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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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Gambia Electoral Reform Support 

In Gambia, Yahya Jammeh's political party,
The APRC is the only party allowed access to the National Radio and Television Network.
The APRC is the only party allowed use of government vehicles for election campaigns.
The APRC requires all government employees to support and vote for the party during elections or risk termination and dismissal.........................more













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






 

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








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










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

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











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

 - Serious Boy Ablie Njie writes to Maafanta!

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










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

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


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








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








Thank you!

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



THE OUTREACH

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


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

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

Thank you.

Oumie Sissokho Maafanta Facebookpage Editor

The Crab Revolution (Part 1)

By Demba Njie, Sweden

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

CORDEG chief

Dr. Abdoulaye Saine

talks to Aisha Bittaye


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




THE OUTREACH

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

By Oumie Sissokho

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Something is still rotten in the state of Gambia

By Foday Samateh

maafanta archives

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

Africa Progress Report 2013

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

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

ByFoday Samateh...........more

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

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

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

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

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

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. I was given their address and I met with the ..............................................more

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










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

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

(from Pa Modou Jobe facebookpage)

Moving on from this buffoon, but seriously though, I gotta give it to the Gambian Warriors. You guys should have seen the scenery. Only love for country and freedom could have sparked that passion. You see folks screaming until their lungs came out.............................more

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










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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Stop the Persecution UDP Supporters!!

By Yero Jallow

As we follow court cases in the Gambia, it is quite saddening to see the open persecution of UDP supporters, especially the many active ............................................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

Send all emails for now to fatoujm@gmail.com










The Gambia: subverting the Constitution and putting a price on democracy
By Mathew K Jallow

On the surface, the looming opposition presidential contest fee hike, and its affordability or lack thereof, may seem like a benign money matter, but it is far more complicated than its superficial appearance. It is, first and foremost, a withering indictment of the Gambian regime’s mindset and Gambians’ collective complicity by indifference, ................................more










Response to Bayo from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office

Dear Mr Bayo,

Thank you for your letter of 12 June to the Prime Minister regarding your concerns about the human rights and political situation in The Gambia. I am replying as Desk Officer for The Gambia at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office....................more

Gambians need better solution to end Jammeh's tyranny   By Sulayman Keita

Like it or not  the  words of the   united democratic party leader lawyer Ousainou Darboe to  the Dictator yahya Jammeh for expelling  of one of the country's  leading investor  Mr  Jussein Tajudeen  are truth. He have expelled Mr Tajudeen  because of his personal egocentric interest , let him honestly explain to the Gambians exactly what transpired  between that not be clear to the public because he knows that he  Jammeh is wrong ?........more

Where It’s Wrong…Our Path To Making It Right!   By Burama Jammeh

Our politics is centered on elections. The underlying assumption is we are a democracy. This isn’t true! Jawara has commingled PPP and state to gained undue political advantage. He has also appointed his political representatives at each division as his Election Returning Officers. Yahya also commingled A(F)PRC and state ........................................more










Challenge age discrimination in Gambian politics    - By Sarjo Bayang

Gambians are very easily baffled by loud pronouncements usually without second thought. That is exactly what is happening with the case of age discrimination against capable and seasoned political good hands being made redundant on flimsy excuses of age barrier................................more










African refugees in Asia; a case of nightmare in China
By Mathew K Jallow

Thousands of miles east of the vast African continent; far from where European tourists luxuriate in the intoxicatingly blissful ocean breeze and the magical beauty of the Gambia’s serene Atlantic coastline, a heterogeneous group of young Gambians face the challenges of a lifetime, in a country that seems more hostile than the world’s most massive gulag prison camp; North Korea. China; a country steeped in culture, 

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14th CODESRIA General Assembly in Dakar: A very Successful Event

By Dr. Abdoulaye Saine

The Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA), ranked among the three premier research institutes in Africa, and based in Senegal's capital, Dakar, held its 14th General Assembly, from June 8-13..................more

The Gambia: the challenge to not diverge from the important, the necessary and the inevitable


By Mathew K Jallow

It was a vigorous back to back manifestation of new breath of political life. First, PDOIS held its annual Congress in Bansang and produced an ambitious 17-point plan of action. This was soon followed by the UDP’s nationwide tour, which commenced on a rather rough foot; entangled with the regime over what is clearly the party’s most fundamental right. ...........................more










Dollar Power: Jammeh’s sinister path to a single party state  - By Baba Galleh Jallow

Traditionally, African dictators have imposed single-party states either by issuing an order banning all other parties, or by passing law in rubber stamp parliaments legitimizing the imposition of single party states.

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Jammeh ready to end relationship with the EU to the detriment of the public

By Baba Jobe

when you hear yahya Jammeh roaring, you will wonder how powerful he is? In other words, when you hear him boasting you may be eager to know this man or even probably want to meet him. After finding out about him, you will know him as a President of a small West African nation called the Gambia. 

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FOR IMMEDIATERELEASE -- GAMBIA DEMOCRACY FUND

On 6/16/15, Gambia Democracy Fund (GDF) convened an emergency meeting and passed a motion to donate $1,200 for Coalition for Change Gambia to help defray the cost of travel and hotel accommodations for our comrades attending a summit in Geneva. These outstanding citizens of The Gambia left the comforts of their homes (most with families) to continue the fight to restore democracy in our country.....................more

Ramadan Mubarak to all our readers.!










Excerpt from Lawyer Darboe's message at Cedar Club rally
From Suntou Touray
The Secretary General and Leader of the United Democratic Party (UDP), Lawyer Ousainou Darboe, has called on the President of Gambia Yahya Jammeh  to release the relatives of 30th December 2014 failed attack on State house or take them to court. Lawyer Darboe made the call at a well-attended political rally in Gambia’s biggest town of Serrekunda on Sunday June 14th 2015.
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IS Yahya Jammeh's LEADERSHIP REALLY THE MAIN PROBLEM OF The Gambia?   -  By The Economist
Addressing this subject of Yahya Jammeh's leadership, I am going to be using my experience living in The Gambia as a child and a frequent visitor in my adulthood as a case study for several reasons:
1. Because Gambia is where I come from and, I am more familiar with it than any other country I have ever lived in.................more










AU: Old Wine In A New Bottle
By Ebou Gaye
The decision to change the name of the OAU (Organization of African Unity) to AU (African Union) sparked a heated debate. Opinions were divided among observers as to whether the move was necessary. Cons argued that it was more important for the African leaders to demonstrate goodwill in addressing the problems bedevilling the African continent such as maladministration and lack of respect for democracy, human rights and rule of law than to change the name of the organization....................more










A Gambian Hypothesis

By Baba Galleh Jallow

For once, we feel some level of confidence in hypothesizing that the end is near for Yahya Jammeh. Perhaps he might live a long life. But he might just be at or near the end of his days in power. Recent trends in his increasingly erratic behavior................more










John Yohomal Revisited – Part Two

By Baba Galleh Jallow

Bla bla bla bla bla. I must tell you that I have a very particular – and a very unique - way of thinking that marks me out as a special person. I am not given to petty talks and unnecessary procedures. I am no easy guy and will deal ruthlessly with anyone who tries to defy me or call me fool or make any funny noises in my presence concerning my infallibility and the uniqueness of my impeccable thought processes............more

West Africa: lack of qualifying standards retard ECOWAS’s democratization process 

By Mathew K Jallow

The Economic Community of West African States, (ECOWAS), is not exactly distinguished as a paragon of ethics and morality in politics; on the contrary, its apparent lack of membership qualifying criterion, other than geographic location, has proven to be a heartbreaking setback for an institution that largely appears both clueless and without principles.....................more










John Yohomal Revisited – Part 1

By Baba Galleh Jallow

Bla bla bla bla bla. My name is John Yohomal and I am a great man. They also call me Never Die and Rule Forever. In fact I can say that I am the greatest man in the world with lots of punk and money and power and all the good things in life.

