy Project (STGDP)

Carrie Janneh , Maafanta.com

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

The Circle of Life 

By Momodou Ndow, California
.............
more


UNLAWFUL PRISONER KILLINGS 100 percent unlawful: the killings that angered the world and stained a nation  -   by Lamin J. Darbo, UK

In a confounding display of reckless and secretive statecraft, even some who still consider themselves officially connected and in the know swore on their lives that prisoner killings did not happen in The Gambia notwithstanding BBC and other reports quoting credible Amnesty International,...............................more

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

Baba Aidara, Publisher Hellogambia.com

Gunjur Diaspora Alkao Michael Scales

Tom Tom Rhodes (CPJ)

East Africa Consultant 

Nickname: Toubaa Sanchaba

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












Ndey Jobarteh Business Development Manager, Africa i Genkey AS, fra Gambia ...............more

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 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 throw into the political ring, but what I do have is my Gambian birth certificate, and I can supply an army of witnesses to corroborate these claims......................................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


President Yaya Jammeh of Gambia:

Maafanta's worst person of the year. He makes gambian citizens cry everyday.

“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





"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

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 and narrow nationalist notion of the untenable “54 Africas” that plague and undermine the struggle to liberate and unite Africa..................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. It was going to be a glowing tribute to a great president, without being a canting expose of his still untold story.................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 

The Gambia: Remembering the April 10 2000 Students’ Massacre (April 2011).
By Mathew K Jallow

1. Reginald Carroll
2. Karamo Barrow
3. Lamin Bojang
4. Ousman Sabally
5. Sainey Nyabally
6. Ousman Sembene
7. Bakary Njie
8. Claesco Pierra
9. Momodou Lamin Njie
10. Ebrima Barry
11. Wuyea Foday Mansareh
12. Bamba Jobarteh
13. Momodou Lamin Chune
14. Abdoulie Sanyang
15. Babucarr Badjie
16. Omar Barrow (journalist & Red Cross volunteer).

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You Are Not Forgotten

Gambian Chronicles

D. A. Jawo Crystallizes a Nation in Transit

By Cherno Baba Jallow

In the fading days of the Jawara presidency, it seemed as if things weren't moving - or moving fast enough. Within the confines of presidential power and far, far away, the national soul was living listlessly. The custodians of power and authority were napping at the wheel.....................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

Gambia’s Clandestine Foreign Operation Uncovered   -  kibaaro.com.

The Gambia government’s hatched clandestine foreign security operation against exiled Gambians in Senegal, Europe and the United States has been uncovered..................................more


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











Open letter on Women’s Political Participation

by Ms Satang Nabaneh, Gambia

Friday, March 22, 2013

I think it is time I add my voice to the debate, to wear the badge of verbal fundamentalism, without the slightest embarrassment. Should have been a long time coming- to unburden myself and do a little carping....................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










An Essay on Decadence of Morality in The Gambia  -  By Musa Camara

Irreformable and notorious individuals who commit blatant infractions or heinous crimes are generally isolated,.............more

musacamara@hotmail.com


Thank You, Musa Camara  - Dida Halaki

Editor,.......................more


THE NEW FACE IN JAMMEH'S BUNGA BUNGA PARTY

- by Bamba Sering Mass (Human Rights Activist) UK..............................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

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

By Foday Samateh.................................more










Why we can’t wait…..

by Ousman Njie

There comes a time in the life of an individual, group, village, town, city, or nation when change is inevitable in order to preserve the pride, respect, and dignity of the people. I’ll call this the breaking point or crossroads or in economic terms- the point 

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GAMBIA: My 22 Incoherent Thoughts After 19 Years

by Pata PJ

If I'd grown up in an abusive household where my father abuses my mother, emotionally or physically, what would and should have been my (moral) responsibility?..........................more


INDEMNITY? HOW ABOUT YOUR CONSCIENCE?  - By: Pata PJ

On December 15, 2012, a former Bad Boy Rapper G-Dep walked into a Harlem Precinct, turned himself in after confessing to a cold case murder. G-Dep owned up to killing a young man on a botched robbery on October 19, 1993....more





Annual Report 2013The state of the world's human rights 

Human rights know no borders. But Amnesty International's 2013 report shows governments are using the excuse of 'internal affairs' in shameful attempts to block concerted international action to resolve human rights emergencies..........................more

African Union: Human and Peoples’ Rights

We are marking yet another historically significant milestone as we celebrate the Golden Jubilee of the birth of the pan-African Unity in the formation of the OAU. Over the 50 year period since the OAU was established, .................more


What Happened To Banjul? Part IV – The Mosquitoes’ Story (Fiction)

By Momodou Ndow

As more and more gutters became stagnant in Banjul, "The Banjul Mosquitoes" found themselves with more real estate to breed and keep multiplying..........................more












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








The 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 I leave out any important details. The information I got from my colleagues on the state of journalism in the last 19 years.......................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









As Gambian Diasporans yearning for change convened in Raleigh North Carolina for a National conference, passionate and emotional speeches rocked the meeting hall in Raleigh...............more

Maafanta Interview with GDAG Chairman Alkali Conteh

Chairman of GDAG and host of Gambia national conference, Raleigh North Carolina.

Good afternoon Mr. Alkali. Hope you have rested well. Thanks for the superb organization of this conference.........................more


DMU lecturer is named as one of the UK's best teachers

The Higher Education Academy (HEA) has today (27 June) named De Montfort University (DMU) Lecturer Dr Momodou Sallah as the recipient of a National Teaching Fellowship - the most prestigious awards for excellence in higher education teaching and support for learning..........................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

Masquerader at Raleigh Conference

By Musa Camara

“A person shall not be qualified to be appointed or hold the office of a Secretary of State if, he or she is a member of the National Assembly or if he or she holds the citizenship or nationality of any country other than The Gambia......................more

 ‘Gambians live under a climate of fear’- Amnesty’s Lisa Sherman-Nikolaus - American Street News..................more



















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

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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









July 22nd in the Gambia, 1994

by Fatou Jaw Manneh

July 22nd in the Gambia, 1994

Is the day that democracy died

The day the devil evaded our sight

And of course he came cloaked in a white robe

The day that we all were fooled

The day that sanity is doomed in the Gambia..............................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



Gambian Film Maker and Director, Ishmael Sarr has completed a very touching and  heart wrenching movie about young African men and women who brave the high seas  destined for greener pastures in Europe, mainly Spain. The name of the movie is called "Once Upon A Time In Sahel". As these men and women embark on this very uncertain journey,  they know it can be fatalistic, yet are not deterred  from trying............more

Ishmael Sarr

http://www.timesinsahel.com/

groupdallu@gmail.com

info@timesinsahel.com

00 221 777- 186426











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









Free Alhagi Ceesay & Ebou Jobe

Family and Friends Plea for the Release of Two U.S. Citizens Who Disappeared in The Gambia
Juka Ceesay, spokesperson for the families
Email: Jukacee@gmail.com
For immediate Release ...............................more

The Most Terrifying Drug in the World Has Spread to The Gambia- Jammeh the Head drugs Dealer - 

 By The Economist

In The Gambia, where the president Yahya Jammeh claims to be a strict Muslim Practicing Sheikh- pious, Holy Koran firm in one hand and a kingship sword clutched in the other everywhere he goes........................................more








The Week's News Recap

The 68th UN General Assembly , New York

Team Yaya Jammeh versus Team Diaspora

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

The nasty Foroyaa editorial

by Fatou Jaw Manneh

The cruel Foroyaa editorial that shook the diaspora community is shocking but not disappointing at all. And now we know why foroyaa is standing tall: because it is an enabler to the barbaric Yaya Jammeh government........................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

At least 54 Tunisian pilgrims have been refused to travel to Saudi Arabia to perform pilgrims for holding Gambian fake passports

GambiaTV2 Facebook Page
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Sorry seems to be the hardest word to say for Gambians
By Demba Nganye Njie, Sweden.............more 

Spotlight on Ending Violence against Women

By Isatou Bittaye

As the commemoration of 16 Days Activism against Gender-Based Violence draws to an end on December 10 (Human Rights Day), I am providing a highlight on the struggle to end violence against women and girls................................more

PRESIDENT JAMMEH SHOULD RESPECT THE PRIVACY OF CHILDREN LIVING WITH HIV AND AIDS  -- By Ousman JC Darboe

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POURUH DU GEREM NYEMI DAW

Ndey Tapha Sosseh

Secretary General, Coalition for Change The Gambia

A lot has been said in the past month on the severing of ties between ........................more


By George Ayittey

Mandela Passes
He was truly an African hero and leader – a man of indefatigable determination, steely courage, indomitable spirit and unbending will. He endured great hardships and personal sacrifices to bring freedom to his people. Yet, he had a heart big enough to forgive and reconcile. He indeed will rest in peace............more


The Enlightenment

By Momodou Ndow

Human reason is one of the major factors that separate us from animals. Reasoning is the capacity for consciously making sense of things and applying logic for establishing and verifying facts.........................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







AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL

PRESS RELEASE
18 December 2013
The Gambia must immediately release three opposition members convicted of sedition
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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.

To the proverb necessity is the mother of invention, sycophants from The Gambia have supplied the parallel contrast that desperation is the father of self-reinvention. Yahya Jammeh’s collaborators from The Gambia are very skillful in reinventing themselves once they fall out of grace with the ‘ungrateful’ man they so diligently and dutifully served. Ms. Fatou Camara—no relation to this author—is the latest cast member of comic tragedy. .............more

Fatou Jaw Manneh Come Out

By a retired US Soldier

Fatou, how are you? Hope well, and doing great.

Fatou, I believe I heard on Pa Nderry’s online radio program yesterday that you will be making an appearance on the show. Please, advise me of confirmed date and time, so that I will make time to listen to it. I was glad to hear that, and as a result, I decided to pen this little tidbit I now hereby share with you, and hope you can forward it to, and or share with Pa Nderry.

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

Fellow countrymen, first allow me state that, my observations in this article is to evoke rational understanding more strongly that emotional feelings. Over the past couple of days, we are bombarded with claims and .............................more










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

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"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. I am 20 years old today and I hope by the time I will be 21 Inshallah, we will be able to restore democracy in our dear motherland. I am dabbling into politics but my parents are totally against it. ...............more










Elections Don't Matter, Institutions Do 

By Robert D. Kaplan

Many years ago, I visited Four Corners in the American Southwest. This is a small stone monument on a polished metal platform where four states meet. You can walk around the monument in the space of a few seconds and stand in four states: Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado and Utah. People lined up to do this and have their pictures taken by excited relatives..............................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.

