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

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

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

Maafanta Interview With NDT

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

Petition to Disinvite Gambian President Yahya Jammeh

Petition by Fatou Jaw Manneh

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

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

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

BREAKING OMERTÀ – PART II:

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

BREAKING OMERTÀ: (Part III) 

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



BREAKING OMERTÀ:

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

Jainaba Bah (Sweden)

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

 

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


BREAKING OMERTÀ - PART V:

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

By Jainaba Bah (Sweden)

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

INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY – 2013

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

 

OMERTA SERIES

by Lamin J Darboe

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

Fatou Sagnia Proudly displays banner, New York demonstrations

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

Rohey Yata Smith, Manchester, UK

Operation Girls Catch Yaya

by Fatou Jaw Manneh

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


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

Fatou Jaw Manneh, Publisher ,maafanta.com

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

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

Happy Birthday Mr. President

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Culture and Customs   of Gambia by  Dr. Abdoulaye Saine

Gambian News Online/Resources/Funstuff

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

freedomnewspaper.com

hellogambia.com

gainako.com

thegambiaecho.com

senegambianews.com

thegambianbanker.comafricac.org

Thagambiadispatch

TheGDProject


These sites are very important to us. 

We get some news and inspiration from them.

The Oped Project

The Huffington Post

Confusedeagle.livejournal.com

Greatwomenspeakers.com

Allafrica.comIWMFAfricac.org


STGDP

CPJ

IFJ

BBC

Amnesty International

Gambian constitution

AU Charter

UN Charter

Human Rights Watch

For all the funstuff and Extraswww.funnyjunk.comwww.

howstuffworks.com

African Princess Rohey Yata Smith

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

by Fatoumatta Sanyang (YoungAfrica) 

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

The Cost of Africa’s Inferiority Complex (1) 

By Honourable Saka

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

Six Pillars of Character

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

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

THE LEGACY OF SATANG  JOBARTEH


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

A New Book on The Gambia to be released this month

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

GrandMa Sirreh hosting the Maafanta Impressive People of 2012 awards.  

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

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

 

The names are in alphabetical order: 

Bayo, Sheikh Sidia – head of CNTG

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

by D.A.Jawo

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


Business Dreamers

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

Maafanta Awards. I Am Thrilled!

-  Jainaba Bah

Dear Fatou!

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

Happy New Year Maafanta!

Dear Sister Fatou,

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

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

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

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


CULTIVATING 

SENE - GAMBIA : 

A NATION OF THINKERS

By: Ousainou Mbenga

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




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

Dear Sister Fatou,

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

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

Anita Roddick 





 

Africa: Where black is not really beautiful

By Pumza Fihlani

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

Pa Malick Faye and international protection

by Lamin J Darbo ,UK

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

PROOF! SOURSOP FRUIT KILLS CANCER.

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

What Happened to Banjul? - 

My Story - Part II

By Momodou Ndow

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

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

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

Contact Information:

Alkali Conteh:contehalkali@yahoo.com

Musa Jeng: Jengfann@yahoo.com

Pa Samba Jow: jowfara@msn.com

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

Maafanta Attention

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

You make us all proud already Dr. Ceesay!

God bless - FatouJM

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

Regina Mariama Manneh

Yahya Jammeh’s Charnel House

By MATTHEW OMOLESKY from the FEBRUARY 2013 issue

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

picture : courtesy of  Godfrey Mwampembwa


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

By Mathew K Jallow

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

Updated List

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

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

Say No To Yaya Jammeh

15 WRONG REASONS TO GET MARRIED!

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


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

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


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

Flowers for you! 

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



Thank you Maafanta and Hellogambia

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









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

Thank You Maafanta

Dear Fatou,

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







THE AU DECLARATIONS 

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

From Sainey Faye





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

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

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

WELCOME!

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





 





FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The Raleigh Accord.

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





Fatou Jaw Manneh

Raleigh Presentation

Good Afternoon Ladies and Gentlemen:

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

Photo: STGDP Chief Banka Manneh

The Raleigh Accord:

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



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










Letter to Yahya Jammeh, No. 2

By

Foday Samateh

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






 

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

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

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

Congressman David Price

Remarks at the Gambia Conference for Democracy and Good Governance

May 18, 2013

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







GAMBIA: PRINCIPAL ACT RAISES SERIOUS HUMAN RIGHTS CONCERNS

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


AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL

PRESS RELEASE

5 July 2013

The Gambia: New bill stifles online dissent

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









The Gambia’s Silenced Dissent

Fatou Jaw Manneh

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Book Review: Defeating Dictators by George Ayittey

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

Ayittey on Steering Committee

Yes, I heard about your national conference in Raleigh.

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










African Narco News -  On Gambia

Inside A $1 Billion West African Cocaine Cartel

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Amended Gambian media law restricts Internet freedom

Abuja, Nigeria, July 10, 2013--

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











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

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

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

compiled by Mathew K Jallow

Gambians kidnapped from Dakar Senegal 2013  Mahawa Cham, abducted from Dakar, whereabouts unknown

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





AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL
PUBLIC STATEMENT

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










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

By Lamin J Darbo

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








Twinkle Twinkle my Little Moroccan star
by Fatou Jaw Manneh

Twinkle twinkle my little Moroccan star.

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








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

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

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

by Fatou Jaw Manneh

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

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

by Fatou Jaw Manneh

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

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

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


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


The Best Advice I Ever Had

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


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


The Man Who Revolutionized Gambian Media

Reflections on Kenneth Y. Best

By Cherno Baba Jallow

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

ZAINAB PILFERING & SPENDING OUR MONEY

by Baobab Girl, Gambia

Dear Fatou Jaw Manneh,

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








The Week's News Recap

The 68th UN General Assembly , New York

Team Yaya Jammeh versus Team Diaspora

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

Yaya Jammeh and his Mandinka problem - 

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

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

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


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

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



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

The Prayers continue

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

The Hypocrisy of Fatou Camara

by  Musa Camara

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


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

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











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

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











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

 - Serious Boy Ablie Njie writes to Maafanta!

