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Freedom is never easily won, but onc e established, freedom lasts, spreads and chokes out tyranny.   - Trent Lott

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Petition to Disinvite Gambian President Yahya Jammeh

Petition by Fatou Jaw Manneh

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











Omakan Hotel (Sukuta) 
The Omakan Hotel is a small hotel located in Sukuta, 15 minutes away from the airport, 20 minutes from the river & 10 minutes from Gambia's biggest city Serekunda.  Peacefully tucked away between the villages of Sukuta and Bakoteh, the Omakan Hotel is minutes away from the deserted white beaches of the mighty Atlantic Ocean.
All suites are  decorated in an exotic style, with large living room. 
Hotel Rooms , Facilities & Services:
13 rooms & suites (pool and/or garden facing)
Spacious living room

Spacious bathroom

Air-conditioning

Satellite television

Hairdryer

Minibar

Individual safe

Private terrace or balcony

General Facilities & Services

Garden

King size pool

African salon

Contact Address & Hotel Bookings: Junction Bah
Sukuta Village, Kombo North
The Gambia
West Africa
Tel no: +2207936217
               9906219
               3557641
Bed & Breakfast = In-house Chef
Presidential Suites = $65 per night with all amenities  (2 spacious luxurious rooms , huge living room  , huge kitchen and master bathrooms)Maximum 2 persons. 
Cozy Single Room Bungalows with all amenities: kitchen,, dining and master bathrooms = $ 50 per night 
CODE 002 FOR SPECIAL OFF SEASON DISCOUNTS

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

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

BREAKING OMERTÀ – PART II:

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

BREAKING OMERTÀ: (Part III) 

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



BREAKING OMERTÀ:

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

Jainaba Bah (Sweden)

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

 

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


BREAKING OMERTÀ - PART V:

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

By Jainaba Bah (Sweden)

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

INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY – 2013

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

 

OMERTA SERIES

by Lamin J Darboe

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

















Fatou Sagnia Proudly displays banner, New York demonstrations

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

Rohey Yata Smith, Manchester, UK

Operation Girls Catch Yaya

by Fatou Jaw Manneh

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


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

Fatou Jaw Manneh, Publisher ,maafanta.com

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

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

Happy Birthday Mr. President

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Culture and Customs   of Gambia by  Dr. Abdoulaye Saine

Gambian News Online/Resources/Funstuff

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

freedomnewspaper.com

hellogambia.com

gainako.com

thegambiaecho.com

senegambianews.com

thegambianbanker.comafricac.org

Thagambiadispatch

TheGDProject


These sites are very important to us. 

We get some news and inspiration from them.

The Oped Project

The Huffington Post

Confusedeagle.livejournal.com

Greatwomenspeakers.com

Allafrica.comIWMFAfricac.org


STGDP

CPJ

IFJ

BBC

Amnesty International

Gambian constitution

AU Charter

UN Charter

Human Rights Watch

For all the funstuff and Extraswww.funnyjunk.comwww.

howstuffworks.com

African Princess Rohey Yata Smith

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

by Fatoumatta Sanyang (YoungAfrica) 

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

The Cost of Africa’s Inferiority Complex (1) 

By Honourable Saka

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

Six Pillars of Character

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

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

THE LEGACY OF SATANG  JOBARTEH


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

A New Book on The Gambia to be released this month

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

GrandMa Sirreh hosting the Maafanta Impressive People of 2012 awards.  

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

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

 

The names are in alphabetical order: 

Bayo, Sheikh Sidia – head of CNTG

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

by D.A.Jawo

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


Business Dreamers

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

Maafanta Awards. I Am Thrilled!

-  Jainaba Bah

Dear Fatou!

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

Happy New Year Maafanta!

Dear Sister Fatou,

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

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

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

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


CULTIVATING 

SENE - GAMBIA : 

A NATION OF THINKERS

By: Ousainou Mbenga

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




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

Dear Sister Fatou,

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

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

Anita Roddick 





 

Africa: Where black is not really beautiful

By Pumza Fihlani

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

Pa Malick Faye and international protection

by Lamin J Darbo ,UK

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

PROOF! SOURSOP FRUIT KILLS CANCER.

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

What Happened to Banjul? - 

My Story - Part II

By Momodou Ndow

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

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

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

Contact Information:

Alkali Conteh:[email protected]

Musa Jeng: [email protected]

Pa Samba Jow: [email protected]

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

Maafanta Attention

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

You make us all proud already Dr. Ceesay!

God bless - FatouJM

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

Regina Mariama Manneh

Yahya Jammeh’s Charnel House

By MATTHEW OMOLESKY from the FEBRUARY 2013 issue

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

picture : courtesy of  Godfrey Mwampembwa


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

By Mathew K Jallow

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

Updated List

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

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

Say No To Yaya Jammeh

15 WRONG REASONS TO GET MARRIED!

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


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

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


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

Flowers for you! 

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



Thank you Maafanta and Hellogambia

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









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

Thank You Maafanta

Dear Fatou,

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







THE AU DECLARATIONS 

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

From Sainey Faye





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

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

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

WELCOME!

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





 





FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The Raleigh Accord.

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





Fatou Jaw Manneh

Raleigh Presentation

Good Afternoon Ladies and Gentlemen:

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

Photo: STGDP Chief Banka Manneh

The Raleigh Accord:

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



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










Letter to Yahya Jammeh, No. 2

By

Foday Samateh

This regards your temper tantrums and related matters. Anytime you open your mouth, you are railing and ranting against someone. You’ve been angry at the Jolas and the Mandinkas............................more






 

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

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

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

Congressman David Price

Remarks at the Gambia Conference for Democracy and Good Governance

May 18, 2013

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







GAMBIA: PRINCIPAL ACT RAISES SERIOUS HUMAN RIGHTS CONCERNS

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


AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL

PRESS RELEASE

5 July 2013

The Gambia: New bill stifles online dissent

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









The Gambia’s Silenced Dissent

Fatou Jaw Manneh

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Book Review: Defeating Dictators by George Ayittey

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

Ayittey on Steering Committee

Yes, I heard about your national conference in Raleigh.

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










African Narco News -  On Gambia

Inside A $1 Billion West African Cocaine Cartel

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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










The only acceptable outcome: acquittal of the Caliph General and the Alkalo

By Lamin J Darbo

A traumatic ten months later, the end of a journey that should never have commenced. But having started, it should not have lasted even a month. And how admirably His Worship, Magistrate Ebrima Jaiteh .........................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

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


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


The Best Advice I Ever Had

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


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


The Man Who Revolutionized Gambian Media

Reflections on Kenneth Y. Best

By Cherno Baba Jallow

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

ZAINAB PILFERING & SPENDING OUR MONEY

by Baobab Girl, Gambia

Dear Fatou Jaw Manneh,

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








The Week's News Recap

The 68th UN General Assembly , New York

Team Yaya Jammeh versus Team Diaspora

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

Yaya Jammeh and his Mandinka problem - 

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

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

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


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

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



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

The Prayers continue

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

The Hypocrisy of Fatou Camara

by  Musa Camara

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


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, publicly shamed, unequivocally condemned, ..............more











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

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











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

 - Serious Boy Ablie Njie writes to Maafanta!

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










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

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


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








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








Thank you!

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



THE OUTREACH

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


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

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

Thank you.

