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

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

Maafanta Interview With NDT

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

Petition to Disinvite Gambian President Yahya Jammeh

Petition by Fatou Jaw Manneh

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

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

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

BREAKING OMERTÀ – PART II:

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

BREAKING OMERTÀ: (Part III) 

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



BREAKING OMERTÀ:

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

Jainaba Bah (Sweden)

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

 

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


BREAKING OMERTÀ - PART V:

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

By Jainaba Bah (Sweden)

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

INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY – 2013

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

 

OMERTA SERIES

by Lamin J Darboe

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

Fatou Sagnia Proudly displays banner, New York demonstrations

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

Rohey Yata Smith, Manchester, UK

Operation Girls Catch Yaya

by Fatou Jaw Manneh

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


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

Fatou Jaw Manneh, Publisher ,maafanta.com

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

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

Happy Birthday Mr. President

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Culture and Customs   of Gambia by  Dr. Abdoulaye Saine

Gambian News Online/Resources/Funstuff

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

freedomnewspaper.com

hellogambia.com

gainako.com

thegambiaecho.com

senegambianews.com

thegambianbanker.comafricac.org

Thagambiadispatch

TheGDProject


These sites are very important to us. 

We get some news and inspiration from them.

The Oped Project

The Huffington Post

Confusedeagle.livejournal.com

Greatwomenspeakers.com

Allafrica.comIWMFAfricac.org


STGDP

CPJ

IFJ

BBC

Amnesty International

Gambian constitution

AU Charter

UN Charter

Human Rights Watch

For all the funstuff and Extraswww.funnyjunk.comwww.

howstuffworks.com

African Princess Rohey Yata Smith

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

by Fatoumatta Sanyang (YoungAfrica) 

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

The Cost of Africa’s Inferiority Complex (1) 

By Honourable Saka

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

Six Pillars of Character

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

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

THE LEGACY OF SATANG  JOBARTEH


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

A New Book on The Gambia to be released this month

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

GrandMa Sirreh hosting the Maafanta Impressive People of 2012 awards.  

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

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

 

The names are in alphabetical order: 

Bayo, Sheikh Sidia – head of CNTG

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

by D.A.Jawo

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


Business Dreamers

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

Maafanta Awards. I Am Thrilled!

-  Jainaba Bah

Dear Fatou!

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

Happy New Year Maafanta!

Dear Sister Fatou,

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

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

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

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


CULTIVATING 

SENE - GAMBIA : 

A NATION OF THINKERS

By: Ousainou Mbenga

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




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

Dear Sister Fatou,

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

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

Anita Roddick 





 

Africa: Where black is not really beautiful

By Pumza Fihlani

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

Pa Malick Faye and international protection

by Lamin J Darbo ,UK

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

PROOF! SOURSOP FRUIT KILLS CANCER.

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

What Happened to Banjul? - 

My Story - Part II

By Momodou Ndow

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

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

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

Contact Information:

Alkali Conteh:contehalkali@yahoo.com

Musa Jeng: Jengfann@yahoo.com

Pa Samba Jow: jowfara@msn.com

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

Maafanta Attention

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

You make us all proud already Dr. Ceesay!

God bless - FatouJM

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

Regina Mariama Manneh

Yahya Jammeh’s Charnel House

By MATTHEW OMOLESKY from the FEBRUARY 2013 issue

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

picture : courtesy of  Godfrey Mwampembwa


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

By Mathew K Jallow

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

Updated List

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

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

Say No To Yaya Jammeh

15 WRONG REASONS TO GET MARRIED!

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


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

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


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

Flowers for you! 

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



Thank you Maafanta and Hellogambia

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









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

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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The Gambia: The Character Stain, Dishonor and Amateurism of Nene Mcdoulle and Sheriff Bojang  -  By Mathew K Jallow.........................more





IT IS NOW TIME FOR US TO WAKE UP

BY LAMIN SADDAM SANYANG,  THE NETHERLANDS

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ACID HOLDS INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON MIGRATION IN OSLO  -  Landing Nyassi.... .......more 










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










Liars!

From Pappa Faal

July 22nd in the Gambia, 1994

by Fatou Jaw Manneh

From maafanta archives

July 22nd in the Gambia, 1994

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










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







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 .







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
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










Remembering Cheikh Anta Diop / A Great African Thinker  AFRICAN  / BLACK HISTORY MONTH 2016 

REMEMBERING DR. CHEIKH ANTA DIOP / A GREAT AFRICAN THINKER
   By    Sainey Faye
Born: December 29, 1923 .......Died : February 7,  1986.......On this date he passed away and joined the ancestors.He was one of Africa's greatest thinkers of the twentieth century.Born in Diourbel, Senegal; Cheikh Anta Diop was a scientist, mathematician, and historian/anthropologist...............more










The Gambia: Constitutional term-limit imperative to national security, good governance, and equal opportunity

By Mathew K Jallow

In Africa, the tendency for totalitarian rule is as pervasive as change is dynamic. The two forces are locked in a constant struggle that continues to plunge many African countries into conflicts, with devastating consequences. Incredibly, a little over two decades since the end of Liberia and Sierra Leone’s bloody civil wars, ......................................more










ELECTION YEAR 2016: THE GAMBIAN DIASPORA AND THE JAMMEH REGIME   -  By PataPJ

I'd written this back in 2014 and with a little tweak to reflect our current situation in the election year, I thought I'd reproduce.
I was sitting at home minding my business and thought I would grab my routine dose of Gambian News, so I went on reading the local Newspapers. ..........................more










AMILCAR CABRAL - 1924-1973, A REVOLUTIONARY AFRICAN HERO
Remembering  Amilcar Cabral (Abel DjassI) "KAABU NYANGCHO" -

1924-1973-  By Sainey Faye
 JANUARY 20TH, 1973 ...On this date Amilcar Cabral, one of Africa's greatest revolutionaries was killed by Portuguese Colonialist agents in Conakry, Guinea.A true Pan-Africanist and ......................more










BlackGambian Black Prophet – Yahya Jammeh:  - In His Own Words

- By The Economist
By 1994, Yahya Jammeh had become one of Gambia's most beloved and trusted sons in the midst of all the allegedinequality, corruption and nepotism in the Gambia under Jawara's watch as the president of the Republic of the Gambia.