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










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

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


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








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








Thank you!

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



THE OUTREACH

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


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

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

Thank you.

Oumie Sissokho Maafanta Facebookpage Editor

The Crab Revolution (Part 1)

By Demba Njie, Sweden

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

CORDEG chief

Dr. Abdoulaye Saine

talks to Aisha Bittaye


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




THE OUTREACH

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

By Oumie Sissokho

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Something is still rotten in the state of Gambia

By Foday Samateh

maafanta archives

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

Africa Progress Report 2013

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

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

ByFoday Samateh...........more

Brief thoughts on immigration in American Politics

by

Fatou Jaw Manneh

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

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

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








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

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

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

Fatou Jaw Manneh –  U.S African Summit. 

 By Yero Jallow, Gainako’s Staff writer.

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


Fatou Jaw Manneh Speaks at the 2014 Oslo Freedom Forum!

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



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

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

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

 From maafanta 

archives  Some thoughts on "This Struggle”

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

Gambia Coup: What A Miss!!!

By Fatou Jaw Manneh

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










July 22nd in the Gambia, 1994
by Fatou Jaw Manneh
(from maafanta archives 2013 )
July 22nd in the Gambia, 1994
Is the day that democracy died

The day the devil evaded our sight

And of course he came cloaked in a white robe

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

John Adams, Thoughts on Government, 1776

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

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

By Dr. Abdoulaye Saine

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

Thoughts on the book Kairaba

by

Fatou Jaw Manneh

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

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





IT IS NOW TIME FOR US TO WAKE UP

BY LAMIN SADDAM SANYANG,  THE NETHERLANDS

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










Happy Birthday America

By Fatou Jaw Manneh

Or do I simply say: Thank you America

236 yrs ago today to be exact

America gained Independence from Great Britain

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










Liars!

From Pappa Faal

July 22nd in the Gambia, 1994

by Fatou Jaw Manneh

From maafanta archives

July 22nd in the Gambia, 1994

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











The Despot’s Amnesty

By

Fatou Jaw Manneh

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










Chief Ebrima Manneh and the World Press Freedom Day

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

 










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

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

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

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


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

By Lamin J Darboe

It was sudden and shocking!

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



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

(from Pa Modou Jobe facebookpage)

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


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










MUSUYA KUNTO A New Documentary on an Old Culture

by   Fatou Jaw Manneh

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







Fatou Jaw Manneh Goes to Oslo

By  Foday Samateh

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

The Yahya Jammeh 20 year rule legacy.

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

By: Isatou Bittaye

Isatou: Can you please introduce yourself to our readers?

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

Gambia my sweet home is producing stars. 

By Matie Daffeh

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










Referendum season:  illiberalism collides with constitutional entrenchment

By Lamin J Darboe

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


The Judiciary: Gambia’s Constitutional Orphan

By Lamin J. Darbo

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













Gambias/Sukutas own Gallo Saidy!

Town drinks its fill of clean water 

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










Happy Birthday America

By Fatou Jaw Manneh

Or do I simply say: Thank you America

238 yrs ago today to be exact

America gained Independence from Great Britain

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Embargoed - 22 July 2015 – 00.01 GMT

AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL  

PRESS RE LEASE  .......more

Gambian women making us proud in Dakar, Senegal.










Fatou Jagne

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











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











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










Why President Sall should take out Yahya Jammeh

Straight to Rebeuss!!!

by

Fatou Jaw Manneh

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

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











Inna Jawara, actress Cafe Avec 








Stop the Persecution UDP Supporters!!

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

Re: Disinvite Gambian President Yaya Jammeh 

Dear Fatou,

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

Your Friend,

Senator Don Shooter

International Women’s day: A reflection

by Fatou Jaw Manneh

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

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

Macky takes the bull by the horn

By Fatou Jaw Manneh

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











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

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

By Saul Njie

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

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

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

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

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

Why can't we be the silent majority

By Saul Njie

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

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PRESS RELEASE ON THE 11TH May PROPOSAL AND DEMANDS OF THE OPPOSITION FOR ELECTORAL AND CONSTITUTIONAL REFORM ...........more


UDP Press Release On The Non-Participation At The Civil Society Forum 2/10/2015

Earlier this month UDP received an invitation from Dr. Scattred–Janneh to a meeting called Civil Society Forum on the Gambia being organized to discuss matters relating to the political situation in the Gambia in New York...................more


Trevor Noah nails Donald Trump: He could be first African dictator ever elected president

Trevor Noah doesn’t see what’s so un-presidential about Donald Trump. The new “Daily Show” host said Thursday that it’s all in your perception of what “presidential” means.......................more


President Yaya Jammeh Insincerely Telling Lies to Gambians                                             From the Beginning, as records reveal

By Sarjo Bayang

To validate the firm position that genuine critics of junta leader Yaya Jammeh have good reasons flagging up, it emerged in ..............more
















UDP Press Release On The Non-Participation At The Civil Society Forum 2/10/2015

Earlier this month UDP received an invitation from Dr. Scattred–Janneh to a meeting called Civil Society Forum on the Gambia being organized to discuss matters relating to the political situation in the Gambia in New York...................more


Trevor Noah nails Donald Trump: He could be first African dictator ever elected president

Trevor Noah doesn’t see what’s so un-presidential about Donald Trump. The new “Daily Show” host said Thursday that it’s all in your perception of what “presidential” means.......................more
















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

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Poem


Question

Why don’t you find

Another space to flex

Those borrowed muscles

Another space to watch

Those mountain ridges crack

On those NOT borrowed arms

Trying to smash the heads

Of truth and justice?


