Author: Gainako

By Sulayman Jeng, UK As a young lad growing up in the provincial town of Basse, I was of the believe that Jawara was superhuman with insurmountable spiritual powers. It was narrated in some quarters that on the day of his birth, his father found a ship full of cash while on fishing. On his return home, he named his new born son KAIRABA. It never occurred to me at that tender age that Jawara was a surname. I also heard that he possessed powers to make him invisible when and where he desired. Moreover, he can choose to be…

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By Mathew K. Jallow As a country, much of what shapes the politics we observe is not based on reality, but on the flawed way our brains process what we see around us. We draw conclusions that rely on limited information, which often result in a myopic representation of the reality. In my experience living in and learning about various totalitarian regimes, the one constant is their inherent administrative weaknesses and fragility. Because dictatorial regimes use fear as an instrument of gaining control and compliance, they are able to create a false sense of stability, strength and invincibility.

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(AFP) WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama showered praise Thursday on leaders of Sierra Leone, Malawi, Senegal and Cape Verde, calling them symbols of democratic success that could lead an emerging continent. Obama met the leaders at the White House as part of an effort to promote nations in sub-Saharan Africa that can serve as exemplars for democratic development across the region.

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By Mathew K Jallow Exactly thirteen years ago, sixteen young Gambian students’ lives was cut short by the crackle of machine-gun-fire. The morning began uneventfully as citizens went about their normal business. In down-town Serekunda, the hustle and bustle that gave notoriety to The Gambia’s largest metropolis lived …up to its image of confusion and disorder. Two miles to the east of Serekunda, where the Kairaba Avenue, the Birkama Highway and the Serekunda/Banjul road converge, and the spectacular display of human activity spoke loudly of hope, but also of subdued desperation, no one could predict the tragedy that was about…

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Glad Tidings-Message To All Freedom Fighters In The Struggle!! Once again, I am writing with deepest sadness but on the other hand, it is with pleasure to announce to one and all of our next line of action in seeking for Justice for all those who perished under the dictatorial, brutal and murderous regime of our dear mother Land-The Gambia. Under the devoted and dedicated Leadership of Sillah Ba Samateh, Demba Dem, Uncle Sidat Jobe, Seedy Ceesay among many others, I am delighted to announce to all that a mass demonstration will be taking place on the 10th of April…

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The Gambia family association of Atlanta (GFAA) elected new leadership on Sunday, March 24, 2013, The elections were held successfully in accordance to provisions of its constitution. GFAA is pleased to announce the following the election of the follow officials for a new term. Mr. Sana Baldeh was elected as the Chairperson of the oganization replacing the dynamic outgoing Mr. Sonny Alade Joiner. Miss Madam Saleh was elected as co-chairperson replacing Mr. Ebou Jeng 

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By Mathew K. Jallow, Exactly four years this week, Yahya Jammeh’s witch-hunting exercise was terrorizing Gambians. We dug into the archives in memory of all those who lost their lives and suffered permanent mental and physical injuries. It was a week of disquiet and frustration; a week that began with a bang and ended with a thud. Before the week was over, the Gambia was once again in the spotlight, and subjected to the curiosity of an international community fixated as much on Yahya Jammeh’s medieval behavior as it was held captive by the asinine character and the maddening comedy…

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Hon. Commissioner Dupe Atoki Chairperson African Commission on Human and Peoples Rights 31 Bijilo Annex Layout, Kombo North District Western Region The Gambia Tel: (220) 441 05 05/ 441 05 06 Fax: (220) 441 05 04 E-mail: au-banjul@africa-union.org achpr@achpr.org 20 March 2013 Madam Chairperson, Re: Protest against holding sessions of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (ACHPR) in the Gambia where basics human rights are constantly violated with total impunity We, the undersigned African and international non-governmental organisations would like to update the ACHPR on a decision we have taken to cease attending sessions of the ACHPR and…

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Your Excellency, In life there are certain things that have to be done right the first time to usher in progress, stability, security, peace and unity.  Running a nation is one of such fundamental trusts and responsibilities which require getting it right from the word go. Mistakes, missed opportunities and omissions result in catastrophic loss of lives, wealth, credibility and the eroding of democratic institutions. As a result, there is no rehearsal in running a nation. At this juncture one may ask who is a leader of the people by the people and for the people?  An answer to such…

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(New York Times) Chinua Achebe, the Nigerian writer who was one of Africa’s most widely read novelists and one of the continent’s towering men of letters, died on Thursday in Boston. He was 82. His death was announced by Brown University, where he had been on the faculty since 2009. Besides novels, Mr. Achebe’s works included powerful essays and poignant short stories and poems rooted in the countryside and cities of his native Nigeria, before and after independence from British colonial rule. His most memorable fictional characters were buffeted and bewildered by the conflicting pulls of traditional African culture and invasive…

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