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Sarahulleh Yoth Development Organisation celebrate Africa Liberation Day in Paris
By Muhammed Lamin Juwara
PARIS- At this time of unprecedented crises for imperialism, we African people, the most humiliated, exploited and oppressed people in the history of humanity must provide an unprecedented response to this new phase of crises...................................more

Latest Attempted Coup In Gambia Began On U.S. Soil ..............more









How a reviled African ruler survived a coup hatched in the United States 
Washington Post  

MINNEAPOLIS — Every other Saturday evening, the coup-plotters excused themselves from their wives and kids to join a conference call................................more










Madison Alder-Elect Samba Baldeh Expresses Warm Gratitude.    - By Yero Jallow

At the thank-you Party commemorating his victory to the Alder in Madison’s common Council District 17, Alder-Elect Samba Baldeh on Saturday May 30th 2015 acknowledged the great work done by his Campaign Manager Fatou Ceesay, Treasurer Sue, long time business partner Jerreh Kujabi, a long list of door-to-door knockers during his campaign and the residents of Madison at large.

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Jammeh using anti gay comments to divert attention on his human rights abuses
By Baba Jobe

It's not strange to see Yahya Jammeh using any opportunity of public appearance to express his hatred and discrimination towards the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community. Whether his stance is a genuine representation of his thoughts and feelings towards LGBT people, or is just anotherJammeh's motives...................more










Press Release - UDP Tour

Second Phase of UDP Countrywide Tour: Correcting misinformation, deceit, fabrications and insults: Fellow Gambians, as duty calls, the willing answer. After the success of the first leg of our tour of the country, the United Democratic Party national executive committee has mandated us to go on the second leg of the regional tour. This is to reach out to areas we couldn't fully cover during the first leg............................more










“The Gambian Struggle”:  Is it Much Ado About Nothing OR What?

By Abdul Savage

We all love the Gambia, but many of us despise and hate that regime, but we MUST NOT cherry pick our criticisms of this Monster and his regime, based on whose sensibilities we want to, or do not want to offend.......................................more 










PDOIS Press Conference - Thursday May 28 

Dear Editors/Presenters,
We want to invite you to a press conference with the PDOIS Central
Committee on Thursday May 28, 2015 at 4pm Eastern time; 8pm local Gambian
time and 9pm GMT...........................more











West Africa: lack of objective rationality and moral fortitude collapse ECOWAS’s proposed term-limits  By Mathew K Jall

In a somewhat canted way, the Economic Community of West African States, almost always acts like an organization ruled by an oligarchy. In a way, it is. For, ECOWAS is under the thumbs of a cabal of sixteen heads of the states that constitute the institution. institutions continue to fail, a throw-back to the social dynamics of the colonial and precolonial eras is necessary. ................more










FOR THE GAMBIA OUR HOMELAND !!!  By Lamin Saddam Sanyang,

The Netherlands.

For The Gambia Our Homeland is the national anthem of the Gambia, written by Virginia Julia Howe and composed by Jeremy Frederic Howe (based on the traditional Mandinka song Foday Kaba Dumbuya). It was adopted after an international competition to produce an anthem (and flag) before independence in 1965.....................................more

Gambians should never allow Jammeh to incite tribalism among them

-      By Jobe Baba

While individual world leaders are working hard for greater inclusive societies, it’s unfortunate Yahya Jammeh is preoccupied with his ‘divide and rule’ sickness. News emanating from the media has reported that Jammeh ...........................more

GOODBYE NOLLYWOOD: WHY THE GENERIC BRAND NAME OF THE NIGERIAN FILM INDUSTRY SHOULD BE “CINENAIJA”

By PRINCE BUBACARR AMINATA SANKANU

In 2008, the Germany-based Gambian film scholar, Prince Bubacarr Aminata Sankanu, came up with the idea of changing the name of the Nigerian film industry as he considered “Nollywood” to be neo-colonialist and self-defeating to the creative energy and dynamics of Africa‘s largest economy. Seven years into his silent 10-year "Nollywood re-branding project 2008-2018”,..............more









Jammeh's Bad Mouthing of Citizens --a Concern     -   By Yero Jallow

“First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—because I was not a Socialist. Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out— because I was not a Trade Unionist. Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out— because I was not a Jew.....................................more











The Gambia: kidnappings, abductions, torture, political violence; the case of Yusupha Lowe and others   - 

 By Mathew K Jallow

It looks like the plot in a masterpiece Agatha Christie novel, or a scene scripted for a Hollywood movie; imagine a CIA abduction of Edward Snowden from the heart of Moscow; only this one is real and far smaller in political impact. ........................more










Sir Dawda Kairaba: A Statesman for the Ages     - By Mathew K Jallow

The term Founding Father conjures up images of the American Revolution, and applying it to Sir Dawda K. Jawara, has always felt like a stretch for me. Yet, the realism and enigma of Sir Dawda is articulated in the pioneering spirit with which he so ably led the Gambia into the age of political independence.....................more










Dear Fellow Senegambia Brothers and Sisters: This is an announcement is from Ms. Tuku Jallow, President / CEO and founder of the Senegambia Democracy and Governance Organization (SDGO) and Vice Chairperson Women’s Affair’s Gambia Consultative Council (GCC), hereby extending this 

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JAMMEH INSULTING AND DISCRIMINATING AGAINST MANDINKAS ISNT NEW. THEY LET IT! -   By Pata PJ

There are three things among others that I will never be embarrassed or apologetic for - My FAITH. MY RACE. MY TRIBE. These composed my identity and I can't run away from. To disparage me by attacking them amounts to disrespecting and insulting my being...............................more










Help Free Alhagie And Ebou Two US Citizens Kidnapped by The Gambian Government 

Free Alhagie and Ebou Campaign Background

Alhagi Ceesay and Ebou Jobe were kidnapped from their apartment in Kololi, The Gambia on June 22nd 2013.  Since then there have been various reports about their detention in The Gambia.................................more










Perspectives/ African Liberation Day    By Prof.  Mammo Muchie 
Africa Day for Pan-African Education 
African Liberation Day falls on 25 May every year. But how many Africans of today know that, and more so, what it is?
With the current African narrative changing the global view of the continent, the time to use African Liberation Day or even the month of May to promote pan-Africanism for unity and renaissance, couldn't be more opportune.
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From Sainey Faye