Oumie Sissokho Maafanta Facebookpage Editor

The Crab Revolution (Part 1)

By Demba Njie, Sweden

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

CORDEG chief

Dr. Abdoulaye Saine

talks to Aisha Bittaye


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




THE OUTREACH

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

By Oumie Sissokho

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Something is still rotten in the state of Gambia

By Foday Samateh

maafanta archives

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

Africa Progress Report 2013

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

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

ByFoday Samateh...........more

Brief thoughts on immigration in American Politics

by

Fatou Jaw Manneh

Let me point out right away that I do not consider myself an expert on American politics. Even after living in the US for more than a decade, and claiming to be a political commentator about my faraway homeland, I will admit that there is still a lot I don’t know about the politics here..........more

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

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








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

We are supposed to believe that a brazen plot of power-grab concocted in the State House in Banjul is a yearning call of a grateful ..................................more

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

Fatou Jaw Manneh –  U.S African Summit. 

 By Yero Jallow, Gainako’s Staff writer.

In exclusive interview with Gainako, ...........more


Fatou Jaw Manneh Speaks at the 2014 Oslo Freedom Forum!

Dear Ms. Manneh:
I sincerely hope you can make the Oslo Freedom Forum this coming year. Below and ......more



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

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

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

 From maafanta 

archives  Some thoughts on "This Struggle”

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

Gambia Coup: What A Miss!!!

By Fatou Jaw Manneh

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










July 22nd in the Gambia, 1994
by Fatou Jaw Manneh
(from maafanta archives 2013 )
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

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

John Adams, Thoughts on Government, 1776

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

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

By Dr. Abdoulaye Saine

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

Thoughts on the book Kairaba

by

Fatou Jaw Manneh

I was sitting in the ground-floor library of a friend’s house in Senegal when her husband gave me a copy of Kairaba, the memoir of The First President of The Gambia Alhagie Sir Dawda Kairaba Jawara, to read. Her ten year old son had a precocious advice for me. The book is boring, he warned me. He couldn’t read past the first few pages. I thanked him for trying to spare me the trouble, but I’m glad that I didn’t listen to him.

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Happy Birthday America

By Fatou Jaw Manneh

Or do I simply say: Thank you America

236 yrs ago today to be exact

America gained Independence from Great Britain

A militia was started and headed by George .....................................more

July 22nd in the Gambia, 1994

by Fatou Jaw Manneh

From maafanta archives

July 22nd in the Gambia, 1994

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











The Despot’s Amnesty

By

Fatou Jaw Manneh

The despot of The Gambia Yahya Jammeh was at his old tricks once again. He pardoned “prisoners” and gave amnesty to dissidents on the occasion of .......................................................more










Chief Ebrima Manneh and the World Press Freedom Day

As the Gambia joins the rest of the World to celebrate World Press Freedom Day today, May 3rd, 2015, I wish to join you (Media practitioners) in commemoration despite being a senior security officer.................................more










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

With the recent announcement of Courts ......................more

Mr. Tajudeen Hussein and Tajco must first have a hearing   -   By Lamin J Darboe

About a month ago it was the Honourable Chief Justice who reportedly suffered the ignominy of being declared persona non grata and given 72 ......................more


The prisoner pardons, Diaspora-dissident amnesty, and clueless talk of reconciliation

By Lamin J Darboe

It was sudden and shocking!

Like a thunderbolt, His Excellency Sheikh Professor Alhaji Dr Yahya A J J Jammeh Babili Mansa (the Professor) ..................more



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

(from Pa Modou Jobe facebookpage)

Moving on from this buffoon, but seriously though, I gotta give it to the Gambian Warriors. You guys should have seen the scenery. ........more


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










MUSUYA KUNTO A New Documentary on an Old Culture

by   Fatou Jaw Manneh

Circumcision is a very sensitive subject in many African communities, including The Gambia. So where do I start on Prince Abubacar Aminata Sankanu’s documentary “Cutting the Womanhood (Musuya Kunto).” ..................more









             My Thoughts on the Donald

by

Fatou Jaw Manneh

I don’t mind Donald Trump but….....

I am confused. I guess, by American standards, I’m a liberal. I took a survey before to find my political leanings and I am matched with Hilary Clinton except on foreign policy. Yes, I believe in tight border security for America even though I am not a citizen. .......................more







Fatou Jaw Manneh Goes to Oslo

By  Foday Samateh

“When I arrived in Gambia, I was greeted by some plainclothes secret service personnel at the airport. “You are Fatou Jaw Manneh?” they asked................more

The Yahya Jammeh 20 year rule legacy.

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

By: Isatou Bittaye

Isatou: Can you please introduce yourself to our readers?

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

Gambia my sweet home is producing stars. 

By Matie Daffeh

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










Referendum season:  illiberalism collides with constitutional entrenchment

By Lamin J Darboe

In light of the November 2014 full bench Supreme Court decision in Colonel Lamin Bo Badjie & 6 Others and the State (SC Crim. Appeal No: 1-7/2011), .....................more


The Judiciary: Gambia’s Constitutional Orphan

By Lamin J. Darbo

Dismissed, expelled, and incredibly, absolutely no reason advanced. And this the – rumoured, and later confirmed – plight of Hon. Chief Justice Ali Nawaz Chowhan on 12 May 2015...........more













Gambias/Sukutas own Gallo Saidy!

Town drinks its fill of clean water 

Access to safe drinking water is a human right. http://www.3news.co.nz/tvshows/campbelllive/town-drinks-its-fill-of-clean-water-2015042019#ixzz3YBWMPD2L










Happy Birthday America

By Fatou Jaw Manneh

Or do I simply say: Thank you America

238 yrs ago today to be exact

America gained Independence from Great Britain

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Embargoed - 22 July 2015 – 00.01 GMT

AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL  

PRESS RE LEASE  .......more

Gambian women making us proud in Dakar, Senegal.










Fatou Jagne

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











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











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










Why President Sall should take out Yahya Jammeh

Straight to Rebeuss!!!

by

Fatou Jaw Manneh

President Macky Sall of Senegal should take out the madman of The Gambia. And yes, by any means necessary. The tyrant’s latest ranting, which purposely provokes Senegal, is one more reason to boot him out of power. Envious of President Sall’s international standing and disgruntled about his own isolation, he vented snide remarks at the Senegalese leader as a stooge of the West. 

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











Inna Jawara, actress Cafe Avec 








Stop the Persecution UDP Supporters!!

By Yero Jallow.................more

Re: Disinvite Gambian President Yaya Jammeh 

Dear Fatou,

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

Your Friend,

Senator Don Shooter

International Women’s day: A reflection

by Fatou Jaw Manneh

When I was growing up in my native land, The Gambia, I never heard of anything called International Woman or Women’s Day.............................more

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

Macky takes the bull by the horn

By Fatou Jaw Manneh

Or is it Macky tackles the elephant in the room? Go Macky, Go Macky, Go Macky. Bravo. Macky Sall in Cassamance. Aiwa! Came as a surprise to many SeneGambians. It is past time. What a relief!!! This is the best move and a very bold one. Congratulations Macky. Cassamance cannot be ignored. A rich land for cultivation and a very popular tourist hub and destination for Senegal. ...............more











Macky prend le taureau par les cornes 
(Par Fatou Jaw Manneh)
Ou est-ce Macky a osé faire face à la situation?
Ou est-ce Macky se attaque à l'éléphant dans la pièce? .................................more

The Challenge of Heterogeneity: The Frailty of the Pan-Africanist Ideal 

By Saul Njie

When Africans speak of Pan-Africanism and African Unity, they do so mostly in abstractions. The recent xenophobic attacks on other Africans in South Africa have now prompted an honest conversation about the concept of Pan-Africanism. The idea was born out of a quest for self-determination for the people of African descent around the world. This was the thread that bonded Marcus Garvey, Aime Cesaire, W.E.B. Du Bois, Kwame Nkrumah, Haile Selassie, and other leaders to a shared interest in the idea (Ackah, 1999). Their common belief was that the oppressed black peoples of the world needed to come together to form a coherent bloc to oppose the West’s imperialist and oppressive power. Their thinking represented a good start, but it was based on unrealistic hopes...........................more

Haikus4Gambia...........................more

The cocaine often makes its way to Guinea-Bissau via smaller aircraft. From there, it makes its way north to consumers in Europe in three ways: with speedboats, by land or via "swallowers." The latter are usually Nigerians who, for the equivalent of some €800 ($1,000), swallow capsules -- small balloons filled with up to a kilo of drugs -- and then try to reach Lisbon or Cape Verde on commercial flights. 

