THREE DIED AT CELEBRATION. WAS IT A SECURITY MEASURED BLUNDER?
The musical jamboree of Gambia @52 two in one celebration dotted by match pass of the security forces, school children and civil societies submerged Gambians into a euphoric trance of reassuring peace, tranquillity, contentment and hopefulness. Conversely, beneath all that glittering fanfare lays three deaths and dozens wounded as a result of gross security negligence and police inaptitude at the stadium. Dependable reports emanating from Banjul confirmed the three deaths and dozens wounded gracing Gambia @52 nationhood celebration.
An eye-witness who had a gold invitation card observed, “On arrival at the stadium, I saw a huge crowd of people and few paras
Sulayman Jeng @ February 19, 2017
PRESIDENT BARROW: THE CHOSEN ONE
Conferred cosmetic recognitions received on a silver platter do not radiate the pride that successes achieved through sweat, tears and blood reflect. In a nutshell, one tends to value and cherish things that one has toiled hard for more than those received from the hand of fortune. The same can be said of a freedom achieved on a silver platter and that fought for tooth and nail. That precisely explains why those who fought to achieve their freedom will go to any length to preserve and protect it at all cost as opposed to
Sulayman Jeng @ February 19, 2017
GIVING DEMOCRACY A CHANCE: AT WHAT PRICE?
The Barrow rainbow government has continued to enjoy an overwhelming support from most Gambians and friends of the Gambia since its inception. Due to the precarious political ambience and defective socio-economic institutions it inherited from the dictatorship, many are opinionated it is prudence to give President Barrow and his government a chance to pick up and fix the broken pieces. Equitably, rejuvenating democracy from the ashes of brutal dictatorship is herculean but a snail-space response to the excruciating cries of victims peppers insensitivity and inaptitude. Perhaps Mathew Jallow was mirroring my thoughts when he dissented: “Sacrificing justice for the convenience of those who deserve neither peace
Sulayman Jeng @ February 16, 2017
STATE BUILDING UNDER A YOUNG DEMOCRACY
Albeit Gambians have democratically butted a brutal Dictatorship out of office through the ballot and rejuvenated democracy, the country is still desk on a thin brink of derailing into mere regime change and docking on a democratic port. Prior to formation of the 2016 Coalition, many Gambians, particularly in the diaspora, were opinionated that Dictatorship is never voted out of office but chased out and the Kanilai Monster will not be an exception. Their argument was and I reference,“In a democracy, it is absolutely normal for people to vote because elections are free and fair and
Sulayman Jeng @ February 14, 2017
GAMBIA: THIS EVIL IS OURS; IT’S NOT FOREIGN: YES, GAMBIANS ARE EVIL, TOO!
By Saul N’jie
One of the reasons why I respect the German political theorist; Hannah Arendt, is her ability to look dead-eyed at structures and societies, critique them, without lapsing into groupthink, sentimentality or political correctness. In that tradition, I am going to try and offer a brief synopsis of evil in the Jammeh era, knowing well that societies, since time immemorial, always start with the narrative, story – that best benefits them, not the other way around. Moreover, an objective analysis of “morally” devastating periods in our history are seldom popular, especially when the idea of victimhood and collective
Landing Nyassi @ February 5, 2017
NEW GAMBIA: COUNTING THE COST OF FREEDOM
It was refreshing to hear President Barrow divulge, “Every morning when we wake up, the first thing we do is ask one another what did the diaspora Gambians say today?” Succinctly, one can deduce without an embellishment that President Barrow listens to Gambians and aligns his decisions with Gambian wishes that will usher in sustainable progress, peace, stability and equal opportunity for all. Understandably, the perfectionists want to crucify him for his perfect imperfections. Perhaps like most of us who refused to use rose-tinted glass in holding President Barrow to task, they also wish the Gambia well. However, we must be realistic in our demands. Alieu
Sulayman Jeng @ February 1, 2017
GAMBIA: “#ALLAH SWT HAS DECIDED, #GAMBIANS HAVE FOLLOWED”
By Jainaba Bah
In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful ALLAH Subhanahu Wa Ta’Aala Is:
“The Originator of the heavens and the earth. When He decrees a matter, He only says to it : ‘Be!’ — and it is” [al-Baqarah 2:117]
‘Verily, His Command, when He intends a thing, is only that He says to it, “Be!” — and it is!’ [Ya-Seen 36:82].”
“When He has decreed something, He says to it only: ‘Be!’ — and it is” [Aal ‘Imraan 3:47]
“It is He Who gives life and causes death. And when He decides upon a thing He says to it only: ‘Be’ — and it
Landing Nyassi @ January 28, 2017