FASS NJAGA: JAMMEH’S CAPITULATION QUERIED AMID UNJUSTIFIED EUPHORIA 

By Momodou Kaba Fatty
The recent standoff between UDP militants and Jammeh’s security forces,  and the eventual backing down of those forces has raised hopes that the beginning of the end of Jammeh is imminent, and the fear factor he depends on is beginning to crumble...........more










The rise and fall of Professor Kah: how one man and his cronies squandered opportunities to transform UTG into a World-Class University. -  

By Alhassan Darboe

Recently, events at the University of the Gambia have made news thanks to the gallant and brave students who decided they’ve had enough. They decide they have had enough of recurrent tuition increases without any increase in the quality of education at Jammeh’s so-called university (he called it his baby and University),................................more

The Gambia: Reconciliation, no; indemnifying, hell no

By Mathew K Jallow

It does not come without huge costs. It’s an extremely traumatic experience, which robs citizens of their moral grounding by downgrading their humanity and elevating their materiality. And it poses an existential threat to the very fact of human existence. ,,..........more

Each one Reach Five Challenge! 

To change hearts and minds.

By: PPP Media

Each person call five people, talk to five people, beginning yesterday!

My friends, the current bad state of affairs in Gambia, under Dictator Yaya Jammeh does not discriminate - whether you are in denial or see things for what they are. We are all victims -some more so than others - .............more









ON THE 22ND JULY 1994 WAS THE DAY THAT THE FREEDOM OF THE PRESS IN THE GAMBIA DIED!!!   -  

By Lamin Saddam Sanyang,

The Netherlands.

Today is the world press freedom day. This supposed to be a day of joy, and a day of celebration for the press all over the world, but our Lunatic President Jammeh turned this joyful day to an emotional day for the Gambian people and African people at large.........more












Four "Karimistes" missing in Gambia: Have they been arrested and held incommunicado?

As revealed exclusively your favorite site, four members of the Free Movement Karim (Mlk) are missing in the Gambia.The coordinator said movement, Nar Aly Ndiaye and three of his comrades Mourtala Thiam, Amadou Diop and Mourtala Gaidel Wane went last Tuesday in the Gambian capital 
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JAMMEH IS CHARGING FAMILIES FOR THE SINS OF THEIR RELATIVES: #FreeYusuphaLowe 

Hurt people hurt people’, they say. Any man who lacks certain basic human emotions hurt people but they hardly get hurt. Yaya Jammeh is that kind. Of the eight basic human emotions President Jammeh is filled with fear stemming from paranoia that his evil deeds will haunt and yank his disturbed soul out of his chest through his mouth................................more










David Simon: 'There are now two Americas. My country is a horror show'
The creator of The Wire, David Simon, delivered an impromptu speech about the divide between rich and poor in America at the Festival of Dangerous Ideas in Sydney, and how capitalism has lost sight of its social compact. This is an edited extract
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Citizen’s Query: Is NRMG Finish? The Debate Rages on …Part 2

“Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds” –Albert Einstein.  By Yero Jallow

As our traditional adage goes “ning-boroo mang meh, koomah-tuulal bukah-long” meaning if the race is not stretched, we have no way of knowing the real seeds from the chaff. It is exactly the case here. Oh well, I am vindicated before even long, and I said that no one can fool history, as history resolves itself. ...................................more










GAMBIA YOUTHS FOR UNITY: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

U.S., U.K., EUROPE & AFRICA

Editor,

You are hereby informed of the emergence of the Gambia Youths for Unity (GYU) in the Gambian civil platform as a structured pressure group with the mission to bring diaspora organizations under one unified group and engaging youth on the ground for greater civic participation.................................more

A Citizen’s Query: Is NRMG Finish?

By Yero Jallow

On April 26th 2015, the National Resistance Movement Group (NRMG) issued a press release. In the release as published on Freedom Newspaper, NRMG stationed itself as the main Diaspora civil society association, thus, “As a civil society organization, the National Resistance Movement of the Gambia (NRMG) strongly believes that after 20 years of dictatorship the struggle to unseat the Jammeh administration ...............................more









THE PEOPLE’S WARRANT FOR JAMMEH’S ARREST

 BY: Ousainou Mbenga

 WE THE DISOBEDIENT SONS AND DAUGHTERS OF OUR BELOVED GAMBIA, HEREBY DECLARE YAYA JAMMEH WANTED FOR TREASON, MURDER, RAPE, PLUNDER AND PILLAGE. A WARRANT FOR HIS ARREST IS HEREBY MADE PUBLIC.

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UDP, GAMBIAN WOMEN, PROJECT A 2016 JAMMEH GBAGBO.

-  The Pata PJ Vault

Ousainou Darboe. Kemeseng Jammeh. Solo Sandeng. These folks and many unknowns proved that the Gambia still has hearts made of steel. Fatoumata Tambajang. Fatou Jawara (women youth president). Ordinary women and young girls. The women stole the show not with the usual ambiance of dancing and singing they gave their male counterparts on political platforms, but slept outside on the verandas following an impasse and let their voices be heard on matters. Voices of reason and substance. ................................more

Africa Arriving

By Baba G. Jallow


1884

They met at Berlin

And set you on the table

A free piece of delicious cake

To be sliced and cut to feed

Bloated egos and greedy eyes

With selective sight that only saw the glitter

Were totally blind

To that which really matters to you

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For Immediate Release

Central African Republic: Key Step Toward Justice
Get New Special Criminal Court Up and Running...................more











Gambia import firm, employees charged with cocaine trafficking 

BANJUL (Reuters) - A court in Gambia charged one of the country's leading import firms and seven of its employees with drug trafficking on Thursday after 45 kg of cocaine were discovered in a sugar shipment from Brazil last month....................................more

South Africa ( Azania ) ......A case Of Historical Amenia !!! 

By Sainey  Faye 
 A GREAT FREEDOM FIGHTER ---ALBERT LUTHULI,  ANC PRESIDENT
BECOMES THE  FIRST AFRICAN NOBEL PEACE PRIZE WINNER.  
"I have joined my people in the new spirit that moves them today, the spirit that revolts openly and broadly against injustice."  ...........Albert Luthuli,ANC
WHO WAS ALBERT LUTHULI ?
Many probably, don't  know of the elder ANC Freedom Fighter from whom many  learned the ropes along the way; in their struggle to dismantle Apartheid. ..........................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. Why shun them? It is about time Dakar catches up with the Cassamance region, open up genuine discussions and (yes!) the railway indeed is welcome news for Cassamance. ................................more










The Gambia: UDP's Hon. Ousainou Darboe stands his ground; finally.
By Mathew K Jallow

The looks on Yahya Jammeh’s face are always priceless; nervous, insecure and intimidated. Hon Ousainou Darboe on the other hand, exudes dignity, and is as sure of himself in public, as he is around his old high school buddies. .............more









Gambia Consultative Council (GCC) in solidarity with the United Democratic Party (UDP)  The Gambia Consultative Council (GCC), recognizing the inalienable rights of the United Democratic Party,...............more

Go-Fund The Diaspora or NOT?