Baba Galleh Jallow










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

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










Nullifying the ‘constitutional’ demarcations: the unlawful dismissal  

of Magistrate Muhammed Krubally.

By Lamin J. Darbo

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










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

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










PRESS RELEASE

Mr. ALHAJI BOYE Case in Raleigh, North Carolina

Date: August 9, 2016

The December 30 Gambia Freedom Foundation (D30 GFF) wishes to inform the public that we are aware of the recent detention of Mr. Alagie Boye, of Raleigh NC, in connection with the December 30th, 2014 heroic attempts to restore democracy and the rule of law in The Gambia..................more










Press Release: August 9th 2016

File # GDC-D 001

Gambia Democratic Congress (GDC) Extends Frontiers in the Diaspora

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

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











GDF Condemns injustice against Ousainou Darboe

Gambia Democracy Fund is joining the many voices of Gambians at home and abroad to condemn, in the strongest terms, the latest miscarriage of justice perpetrated by President Yahya Jammeh against the leader of United Democratic Party (UDP), Mr Ousainou Darboe...............................more










Unprecedented Diplomatic Action in New York on Gambia`s Human Rights Situation

The International Community has been put on notice about the situation in The Gambia with unprecedented diplomatic action by the United Kingdom at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. .................more










No Mokati Mansa

By Baba Galleh Jallow

Actualizing the family nation requires that we reassess the nature of political relationships in our country with a view to relocating political power from the state to the people where it rightfully belongs. And since our present government sees itself as a nation builder perched on top of the social pyramid and wielding all power, ...........................more










The Gambia: Opposition incarceration, the GDC and the uncertain future of Gambian politics      By Mathew K Jallow

The verdict was not unexpected and when it came, it demonstrated a familiar pattern in political repression. The court proceedings were quintessential Kangaroo trials that quickly degenerated into lectures in jurisprudence from an eminent lawyer, party leader, Ousainou Darboe,.................more









The Political Martyrdom of Ousainou Darbo      By Saul SaidyKhan

When I was writing my last opinion some days ago, I was unaware that lawyer Ousainou Darbo, leader of the United Democratic Party (UDP) and his entire executive, some other associates, and relatives that were arrested with him in mid-April this year were all- but-one, convicted and sentenced to three years prison terms a day earlier...............................more










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

IN THE HIGH COURT OF THE GAMBIA

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

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

FEMI PETERS ... 3RD ACCUSED PERSON

LAMIN DIBBA ... 4TH ACCUSED PERSON

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










The Unbearable Burden of Yaya Jammeh

By Saul Saidykhan

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

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

20 July 2016, 21:05 UTC

The conviction of opposition leader Ousainou Darboe and 18 other peaceful protestors highlights the continuing downward spiral for human rights in Gambia, Amnesty International said today......................more

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

We condemn the predictable and utterly unjust judgement delivered by justice Dada in Banjul today July 22 at the behest and dictation of Yahya JAMMEH the presiding tyrant of The Gambia. The verdict, the charges,..............................more










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

In the next few hours, Gambians and indeed the world at large would know the fate of the great leader of our party Lawyer Ousainou Darboe now popularly dubbed Gambia’s Nelson Mandala and 19 his senior executive after having gone through a sham legal process in the name of a trial designed to definitively jail them. ..................more

Press Release

July 19th, 2016

The D30 Gambia Freedom Foundation (D30 GFF) Launched

The public is hereby informed that the D30 Gambia Freedom Foundation (D30 GFF) will be officially launched as of July 30th, 2016. This foundation was formed May 25th, 2016. The D30 GFF is launched in memory of our heroes both those who lost their lives and the living, supporting their families and to 

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Coughapia

In measured steps

Dawich danced

On needles

Made of dust

And sang his curses


Along came the quarry

Destiny at his side

Dawich lost his voice

And coughed a blurt

Into the ocean winds


-Baba Jallow










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










GYU Bids Omar Bah Farewell 
The Gambia Youth for Unity (GYU) wishes to inform the general public that Chairperson, Mr Omar Bah, has resigned from his position as Chairman and member of GYU effective July 8th, 2016. In his resignation letter, Mr Bah cited "academic, professional, 
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WHY JAMMEH JIPPO

By Baba Galleh Jallow

In a recent piece published on Kairo News, Karamba Touray tells the sad story of Imam Cherno Gassama. He writes: “I have not been able to take this good man out of my mind from Friday July 1st when a friend of mine visited his family and reported a distressed and sad situation........................more










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

By Mathew K Jallow

The polemics are often expressed explicitly, and at other times, in more subtle ways; in either case, one underlying truth remains to expose Yahya Jammeh as the quintessential carpetbagger whose bigoted anthropological perception of the Gambia, is the hallmark of delusional rewriting of history. ......................................more

OXNEWS! YOUR LINK TO  SENEGAMBIA PRESS!!








THE STATE VS. DARBOE & 18 OTHERS

21ST JUNE 2016.

Court Registrar called case.

All accused persons are present in court.

Court – Let the accused persons sit.