The topic at hand is what Martin Luther King actually did, what it was that he actually accomplished..........................more 

Send all emails for now to fatoujm@gmail.com

Educators Please Stand Up
Dear Colleagues,
I hope this appeal finds you in good spirits.  As the spring semester is nearing an end, I am compelled to reach out to you about our silence in engaging our fellow citizens relative to the present state of affairs in The Gambia. 
As educators, I believe it is our fiduciary responsibility in seeing an end to the dictatorship in The Gambia.  In fact, it is unrealistic for us to call ourselves educators when we sit on the sidelines. 
In that vein, I would like to organize a conference call for all Gambian  educators and our comrades in the struggle.  The tentative date is  at 3:00PM (EST) on Sunday, June 1.
We cannot let the train leave us and expect to be part of the solution.  In reality, our silence may be part of the problem.  Let’s call ourselves: Educators For Democratic Gambia (EFDG).
If interested, please contact me at doctorconteh@yahoo.com
Sincerely,
Dr. Lamine Jassey-Conteh
Assistant Professor of Accounting
Statement by the Stockholm dialogue forum about the
student massacre of april 10 -11 2000 in the Gambia.
a.   Urgently start developing and applying  a code of self  protection 
b.  learn the lessons of the student massacre 
c.   Study and understand the history of state and mass violence in gambia
d.   Coordinate with others to produce a handbook on the student massacra
e.   Develop anti state anti mass violence  information and education programs
f.    Expose and oppose the everyday  culture of terror and violence
g.   Start research and develop family and community anti violence  structures
h.  Correct our historic weaknesses  in opposing  state and mass violence
i.    Inform our communities about violent risk and risk management 
For more information


Abdul SAVAGE: You are not in any form or shape qualified to render professional judgment in the use of force for regime change in the Gambia pertinent to NRMG!
By Ex Officer Cadet Lawrence Jabang (GAF)
Abdul Savage, let me first state to you that I definitely don't know you and in the same vein neither do you know me. However, is the love of Gambia that brought us here, in the public forum, to discuss our plight as Gambians, and in doing so we will clash many times but that should just be expected due to different personality traits that we possess......................more

DEMONSTRATION!!!!

ALERT ALERT ALERT !!!

By The Gambians In The Netherlands

Ladies and gentlemen, once again we are organising a huge demonstration on the 30th of may 2014 at the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague and at the ministry of foreign affairs also in The Hague the same day but not at the same time against the barbaric, cruel and brutal regim of President Yahya A.J.J. Jammeh......................more







An Essay on Decadence of Morality in The Gambia

By Musa Camara

The Typical Gambian Monad: Part 2 of 7

Since society is the collection of individuals, the formal and non-formal institutions in it are their social creations informed by their values and attained through their collective endeavors. The values they espouse ultimately reflect in their social and political institutions............more







PRESIDENT JAMMEH’S HOUSE IS ON FIRE

Voice of reason opined “when one wants all, he loses all” such is manifested in President Jammeh. As human beings, we at certain stage of our lives reach moments when we are tempted to caress the notion that we can say and/or do anything and no one can do a thing about it.............................more

Message to The Gambia
By Ebrima Kinteh
Our politics in The Gambia starting from the birth of the Republic has never been ‘One Man One Vote’. Rather, ours is One Tribe One Vote. Our first President, with all due respect for his democratic principles, came to power because of a tribal majority. A deliberately handpicked President for the Mandinkas and who had scant knowledge or experience in the anti-colonial struggle. ........more






REMEMBERING THE VICTIMS OF 10th APRIL 2000 !!!

By Lamin Saddam Sanyang,

The Netherlands.

Fourteen year ago April on the 10th was the darkest day for our smiling coast. That was the date that the barbaric, cruel and brutal regime of President Yahya A.J.J. Jammeh has brutally massacred fourteen students who were peacefully demonstrating their  civil, democratic and...............more

Response to Halake
By Mathew K Jallow

Dear Editor,

I must admit, that I was extremely incensed by the Ethiopian’s (Dika Halake) rude, dismissive response to DUGA’s letter criticizing brother Youssou N’dour’s planned concert performance for Yahya Jammeh. But first, on a tangentially relayed matter; since Youssou N’dour was invited and has already inked a three million dalasis contract, my suspicion is there must be a strong financial motive in it forYahya Jammeh.
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Part II: Why It Hasn’t & Won’t Work

By Burama Jammeh

I made case against efforts to assume election with some unified opposition is a winner against Yahya.  It’s not because am against election and/or union of parties but because the election apparatus is controlled/managed by Yahya who is the other contestant. 

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Halake, GIVE US A BREAK!

By Momodou Ndow

Dida Jallow Halake, please GIVE US A BREAK! Who died and made you chief expert in all things Senegambian? I wonder what you were thinking when you made this wild statement, "With great respect to DUGA, and other Diaspora Gambians who have been criticising Senegalese musicians and even Macky Sall himself, people who are fighting for freedom must bear one thing in mind: ..........................more







Halake does not understand
By Momodou Kaba Fatty
To understand HALAKE`s stand in current Gambian conundrum, you must trace it to his background as a child of endless conflicts in the horn of Africa. Halake did not and cannot know, that prior to Jammeh, Gambians lived a peaceful life without fear of arbitrary arrest, detention, torture and state sanctioned  executions..................more






Predictable Mr. Sarr!

Editor,

I wish to acknowledge the well-argued and respectful chastisement of my humble self by Ishmail Sarr.

I plead guilty to “unpredictability” as charged! It is my chosen tool for educating my Gambian in-laws. Let me explain.

Nearly 20 years ago, I came to the conclusion that my Gambian in-laws intellectual limitations are caused by a very simple Gambian trait: “Gambians like to talk, mostly, only to each other”.......................more

April Nightmare
By Momodou Ndow
Like April showers bullets rained down
Leaving students soaked in profuse blood
The new God came down like a ton of bricks
Students crushed and 14 lives expired?.........................more






The Friday –A reflection and mother’s tribute.

By Yero Jallow

Folks –here we go again, it is all about sharing and inspiring others. If you choose face book or discussion forums as a part time job, you get to get these things out. Post some pictures, quote some Malcolm X somewhere, share a link from CNN, share some eulogies of family, and make noise about injustices and power excesses. ............ ..................more







Bread Shortage Hits Banjul; what will the People Eat?

 By Yero Jallow

Faced with bread shortage in Banjul (Courtesy of Foroyaa, April 2014), I was reminded of the late Master H.I. Jagne's master poem, "Inflation Has Hit Dogland," from his book, "The River Gambia." The poem discusses “inflation” hitting the nation which resulted to humans competing with dogs in bones. Going by media reports on bread shortage, notably the Foroyaa newspaper, it is conclusive to say that Master Jagne’s poem has interpreted itself to Gambians.....................more








ABOLISH TRIBES AND TRIBALISM: A CHALLENGE OF OUR HISTORY
“Goam bunyudul lal du werr muk” – An untreated wound will never heal
!                    By: Ousainou Mbenga

In my humble view, the treatment must begin from a historical analysis of how this wound was inflicted on us in order to establish the appropriate treatment and safe subsequent generations from living with this “political blind spot” of tribe and tribalism.

As the pressure of the resistance against the AFPRC –APRC mounts, with Jammeh’s back unquestionably against the wall, it is most disheartening to

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GCC website, future of the struggle and a time for national resistance

The Gambia Consultative Council (GCC), recognizing the growing need for action, is pleased to present Gambians a platform for communicating and exchanging of ideas. The imperativeness of using all avenues of communications, in a fast changing media and communication landscape, cannot be overestimated. The GCC website will allow every Gambian dissident and ....................................more
www.gccfreegambia.com
Another April 10th and 11, we are still waiting for Justice

By Modou C. Nyang

As Gambians and people of conscience all over the world mark the 14th anniversary of the April 10 and 11 student demo this year which was brutally suppressed by the Gambian own security forces, resulting in the deaths of more than 14 innocent

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April 5, 2014

HelloGambia

Freedom News Paper

Gainako

Kairo News

Kibaaro News

Jollof News

Mafaanta News

SeneGambia

Dear Compatriot Editors,

I hope this email finds you in the highest spirit of resistance to liberate our beloved Gambia from the clutches of tyranny. I again want to commend you in your invaluable work to raise the national consciousness of our people and increase their fighting capacity to end the nightmare that has been visited upon us since the “ascension” of Jammeh onto the “saddles of power”.........................more


UNIVERSAL PERIODIC REVIEW OF THE

GAMBIA

Submission on behalf of  

Gambia Human Rights Network (GHRN)

20th session of the UPR Working Group, OCTOBER-NOVEMBER 2014

1. FOLLOW UP TO THE PREVIOUS REVIEW

Extrajudicial executions, enforced disappearances and unlawful arrests

Eight recommendations relating to alleged cases of extrajudicial executions, enforced disappearances and unlawful arrests were made to The Gambia. These recommendations called for investigations into such allegations, accountability for the perpetrators,...................more







PAY DAY!!!

By Lamin Saddam Sanyang,

The Netherlands.

InshaAllah we are almost at the end of the barbaric, cruel and brutal rulling of President Yahya A.J.J. Jammeh. So President Yahya A.J.J. Jammeh and his bunch of criminals are going to be paid for their deeds here and hereafter as it is stated in The Glorious Quran chapter 99 verse 7 says :........................more


PETER BEGS JAMMEH TO SPARE THE SINGHATEY FAMILY
By Alhajie Kanteh
Capt (Rtd)
The Gambia Daily Observer recently carried a publication conveying message of goodwill and support
of erstwhile Lt. Col. Peter Singhatey to the dictator Jammeh and his brutal regime. Singhatey, who is on self-imposed exile somewhere in Ireland is coming out of the woodworks and lavishing sycophantic praises on an already crumbling dictatorship, calling it “20n years of success.”.......................more






Guinea-Bissau: the death of former president Kumba Yala

By RFI

Kumba Yala, former president of Guinea-Bissau, has died in the night of Thursday 3 to Friday, April 4, at the age of 61 years. He was the head of state of 17 February 2000 to 14 September 2003, when it was overthrown by Verissimo Correia Seabra................more


A World At School Appoints Gambia’s Modou C. Nyang as Global Youth Ambassadors
Gambia’s Modou C. Nyang ,24 , has been appointed as A World At School Global Youth Ambassador. “We are thrilled to have you join this global movement of young leaders working to get every child in school and learning” said Sarah Brown of the World at School. She added that the initiative was Launched by the UN Secretary General Mr. Banki Moon and the UN Speical Envy Mr. Gordon Brown.................more







Guinea miners in lockdown after Ebola deaths
Foreign mining firms have locked down operations in Guinea and pulled out some international staff, executives said, as the death toll from suspected cases of Ebola there hit 83. Five new suspected infections were reported in the .................................more
UNITED KINGDOM NEEDS TO LEAD EFFORTS AGAINST HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS IN THE GAMBIA FOR GAMBIANS FEEL BETRAYED BY THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY.
By Fakebba J Samateh , UK
The continuing reports from Amnesty International and other International organizations concerning the increasing human rights abuses in The Gambia have further noted that these abuses targets perceived opponents of the government and media organizations. One case of concern was the unfair trial and imprisonment of UDP Treasurer Amadou Sanneh and co...................................more

Autism:We embrace the challenges

By Mammy Neneh SaidySanyang

It is another year gone by and time to remember Autism, and all those whose lives it continues to affect. Further to my piece that was published in your paper last year , our son Mohammad continues to improve although he is still non verbal. We have continued to explore new ways to deal with some of his challenges...................more

The Crab Revolution Part 2

By Demba Ngange Njie, Sweden

Thank God my trip to Warsaw, Poland, was very nice and inspiring indeed. I went to Warsaw for two things; a vacation and a study trip. Whilst there, I met many people who were all from different countries like Gambia, Senegal, Chad, Sweden, China and Poland; who all work and study in Poland. The people I spoke to told very interesting stories about their lives and how they managed to live in Poland. Warsaw or Warzawa has been the capital ..................................more








Thank you Kambi Bolong  -

Baba Galleh Jallow

Dear Editor,

Please allow me some space to thank Kambi Bolong for his/her piece published by Maafanta in support of my position against Yahya Jammeh. Without this piece, I would not even have known that people were criticizing me for criticizing Jammeh. Suffice it to say that having spent many years as editor of both the Daily Observer and The Independent,...................more



Press Release- Professor Binneh Minteh takes up Position in NRMG

The Executive Committee of the National Resistance Movement of the Gambia, NRMG, and its general membership, is pleased to welcome Professor Binneh Minteh to the movement as a fully-fledged member of the executive committee.

