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United States: Republicans didn’t win as big as you think they did. And Obama didn’t lose

That the Republican Party in the United States has now taken control of the Senate marks a substantial change in terms of leadership but not a particularly consequential one in terms of legislation.

Journalism is not a crime!

On the 25th October Al Jazeera observed 300 seconds of silence on air in solidarity with three of its staff members who have now spent 300 days in custody in Egyptian jails. Baher Mohamed, Mohamed Fahmy and Peter Greste were arrested in Cairo on December 29, 2013, under false charges of aiding the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood and spreading false news.

Why do so many African presidents die in office?

Michael Sata, the president of Zambia, died in a London hospital after suffering for months from an undisclosed illness. This is notable for a couple of reasons. For one, Guy Scott, Sata's vice president, has now become Africa's first white president since 1994.

The story in detail: Jammeh Vs Darboe

Before the Bulundala I appeared. The night before was long, after the town crier's announcement. The leader of Katanga has accused me of spreading false news. I, the loyal messenger with no loyalty! He cussed me as a liar and an imposter.

Keeping the faith

So, I took a well-deserved break from my weekly RBN and for good reason; my previous RBN essay “Religious Camouflage” was doing enough damage.

The story in detail: Jammeh Vs Darboe

Before the Bulundala I appeared. The night before was long, after the town crier's announcement. The leader of Katanga has accused me of spreading false news. I, the loyal messenger with no loyalty! He cussed me as a liar and an imposter.

Zakir Naik, heresy and decency in religious discourse

The visit of the famous preacher and comparative religious debater Dr Zakir Naik has left in its wake a host of debates, rebuttals and approvals from the diverse Muslim community in the country. While others utterly condemned him, others who are in the majority, appeared very excited at the visit of a preacher they have followed for a long time.

A politician versus a man of God

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Biometric passports and our security

On a visit to the National Assembly on May 19, Ousman Sonko, Minister of Interior disclosed that plans were underway to introduce biometric passports to replace the machine readable passports for Gambians. Since then, much was made of the plan but now that the new system is finally officially introduced, it will deal the nation a new reality in upgrading and modernising our security situation.

Vision 2016: Nation at work

Agriculture is indispensable to human survival. The oxygen that keeps the human race surviving is from agriculture. The need to outline the value of agriculture is essential. As critics of the sector advance their arguments against its uniqueness, they resolve that marine food is an alternative.

Drug abuse & addiction

Some people are able to use recreational or prescription drugs without ever experiencing negative consequences or addiction. For many others, substance use can cause problems at work, home, school, and in relationships, leaving you feeling isolated, helpless, or ashamed.

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