Appearances:

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

Fragiant

By Baba Galleh Jallow

It feels strong

And stable

Unmovable like

The Rock of Gibraltar

Indomitable like

The blazing sun

Uncaring

About raging thunderstorms like

Mount Kilimanjaro yet

It is just

A fragile web before

The massive poke of time










Crime and Punishment
By Momodou Ndow
So Jammeh’s office announced in a press release that they have discovered “one of the most serious economic crimes” during his nearly 22 years of rule. From the sound of it, this is epic and unprecedented! If this is "one of the most serious economic crimes” under his watch,...............................more










GDF Press Release

PRESS RELEASE
Gambia Democracy Fund - GDF, would like to inform the public that on Monday, 6/13/16, the organization disbursed $1,000 to each of the families of those sentenced in Minnesota during the week of May 10th, 2016 (totaling $4,000.00). This amount is a direct donation from GDF.................................more










ECOWAS: Yahya Jammeh’s Jola hegemony and the dangerous prosecution of the Mandinka tribe   -By Mathew K Jallow

The admission to Solo Sandeng’s murder last week was surreal; like an out-of-body experience. Even in death, Solo Sandeng is making headline news as his memory casts its long, dark shadow over the doomed and down-ward spiraling military regime. ....................................more










THE DIASPORA ORGANISATION OF THE UNITED DEMOCRATIC PARTY DEMAND ICC INVESTIGATION INTO CRIMES AGAINST HUMANITY IN THE GAMBIA

The UDP Diaspora organization has formally filed a Petition with Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court in The Hague to initiate and expedite preliminary investigation into the crimes against humanity committed by President Yahya Jammeh, President of the Republic of The Gambia and the following nine officials of his regime:................more










Advanced Plans In Place To Harm UDP Leader Lawyer Ousainou Darboe In Prison 
The United Democratic Party (UDP) is alerting Gambians and indeed the international community about advanced plans to physically harm the leader Lawyer Ousainou Darboe, currently in remand with scores of his executive and other supporters.
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President Jammeh's Threats against Mandinka's in Gambia are Irresponsible and Repugnant of a National Leader.     -  By Professor Binneh s Minteh

Controversy is not new about The Gambia's irrational and psychopathic leader. He takes pride in killing and burying citizens 6-9 feet deep and his distaste or dislike for the ethnic Mandinka group in the Gambia has never been a hidden agenda........................more









UDP Gambia - April 14 Demonstrators Moved to an Unknown Location 
The United Democratic Party (UDP) has confirmed from multiple sources that an unspecified number of remand political prisoners who were arrested on April 14 2016 with Solo Sandeng have been removed from their prison cells and ..................more







By Gambian Outsider:

The Dice Has Been Cast!

… a society that has for its religion hypocrisy and materialism coupled with love of human praise, insatiable desire to be known, and blaming God for their own faults deserves what it gets. Such a society is Gambia and Gambians get what they deserve - Jammeh- a despot.

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Gambia Nice!
By Momodou Ndow
Gambia Nice!
Nice is not nice sad is sad brutal is brutal
Intimidation insults threats beatings and arrest
Rape torture forced-disappearance and murder
Night so dark and impenetrable no one noticed 
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The Wolf in Sheep’s clothing

By Masireh Sanyang

It takes a lot of continual manipulation to hold onto power for a very long time. The manipulations are diverse and they come in different forms. Dictators thrive in the manipulations of their subjects, they use fear, division money and mysticism to manipulate and control their subjects.....................more










The Gambia: Yahya Jammeh’s divisive and deadly tribal bigotry, and the need for political change, before it’s too late

By Mathew K Jallow

It is a word pregnant with historical innuendos and carries a stigma that correlates to bitterness and suffering. The human devastation it has caused to Africa is unimaginable. In so many ways, it is perhaps the dirtiest word in Africa’s sociological lexicon; still used by political demagogues to resurrect ancient tribal feuds, and foment discord,.................................more










“Punish The Gambia Government and ensure that impunity and violations of the ECOWAS Protocol on Democracy and Good Governance are halted”- rights groups appeal to ECOWAS

Dakar, 5 June 2016- A West African grouping of faith based, rights, academic, women and youth organisations have urged the ECOWAS heads of state and government to hold The Government of the Gambia, under the leadership of President Yaya Jammeh,...............................more











Gambia Mourns Veteran Journalist .

RIP George Christensen










Gambia: Crackdown and brutal repression in run up to elections

2 June 2016, 01:33 UTC

Authorities in Gambia must free dozens of political prisoners and end the brutal crackdown on the rights to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly ahead of elections later this year or face suspension from the Economic Community Of West African States (ECOWAS), .....................more









Dear Editors,

On behalf of the Unity Gathering organizers, we wish to publish the information below in your esteemed journals.   
Thank you so much for your time and consideration.
On Sunday May 29, 2016, a group of concerned Gambians will hold a unity gathering at
The White House, Lafayette Park-Southeast Quadrant
16th street, Washington DC.
12:00pm - 3:00pm
PURPOSE OF THIS GATHERING: Is to Unite all Gambians (Political Groups,
Advocacy and Activist Groups, Religious Groups, Grassroots
Organizations, Individual Citizens, etc..) at a Cohesive and Massive March that will serve as a “Call-To-Action” for All Gambians to work together to resolve the Imminent Gambian situation. Standing in solidarity  with the peaceful demonstrate

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AFRICAN LIBERATION ---- WHAT IS AFRICAN LIBERATION DAY ?
                          By Sainey Faye
"It is time for new hands to lift the burdens."
           -  Nelson Mandela
"My generation led Africa to political freedom.The current generation of
leaders and peoples of Africa must pick up the flickering torch of African
Freedom, refuel it with their enthusiasm and determination, and carry it
forward." ...................................more

The Gambia: When the unvarnished truth collides with naked injustice; conflict is inevitable, necessary and desirable

By Mathew K Jallow

Iwo Jima, My Lai, and Tiananmen Square, each represents an iconic image of the tragedy of war and civil strife forever carved in the collective human memory. They reveal the dark and ugly side of human nature. Every so often, 

http://www.wisafricana.com/the-gambia-when-the-unvarnished-truth-collides-with-naked-injustice-conflict-is-inevitable-necessary-and-desirable/













The Gambia: ECOWAS Vice President, Edward Singateh, more than just a political assassin    By Mathew K Jallow
It is more than a mismatch. It’s a misfit; pure and simple. At a time the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), is assuming a much deeper meaning and purpose to Gambians than to the nationals of any other member country, the appointment of Edward Singateh to a senior ECOWAS position feels like a profound sense of defeat.









