Author: Gainako

BOOK REVIEW  Focus Challenges of The Gambia’s Transition To Democracy. By Demba Ali Jawo. 135 pp. Published by The Deyda Hydara Trust. Timbooktoo Bookshop. Garba Jahumpa Rd., Bakau. D150. Contact: Ousainou Jagne. Tel: +2209935915. Gambian Chronicles D. A. Jawo Crystallizes a Nation in Transit By Cherno Baba Jallow In the fading days of the Jawara presidency, it seemed as if things weren’t moving – or moving fast enough. Within the confines of presidential power and far, far away, the national soul was living listlessly. The custodians of power and authority were napping at the wheel. Apathy, on the part of those vested…

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   SUBJECT: COMMENTS ON THE OPPOSITION AND THE LOCAL GOVERNMENT ELECTIONS The Central Committee of PDOIS has followed your comments with keen interest. The Gambia Radio and Television Services (GRTS), the state media, which we have no access to as a political party to express divergent views, had broadcast the views you expressed during your regional sensitization tour, that it is more prudent for all political parties to participate in elections and concurrently advocate for electoral reform than not to participate in the polls. We have taken note of your opinion. You are also understood to have given assurance that there will…

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(IFJ) The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) today called on the authorities in The Gambia to immediately release journalist Baboucarr Ceesay, who was arrested on Friday 8 March 2013 by officers from the National Intelligence Agency (NIA). According to Gambia Press Union (GPU), an IFJ affiliate, journalist Babucarr Ceesay, 1st Vice- President of the Union was arrested by the NIA at his house around 2 pm. No reason was given for his arrest.

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Heart pounding violently against my ribs; Temples throbbing and head reeling, I feel the bitter bile rising from my stomach. I wake up in cold sweat, shivering and trembling. I want to scream out my anguish and my pain. Fearful of waking up my son, I sob silently.  Chest heaving the hot tears flow down my chest.  I cup my chin in my hand and I stare into the dark space.  Engulfed by the darkness and solitude of the night, I reflect on the somberness of our situation. I recall vividly the day that changed my live forever – An…

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By Alagi Yorro Jallow An Examination of Their Contributions, Policies and Philosophies As founding fathers, the first generation of nationalist leaders—Kwame Nkrumah, Julius Nyerere, Kenneth Kaunda, Sir Dawda Kairaba Jawara, Jomo Kenyatta and Leopold Senghor—all enjoyed great prestige and high honor. They were seen to personify the states they led and swiftly took advantage of their positions to consolidate their control. From the outset, most sought a monopoly of power, and most established a system of personal rule and encouraged personality cults. They saw themselves as the “elected of God through the people.” Conversely, Sir Seretse Khama, Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam,…

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By Baba Galleh Jallow The era of mass anti-colonial nationalism in Africa saw the advent of war against foreign domination in Africa. Mass nationalism took either a peaceful form, with the key strategies being protest and petition, or it took a violent form with African groups taking up arms against the colonizing power. Examples of peaceful nationalism took place in Gambia, Ghana, Guinea and the Ivory Coast among many others. Examples of violent nationalism were conducted by the Mau Mau in Kenya, the PAIGCC in Guinea Bissau and the Cape Verde Islands, and ZANU-PF in Zimbabwe. The struggle for African…

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By D.A Jawo It was quite a surprise to many Gambians when they heard President Yahya Jammeh on his return from the recent Ecowas summit in the Ivorian political capital, Yamousoukro, describe the summit as “one of the most successful” considering his usual indifference to the regional bloc.

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Madison, WI, USA. March 5th, 2013 Dear military and security forces, For the last two years, as political revolutions across North Africa and the Middle-East freed many countries from decades of one-man rule in Tunisia, Libya, Egypt, Bahrain and Yemen as well as forced dramatic Constitutional and political changes in Jordan and Saudi Arabia, it is becoming evident that the hunger for political freedom is trumping the fears of the repressive regimes that once welded limitless power. In Libya, one of the unlikeliest places to experience a popular revolution, the regime of Dictator Col. Mumar Ghaddafi, a man who once…

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(BBC) Venezuela’s President Hugo Chavez has died, his vice-president has announced. Mr Chavez had been seriously ill with cancer for more than a year, undergoing several operations in Cuba, and had not been seen in public for several months. Nicolas Maduro made the announcement on Tuesday evening, flanked by political and military leaders. Earlier, he said the 58-year-old Venezuelan leader had a new, severe respiratory infection and had entered “his most difficult hours”. He also announced the government had expelled two US diplomats from the country for spying on Venezuela’s military.

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