Professor Minteh brings to the table a wealth of experience and knowhow. On behalf of the entire membership if the NRMG, we wish Professor Minteh all the best as he prepares to take up position in the struggle for the liberation of the Gambia. If the MRMG is to help change the course of Gambian history for the better, then it must pride itself with quality, determined and enlightened leadership. We thank you all for your kind attention.

NRMG  


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. There is an old saying along the lines like “put your money where your mouth is”, or something like that. So, I am ready, willing, able and capable to put my money where my mouth is.........................more








CORDEG's blurred vision, or an attempt to snuff the life out of our hopes
By Musa Jeng
It is the tone of the opening paragraph that set the message of the write-up, and left me with bewilderment and disappointment. Let me preface by saying that I have a tremendous respect for Lamin Darboe, someone that brings lots of experience from the bench with an unquestionable sharp legal mind that a future Gambia really needs in the new
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In Defence of Former NAM Dawda Manneh

By: Fabakary B. Ceesay

Many readers including myself might see this piece as Johnny come late, but my heart beats heavily anytime the thought of jail APRC former National Assembly Member for Nianija Constituency, Dawda Manneh, comes to my mind. His innocence of the crime that he was convicted for and now serving 10 years jail term cannot be erased from my mind.......................more

CORDEG Is Here To Stay

A RESPONSE TO LAMIN DARBO

Mr Lamin Darbo’s regretful piece, “CORDEG’s Utterly Blurred Vision”, is both shameful and inept in the present stage of our struggle. His   statement is unnecessary and uncalled for towards an organisation recently formed to liberate our beloved country. We are tired of pseudo academics such as he is, when all they can do for the struggle is to criticise and become pen activists. All that Mr Darboe wants to say but too afraid to say is that Prof. Saine, Sigga Jagne and Abdoulie Jobe are WOLLOFS. No they are not “friends” as he chooses to say. ................more

Why It Hasn’t  & Won’t Work  By Burama Jammeh

We’ve worked from believes that ‘Yahya Is The Problem’ and hence the solution is ‘Yahya Must Go And Go First’.No one in the struggle would argue that Yahya is nothing other than a bad guy but ought to know that our problems created Yahya.  No doubt Yahya is a stumbling block to our efforts but we must recognizeor at least join such a charge.........................more







PRESIDENT JAMMEH’S UNSAFE GAMBIA

As human beings who strongly subscribed to the principles of democracy; good governance; equality before the law; human and peoples’ rights and freedom of speech, it is incumbent upon us to not only stand up against injustice and sufferings around us but also work together to stop them wherever they occur irrespective of religion, race, gender or political affiliation.

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YAYA JAMMEH: A TAPEWORM IN SENEGAL’S STOMACH

By Ousainou Mbenga

Aside from the above metaphor, Jammeh is indeed a two – headed tapeworm, one sucking Gambian blood, the other slowly eroding the bowels of its secondary host –Senegal - by inflaming Casamance, the southern region of Senegal. In addition, the escalating uncertainty at the neocolonial ..................................more











To:  The Honorable Thione Secka

From:  Gambia Democratic Action Group Raleigh North Carolina

Date: March 17, 2014

Subject:  The Senegalo-Gambian Relation

Dear Mr. Secka,

Before the colonialist found their way into our continent and move further into our Senegambia region, Senegal and Gambia were one and the same.  Even whereas colonialism took on lucrative turn and the colonialists took the move to divide Senegambia into two separate nations, our people remained steadfast, maintain shared values,.........................more


ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!!!

By Lamin Saddam Sanyang,

The Netherlands.

Since the brutal regime of President Yahya A.J.J. Jammeh took power. Our smiling coast became a gloomy coast. From 1994 to date, is only Allah (SWT) who knows how many Gambians and Africans at large were killed and have made disappear by President Jammeh and his bunch of criminals.

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Committee for the Restoration of Democracy in the Gambia
(CORDEG)
Vision and Mission Statements
CORDEG’s Organizational Structure (For Distribution)
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Jammeh’s moves to change Gambia’s official language from English
         By Sulayman Keita, UK
 The Gambian Dictator Yahya Jammeh has again went on his unprofessional and undiplomatic ranting declaring  he will  change Gambia’s official language from English to a local language. ...................more

ARE YOU A PRESIDENT OR A BUSINESSMAN?

By Lamin Saddam Sanyang,

The Netherlands.

As far as I can understand Mr. President, you took oath to the office to be the president of the nation, but not as a businessman. But I can see that you totally lost your way as a president and become a businessman...................more


CAN YOU TELL ME WHY?

By Lamin saddam Sanyang,

The Netherlands.

Mr. President you took oath in to the office to lead and protect us and not to hurt us. But now you are hurting us everyday physically, economically and emotionally, Can you tell me why?........................more

PRESS RELEASE NRMG
CONDOLENCES
The Executive Committee and the entire membership of the National Resistance Movement of the Gambia, NRMG, received with deep sadness and sorrow the demise of Pa Ismaila Chongan which took place yesterday. Mr Chongan was a retired senior member of the Gambian Security Services.
We herewith extend our heartfelt condolences to the entire Chongan family, his son Lt.Col. (Rtd)
Alpha Ebrima, former Gendarmerie Commander and deputy Inspector General of Police Force. May
the soul of this celebrated veteran endure eternal peace.
A Kanteh
For Secretary General
GAMBIAN MANDELAS
By Abdul Savage
I vividly still remember the day when I was tortured, how it started and went down, at the Bakau military
barracks. Then Sabally personally threw a blow at me, which left my nose bleeding, and JK himself
personally kicked me, as I was laying down on the floor bleeding. That was almost 20 years ago.......................more


CRUELTY AND WICKED HABITS BEHIND OUR CULTURE
By Lamin J. Jammeh, England.
Gambia, the smiling coast of Africa, was indeed a smiling  coast but now it’s a Grumpy Coast  as you wouldn’t find that smile on most people’s faces.
We have some serious  hidden issues apart  from the President's cruelties, which are really holding us back  from true civilization......................more







MY CONCLUSION

BY Abdul Savage

Let’s start with this disclaimer: “We who have seen war (or armed activity) never stop seeing it”, Seal of Honor. WAR (or severe armed activity) IS NOT A GOOD THING, trust me. We don’t pray for it, we don’t ask for it, and we certainly don’t want it. But if it comes, WE ARE ALWAYS READY.

In the landscape and ........more


Former Vice President of European Parliament  Proposes  Tough Measures Gambian Officials.
By Alieu Ceesay
Ahead of the EU Africa Summit from April 2-3 in Brussels, which brings together Africans and EU leaders,David Martin,former vice president of the European Parliament has called on the EU High Representative on Foreign Affairs, Catherine Aston and President of the European Commsion Jose Manuel
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THE SPEECH

By Abdul Savage

This is an excerpted speech, given at the Independence Stadium, on February 18, 2146, marking the 250 years anniversary of The New Gambia. I was there, and I will publish the rest of the speech with time. This speech was given by Ousman A.J.J. Kanilai, the Fourth, then King of the Kingdom of The Gambia.

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Selfishness Is Human!

By Burama Jammeh

Selfishness is a feature of human nature. Selfishness lifted the world from stone ages to the age of computing. Man has conquered everything along his way to make the world what it today. The challenge for mankind is treading the fine line between good selfishness and bad selfishness, if one such exists.......................more

PRESS RELEASE

National Resistance Movement of The Gambia (NRMG)

May it be known that we the patriotic citizens of the Republic of the Gambia, conscious of the plight of the Gambian people under the York of home–grown dictatorship, herewith declare our commitment of doing whatever it takes to defeat such a system. Following careful preparations,.................more


PRESIDENT YAHYA A.J.J. JAMMEH IS A CONTINENTAL LIAR (Part 4)

By Lamin Saddam Sanyang,

The Netherlands.

Mr. President, can you remember when Ms Sarah Goddard of Radio Gambia asked you during your first press confrence back in 1994, about what plans do you have in giving the national media the attention it deserves for it to play its vital role in the development process as you know the important role of the media as a power tool which can be used for national development?..................more







Memories of a Gambian Child

By Momodou Ndow

Heavy rain beating on the rooftop to the rhythm of drums

Children crawl into a fetal position under the covers


Back into Mummy’s tummy they return, safe and sound

Sleeping tight and dreaming pleasantly as the thunder roar  

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P.O.BOX 4507, NE Washington, DC  20017Phone: (202) 590-4318  (301) 254-9983  Email: dugadc@gmail.comwww.duga-usa.com

DUGA recently embarked on a sensitization campaign in Senegal to bring awareness to its citizens, the press, human rights defenders, diplomats and government officials of the gross human rights violations in Gambia and its effect on Senegal. It is DUGA’s view that the Senegal has a vital role to play in putting an end to the criminal activities of the Jammeh regime...............more


The Mickey Mouse Leader

By Baba Galleh Jallow

His Mouthy Lousy the Poxident, Snooty Largy Dotty Mickey MMM Mouse was at his best of the worst. Dressed in his customary cowhide robes, his iron scarf hung around his neck, his wooden cap on his rugged head, and his iron boots strapped to his flat feet, he had convened an emergency meeting of his cabinet to enlighten them on the history of his personal country and to tell .................more

Is Not Enough To Keep Blaming Yahya!