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The Gambia: Lunacy is repeating the same thing over and over again, and expect different results   By Mathew K Jallow

It’s a saga, much like a soap opera, with something of a fatalist plot. On the one hand, the cast of characters with loyalty to a cause, but who, time and again, have miserably failed the simple test of sound judgement and moral commitment. And on the other, an entrenched regime, whose sole purpose is to make democracy harder; not easier to exercise....................................more










The tipping point - Collateral Damage‘The Bloody reckless Driver,’

By Our Economist 
From a bloodless coup to a bloody 21 years reign filled with despair, dilapidation economic condition, poor healthcare and education institutions and lack of foresight on progressive economic strategic planning and research from 1994 to 2016. .............more










Gambia: Why Sharia is not an option

By Baba G. Jallow

Back in 2013 when he reduced the work week from five to four days, I wrote a piece in which I argued that contrary to fears in some quarters, imposing Sharia law was not an option for Mr. Jammeh. In the light of recent developments in The Gambia, I wish to share that piece with the public, unedited.

Around the middle of January, 2013, 

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PDOIS LETTER TO IEC CHAIRMAN

CHAIRMAN
INDEPENDENT ELECTORAL COMMISSION

11th January 2016
SUBJECT:  HAS THE RE-DEMARCATION OF CONSTITUENCIES BEEN GIVEN LEGAL
EFFECT AND WOULD GENERAL REGISTRATION TAKE PLACE IN ANY NEW  CONTITUTENCY
In three days time Supplementary Registration of voters would begin. In your programme guide regarding the movement of your registration teams ,there is no mention of any registration team for any new Constituency.......................more










PDOIS’ POSITION ON HEAD TIES FOR WOMEN AND WITCH HUNTING

Patriarchy In State Administration

(The Contradictory Statements and Values of The Executive)

Issued By Halifa Sallah    6th January 2016

For the Central Committee

On 4th January 2016, a memorandum is reported to have been issued by the Personnel Management Office indicating the following:  “This is to inform you that an executive directive has been issued that all female staff within Government Ministries, Departments and Agencies are no longer allowed to 

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Door-to-door Witch Hunting on Residents of Foni Kamfenda

By Gainako’s Roving Reporter

Reliable sources reaching Gainako at this hour reveal that the Witch Hunters are on the spree, going to door to door in Kamfenda (Foni) in an attempt to arrest Citizens in the name of witchcraft............................more
















PDOIS’ NEW YEAR MESSAGE         

1st January 2016     

Issued by Halifa Sallah

for the Central Committee

2016 -THE YEAR OF DECISION

FORWARD WITH A NEW GAMBIA OWNED AND DRIVEN BY THE PEOPLE TO ATTAIN A LIFE OF LIBERTY, DIGNITY AND PROSPERITY

A THIRD SECULAR DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC USHERING IN THE SOVEREIGNTY OF THE PEOPLE IS IN VIEW...............................more











West Africa: Why ECOWAS should revisit the term-limits issue, and why it matters

By Mathew K Jallow

The anticipation was both joyous and widespread, but so also was the ambivalence and outright skepticism. If the recent proposal to establish term-limits, for the ECOWAS member states, was a hopeful sign, its failure was incomprehensible and emotionally devastating. ...........................more










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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Too Many Unfulfilled Promises: How Can We Trust You?
By Ebou Gaye
How can we trust you?
You have made too many unfulfilled promises since you came to power through a putsch two decades ago,
Despite your claim to be honest and sincere,
For which reason observers describe you as untrustworthy,
And suggest treating all your pronouncements with caution to avoid disappointment............................more







DUGA's MOBILIZATION AND HOMECOMING

After 21 years of activism, advocacy and sensitization from the diaspora. DUGA is calling on Gambians, all over the world to put all hands on deck, as we prepare for our final HOMECOMING and CIVIL MOBILIZATION  in Gambia.

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The Donald Trump of Africa

By Baba Galleh Jallow

The Donald Trump of Africa, chief executive officer and managing director of Fankele Fanfadi Kunda Enterprises was a famous guy in our little town. He was so famous because he held himself to be the ultimate guru of profound practical wisdom and the repository of knowledge on all subjects under the face of the earth. ...............................more










The soullessness of Africa; curse of The Gambia      By Mathew K Jallow

Senile octogenarians, youthful maniacs, barbaric psychopaths, and crude nitwits; they all share the same idiosyncrasies: greed, moral decadence, ignorance, cruelty. They dress in leopard skin, popularized a fashion trend, owned lion statues, sat on golden thrones, and carry the Islamic Quran close to their chest..........................more










Black or White

By Momodou Ndow

Not a day goes by without hearing complaints from those residing in The Gambia about how desperate the situation is, there. They lament about flying inflation, lack of employment and opportunity, harassment, intimidation, abuse,  chronic corruption, fear, and all this is done through whispering because they think someone is listening. Sometimes they just sum it up as “Gambia easywut”......................more










Fighting with himself: Jammeh vs his colonial mentality   By Baba Galleh Jallow

African independence is questioned not only because of its tragi-comic performance as a mediocre imperial spectacle at which imperial power purports to grant “the status and dignity” of a nation to a former colony. African independence is mainly questioned because of the colonial mentality of African leaders. ....................................more









Dialogue-With-The-People Tour: What A Misnomer!
By Ebou Gaye
What a misnomer!
There is so much controversy over your recently concluded nationwide tour dubbedDialogue-With-The-People Tour
Many people argue that the name is a misnomer,
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P.O.BOX 4507, NE• Washington, DC  20017

Phone: (202) 590-4318  (301) 254-9983 • Email: dugadc@gmail.com • www.duga-usa.com

Press Release on the Dangerous Declaration by Yaya Jammeh of the Gambia

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

ISLAMIC STATE: THE LAST STRAW TO BREAK OUR BACKS!

On 10th December 2015, Yaya Jammeh, authoritarian ruler of the Republic of The Gambia, declared The Gambia an Islamic State.................................more










Donald Trump and Muslims

Sulayman “Saul” Saidykhan

Please indulge me the opportunity to add to the current debate regarding Mr. Trump and his ideas about Muslims because 1. I'm American by choice and 2. am a Muslim.

Without going any further, let me state here that what happened in San Bernardino some weeks ago is horrible and sickening especially considering the conscious role of a lactating mother in the crime. 

