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On women’s liberation (Who is to decide how women should be...

A prominent think-tank in Washington, DC recently hosted a conference on women's rights and democracy in the Middle East and North Africa. It was a worthy topic by all means. The tragedy is that this conference, without an exception, mostly lacked substance. In general, hollow activism, pomp, and chronic "cultural anatopism" (misattribution of a culture or cultural values) pervade all discussion of women's rights in the context of democratisation....

A tale of two soldiers – Mali’s past leaders called to...

As Mali embarks on a difficult period of national reconciliation and the rebuilding of a fractured state, two key figures from the recent past - former president Amadou Toumani Toure and General Amadou Haya Sanogo, who staged a coup in 2012 - are being asked to account for their actions. Amadou Toumani Touré, 65, is known to all as ATT. Often described as “the good soldier”, he was the head of the presidential guard and the Red Berets, an elite parachute regiment. ATT seized power on 26 March 1991 from then-president Moussa Traoré, after a period of mass demonstrations that were savagely repressed by the security forces.

Why do Western Media get Africa wrong

Yesterday I witnessed yet another twitter storm erupt over Western coverage of an African situation. A Guardian correspondent offered an analysis of the on-going crisis in South Sudan that, judging from the comments on the website, was well received outside South Sudan...

Is English a suitable official language for The Gambia?

Do you know that about 26 African countries, including The Gambia, use a foreign tongue – English, as their official language, even though these countries unavoidably use, officially or unofficially, indigenous languages as their national language(s) as the case maybe? To understand this case clearly, I think it is better to elucidate the differences between these two important concepts – official language and national language...

Reporting Africa: In defence of a critical debate

One cannot avoid being struck by the oddness of the idea of not just western journalists in Africa being in need of defending but defending from critical voices, argues Dersso [AFP]. Not unexpectedly, the tragic events in South Sudan and the Central African Republic received much attention in the mainstream international media. As much as it drew world attention to the plight of those affected by the conflicts in these countries, the nature of the coverage of such events also triggered a heated debate....

Building A Culture of Togetherness (part 1)

Expansion of learning space at Law Faculty and School of Medicine and Allied Health Science Yes, indeed, with the help of the Almighty Allah, construction of a 5 floor building in collaboration with Gamworks is almost completed and will be handed over in a few weeks time, Inshallah. I am sure you have noticed the new building near the mosque on the right hand side as you enter the Edward Francis Small Teaching Hospital (EFSTH) on top of the facilities and mechanical building area. We have constructed a new three-storey building from the ground up and two-storeys on top of the existing structure giving us 5 floors of much needed learning space for academic and clinical activities for our Medical and Allied Health Science students and faculty. We continue to be aggressive in our recruitment efforts for more medical faculty to strengthen the quality of learning. We have hired some of our medical graduates as future Medical Academics who will pursue postgraduate/terminal degrees in various specialties and return as full-time lecturers and researchers while serving the EFSTH as consultants....

Tanji Village Festival slated for weekend

Preparation for this year's cultural festival at the coastal village of Tanji are billed for this weekend, the organisers told The Standard. The village cultural festival is expected to showcase the cultural diversity of different tribes in Tanji and as well raise funds for the construction of a labour ward at the village health facility, Salifu Touray, chairman of the association, Wings for People in Development, the organisers of the festival said....

David Morley

Outgoing British Ambassador to The Gambia( part 2) In this sophomore edition of the re-launched The Diplomat, picking it up from where they left it last week, the outgoing British Ambassador to The Gambia granted anchor Sainey Darboe an exclusive interview in which he talks about a myriad of issues relating to Gambian-British relations......

Ahmadiyya leader releases book on world crisis and the pathway...

The amir of the Ahmadiyya movement in The Gambia, Baba Trawally, has issued a press statement on a seminal publication by the head of his worldwide community.....

Doma Yi

I have been bit by the writer's bug; if such a thing did not exist, I guess this new disease has decided to make me its first victim. This is my fourth essay in one week and I wonder how I have found the time to pen anything. Life is certainly not business as usual. Life is not even business as anything. Right now it is simply just life with its everyday rants and displays of thirst and disgust....

Ambassador: ‘UK-Gambia relations steady despite…’

The outgoing British ambassador to The Gambia, David Morley, has described relations between The Gambia and United Kingdom as “pretty steady”....
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