By Burama Jammeh

How many political parties have an up to date manifesto clearly articulating their intended governance philosophy and priority programs to improve the nation’s quality of life? I don’t know the answer but if I have to bet I would say only PDOIS. Isn’t that in itself very telling?.

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MR. TAMBA FOFANA: THE MAN I CALL MY FIRST PROFESSOR AND THE BEACON OF MY EDUCATION: A TRIBUTE TO A GREAT TEACHER

“Good teachers impart good education. Great teachers groom their students to become leaders. Ordinary teachers direct us along the right path, but great teachers inspire us to seek our own path. They encourage us to discover our talents.”  (Quoted)
Tamba spent his entire life in public service, imparting knowledge to thousands of students over the years within the length and breadth of the Gambia. ........................more

So I keep my Quiet 

By Lamin..
I want to speak for my rights, but I was threatened to be jailed, if what I say is not liked by the government. "Just keep quiet and mind your business," as if what I am saying is not my business. So I keep my quiet.


I want to speak to the Member of Parliament and ask him not to be a scarecrow in the millions-of-dollar Assembly building and speak the truth about his people, their conditions and needs. .................................more

PRESIDENT YAHYA A.J.J. JAMMEH IS A CONTINENTAL LIAR (part three)

By Lamin Saddam Sanyang,

The Netherlands.

The late Mr, Deyda Hydara, the Point founder have asked you this question during your first press conference in 1994. His question was: The outgoing government recently put in place an impressive and very comprehensive plan of action aimed at alleviating poverty in general and improving the lot of Gambian masses in particular. In the same vein, that same government recently conducted

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Taking A Side: A Mistake Still Haunting Our Struggle

By Burama Jammeh

‘A National Democracy’ Agenda for The Republic of citizen activists without direct/special alliances with some groups would have served our cause better.  It would disentangle us from the vices of Gambia’s undeveloped party politicking. Over time it would appeal to all citizens equally as a people cause and not an agenda for someone/group to be propel to power..............more








The Gambian: My last act; the last battle

By Mathew K Jallow

I had a dream. Not a Martin Luther King Jr. dream. A Mathew Kali Jallow dream! I was home in Gambia and everything looked strange. I was out of my depth. Yet naivety did not take me back. My dream did. Home had turned into a whole new world of conflict and contradictions. And I was caught in its crossfire...................more
Turkish NGO expands to West Africa

The general secretary of Turkey’s biggest international humanitarian non-governmental organisation – Kimse Yok Mu, (a Turkish parlance meaning in English “isn’t there anyone”) has disclosed plans to extend the charity’s operations to The Gambia, Liberia and Sierra Leone amongst other West African countries........................more

From Scott Morgan



PRESS RELEASE

February 27, 2014
The recent leak to the press of CORDEG's foundation document(s) is a gross breach of trust. As CORDEG strives to build a democratic organization to serve the interests of ALL Gambians, we categorically condemn this irresponsible act, and take this leak seriously, and as constituting sabotage. We, the Executive Committee of CORDEG, demand that the person(s) responsible halt these corrosive activities that were intended, but will not succeed in tarnishing CORDEG's image. The Executive, as well as CORDEG's membership are unwavering in their commitment to doing the peoples' work, and no distractor now or in the future, can take any action, no matter how small or large, that will detract us from our central vision and mission of working with all pertinent stakeholders to restore and maintain democracy and the rule of law to The Gambia. To compare CORDEG's careful and democratic deliberations to Yahya Jammeh's draconian and autocratic rule is both misplaced and provocative- violating all sense of fair-play and professionalism. 
Professor Abdoulaye Saine
Chair, CORDEG








Perspectives / Culled From The African Executive
Lumumba, Mandela and Africa’s Next Strategy
By Dr. Chika Ezeanya
January 2014 marked the 50th commemoration of the assassination of Patrice Emery Lumumba. Lumumba was one of the greatest forces behind the wrestling of Independence from the unwilling hands of Belgian colonizers of the Democratic Republic of Congo. Africa’s most celebrated freedom fighter, 
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From Sainey Faye







YAHYA AJJ JAMMEH

PRESIDENT OF THE 014

Your Excellency,

ARE YOU LIVING THE DREAM?

As I write you this letter knowing there is nothing satisfying than being faithful to one’s personal truth, I cannot help but wonder if you ever alert yourself to how history will project you after you are gone or better still few years down the line when you look back.............................more








Stop The Illegal Arrests of UDP Activists!!!!

It has been brought to CORDEG's attention that UDP Youth activists were recently arrested in the village of Madiana in Kombo South.  The following among others were arrested: Fatty, Fakeba Kolly, Falang Sonko, Baby Sonko, Maimuna Darboe, Lang Marong.  Their crime?  Peacefully engaging in party activities - a perfectly legal behavior.........................more








MFDC: The State of Senegal lift the arrest warrant against Salif Sadio (press release)
The Government of Senegal has lifted the international arrest warrant issued against Salif Sadio, the leader of the military wing of the Movement of Democratic Forces of Casamance (MFDC). 

Inform our colleagues that this is a result of negotiations between the Senegalese government and the irredentist movement held in Rome on 20 and 21 February this year under the auspices of the San Egidio community. The charismatic rebel leader is now free to move, according to the statement received by our colleagues and signed by the Catholic community.

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The Ghosts of Mile 2 Central Prisons (2009)

By Mathew K Jallow

I saw rusty, shriveling skeletons

In those listless silhouettes

Drowning in misery

Where flatulence smells like aroma

And reality exists only in the mind’s bubble

No time to be afraid

Hope dipped in paranoia

The restless ghosts of Mile 2 Prison..................more

Civil Society Groups lobbied EU about Gambia's human rights
London Workshop on UPR Submission
& Advocacy Tour to Brussels
February 10-19, 2014
- Alieu Ceesay
 A workshop on human rights in London and discussions with officials of the European Union in Brussels recently highlighted a 10-day flurry of
activities by Gambian diaspora-based civil society organizations....................more






SENEGAL’S MALA FIDE TOWARDS THE GAMBIA

BY PHILOMEN MENDY

Let me state at the start that the views expressed here are my own, and that I have no expressed authority to speak on behalf of GMC on this matter. Yet my views are shaped by my domestic partisan inclinations. Many of us are very concerned about the Senegalese transit border closure currently in force against ....................more

A poem: Why is it that you come? - By Yero Jallow

Why is it that you come?

with your stealthy and cold hands

you come to take us away

from the beautiful family and friends

you come to take us away

from all the dreams of this world

from the life projects we started

you cut us short by our necks

Off our spirits fly to thy Lord

leaving scars and gaps unfilled.


DICTATOR JAMMEH OWE  APOLOGIES TO GAMBIANS FOR FAILING TO HONOR HIS SLOGAN OF  ACCOUNTABILITY AND TRANSPARENCY

BY  SULAYMAN   KEITA,   UK
The Gambia dictator Yahya Jammeh owed Gambians billions of apologies after failing to honor his slogan of transparency and accountability when he newly took over Gambia on July 22nd 1994, after he toppled the Democratically elected government of the former PPP regime..............more
Gambia at 49
By Fakebba J Samateh UK
 The Gambia as one of the smallest nation in west Africa has again celebrate its 49th independence under the leadership of tyrant  Yahya  Jammeh .This year's independence celebration marks  the fourth term of president Jammeh  in office since he took power from the former head of state president Jawara, in 1994.
The Gambia as a dynamic
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Sad Illusions
By Baba Galleh Jallow
In this world of sad illusions
Hearts that crave laughter
Encounter tears
Minds that seek calm
Encounter turbulence
Fingers that seek gold
Close around thorns
Birds that escape the cage
Slam into wires
In this world of sad illusions






PRESIDENT YAHYA A.J.J. JEMMEH IS A CONTINENTAL LIAR (part one)!!!

By Lamin Saddam Sanyang,

The Netherlands.

President Yahya A.J.J. Jammeh became a president of the Republic of The Gambia after forcefully overthrowing a democratic elected government.

President Jammeh  portrays himself as a devout Muslim with miraculous powers,.............more



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 that are making a difference in their communities and countries around the world. Again, welcome and thank you for accepting our invitation as the Premier Guest of this project.

Matida: I am humbled.

Oumie: Could you kindly give a little personal background to our readers?...................more


Gambia birthday poems by Fatou Jaw Manneh, Yero Jallow and Abdou Nano Darboe

A Poem: Nation’s Birthday
By Fatou Jaw Manneh
Happy birthday princess Gambia
Or is it Queen Mother Gambia
Or maybe battered mother Gambia?
How old are you now mama Gambia?
It is a long hard way since colonialism...................more


Gambia At 49.
By Lamin Darboe
It is 49 years since The Gambia gain independence. The stories surrounding the struggle for
independence and the prominent figures that were at the forefront of the push for independence
are known......................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








Senegambia:Gambia’s permanent state of crisis and Senegal’s impossible peace

By Mathew K Jallow, Adviser, Gambia Consultative Council

“I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just; that his justice cannot sleep forever.” If Thomas Jefferson’s premonition, more than three centuries ago, seemed sagacious, and even prophetic; it was because he understood the enduring power of freedom....................more


Intellectual Snipers
By Malik Kah
It is not uncommon to hear Gambians in the diaspora  lamenting,  the lack of a unified organisation as well as  a solid leadership that should  serve as the pivot to champion the course of the struggle,  leading  us   to  having a common position in the international community as well as help for  the restoration of our   rights  usurped under the dictatorship of the .............more

PRESIDENT YAHYA A.J.J. JAMMEH IS RESPONSIBLE FOR GAMBIAN CRISIS (PART THREE).

By Lamin Saddam Sanyang,

The Netherlands.

One of the most civil abuses of human rights during the last century was slavery. Millions of Afriacans were taken from their homes and shipped to America where they were forced to pick cottons. Those who survived the terrible journey accross the atlantic ocean were often treated brutally by their white masters.

Human rights are based on the principle that all people are born equal and deserve fair and just treatment as citizen of the world.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Raleigh, North Carolina U.S.A. February 17 2014:

The Gambia Democratic Action Group (GDAG) expresses its concern at the Gambia government’s continuous harassment, unlawful arrest and detention of citizens. The government of Yahya Jammeh in its reckless behaviour to marginalize the opposition in The Gambia has continued the barbaric tactic of unlawful arrests ................................more

Spirit Love
By Baba Galleh Jallow
Like a river she flows
In the valley of his soul
Like a rainbow he smiles
on the crest of her dreams
Like a wave she plays
on the sea of his chest
Like the breeze he whispers
in the silence of her life
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LEST WE FORGET
By Kaddy Bah
Our present struggle to liberate our motherland, The Gambia, from the YahyaJammeh dictatorship and gross abuse of human rights and political freedom
manifests itself in different forms and levels. Many of us are involved in different ways and recognition must be made of those who have contributed immensely or ...............................more
Children of Incarcerated Parents:
An Evaluation from Child Rights Perspective
A study on children of incarcerated parents in Africa 2013
Prepared by: Michael Oko-Davies
Abednego N. Sarpei
http://crin.org/
Hey Fatou,
Here is the link to the interview.
http://kfai.org/node/41675
Ibrahim
#HaikusforGambia







PRESIDENT YAHYA A.J.J. JAMMEH IS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE GAMBIAN CRISES (PART TWO):

By Lamin Saddam Sanyang,The Netherlands.

