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Freedom is never easily won, but once 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
We the undersigned are Citizens and Friends of The Gambia. We call on President Obama to rescind the invitation to Yahya Jammeh for the US-Africa Leaders Summit in Washington, DC from August 4-6, 2014..............................more

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

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

BREAKING OMERTÀ – PART II:

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

BREAKING OMERTÀ: (Part III) 

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



BREAKING OMERTÀ:

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

Jainaba Bah (Sweden)

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

 

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


BREAKING OMERTÀ - PART V:

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

By Jainaba Bah (Sweden)

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

INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY – 2013

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

 

The Joke That is “Françafrique” Independence

by Saul Saidykhan

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

 

OMERTA SERIES

by Lamin J Darboe

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

Fatou Sagnia Proudly displays banner, New York demonstrations

Imam Baba Leigh New York protest

Aminata and I

By: Fatou Sagnia, New York

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

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

Rohey Yata Smith, Manchester, UK







 

 

 

 

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

Sigga Jagne of STGDPInterview  with Pa Nderry Mbaye
Click here

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

Carrie Janneh , Maafanta.com

Operation Girls Catch Yaya

by Fatou Jaw Manneh

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


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

Fatou Jaw Manneh, Publisher ,maafanta.com

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

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

Happy Birthday Mr. President

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

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

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

The Circle of Life 

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

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

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

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

Baba Aidara, Publisher Hellogambia.com

Gunjur Diaspora Alkao Michael Scales

Tom Tom Rhodes (CPJ)

East Africa Consultant 

Nickname: Toubaa Sanchaba

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

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

Culture and Customs   of Gambia by  Dr. Abdoulaye Saine

Gambian News Online/Resources/Funstuff

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

freedomnewspaper.com

hellogambia.com

gainako.com

thegambiaecho.com

senegambianews.com

thegambianbanker.comafricac.org

Thagambiadispatch

TheGDProject


These sites are very important to us. 

We get some news and inspiration from them.

The Oped Project

The Huffington Post

Confusedeagle.livejournal.com

Greatwomenspeakers.com

Allafrica.comIWMFAfricac.org


STGDP

CPJ

IFJ

BBC

Amnesty International

Gambian constitution

AU Charter

UN Charter

Human Rights Watch

For all the funstuff and Extraswww.funnyjunk.comwww.

howstuffworks.com

African Princess Rohey Yata Smith












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

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

by Fatoumatta Sanyang (YoungAfrica) 

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

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

By Momodou Ndow

Just to clarify, I don’t have any affiliation with a Gambian political party nor do I have a political hat to throw into the political ring, but what I do have is my Gambian birth certificate, and I can supply an army of witnesses to corroborate these claims......................................more

The Cost of Africa’s Inferiority Complex (1) 

By Honourable Saka

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

Six Pillars of Character

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

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

THE LEGACY OF SATANG  JOBARTEH


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

A New Book on The Gambia to be released this month

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

GrandMa Sirreh hosting the Maafanta Impressive People of 2012 awards.  

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

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

 

The names are in alphabetical order: 

Bayo, Sheikh Sidia – head of CNTG

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

by D.A.Jawo

President Yaya Jammeh of Gambia:

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

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


Business Dreamers

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

Maafanta Awards. I Am Thrilled!

-  Jainaba Bah

Dear Fatou!

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

Happy New Year Maafanta!

Dear Sister Fatou,

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


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

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

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




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

Dear Sister Fatou,

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

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

Anita Roddick 





 

Africa: Where black is not really beautiful

By Pumza Fihlani

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

Pa Malick Faye and international protection

by Lamin J Darbo ,UK

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

CULTIVATING 

SENE - GAMBIA : 

A NATION OF THINKERS      

By: Ousainou Mbenga

The process to cultivate such an honorable nation must not be confined to the isolated and narrow nationalist notion of the untenable “54 Africas” that plague and undermine the struggle to liberate and unite Africa..................more

PROOF! SOURSOP FRUIT KILLS CANCER.

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

What Happened to Banjul? - 

My Story - Part II

By Momodou Ndow

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

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

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

Contact Information:

Alkali Conteh:contehalkali@yahoo.com

Musa Jeng: Jengfann@yahoo.com

Pa Samba Jow: jowfara@msn.com

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

Maafanta Attention

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

You make us all proud already Dr. Ceesay!

God bless - FatouJM

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

Regina Mariama Manneh





 

 

Yahya Jammeh’s Charnel House

By MATTHEW OMOLESKY from the FEBRUARY 2013 issue

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

picture : courtesy of  Godfrey Mwampembwa


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

By Mathew K Jallow

The story I wanted to write this week was going to be extremely flattering, yet not superfluous. It was going to be a glowing tribute to a great president, without being a canting expose of his still untold story.................more

Updated List

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

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

Say No To Yaya Jammeh

15 WRONG REASONS TO GET MARRIED!

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

Gambian Chronicles

D. A. Jawo Crystallizes a Nation in Transit

By Cherno Baba Jallow

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


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

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

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

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


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

Flowers for you! 

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



Thank you Maafanta and Hellogambia

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










Open letter on Women’s Political Participation

by Ms Satang Nabaneh, Gambia

Friday, March 22, 2013

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

A PERSPECTIVE ON 1981 COUP DETAT 

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

By Arnold Hughes

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









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




 

 

 




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

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

musacamara@hotmail.com


Thank You, Musa Camara  - Dida Halaki

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

 

THE NEW FACE IN JAMMEH'S BUNGA BUNGA PARTY

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

Thank You Maafanta

Dear Fatou,

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





Why we can’t wait…..

by Ousman Njie

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

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GAMBIA: My 22 Incoherent Thoughts After 19 Years

by Pata PJ

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


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

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


 

 


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

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

African Union: Human and Peoples’ Rights

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


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

By Momodou Ndow

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







THE AU DECLARATIONS 

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

From Sainey Faye





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

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

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

WELCOME!

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





 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The Raleigh Accord.

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





Fatou Jaw Manneh

Raleigh Presentation

Good Afternoon Ladies and Gentlemen:

When I got the request and invitation to present a paper on Gambian journalism, I sent word to Gambian journalists on the ground for input lest I leave out any important details. The information I got from my colleagues on the state of journalism in the last 19 years.......................more

Photo: STGDP Chief Banka Manneh

The Raleigh Accord:

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



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






 

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

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

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


Congressman David Price

Remarks at the Gambia Conference for Democracy and Good Governance

May 18, 2013

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







GAMBIA: PRINCIPAL ACT RAISES SERIOUS HUMAN RIGHTS CONCERNS

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





 

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


Maafanta Interview with GDAG Chairman Alkali Conteh

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

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



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

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


AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL

PRESS RELEASE

5 July 2013

The Gambia: New bill stifles online dissent

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

Masquerader at Raleigh Conference

By Musa Camara

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

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



















Book Review: Defeating Dictators by George Ayittey

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

Ayittey on Steering Committee

Yes, I heard about your national conference in Raleigh.