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

Gambians in Minnesota: Finding family on foreign ground
  • Article by: ANNA PRATT , Special to the Star Tribune..............more










Une journaliste gambienne en exil accuse le président Gambien de violations graves…Un son audio très violent

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Poem


Question

Why don’t you find

Another space to flex

Those borrowed muscles

Another space to watch

Those mountain ridges crack

On those NOT borrowed arms

Trying to smash the heads

Of truth and justice?


Baba Galleh Jallow










Celebrating Gambia's Unsung Heroes: Dr. Isatou Touray and Amie Bojang-Sissoho

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Happy Fathers Day.










Fatou Jaw Manneh Interview with Pa Nderry Mbai Freedomnewspaper.com...................more










Fatou Jaw Manneh demande à Macky et au Sénégal de mettre Yahya Jammeh en prison…

Pourquoi le président Sall doit déloger Yahya Jammeh…Et l’envoyer direct à Rebeuss !!! Par Fatou Jaw Manneh.........................more











The Orphaned Land 
(By Jainaba Bah, Sweden)
In the middle of the night, sleepless with thoughts racing amok
I close my eyes, but here there is no slumber
No serenity, no peace or tranquility
Just somber thoughts of dreams unfulfilled
My mind is a minefield










NEW YEAR MESSAGE

BY ANM OUSAINU DARBOE, SECRETARY GENERAL AND PARTY LEADER, UNITED DEMOCRATIC PARTY (UDP) THE GAMBIA

Fellow Gambians, and friends living in and outside The Gambia; As we usher in the year 2016, it gives me great pleasure to extend to you on my own behalf and on behalf of the entire membership of the United Democratic Party, my sincere and best wishes.  

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SPEECH OF THE SECRETARY GENERAL AND PARTY LEADER OF THE UNITED DEMOCRATIC PARTY AT THE PARTY CONGRESS,   HELD IN BASSE, UPPER RIVER DIVISION, -   APRIL, 2016

Mr. National President of the UDP, members of Central Committee, members of National Executive, representatives of Area Committees, representatives of sister political parties, ladies and gentlemen, it is with great honor and pleasure that I address you all on the opening day of our party congress. 

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Ousainou Darboe Speech










HALIFA SALLAH’S PROGRAMME ON COALITION / UNITED FRONT BUILDING

FOR 2016

Introduction

The third Republic must usher in a transition from the absolutism of the monarchical presidency under which executive order reigns supreme over the constitution, regulations and basic fundamental rights thus reducing sovereign citizens into subjects and ensure an accelerated ........................more









Why we need a truth and reconciliation commission

By Baba Galleh Jallow

It is hard to contemplate but should by no means be dismissed out of hand that wherever he is, Yahya Jammeh is nursing hopes of making some kind of triumphant return to The Gambia.............................more









By Gambian Outsider!

A CONTRACT ISSUE AND NOT A CONSTITUTIONAL ISSUE AT ALL!

Since the agreement that The Coalition entered is becoming an issue and there has been much talk of it lately including Mr. Osainou Darboe’s threat to go court to challenge it,..........................more










Aja Fatoumata Jallow Tambajang’s hurdle remains: section 62(1)(b) of the Constitution not amended.

In his seminal memoir, The Point of Departure, Robin Cook, one of New Labour’s leading luminaries, provided a compelling rendition of conscientious conduct in the public life of a public officer...................................more










Sallahism and De-Jammehnisation of Gambian politics

Warneford Hall, OX3 7XA, Oxford, UK (2017-02-27) – In an article (Vision 2020 vs. Jammehism and Jammehnomics) published in 2012, I coined the term ‘Jammehism’ and ‘Jammehnomics’ to refer to the exile former president’s philosophy of politics and economics. ................more










Combating Oppression: A Socio-religious Obligation      -     By Ebou Gaye
It is lamentable that oppression is common in many parts of the world, particularly in Africa where it is the order of the day and condoned by many.........................more










Reflection: Satang Cham on my mind
By Fatou Jaw Manneh

Gambia is free at last! As we adjust our brains to the fact that tyrant Yahya Jammeh is no more, the surge of what could have happened constantly comes to mind. Reflecting on twenty-two years of drama, hardcore cruelty, ........................more










New Gambia Movement launches Feed the Family Project

The New Gambia Movement is pleased to announce that we have launched a “Feed the Family Project” to support needy members of the Gambian family nation at home. .................................more









Not politics as usual (part two)

By Baba Galleh Jallow

Those of us who have for so long advocated for the radical transformation of our society will not stop advocating for it because we now have a new political dispensation in place. ....................more

Brahima Mbodje

GAMBIA'S PHARAOH  VERSUS GAMBIA'S MOSES: 

An incredibly large number of folks seem to be flabbergasted at the atrociousness of our prison condition [and system] under the departed regime. I, for one, am rather surprised by these folks being flabbergasted...........................more










British Labour Party applaud President Barrow`s Commitment to Democracy and Human Rights
Liz McInnes MP, Shadow Minister for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, has applauded the President of the Gambia Adama Barrow for his commitment to see Gambia re-join the Commonwealth and the International Criminal Court.............more









WHAT IS TO BECOME OF THE APRC PARTY IN THE NEW GAMBIA Ban Or Challenge Them At The Polls? - Saul Njie
I have used the online media to better myself, to be a better writer, student, thinker, debater, reader, listener; to be more accepting of differing views – and most importantly – to be a better person, whatever that means. ........................more









The SIS and the Dire Need for New National Standards in The Gambia

Saul Saidykhan

We Gambians love our one line labels. Sometimes it doesn’t even matter if there’s any substance to them. Last week, President Barrow through executive fiat, changed the name of the notorious secret State outfit from the National Intelligence Agency (NIA) to State Intelligence Service (SIS.) 

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Not politics as usual

By Baba Galleh Jallow

One of the reasons Yahya Jammeh lost the December 1st 2016 elections is that he misread the Gambian political situation. Like all dictators, he fell from power when he least expected it because he had been shielded from the reality of Gambian political culture for too long. ..............................more










A Farewell to Consensus

By  Foday Samateh

Now that the amateur wrestler from Kanilai is booted out of the State House, the fight for democracy in The Gambia takes a new meaning. It’s no longer a glorious struggle against autocracy.......................more










The Gambia: the basic ideas for structural and institutional reforms

By Mathew K Jallow

Prologue

Institutions are the building blocks of the state. The First Republic boasted of a robust institutional framework, albeit, an internally weak one, which lacked accountability and impeded development. .........................more









Bismilahi Rahman Raheem

Halipha should get what Halipha wants
By Fatou Jaw Manneh

Halipha Sallah is the face of the Coalition, Stability and Bravery
When Halipha declared that after the 19th of January , Gambian dictator Yaya Jammeh will be declared a rebel if he does not step down. I was worried to death. Barrow has vanished to Senegal with his entourage. 

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HOW AFRICA’S MOST BRUTAL DICTATOR COMMITTED POLITICAL SUICIDE    -    By Amat Jeng

Warneford Hall, OX3 7XA, Oxford, UK (2017-01-27) - In his book The Revolution Betrayed, Leon Trotsky, the Russian Marxist and revolutionary theorist writes: “Whereas revolution is the locomotive of history, reactionary regimes especially totalitarian 

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Africa: Corruption of public bureaucracies in sub-Saharan Africa 

By Mathew K Jallow

For democratic systems and institutions of democracy to flourish, it is necessary and imperative to operate an efficient and effective public bureaucracy. 