The mass killing by President Yahya A.J.J. Jammeh and his war mongers and power greeds shows the reckless manner humanity is crushed. The dignity of people are shattered by power fight, who will indiscriminately on our children and women, who

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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







REMEMBERING DR. CHEIKH ANTA DIOP / A GREAT AFRICAN THINKER
  By    Sainey Faye
Born: December 29, 1923 .......Died : February 7,  1986.......On this date he passed away and joined the ancestors.He was one of
Africa's greatest thinkers of the twentieth century.Born in Diourbel, Senegal; Cheikh Anta Diop was a scientist, mathematician,..................more
Britain Warns of 'Anti-UK Sentiment' in Gambia
abcnews.com
DAKAR, Senegal February 10, 2014 (AP)

The United Kingdom has warned its citizens of rising anti-British rhetoric from Gambia President Yahya Jammeh, who last year accused the former colonial power of organizing coup attempts in the West African nation.........................more

www.subsahranwire.com

PRESIDENT YAHYA A.J.J.JAMMEH IS RESPONSIBLE FOR GAMBIAN THE CRISIS (part one)

By Lamin Saddam Sanyang,

The Netherlands

Gambians suffered a lot even before colonialism and partition. Among the countries in the world, Gambia was a warehouse for slaves and slave merchants. Miltons of strong men and women were forced, killed tortured and finally transported to erect modern countries boasting of their stolen economies and plantations in the west and America, which were the works of African.

itics among other hotchpotch so call democracy,.................more


Press Release – Gambia Moral Congress GMC
The GMC leader Barrister Mai Ahmad Fatty, on behalf of the entire GMC membership is pleased to congratulate Dr Abdoulaye Saine and the newly elected executive members of CORDEG. We would like to take this opportunity to also congratulate Dr Sidat Jobe and the GCC executive members on their nomination...................more


WHY I AM RISING

By Aisha Bittaye
I am rising because
Every human being deserves to live a dignified life
Every Woman deserves protection from all forms of violence and abuse
I am rising to give voice to the one billion girls subjected to violence and abuse annually
I am rising to support .......more


WE THE GAMBIANS, WE HAVE TO CHOOSE FOR OURSELVES!!!

By Lamin Saddam Sanyang,The Netherlands.

President Yahya A.J.J. Jammeh took power on the 22nd of July 1994, and since then a lot of changes in the country. From 1994 to date we see lot of development taking place in the country. The development was so rampant and so quick that i´m now asking my self and my fellow countrymen and women..........................more








Position of Responsibility: Who Is Unqualified?
By Ebou Gaye
Our venerable prophet, Muhammad (may peace be upon him) is reported to have said that a person who expresses a desire to hold a position of responsibility should not be given the mandate, and that he once declined the request of one of his disciples to be appointed governor of one of the regions of the then Islamic State,.............................more







The Greatest Need of the Gambia today is the need for Leadership!!!

By: Journalist Abubacarr Saidykhan- Dakar

Gambia, our Dear Motherland, is currently crying and experiencing hunger for .......................more

OUR SECURITY OFFICERS:

By Lamin Saddam Sanyang,

The Netherlands.

Security is the degree of resistance to, or protection from harm. ............more


SHAME ON YOU MR. PRESIDENT!!!

By Lamin Saddam Sanyang,

The Netherlands.

How do you feel when you heard about this disastrous ferry accident?.......more

SLAVERY AND DICTATORSHIP OF PRESIDENT Prof. Dr. SHEICK Alh. YAHYA ABDUL AZZIZ JAMES JUNKUNG JAMMEH:

By Lamin Saddam Sanyang,

The Netherlands.

Slave masters:

Africans suffered a lot even before colonialism and partition. ..........more

Tears of a Crying Woman
By Yero Jallow
Joey screamed aloud from the distance
Not even the grasses swayed
There by the lion’s den, Joey roared louder again
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Djoliba’s Worth
By IBE

I was born in Kankan
Delivered on top of old German trucks
Full of djoula musos and the wares they peddle.............more

Tribute to the Late Solomon Tilewa Johnson
By George P. Ndekey for maafanta.com
Former Primate and Archbishop, Church of West Africa (Anglican Community).
The late Archbishop S.T.E.W. ......
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Senegal: the boycott Transgambienne paralyzes trade with the Casamance
RFI- Google translate
Since 1 January 2014, Senegalese carriers boycotting the passage of ............more

The land I used to know

By Momodou Ndow
The land I used to know was sandy, warm and sunny
Tiny, cute, fluffy and cuddly like a bunny..................more


Senegal: the boycott Transgambienne paralyzes trade with the Casamance
RFI- Google translate
Since 1 January 2014, Senegalese carriers boycotting the passage of Transgambienne..........more


NDATE YALLA MBOGE ......THE LAST LINGUERE (QUEEN/EMPRESS) OF THE KINGDOM OF WAALO -

  By Sainey Faye

'WAALO" .....Once a Wollof kingdom in northern Senegal, was one of the first testing grounds of French colonialism. France's General Louis Faidherbe is a common and well known name in French colonial history, almost synonimous to Cecil Rhodes of Rhodesia and Southern Africa. Both had scorch earth policy of pillage, destruction, rape, and murder to pacify Africans into subjugation and capitulation.He was sent to start the ground work in Senegal, which was the first bridge to cross and clear in its way to colonize the rest of West Africa.He encountered a strong, defiant, strong willed, resistant revolutionary woman; who happens to be also the queen of 'Waalo'...................................more








PRESS RELEASE:

LONDON DEMO

COME ONE CAME ALL!

Saturday 26 April 2014

This is to inform members and the general public that CDCG-UK, in solidarity with DUGA–DC and Gambian Activists in Senegal, are holding simultaneous demonstrations in Washington DC, London and Dakar to mark 14 years in remembrance of the 14 school children and Red Cross volunteer, shot and killed by Gambian security forces under the direction of the state president Yahya Jammeh on the 10 & 11 April 2000 and to manifest our continuing outrage at the government’s failure to prosecute the killers and their accomplices..........more

THOMAS SANKARA - CHAMPION OF THE POOR                                             2

Introduction (Abstract)- By Bamba Jabbi

I have many people who inspired me when I was growing up as a child. Their lives’ stories have impacted me on how I look at live and my ambitions and aspirations for the poor and the needy.

One such person was Thomas Sankara, a former president of the Republic of Burkina Fasso.  Ne’ Thomas Isidore Noel Sankara, he was an army captain in the Burkinabe Army before becoming the president of that country from 1983 to 1987 when his regime was toppled in military junta led by his best friend and personal confident.  President Sankara himself ascended to power through a coup d’etat assisted by the same best friend and confidant..................more

The Crab Revolution, Part III

By Demba Njie,Sweden


DUGA Europe – I'm responding to Mr. Halake's bias critic against DUGA appeal letter to Youssou Ndour

As a person you may wish to learn to know another person or friend. There comes a time when you think that you have known that person you call a friend so much that you will be proud to say that, -I know my friend from head to toe. You cheat your mind so much that it develops  naivety. You will never know a person better than him- or herself. This is a point where a person is being described by his or her friends selfish, stupid, narcissist etc.............................more

Turkish task force departs Gambia 

One year ago, on March 15, we reported on the unlikely link between the tiny west African country of Gambia and Turkey which were establishing a logistical military assistance agreement. On April 3 this year, both countries decided to reinvigorate their military ties with the visit to the Port of Banjul of the Barbaros Turkish Maritime Task Group 2014.
The objectives of this year’s visit were to conduct operations in the oceans around Africa in line with Turkish foreign policy, conduct the first ever sail by Turkish Republic naval forces units through the Cape of Good Hope, improve current bilateral relations with African nations and to establish new ones, contribute to the safety of international sea lanes, support ongoing anti-piracy efforts, and conduct humanitarian assistance activities..................................more

The (Real) Problems

Many believed Yahya is ‘The Problem’. For this crowd there is nothing to look for besides removing Yahya. Some recognizes there are other problems but believed those could be handled easier and better without Yahya. That is not necessarily true but I wouldn’t argue with that – I will take anyone else for now. The problem is how do you take out Yahya? Besides Yahya is not The Problem but A Problem. Yahya is the problem makes us feelings good by heaping all our problems on him and removes us from any role/responsibilities in what was created over a 50-year period. In addition this believes has undermined our curiosity of critical thinking over where we are, how did we get here and why did we get here...................................more

NRMG CLOCKS ONE MONTH HITTING THE GROUND RUNNING

April 12, 2014 at 11:24pm

Press Release

April 12, 2014

As we celebrate a month of existence of the Gambia`s National Resistance Movement, NRMG, today 12 April 2014, we the executive and members of this dynamic group herein wish to restate and re-emphasize our objective as outlined in our statements and communiques over the past month. This has become necessary to help put in perspective our position in the struggle to liberate our dear country from the clutches of gruesome totalitarianism...............more

April 10 & 11  2000 was the testing Ground for Jammeh to  further Subjugate and Emasculate Gambians Who It appears do not Stand for Anything.
By Papa Kumba Loum
April 10 and 11 2000 massacre and maiming by Jammeh of Gambian students who were demonstrating against the alleged torture and killing of a fellow student by fire brigade officers at Brikama Fire Station and the rape of a student by men in military mufti at the Bakau Independence Stadium are just one of the many incidences of the unchecked brutality that Jammeh has meted out to Gambians during his 20 year rule..........................................more
The Ballot or the Bullet …..The Big Debate, the Old Debate… (Part I) The   2016 General Elections in The Gambia will be a do or die for all … The PPP 2014 Global Tour of the Diaspora.  

By Kaba Sallah

One thing is very evident, that Dictator Jammeh. A.k.a the Butcher of Kanilai or Jallow Kanilai (JK) has absolutely no plans to voluntarily surrender his choke hold on power in Banjul, come general elections in 2016. We can all agree  on that; that elections are just one tool in his tool box to try legitimize his failed rule, and he will not stop at anything to claim victory in 2016, including importing “Green Volunteers”, from across the border from Casamance!

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CORDEG                      In Memoriam

Fourteen years ago on the 10th & 11th April 2000, security forces in The Gambia gunned down and killed 14 school children, including a 10 year old boy, a 3 year old toddler and a Red Cross volunteer and journalist Omar Barrow, who was helping to evacuate dead and wounded children. Scores more school children were also maimed, as they staged a peaceful demonstration against attacks on young people, including the unlawful killing of a school boy Ebrima Barry and the rape of a young school girl Binta Manneh by Gambian state security officers, weeks earlier.....................................more

Remembering April 10 & 11 - It Could've Been Me
By Samsudeen Phatey

As we remember the heroes of April 10 & 11, let us also remember the injured and let us seize this moment to remember not just their souls but for what they have sacrificed their lives for – justice.