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










African Narco News -  On Gambia

Inside A $1 Billion West African Cocaine Cartel

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Amended Gambian media law restricts Internet freedom

Abuja, Nigeria, July 10, 2013--

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











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

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







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

compiled by Mathew K Jallow

Gambians kidnapped from Dakar Senegal 2013

Mahawa Cham, abducted from Dakar, whereabouts unknown

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





AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL
PUBLIC STATEMENT

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








Twinkle Twinkle my Little Moroccan star
by Fatou Jaw Manneh

Twinkle twinkle my little Moroccan star.

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








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

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

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

by Fatou Jaw Manneh

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

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

by Fatou Jaw Manneh

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

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

GAMBIA PRESS UNION

PRESS STATEMENT 

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

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


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


The Best Advice I Ever Had

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


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


The Man Who Revolutionized Gambian Media

Reflections on Kenneth Y. Best

By Cherno Baba Jallow

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

ZAINAB PILFERING & SPENDING OUR MONEY

by Baobab Girl, Gambia

Dear Fatou Jaw Manneh,

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



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

Ishmael Sarr

http://www.timesinsahel.com/

groupdallu@gmail.com

info@timesinsahel.com

00 221 777- 186426


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

 By The Economist

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

Spotlight on Ending Violence against Women

By Isatou Bittaye

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

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

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Free Alhagi Ceesay & Ebou Jobe

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








The 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

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

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








POURUH DU GEREM NYEMI DAW

Ndey Tapha Sosseh

Secretary General, Coalition for Change The Gambia

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


By George Ayittey

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

The Enlightenment

By Momodou Ndow

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




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

The Prayers continue

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

The Hypocrisy of Fatou Camara

by  Musa Camara

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

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

Fatou Jaw Manneh Come Out

By a retired US Soldier

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








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

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


AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL

PRESS RELEASE
18 December 2013
The Gambia must immediately release three opposition members convicted of sedition
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The full text of  Secretary General Momodou Sabally's Anti- UNDP, Mandingko, UK, US and patriotic Gambians. 

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

 - Serious Boy Ablie Njie writes to Maafanta!

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










Elections Don't Matter, Institutions Do 

By Robert D. Kaplan

Many years ago, I visited Four Corners in the American Southwest............................more










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

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

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

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















Of Bed Bugs, Rats and Roaches

by Aisha Saidy

There are so many of them 

Infested all over you 

Via your cellphones, tablets and computers Yes! 

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


Obsession

By Aisha Saidy

That infatuated desire 

Can't get enough of it I want it, 

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

Remember the time............

By Amie Ndow

I remember the time we used to dance

Do you remember how we used to prance?

The prickly green grass in between our toes

Do you remember the time....Nobody knows

I remember the overly pumped soccer ball bruising our feet

The memories of the lemon grass you would eat

I remember the tree we married under at the age of nine

And how you tried to make your vows rhyme

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What is Global Governance, Any Way? 
By Sulayman Njie, Washington DC
Defining global governance can be a very hard task, Dingwerth and Pattberg said that global governance can be anything, which then begs the question, what is global governance? Trying to give a meaning to something that can be anything can be very challenging, because the ...........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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PRESIDENT JAMMEH IS A SEX PREDATOR

By Jainaba Jah, UK

Leaders are generally perceived by their followers as reverends, almost flawless especially if they ride on a religious ticket. Such leaders are trusted, adored and respected. For any such leader to be discovered a sex predator will not only appall and shock his people. Well, many Gambians today are finding it hard to come to terms with some of the revelations on the Diaspora Gambian online press about President Jammeh’s insatiable thirst for sex. This brings to mind a saying “he who feels it; knows it”. I have no iota of doubt in my mind that there are many Gambian female security officers both in the Gambia and abroad who felt victim of President Yahya Jammeh’s sexual exploitation............................more

Microfinance--The Neoliberal Endgame? (Case Study: KIVA)

By Sulayman Njie

Microfinance—The Neoliberal Endgame? (Case Study: KIVA) “At Kiva, We want to create good in the world. A lot of good” (Kiva.org). These are the do-gooders, they help the poor and in the process lift ........................more

YAYA JAMMEH: A TAPEWORM IN SENEGAL’S STOMACH

By Ousainou Mbenga..........................more

CORDEG’s Utterly Blurred Vision

By Lamin J. Darbo..............more


Answering The Question – 

Was Jawara A Dictator or Not?

Jawara Was A Dictator And His Administration A Dictatorship!.............more


Autism:We embrace the challenges

By Mammy Neneh SaidySanyang

It is another year gone by and time to remember Autism, and all those whose lives it continues to affect. Further to my piece that was published in your paper last year , ............more


The Gambia: Dialoguing and negotiating with serial murderers; not in our name

By Mathew K Jallow

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“PA BOJANG IS ALWAYS HELPING MY ENEMIES”, PRESIDENT JAMMEH PROCLAIMED FURIOUSLY

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WILL PRESIDENT JAMMEH NEGOTIATE WITH GAMBIANS FOR HIS PEACEFUL EXIT?...........more 

Tug of war between Diaspora protesters and Yahya Jammeh!   - 

By Our Economist.............more


CORDEG's blurred vision, or an attempt to snuff the life out of our hopes
By Musa Jeng
It is the tone of the opening paragraph that set the message of the write-up, and left me with bewilderment and ...........more

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

An Essay on Decadence of Morality in The Gambia

By Musa Camara

Introduction: Part I of 7.............more

I am concerned and I have suggestions

By A Concerned Gambian

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

The Gambia: dogged mediocrity & amateurism” plague Raleigh-Gambia Conference (March 2013)  

-  By Mathew K Jallow (from Mathew Jallow).............more


April 5, 2014

HelloGambia

Freedom News Paper

Gainako

Kairo News

Kibaaro News

Jollof News

Mafaanta News

SeneGambia

Dear Compatriot Editors,

I hope this email finds you in the highest spirit of resistance to liberate our beloved Gambia from the clutches of tyranny. ...............................more

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

The Gambian Family: Part 3 of 7

If individuals are the nucleus of organized societies, families are their microcosms. In The Gambia, like in all human societies, the male is at the apex. The father is the Alpha and the Omega as his authority has no limits and is unquestionable. In short, he’s the dictator who reigns over the compound. If he were compassionate, life would be normal for everyone in the household; but if he’s heartless, ...............more

THOMAS SANKARA - CHAMPION OF THE POOR                                         

Introduction (Abstract)- By Bamba Jabbi

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

One such person was Thomas Sankara, a former president of ................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!