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11 years without justice

Gibaru Janneh , GPU, Gambia

It is now 11 years and still justice remains a far cry. The murders continue to be clothed with the tinted glass of impunity. All calls for justice continue to fall to deaf ears but for how long? It is imperative that the Government of the Gambia expends all its efforts and tools to investigate this matter in order to bring the culprits to book. Failure to do so only serves to entrench a culture of impunity in our society.....................more









The Gambia: Remembering the indefatigable media icon; Deida Hydara (2008)         By Mathew K Jallow

It was the least of the worries to occupy the minds of his family and friends, and when it happened, it took a whole nation by surprise. Even today, the murder of Deyda Hydara is making headlines all across the world of journalism, eleven years after his tragic and brutal murder................................more





Press Release

GPU to Launch Deyda Hydara Memorial Lecture Series

Today – December 16, 2015 – marks eleven years since Deyda Hydara, editor and co-founder of The Point newspaper, was assassinated. The veteran journalist was gunned down by unidentified persons in a drive-by shooting in 2004. The tragedy happened in New Jeshwang, on Thursday, between the hours of 10:00pm and 11:00pm. 

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Gambia's president declares Islamic statehood

Leader Yahya Jammeh says his nation must reflect its Muslim majority and needs to break away from its colonial past.

Gambia's president has declared the West African country an Islamic republic saying the decision was made because Islam is the religion of most citizens and the nation must break away from its colonial past.

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THE GAMBIA IS NOT AN ISLAMIC STATE

IMPEACHMENT OF THE PRESIDENT SHOULD BEGIN IF HE IMPLEMENTS HIS DECLARATION

Halifa Sallah- FOR PDOIS CENTRAL COMMITTEE

On Thursday 10th December, 2015 President Yahya Jammeh stated at a rally held in Brufut, attended by APRC party enthusiasts, that “As from today, Gambia is an Islamic Republic.” ................................more









The Syrian Chemical Weapons Dilemma – From Critical Objective Lenses

By Binneh s Minteh

When we take an in-depth look at the political tension that erupted  between Permanent members of the United Nations Security Council following chemical weapons usage in Syria, it was  evident that world politics continue to be driven by the interaction of power, interests and institutions on the international stage. ...............more










World Crisis
By Asset Kandeh
Syria's the apt description of a world in crisis
Where there's a show down
Between the West and Eastern Europe
And the Middle East
All embroiled and entangled in a timeless war.
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The Gambia: An Islamic state or colossal media blunder       By Mathew K Jallow

There were no rumors, no discussions, and not even official clues as to what was about to happen to the Gambia. Last week, when Yahya Jammeh said, at a Brufut meeting, a coastal town sixteen miles south of the capital city, Banjul, that “Gambia will become an Islamic state,” his ambiguity was obvious, but reactions to him were swift and scathing. Listening to Yahya Jammeh speak,

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

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Tuku Jallow and the Struggle.

By Tuku Jallow

Between  the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA and DAKAR, SENBEGAL. 

 I, Ms. Tuku Jallow, served as one of the energetic, charismatic and articulate young female youth mobilizers in BANJUL CENTRAL as part of the organizing committee for the main ruling party then the PPP, in BANJUL, THE GAMBIA. PPP was the dominant party of the day from 1965 to 1994. My political activism made me a member of the PPP Banjul Central Youth Group since 1976.  Before I came and settled for higher education in America.

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Africa: In praise of Macky Sall, Muhammed Buhari and John Magufuli

By Mathew K Jallow

It is an historic failure of epic proportions, which began gradually, but steadily metastasized into an abominable culture. Africa, after half a century, continues to agonize over the painful inability to shake off the vile image of the continent as the cesspool of incompetence and obscene levels of corruption. ...........................more










Your ABC and 123 of Gambian Political Economy Part 4:                                            The Enabling Economic and Financial Environment          By Sarjo Bayang

Good governance includes state provision of enabling economic and financial environment where stakeholders engage in activities for ultimate value added outcomes. Apart from giving people choices and opportunities as producers of goods or services,..............................more



















By Momodou Ndow
Should men and women be treated differently?  When rephrased, this question is actually asking if men and women are equal.  This question is not new and has been grappled with by thinkers in the past, present, and I’m certain in the feature as well.  It is a very delicate and sensitive subject. ........................................more

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










Perpetuation of Dictators: What Factors Are Responsible?
By Ebou Gaye
It is common knowledge that many dictators succeed in perpetuating themselves or staying too long in power contrary to the wishes of their opponents and the earnest efforts made to depose them. This phenomenon leads many people to believe or argue that those dictators are intelligent, wise, brave and patriotic citizens who are loved by their compatriots..................................more










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

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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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The Spotlight: Sustainability of God’s Houses.

By Yero Jallow

“The word 'Islam' means 'peace.' The word 'Muslim' means 'one who surrenders to God.' But the press makes us seem like haters” (Muhammad Ali, Activist and Boxing Champion).

The Fundraising:............................more














A MESSAGE TO THE GAMBIAN YOUTHS
We the youths of the Gambia have the power to transform our country into our likings by so many means.
We are the innovators, creators, builders and leaders of the future. But we can only transform the future if we have skills, health, decision-making and real choices.
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Film Review

Musuya Kunto (Cutting the Womanhood) – A taboo-breaking sexuality testimonies on FGM in the Gambia

Review By D. A. Jawo, Dakar, Senegal

Female Genital Mutilation (Female Genital Cutting) is quite a touchy subject in the Gambia, with a clear dividing line still existing between the conservative traditionalists who want it maintained as part of our heritage and the modernists who support the trending international call to treat it as nothing more than a harmful traditional practice that should be out-lawed.  

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November 26, 2015

Gambia Youth for Unity (GYU)
Contact: gam.y.u.info@gmail.com

For immediate release:

GYU Fundraiser for Kartong Youth

The Gambia Youth for Unity (GYU) has launched a fundraising campaign in support of the Kartong Youth. The funds will cover the legal expenses, and logistics for youth mobilization on the ground.  Legal Process. A gofundme account has been circulated which can also be found via our website, www.gambiayouthforunity.org or https://www.gofundme.com/hzbybnja?utm_source=internal&utm_medium=email&utm_content=campaign_link&utm_campaign=darlt_n

Currently, over 40 Kartong youth are being charged and denied bail by the Gambian regime, for merely protesting against illegal sand mining in their village. There are reports that the detainees have been seriously torture and have...................................more










Gambia Sick President Collapsed Dead Economy, Melting Finances

By Sarjo Bayang..........................more

CONSCIENCISM --REVISITED;TRADITIONAL AFRICA,ISLAM,CHRISTIANITY

     By  Sainey   Faye

In his book 'Consciencism-Philosophy And ideology For decolonization' Kwame Nkrumah notes:-  "With true independence regained,however, a new harmony needs to be forged, a harmony that will allow the combined presence of traditional  Africa,Islamic Africa, and Euro-Christian Africa, so that this presence is in tune with the original humanistic principle uderlying African society.Our society is not the old society, but a new society enlarged by Islamic and Euro-Christian  influences."