So let us put those candles up and sing songs of praises and songs of justice for them. Yes, we have the right to be angry, so let us sing those songs of war and let the drums beat for the battle of justice. Let every man that can hear me, arm him or herself with anything, be it a hatchet or a pen, and march towards the enemy like the young gallant victims of April 10 & 11 and secure justice. It has been a long time coming. Indeed it has been and when I think of that very April day, as young 4th grade pupil, the memories are still fresh and now I said to myself, that could have been me, my sister, my brother, my uncle, my aunt that was shot. Omar Barrow could have been any of us! We could have been any of those students that were shot...............................................more

The Gambia: Remembering the April 10 2000 Students’ Massacre

By Mathew K Jallow

Exactly fourteen years ago this week, sixteen young Gambian students’ lives were cut short by the crackle of machine-gun-fire. The morning began uneventfully as citizens went about their normal business. In down-town Serekunda, the hustle and bustle that gave notoriety to the Gambia’s largest metropolis lived up to its image of confusion and disorder. Two miles to the east of Serekunda, where the Kairaba Avenue, the Birkama Highway and the Serekunda/Banjul speedway converge, and the spectacular display of human activity spoke loudly of hope but also of subdued desperation, no one could predict the tragedy that was about to happen.......................more

""HONESTY, LOYALTY AND SERVICE are the watch words in this struggle, not egos, ambitions or self-centered perspectives. """- Abdul Savage

TALK IS CHEAP

By Abdul Savage

First and foremost, I am qualified in any and every shape and or form to render very professional judgment and opinion on anything and everything that has to do with “forceful” regime change in The Gambia. I plead ignorance and stupidity in many subjects, but certainly not in the “use of force”...................................more

Unpredictable Halake!

By Ishmail Sarr

Halaki mom Mata, Fuf rek. Farut fen, he is just freelancing for the highest bidder. He is never sure which side of the Gambian Problem he is supporting. If I get it right, he is saying that we should not speak truth to powerful people or heads of states? To win against tyranny, one must exercise truth and sincerity even if they are not popular in the beginning. When Youssou Ndure and Yen a Marre were attacking President Wade, was he not the head of State, or were they not attacking Musicians, like Pap et Cheikh, or Paco Til and Mam Gorr for supporting Wade? When Bono and other Musicians were confronting Bush's foreign policy was he not the President of the most powerful Democracy in the World? Some of us agreed that it is important to isolate Jammeh and the APRC government. As we are all trying to achieve that by going to Amnesty International, EU, US Gov, British Parliament, ECOWAS, etc..............................more

The Student Massacre Is One Of The Darkest Of Days In Our Nation's History!!!

I wish never-ever to remember this day but hence we as humans are blessed with the ability to store data of memories in our brains, Gambians and the rest of the world will never forgot what transpired on the 10th-11th of April, 2000 and nor shall we rest until justice is seen to take it's course for that matter.
It is 14 years today, when our unarmed and defenseless future leaders were brutally gunned down by the notorious "trigger happy" Military and police of the Gambian State. The Security officers fired indiscriminately on us as we protest against the killing of our colleague " Ebrima Barry" and the sexual attack on another student by one of  "PIU" personnel who was on duties at the Stadium during an inter-school competition...................................more
Remembering April 10th and 11th, 2000 Student Victims in The Gambia
April 10, 2014 at 2:09pm

Press Release

April 10th, 2014

A decade has passed since the tragic events of April 10th and 11th , 2000 devastated our Communities with the brutal shooting deaths of 14 Student demonstrators in our beloved country. Events on that sad day were a catalyst in Gambian history and its significance makes the situation an active subject of national and international concern requiring action for justice. The National Resistance Movement of The Gambia (NRMG) understands that government failure to protect its own citizens is against established international norms; constituting an offense under international law.

Shocking as the atrocities of April 10th and 11th, 2000 continue to be across our communities, The National Resistance Movement of The Gambia (NRMG) stands with all progressive  voices to condemn Gambia Government  barbarous treatment of innocent student demonstrators in 2000. Such government action against unarmed children, was both shameful and high level cowardice. In line with our vision as a national movement committed to laying  foundations for the fullest protection of citizens by all future governments, NRMG supports calls for a full investigation and prosecution of perpetrators of the April 10th and 11th , 2000 tragic  events.

As we commemorate the tragic event, NRMG extends condolences to the family and friends of all the victims of April 10th and 11th, 2000. Human rights cannot be renounced as happened on April 10th and 11th 2000 . It was the inalienable rights of those unarmed students that were violated. To this end, we remind all progressive citizens that NRMG is fully committed to the removal of the despotic Jammeh regime using the appropriate means.

May The Souls of our Innocent Student Victims of April 10th and 11th 2000 Rest in Perfect and Eternal Peace.

Email: nrmg14@gmail.com
REMEMBRANCE DIALOGUE
April 9 students killing
OPEN DIALOGUE
Date:      Saturday 12th april
Time:      15:00 - 18:00
Place:      Sensus 4th floor medborgarhuset
Address:  Medborgarplatsen .
PROGRAM
15:00. State and mass violence
16:00  Break
16:30  How to stop state and mass violence
18;00  Close
Meeting code of conduct
a. Mutual respect
b. No tolerance for indiscipline
c, Equal time for all who want to talk
ORGANISERS
Sweden - Gambia Dialogue Group

DUGA, Diaspora Gambians, continue to miss the point

By Dida Jallow-Halake

 Editor,

I have just seen DUGA’s open letter to Youssou Ndour (my hero too for his anti-Apartheid activism – he did the Anthem “BIKO” with Peter Gabriel).

With great respect to DUGA, and other Diaspora Gambians who have been criticising Senegalese musicians and even Macky Sall himself, people who are fighting for freedom must bear one thing in mind: FREE PEOPLE DO NOT LIKE, AND WILL NOT ACCEPT, BEING BULLIED...........................................more








P.O.BOX 4507, NE Washington, DC  20017Phone: (202) 590-4318  (301) 254-9983  Email:
dugadc@gmail.com  www.duga-usa.com

Dear Mr. Ndour,

In DUGA’s open letter to you, we implored you, and the artists you produce to be sensitive to the plight of Gambians in your dealings with Yahya Jammeh. We are asking you to be sensitive as owner of Groupe Futur Media, and your record label to the plight and suffering of Gambians, especially journalists.  We had great hope in your involvement, and hence didn’t hesitate in launching an appeal of support................................................more

An Essay on Decadence of Morality in The Gambia                           

By Musa Camara

Introduction: Part I of 7

Irreformable and notorious individuals who commit blatant infractions or heinous crimes are generally isolated, publicly shamed, unequivocally condemned, socially sanctioned and even legally punished both in the interest of justice and for the good of society. Not the mercurial dictator who demands to be called His Excellency, Doctor, Professor, Sheikh, Alhagie Yahya A. J. J. Jammeh, Nasirudeen, the President, Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces and the Chief Custodian of the Sacred Constitution of the Republic of The Gambia. For nineteen years on, it doesn’t matter what violations he commits against citizens or the law, he enjoys total impunity thanks to the authoritarian fist he wields over the country. confirmed until diligent reporters broke the gory news to the world.......................more

TIME IS OF THE ESSENCE

BY Abdul Savage

“Time is of the essence”, they say. Since this struggle seems to have come to a crossroad, it needs to unite to come to a consensus as to how it divides and delegates its efforts, to maximize its goal to remove that despot from power. By divide and delegate I mean the struggle creates and delegate functions and responsibilities to qualified, experienced individuals with the task of achieving those objectives. 

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Disappeared for 8 Years After Abducted By Notorious NIA
By: Fabakary B. Ceesay
 They were comrades in politics and very good friends at all levels. April 4th,exactly 8 years after their abduction and disappearance without trace. On this evening, little did or no idea at all, did the families and loved ones of Momodou Lamin Nyassi, Buba Sanyang and Ndongo Mboob, would be the last time they would set their eyes on their family heads. The trio was arrested by The Gambia’s notorious National Intelligence

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Taking it up a notch or two
A new logo. A clothing line. Friends of Basse is gearing up

mybasse.org

Since its inception in 2009, Friends of Basse (FoB) has come a long way. What began as a simple reunion among childhood friends in Colonge, Germany, has now turned into a well-known, recognized and one of the most effective associations in the history of Basse and The Gambia at large.

From the start, FoB’s goal was to make a difference in the township of Basse. We began by putting in place a steering committee that was immediately replaced by our first executive in 2010.  Following the establishment of an executive, we immediately began the task at hand. A list of projects was put in place and work began immediately.

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HE IS A COWARD!!!

By Lamin Saddam Sanyang,

The Netherlands.

Today was a nice sunny day in Brussels the capital city of Belguim where lot of Gambian men and women gathered together to demonstrate against the barbaric, cruel and brutal style of dictator Yahya A.J.J. Jammeh’s rulling. It was one of the most successful demonstration I’ve ever witnessed. This demonstration tells the whole world that, the Gambians in the diaspora are ready and determined  to put all our personal problems and differences aside and join together to fight against the dictatorship of President Yahya A.J.J. Jammeh. .................................more










Happy Independence Day Senegal!