An Essay on Decadence of Morality in The Gambia

By Musa Camara

The Typical Gambian Monad: Part 2 of 7.................more



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

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

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

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

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

"No army can defeat youths that will not give up on their dream of freedom and a better country" Says Sam Phatey
Truly, the pill of truth is hard to swallow but reality we must face and accept. When I get ........................more

Fight for country

Dear Fatou,
I am a gambian living in the United Kingdom, I hold a BSc (Hons) in Banking with Economics and Law. I have always been interested in writing/commenting on social  or human rights issues and was wondering if you would like to publish any of my articles as of now. As a young man growing up i have always believed that democracy, human rights and freedom should prevail................................more

An Essay on Decadence of Morality in The Gambia

By Musa Camara,........................more



Independence, dual citizenship, and some routes to status regularisation in the UK
(As a Keynote speaker at the Gambian Association Coventry 22/2/2014 Independence Celebration)  - 

By Lamin J Darboe

Independence...............................more

AI's UPR report: the human rights situation in Gambia has deteriorated since the 2010 review
Amnesty International Submission for the UN Universal Periodic Review..................................more

In Loving Memory of Alh. Seni Sise (Master Sise)

Allah S.W.T has already informed us in His Holy Quran that every living soul that ever lived shall die at a set time, and that no one can shorten or prolong their given time by even an hour..............more

Sir Dawda Kairaba: A Statesman for the Ages

By Mathew K Jallow

The term Founding Father conjures up images of the American Revolution, and applying it to Sir Dawda K. Jawara, has always felt like a stretch for me. .............more

Tribute To Nanding Fatoumatta Ceesay
After 52 years of Marriage, Baba and Nanding were separated by 52 days in death. What an irony! Leaving our hearts in shock, the pain is unbearable, but knowing that it was the will of Allah, our faith remains unshaken..................................more


IN DEFENSE OF SIR DAWDA JAWARA
Commenting on a recent blog post by Sidi Sanneh.
"I was told so" is not enough "
By Kalil Laye
Mr. Sanneh:.................................more







Three Curious Spectacles –
A Poem

By Baba Galleh Jallow
He threw beauty upon him
And limped away
After he had shared of his heart
And walked off
In search of beauty
 * * * *
He sits
Chained to a pillar
That itself has no shoulder
Upon which to cry
That itself could only stand
On its single leg
Awaiting fate
* * * *
The wooden tiger
Glared from the page
At the real tiger
As if to say
What to do bro?
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.[1] She was the first female reporter at the Gambian Daily Observer[2] and is widely known as “Gambia's Iron Lady” and the “Dame of the Flaming PEN...........................more

The Bends, the Curves, the Home-Straight, Keeping the Eyes on the Prize

Towards a Strategic Home and Diaspora partnership for Political Change

Part 2 of 3   -     By Modou Nyang

In the contours of democratic political change in the Gambia the climax in the collaboration between home and diaspora forces is ...............more

Buba Baldeh, Deciphered

By Cherno Baba Jallow

The late Honorable Bubacarr Baldeh, who recently died in Dakar, Senegal, at age 61, arrived on the political scene in 1982 as an outsider trying to fit ........more

On the Case of the Burial of Buba Baldeh

Beloved son of The Gambia

Freedom From Hunger Campaign

We all thought that you will become president

But destiny wouldn’t agree

........more

Abdul SAVAGE: You are not in any form or shape qualified to render professional judgment in the use of force for regime change in the Gambia pertinent to NRMG!
By Ex Officer Cadet Lawrence Jabang (GAF) ................more


PRESIDENT JAMMEH’S HOUSE IS ON FIRE..........................more


Statement

By Muhamed Baldeh

On behalf of my family, the Basse Mansajang Kunda community, ..........more


What said the arrogant ruler

By Baba G. Jallow

I’m very lucky

Said the arrogant ruler

And ground his teeth

You are very lucky

Said the sycophants

And they all went on to fantasize

Just lucky he was

The arrogant ruler


We ask for it

We get it

We waste it

Said the arrogant ruler

No more driving through palaces

Is what happens

When it is all wasted

The power


I want that mountain moved

And I want it now

Said the arrogant ruler

And showed his back

They saw he was not serious

And continued dancing


 From maafanta 

archives  Some thoughts on "This Struggle”

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

Gambian Diaspora: A Return to the Drawing Board or a Plunge into the Abyss   ----- 

 Modou Nyang

We may be far from the end to the accusations and counter accusations of what led to the split within CORDEG. What is not yet heard from the feuding parties is the underlying reasons or motives that informed their decision to call it quits. The brouhaha is sickening, no doubt, and it sure carry’s the venom capable of killing this body that has the promise to serve as the rallying point for Diaspora Gambia democracy forces....................................more


The Bends, the Curves, the Home-Straight, Keeping the Eyes on the Prize

Towards a Strategic Home and Diaspora partnership for Political Change

Part 1 of 3                         By Modou Nyang

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A selection of 20 cases of human rights 

violations in Gambia since 22 July 1994.....................more

Amnesty International

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

The Outreach with Maureen Odour, Tanzania

Oumie: Greetings Lady Maureen! It’s indeed an honor and pleasure to have the opportunity to talk with a fantastic, extremely brilliant and committed young woman as you. ................................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

Obama’s monsters ball: How the White House opened its doors to some of Africa’s most evil dictators and homophobes and turned blind eye to their human rights record

  • Leaders were invited to the White House for the first ever US Africa summit
  • Included were dictators and despots with shocking human rights records
  • Obama's speech barely acknowledged the oppression rife across Africa...............................more

AUGUST 4, 2014   Author(s):  Daniel Bekele   Published in:Foreign Policy

Three notorious African leaders -- Zimbabwe's Robert Mugabe, Eritrea's Isaias Afewerki, and Sudan's Omar al-Bashir --.....................................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. Only love for country and freedom could have sparked that passion. You see folks screaming until their lungs came out.............................more

Send all emails for now to fatoujm@gmail.com

The Cartoon Character

By Baba Galleh Jallow

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

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Face of Islam

By Yero Jallow

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

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

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

Amnesty International Report 2014/15

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

AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL ANNUAL REPORT 2014/2015 

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










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

By: PPP Media

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

Efforts to Rebuild Post-Jammeh

By Abdul Savage

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

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














Committee for the Restoration of Democracy in The Gambia CORDEG

The Promise of True Independence Remains Elusive Under Jammeh

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










No More Dictatoship

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

Lawyer Ousainu Darboe 50th Golden Jubilee Message

18 February 1965 saw the Union Jack lowered and the Gambian flag raised. We became a nation that is called The Gambia. Britain did not believe that Gambia will survive as a nation. For some 18 February 1965 is only significant as a day marking "the birth of an improbable nation". But here we are today celebrating fifty years of nationhood. As we celebrate fifty years of nationhood we must congratulate and pay tribute to those who led us to .............more

Will The Minnesota Federal Courts Deliver Justice?

  Part 5    

By Yero Jallow

After I  ran part 1 to 4 on whether the Minnesota Federal Courts will deliver justice in the trial of the trio (Papa Faal, Cherno Njie, and Alhagie Saidy Barrow), I wanted make the intended final submission, part 5, very interactive for readers. It will capture the stipulated law, the charges and the likely outcome. From there we can all weigh in to what might constitute true justice as concerned citizens....................................more










The Gambia Independence Anniversary: the celebration of dysfunction and misery
By Mathew K Jallow

In the short space of little over two and half decades, the clamor for political independence had become a continent-wide movement that significantly altered global politics and the political dynamics between the colonized and colonizers............more










Gambia at 50! February 18, 2015!!

Golden Jubilee Celebrations Hijacked by Dictator Yaya Jammeh and the AFPRC Junta....A Crime in progress!!!!