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By OUR ECONOMIST (aka Albere Junior Correa)

 A reflection on Yahya Jammeh’s presidency

Yahya Jammeh’s presidency lurched between his narrowly defined personal interest and maintaining a lifetime functioning engine to keep him in power for a billion years like the baobab tree, .............................more

A SOMBRE JOURNEY FROM DICTATORSHIP…….

By Saikou Sanyang

Oh boy! The past couple of days and months leading to January 2017 have been quite distressing for many a Gambian - both at home and abroad. May be this is me been melodramatic! ..............................more

Below is what I wrote on January 17th, but did not have it published. Because of the ridiculous “debate” at the National Assembly yesterday, I decided to have this article published. What follows after “The End” is my observation on what is unfolding within the new administration.


Electio Semel facta Non Patitur Regressum: An Election once made cannot be recalled!

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European Parliament calls for Immediate Sanction on Former Gambian President Yahya Jammeh 
In a strongly worded letter to the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs, and Security Policy Federica Mogherini, members of the European Parliament from the five major political 
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From exile with love

By Baba Galleh Jallow

As I watched Yahya Jammeh get off of Gambian soil and step into the plane that carried him into exile, I felt heaviness in my chest and tears pouring uncontrollably down my face. ...............................more










Who's Responsible? 
By Momodou Ndow
For 22 years the sun has been out but not shining for Gambia. The rain has been falling but the ground is always dry...............more










The Gambia: ECOWAS leaders confront Yahya Jammeh’s strident opposition to the will of the people

By Mathew K Jallow

It was the puzzling phone call heard around the world, conflicting and contradictory, and naturally, it deflated the hopes and aspirations of a people and punctuated a week of whirling celebrations with a moment of dystopia and resignation. The televised cameo, an antithesis to the aggregate of everything known about Gambia’s political stalemate, ................................more










ECOWAS Must Not Flinch on Gambia Intervention      By Baba Galleh Jallow

Following their failure to convince Yahya Jammeh to step down, one hopes that ECOWAS will not flinch from its determination to force Yahya Jammeh out of power. Certainly, no one likes violent conflict, not least the Gambian people themselves.

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Pa Musa Jallow, Minister for Presidential Affairs as Chief Mediator? 

By Momodou Ndow

The hypocrisy is overwhelming. So Jammeh appoints Pa Musa Jallow, his new Secretary General and Minister for Presidential Affairs as chief mediator? For real! Belie we are our worst enemy. Buga palass lim jaral Gambian!smh. ...................................more










Dragon Fire! 

By The Winged Scorpion

Yaya, it is over.

The people goading you with their tawdry and extravagantly cheap writings are moseying far away from the impending dangers you are still fomenting.

“KU REPPA CHI BIRR HARREH, LUNGYU LA JEEN NGA HEPP KO.” ...............more










Gambia: why ECOWAS intervention is necessary; perhaps even inevitable, as Yahya Jammeh tests the body’s resolve

By Mathew K Jallow

Yahya Jammeh once insulted the African Union. Now he frequently insults the ECOWAS; once, even threatening to unilaterally pull the Gambia out of the West African bloc. Insulting the US and UK are his favorite pastimes.  http://www.wisafricana.com/






Matters Gambia

By Joe Sambou

All, greetings and Happy New Year to you and yours. Folks, please allow me space in your journal to inject my thoughts and outlook regarding the current situation in The Gambia...............................more










The Gambia: the Safety of the President Elect Adama Barrow Cannot be overemphasized     By Masireh Sanyang

The political atmosphere in the Gambia has taken a different toll; the situation seems to be only getting worse...........................more









“Fear Is Now Over,” Says Fatou Jaw Manneh      -  By Yero Jallow
BY GAINAKO ON JANUARY 4, 2017
In a one on one interview on her part two and final interview with Gainako, Ms. Fatou Jaw Manneh said, “fear is now over,” arguing that Gambians stood up to Jammeh. Ms. Manneh who was once arrested when she visited the Gambia in 2007 after her dad’s passing,
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Our Political Contract: Back to Civics

As a field researcher; interviewing and immersing yourself with the people on the ground, gives you a different perspective on things. Well, at least that was my case in The Gambia...............................more










SHE-SHE-SHE: Woman of the Year 2016: She fights, lives & wins the Struggle 

Thursday, December 29, 2016

She fought, lived and won the struggle against the incumbent, when her party leader was put behind bars as the country prepared for December 1 presidential polls.

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Gambia Youth for Unity(GYU) condemns arrest and harassment of GambiaHasDecided Campaign 

The Gambia Youths for Unity (GYU) has learnt with dismay that the outgoing APRC regime is arresting or threatening to arrest youths affiliated with "The Gambia has decided Campaign". .....................more








Amnesty for a Despot

By  Foday Samateh

According to Senegalese news reports quoting the Senegalese Foreign Minister’s statement to the Senegalese National Assembly, “Yahya Jammeh could leave The Gambian power quietly, without being sued for his former exactions. ..................more









Beware!
By Ebou Gaye
Beware!
Many powerful voices have sounded a warning to your commander-in-chief but to no avail
He senselessly and shamelessly remains recalcitrant,
Turning deaf ears and blind eyes to the reality,...............................more










Wama lakum la tuqatiloona fee sabeeli Allahi waalmustadAAafeena mina alrrijali waalnnisa-i waalwildani allatheena yaqooloona rabbana akhrijna min hathihi alqaryati alththalimi ahluha waijAAal lana min ladunka waliyyan waijAAal lanamin ladunka naseeran

And what is wrong with you that you fight not in the Cause of Allâh, and for those weak, ill treated and oppressed among men, women, and children, whose cry is: .....................................more

Letter to Sajo Jallow II










Smiling Forest Revisited

Loony’s last year in power and how he suffered a crushing defeat in the ring

By Baba Galleh Jallow

Loony the fox always wanted it both ways. He wanted the best of all worlds. He wanted to both eat his cake and keep it at the same time. He knew he was a heartless tyrant who was deliberately bullying and ......................................more











“ Yerri baa boitaa”and  new beacon of hope for The Gambia

Alagi Yorro Jallow

Democracy is up to the people: A successful democracy does not rely on a single personality or an elected leader. All people need to partake in political processes. Space for citizen participation and the emergence of a civil society,..............................more










David Martin MEP: “The decision of the Gambian people must be upheld” 

Posted by DAVID MARTIN 0pc on December 12, 2016

David Martin MEP has strongly condemned the statement from outgoing President Jammeh announcing that he does not accept the outcome of the recent Gambian .......................................more










#Gambia: YOU'LL NOT SUCCESSFULLY LAUNDER YOUR DIRTY IMAGES     - By Pata Saidykhan
The Change we were seeking was primarily centered on removal of a tyrannical leadership that had us in a choke hold but that is not the be all end all. At least not for someone of us. We want a system change.









THE CHICKENS ARE COMING BACK TO ROOST       -   By Brahimi Mbodji

AS YAYA JAMMEH BECOMES THE LONELIEST CRIMINAL ON EARTH.