Senegal you make us proud

by Fatou Jaw Manneh
Senegal you make us proud
Nothing but respect dear Senegal
Who said dictators cannot be cornered, whipped and trashed??
Rappers, Market vendors, street hawkers, activists, professors
You all showed us what it means to be responsible citizens
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(from maafanta archives)
Thank you Dr Baba Jallow and Others
-  Catherine  Obeze
Dear Editor, 
Firstly I have never met Dr Baba Jallow. However, I must confess that one of his former colleagues living in the UK for many years told me something not only interesting but also incredibly fascinating about him and his independent mind!  Also due to the respect, admiration and personal esteem I have for that person, I later conducted my personal research about Dr Jallow and the Gambian Press. As an independent researcher, I can attest that Gambia requires the likes of Dr Jallow, Maafanta and all other Gambians who refused to be corrupted or subdued into submission to rescue their country from tyranny and bondage as soon as possible. No one will do it for you...........................................more
AI's UPR report: the human rights situation in Gambia has deteriorated since the 2010 review
Amnesty International Submission for the UN Universal Periodic Review..................................more

REALITY OF FACTS

BY Abdul Savage

Like I have always maintained, I am no expert in anything Gambian, but here is my two-cent observation:

I have held talks and consultations with people in and outside The Gambia, both when I was recently there and when I was not.  And the consensus I gathered from experts and non-experts of Gambian affairs is that: most, if not all, of my brothers and sisters in this diaspora movement cannot, by Yaya Jammeh’s constitution (or Gambian constitution, whichever way you prefer to call it), run for political offices, much more hold such positions....................more

Tomgram: Nick Turse, America's Non-Stop Ops in Africa
Posted by Nick Turse at 8:00am, March 27, 2014.
After years in the shadows, U.S. Navy SEALs emerged in a big way with the 2011 night raid that killed Osama bin Laden. Afterward, they were lauded in print as supermen, feted by the president, and praised by the first lady. Soon, some of the country’s most secretive and elite special operators were taking the big screen by storm with 2012’s blockbuster Zero Dark Thirty and a film starring actual Navy Seals, Act of Valor...........................more

In Defence of Baba Galleh Jallow -  By Kambi Bolong

When the New African magazine gave an exclusive interview to President Yahya Jammeh of the Gambia who sought to mislead the world about the Gambia and himself, it was quite appropriate that Prof. Baba Galleh Jallow, a Gambian based in US submitted a rejoinder to set the records straight. Since then the magazine has seen several letters in which the writers not only derided Professor Jallow for condemning President Jammeh, but many have gone further to support the president. In his letter Jallow attempted to fault the historical claims and development achievements of Jammeh as compared to colonialism.......................................more
That serves you right!
By Ebou Gaye
That serves you right!
It is gratifying to hear that you have once again been denied the chance to head your club,
Thereby paving the way for a relatively new member,
Despite the fact that you have been a member for quite a long time,
Vying for the post with great aspiration and expectation
Granting you the opportunity would be a grave mistake on the part of your counterparts,
For you are not the least qualified to head the club,
Given your vulgar, undiplomatic language,  
Compounded by your poor human rights record and dictatorial tendencies,.........................................more

The Gambia: the Balangba uprising necessary; even inevitable (2011)

 By Mathew K Jallow

The swanky private jet with the distinctive Gambian flag festooned conspicuously on its sun-scourged sides stood idly in a secluded corner of the Ronald Reagan International airport in Washington, D.C. As its primary occupant, Zeineb Jammeh, accompanied by a large entourage of bodyguards and other human accessories, made their way in a convoy of limousines to a plush hotel in a seedy part of suburban D.C, the country she left behind three thousand miles away on the miserable continent of Africa, was crumbling under the weight of her husband's repressive regime. This was only one of Mrs. Zaineb Jammeh and her children's many shopping forays to the U.S............................more

EU Protest Info

INFO:  PLANNED PROTEST AT THE EU AGAINST YAYA JAMMEH!!

DATE: THURSDAY, APRIL 3, 2014

TIME:  12PM

VENUE: EUROPEAN COMMISSION

ADDRESS:  RUE DE LOI, No 200, BRUXELLES, BELGIUM

SPOT RESERVED FOR GAMBIANS: (BETWEEN GUINEA & BURUNDI)

CONTACTS:

HOLLAND: DEMBA DEM: 031681841640

UK: SEEDY CEESAY: 07775435224, ABDULAI JOBE: 07423437342

FRANCE: MARIAM DABO: 0758470201

SWEDEN: NGANYE DEMBA: 0701097376  

SWITZERLAND: ABDOULIE SANYANG: 0788815526

BANKA MANNEH: (UK number) 07884785832

(Please try others if you can’t your country rep)

WHAT TO BRING: BANNERS, FLYERS, BULL HORNS/PA EQUIPMENTS, VIDEO CAMERAS, T-SHIRTS, FLAGS, ETC..

Let’s come in large numbers and show the Kanilai monster that we are serious about ending the madness going on in our country!!!!

Thank you

Gambian Activists in Europe

http://africansense.tv/

Ebrima Chongan the former Gambian security chief in the First Republic and ‎European Criminal Justice Policy Adviser at The United Kingdom Home Office recollects his role in the July 22nd 1994 coup d'etat that ousted President Jawara brought Yahya Jammeh to power...............................more

The Gambia Catholic Church and Gambia Christian Council Failed a Morale Test!
I'm writing this letter specifically to Roman Catholic Church and the entire Christian community in The Gambia. I write to you my friends with passion, deep, and with a grieving heart; I greet you in the name of Jesus, our Lord and Savior. The Catholic Church is not only symbolic but cannot be dissociated in the affairs of the Gambia, including its political endeavors. The Catholic Church is one of the most well known institutions in the entire world and this, in part, is due to the church's 1500 years of existence coupled with its radical propensity to evangelize.........................................more
By Ex Officer Cadet Lawrence Jabang (GAF)
Ahead of EU-Africa Summit, MEP Demand EU Action on Gambia's Jammeh  -    By Alieu Ceesay
As EU and African leaders prepares to meet next week in Brussels to discuss EU-Africa Partnership,  Jean Lambert Green Party,Member of European Parliament have back calls for the EU to shine spotlight on the apalling human rights situation in The Gambia at the summit.
Her comment came as the former Vice President of the European Parliament David Martin, recently rebuked the Gambian authorities for the continues abuse of human rights in the West African country, calling for targeted sanction against President Yahya Jammeh and his immediate circle.........................................more

CORDEG’s Utterly Blurred Vision

By Lamin J. Darbo

Its leadership is almost entirely Diaspora-based, with some absent from The Gambia for two, maybe three decades. Under Professor Jammeh’s Constitution, none of those leaders are qualified to contest any public elections slated for 2016/17. Outside the cyber political world, the organisation and its leadership are unknown, and crucially, to all but probably a negligible fraction of the home-based electorate. With no money on the table, it nevertheless pretends to the title of “... home to Gambian opposition political parties and Civil Society organisations at home and in Gambia’s various Diasporas”. Without so much as a passing justification, it seeks to wholly diminish the established and singularly significant home-based political opposition by proposing to commingle its influence in an egalitarian commune populated by purported civil society entities peopled, in the overwhelming number of cases, by a handful of individuals......................................more

DUGA vs. the Senegambia Musicians: What is a common ground? - By Yero Jallow

I was alerted to the historic debate on some of our Senegambian musicians singing praise of dictators and oppressing leaders, notably Yaya AJJ Jammeh. Recently as widely surfaced on the online media, Jaliba Kuyateh, Ouza Jallow and Thione Seck has been called on to review their praise-singing of Jammeh. Reactions from Thione Seck and Ouza Jallow on Freedom Newspaper are very disappointing to say the least because the expectation is such leaders of the cultural arena are held high and expected to act mature and ethical. The topic is where one would have to show tough love to these musicians and their many fans around. Nonetheless, we are beyond to where we have to fold our hands without saying anything on it...............more

Emotions Or Professional Judgment

By Abdul Savage

I am not naïve and or inexperience to not notice that anything and everything I write or say can and will be analyzed, scrutinized, discussed and or debated. And I am aware and tracking that my comments, be in the form of opinions, concerns, questions and or reservations, will provoke discussions, healthy or otherwise. However, in this background, I would like to make clear, like I have always maintained that I do not have the education, training and or experience to render judgment on anything Gambian. All I can do is to add my own little worthless two-cent comment or remark.  And in the process of expressing my worthless sentiments, I am fully aware that criticisms, fair or unfair, will be leveled against me, or thrown my way. On the other hand, some will, in spite of all the criticisms, pay heed to my sentiments expressed........................................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!

ON THE GAMBIAN OFFICIAL LANGUAGE
Dear Editors

I should be grateful to you, if you would kindly publish these musings of mine:
I learned that Jammeh [with the collusion of his Arab friends] is secretly hatching a plan to impose on the Gambian people the Arabic language [as our new official tongue.]   I personally wish he had done so much earlier. But I am sure he won't. This is just one of his bluffs. How can he? This guy cannot speak even an iota of Arabic [in contradiction to his false propaganda that he is a Sheikh Al Islam!] 
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The Gambia:

Witch-hunting and state of terror as a population heads for the hills (2009)
By Mathew K. Jallow

It was a week of disquiet and frustration; a week that began with a bang and ended with a thud. Before the week was over, the Gambia was once again in the spotlight, and subjected to the curiosity of an international community fixated as much on Yahya Jammeh’s medieval behavior as it was held captive by the asinine character and the maddening comedy he personifies. For what began with the non-dramatic release of PDOIS’s Halifa Sallah from jail, ended with the deaths of twelve and the struggle for survival of three dozen more innocent elderly men and women around the country. The events of the week did much to help shape our consciences and motivate us into coalescing around an issue that was baffling to our collective imagination....................more

Ousman Saidykhan Brother of a Journalist Bailed

By An Insider ID

The Brother of a Critical Journalist Abubacarr Saidykhan has been bailed by one of the Family members in the Gambia at the immigration post in Banjul stationed in Baabunfatty Serekunda. The latest information we received from home, is that the Brother of the Journalist has attempted to renew the legal passport of his elder Brother at the Immigration Department in Banjul last Tuesday which was a legal and a constitutional right for every citizen of the Republic of the Gambia.

The Immigration Department did not advance any legal reason, pertaining to the sudden questioning and cross- examination of a Journalist’s Brother in Banjul. According to reliable sources we got from the Immigration Department in Banjul, reveals that the Brother of this Journalist has legally paid all the passport fees at the Department before finally submitting the four different applications. The arrestee is currently reporting on bail on daily basis to check- up his situation with the Immigration at the Baabunfatty Immigration Post. Two remaining passports are still pending at the immigration headquarters in Banjul after being legally and economically submitted.

We respectfully called on the current Director of the Gambia Immigration Department Mr Mboob to think of his legal responsibilities and act in accordance with the Gambian Constitution. Every Citizen of the Gambia is entitled to a legal passport provided that he/she met all the existing immigration criteria. We are hereby waiting for the respectful response of the Immigration Department with all due respect.

Stay tune for more reliable updates.

Esteem

“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

Oscar Pistorious Headed for Jail!

By Dida Halake, London, UK.

There are two Golden Rules accepted in all civilised jurisdictions for fairness and justice in criminal trials to prevail.

The First Golden Rule is that every accused person must be presumed, by the court of law, to be innocent until proven guilty (“presumption of innocent”). Oscar Pissstoryus is no exception to this Golden Rule – a rule which White South Africa and the Caucasian West, including the USA, tend to bend when the accused happens to be black. The Second Golden Rule is that the accused does not have to establish his innocence. It is up to The State, the prosecutor, to establish guilt (Burden of Proof).

Your Ladyship, we have an exception here!

In Oscar Pistorious’s case, it is my humble view that the “burden of proof” shifts onto his shoulders (he is allowed to sit in court to shoulder the burden – and before you scream at me, he is the one who has made a big deal of his “stumps”! “Stump” or no stump, “Though Shalt Not Kill” I say!)...........................more

Remembering Yaya Jammeh’s Witch Craft Hunting In The Gambia.  - 

  By: Fabakary B. Ceesay

Between mid January and March 2009, The Government of The Gambia had embarked on what they call “Witch Cleansing” ordered by President Yaya Jammeh after the sudden death of his aunt. As Jammeh is known to be a superstitious person, he ordered the so call witch craft hunters from Guinea Conakry for witch cleansing across the Country. Several civil servants and aged villagers both men and women were rounded up by armed soldiers and Jammeh’s civil militia thugs known as “Green Boys and Girls”. The team was led by Lieutenant {now Lieutenant Colonel}, Solo Bojang.