By: PPP Media

My friends, there is a highway robbery unfolding right before our own eyes, led by his Excellency, the Thief-in-chief himself, Dictator Yaya Jammeh. How dishonest, how deceitful, disrespectful, and downright condescending can this junta be, to the memory and achievements of our founding fathers? ..........................more

The Diaspora Trifecta

By Abdul Savage

FIRST and FOREMOST, let me make a disclaimer here that this author is aware and tracking that currently emotions and sentiments are high, given recent developments. In this background, it will be extremely difficult to set aside emotions and use professional judgment. As such, this piece is presented in the context of professional viewpoint and you, the readers, are likewise urged to set aside emotions and use professional judgment.  FURTHER, allow this author to add to the disclaimer here, ..........................more










Gambians Mourn Death of an Independent Nation 20 out of 50 years

For a president that seized power dislodging democratically elected government by force of guns in a coup, Yaya Jammeh has no moral justification and lacks all political sanity celebrating 50 years since Gambia became independent from colonial rule of Britain on 18 February 1965. There are serious crimes routinely committed by President Yaya Jammeh that makes him the wrong person talking about Gambian independence and therefore unfit calling for celebrations.

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Breaking News: Alleged Coup Mastermind Cherno NJie Granted Bail.

By Yero Jallow

Mr. Cherno Njie, a Texas real estate developer, pleaded not guilty to charges brought against him by the United States Government in violation of the Neutrality ACT.

Mr. Njie is expected to leave Minnesota tomorrow by himself and to report to a “half-house” (transition house) in Texas upon arrival......................................more










Healing The Wounds Of Aborted Scientific Rigging Of 2015 General Polls In Nigeria: What Nigerian Authorities Must Do 
Ref: INTERSOC/002/02/015/FGN/ABJ/FRN
1. Prof Attahiru Jega
Chairman, Independent National Electoral Commission The INEC Headquarters, Plot 436, Zambezi Crescent Maitama District, FCT, Abuja, Nigeria
2. Air Chief Marshal AS BadehChief of Defense Staff, the Armed Forces of Nigeria.................................more











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










Gambia Coup: What A Miss!!!

By Fatou Jaw Manneh

Damn!!When news of power takeover in The Gambia by “freedom fighters” broke out, there was jubilation all over the internet and other social media around the world. We had scanty news that Jammeh is stuck somewhere in Chad for at least 48 hours on his way from Dubai. I had wished he never returned to the Gambia but became an asylum candidate in the west or in the hands of his new best friends in Saudi Arabia, etc. ..................................more

Cultural Loss: What will be for our successors  -  

By Yero Jallow

With the world getting to the next level of civilization and development, it is very easy to predict the loss of our valuable cultures in the near future, if a greater part has not been lost already. For those bored with the pounding of the politics here and there which is a noble call to duty, here I share a historical fact about the Fulbe, as shared by the Fulani Diva Ina Baba Coulibaly and storyteller Bokarr Hammadou Farina.

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Will the Minnesota Federal Courts Deliver Justice? Part 3  -  By Yero Jallow

The case for Cherno Njie, a Texas Real Estate businessman, has raised some questions. Our records show that Mr. Njie was arrested around the beginning of the year. The author of this piece gathered from reliable sources that the trio (Cherno Njie, Papa Faal and Alhagie Saidy Barrow) will be all tried in the Minnesota Federal Courts..................................more










ONCE AGAIN, WE ARE ALL HAVING ONE COMMON PROBLEM, SO LETS UNITE AND SOLVE OUR PROBLEM!!!!

By Lamin Saddam Sanyang,

The Netherlands.

In shaa Allah we are almost at the end of the barbaric, cruel and brutal reigning of President Yahya A.J.J. Jammeh. Like employees get their wages and salaries at the end of each pay-period, so is President Yahya A.J.J. Jammeh and his bunch of criminals to pay cheques for their deeds here and hereafter as enshrined in the Glorious Quran chapter 99 verse 7: ......................more










Gambia’s longtime dictator isn’t going anywhere any time soon  - 

By Jeffrey Smith and Alexander 

Just over a month ago, on Dec. 30, a coup attempt was launched in the small West African nation of Gambia to unseat long-time dictator Yahya Jammeh, who himself seized control of the country two decades earlier via a military coup. In Burkina Faso, Blaise Compaoré, president since 1987,resigned in October amid nationwide protests, with the military siding with............................more











REMEMBERING  W.E.B.  DU  BOIS
FEBRUARY 23, 1868 - AUGUST 27, 1963 
A TRIBUTE TO BLACK/ AFRICAN  HISTORY MONTH 
   By Sainey Faye
“ There is in this world no such force as the force of a man determined
to rise.The human soul cannot be permanently chained.” --- W.E.B. DU BOIS
William Edward Burghardt Du Bois was born in Great Barrington, Massachusetts on February 23, 1868 almost three years after the American civil war; that freed the African slaves................................more

Will Minnesota Federal Courts Deliver Justice? Part 2

By Yero Jallow

In an extension to the many following the trial of the trios in Minnesota, one wonders what true justice will look like for Papa Faal and the expected outcome. This commentator possess first knowledge of the likely outcome based on following the case closely at the Federal Courthouse and talking to others actively involved in the case, with disclosure that the author of the piece is not a lawyer, and the analysis provided herein are his views and not legal advice...............more

Will the Minnesota Federal Courts Deliver Justice? Part 1.

By Yero Jallow

The question has been asked many times if the State of Minnesota will deliver justice in the much talked about case of Papa Faal, a U.S Veteran from Minnesota, Cherno Njie, a Texas real estate developer, and now the newest addition, Alhaji Saidy Barrow, another U.S Veteran from Tennessee. The trios are charged for violating the U.S Neutrality ACT, which states no one should launch an attack to ..........,,,,..............more










The Number of People Enslaved

The number of people enslaved by Muslims has been a hotly debated topic, especially when the millions of Africans forced from their homelands are considered.

Some historians estimate that between A.D. 650 and 1900, 10 to 20 million people were enslaved by Arab slave traders. Others believe over 20 million enslaved Africans alone had been delivered through the trans-Sahara route alone to the Islamic world.

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By Papa Kumba Loum
Gambia A Nation Where a Butcher Reigns
-An Idiotic misanthrope has taken over the realm of power and seized our beloved homeland
-An insane, reckless, resentful and immature murderer has subjugated and defiled our motherland
-Sons and daughters of noble parents as if hypnotized, have joined this evil menace while holding prayer beads and chanting the name of Allah..............................more










Islam In America / By Dr. Sulayman Nyang

The following article appeared on  pages one through thirteen of Volume 1, Issue 2 of Studies in Contemporary Islam.
The Muslim Community in the United States: Some Issues
Sulayman S. Nyang*
Muslims in the United States now number at least five million. The demographic complex of Muslims is very diverse. It includes (alphabetically) Algerians, Afghans, and Albanians, Bengalis, Burmans, Ethiopians, Indians, Indonesians, Malians, Palestinians, Pakistanis, Yemenis, and Zambians. In view of the growing Muslim presence in America, and in view of the diversity of the Muslims' 
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YAYA JAMMEH IS THE TERRORIST!