Finally, Yaya Jammeh is discovering for himself the fullest, most authentic nature of the Gambian people. I beg that no one gets me wrong; for I am one of those who continue, .............................more










The Gambia: the Inevitability of War and Jammeh’s Misplaced Bravery

By Masireh Sanyang

The current political impasse in our beloved Gambia has been the centre of attention in many international media houses, the shocking defeat of the outgoing president Yahya Jammeh has been the talk of the town, removing jammeh through the ballot box is nothing short of a miracle, 

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The Gambia: Dramatic end to twenty-two apocalyptic years of military tyranny, as ECOWAS finally puts its feet down

By Mathew K Jallow

The somber looks on her face displayed solemnity that bordered on trepidation; even infuriating disquiet. There were no cracking of courtesy smiles or diplomatic grins. Metaphorically as well as literally, this was serious business.......................more









Why use of force to oust Jammeh and install Barrow will be lawful

By Kemo Ceesay (UK) 

Given the deluded outgoing Gambian leader Yaya Jammeh’s unwavering belligerence, it seems apparent that the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), supported by the international community, .................more










Jafuru Mansa Jakut and His Cheer Leaders      -      By: Saul Saidykhan

In Manding folklore, Jafuru is the trauma one goes through symbolized by nervous or emotional break down accompanied by a combination of Freudian cum hallucinatory revelations by that person. In the olden days, it’s often associated with witches that had overstepped their bounds by attacking those they shouldn’t.....................more










You said it, Mr. Jammeh

By Baba Galleh Jallow

“But this is where the All Mighty Allah said, your time is up and I thank the All Mighty Allah for His decision. I will never question this decision.”

Hello Mr. outgoing President Yahya Jammeh. Please allow us to have a small conversation with you in the light of the current dangerous situation you have created for our dear country. 

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The President

Gambia Bar Association (GBA)

24 Independence Drive

Banjul, The Gambia

Dear President,

Re: Pan African Lawyers Union (PALU) dissociates itself from the statements and actions taken by the African Bar Association (AfBA)

I have been instructed by the President and the Executive Committee (Board) of PALU to write to you to continue to express our solidarity with you at this sensitive time in your country, and also to dissociate 

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British MPs demands Jammeh handover to Barrow. As MPs congratulate President elect
Members of the British Parliament have added their voice to the call for the Gambia`s outgoing President Yahya Jammeh to respect the democratic will of the Gambian people and handover power to President elect Adama Barrow.
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No Retreat, No Surrender

By Baba Galleh Jallow

We the people of The Gambia are determined not to allow Yahya Jammeh to strangle our beautiful new Gambian renaissance. For 22 years, Yahya Jammeh has treated The Gambia as if it was his personal property and Gambians as if they were nothing but his personal slaves with no right to disagree with anything he said or did....................................more










What Jammeh Wants

By Baba Galleh Jallow

Certainly, Jammeh’s ultimate desire is to totally nullify the results of the December 1st elections and stay on in power. Over the past 22 years, he has repeatedly declared that neither elections nor coups can remove him from power. ......................more











The Gambia: looming political and constitutional crisis as Yahya Jammeh drops a Gbagho on the Gambian people

By Mathew K Jallow

When vote count announcements ended abruptly, after mid-night, there was a sense that sinister shenanigans were at work behind the deafening silence. And sure enough, they were. ...................more










Big Renaissance in Little Gambia

By Baba Galleh Jallow

One cannot help but feel a warm sense of pride at being a Gambian on the eve of 2017. Against the odds, Gambians have voted Yahya Jammeh out of office after inspiring the leaders of their political parties to present a united front against Jammeh’s dictatorship of 22 years....................more









Yaya Jammeh Bish!

By Saul Saidykhan

I’ve called him a half- baboon severally in the past   to the disapproval of a friend of mine. But as I stated, nothing about Yaya Jammeh’s behavior is re-assuring to anyone that he is a member of the civilized human race. Today, he is the butt of jokes around the world as a certified lunatic............................more










The End of Jammehism

by

Foday Samateh

In his phone call to concede the election to Adama Barrow, The Gambia’s despot reflected aloud that he had come to power on a Friday and lost it on a Friday. The inference is superfluously apparent. Still, this is, as he likes to be called, His Excellency, Sheikh, Professor, Doctor, ..................................more










The transition must take place immediately        By Lamin J Darboe

As argued elsewhere, Gambia’s 01 December 2016 presidential election was a referendum on governance, governance as goes to liberty and dignity of the person under the rule of law.............................more










TRUMP-ISM OR THE COMING OF AN AMERICAN TYRANNY

By Brahimi Mbogje

Who would have thought that we in America would have Trump? I for one had once thought it possible. Not that I did not believe in the ideals firmly embedded in the American political system and institutions. On the contrary,............................more










Another Manipulation

 By Scott Morgan

 December 1st was Election Day in the West African Nation of the Gambia. Like several other nations this was to determine if a long entrenched leader would leave via the will of the electorate at the Ballot Box. More often than not the answer ends up being no.

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The Gambia: Intellectuals, academics and professional fall behind Adama Barrow’s candidature; this train cannot be derailed

By Mathew K Jallow

Over the last twenty years, compelling social, cultural and economic rationales have been floated around to make the case for radical political change, which has successfully erased the toxic political misinformation, inflamed citizens’...........................more










The Gambia: Sheikh Sidia Bayo and his fruitless Quest     By Masireh Sanyang

Sometimes it seems as though the desperation and the countless yearnings of Gambians to remove Yahya Jammeh has led to the introduction of charlatans like Sidia Bayo. For few years now Bayo has been very vocal in his desire to overthrow jammeh, but nothing has been done to bring this desires of his to past – ..............more









The Gambia: State of elections 2016, child sacrifice panic and Yahya Jammeh’s vexing disregard for moral and ethical convention        By Mathew K Jallow

In this bruising election season, there is no dispute where the political intensity resides; its anywhere, but Yahya Jammeh’s murderous regime, and its demonic political party, the AFPRC. .......................more










Dictator Jammeh Was An Understudy of Jawara         By Suntou Touray
Understanding an Enigma
Jammeh deviated from Sir Dawda Jawara's peace and love style of governance to become the biggest monster in Africa. The use of divide and rule, fear and open atrocities subdued the population, however on a control level, he utilises the old fashion traditional politics...........................more

The Story of Adama Barrow, Independent Presidential Candidate

Supported by Coalition 2016

On the 15th February 1965, a few days before The Gambia attained its independence from British rule,  ............more











God Is Not To Blame

Some talking points for our alternative leadership      By Baba Galleh Jallow

It seems to me that one of the main reasons alternative parties fail to win elections in Africa is that they do not adequately connect with the ordinary voter. This is by no means an absolute generalizable, not a theory of electoral failure by alternative parties...........................more










Yaya Jammeh’s Tyranny: The Denouement  -   By Saul Saidykhan

Contrary to the choice of some of us in the diaspora, the seven non-APRC Gambian opposition Party delegates at the cumulative Opposition Convention held to choose a unitary candidate have voted to elect Mr. ...................more










Big Dreams supports more Gambian students with learning materials   -

thepoint.gm

Big Dreams Incorporated, a charitable organisation founded in Georgia, USA, in 2011, Monday donated over 300 bags, books, pens, pencils, electronic gadgets among other materials to schools in Upper Niumi District, North Bank Region.

