Separation of church (religion) and state is a very common phrase that is never far from political discourse. Despite its ubiquitous use, it is a very highly misunderstood phrase, if not the most misunderstood phrase. Like everything else around us, the phrase has an origin. As far as modern political discourse goes, its origin is… Continue reading Separation of religion and state, misunderstood?
No one deserves to have their character be defined by a single incident, be that good or bad. A person cannot be deemed to a be a good person because they did a singular act of goodness nor can they be labeled as bad because they made a bad decision at some point. But when… Continue reading What does Barrow really have to offer?
The premise of the argument is that The Gambia has taken on a Muslim identity in its culture and state affairs. To allay the fears of the Christian minority, the Gambia Christian Council is advocating for the insertion of the word ‘secular’ in the new constitution currently in draft thereby declaring The Gambia a secular… Continue reading Secular or non-secular; much ado about nothing
Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power. – Abraham Lincoln Mr. President, you have demonstrated time and again that you have no regard for protocol much less to have any inclination to follow it. Worse yet, you have disrespected every single Gambian with your… Continue reading Mr. President, apologize!
From the very onset of the current administration, some people felt the need to put on a tribal lens through which to view all issues. When the cabinet positions were first announced some took to social media with a head count of how many Mandinkas were assigned ministerial positions, that debate took place online and… Continue reading The Mandinka 'problem'
Edward Singhateh In the history of criminal justice there are hundreds of wrongfully convicted people, which in other words mean criminals were acquitted or never charged. The reason for this, among other things is the fact that there was not enough evidence to proof beyond reasonable doubt that an accused person committed or did not… Continue reading How Edward Singhateh is determined to walk free
Hon. Halifa Sallah I have stated it in the past and I still maintain the claim that ideologically speaking, there are two political parties in The Gambia and they are the United Democratic Party (UDP) of Lawyer Ousainou Darboe and the People’s Democratic Organization for Independence and Socialism (PDOIS) of Hon. Halifa Sallah. Speaking from… Continue reading Hon. Halifa Sallah’s heart is in a good place
Whenever the human conscience is violated or traumatized, the experience stays with you especially a life changing traumatic event. We can all recall our experiences in the jujuwo/mbaar (initiation camp) no matter how long ago it was. I even remember the very first time I had ice cream and the circumstances around it. When I… Continue reading A sick nation
On July 22, 1994, Gambia’s long standing democratic space was encroached upon my mutinous soldiers who usurped power after overthrowing the constitutional democracy of over 30 years. This was replaced by two decades of tyranny; murder, torture, rape, disappearances, forced exile of citizens and unmatched corruption. Citizens were cowered into submission, media houses burnt down,… Continue reading Is The Gambia heading for another crisis?
Wars, proxy wars and rumors of war; tensions and adversarial conflicts are on the rise. How long before the giants clash? What then for the third world, especially resource strapped countries like The Gambia? In the international game of geopolitics, we don’t count. We do not really matter when it comes down to the bottom… Continue reading Shambolic in(dependence)