By: ousainou Mbenga

The APRC (Association of Pigs Rats and Cockroaches) and its chief terrorist, Jammeh are waging a desperate campaign to degrade the December 30, 2015 attempted coup as a “terrorist” attack against his monstrous regime. In this era of “war against terrorism” by the U.S and its allies, Jammeh is expecting the treacherous campaign to gain traction and support within the “international community”. Because the mere utterance of “terrorism”, even though coming from a known terrorist against the Gambian “nation” will sound the alarm for attention..................................more










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

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

The PPP believes that the democratic process, and a free and fair elections is the only way for a peaceful democratic change of government. The PPP is a victim of a violent and unconstitutional usurpation of power by the current AFPRC regime of Yaya Jammeh, in 1994. The AFPRC regime, over the last twenty 

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Cherno Njie – A Closer Look

CHerno Njie was born 57 years ago in Banjul, in the small West African country of The Gambia.  He came to the US some thirty years ago to pursue higher education in order to help his family live a better life and to pursue the American Dream.  He attended Texas Tech University and later the University of Texas at Austin where he graduated with a B.A. degree in Government with Special Honors.

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Who is Papa Faal?

  • He is originally from  The Gambia in West Africa

  • Live in the US for 23 years now and a US citizen

  • He is a caring, loving husband and a father to a 2 year old girl

  • A family man, supportive of family and friends

  • Dedicated, hard-working, community member and volunteer in the Gambian Association of Minnesota........................more















The Gambia: The case of a North Korea in the heart of West Africa

By Mathew K Jallow

In more ways than one, the similarities are just as striking as they are notorious. Even the subtle differences are mind-blowing, and bear downright diabolical resemblance. Behind the extreme isolation and unmatched secretiveness, a self-absorbed political juggernaut still champions a visionless political maxim that is characterized by a brutal lethargy to any discourse of social and economic justice.............................more










Heroic Resistance: Heroes Don’t Die!

By Yero Jallow

Always remember your times’ heroes

The gallant –Selfless, courageous and they don’t die

Those that fought to liberate you

From the clutches of tyranny

To the injustices and political oppression.

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Transgambienne: Yaya Jammeh cancels  Farafégné  bridge project

Senego.com   -  google translate

It is not tomorrow that the bridge over the River Gambia Farafégné to be erected.Yaya Jammeh has unilaterally decided to abandon this project, a few weeks after the coup d'état in his country. According to the strong man of Banjul, the erection of such infrastructure will allow insurrection, from the north of Senegal, to overthrow his government...............more










The Gambia: moral justice; responsibility to protect; trumps the "non-interference clause"    -  By Mathew K Jallow

The brazen extrajudicial execution of ten military officers, in 1994, was only a sign of things to come. But, not even the deadly, primitive 2009 witch-hunting exercise, or the 2012 execution of twenty-six Mile 2 Prison inmates could inspire international action to challenge the violence perpetrated by Gambia's terrorist military regime. Over the years, both regional and international indifference to Gambia’s dire .............................more

Remembering    Dr. Martin    Luther  Jr. 

By   Sainey Faye 
 JANUARY 15th, 1929 ......On This Date Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Was Born.
Dr. King was one of the most well known African Americans of the Civil Rights era of the 1960's.He headed the SCLC and was in the forefront of the struggle against racism and segregation, which was legal in the U.S.A. at the time....................................more










Wikileaks for Africa? Introducing Afrileaks

A new service launching today hopes to safely connect whistleblowers with investigative journalists, encouraging a ‘new culture of accountability and justice’ across the continent

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ESTABLISHMENT OF A LEGAL DEFENCE FUND FOR THE FREEDOM FIGHTERS

Dear Gambian brothers and Sisters,

Allow me yet again on a similar situation but of a different matter, to make this humble appeal to all Diaspora Gambians seeking your kind donation towards setting up a Legal Defence Fund to support our legendary freedom fighters now .........................more










Failed Gambia Coup Casts a Spotlight on Jammeh’s Abusive Regime 

Gambia yesterday accused the former head of the presidential guard of leading a small coup attempt that two U.S. citizens were also involved in. In an email interview, Jeffrey Smith, an advocacy officer at the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights, discussed Gambian politics and the recent attempted coup...........................more










Why Human Rights Will Remain Endangered In Africa & Nigeria In 2015
(Onitsha Nigeria, 9th January 2015)-December 2014 marked the 66th years of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights commonly called “UDHR”. The 2014 slogan of the United Nations was Human Rights 365; meaning that every day is world human rights day.....................................more










Yaya Jammeh is too Dangerous and Unsuitable for a President

Sarjo Bayang reveals serious imbalances and risks of a leader in crisis

There exists large body of tangibly compelling evidence suggesting how dangerous and unsuitable it is for Yaya Jammeh staying as president of Gambia. Such evidence is derived from no remote sources but by critical examination of the man who forced his way to become Gambian Head of State since 22 July 1998 through what was deemed bloodless coup....................................more

A LUNATIC THAT BECOME A PRESIDENT ALWAYS CONTRADICT HIMSELF, ALWAYS ACT BEFORE THINKING, ALWAYS BLIND TO SEE THE TRUTH AND THE REALITY, ALWAYS THINK THAT HE IS FOOLING EVERYBODY NOT REALISING THAT HE IS FOOLING HIMSELF AND ENJOYING TELLING LIES EVERYDAY AND EVERYWHERE !!!........................more











5 crazy things about the Gambian dictator who just survived a coup attempt 

At least two American citizens were involved in a conspiracy to oust long-ruling Gambian President Yahya Jammeh last week, according to U.S. federal prosecutors.......................more

Release Papa Faal and Cherno Njie Unconditionally!

Petition by Yero Jallow

To be delivered to The United States House of Representatives, The United States Senate, and President Barack Obama

Petition to Release Papa Faal and Cherno Njie Unconditionally!   Comrades – ..............more

Deconstructing Yahya Jammeh – Part II

By Baba Galleh Jallow

In the last three months of 2014, Yahya Jammeh gave orders that the titles Nasiru Deen and Babili Mansa be immediately dropped from his lengthy appellation of His Excellency the President of the Republic Sheikh Alhaji Professor Dr. Yahya AJJJ Jammeh Nasiru Deen Babili Mansa..............more

The Gambia: The umpteenth coup that never was
By D. A. Jawo
It is indeed hard for anyone to understand why the Gambia, being the smallest country on the African mainland and one of the poorest in the sub-region, should undoubtedly also hold the record of experiencing far more frequent coup attempts than any other country in the region........................more

Deconstructing Yahya Jammeh

By Baba Galleh Jallow

In a speech delivered after he returned to Banjul following a foiled coup attempt against his regime on December 29, 2014, Gambian ruler Yahya Jammeh said, among other things, that “Those who advocate and sponsor violence for regime change should know that they are not only acting in violation of the human rights and legitimate interests of those  affected,..............more

President Yahya Jammeh Has Lost the Political/Moral Battle and Must Step Down Now!