BY Abdul Savage

I respectfully submit some quarters of our people, particularly in the diaspora, are using  this “contribution phenomenon” to milk as much as possible from unsuspecting people to benefit themselves, .............more

PDOIS STATEMENT ON THE ISSUING OF PERMITS IN CONNECTION WITH POLITICAL ACTIVITIES

The UDP Caravan Does Not Pose Any Security Threat

Leave It To Go or Provide Them With A Permit to Have Normal Rallies

Issued By  Halifa Sallah  ...............more










Boycott Thione Seck - Senegalese Musician!Let’s take the fight against Dictator Yaya Jammeh to his friends and collaborators in our oppressionLet us not sponsor our own oppression – Lets hit our oppressors in them in the pocket!

By: Kaba Sallah

As you may have already heard, Thione Seck, is preparing for a tour of the United States. Some of the most loyal fans of Senegalese musicians are Gambians. Unfortunately, some of the most renown and celebrated stars including, Thione Seck, are no friends of Gambia! (March 2014). Fast forward April 2015.....................................more

Where ACCOUNTABILITY to the Gambian People Stops and Begins?

By Abdul Savage

As we all are aware, Jammeh’s rule is an event receding into the past, into Gambian history, and we all know there is NO statute of limitation on murders in any civilized society, since the existence of mankind.

In addition to “murders” we all are aware of, and tracking of millions of dollars, ........more

Speech delivered by United Democratic Party leader Lawyer Ousainou Darboe of the Gambia during the SI Africa council meeting held in Bamako Mali

Protocol: Mr Chairman, party leaders present here, distinguished delegates, ladies and gentlemen. I stand on existing protocols. 
West Africa is witnessing a rebirth in the quest to establish sustainable democratic systems across the region. From Senegal to Ghana; Ivory Coast to Benin and most recently Nigeria, tremendous successes are
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15 Years On: The Cry of Justice

By Yero Jallow

The cry of justice in thunder bolts weeping bitterly aloud

Roaring with its rainbows, shine, and refreshing rains

Who hears the sweet voices of redemption far and near?

The wind carries the burden on its flying wings

Where another pharaoh reigns with terror

Guns and bayonets are not pens.

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Reckless People

by Momodou Ndow
Hired fired hired fired and hired and fired again
Arrested shackled paraded humiliated and jailed
They return consciously seeking more thrill of shame
Consumed by fear bearing gifts and praying for emperor
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http://momodoundow.blogspot.com/2015/04/reckless-people.html

Accountability OR Witch Hunt Post-Jammeh?   By Abdul Savage

I submit it will be unjust, unfair and outright disrespectful to suggest any future Accountability exercise by the Gambian people as “witch-hunt”. ONE THING we all can agree on, whether you are a pro-Jammeh, pro-APRC or not is this: lots of wrongs have been done to the Gambian people for the last 20 plus years..................................more










Recovery of the tourism sector: Macky Sall will remove the visa fee from May 1
Written Friday, April 3, 2015
The fee for an entry visa to Senegal will be abolished as of 1 May 2015, announced Friday the head of state, Macky Sall, in his address to the nation for the 55th anniversary of the accession of Senegal independence. (Google Translate)
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The Invisible

By Baba G. Jallow

Crowds, crowds everywhere

Not a face in sight

Heads, heads everywhere

Not a single nod

Laughter, laughter everywhere

Not a single smile

Shouts, shouts everywhere

Not a single whisper

Eyes, eyes everywhere

Not a single sighting

Ideas, ideas everywhere

Not a single thought

Light, light everywhere

Yet darkness reigns supreme

Noble thoughts swallowed

So ignoble wins the day!


Banka Manneh Freed on Bail

By Yero Jallow

In a dramatic twist on Thursday March 19th 2015, Minnesota Federal Magistrate, Becky R. Thorson of St. Paul, granted Banka Manneh conditional bail. Mr. Manneh, a household name in both the U.S and the Gambia, has been on the FBI investigation list since after theDecember 30th alleged coup in the tiny West African impoverished country, the Gambia. The event followed loss of lives and trial of alleged conspirators both in the U.S and the Gambia...........................more










Heroic Cries

By Yero Jallow

My eyes reddened. The ship swayed on ocean waves.

It was the news. The wind carried the burden on its wings.

My heartfelt sorrow. My mind moved on Earth length horizons.

The king’s house in total disarray. I heard the citizens’ cry.

Heroes put on chains. It is a recounting terror tale..............................more










Senegal leader Macky Sall offers to reduce presidential term as 'example to Africa'
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The Gambia: the venerable Sayerr Jobe and the bastardization of his noble legacy

By Mathew K Jallow

The outcry was swift. The reaction was scathing. ...................more

Dr. Simone Gbagbo’s Imprisonment: Lesson for First Ladies (Culled from the African Executive)....................more










Your ABC and 123 of Gambian Political Economy   Series by Sarjo Bayang

Understanding of relationship between the economy, politics and society is crucial to making those governing accountable to the ...........................................more

ARE PDOIS BEING EXCEEDINGLY DIFFICULT?

By Pata Saidykhan

For us to attain any gains in our pursuit of freeing The Gambia from the tentacles of a 20 year dictatorship, ..........more

Younger Generation Gambians Misled by President Jammeh  -  Sarjo Bayang

Apart from rampant corruption and gross abuse of his position as president there is further damage that Yaya Jammeh badly inflicted on Gambian society. .........more



WHO WAS AMY JACQUES GARVEY ? (1896-1973)

By  Sainey Faye 

"The doll-baby type of woman is a thing of the past, and the wide-awake woman is forging ahead prepared for all emergencies, and ready to answer any call, even if it be to face the cannons on the battlefield."  ----- Amy Jacques Garvey....................more

“Operation Bulldozer” on the Balance

By Ebou Gaye
There is so much controversy surrounding the operation launched recently by President Jammeh. This contentious operation, dubbed “Operation Bulldozer”, ......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










ANALYSIS ON 2016 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION GAMBIA.  -By Babucarr Koma
As Gambian youths are enthusiastic football fans I think this analysis will help to understand the faults and the type of players they need. 
The ruling party APRC - A team or a player who is not interested in entertaining football, ball possession, number of unfair penalties he is awarded or number of offside goals he score. He doesn't care parking hundred bulldozers making the game boring. ...............................more










Free Expression News

Statement on International Day in Support of Victims of Torture 

The Story of Gambian Journalist Musa Saidykhan (Part 1/2)

The absolute and non-derogable prohibition against torture is routinely disregarded by Gambian President Yahya Jammeh’s regime, which has subjected countless Gambians to torture and cruel, inhuman, or degrading punishment and treatment for over twenty years.............................more











Michael Jackson: Six Years After,
In these interesting and intriguing times of our human existence, did you ever think that we, the people, would be blessed with an octogenarian Michael Jackson, sitting on a rocking chair, swaying  away at his  balcony or porch, waiting for signs of the times?. Let's get serious for a brief moment: Did you think that someday, he would be your next door neighbor at a retirement or nursing home for the elderly in any devil may care hometown or city?............................more