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Africa’s Worst Tragedy: Its Disoriented People  -  Prof Patrick Otieno Lumumba 

When I look at Africa, many times, I ask myself, “What would happen if Mwalimu Julius Nyerere were to rise up and see what is happening?” Many times, I would ask myself, “What would happen if Kwame Nkruma and Patrice Lomumba were to rise up and see what is happening?”

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The Gambia: The Macky Sall factor and the threats of Senegal’s democracy

By Mathew K Jallow

The verbal clash that just erupted between Senegal’s President, Macky Sall, and Yahya Jammeh, epitomizes the dichotomy between democracy and tyranny, but it also illustrates the simmering diplomatic schism and benign political rift, which has eroded the fraternal relations between the sister countries. 

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[AUDIO] Attaques de Yaya Jammeh : Les excuses d'une journaliste gambienne

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Paris attacks: what we know so far

One hundred and 27 people died and nearly 100 more were injured as Paris suffered the worst terrorist attack in Europe since the Madrid train bombings of 2004, in which 191 people died. Eight attackers launched a devastating series of coordinated shootings and explosions at six locations across the French capital.........................more

NO “NEW PAGE” TO OPEN; JAMMEH MUST GO!            

BY: Ousainou Mbenga


You had 21 pages in 21 years to write onto and leave an admirable legacy in the history of the Gambia but you chose to write on those pages with our BLOOD. You have no more pages left to open; not in the Gambia. After 21 years of pomposity, tyranny and outright looting of the meager resources of our beloved Gambia, the once aspiring king (“Babili Mansa”) has been jolted out of his delusions of grandeur into submission for “bogus reconciliation”. 

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WHY AM I IN THIS STRUGGLE

By Ousman Jarra

History has taught us that society does not change when people sit down and do nothing but it only does when they demand their rights to be free. My reasons are numerous,  from the murder of the students in April 2000, enforced disappearances, tortures, illegal detentions, repressive legislation’s which resulted in  fewer rights. These are the effect of 21 years of APFRC/APRC rule. 

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The African Union and the triumph of evil in Gambia   -  By Mathew K Jallow

After more than twenty years of tyranny, the single consequential blow-back on the Gambia’s murderous regime, under Yahya Jammeh, was the regional body; ECOWAS’s rejection of an observer status to the Gambia’s predetermined presidential elections.................................more










The Dictator’s Remarks: What A Malicious Intention!
By Ebou Gaye
What a malicious intention!
The remarks you made at a rally in Brikama contained in a video aired recently on Fatu Radio are a cause for great concern
They strongly suggest that you have a malicious intention vis-à-vis the opposition,
And have proven your bigotry, intolerance, 
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NIGERIAN ACTOR ASIEGBU, OTHERS, ARE GENETICALLY CORRUPT HYPOCRITES AND VAGABONDING PROMOTERS OF DICTATORSHIPS IN AFRICA

The glorification of gangsters and looters of public assets is like national religion in their home countries, anyway.

By Prince Bubacarr Aminata Sankanu

“The greatest threat to freedom is the absence of criticism” Professor Wole Soyinka. “It is time for African actors to stand for what is morally right and contribute positively to development of Africa. Mr Ejike’s article is full of unintelligent reasoning, personal attacks, and lack of moral conscience and is above all, dishonest and hypocritical…” Bax.

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No Impunity For Crimes Against Journalists!

By Ebou Gaye

As media practitioners and their sympathizers observe International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists, I would like to comment on the subject with a view to defending the rights of journalists and advancing the cause of press freedom.  
Journalists suffer miserably in many parts of the world, Africa in particular.......................more





FRAMEWORK FOR ADDRESSING ELECTORAL REFORMS IN THE GAMBIA

We, representatives of Civil Society Organizations met in New York, on the margins of the 70th session of the UN General Assembly on October 1-2, 2015 to deliberate on the state of affairs in The Gambia. .........................more

A MESSAGE TO THE GAMBIAN SOLDIER; “SECRET SERVICE” AND POLICE.       - 

BY: Ousainou Mbenga

I hope this message finds you in the highest spirit of readiness to be on the side of the Gambian masses as the tyrannical Jammeh regime is on the brink about to sink to the bottom of his filth and waste. Furthermore, I hope the message also finds you in the highest spirit of readiness to resist Jammeh’s intentions to run for his fifth term as president. Hell no! No 5th term of tyranny!.................................more










A Special tribute to my dearest Uncle

Hon. Alhagie Landing Jallow Sonko

By Mamina Ibrahim Sonko  U.S.A

Uncle L.J was more like a father to me. He was such a great human being - so strong, bold, brilliant a rare larger-than-life kind of character - a pillar that supported our whole family! Such a huge loss to our family, friends and the entire country..................................more










The Heroine
By Ebou Gaye
She is a heroine
She is comparable to the unnamed lady whose virtues I extolled in one of the articles I wrote in a Gambia High School student magazine in the late 80s under the little Je Ne Sais Quoi,
Calling her a moralist, an egalitarian, an iron lady, the woman of the people and our mother,
In appreciation of her unalloyed dedication, invaluable services and nice manners which 
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President Yaya Jammeh Insincerely Telling Lies to Gambians                                             From the Beginning, as records reveal

By Sarjo Bayang

To validate the firm position that genuine critics of junta leader Yaya Jammeh have good reasons flagging up, it emerged in social media post by courtesy of Bamba Mass how during his first press interview soon after 22 July 1994 coup Yaya Jammeh lied to the nation.

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African Immigrants Lead With The Highest Academic Achievements In The US 

Africans have the highest educational attainment rates of anyimmigrant group in the United States with higher levels of completion than the stereotyped Asian American modelminority. It is not only the first generation that does well, as estimates indicate that a highly disproportionate percentage of black students at elite universities are African or the children of African immigrants.