The foiled December 29, 2014 coup effort in The Gambia is yet another blow to an already embattled regime and its head, Yahya Jammeh. As it were, the foiled coup followed in the wake of world-wide condemnation of Jammeh’s strident, antigay legislation, and threats to execute gays- ...............................more

“TOPPLE YAHYA JAMMEH”

Sequel to my address on 24th December, 2014, I Sheikh Sidia Bayo, Leader of the NTCG and member of the coalition “WAATO SEETA” hereby direct patriotic senior ranks, senior NCOs, soldiers all and sundry loyal to the republic of The Gambia to act and move to topple the Dictator Yahya Jammeh.

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The Gambia: Balangbaa, the limits of tolerance and the quest for practical action

By Mathew K Jallow

On the potholed streets and alleyways of Greater Banjul, it’s a macabre scene repeated many times; young men with limited education driving around in regime issued, gas guzzling vehicles, doing Yahya Jammeh’s dirty work; arresting,..................more

Update On April 10 & 11 Victims Fund

For Immediate Release

Contact: Ousainou Mbenga (U.S.A)

Email:jalibaa1returns@gmail.com

Contact: Abdoulai Jobe (U.K) Email: AbdulaiJobe@yahoo.co.uk

We, the Survivors of the April 10/11, 2014 Gambian Student Shootings thank you for your immense show of support and your monetary donation to the fund raising efforts held in April and May 2014 to address our dire medical and cost of living needs.................more






U.S. drops South Sudan, Gambia from trade benefits program 

(Reuters) - The United States will drop South Sudan and Gambia from a duty-free trade program as of Jan. 1, according to a presidential proclamation on Tuesday that said the countries failed to meet the conditions, without specifying them.

But President Barack Obama said Guinea-Bissau would...........///.............more

AGENDA 2016

By Musa Jeng

As the famous controversial campaign manager of the First H W Bush, Lee Atwater, once quipped out of frustration: “we are throwing the gauntlet in South Carolina”, basically making it clear that the campaign will put in all their effort in South Carolina to save the campaign for the 

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Arrest of Gambians in Angola

By Yero Jallow

Sankanu has raised the alarm on a very unfortunate tone by the Angolan administration (Courtesy of NTIXANNEN, 12/20/2014). News tips I personally received from an anonymous family friend in Angola talks about a much higher number with even pregnant women as part of those arrested during Friday’s raid. The raid succeeded in disrupting Friday worshipers and businesses....more

The Gambia We WANT?

By Abdul Savage

Every society and religion in Mankind history, since the existence of man, have recognized and accepted that if someone is privy to, and or a supporter to a criminal or criminal act, such person and or entity MUST be held "accountable”. I believe it is called “accomplice” by smart people.........................more

Ousman Bojang's  recent interview on Freedom revealing Jola tribalism prompted revisit of this article.

The Gambia: Yahya Jammeh’s tribalism and the tyranny of the Jola minority (July 2011)

By Mathew K Jallow

As this year’s “meet the voters’ tour” comes to an end, where it all began two weeks ago, one of Yahya Jammeh’s messages around the country has become not only a strikingly familiar refrain, but also the chorus of a sickening drama that exists in his mind. For many years now, Yahya Jammeh’s signature posturing ...........................more

A Requiem for Deyda Hydara

By

Foday Samateh

Even as I write these words, a part of me is still in denial. Ten years on, the wishful in me still clings to a chimera. I do so because the ghoulish reality of December 16, 2004, sends me in bouts of disillusionment to the borders of derangement. The assassination of Deyda Hydara changed the world for me...........................more

Deyda Hydara: Ten Years of Impunity

By D. A. Jawo
It is ten years today since still unknown assassins shot and killed Deyda Hydara while he was driving home from work, at the very edge of the perimeter fence of the paramilitary barracks along the busy Serekunda-Banjul highway. However, despite numerous calls, both locally and internationally for a thorough investigation into the killing,........................................more

THE PULSATING POWER OF LOVE

Mbarodi Gainako hails from Daa nde maayo, a stone throw from Munku Baa-the cosmopolitan city of Yee lam ngalu. Mbarodi, as he is dotingly venerated, is medium in stature with a radiant chocolate skin. He is athletic. His childlike oval Fulani face has striking milky eyes ...............more

To the general Public  

It is with regret that the Gambia Consultative Council (GCC) expresses deep disappointment in the recent defection to the AFPRC of dictator and murderer, Yahya Jammeh, of one of its executives members, Mr Falai Baldeh, in charge of Protests and Demonstrations. GCC was clearly blindsided by Mr Baldeh’s actions particularly at a time when nothing, ....................................more

The Gambia: Yahya Jammeh’s militarizing of the Jolas or Jolanizing the military (2011)

By Mathew K Jallow

It is a common strategy dictators have used to prolong their stay in power. But it is divisive. And it has a corrosive effect on the fabric of any society where it is practiced. Sectarian politics which in The Gambia is exemplified by the tribal politics introduced by Yahya Jammeh, is based,..........more

The Diaspora Gamble

By Abdul Savage

You still didn’t get it? These diaspora organizations and many diasporans are betting on a “spark” in the Gambia to trigger a regime change in whatever format or design, be it demonstration, peaceful or whatever means. And then, after that, they will claim credit for such a regime change, and expect to be rewarded with fame, glory, gains, and position themselves post-Jammeh. ................more

IN WHAT APPEARS TO BE  A RARE ACHIEVEMENT, NEUROSURGEON:DR. NUTE JOHN JABANG  -  By Lawrence Jabang

John Nute Jabang was not the son of a president, not the son of a tycoon , CEO, some director and not even a teacher,he didn't travel to overseas but the son of a palm wine tapper. One of the poorest and among the most looked down occupations in The Gambia...................more







SUPPORT OUR FUNDRAISER FOR DETAINED VICTIMS OF HOMOPHOBIA IN THE GAMBIA - 

Prince Bubacar Sankanu

Since the 7th November 2014, a group of 12 men, women and a boy, is held incommunicado in The Gambia, West Africa, on suspicion of being gays and lesbians or LGBTs. More arrests are anticipated from a list with about 200 names complied by the country's secret police, the National Intelligence Agency (NIA).

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After-Action Review

By Abdul Savage

The Army calls it AAR (After-Action Review), some civilians call it Periodical Review, others call it Re-evaluation, and others say it is called Periodic Report, while others call it Taking Stock. Other smart people call it Assessment, and some say it is called Recap.