The Gambia: Yahya Jammeh’s sickening unilateralism and sinking of Gambia’s economy, reprint from (2010)  -By Mathew K. Jallow

The performance of the Gambian economy has been lackluster at best in spite of the glowing and often misleading reports by The World Bank and IMF. The World Bank and IMF often prepare glowing reports on the performance of Gambia’s economic, but contradicting views are apparent through many incontestable indicators; ........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), there is now legal certainty about when a court in The Gambia can impose a death sentence. For the first time, the Supreme Court abandoned its denial and embraced the clear command of section 18(2) of The 1997 Constitution of the Republic of The Gambia (the Constitution) that except where a crime involves “violence”, or “the administration of any toxic substance,.........................more

PDOIS’ POSITION ON THE BILLS REQUIRING A MILLION DALASI TO REGISTER A POLITICAL PARTY AND EXTENDING THE DEATH PENALTY  TO CRIMES NOT ASSOCIATED WITH KILLING

THE EXECUTIVE IS ON A COLLISION COURSE WITH LAW, REASON AND

          THE PRINCIPLE OF THE SOVEREIGNTY OF THE PEOPLE

Events of far reaching political significance are unfolding right before our own eyes. Many lessons of fundamental significance to our existence as a people need to be drawn.  History teaches us that those who are to be equal to the task of being the architects of their own destiny must neither be driven to a state of despair or desperation. 

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Happy Fathers Day.










Africans In America / A Historical Perspective Of Juneteenth  -  By  Sainey  Faye 

"The people of Texas are informed that in accordance with a Proclamation from the Executive of the United States, all slaves are free.This involves an absolute equality of rights of property between former masters and slaves and the connection heretofore existing between them becomes that between employer and free laborer.

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STATEMENT BY UDP LEADER, LAWYER OUSAINOU DARBOE, ON THE EXPULSION OF THE EU REPRESENTATIVE TO THE GAMBIA

For almost two weeks now, The Gambia has been on international spotlight for all the wrong reasons. First was the President’s repulsive statement to slit the throat of homosexuals….a worrying demonstration by a leader who continually threatens violence against defenseless Gambians without recourse to the rule of law.................more










“President of the Republic, You Must Not Kill Any More”                                

Sarjo Bayang warns in September 2012

Gambian president Yahya Jammeh

Published on Wednesday, August 29, 2012 conditions have not changed any better since. That being good reason to revisit the past.

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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 hours to leave our shores. In a similar development, and for the second time in as many years, Mr Tajudeen Hussein, of Tajco, had until 30 May to leave The Gambia “or face deportation”. 

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Africa exodus

Tiny Gambia has a big export:

Migrants desperate to reach Europe

washingtonpost.com

DAMPHA KUNDA, Gambia — The village was losing its young men. Hundreds had left their thatched-roof huts and tiny squares of farmland for the promise of Europe. About 40 had died on the way.Susso knew nearly all of them. He had prayed at the funerals after their boats capsized or their smugglers stranded them in the desert, ceremonies with mourners but no bodies....................more











Operation No English

By Baba Galleh Jallow

Bla bla bla bla bla. Recently I personally expelled the so-called representative of a decadent and ungodly society – the so-called European Union - who tried to tell me about so-called human rights and the rule of so-called law and donkey opposition. They come to my country and try to dictate to me what to do and what not to do with my own personal power and my own personal people. .....................................more










FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The Families of the Two Missing US Citizens will be hosting a rally in Las Vegas NV on June 15th 2015 at 12.00PM in Front Of - Lloyd D, George Building (Senator Harry Reid’s Office) - 333 S Las Vegas Blvd #8016, Las Vegas NV 89101 .

The purpose of the rally is to raise awareness to this case within The US, with the hopes of getting public support in-order to urge the US Government to put more pressure on the Gambian Government for the immediate and safe release of Alhagie Ceesay and Ebou Jobe back to their families in the US. to bring the 2 back who have been held incommunicado by The Gambian Government. 

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The Gambia’s Continued Arresting of Citizens: Where do we stand?

By Yero Jallow

Something is really interesting in today's Gambia. As I grew up, in a traditional Africa (The Gambia), it was a "bad luck" (bad omen) to get arrested, almost the most shameful thing that could happen to one’s life. True, because freedom is so sweet, and life itself was meant to be free.  I know why. Being arrested was attached to criminal behavior. Jails and prison cells were meant for violators of the law and societal norms, in that case, punishable, and enforcement of the law is well deserved. Does that hold for today? ...........................more










 IRRELIGIOUS AMONG GAMBIAN WOMEN 
By Alhagie Balla
 As the Ramadan is getting closer, I hope Muslims communities especially Gambian communities will use this opportunities to prayer and seek forgiveness from Allah for some of our ungodly things.I live in a community were women tend to spend so much money and time on ungodly things and materials than practicing Islamic principles. How many Gambian women organize Islamic events? .................................more

THE PDOIS 2015 CONGRESS RESOLUTIONS

The PDOIS Congress meeting in Bansang, CRR, from 22nd May to the 25th May 2015, under a climate of unbounded hospitality and serenity;

Alerted and driven into action  by a deep sense of concern for the skyrocketing  deficit in liberty and prosperity in the country  and an acknowledgement of a  growing  sense of despair  among  the vast majority of Gambian people, And inspired  and motivated by  an unquenchable and insatiable desire and commitment to ensure that all live in liberty, dignity and prosperity, resolves as follows: ON THE OWNERSHIP OF POWER BY THE PEOPLE...................................more











Our warmest condolences, to Hon. Omar (OJ) Jallow for the loss of his Mother. I am sure she is a super Mom/Woman , watching her son go through the good and the terrible and the ugly in the Gambia. We salute her.As you grieve Mr. Jallow ,know that we are remembering you and honoring the memory of your Mum. May Allah grant her Jannah. We are already proud of her. 










Peoples’ Progressive Party – GAMBIA “The Voice of the people is the voice of god” FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: HON. OMAR A. JALLOW at US DEPARTMENT OF STATE Thursday June 4th 2015 Washington DC, June 4th 2015: Hon. Omar Amadou Jallow, Interim Leader of the People’s Progressive Party, today met with Linda Thomas-Greenfield, U.S. Under Secretary of States for African Affairs, Jason A. Small, Director of West African Affairs, and Ashley Stewart, Desk Officer for The Gambia. The discussions centered on the prevailing political and economic climate in The Gambia. The exchanges between the Under Secretary Thomas-Greenfield and the Interim Leader of the P.P.P, Omar Amadou Jallow, were frank and cordial. On behalf of the P.P.P., and the Gambian People we take this occasion to thank Under Secretary Thomas-Greenfield for receiving Hon. Omar Amadou Jallow and for her continued interest, concern and understanding of Africa's pressing and urgent problems, especially those of The Gambia. …End… PPP-USA Coordinator Sankung Jawara 











Africa and the Danger of a Single Story

The African Executive

What is the story that comes to mind when people hear the name “Africa”? The presentation, or representation, of one? That has always been the danger when it comes to how we discuss Africa. There has always been the assumption of a monolith: Africa as one country, not 54; One culture, not an immeasurable number; One climate, hot! hot! hot! .................................more










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. You’ve been angry at The Gambian men and youths. You’ve been angry at the civil service and the military. You’ve been angry at the journalists and the opposition......................................more

The Aid Debate: Dambisa Moyo Vs.