The donation made to students in Albreda 

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The Spotlight: The Scramble for the Gambia 2016; Part XI – Walk in Parallels!!     By Yero Jallow

So here we are again Citizens, trapped in-between the rock and the hard place. From our Islamic teachings, Prophet Yunus PBUH (Jonah) after casting the lots, on trial from his Lord,................................more









Letter to M. Sajo Jallow (in custody)

By Jainaba Bah

"Be sure we shall test you with something of fear and hunger, some loss of wealth or lives or the fruits (of your toil), but give glad tidings to those who are patient in adversity" Qur'an: Surah Al Baqarah (The Cow), Chapter 2, Verse 155

For verily with every hardship [will be] ease

Fa inna ma'al 'usri yusra, Inna ma'al 'usri yusra Qur'an: Surah Al Inshirah (The Opening Up), Chapter 94, versess 5 & 6

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The Gambia: incommunicado detention of Amb. Sajo M Jallow, and the paradoxical role of the judiciary’s in cannibalizing Gambia’s justice system

By Mathew K Jallow

It’s one of those weird occasions that stun Gambians and further deepen international hostility towards a regime completely preoccupied with the destruction of one of its primordial asset; its people, its very soul. The abduction and subsequent detention of Ambassador Sajo Jallow, .................more









The Spotlight: The Scramble for the Gambia 2016; Part X – a coalition to be or not to be?      -   By Yero Jallow 

“You do not hold a snake by its tail; it will turn its head towards you and bite you. You hold a snake by its head, that way you save yourself from the bite by overpowering the deadly serpent.” –African Proverb. 

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Court rules in favour of detained ex-Deputy Minister  - The point.gm

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Justice O. Ottaba of the Special Criminal Division of the Banjul High Court yesterday ruled in favour of Momodou Sajo Jallow, the detained Ex-Deputy Foreign Affairs Minister, who was under NIA custody, and granted him bail of D200,000.

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THE SPEECH

By Abdul Savage

DISCLAIMER: This piece is a SATIRE, a FICTION. It is not to be construed in any other way, shape or form, but purely as a SATIRE. A Colleague once told me to sometimes inject humor in this “so-called struggle”, and as such, his statement was the inspiration behind this piece. 

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THE GAMBIA’S SITUATION IS PRECARIOUS

Ousman Soma Jarra

There is not a day gone by without me thinking about OUSAINOU DARBOE, his executive, and the uncountable supporters, especially three ladies sitting in that HELL HOLE the tyrant calls my FIVE STAR HOTEL. It is only in Gambia that the leader of the biggest opposition party be sent to jail on bogus charges,.................more










The Gambia: Since I am Not Affected I am Not Bothered Attitude

By Masireh Sanyang

When Yahya jammeh came to power in july 1994, many Gambians thought that the beginning of a new dawn had arrived, the 3 decades of Sir dawda jawara’s rule had come to an end – with a new leader new ideas will be implemented and the shortcomings of the former president will be complimented and completed by the recent one...................................more

October 7th, 2016

TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN FOR THE GAMBIAN MIGRANTS IN MILANO ITALY:

My name is TUKU JALLOW CEO/Founder of the Senegambia Democracy and Governance Organization (SENDGO), Vice Chairwoman and Women Affairs (GCC), Chief Election Judge in the State of Maryland (BOE) and a Youth Migrant Coordinator. ...........................more









The Spotlight: Scramble for the Gambia 2016; Part VI       By Yero Jallow

“Great spirits have always encountered opposition from mediocre minds. The mediocre mind is incapable of understanding the man who refuses to bow blindly to conventional prejudices and chooses instead to express his opinions courageously and honestly,” – Albert Einstein.................................more










Darboe & Co. Judgement
Travesty (Part 1)

By Lamin J Darboe
It discussed no profound questions, enunciated no sublime principles. For a matter so central to fundamental questions around the public life of a country, a case so factually embedded in the crucial Chapter IV rights guaranteed by the 1997 

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The Gambia under litmus test

By Fatou Manneh (Beye)
Like other democracies it is another presidential election in December 2016 in The Gambia and the country is at crossroad. Presently there are lots of controversies and contradictions about who should lead the people of this great nation to the promised land. ...............................more










The So-Called Struggle That Never Was

By Abdul Savage

It’s been a while since I noted anything about your so-called struggle, BUT allow me now to just interject with this observation, and then I will proceed to “living my life” to the fullest, and my observation is this:.....................more








The Spotlight: Scramble for the Gambia 2016; Part V     By Yero Jallow

“A man who calls his kinsmen to a feast does not do so to save them from starving. They all have food in their own homes. When we gather together in the moonlit village ground it is not because of the moon..................................more









A Speech by Suntou Touray in Tubingen Germany 24 September 2016

Good evening ladies and gentlemen. Special greetings to the hosts, Mr Safiong Touray and his lovely wife Elke Klenk...................more










UDP PRESS RELEASE ON THE SUPPOSED ASYLUM CASE OF FORMER GAMBIAN INTERIOR MINISTER, OUSMAN SONKO

The United Democratic Party (UDP) is following with keen interest, reports that former Gambian Interior Minister Ousman Sonko has fled the country and reportedly seeking asylum in Sweden.............more










The Gambia: When It Rains it pours

By Masireh Sanyang

The weeping and the crying of the innocent seem to only be getting worse – the innocent inquiry of a little boy as he asks his mother when his father will be coming back home ........................................more










The Gambia: The dreaded midnight knock, and the abduction of Ambassador Sajo M Jallow   By Mathew K Jallow

The paralyzing fear, after that dreaded mid-night knock, stirs up familiar, but haunting reminders of the Gambia’s ..............more

The Editor

The __Maafanta__________ Newspaper

6th Sept  2016

By Ousman Manjang

Please allow me to use some space in your well respected newspaper to express my disquiet over the disappearance and possible abduction and detention ...................more










Don’t Believe Jammeh’s Empty Promises, Vote Him Out!   -  By Baba Jobe

It’s 2016, an election year in the Gambia, and political activities for the December 1st polls have already began. It’s a year that marks twenty-two years of persecutions in the form of arbitrary arrests, detention without trial, 

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Sankanu Makes History As First Gambian To Run For Elections in Germany

The award-winning Gambian film scholar, producer and journalist, Prince Bubacarr Aminata Sankanu made history on Monday, the 5th September 2016 by becoming the first ............................................more










Open letter to the African Union Commission Chairperson


Dear Excellency Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma,

On Friday 2nd September, 2016, less than twenty-four hours after declinng an appointment as Deputy Foreign Minister, Gambia’s notorious security ...............more










Response to Mr. Madi Jorbateh’s Letter to UDP Interim Secretary general and Party Leader Aji Yam Secka   - By UDP Diaspora

We feel obliged to  respond to Mr. Jobarteh’s request to not select a ..................more










MAJOR MOMODOU BOJANG INSULTED, HUMILIATED &  ARRESTED MY VILLAGE ELDERS

It was the darkest day in the history of my village, Sami, CRR. As soon as he arrived at the village “bantaba”, he (Captain Momodou Bojang) disrespectfully raised his foot and placed it on the village bantaba and vowed to deal with the villagers for merely supporting the UDP. He came with soldiers from the Kudang Barracks..........................more











A Conversation with Sam Sarr – Part II

By Momodou Ndow

Before I go any further, I would like to address three things here first. 1. I would like to quote something from my last conversation with Sam Sarr.............more










Yaya Jammeh must Go!!!!

By Fatou Jaw Manneh

Voila! Who would have thought some ten years ago, or even some five, three years ago, Gambians vying to chase Yaya Jammeh out of office would be a crowded field. It is so real that it looks and feels surreal. Gosh! within weeks, ...........................more










Acceptance Speech as UDP Presidential Candidate for the 2016 Elections.

Adama Barrow

The National Chairman of the United Democratic Party, Alhaji Dembo Byforce Bojang, the Acting Party leader and Secretary General Aji Yam Secka,...........................more










The Gambia: Desecrating the Christian cemetery, corruption of Islam; impunity gone too far       By Mathew K Jallow

The dead will have no rest. And even the living, distraught and in disbelief, are stunned by threats of the improbable becoming the likely. It is easy to script a parody of Yahya Jammeh, based on his tragic history, and digging up the graveyard bones of the long ago dead, as spooky as it sounds, would be an ideal starting place..............................more










Nullifying the ‘constitutional’ demarcations: the unlawful dismissal  

of Magistrate Muhammed Krubally.