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The Price Of Duty: An Interesting Book
By Ebou Gaye
Synopsis
The above-named book, The Price of Duty, is a memoir authored by Ebrima Ismaila Chongan. The book is informative, educative, enlightening and inspiring, as it is thrilling, engrossing, gripping and captivating. Among the contents of the book are photographs serving as illustration. These include a photo of the author with Yahya Jammeh and other people. Jammeh’s image in that photo looks very much like his image in the photo published recently by the Freedom Newspaper, in which he and his colleagues are brewing ataya(Chinese Green Tea). .................more

Why can't we be the silent majority

By Saul Njie

Every time I read the online newspapers or posts by my countrywomen and men, I feel like my country – The Gambia – is en route to oblivion; a dystopian state. The state of our country can be quite disheartening and melancholic, given the economic and political perturb. All warranted, but we do have some positive stories, or are we only interested in the negative stories that come out of our country? I am of the conviction that the amount of research some of the newspapers spend on finding out about the sexual exploits of power that be, if they spend the same amount of time in telling the stories of the “Silent Majority”, it would be quite an uplifting and inspirational venture. 

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AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL

PRESS RELEASE

14 October 2015

Burkina Faso: No amnesty for soldiers who killed unarmed civilians

  • 14 people, including two children, killed: six shot in the back

  • Hundreds injured by beatings and live ammunition, including a child born with a bullet wound..............................more










By Gambian Outsider!

Refutation of a Gambian sophist and Fraudster: Part III (The Last Part)

Before beginning Part III of my refutation of Mr. Missionary, I want to apologize to the readers for the last post. The edited version that I sent to have it published did not come out in its entirety. Maafanta republished part II in its entirety. It was my fault....................more










The Disengaged Public

By Baba Galleh Jallow

African publics are generally disengaged from the politics of their countries. Paradoxically, they are also generally saddened by the politics of their countries. This paradox seems to affirm the view that if you do not get involved with politics, politics will still get involved with you. In other words, human beings are essentially political beings................................more










The Gambia: State’s Pimping, Legal Prostitution, Daylight Robberies; Worst than North Korea  -   By Mathew K Jallow

It is one more addition to the venality of the demonic regime; an old story observed and reviewed through new moral lenses. And it is the scathing criticism of a military regime whose catastrophic reign of terror is reassessed through the prism of simple ethics and morality...............................more


Gambians unethical behaviors on Facebook

A continues insult; tarnishing and degrading each other image among Gambians on Facebook has increase in the past few months...........more













Fourth Rejoinder: Debunking Sarr and Jammeh

By Ebou Gaye

Brother Samsudeen Sarr, I wholeheartedly accept your apology for the delay in reacting to my previous rejoinder. Better late than never! I am highly indebted to you for reviewing my theory and giving me your feedback, though the feedback is negative as expected.................................more

International Civil Society Forum on Gambia


October 9, 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

FRAMEWORK FOR ADDRESSING ELECTORAL REFORM REACHED BY GAMBIAN PARTIES AND CIVIL SOCIETY ACTIVISTS

A common framework for addressing electoral reform has been reached by leaders of two major Gambian political parties and civil society groups ahead of The Gambia’s 2016 elections...................................more










The Follow- Up Interview Between Gambian Outside  (GO) and The Despot (TD)!

GO: Hello there, Despot!

TD: I told you that I am not a Despot! You better stop this shit!

GO: What should I call you then?

TD: How about “Gambia” since you already disparaged my other titles in our last interview......................more

Intellectuals and the African Condition

By Baba Galleh Jallow...................more












Gambian community project helps women turn waste to worth  - theguardian.com

With the level of waste rising fast in Africa, the Gambia’s first recycling training centre is teaching women to use rubbish as a means of economic empowerment..................more










Why Are Many Gambians Dying Young?

Preventing or Decreasing Hospital-acquired Infections is the Key.

By Bakary M. Jallow, Associate Editor

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Push And Pull

By Momodou Ndow

What does it mean to be a Gambian? I’m sure the answer to this question will vary, depending on who you ask and their experiences. It’s definitely not about dem heew, dem ngenteh, leka benachin, yaye chewing gum or saga ndey, because they do that in Senegal and other places too....................more 











By Mathew K Jallow

Precedence to the Africa Union’s shameful failure to assist in ending Burundi’s gradual descent into bloody civil war, and avert an unfolding bloodbath, was bred in Abuja, Nigeria, in late 2015. As in Abuja, contrarian arguments for military intervention in Burundi, to help end the carnage, thwart its spiral into total anarchy,.............more










Gambian Independence Weekend Protest

Date: Saturday 20th February  

London, UK - UK Gambian activists will gather to hold public protests commemorating The Gambia’s 51st Independence anniversary at the Trafalgar Square in London.

Participants will converge at Trafalgar square by 12 mid-day and proceed to 10 Downing Street, where a petition will be delivered to the British Prime Minister's office...............................more










Total Certainty

Feathered onlookers perched

On symbolic trees

Quip a prose

0f thundering protest

They ask

If all is well ask

If a lie can be true

They ask why

Some walk a tightrope

In total certainty

Ask why

In the peace

They find a knife

To stab the good

In total certainty

  • Baba










A Poem: Mother’s Tribute –19 Years of Sleep!

By Yero Jallow

Nineteen years of sleep moved so fast that no time to cry today

Yet your absence hollows our hearts in wilder thoughts

With hopes, “Peace!” eternally thy soul shall ever rest

On reclines and salutes from the most respectful guardians

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Institution Building and Organisational Development in Gambia

By Sarjo Bayang

Part 2: Grouping, Crowding, and Lack of Teaming in Gambia

We explored the scope of institution building and organisational development for Gambia starting with Office of the President on our earlier issue in these series. Facts at hand confirmed that current occupier of Gambian presidency prefers to operate without being established. For that reason he dismantled all organised structures and abolished systematic dispensation without following due process. ..................................more

Silent Song

By Baba Galleh Jallow

The song struggles

To escape the cage

Hits the wall

On every side

Dances on the inside with

Silence on the outside as

The whole universe trembles

At the deafening echoes

Of this silent song!