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November 25 is International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

The Gambia: The dangerous interface of propaganda and ignorance

By Mathew K Jallow

Propaganda has the capacity to yield subliminal, Pavlovian responses, which defy reason. As a tool of mental and intellectual repression, the intent is to freeze, and even deny, the concept of independent thinking for the safer imagination deficit and idea free subjective reasoning.....................more

An old sickness has returned to haunt a new generation of ever ambitious and industrious hardworking Gambians.  -  

 By Our Economist

PICTURE an economic prostitute and sex addict. “A bum sitting under a well upholstered sofa with a sword and holy Qur'an in his arms, robbing hardworking citizens to feed his addiction,” is what many people in the Gambia are living in the Gambia under Yahya Jammeh today, believe it or not........................more 







Gambia: “Aggravated Homosexuality’’ Offence Carries Life Sentence 

Gambia’s recent passage of a homophobic law puts the already persecuted lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) community at even greater risk of abuse,................more







REDEFINING AFRICA

What people need to know about the African condition

By Baba G. Jallow

When Creighton University’s African Students Association (AFSA) approached me to give a guest lecture at their annual banquet on the topic “Redefining Africa”, I knew exactly where they were coming from. However, I still asked them what they had in mind:.........................more

The Gambia: Lessons of Mali, lessons of Burkina and lessons for Africa

By Mathew K Jallow

Mali and Burkina Faso symbolize the new philosophical bend of the African Union and ECOWAS; playing catch-up with the popular political sentiments of Africa’s vast, dispirited population. But it is only a beginning, the microcosm of what the rest of Africa’s ...............................more

Yahya: A Big Tree That Must Be Cut Down For New Project!

Indisputable!

The remaining questions: How do we chop down the tree? When do we chop down the big tree – before the start of new project or at the end or somewhere in-between?  The answers to these questions are not simply what we wish but what we could, what’s feasible and what serves our goal(s)........................more

Collaboration or Unity?

By Abdul Savage

Some proponents of collaboration among these diasporan entities have submitted, in their arguments that all roads must lead to Banjul. On the surface, such submission might appear like a compelling case, but upon thorough examination, such a proposition has cracks all over it. For starters, on what roads that must lead to Banjul? Paved road, ..................more

PAY DAY FOR DICTATOR JAMMEH

By Lamin Saddam Sanyang,

The Netherlands.

In shaa Allah we are almost at the end of the barbaric, cruel and brutal reigning of President Yahya A.J.J. Jammeh. Like employees get their wages and salaries at the end of each pay-period, so is President Yahya A.J.J. Jammeh ......................................more

ORGANIZED CONFRONTATION: THE FINAL ACTION TO UPROOT JAMMEH!

 By: Ousainou Mbenga


With the recent explosion of the Burkinabe powder keg in the country of the “upright people” - Burkina Faso; all the neocolonial gangsters and puppets in the region - including Macky Sall and his monstrous friend, Yaya Jammeh - are sitting on edge. Macky sall, Jonathan Goodluck and others hurried into Burkina Faso to quell the ashes and ambers of resistance against the neocolonial state.

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The UN Human Rights Rapporteur Saga
Another black eye for the crumbling Jammed Fiefdom

By: Kaba Sallah

The indecision and immaturity of the Jammeh gangster government was on full display for the whole world to see during the planned visit of the UN Human Rights Rapporteurs in November, 2014. Having invited the UN   research team to investigate and report on the human rights situation, Jammeh  got cold feet, became wobbly and abruptly decided to block access to them.....................more







Jammeh to send delegation to Dakar to protest treatment of   Amadou Samba

The regime of Yaya Jammeh is sending a delegation to Dakar early in the week to protest "most strongly and demand certain actions" over the Amadou Samba affair.
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HIGH TIME FOR GAMBIANS TO UNITE TOWARDS ONE OBJECTIVE

By Lamin Jammeh, UK
It is high time for Gambians to come under one umbrella to oust Yaya  jammeh .
“YAYA JAMMEH MUST GO”.
This is our collective responsibility as Gambians, despite being loyal to him or not, he’s our problem.
Yaya will never change but we can! By putting our hearts and minds together toward a common goal......................more

African Leadership Studies: Beyond Theoretical Exceptionalism

Paper presented at the 16th Annual International Leadership Association Conference

October 30 – November 2, 2014 / San Diego California

Baba G. Jallow, Creighton University, babajallow@creighton.edu

Some scholars de-contextualize Africa’s leadership and developmental crises by attributing them to the mistaken and untested assumption that Western theories and styles of leadership are not appropriate for African and other non-Western cultures......more

The Gambia: land of mass incarceration, murder, summary execution and human-sacrifice

By Mathew K Jallow

“Smiling Coast of West Africa” is the first welcoming characterization that headlines every tourist brochure; the intersection of happy, cheerful and sun-drenched sandy beaches that snake the might Atlantic Ocean coastline as far as the eye can see. But this was Gambia then.

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This “Struggle” Is Not “A Sanitizer”

By Abdul Savage

The “hypocrisy” is getting too much, and “This Struggle” is certainly not a sanitizer.

Here is just my infamous little two-cent advice: When working with team mates in any “struggle” or “fight”, keep these two things in mind:

    1. Do not “SUCK UP” to any team player and

    2. Do not be COMBATIVE to any team player.

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Lampesuda: Soul Searching Questions

Culled From The African Executive

Lampedusa – the name of an island between Tunisia and Sicily, Italy, – has become the symbol for a human tragedy. One year ago, on 3 October 2013, 366 refugees from Africa and the Middle East drowned there in the Mediterranean seeking a life without war, persecution, torture, or poverty. ...................................more

‘Trapped by colonial lyrics in a post-colonial dance’

The above words are those of Ms Mariama Khan in describing the ambiguous situation post colonial nation states are faced with in positioning African endogenous values, including language policy, following the end of colonial rule. This concept and many other ideas of far reaching consequences for language policy and national development are contained in the article entitled ...................more

Gambian Christians Have Been Systematically Marginalized By APRC Government

By Lawrence Jabang

Kindness and weakness are never the same and will never be the same. Unfortunately, they are too often confused. It’s a known fact that there is always comes a time when each would need to paddle his/her own canoe...........more

The Gambia: Pivoting Yahya Jammeh bigotry from severe civil upheaval to benign instability

By Mathew K Jallow

This week, Gambia’s military regime is mandated to appear before the United Nations Universal Periodic Review (UPR) to perform an absolutely impossible tap dance; defend its less than stellar;..........................more











Policy Failure is Largely Responsible for Collapse of Gambia Government under Jammeh

*Sarjo Bayang seeks to raise the bar higher

Where systematic dispensation is lacking there human capital capability, efficiency and effectiveness can be seriously undermined. Optimal utilisation of policy instruments and good governance are key requirements for sustainable organisational development and institution building........................more

Ebola, and Gambia’s Alarming Death Rate: A Recipe for Disaster

The frequency with which adult Gambians die from preventable diseases, such as malaria, diabetes, or hypertension, is simply alarming. Hardly a week goes by without another obituary- reports of sudden death or collapse of citizens from all walks-of-life. Gambia’s ..............................................more


 A      POEM     FOR      CHRISTIANA      JATTA

         By: Ousainou Mbenga

A SPARK FOR THE REVOLUTION

                  With a spark of youthful arrogance, audacity, courage

              Atop a defying confidence; you jolted GRTS into disbelieve

              Mouths dropped, eyes popped and hearts raced

              In awe to your fed – up bravery with calculated temerity........................more

Fatou Jaw Manneh Speaks at the 2014 Oslo Freedom Forum!

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

What Do We Do or What Should We Do – To Make A Functioning Democratic Republic?