By Lamin J. Darbo

As our public system clamours for the redress of ancient wrongs perpetrated on our forefathers by foreigners from beyond the oceans, that same public system relentlessly utilises the political cudgel against its own people. ...............................more










The Gambia: Inviting radical strain of Islam, the rise of political activism, and overdue political change   
  By Mathew K Jallow

Pushing citizens against the wall has historical precedence that has often tested the extremes of their tolerance levels, and sparked mass resistance and rebellions.................more










PRESS RELEASE

Mr. ALHAJI BOYE Case in Raleigh, North Carolina...........................more










Press Release: August 9th 2016

File # GDC-D 001

Gambia Democratic Congress (GDC) Extends Frontiers in the Diaspora

Gambians, friends of the Gambia, and the International Community:

The Gambia Democratic Congress (GDC), a newly formed Gambian political party led by Hon. Mamma Kandeh, here by inform the general public on its move to set up a Diaspora chapter –Gambia Democratic Congress Diaspora (GDC-Diaspora). .....................more










Lawyer Darboe of UDP - The Gambia Pre Sentence statement that was not Allowed by Justice Dada

IN THE HIGH COURT OF THE GAMBIA

CRIMINAL CASE NO. HC/179/16/CR/060/AO

BETWEEN:  THE STATE ... COMPLAINANT AND  OUSAINOU DARBOE ... 1ST ACCUSED PERSON  KEMESSENG JAMMEH… … 2ND ACCUSED PERSON

FEMI PETERS ... 3RD ACCUSED PERSON

LAMIN DIBBA ... 4TH ACCUSED PERSON

LAMIN JATTA … 5TH ACCUSED PERSON................................more










The Unbearable Burden of Yaya Jammeh

By Saul Saidykhan

If history is anything to go by, tomorrow, the cause of The Gambia’s ongoing needless tragedy Yaya Jammeh would be spending millions of Dollars to throw another outlandish party in celebrating his usurpation of power in our country for twenty-two years.

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United Democratic Party - The Gambia REACTION TO THE POLITICAL VERDICT IN THE COURT OF JUSTICE DADA ............more


THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS ULTRA-NATIONALIST MANDINGO

By Ousman Soma Jarra..................more



Gambia: Prison sentences for opposition leaders continues downward spiral for human rights

20 July 2016, 21:05 UTC....................more











Press Statement By The United Democratic Party (UDP) On The Impending Judgement In The Political Trail Of The UDP Leader and His Senior Executives...................more

Press Release

July 19th, 2016

The D30 Gambia Freedom Foundation (D30 GFF) Launched

The public is hereby informed that the D30 Gambia Freedom Foundation (D30 GFF) will be officially launched as of July 30th, 2016. ................................more

Coughapia

In measured steps

Dawich danced

On needles

Made of dust

And sang his curses


Along came the quarry

Destiny at his side

Dawich lost his voice

And coughed a blurt

Into the ocean winds


-Baba Jallow










STATEMENT
Statement by High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini on the occasion of the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, 26 June 2016 ..............................more



GYU Bids Omar Bah Farewell 
The Gambia Youth for Unity (GYU) wishes to inform the general public that Chairperson, Mr Omar Bah, .......more


WHY JAMMEH JIPPO

By Baba Galleh Jallow

In a recent piece published on Kairo News, Karamba Touray tells the sad story of Imam Cherno Gassama. ...more











The Gambia: Impeding the democratic process; Yahya Jammeh’s regime predetermi
nes elections 2016 results

By Mathew K Jallow........................more

The Spotlight: Where is Solo Sandeng?

By Yero Jallow (Dalton

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UNITED NATIONS PRESS RELEASE 

For immediate release 

Statement by Adama Dieng, United Nations Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide, on recent inflammatory rhetoric by President Yahya Jammeh of .......more


GAMBIAN JOURNALIST JAILED- RELEASED FROM THE SENEGALESE PRISON.
Greetings to everyone. I have been to hell and back, God Safe Me. ........more

Situational Update - UNITED DEMOCRATICPARTY (UDP)

As the leader of the United Democratic Party (UDP) Lawyer Ousainou Darboe and other party militants appear before a judge of the High Court in the protracted and truncated trial that has rightly attracted ..................................more





Letter to Yahya Jammeh, No. 3

By  Foday Samateh

In the wake of the mesmerizing heroics of Lawyer Darboe and his fellow freedom fighters, you couldn’t leave us alone. ........more

Gambia’s Sanxaanu Kaggoro Film Kaffo joins the Federation of Pan African Filmmakers, FEPACI

Prominent Gambian film scholar and director, Prince Bubacarr Aminata Sankanu ...........more



WHERE IS THE OBLIVIOUS BUN SANNEH?

By Baba Yanks....................more











THE STATE VS. DARBOE & 18 OTHERS

21ST JUNE 2016.

Court Registrar called case.

All accused persons are present in court.

Court – Let the accused persons sit.

Appearances:

S.H Barkun (DPP) with M B Abubacarr; A Adeyemi; E.R Durgan; M. Singhateh and A. Yakubu for the state......................more


How Yahya Jammeh is an Embodiment of Imbecility and Cowardice   -By Amadou Dibba

Much has been made and written about the recent tirade by Yahya Jammeh against the Mandinka tribe, whom he believes always .....more



Crime and Punishment
By Momodou Ndow
So Jammeh’s office announced in a press release that they have discovered “one of the most serious economic crimes” ............more

Fragiant

By Baba Galleh Jallow

It feels strong

And stable

Unmovable like

The Rock of Gibraltar

Indomitable like

The blazing sun

Uncaring

About raging thunderstorms like

Mount Kilimanjaro yet

It is just

A fragile web before

The massive poke of time









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Mobee Gambia Mental Health Project perspective.

By Salifu Manneh

The need for a Victims support service in the Gambia to offer practical and psychological support to people who had experienced physical, psychological, emotional and financial abuse during detention or a jail term in The Gambia. Mobee Gambia Mental Health Project perspective..............................more








JOINT PRESS STATEMENT BY THE UNITED DEMOCRATIC` PARTY (UDP), THE NATIONAL RECONCILIATION PARTY (NRP) AND THE GAMBIA MORAL CONGRESS (GMC) - 5th March, 2017.................................more










By Gambian Outsider!

Jumping Off The Barrow Bandwagon!!

As I was editing this article before sending it to some of the online newspapers to have it published, I just read about the political divorce of The Coalition. I have not changed a word from what I wrote, so please read below to see for yourself how far off I have been.

The Great Divide!