The Post Jammeh Era and the Unanswered Questions    -  By Masireh Sanyang

Though his intentions is to rule the Gambia for a billion years like he openly stated in one of his foolish utterances;  Jammeh clearly knows that he cannot rule the Gambia for that long, he understands that his days as president are numbered- the wailing and the weeping have become so loud that even the deaf can hear,...............................more










PRESS RELEASE

Gambia Democracy Fund - GDF, would like to thank all our donors who dug deep into their pockets to donate towards events that have been ongoing since 4/14/16. With every movement, it is the will of the people that makes it successful........................more










Editorial: Serve your sentences with Heads High; The shame is on the US government

By Gainako.com

The news today from Minnesota of the sentencing of Four Gambian US citizens who were involved in a plot to overthrow the most brutal regime in Africa, doesn’t appear to sit well with a lot of people especially Gambian dissidents...................more










SPEECH BY REVD. JESSE JACKSON ON THE OCCASION OF THE FRENCH NATIONAL DAY OF REMEMBRANCE OF SLAVERY AND OF ITS ABOLITION.

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A Conversation With Sam Sarr

By Momodou Ndow

Sam: Dear readers, I was not going to dignify the perpetrator of this recording circulating on social media but after a second thought, I found it somewhat obligatory to make a short comment about it.............................more










SAM SARR WILL COMMIT SUICIDE BEFORE HE 'FUCKING FIRES AT PROTESTERS' FOR JAMMEH     

     By Pata PJ

For the country's deputy ambassador at the United Nations to want to 'FUCKING FIRE AT THE PROTESTERS IF I WERE IN CHARGE' shows how hateful Sam Sarr is, and the type of a lowlife Jammeh recruits to work for him. The people he so wanted to slaughter are our parents, brothers and sisters. But I'm sad that Sam is type that lowers the remaining tattered reputation of a body like the UN...............................more










Jammeh’s Way

By Baba Galleh Jallow

Occasionally, the excesses of a dictatorship get so outrageous that people get tongue-tied as to what else to say. How do we make sense of a consistently senseless pattern of behavior of a man who prides himself in going his own way, even if that way is patently self-destructive and destructive of so many innocent lives? .....................more






Dialogue with the agent of the devil: The opposition’s strange strategy.

By Dodou Jawneh

The disappointment is written all over our faces when the opposition parties met with the officials of the Gambia’s draconian regime to discuss and sign a memorandum of ......................................more









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Gambian Security Forces Using Firearms On Defenseless Citizens
The United Democratic Party is deeply concerned about the overzealous response of Gambia’s security forces to court goers who have peacefully converged at the High Court in Banjul to demand the unconditional release of UDP leader and his co accused...............................more










The Gambia: Joint ECOWAS, AU. UN mission report; inter-party dialogue miss point     By Mathew K Jallow.

The tripartite report implicitly exonerates protestations against the unbearable oppression, and by extension concedes the prevalence of politics burdened by the state’s crushing overreach, but fell far short of acknowledging the twenty-one years of violence, which underpins Gambian politics. 

PDOIS’ CONTRIBUTION TO THE DEBATE ON THE WAY FORWARD FOR CHANGE IN 2016

There are two major powers in the country. There is the power of the people and the power of the state.    

Political contest is a contest for state power.

There are five types of political contests which could make state power to change hands. Civilians could take up arms and form a liberation or rebel army to overthrow a government................................more









The Pharaoh and the Flatterers –

 the Magicians
The architects of the Gulag of the New Islamic Republic of The Gambia arrogantly, and impudently rail road the state into a political and moral cull-de - sack locally and internationally. Now the question of maladministration, perversion and sadistic practices, there is an aged old...............more










The Gambia: UDP’s Ousainou Darbo; the Gambia’s face of change

By Mathew K Jallow

For a man renowned more for his soft-spoken and gentle mannerism, this is not exactly a simple dog fight. It is more like a gladiatorial battle for the heart and soul of a battered people. What is happening in the Gambia is an predictable outcome of a rudderless regime cruising dangerously close to the rocks.

http://www.wisafricana.com/the-gambia-udps-ousainou-darbo-the-gambias-face-of-change/










Pendency Of The National Grazing Reserve Bill At The National Assembly: Setting The Records Straight
(Onitsha Nigeria, 4th May 2016)-Our attention has, again, been drawn to public statements credited to some serving Senators in Nigeria to the effect that the National Grazing Reserve Bill is not before the Upper .......................................more










Cleric Tells Gambians To Save Their Sinking Nation

The Chief Imam of Detroit Islamic Center has called on Gambians to “invest their energy, time and resources in liberating their country from tyranny.” In his weekly Mandinka sermon on Kairo Radio, Imam Momodou Ceesay..........................more










A monument for the martyred

By Masireh Sanyang

The bravest amongst us have gone to sleep; martyred by their fellow countrymen, killed because they fought against injustice and a better future for the next generation of Gambians. Tied to a chair and tortured in the most brutal way possible- some died in the most horrifying way..........................more










IS THE SO-CALLED STRUGGLE EMITTING CIVIL UNRESTS?

By Abdul Savage

OF LATE, we have witnessed flood gates of barrage of calls from a wide spectrum of people in the so-called struggle, calling for anything and everything under the sun, from “demonstrations”, “civil unrests” to war. These calls emit from Folks in the so-called struggle through online radios, blogs, Facebook, Twitter, social media, emails, and phone calls and through other medium.