 Jeff Sachs

By Saul N'jie
At Bretton Woods, the major superpowers came to the rescue of war-ravaged Europe by providing it with aid that they believed would produce long-term economic growth and reduce poverty. Helping others motivated many of those involved in this process, but the real hidden motivation was the facts that if these poor countries were stable economically and politically then they (the donors) would benefit from the outcomes. This became a common theme among rich countries and with the success of the European experiment; they decided to replicate the same strategy for the new independent countries of Africa and Asia. Since the end of the Second World War, ................................................more










The Thione Seck 100 Million Euro Saga

By Momodou Ndow

They say “there is nothing new under the sun”, but I dispute that! Thione Seck’s claim that he was contracted by a Gambian promoter for 100 million euros, to do an international tour in five continents with over 100 dates is new under the sun. Gambia as a country does not have 100 million euros to her name, and I don’t believe any Gambian promoter has a quarter of that in their name.but does that equal to being a promoter? .....................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 (His Worship Jaiteh) ended the shame that engulfed the Brikama Magistrates’ Court in the case of Inspector General of Police v Caliph General of Darsilami Sangajor, Sheikh Muhideen Hydara, and Buyeh Touray!...................................more








Gambia: Coup suspect's teenage son held incommunicado: Yusupha Lowe

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Letter to Yahya Jammeh, No. 1

by

Foday Samateh

This regards your visit to Jali and related matters. For starters, I’ve long since decided never to address you by the office you occupy. And all Gambians should renounce glorifying the abomination of calling you president. ........................................more

The People's Movement For Democratic Gambia

289 Odoherty Rd

Brighton, MI 48116

Tel:      Office – 810 522 5497

            Cell – 810 844 6040/810 772 3605

May 22, 2015

Join/Support Independence, Republic & Democracy For The Gambia On February 18, 1965 (about ½ a century) our nation was granted independence and formally a republic on April 24, 1970. The 2 key words here are ‘Independence’ and ‘Republic’.

Independence is self-determination that was stolen by colonialism in the first place. Republic is our equitable ownership...............................more

An Open Letter to the President 
Dear President, 

I wish you well and pray that Allaah Give you an opportunity to read this letter addressed to you. 

Mr. President, I am a concerned Gambia who loves his country and participates in anything he can to promote his country abroad and protect its image. I am very proud to have you as my President.  I, as many patriots, are thankful to you for all the achievements the Gambia has been enjoying during your Presidency...................................more










JAMMEH EMBARRASSES GAMBIA AT ECOWAS; BIDS TO BE LIFE PRESIDENT

- The Pata PJ Vault

When news leaked that ECOWAS were to table a proposal at their next sitting to explore the possibility of instituting presidential term limits for member states, I thought it was a sarcasm. I thought it was an expensive prank until I saw it on the regional body’s site............................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. Weeks earlier, the rumour mills were churning out the summary dismissal of Justice Edrissa Fafa M’bai, a Judge of the High Court, ..................................more










US slams Gambia's president for 'unconscionable' gay comments 

  Washington (AFP) - The United States slammed Gambian President Yahya Jammeh on Saturday for "unconscionable" remarks, after the West African leader reportedly threatened to slit the throats of gay men in his country. .............................more

Happy birthday Sir Dawda Kairaba Jawara










Burundi General Claims to Oust President Pierre Nkurunziza -   By ISMA’IL KUSHKUSHMAY 13, 2015

NAIROBI, Kenya — An army general in Burundi announced Wednesday that the military had ousted President Pierre Nkurunziza, setting off celebrations in the streets among protesters who had been trying to block the president’s bid for another term.

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Their Connections Stretch Back to Africa

By ROSALIE R. RADOMSKY

APRIL 12, 2015

Fatiah Dicha Touray and Mohamed Kaba Diakite were married Saturday at the Mint Museum Uptown in Charlotte, N.C. The Rev. Jacquie Mace, a Unity minister, officiated, with Ibrahim J. Touray, a brother of the bride who recited blessings from the Quran.

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The Foreign Exchange Rate Crisis and the Impact on Gambians at Home and Diaspora.

Once again, Gambians are greeted with dumbfounded news that major currency values will be pegged and depreciated against the Dalasi through a directive from the Office of the President. The directive, as usual, came-in without warning or engagement with the business sector as expected of any responsible government..............................more

Where is Ebou and Alhagie????

Free Mambureh Njie!!!










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. I am a bonafide senior citizen with a vast wealth of experience in the National Intelligence operations. .................................more











Immigration Drives a Deeper Wedge Between EU States   Analysis  APRIL 29, 2015 |- stratfor.com

 Summary

The European Union is once again struggling to come up with a coherent asylum strategy for its 28 members. In recent years, the rising number of asylum seekers entering the European Union through countries such as Italy and Greece has generated friction among member states, fueled criticism of the Schengen Agreement and contributed to the growing popularity of nationalist parties........................more

The Back Way Conundrum (Our Euro Crazed Society)  

By Saul N'jie
When I left home for the shores of these United States I was no more than a boy. I left a good number of my childhood friends back home, some of the brightest human beings I know to date. These folks, by no fault of their own are a waste of human capital. Their intellects and thinking faculties are being wasted, for the institutions that could cultivate their capabilities are not there or even if they are, they don’t have access to them for several reasons. One of which is agency, the who you know, or lack of resources, you name them. I know that if they have had the same opportunity as I did -- to study in the United States, they would have been top notch scholars in their own rights. The system within which they are living in is rather unforgiving; for the most part if you are not well connected, lucky, or affluent, you are doomed to mediocrity. ....................................more

























RIP AMY JOOF Inna Lillahi wa inna ilayhi Rajioon. On behalf of my Aunty Ya Ida Bah & Pa hassan Drammeh of Old Jeshwang, Uncles Mansour & Alieu Bah, The Joof family of New Primet street, Ya Aji Jata Jagne of Dobson, Alh Dodou Jagne of Lancaster street, The families of the Late Ya Aji Fatou Jaw of Sukuta, Mam Ebrima Njie, Ya Aji Pullo Sowe & Ya Aji Warreh Jagne of Lancaster Street, Ya Aji Maimuna Jagne of James Senegal, Mam Alieu Gaye of Gloucester street, The Bobb family of Perseverance street, with a heavy heart regret to announce the demise of our sister, cousin, niece & granddaughter Amie Joof, Colleh Fatou Bah, who passed away today in Maryland USA at the tender age of just 42. Your great sense of humour, sweet smile & soft spoken voice will be greatly miss. I manage to make you laugh 8 days ago by saying that you've lost your great african pride (bottom). You'll forever be in our heart & prayers. Rest in eternal peace cousin. May Allah the most merciful forgive your shortcomings. May He protect, guide& bless your one & only baby boy Man Junior, may He ease the pain in the heart of your husband Damel Fall & all your love ones & may Jannatul Fidawsi be your finall abode,

Mengeh Jaye facebook page

PRETENTIOUS SYMPATHIZER LAUNCHES SKATING, SCORNFUL ATTACK ON NRMG LEADERSHIP Rejoinder:  Citizens` Query – Is NRMG Finish?

