Author: Gainako

Alagi Yorro Jallow Democracy cannot be exported or imported. It has to be developed by the citizens themselves in order to succeed. In the quest for restoration of democracy and regime change, there is no one formula for success. Democratic cultures emerge from civil society in a unique way. But many of the challenges in achieving and consolidating democracy are shared, especially the always challenging transition from a non-democratic society towards democracy, via the building blocks of civil society.

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By Baba Galleh Jallow Sometimes, we got tired of looking at Genamin DaMidget’s ugly face and hearing his bogus rantings. At such times, we averted our gaze and looked at other interesting characters in No-Talk Republic, the likes of Hotfoot Coldy and Wawaw Daydate. Such characters added flavor to our mix and often offered what amounted to free entertainment in No-Talk Republic by their curious actions and wayward ways. But above everyone else, we liked to watch the famous Heyhey Nopilen display his legendary skills of speech and choice regarding just what would happen in the future life of our…

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It’s with nostalgia and deep reflection that I always focus on ‘Leegaye Jotna Gambia Am na Bopam’, and our national anthem. Both tunes were apt and relevant in 1965 when nation building of a state (the Gambia) that many thought would not be viable was the main per-occupation of the founding fathers and then People’s Progressive Party (PPP) administration. This was not an easy task as the country was at a crossroads between modernity and tradition. Socio-cultural values and norms, coupled with a weak financial base served as major obstacles to many of the developments that should have taken place.…

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PRESS RELEASE Friday, February 15, 2013 CSAG CALLS ON PRESIDENT MACKY SALL TO EXERT PRESSURE ON JAMMEH DURING VISIT TO THE GAMBIA Members and affiliates of the Civil Society Associations Gambia (CSAG) today sent a letter to Senegalese President, His Excellency Macky Sall expressing concern about unconfirmed media reports that he is to attend celebrations marking The Gambia’s 48th Anniversary of Independence, February 18, 2013. The CSAG stated it prefers that President Macky Sall turn down the invitation and added that it is convinced that peace and freedoms enjoyed by the people of Senegal “would continue to remain only a…

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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. In its heyday, it was such a thorn in the flesh of the utterly corrupt and wholly incompetent PPP government it was not uncommon for MPs who doubled as Cabinet Ministers to severely castigate the DO on the floor of the House. In his Journey for Justice, Hassan B Jallow, former Attorney General and Minster of Justice, viewed the DO…

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By Baba Galleh Jallow Second Genamin Gyant DaMidget ran! Along the endless desert space he ran as he had never run before, his ears flat on the back of his head, his tongue clenched firmly between his teeth. Behind him he heard the roaring of angry animals – a ragged, bloodthirsty pack with canines that stood out from their blood-soaked lips and the red claws of hungry vampires! They wanted his blood! Da Midget knew if that mob caught up with him that would be the end of his life. And so he flew like the wind in space, yelping…

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Two men on Wednesday 13 February wanted to abduct Journalist Baboucarr Ceesay, 1st Vice President of Gambia Press Union (GPU) during ungodly hour of around 1.00 AM after enquiries about his whereabouts by two other spies. A man claimed to be one Ebrima Sanyang with the real name Ebrima Badjie also known as E Boy who wore a white T-Shirt printed in front, a short and a white pair of boots first came to the house of Ceesay in Tallinding in the Kanifing Municipality asking about his whereabouts from his wife. E Boy further claimed that his brother who is abroad…

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