Under My Umbrella

By Momodou Ndow

In our daily lives, we use several different objects that perform certain functions to make life easier. We use a vehicle to drive to places, a phone to make calls, and a pen to write. What happens when a phone stops performing the function of making calls? Should we still consider it a phone or something else? What happens when a vehicle is now sitting on blocks in the middle of your compound and kids are using it for driving simulation?..................................more

The Gambia: Fr Edward Gomez, speaking truth to power, and the corruption of Islam in Gambia     -By Mathew K Jallow

From under the ground of Brikama, like a phoenix, it rises. Its aesthetic calmness evoked a sense of Messianic reverence. And, even in its tranquil demeanor, echoes of Fr. Gomez’s serene voice transcended the tribal and religious divides, to reverberate in the hearts and minds of Gambians; everywhere. .....................................more











The Gambia: Hijabs, burqas and the cultural construct of forced Islamization of a secular African nation       By Mathew K Jallow

The needless executions, in 2012, of twenty-six people, all of who were inmates at the scene of more than five hundred deaths, since 1994, Gambia’s notorious Mile 2 Central Prison, reinforced the belief that Yahya Jammeh had reached the peak of insanity. The startling executions, in 2012, preceded by five mass murder incidences,.....................................more











The President should return the Legal Practitioners Bill 2015 to the National Assembly

By Lamin J Darboe

Twenty seven years ago on 31 December 1988, the current Legal Practitioners Act (LPA 1988) entered into force. Its “objects and reasons” were stated thus: “An Act to establish a General Legal Council, to make provision for the admission of persons to practice as legal practitioners before the courts of The Gambia, to provide for professional discipline of such legal practitioners, and for connected matters”......................................more











The President of New Africa - Part 2 of 4

Sulayman Saul Saidykhan

Even at 73 years old, he is alert. He stands tall both literally, and figuratively. With the genes of the willowy Sahel nomad in him, his gait is wide, steady, graceful, and agile. Born to a poor Fulani father and a Hausa mother in present day Katsina State in North Central Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari enjoys fervent loyalty from Nigeria’s majority poor population especially in northern Nigeria because he has never forgotten his own humble beginnings. 

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PPP New Year’s Message - 2016

My fellow Gambians, my name is Hon. Omar Amadou Jallow. I am the interim Secretary General of the People’s Progressive Party (PPP). On behalf of the PPP, I wish to take this occasion to wish each and every one of you,  and your families, a Happy, healthy, prosperous 2016. This is also a moment of reflection, because 2015, has been a difficult year for The Gambia,.............................more










The Spotlight: Scramble for the Gambia 2016

By Yero Jallow

It’s a new year 2016. As we continually hold Jammeh and his criminal administration accountable on their injustices, human rights violations and total disregard for the law; I hope we on the other side do serious self-reflections. It is an open secret that Gambia’s Presidential elections are fast approaching................ ...............more

To All Our Readers!!!










CHRG Gives New Year Wishes to its Partners and Supporters.
Calls on the International Community to Support Initiatives to bring President Jammeh and his Thugs to Justice....................................more











The President of New Africa - Part 1 of 4

Sulayman Saul Saidykhan

I was never really into the night club thing. But in my early years in college here in the Washington DC metro area where I still live, I would occasionally go along with friends to an African club called Kilimanjaro in the 18th Street/Adams Morgan neighborhood of the city. Now, this is over twenty years ago, and my memory isn’t how it used to be,......................................more










Christmas Message by ANM OusainuDarboe

Secretary General and Party Leader-UDP

Fellow Gambians, as the year comes to an end, we all look forward to celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ.  His birth represents peace and harmony to mankind.  His message was and still is one of peace, enthronement of the truth and rejection of injustice. The hallmark of his teaching has defined the lives of a huge number of people in Europe, North and South America, Africa and Asia.

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UK Urged to Act on Gambian Head Teachers Arrests and others.
Foreign Secretary receives CHRG`s appeal for action  British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond is being urged to press the Gambian government to release Head teacher Lamin Camara, Imam Cherno Gassama,Imam Ousman Sawaneh,Imam Sheikh Omar Colley and others, drop all charges against Journalist Abdoulie Ceesay.......................more










Has The Nation-State Failed Africa? 

By Saul Njie

Africa, for all of its vast land, storied history and struggles is today perhaps more than ever, populated by states that, for better or worse are at a stalemate or failed the experiment that is the nation-state. At the dawn of independence, the euphoric, nationalistic incantations of Africa for Africans and the jubilation of the coming halcyon days are yet to be realized or materialized.....................more










The Gambia: Making laws, Islamic state, National Assembly, unravelling of an African country        By Mathew K Jallow

Despite Yahya Jammeh’s excessive power, criminal regime, and illegal lawmaking authority, the expectations of periodic elections in the Gambia are almost an article of faith. The management of the electoral process, in all its tediousness, fulfills a cardinal democratic benchmark, which, in the 

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The Enigma of a Gambian Islamic State: Leadership Policy Rationale in Context

Binneh s Minteh

President Jammeh of the Gambia has done it once more, bringing to light his controversial and irrational state of mind. From claims that he can cure HIV/AIDS, Female infertility and his dehumanizing scheme of witch hunting, the Gambian leader at a recent political rally declared the Minuscule West African state an Islamic State. Jammeh noted that making the Gambia an Islamic State detaches the country from her colonial legacy; an enigma that has given rise to several speculations.s of his power as defined by the constitution?..................................more








By Gambian Outsider!

Now That The Dust Has Settled!

Now that the dust has settled, let us look at what has transpired from the Despot’s declaration and the many and different reactions to it. Some called it a proclamation and others called it a pronouncement. Some called it null and void and others called it a fiction. Proclamation is a public or official announcement made by the government, especially one dealing with a matter of great importance...............................more











STATEMENT BY THE UNITED DEMOCRATIC PARTY ON THE PROCLAMATION OF AN ISLAMIC STATE BY PRESIDENT YAHYA JAMMEH
At the end of his political campaign, under the guise of complying with one of the codes of conduct prescribed by Section 222 of the Gambia Constitution, the President Yaya Jammeh “proclaimed” The Gambia as an Islamic State.  The purported proclamation is not a surprise to the United Democratic Party as President Jammeh has on several occasions paraded himself as the champion for Islam. ..........................more










Deyda Hydara: Eleven years on and still waiting for justice    By D. A. Jawo

It is 11 years since the assassination of prominent Gambian journalist Deyda Hydara, and all those who care for justice are still waiting for the Gambian authorities to take up their responsibilities and launch a thorough investigation into his killing.