Freedom of speech is such a beautiful thing to happen for anyone especially a people who have been deprived of it for nearly a quarter of a century. If our struggle as Gambians is to achieve anything, certainly freedom of opinion and expression should enhance people`s right to determine their destiny.  

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The Gambia: More than just the UDP party leader; turning the moment into a national movement    

By Mathew K Jallow

Clearly, political events over the past two decades have shown Gambians’ incredibly capacity to let each national crisis lapse without appropriately responding to the gravity of each situation; the Koro Ceesay assassination, mass students’ massacre, witch-hunting, mass incarceration, multiple executions, citizen abductions, stifling of the independent press, monopoly of political space, and everything in between. ...........................................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?
Aller Macky, Aller Macky, Aller Macky. Bravo. Macky Sall en Casamance. Aiwa! Une surprise pour beaucoup de sénégambiens. Il était temps. Quel soulagement !!! C’est le meilleur coup et, un coup très audacieux. Félicitations Macky.
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Unite or Perish! Unite or Diaspora Boycott!

Open Letter to the Opposition Parties from the Diaspora.Fundamental Questions Remain Unanswered.

Revised and Updated

By: Kaba Sallah

The recent Fass Njaga Choi Standoff, in April 2015, has opened a new chapter in Gambian politics. The UDP was able to force Dictator Jammeh and his forces to back down, and let the Freedom Caravan to proceed on a nationwide tour. From all indications, it was a very successful campaign tour of the country, with large and emboldened crowds, and community leaders, coming out openly to speak their mind. 

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No Elections with Jammeh; No Elections Without concrete Reforms – NRMG Position On the Political Impasse in The Gambia

The recently concluded stand-off  between the Jammeh administration and the opposition United Democratic Party (UDP) is if anything, a harbiger  for more confrontation in the very near future. Once again we are being tested for resolve and determination in our strive to end dictatorship in the Gambia. Right to peaceful assembly by citizens of a democratic country especially of members of lawfully constituted political parties as guaranteed by the Constitution of the Republic, are non-negotiable.

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A Poem: Back Way Speaks!

By Yero Jallow

I am the back way

the attractive dream of the alienated youths

even though everyone chastises me aloud

i give hope to the youths who are denied a home

those denied freedom and economic security in their home countries.

I am the back way

though I have taken lives in the deserts and seas

I still lid my lamp for many out in the perilous journey

With tough love, I lifted the youths on my ugly back

And carried them ashore to greater lands or to eternity.

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FMS & TGA Young Women's Summer C.........

In August 2015, For my Sister and The Girls' Agenda will partner to host a Summer Camp for 100 young women between the ages of 14 and 24 in The Gambia.................................more











WHY PRESIDENT JAMMEH WATCHES GAMBIANS DIE AT SEA. 

Every day, scores of lives perish in the deserts and the Mediterranean Sea. Hardly does a day go by that you do not read about Gambians dying trying to make it to Europe through the Back Way’. .................more











Gambias/Sukutas own Gallo Saidy!

Town drinks its fill of clean water 

Access to safe drinking water is a human right.

So simple and yet, for some communities, so unachievable.

In 2013 Campbell Live brought you the story of Tokomaru, a North Island town of 500 people.

They had been told they would have to boil their drinking water for the next 10 years as an upgrade was going to take time and money – lots of it.

Read more: http://www.3news.co.nz/tvshows/campbelllive/town-drinks-its-fill-of-clean-water-2015042019#ixzz3YBWMPD2L

A Fleeting Pan-Africanist Idea: The United States of Xenophobic Africa?

By Saul Njie , Washington DC

Africans, in toto, speak of Pan-Africanism and African Unity mostly in abstractions. The current xenophobic attacks on other Africans in South Africa would and could finally allow us to have an honest conversation, for once. The idea of Pan-Africanism is very nebulous, to say the least. It was born out of an inferiority complex and the quest for self-determination for the people of African descent around the world. This was the thread that bonded Marcus Garvey, Aimee Cesare, W.E.B. Du Bois, Kwame Nkrumah, Haile Selassie, among other leaders of the time. Their idea was that the oppressed black peoples of the world need to come together to form a coherent bloc -- to counter or oppose the imperialists, oppressive powers. This was a good start, but it was mostly based on unrealistic, myopic theoretical frameworks that were doomed to fail once put to the test. 

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Gambian women making us proud in Dakar, Senegal.










Fatou Jagne

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











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











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







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











Inna Jawara, actress Cafe Avec 











NTCG’s CALL AND ITS SEQUEL

FOR THE GAMBIA

The NTCG’s encouragement call on all Gambian opposition political parties and groups on April 15th, 2015 to fuse forces with the UDP the opposition party with largest for the purposes of the 2016 Presidential election is seemingly having a sequel of good news some days later.

Honourable Ousainou Darboe! Mr Kemeseng Jammeh!

Honourable Omar Jallow!

Honourable Mai Fatty!

Honourable Halifa Sallah!

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Gambia Democracy Fund

Recent efforts by the Gambia government denying the United Democratic Party the right to assemble and address its members has created a crisis that warranted Gambia Democratic Fund .......more










Standoff in Gambia

Cordeg is aware of the on-going standoff between UDP and Security forces in the North Bank Division of Gambia. The UDP is a legitimate registered political party with a large support base among Gambians and a constituent member of CORDEG. For 3 days running, Gambian security forces have blocked the UDP convoy on a countrywide tour to which they are legally and constitutionally entitled.....................more

UNITED DEMOCRATIC PARTY (UDP) HAS ENOUGH OF JAMMEH'S THUGGERY!

-  The Pata PJ Vault

There will always come a time when an oppressed people will be obliged to push back against their oppressors, when they continued to be denied the ventilation they needed. It is only natural that patience and perseverance run out and the innate instincts to defend self kick in....................................more







GO UDP GO GO UDP GO

PRESS RELEASE

POTENTIAL BLOODBATH BEING OCHESTRATED BY GAMBIA GOVERNMENT AGAINST THE OPPOSITION UNITED DEMOCRATIC PARTY......................more

UDP Nationwide Tour April 16 - April 26 2015

It’s no secret the appalling human rights abuses in the Gambia.  It is a known fact the serious economic mismanagement by the authorities in the Gambia.  These and many other issues are known quantities to everyone.  While we keep ourselves reminded of, and continue to criticize the current regime's atrocities and maladministration, we must ..........................................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 Martial verdicts on the 30 December 2014 State House attacks, the question of the death penalty is back on the agenda as a topic of major public interest. Both sides of the underlying political spectrum informing the December events are curious as to whether The Gambia has a valid death penalty law.

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Omar Jallow (OJ) on the beat.










Hillary Clinton: Race for the Presidency in America.  -  By Yero Jallow

"People say that if you find water rising up to your ankle, that's the time to do something about it, not when it's around your neck." - Chinua Achebe.