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Britain pledges support to track down stolen assets of former President Jammeh
Britain has affirmed its support for Gambia`s new  government and its efforts to track down stolen and misappropriate assets,weeks after the country`s new administration say the scale of looting by former President Jammeh,...............................more











The Gambia: Yahya Jammehs sickening unilateralism, and the sinking of the Gambia's economy (2010)  -  By Mathew K. Jallow

The performance of the Gambian economy has been lackluster at best in spite of the glowing and often misleading reports by The World Bank and IMF. The World Bank and IMF often prepare glowing reports on the performance of Gambia’s economic, 

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Alhamdulillah. Freedom has finally come to the Gambia. To my sons Lamin and Ebrima . Thank you. Twenty-two years is a very long time for a family especially when THAT TIME is uncertain, tumultuous and difficult. For the first ten years you two keep wondering, why her, why would she involve herself into this. Why Politics, what is the struggle. What is she thinking? Why cant we have our mother like other children do. Travel together, laugh together. Why Why Why why .It has been a very difficult journey. The next ten years’ are different as I observe you all grow up into fine gentlemen. Thoughtful, forgiving, understanding, kind and strong. Protecting your mum and at the same time yourselves . May God reward you for all the patience and pain you went through for me. I love you. I am grateful to God for both of you. For your unflinching support, love and protection. May Allah grant you all the strength to persevere in the maze as you all find your feet in this unpredictable world. Please stay humble and modest. Never a minute goes by without thinking about you all. You have heard it all and taken it all. The struggle seems endless. Thanks for being there for me even if it meant postponing and the sacrifice of your teenage years. Love you all. God bless . Now we can all sit by my mum/ your grandma and enjoy her conversations.THANK YOU!!! - Mama Fatou JM











Convoy Syndrome 
By Momodou Ndow
Not sure if "convoy syndrome" qualifies as a medical term or not, but it is something we suffer from. As school children, we were constantly yanked out of school during the First Republic to go stand on the side of the road to wave at the president as he passes with his convoy; ...........................more





















UKGambia Inauguration & Independence Day Celebration 

Dear Editor/ Presenter,

Please find attached a press release for publication and announcement by your esteemed media house.
The press release is about an event to celebrate the Inauguration and Independence Day on Saturday February 18th, 2017......................more











The Gambia: The catastrophe of a prison culture and the mind-numbing incarceration crisis
By Mathew K Jallow

A last week's indignant headline in the Daily News casting the godless Gambian judiciary and Kangaroo court system as unbearable embodiments of Yahya Jammeh's imperial regime, might to some seem pietistic,..............................more

The Gambia hopes for a new dawn after election trauma          February 5, 2017

Aloa Alota, co-ordinator of the Centre for Media and Development Research in Africa, takes a personal look at the downfall of Yahya Jammeh
After several false starts, the Gambia’s opposition finally got it right – Adama Barrow, a businessman – was chosen as the standard-bearer of an opposition coalition comprising eight political parties for the presidential election in December.................more











Nation Building 
These days "nation building" and "come home and contribute your quota" is all you hear. But what exactly does "nation building" and "contribute your quota" mean? Does one need to reside in The Gambia to be able to participate in "nation building" or "contribute your quota?" .....................................more











This Evil is Ours; It’s Not Foreign:

Yes, Gambians Are Evil, Too!

One of the reasons why I respect the German political theorist; Hannah Arendt, is her ability to look dead-eyed at structures and societies, critique them, without lapsing into groupthink, sentimentality or political correctness. ...................................more














By Mathew K Jallow

To some, the issue about the future of the military and the NIA in the Gambia may be a sensitive subject replete with risks and blind turns, but for a significant number of Gambians, simple logic and a dose of pragmatism trump the baseless fears that border on the ridiculous. ................................more











THE WAY FORWARD: Gambia, no one will fault you for celebrating your victory, your new found freedom [from servitude.] But you must also realize that the jubilation and merry-making may not go on forever. - Brahima Mbodge

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The Parable of the Flies and the Vultures -Part 2

Saul Saidykhan

About three years ago, we were treated to some sensational images from Dakar, Senegal of an adult Gambian male in blue jeans, white shirt, and dark blazer spread-eagled and dangling barely off the marbled floor as he was being carried by several security men protecting young Sedia Bayo, 

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"#ALLAH, SWT Has Decided

#Gambians Have Followed "  (Brother Amadou Sowe, New York)

By Jainaba Bah (Sweden)

In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful

ALLAH Subhanahu Wa Ta'Aala Is:

“The Originator of the heavens and

the earthWhen He decrees a matterHe only says to it : ‘Be!’ — and it is”

[al-Baqarah 2:117]...............more

Appointments to the government must conform to law.

From the outset, I contend that legality, its nurture and development, constitute the software of a meaningful democratic polity. Without it, the mainframe is but a mere carcass!...........................more













The Downfall of Jammeh: Good Riddance To Bad Rubbish!      -    By Ebou Gaye
It goes without saying that many people have breathed a sigh of relief and rejoiced over Jammeh’s fall from grace to grass. This is not because people hate him as a person, but because they hate his bad manners as a brutal, blood-thirsty dictator. It is a pity that Jammeh was oblivious to this fact and hence regarded his critics,............................more











INAUG

URAL ADDRESS OF H.E. ADAMA BARROW

PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF THE GAMBIA

19th January 2017Fellow Gambians and friends of The Gambia, I am humbled to stand before you to address the whole world on this historic occasion. This is a day no Gambian will ever forget in one’s life time.....................................more

















The Gambia: The Mass Exodus of Gambians and the Tribal Nepotism

The Political impasse in our beloved Gambia has turned sour; people are forced to flee from their fatherland, the streets have turned quite, the farmers have left their lands, businesses have turned desolate even political offices have turned empty.

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The Gambia: Ex-Justice Minister Edward Gomez; the Gambia’s holocaust denier

By Mathew K Jallow

No, I don’t mean the horrendous Nazi atrocities of a half century ago. And it may not be in the grand scale of the tragedies of Auschwitz or Kampala either, but without mincing words, there are parallels to be drawn between what the monster in Hitler and the devil in Idi Amin did so long ago, to what the Kanilai Frankenstein, ........................more


#UKGambia Formation, Inauguration & Independence Day Celebration

UKGambia is a movement created by Gambians living in the United Kingdom who played an active role in effecting democratic change in The Gambia. Over the last two years the movement has organised series of protests, conferences and fund-raising events in the UK to promote democracy and good governance in The Gambia........................................more

Mismanaging the transition-transfer: an unlawful abuse of incumbency

By Lamin J Darbo

Almost without exception, and outside of an armed military takeover, dictatorship usually succumbs to mass action, violent or otherwise, on the streets of a country, and the resultant forceful change in government may be termed a revolution. 

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Letter To Saul Saidykhan

Current Gambian crisis

Dear Saul,

First of all, let me introduce myself. My name is Suwareh Darbo working for the African Development Bank in the Sudan Field Office as an Economist. I am currently holidaying with the family in Canada. The purpose of my message is to share my perspectives with you and your audience. 

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THE NOTION THAT YAYA JAMMEH IS GONNA SIMPLY PACK UP HIS BELONGINGS AND LEAVE POWER, IF ENOUGH PEOPLE BEGIN TO TWEET OR FACEBOOK AMONG THEMSELVES IS TOTALLY INSANE
By Brahimi Mbodji
No dictator has ever left peacefully. For him to quit, his threat to impose his rule on the Gambian people beyond January 18 has to be met by a greater force, say: (1)....................................more















The Gambia: Samsudeen Sarr and the embarrassing insularity of the Grinch who tried to kill God     -   By Mathew K Jallow

Apostate, traitor, turncoat, heretic, double-dealer, defector; apt monikers for the profile of a man severely lacking in integrity, but faithless, is perhaps the epitaph that best underpins the character of this achromatic moral oddity. ......................more











You said nothing, Mr. Yammeh

By Baba Galleh Jallow

Mr. outgoing president and soon-to-be former Babili Mansa, we now have occasion to have another conversation with you, this time about your so-called new year’s message to the Gambian people, whom you have reduced to a state of distress and anxiety they had not suffered for 22 years under your brutal dictatorship...................................more














The Gambia: Deadwood Yahya Jammeh, rethinking the military, IEC’s Alieu M Njai; miscellaneous     By Mathew K Jallow

The old adage ‘power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely’, is not an abstract idea; it has foundation in reality. In a world of changing political paradigms, ...............................more

NEW GAMBIA MOVEMENT FORMED

Motto: Power to the People

Statement of Purpose

Dear Gambians and Friends of The Gambia,

At this crucial point in our country’s history, there is an urgent need for a comprehensive rethinking and a radical transformation of our national political culture. To carry out this important task of re-thinking ..............................more