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Gambian Protests Put Jammeh’s Human Rights Record Into The International Spotlight

By Jeffrey Smith

Imagine being brutally assaulted by police simply for exercising your constitutional right to public assembly. Imagine later being apprehended by your country’s notorious riot police, along with dozens of your friends, and crammed into an unmarked vehicle and driven to an unknown location...............more










The Gambia: the right to freedom from torture, murder, forced disappearance, incarceration and exile, for every Gambian.

By Mathew K Jallow

As an inter-party round-table discussion panel gets underway at the IEC, a significant element is missing; Ousainou Darboe, UDP party leader; Gambia’s largest opposition. No one knows what the Inter-party discussions are about yet, what is clear is that with leaders of the main opposition illegally held in 

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The Gambia: Overthrowing Yahya Jammeh; the inherent weakness of the dictatorship (2013)
By Mathew K. Jallow

As a country, much of what shapes the politics we observe is not based on reality, but on the flawed way our brains process what we see around us. We draw conclusions that rely on limited information, which often result in a myopic representation of facts. .........................................more










The Spotlight: Let Go on Darboe, the UDP Executive and all Prisoners of Conscience!

By Yero Jallow

“When a man is denied the right to live the life he believes in, he has no choice but to become an outlaw.” –Nelson Mandela, Former ANC Leader, South Africa.

We do not have much politics going on anymore; the issue is beyond politics, beyond partisan, beyond anything else, as it involves life and death..............................more










FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 25th 2016
GDF Released $5500 to the victims of the Political Crisis in Gambia
When members of United Democratic Party and others took to the streets a week ago, the brutal regime of Yahya Jammeh responded with a callous wickedness, that even some of his toughest critics .....................more









             My Thoughts on the Donald

by

Fatou Jaw Manneh

I don’t mind Donald Trump but….....

I am confused. I guess, by American standards, I’m a liberal. I took a survey before to find my political leanings and I am matched with Hilary Clinton except on foreign policy. Yes, I believe in tight border security for America even though I am not a citizen. As a black immigrant and a Muslim, I might as well pack my bags to the unknown if Donald Trump becomes president. To the unknown because I am a Gambian refugee in the United States of America for starters. (I had to delay publishing this article for a week as news got in that the The Gambian President Dictator Yaya Jammeh just gunned downed peaceful protesters asking for electoral reforms). America are you ready for a dictatorship?................................more





TO COMBAT THE GAMBIAN REGIME DICTATORSHIP

By Concerned Gambians

Again the brutal Gambian regime using it´s instrument of coercion the armed paramilitary officers has attacked defenseless peaceful protesters claimed to be UDP members and supporters, whose only crime was demanding for an electoral reform in the Gambia. 

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The Gambia: the hypocrisy of ICC’s Fatou B. Bensouda, and the challenges to /ECOWAS and the African Union

By Mathew K Jallow










I WEEP FOR MY COUNTRY

The “patriots” are marching, marching into the abyss, beating the drums of war! Today, I saw my countrymen call for the foreign occupation of our beloved Gambia. Today, I saw “patriots” advocating violence against other Gambians. And, today, I WEEP FOR MY COUNTRY! ...........................more










WHEN IS THE SO-CALLED STRUGGLE COMING ON GROUND ZERO?

By Abdul Savage

Set the STANDARD by your example. Lead by example. Do NOT ask others to do what you cannot do.

Do not instigate others while you are away, thousands of miles away, in your comfort zones. It only takes about $1700 for a return ticket from America to the Gambia, or $700 or less from the UK to the Gambia return ticket. ..................................more










Gambia: Investigate Death in Custody, Free Protesters

18 April 2016, 12:57 UTC

The suspicious death in custody of opposition political leader Solo Sandeng and the arrest of his party leader, Ousainu Darboe, and other party members in recent days underscore the repressive nature of the Gambia’s government, Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International, and ARTICLE 19 said today.

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If men were God

The desire to be praised, exalted and adorned has been man’s greatest weakness, throughout history men have desired to be like God. Man has desired to ravel the very mystery of God; it almost seems like man envies God. ...........................more










The Gambia: The new African Revolution finally arrives; a new Gambian spirit is born   By Mathew K Jallow

Last week, Gambia suddenly burst out into the international limelight as the newest flashpoint of spectacular political failure, and civil unrest; the culmination of two decades of festering political discontent and strident opposition to a regime deeply entrenched in assassinations and economic plunder.   http://www.wisafricana.com/the-gambia-the-new-african-revolution-finally-arrives-a-new-gambian-spirit-is-born/










April 17, 2016

His Excellency

The President of The Republic of The Gambia

Yahya A.J.J. Jammeh

State House

Banjul

Your Excellency,

Open Letter to the President: Free Gambia’s Political Prisoners

I write to demand that, in the spirit of respect for human dignity you ensure the release of political prisoners held since Thursday 14 April 2016 until now. .......................more










Senegambia: Yahya Jammeh suddenly rediscovers ECOWAS as the border closure bites him in the ass   By Mathew K Jallow










The Cry of the Innocent

By Masireh Sanyang

It is said that bad things happen to good people. The fight for justice, freedom and liberty has led to the death of many Gambians, many have been martyred because they refused to be swayed by the injustices happening in our beloved Gambia, they stood their ground, and they knew the importance of freedom and liberty. 

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HALIFA SALLAH’S PROGRAMME ON COALITION / UNITED FRONT BUILDING

FOR 2016

Introduction

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









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

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

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Ousainou Darboe Speech











Happiness and Fulfillment

By Momodou Ndow

If you ask people about "happiness and fulfillment" and what it means to them, you will probably get a variety of answers. The general approach to happiness is that if you attain what you desire, you are happy; and if you don't, you are unhappy. Win the lottery, get a great job, get married, go on a holiday, and you are happy. .......................more










When the ballot box fails

Elections are an integral part of every democratic and peace loving society; elections can be considered as a means of changing, replacing or backing a particular government or an individual entrusted with the welfare of people..............more










PRESS RELEASE ON PDOIS CONVENTION

PDOIS is to hold a Convention on Saturday 19 March, 2016 at the Kairaba Beach Hotel commencing at 3pm.