Oh well, good luck to the Clintons. Hilary Clinton has been dragging her feet on this, but her interest in the presidency is no hidden secret...............more

THE STATEMENT OF NTCG ON THE ANNIVERSARY OF APRIL 10TH &11TH, 2000

The NTCG mourns and unequivocally condemned the brutal killing of students 15 years ago by the security forces under the directives of Dictator Yaya Jammeh. This day and on the day that prefixes it on April 10th &11th respectively of the year 2000, Yaya Jammeh ordered the maiming of over 15 innocent students including Omar Barrow a Red Cross volunteer............................more

The Gambian Opposition: Some Honest Analysis Please.  - 

By Alkali Conteh

Growing up in Sabbach-Sanjal in the early 1960's we witnessed the Gambia’s political climate beginning to shape up.  As the powers in charge were determined to .............................................more

AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL

PRESS RELEASE

Date: 1 APRIL 2015

Gambia: Soldiers sentenced to death in secret trial must not be executed

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NTCG’S PRESS RELEASE ON THE VERDICT

AGAINST 30th DECEMBER 2014 ACCOMPLICES.............more


FIFTEEN YEARS HAS GONE, WHEN 14 INNOCENT STUDENTS PLUS A RED CROSS VOLUNTEER AND A THIRTEEN YEAR (3yr) OLD CHILD WERE BRUTALLY MASSACRED IN COLD BLOOD BY THE POLICE INTERVENTION UNIT (PIU) OF THE GAMBIA, AND YET STILL NO JUSTICE HAS BEEN TAKEN PLACE !!!

By Lamin Saddam Sanyang,

The Netherlands....................more


The Gambia: Self-interest and twisted minds; the binary effects of the Gambian tyranny

By Mathew K Jallow

It is a war that has sapped the wills of so many, and forced the escape, to freedom, of so many others. ............more

Stop Bullying Sheikh Muhideen

By Baba G. Jallow

The ongoing trial of Darsilami Sangajor Caliph Sheikh Sheriff Muhideen Hydara represents one of the most nauseating inflictions of unnecessary and totally unjust harassment of innocent persons by the Yahya Jammeh’s Bully State..............more


Africa: President Macky Sall breaks from mold; inadvertently puts African dictators on notice 

By Mathew K Jallow

Is it a sign of the times; perhaps even a new paradigm shift, or just an ephemeral indulgence in rare political maturity? ...........more

Darsilameh Caliph General denies conspiring with village alkalo

Africa » Gambia  Thursday, April 02, 2015
The Caliph General of Darsilameh Sangajor, 
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Maafanta.com

To:

Lamin Jaiteh

Modou Njai

Buba/ Lamin Barrow

Thank you










EVENT INVITATION:Strengthening the African Human Rights System

Opportunities and Obstacles

Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights invites you to a discussion with international legal experts on the African Human Rights System:

Time:

2:00–3:30pm, Tuesday March 24, 2015

Place:

RFK Human Rights, 1300 19th St NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20036
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Africans Spend More Than $7 Billion On Fake Hair     -  By Staff reporter

Despite limited financial resources, Africans are spending an estimated $7 billion on their hair, Media reports.............................more

RIP Ya Binta Jarju.










The Paradox of America's Electoral Reform 

By George Friedman

We are now in the early phases of selecting the president of the United States. Vast amounts of money are being raised,...........................more










New Song (Dinama Nekh) by Jerreh Jallow(Jizzle) featuring A2
In his own words:
Dinama Nekh
Chorus 
Girl I love the way you whine 
And the way you move your body ..oh oh Dina ma nekh Dina ma nekh 
You got everybody watching 
You driving dem boys crazy 
Oh oh Si noye Yengaleh
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Happy Women's day.

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. I am Muslim, and going by tradition and religion, and as the norm in the area I come from, the woman’s role is mainly to be a stay-at-home mum and wife, taking care of husband and children, the gardens............................more

The Cartoon Character – Part II

By Baba Galleh Jallow

Hashtag Momla Rekati was flabbergasted. He was totally flummoxed and besides himself with a combination of rage, worry and confusion that threatened to blow his pear-shaped head into a thousand small pieces. For a long time he gazed at his latest depiction as Mr. Anonymous. .....................................more

PUBLIC NOTICE FROM PDOIS HEADQUARTERS

4TH March 2015

This is to convey for public notice that PDOIS has held no meeting with CORDEG.  The Central Committee is investigating the source of the misrepresentation of the party and would issue a public statement on the matter in due course.

                                 Halifa Sallah










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

What in the world is wrong with Gambian Grandees?

By Saul Saidykhan

I originally published this article over thirteen years ago. Some of the characters I cited to make my point then are no longer with us though the disappointment generated by their behavior is etched indelibly in the minds of some of us.........more








A group of Gambian diplomats who turned an embassy into a "warehouse" selling tax-free tobacco have been jailed. 

- BBC News       ..................................more








Gambian diplomats guilty of tobacco fraud

Gambian diplomats who sold tax-free tobacco from their London embassy have been found guilty of cheating the UK taxpayer out of almost £4.8m.........................more


Tax-dodging Gambian diplomats jailed over UK tobacco scam.............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. “Yes,” I answered. “Come with us,” they said. My brother was there to pick me up. “Where are you taking her?” he asked.....................more







Defeating Dictators

Oslo, Norway
October 20 – October 22, 2014On October 20, 21, and 22, dissidents, activists, world leaders, journalists, policymakers, entrepreneurs, ................................more









Germany offers free college tuition to U.S. and international students 

This is incredible:....................more

Burkina Faso crisis: Opposition urges Compaore to quit

Burkina Faso's opposition has renewed its call for the immediate resignation of President Blaise Compaore as hundreds of protesters ............more


Gambia Chief Justice rejects GPU suit against media laws.......................more


No More Dictatoship

Comrades –
I just get done listening to the buffoon talk. Once again, while I am not surprised at ...........more

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

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

Fatou Jaw Manneh Speaks at Oslo Freedom Forum

Fatou Jaw Manneh, journalist and activist was invited to  Oslo Freedom Forum 2014. The forum on defeating dictators lasted for 2 days, from  21st – 22nd October............................more  


Oslo Journal, Part VII

Iyad El-Baghdadi, you have met. He’s the Palestinian who was kicked out of the UAE for his democratic agitation, mainly online. ...........more


National Review Elections Online

For some reason, dictators like to hold fake elections. Well, we know why: .........more

Longevity will Never Equate Legitimacy –Lessons from the Harmattan, Black Revolution – Bravo Burkina Faso!Let All Midget Dictators be warned of the impending Revolution

By: Kaba Sallah........................more


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

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

Who taught you to hate your [dark] skin?

February 27, 2014 — Skin-lightening/bleaching is a problem, but it's only a sign of much deeper inter-related issues: self-hatred,............more

Haikus4Gambia...........................more
Gambians in Minnesota: Finding family on foreign ground
  • Article by: ANNA PRATT , Special to the Star Tribune
  • Updated: February 18, 2014 - 1:10 PM

Gambians living in Minnesota reach out to one another as they would ........................more


















With Pata Saidykhan at the DC Demo.