Some said the ballot box. They suggest a perfect coalition of the opposition could defeat Yahya. This is a good hope except that both Jawara and Yahya has secured at least 50 + 1% in every election.................more

THE GAMBIA - MISPLACED PRIORITIES

While all serious governments around the world are controlling their national spending and eliminating waste where possible, Gambia government is on ten days celebration wasting national resources that is not adding any value to livelihood of our people.........................more

WHEN THE GOING GETS TOUGH, TOUGH ALSO GETS GOING!

By Lamin Saddam Sanyang,

The Netherlands

To give up is acknowledging self-defeat. Furthermore, a maxim has it that a person who tries and fails is far more progressive than the one who would not try for fear of failure. Therefore, folks, I call on you to remain steadfast and never give up the...........................more

How/Why Yaya Jammeh is so Dangerous and More Troubling for Gambia

Extent to which Yaya Jammeh remains threat to Gambia and how damaging that is

By Sarjo Bayang

He is the lead actor and we keep record of his tracks as history unfolds. Welcome to Gambia where poor junior army ranker seized power by force of guns, nothing in his pocket. In the course of 20 years, he is first Dollar Millionaire African president.

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Doctor WHO?

By Momodou Ndow

The Dr. Zakir Naik train is still not at its final destination so let’s keep riding.:-). There are some who believe that Dr. Zakir Naik should not be challenged because he’s an Islamic scholar and full of wisdom. Maybe it will be helpful to remind them than he is also a human being and vulnerable to all the temptations that we all struggle with daily. Anyone who attempts to spread something  we believe not to be true should be challenged, Muslim or not, doctor or nurse.........................more

Remembering a great Pan-African legend. Gambian scholar Dr. Sulayman Nyang, a close friend and associate of Prof. Ali A. Mazrui; made a great obituary of the man he knew, studied and wrote about.Below is the text which was  relayed by "Dawn'  media live in Pakistan. To those of us who knew him in the 70's until his death, we miss a true  Pan-Africanist. - Sainey Faye..................................more

On Dr Saine’s response to Salieu Njie’s recent invitation to dialogue

By Mathew Jallow

I agree with Dr Saine critique of Mr Salieu Njie’s invitation to a point; however, I completely disagree with his insinuation that for any idea to have claim to legitimacy, it has to derive from a foundation of broad popular support.........................more

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

Please guys, do me a favor and make publication in regard to the following text. Simon Peter Mendy is a Captain in the Gambia Navy and he is currently on holidays there in the United States.....................more







Gambians Mourn Death of National Economy and Finance System as President Celebrates Illegal Event of July 1994 Coup

Focus on misplaced priorities set on broken pillars of falling economic super structure

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My response to Salieu's letter and invitation.

Dear Salieu,
When Demba Baldeh contacted me a little over a weeks ago, the proposed meeting was to explore a way forward for Gambia- nothing was said about electing a new leader.
This is what I think.The proposed election is truly absurd, and lacks merit, and legitimacy. From where does the mandate to elect a new" leader," come? And since when did journalists become "king-makers."? Who selected the so-called "leaders, and you ? 
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From Dr. Saine
Why is Shameless Samsudeen Sarr Taking on Imam Baba Leigh?   -  By Pappa Khumba Loum
Imam Baba Leigh should ignore the ranting and utterances of this opportunist fool who is trying to drag him into the mud..................more

Remembering George Padmore/The great Pan-Africanist 

      By  Sainey Faye
There is an African saying that ......"A new broom sweeps clean, but an old broom, knows where the dirt is."
George Padmore ……Who Was George Padmore , The Great Pan-Africanist ?
September 23, 1959 ……..George Padmore passed away in London, and was eulogized throughout the African diaspora and the motherland Africa.............more











A Rejoinder “The Jola, beneficiaries of positive discrimination under JK”

By: Kaba Sallah

This article by Voice of Hope is a stunning admission that active discrimination, by the Jammeh junta, against certain segments of the Gambian population, has been a policy since 1994! The title itself is an oxymoron, a contradiction; positive and discrimination cannot produce a positive outcome!........................more

Pan-Africa for WHO?

By Momodou Ndow
Pan-Africans say "Africa for Africans" and "we can take care of our own". I have not seen the AU (African Union) in the vanguard of this Ebola fight anywhere. Nor have  I
seen any African leader taking the lead or attempting to lead the fight either..................more

Unite or Perish! Unite or Diaspora Boycott!Open Letter to the Opposition Parties from the Diaspora.By: Kaba Sallah

For those who still believe in elections as an option ­ and a strategy (to remove Dictator Yaya Jammeh from power in the Gambia in 2016), cannot be happy with the recent public temper tantrum coming from the opposition side, in Banjul.  If recent rumblings in the 

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BE AWARE OF PRESIDENT JAMMEH’S NEW KILLER MACHINE!

By Lamin Saddam Sanyang,

The Netherlands.

Folks it is logical that when someone badly needs help and hears another person offering it, he or she will do anything possible to reach for the help no matter what may cost.

When our lunatic and shameless President claimed that he can cure Aids, 

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200,000 Gambians In Urgent Need Of Food Assistance 

(JollofNews) – A record 200,000 Gambians are in urgent need of food assistance due to pestilence, cyclical droughts and floods, and the West Africa

Ebola crisis, the United Nations says.
Ade Mamonyane Lekoetje, UN representative for Gambia, said the situation is so dire that 1.8 million Gambians are 

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Jammeh’s “GRACEFUL EXIT”.

BY Abdul Savage

FIRST AND FOREMOST, I want you to, when reading both parts of this thesis, keep this in mind: This PIECE is not about you, me, any other political party or entity, at home or overseas, nor is it about any other thing, object, entity or person. It is about THE 

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GAMBIA IN SERIOUS CRISIS

By Nfally Touray

Now little over 20yrs since the military with a difference took over the rein of power in The Gambia. Too many promises were made and people so excited that at last meaningful changes was coming to a country living by hope.

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Breaking News!Col. Sam Sarr has Surrendered, again …to the Defeated Army!The Great Appeasement is underway in New York!

By: Kaba Sallah

Reports reaching the Resistance at the frontlines against the demoralized forces of the Butcher of Kanilai, Yaya Jammeh, have confirmed that, Col. Samsideen Sarr has surrendered, unfortunately, to the defeated and retreating forces. During the firefight, Col. Sarr was shaking so 

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One Word for O J and Darbo

From Sarjo Bayang
Current exchange of heated words between key political personalities Omar Jallow O J of People's Progressive Party PPP and Ousainou Darbo of United Democratic Party UDP falls on the wrong ground at a very wrong time.
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THE PAIN OF A BITTER-SWEET LOVE NEST

By Sulayman Jeng

Sam Polel is not handsome but has striking features and wore an aura of a likable personality. To some of his sceptics, he is a player. His friends, on the other hand, envied him, as been a ladies man. Anywhere Sam Polel goes, ladies fall for him like dry leaves fly from a tree branch in a windy afternoon. Unlike most of his friends,........................more







Fatou Jaw Manneh –  U.S African Summit. 

 By Yero Jallow