The main purpose of the Convention is to formally declare Halifa Sallah’s candidature and receive his acceptance, pledges and policy statement as PDOIS’ Presidential Candidate for 2016...........................more










THE GAMBIA’S CINEKAMBIYA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL GETS THE SUPPORT OF GERMANY’S FILMINITIATIV KOELN

The Gambia’s premier international professional film festival has earned a breakthrough on the global stage by winning the support of FILMINITIATIV KÖLN, one of the most respected cultural development organizations in Germany.

In a letter of intent addressed to CINEKAMBIYA Founder Prince Bubacarr Aminata Sankanu,........................more










Yahya AJJ Jammeh

President of the republic of The Gambia

State House

Banjul

The Gambia

West Africa

Your Excellency,

LIVING THE DREAM

As I write you this letter knowing there is nothing gratifying than being solemn to one’s personal truth and conviction, I cannot help but wonder if you ever alert yourself to how history will depict you after your fall from grace.,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,..............more








Senegambia: endless border closures, dysfunctional relations, and the curse of Yahya Jammeh

By Mathew K Jallow

Border closures between neighbor countries happen rarely, and when they do, it is typically over issues of significant economic and political interest and weight...........

http://www.wisafricana.com/senegambia-endless-border-closures-dysfunction-relations-and-the-curse-of-yahya-jammeh/










THE GAMBIA RIVER BASIN AND IT’S LOST GENERATION

The tiny sliver of Africa’s smallest country is wedged into Senegal, and is seen as a piece in its side, or the tongue that makes it speak, depending on who you talk to. The Gambia is a country with beaches that invite visitors to bask and hang around. Moreover,  the small fishing villages, nature reserves, and the navigable river that start from the Atlantic 

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Dictatorship and its effects

Dictatorship is said to be a system of government where a country is ruled by one person or political entity and exercised through various mechanisms to ensure the entity’s power remain strong. A dictatorship can also be described as a political regime under which the power of government is not limited by law. ............................more









“THOSE WHO CAST THE VOTES DETERMINE NOTHING; THOSE WHO COUNT THE VOTES DETERMINE EVERYTHING”  BY: Ousainou Mbenga

On June 25 2015, the desperate despot, Jammeh yet again unleashed another of his trademark amendments to assure himself “president for life”. The despotic one million Dalasis ($25,000) fee imposed on presidential candidates and the insult upon injury fee of half a million Dalasis ($12,500)............more










Gambia Civil Society Organizations Urge Party Unity in 2016 Presidential Elections                  An Open letter

Hon. Ousainou Darboe, UDP, Omar Jallow (OJ), PPP, Hamat Bah, NRP, Halifa Sallah, PDOIS,   Mai Fatty, GMC, Henry Gomez, GPDP.

“Smart people learn from their mistakes; wise people learn from the mistakes of others.” The Gambia is a country at the political crossroads; a once in a lifetime opportunity to transcend old, party prejudices, and do what is right for the Gambian people. 

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Missing Person Appeal – Ebrima Ceesay of Kanifing South ($1,000 Reward)

By Yusef Taylor

Stats: Ebrima Ceesay 39 year’s old man, 5ft 8 inches (1.73m) tall, slim build dark skinned man

The family of Ebrima Ceesay are appealing to the general public for information to help trace their loved one who has been missing since 28th November 2015.....................more










PRESS RELEASE  

THE OUTCOME OF THE PRIMARIES HELD BY PDOIS ON THE SELECTION OF THE 2016 PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE

Issued by the Central Committee

24th February 2016

Mr. Halifa Sallah, PDOIS Presidential Candidate for 2016 Presidential Election

The People’s Democratic Organisation for Independence and Socialism (PDOIS) is required by Article 91 of the Party Constitution to hold a Primary to select it’s Candidates for any election....................more










February 20th Gambian demonstration UK

Dozens of Gambians in the United Kingdom marched hand in hand on Saturday 20th February 2016 to show their disapproval of the present day government of The Gambia. One of the themes of the demonstration was the recent turning of the country to an Islamic state and the impact of these changes in the Gambia and her inhabitants..................more









17 February,

Dear Messrs Bah (NRP), Darboe (UDP), Fatty (GMC) Gomez (GPDP) Jallow (PPP), and Sallah (PDOIS):

The time for unity is now: open letter to Gambian political opposition

We, representatives of civil society organisations in the Diaspora, write to implore you to put aside any differences and stand as a united front, speaking with one voice that echoes our sentiments and collective desire for urgent and far-reaching reforms in The Gambia. .....................more














The Spotlight: Scramble for the Gambia 2016, Part II   -  By Yero Jallow

“One of the great tragedies of life is that men seldom bridge the gulf between practice and profession, between doing and saying. A persistent schizophrenia leaves so many of us tragically divided against ourselves. On the one hand, we proudly profess certain sublime and noble principles; but on the other hand, we sadly practice the very antithesis of these principles” (Martin Luther King Jnr., Strength to Love).....................................more










GAMBIA: AT THE MERCY OF CHANCE

By Sulayman Jeng

Presently, Gambia exudes smothering political heat waves which condense at an alarming rate. If these violent political clouds hovering over the Gambian horizon are not dissipated, 2016 will be stuck in our conscience like bad melody forever. 