While there is no hard evidence that the Gambia government or its agents are involved in Deyda’s killing, .................................more





















On Jammeh Declaring Gambia an Islamic State

""""""An insane man makes a meaningless declaration in a political rally that is null and void and can't and won't be implemented but folks are are treating it as a viable proposition that this maniac would simply foist on the country. Folks this is all absolute and utter nonsense that will never come to reality. Why ? Because it can't done and that's it. It can however distract some otherwise sane Gambians and whip them into a frenzy . Running constitutional lessons and or entertaining even a faint notion that the National Assembly of The Gambia , an institution that will almost unanimously vote for the public castration of its own members if told to do so by the dictator is to play into the theatrics of Yahya Jammeh . It is a non issue and I say dismiss it as one of his many lies. How can a manifest Kaffir aspire to much less actualize a religious state? It is BS. If this was not the wall of my beautiful Nyancho and all her great friends I would had choice adjectives about this whole Islamic state declaration .''''''''''''''

Karamba Touray, Facebook











Gambia Becoming Islamic State is Highly Improbable

By Sarjo Bayang,   Policy Advocate UK  

Recent announcement at a political rally that he declares Gambia Islamic state comes as most unreasonable and misleading statement from current occupier of the presidency. There are many reasons why transforming Gambia into an Islamic state is not feasible............................more










December 14, 2015

Gambia Youth for Unity (GYU)

For Immediate Release:

IN WAKE OF ISLAMIC STATE PRONOUNCEMENT: GYU AND CIVIL SOCIETY PARTNERS ASK JAMMEH TO STEP DOWN

The Gambia Youth for Unity (GYU) and its civil society coalition partners are deeply concerned over the sudden overtures by President Yahya Jammeh, pronouncing The Gambia an Islamic Republic without the due procedure as provided in our Constitution.........................more











Our Collective Fallacy        By Saul Njie

Out of a sorrowful state of African politics, in this case Gambian politics, comes the mystique of an aged creed that, out of the mist of the past, ascribed divine rights to our troubled all too human leaders. Our vainglorious leaders, in essence, become disillusioned - thinking that being a leader, somehow the citizenry owes them some kind of gratitude, forgetting that they were elected to do a job -- and that they actually owe us appreciation for electing them in the first place..................more










International pressure on Gambia Government, as President Jammeh dispatch UN Funded Human Rights Fact-Finding mission to Nigeria. --------Alieu Ceesay
President Yahya Jammeh`s recent celebrated prisoners release including high political prisoners and his first meeting with the US Head of Mission in over three years was as a result of persistent international pressure.........................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
Exploding with each treaded recollection
I gaze into the past
Watching trials and tribulations,
The spirited zeal of an energized generation
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By Gambian Outsider!

A reply to Bax:

Bax wrote: “ Old prejudice die hard, don’t they? And of course , they cloud judgment too and often, are a source of inconsistencies, which is quite evident in Gambian Outsider’s observations of the week’s events…

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By Gambian Outsider!

Some Realism about Realism!

Below you will find a few paragraphs that touch on various topics that were in the news in the last two weeks or so.

(1)  A few weeks ago, the despot directed his diatribe to the current and former presidents of the republic of Senegal. A lot has been written about that incident by Gambians in diaspora and politicians in The Gambia. By ridiculing the despot for his conduct, those writers and commentators who are against what the despot said about the current and former presidents of Senegal actually helped him.................................more










THE FINAL ANALYSIS

By Abdul Savage

NOBODY, I mean, NO ONE, wants to take Responsibility for the Failures and or Weaknesses of this so-called struggle. AND no one will deny, justify or explain that this so-called struggle is absent of flaws, weaknesses and or failures.  IN SHORT, Everyone agrees that indeed this so-called struggle is fraught and infested with weaknesses, vices and flaws............................more











Independence Revisited – Part Two

By Baba Galleh Jallow

It was not only chiefs and colonial officials who made strange statements during African independence ceremonies. Taking a cue from their party leadership, ruling party stalwarts and newspapers loudly exhorted their countrymen to ...........................................more


Independence Revisited – Part One

By Baba Galleh Jallow

It is sometimes difficult to resist the temptation to entertain a controversial question – was Africa ready for independence when it happened? Was the independence Africans envisaged and anticipated the independence they lived? ................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

Le président sénégalais Macky Sall devrait destituer le fou de la Gambie. Et oui, par tous les moyens nécessaires. Les récentes provocations du tyran qui a délibérément offensé le Sénégal, sont une raison de plus de le chasser du pouvoir.................more










Halifa Sallah writes to President Jammeh on Kartong

THE FAILURE TO EMPLOY COMMUNITY POLICING STRATEGY IN KARTONG

High grade State administration depends on principles and strategic objectives not on individual whims and caprices. The development in Kartong does not appear to be a by-product of any political or criminal conspiracy. One doubts whether any had the premeditation to commit crime.

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The Gambia: In solidarity with the thirty-three illegally jailed young Kartong environmentalists

By Mathew K Jallow

The Gambian military regime long ago concluded that spreading terror had the desirable effect of pacifying the population and neutralizing dissent, and has never looked back. What the regime never quite understood, however, is that even fear has a finite shelf life...........................more

YOU CAN’T FOOL THE YOUTHS THIS TIME

                                   VICTORY TO THE KARTONG RESISTANCE!

BY: Ousainou Mbenga

“You teach the youth that the pirate Jammeh is a great man”. The youths are awakening from the “dream life” of accountability, transparency and probity and find their future entangled in a nightmare of horror and terror. You don’t owe apologies to anybody, especially Jammeh.

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DMU teacher named most innovative in the country at prestigious awards

A lecturer from De Montfort University Leicester (DMU) has been named the most innovative teacher in the country at the UK's most highly-prized higher education awards.

Dr Momodou Sallah was awarded the title at the 2015 Times Higher Education Awards, for his pioneering work taking students on life-changing trips to The Gambia, giving them first hand experiences helping develop communities and immersing them in Gambian culture and history.

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Happy Thanksgiving!!