During and after this brutal campaign, several people die instantly, others die of ailments shortly after their release. Many others fail sick and later recovered but are still living with stigma of “witches or wizards”.........................................more

 The Gambia Consultative Council (GCC)

                      The Platform

Overview

Objective 1. Creation of an up-to thirty-five member National Transitional Council to consist of representatives from each political party, civil society organization, unaffiliated Gambians and Gambian professionals and academics from around the world

Objective 2. The removal of the Yahya Jammeh and AFPRC military regime from office

Objective 3. The election, nomination, selection or appointment of a twelve-man Transitional Government from among the thirty-five member National Transitional Council to run affairs of the state and prepare the country for the first free and fair national elections, and the return to democratic party rule

Objective 4. GCC dissolution and freeing of members to pursue other national.....................................more

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, or no way at all. You cannot go and you won't not let no one go pass you. Gambians have leadership syndrome, which make it so difficult to come together as a united force. There were many attempts to forge a united front before exp NADD etc. and most recently the Raleigh conference. All these goodwill attempts are discouraged by just a few individuals because it does not suit them. Many of their complains are that they suspect that the selecting committee are not going to elect them as a leader or maybe they don't like a phrase of the so called memorandum of the organization.

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Africans from all over the world - North America, Africa, Europe, South America, the Caribbean - on Saturday, March 15, in a global conference call successfully hoisted on the world stage the visionary "Agenda 2063" of Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, chairperson of the African Union Commission.
 Over 500 people – to be exact 537 people – from all over United States of America, Canada, Germany, Britain, the Caribbean, Jamaica, Guyana, Trinidad and Tobago, and other countries called into the global conference call. ..........................more
From Sainey Faye. Culled from The African Sun Times

GAMBIAN WOMEN: THE COLORS OF THEIR EXPLOITATION

By Jainaba Jah, Birmingham, UK

Women the world over have been and are continually been exploited in varied forms and levels by politicians, employers, societies, families and male counterparts. The first generation of women who braced social scorn to spotlight their deplorable conditions and exploitations were branded “feminists” denoting negative stigma. Despite the barriers, resistance, and hatred thrown at them to thwart the efforts to reclaim their rightful rights and opportunities, they matched on. Thanks to them today feminism and gender are now viewed in a positive plane even by some of their fervent exploiters. racking. Albeit each experience is unique, they all...................................more.

- PRESS RELEASE TO GAMBIA MEDIA HOUSES -

Company: - GamProduction

Location: - England

Contact: - presidentforlifejammeh@gmail.com

Facebook: - Dictator Jammeh

Facebook pages: - President For Life – 20 Years Under Dictator Yaya Jammeh

GamProduction      Presents

President For Life – 20 Years Under DICTTOR YAYA JAMMEH

The documentary film coming soon 22nd July 2014

Synopsis: -

This documentary puts the spotlight on Yaya Jammeh’s brutal regime since he took over the power. This documentary highlights corruptions, oppression of citizens, no rule law, poverty and economic meltdown.“President For Life” is a most watch for every Gambian citizen concerned about the explosion of brutal Yaya Jammeh corrupt and oppression government power in Banjul. This documentary spotlight on the state of our country ad the issues citizens are concerned. This film provides the unvarnished truth about 20 years of dictator Yaya Jammeh government.............................more

GCC calls for Gambian Dissident Unity

Progress is often slow and always invisible, and the Gambia’s dissident movement is a quintessential example of this timeless observation. Eight years ago, there were no organized efforts against the political tyranny in Gambia, yet only last year, due to the proliferation of dissident organizations, Gambians were being urged to create a united front, and to coalesce around the theme of political change and removal of the Banjul regime. Concerted efforts to bring all Gambians together around a single leadership began with soon after Dr Amadou S Janneh was released from prison, and even though that effort hit a snag, the dream of unity is still kept alive by necessity inspite of the past trials and tribulations...............................more

Journalist Abubacarr Saidykhan’s Junior Brother Arrested by Security Forces in Banjul




By A Concerned Gambian

 Ousman Saidykhan , the Junior Brother to one of the critical Journalist in the Gambia Abubacarr Saidykhan, has been arrested by members of the security forces in Banjul in the afternoon of Tuesday, while he was waiting to collect three passports meant for his Mother, his Junior brother, and one of his elder brother in Banjul.

Investigations revealed  that Ousman Saidykhan, who was said filed four different applications at the Immigrations Department in Banjul wanted to secure a passport for his Family members.He was seriously cross-examined about the where about  of his elder brother Journalist Abubacarr Saidykhan, .................................more

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Raleigh, North Carolina U.S.A. March 17 2014

Gambia Democratic Action Group applauds the acquittal of Mr. Ebrima Solo Sandeng of the of the United Democratic Party of the Gambia West Africa of charges stemming from allegations by Gambia’s law enforcement that that Mr. Sandeng gave false information to a public officer and for holding a political meeting without a valid permit.  The charges bogusly and political instigated by APRC militants and executed against Mr. Sandeng by unscrupulous law enforcement officers was denounced by GDAG at the time.

Gambia Democratic Action Group call on Yahya Jammeh and his government to drop all charges and/or release all political prisoners, such as Amadou Sanneh, the Madiana 14, Bai Mass Kah etc; to cease the atrocities subjecting the people of the Gambia to, and allow citizens of the Gambia to exercise their God given rights – rights to assembly and free speech.

 Gambia Democratic Action Group caution the Gambia’s law enforcement to stay neutral and not allow themselves to be drag into party politics and be used as agents of witch hunting against opposition elements by the APFRC GOVERNMENT and militants.

GDAG Communications

 Gambia Democratic Action Group (GDAG)     
       United We Stand Divided We Fall
  Our Motto: Justice, Peace and Reconciliation

THE BEGINNING OF JAMMEH’S END

It is an undisputable fact that every success begins as a dream. However, what makes one success different from another stems from the effort, commitment, sacrifice, time, determination and the ability to harness weakness into strength. Greatness can, on the other hand, be achieved through self-consciousness and being aware of your surrounding: taking into account of minute details which complete the obvious. For instance, if you want to understand a prevailing circumstance, you need to first assess its origin. In simpler terms, to understand today, one needs to know yesterday. Equipped with such knowledge, one can make possible prediction of what tomorrow will likely be............................more

The Gambia- Pakistan Chief Justice perceived as a Ruthless Mercenary Arbitrator

By Journalist Abubacarr Saidykhan- Dakar

Out of criticisms in and around The Gambia, reservations have started emerging in relations to the maiden appointment of the new Pakistan Chief Justice named Eli Nawaz Chowhan to the Republic of the Gambia done by the current President of the Country Yahya Jammeh. 

Mr Chowhan, who is said to have bagged countless of legal experiences ranging from the former International Criminal Court stationed in Yugoslavia, is perceived by many, as one of the ruthless mercenary CJ’s that the Gambia had ever known in the annals of the history  of our Judicial system..........................more

I Believe We Gambians Must Be Thorough With Yaya Jammeh Infinitely!!!

By Unbiased Prince

According to the grapevine, my dear Dr. Muhammadou Lamming Sedate Jobe said that ‘Yaya Jammeh is not only a gullible leader but one who would stand to mushroom his immature way of life in reference’. Or in other words, it could as well mean that Yaya Jammeh is not only a naive and an adolescent leader who is very distasteful to our national interest and to the core of one’s conscience losing interest his state of mind and survival as he is also persistently drawing shame upon disgrace onto the Gambian nation and its populace......................................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 student of International Relations and Conflict, I got inspired and excited for the opportunity. Dr Abdoulaye Saine is an inspirational figure with vast knowledge on African Leadership and Democratization and here is my conversation with him.I don't know the good doctor myself so I plugged his name into google and talked to him and his friends. I hope all the maafanta readers will enjoy it and get to interact with him in the future.And send him more questions! - Isatou Bittaye

Aisha: First of all, thank you very much for granting maafanta.com  this interview and sharing your thoughts and experience with our readers. This interview intends to focus on your career as a political scientist/Professor, writer, experience as a human rights advocate, issues related to Gambian politics and Africa in general, and your recent election as the Chairman of Committee for the Restoration of Democracy in the Gambia (CORDEG) and any other matter that concerns human welfare and justice as a whole.Can you please ...............................................more











Yahya Jammeh's Language 'tug-of-war' : What is a foreign language worth in The Gambia and which Local Language should be officially picked and adopted?

By The Economist
Jammeh is clearly not a fan of the West especially Queen Victoria whom Dictator Jammeh recently branded As The "Bloodiest of all bloody monarchs! Furthermore, Jammeh went on stating that 'Gambia Will Soon Ban English Language In Public Schools'. This goes to make me wonder if the Jammeh we worshiped as the 'Liberator' in 1994 and came to like has overstayed his welcome and turning to fear mongering tactics to survive the reign. “Is learning a foreign language really worth it in The Gambia?”, asks many so called 'social media junkies' according to Ex-minister Grey-Johnson................more
The Thione Seck Brouhaha

By Momodou Ndow

From infancy onward, our ability to successfully regulate our emotions is a tremendously important skill that is not only crucial to archiving our personal objectives, but will also affect our character, which will in turn determine how we socially interact with others.

Between the ages of 5-12, we start to form moral values, recognize cultural and individual differences. And by our teenage years, our moral compass would have been fully formed, regardless of our cultural background......................................more












The bravest women in the world
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Dear Colleagues,
Find attached an Open Letter to CORDEG. We will be grateful if you can publish this open letter on your respected and widely read papers.
Thanks
Kairo Editorial Board

March 14th, 2014

AN OPEN LETTER TO CORDEG LEADERSHIP

Dear Mr. Chairman,

We write to you with the deepest sprite of human relations and love for our Country.

Our dear Gambia is undoubtedly in real deep Trouble! For almost two decades, Gambians have been governed by the most improbable type of mad tyranny. Gambian masses are yet to see any light in the dark tunnel ahead. Everyone in the country has something to lose in the continuity of the mad and virulent dictatorship. Ironically, the key players – .......................................more













Why Do We Have To Stain Our Hands With The Blood Of Our Innocent People Because Of Another Man's Wickedness, Ungodliness And Heartless Nature???
By Sulayman Shyngle Nyassi
Many where questioning me as to what went wrong and that of my stances following a lengthy period of silence as the remorse keeps on flying that I have decided to take the back seat in our collective struggle against injustice and the brutality that our people are been subjected to daily, under the current regime of the ruling "APRC" party..............................................more