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

REMEMBERING DR. CHEIKH ANTA DIOP / A GREAT AFRICAN THINKER
   By    Sainey Faye
Born: December 29, 1923 .......Died : February 7,  1986.......On this date he passed away and joined the ancestors............more










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

By Mathew K Jallow

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










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

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










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

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










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

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

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

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










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

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










Gambia: Why Sharia is not an option

By Baba G. Jallow

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

Around the middle of January, 2013, 

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PDOIS LETTER TO IEC CHAIRMAN

CHAIRMAN
INDEPENDENT ELECTORAL COMMISSION

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










PDOIS’ POSITION ON HEAD TIES FOR WOMEN AND WITCH HUNTING

Patriarchy In State Administration

(The Contradictory Statements and Values of The Executive)

Issued By Halifa Sallah    6th January 2016

For the Central Committee

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

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

By Gainako’s Roving Reporter

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
















PDOIS’ NEW YEAR MESSAGE         

1st January 2016     

Issued by Halifa Sallah

for the Central Committee

2016 -THE YEAR OF DECISION

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

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

By Mathew K Jallow

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










NEW YEAR MESSAGE

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

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

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







DUGA's MOBILIZATION AND HOMECOMING

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

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The Donald Trump of Africa

By Baba Galleh Jallow

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










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

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










Black or White

By Momodou Ndow

Not a day goes by without hearing complaints from those residing in The Gambia about how desperate the situation is, there. ..............more










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

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









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

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

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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

ISLAMIC STATE: THE LAST STRAW TO BREAK OUR BACKS!

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










Donald Trump and Muslims

Sulayman “Saul” Saidykhan

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

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

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11 years without justice

Gibaru Janneh , GPU, Gambia

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









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

It was the least of the worries to occupy the minds of his family and friends, and when it happened, it took a whole nation by surprise. Even today, the murder of Deyda Hydara is .......................................more





Press Release

GPU to Launch Deyda Hydara Memorial Lecture Series

Today – December 16, 2015 – marks eleven years since Deyda Hydara, editor and co-founder of The Point newspaper, was assassinated.........................more










Gambia's president declares Islamic statehood

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

Gambia's president has declared the West ...................more









The Syrian Chemical Weapons Dilemma – From Critical Objective Lenses

By Binneh s Minteh

When we take an in-depth look at the political tension that erupted  between Permanent members of the United Nations ..................................more

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

By Mathew K Jallow

YOU CAN’T FOOL THE YOUTHS THIS TIME

                                   VICTORY TO THE KARTONG RESISTANCE!

BY: Ousainou Mbenga..................more


Coup Leader Yaya Jammeh Fooling All Gambian Soldiers

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

Many Gambian soldiers have been killed by Yaya Jammeh since he came to power with help of the same army on 22 July 1994. ............more

The Spotlight: Gambia’s Online Community

By Yero Jallow (Dalton)

“Dictators are like natural disasters to world citizens. Gambia and its citizens suffer more from our President Yahya Jammeh than we ever will suffer from fire, flood, famine, drought, or disease. .........more


World Crisis
By Asset Kandeh
Syria's the apt description of a world in crisis
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By Momodou Ndow
Should men and women be treated differently?  When rephrased, this question is actually asking if men and women are equal.  ................................more

Gambia to exclude Coup Leader Yaya Jammeh from any elections            

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

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The Spotlight: Sustainability of God’s Houses.

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

Alhagie Abdoulie Ceesay

It has been brought to our attention by The Gambia Press Union that our colleague

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Film Review

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

Review By D. A. Jawo, Dakar, Senegal

Female Genital Mutilation (Female Genital Cutting)...........more



November 26, 2015

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

For immediate release:

GYU Fundraiser for Kartong Youth

www.gambiayouthforunity.org or https://www.gofundme.com/hzbybnja?utm_source=internal&utm_medium=email&utm_content=campaign_link&utm_campaign=darlt_n.......................more


Gambia Sick President Collapsed Dead Economy, Melting Finances

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


CONSCIENCISM -- REVISITED;TRADITIONAL AFRICA,ISLAM,CHRISTIANITY

     By  Sainey   Faye

In his book 'Consciencism-Philosophy And ideology For decolonization' Kwame Nkrumah notes:- ..........more

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

When I look at Africa, many times, I ask myself, ..........more










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

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UNITED DEMOCRATIC PARTY (UDP)

PRESS RELEASE

NOTICE FOR THE SELECTION OF PARTY

PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE

United Democratic Party (UDP) hereby gives notice for the selection of the party Presidential Candidate for the December 1st 2016 Presidential Elections.

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UNITED DEMOCRATIC PARTY (UDP)

Statement on the Death of Ebrima (SOLO) Krummah

The United Democratic Party (UDP) – The Gambia wishes to inform the general public and the international community that another UDP detainee, Solo Krummah, arrested since on the 9th May 2016 and currently under trial, has died in state custody at the Edward Francis’s Small Teaching Hospital in Banjul .................................more










Brazil And Africans In Historical Perspective

  By  Sainey   Faye 

Question : Did you know that African slaves  help build a country called Brazil ? Yes, almost 4 million Africans  plus; were used in the centuries Portugal colonized Brazil in South America.There were ten times more slaves in Brazil, than the U.S.A. in North America.Both are now major industrial powers;

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The Trial of Lawyer Darboe

by    Foday Samateh

It had all the makings of the Rivonia Trial. A tyrannical regime. A subservient judiciary. A famous defendant with a reputable standing. And a clear-cut moral crusade. Only the specifics were different. Mandela had been charged with treason for engaging in a sabotage bombing campaign to bring down Apartheid. .............................more










STATEMENT BY THE DEPUTY SECRETARY GENERAL AND DEPUTY PARTY LEADER 

 Aji Mariam Secka

Mr chairman, the national president Hon. Dembo Bojang, the executive members here present, the elders committee, the regional chair persons, the regional coordinators, the Yai Konpins, party supporters and well wishers, the press, distinguished ladies and gentlemen, all protocols duly observed good evening all..........................more