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).” This film director is known for his love for African culture but that has never stopped him from being critical of practices he considers backward. And this topic is no different..................................more










Press Release: GYU calls for calm and the release of Kartong's youth 

Gambia Youth for Unity is deeply concerned and condemns the arrest of over forty youths from Kartong, West Coast Region including women and children. “We condemn unethical mining taking place in Kartong and we call on the Gambian authorities to halt mining operations and release the detained youths whose action shows that they were merely protecting their lands from illegal mining,” said Omar Bah, GYU Chair.....................more











You Are Opportunists, Not Patriots
By Ebou Gaye
You are opportunists, not patriots
You need a great deal of edification and enlightenment,
As you have lost your bearings and swerved to the wrong path
You have taken the tyrant as your lord in lieu of God the Almighty,
In your attempts to ingratiate yourself with him or gain his favour,.................................more

PRESS STATEMENT BY UDP LEADER LAWYER OUSAINOU DARBOE ON YAHYA JAMMEH’s ATTACKS ON SENEGALESE LEADERSHIP

The United Democratic Party (UDP) is shocked and deeply concerned by the recent statements made by President Yahya Jammeh in Farafeni during his “dialogue the people tour” in which he ridicule past and present Presidents of Senegal.......................more










Jammeh is a Wolf in a sheep clothing

By Sulayman Keita
President Yahya Jammeh thinks that Gambians are fools and he can fool them at any time ,although  he has been using  dirty politics to brainwash many ignorant people,  piles  them in his dirty wagon to get cheap popularity in  the Gambia.
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Nullifying the ‘constitutional’ demarcations: executive directives

and the operational conduct of judicial officers.

By Lamin J Darbo

From whatever perspective, it is perverse, absolutely wrong on all fronts, and an assault on the principle of judicial independence as that doctrine is ordinarily understood in any country whose public life is grounded in democratic institutionalism under the rule of law.

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BY GAMBIAN OUTSIDER!

SEPARATING THE WHEAT FROM TH CHAFF!

Today is veterans’ day in the United States. I have the day off from work. And no, I am not a veteran. This is a consolidated article...............more










Coup Leader Yaya Jammeh Fooling All Gambian Soldiers

Unmasking the true face of real deception and mistrust    -   By Sarjo Bayang

Many Gambian soldiers have been killed by Yaya Jammeh since he came to power with help of the same army on 22 July 1994. Family members of some slain soldiers have not been handed their dead bodies, thereby denying them decent burial in flagrant violation of ethics, highly cherished Gambian social values and religious requirements.

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The Spotlight: Gambia’s Online Community

By Yero Jallow (Dalton)

“Dictators are like natural disasters to world citizens. Gambia and its citizens suffer more from our President Yahya Jammeh than we ever will suffer from fire, flood, famine, drought, or disease. So how do we defeat tyranny? First; by looking at dictators squarely in the face and exposing them. They are all bullies and cowards at heart. 

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Deciphering Putin- the Siberian Tiger
By Asset Kandeh
Anger is his feed
He was born handsome
But his feed altered his nature.

Putting on a smile
Proves the hardest job for the Tiger
Take a peep at those shifty eyes
Therein lurks cruelty
At ease with malignity.
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Gambia to exclude Coup Leader Yaya Jammeh from any elections            

Popular opinion suggests no 5th term for overstayed dictator   -  By Sarjo Bayang

Using deadly weapons to dislodge a sitting elected government is not only undemocratic but most barbaric way to usurp political power. That is exactly what Yaya Jammeh did on 22 July 1994. He promised returning to barracks and to continue serving in the national army.........................more

Leadership Succession in Africa

By Alphonse Prierra

Africa has the most resources in the world as a continent, in spite of all this it is still the poorest with most of its problems caused by poor leadership. To some extent, the first generation of African leaders have failed in many cases simply because they have failed to respond positively and effectively to the challenges of change. .............................more










The Spotlight: The Three Bantaba Katchaalaal (Mang-Dinka)   -  By Yero Jallow

“The last four or five hundred years of European contact with Africa produced a body of literature that presented Africa in a very bad light and Africans in very lurid terms. The reason for this had to do with the need to justify the slave trade and slavery” (Chinua Achebe, African Author).

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The Spotlight: The Gambia’s Opposition

By Yero Jallow

“It is better to lead from behind and to put others in front, especially when you celebrate victory when nice things occur. You take the front line when there is danger. Then people will appreciate your leadership” (Nelson Mandela -The Great Madiba, Apartheid hero and South African former President)....................................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










Navigating the Obstacles

By Baba Galleh Jallow

Moments after I shared my article “Looking Beyond the Power-Grab” on one of the Gambian community list serves, a critic hit the reply button and called it “cowardly academic crap.” After contemplating his “cowardly academic crap” for a while, I hit the reply button and sent him an empty response................................more










"Why can't we be the silent majority?" 
Momodou Ndow responds to Saul Ndiaye
Who is stopping anyone from being the silent majority? If anything, the "majority" is too silent. But in the event the "silent majority" decides to challenge, they need to challenge Jammeh and his government directly, they are in power and in a position to degrade Gambia, and that's exactly what they did. Where are the extra judicial killings in this article?............................more











The NIA Chambers of Horrors (first published November 08, 2008)

By Mathew K Jallow

The night dragged on so slowly, Samba thought daylight was never going to come. It was dark outside, and in the bedroom next to the kitchen, he could hear the soft snoring of his little son, Demba. It was music to his ears; as if Hotcha Baldeh was singing his melodious songs of love and betrayal to him...........................more










LERR LERR LERAL

By Malick Kah

LERR LERRR LERAL
REEW MU LENDEM
NJIIT YU LENDEM
LERR LERRAL
JATABI LERR
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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. America has a very complex history, is always changing and full of surprises. As a refugee and due to my African culture and tradition, I am very grateful for the freedoms I enjoy here.....................more

NIGERIAN AND GHANAIAN HOME VIDEO PROSTITUTES AND HUSTLERS MUST STOP SCAVENGING ON OUR MEAGRE GAMBIAN RESOURCES

By Prince Bubacarr Aminata Sankanu, Gambian Filmmaker and Scholar on African Cinema

First of all, various Nigerian and Ghanaian media outlets reported the President of my country HE Alhagie Yahya AJJ Jammeh has recently allocated portions of our Gambian lands to some Nigerian and Ghanaian entertainers. .....................more








By Gambian Outsider!

Refutation of a Gambian Sophist and a Fraudster: Part II

This article is part II of my refutation of Mr. Missionary. The article will focus on what Mr. Missionary said:

“So obsessively naïve in trying to prove me wrong that he came with 2+2= as an example of an absolute “certainty” without respecting the reality that the decimal base applied is Mathematically changeable for instance binary base numbers where 2+2 = 100...............more