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RED BLACK NONSENSE

Over a year ago, an essay I had penned on this series or column (for I am yet to discuss with Mr Sheriff Bojang what exactly these essays qualify as) a piece which was re-published last week by Mr Bojang's prestigiously named “Standard” on the reluctance of the “high and mighty” to contribute rather generously to the growth of our nation. When the essay was first published on The Standard, I was privileged to attend the naming ceremony of the child of one of our nation's currently most powerful decision makers and ironically walked into a line-up of some of the most successful Gambian entrepreneurs of modern times (of which Mr Bojang himself completed the said line-up from the left). I discussed the essay with a few of them as the others rushed through the newspaper either naive to the fact that a couple of them had come to mind when I penned it or just plain dismissive considering the fact that my length of days on their “green earth” was as short as their designer Italian shoes' soles. ...

Dr Chris Hewerith (Christian-Muslim scholar)

Dr Chris Hewer comes from a background in Christian theology, education, Islamic studies and inter-faith studies and has worked in the field of Muslims in Britain and Christian-Muslim relations since 1986, first at the Centre for the Study of Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations at Selly Oak in Birmingham and from 1999 to 2005, as the adviser on Inter-Faith Relations to the Bishop of Birmingham. He recently spoke with Sainey Darboe....

Breaking the omerta: One woman’s recount of her MOJA activism (part 4)

“The police had to see everything, know, understand and have power over everything. The strength and perfection of their machinery appears all the more terrible because of the unsuspected resources they dragged up from the depth of the human soul....

Stopping the division in Islam

The Muslim ummah needs unity and healing to be able to hold onto the ancient teachings of the Qur'an and the prophetic sunnah. These two sources of Islamic law and guidance have always emphasised the need for unity and abhorrence of sectarianism. The Qur'an commands the believers in very clear words: “And hold fast, all of you together, to the rope of Allah, and be not divided among yourselves.” This command is an equivocal call to all Muslims wherever they might be. To collectively unite and avoid division and stay far from it.

And then she said: (By Alieu A Bah (Immortal X))

Aren't we but theological misfits Obnoxious to the powers that be Filling the Pharisees with rage Denying that our God dwell apart We died to death itself, many moons ago Survived the aftermath of dear life ...........

Breaking the omerta: One woman’s recount of her MOJA activism (part 3)

“To speak of the struggle….simply does not work here. Instead, we used a simple language….we had to avoid giving the peasants the impression that we were strangers who had come to teach them lessons. We placed ourselves in the situation of someone who has come to learn and slowly the villagers discovered by themselves… that there is exploitation.” Amilcar Cabral (Revolutionary Leadership and People's War).....

Re: GCCI trade fair

Dear editor, Allow me space in your paper to share my thoughts on the ongoing GCCI trade fair, and the recent press briefing that the chamber organised to talk about the state of the fair. First of all, the purchasing power of the Gambian public has been suffering from the ongoing economic hardship that we all know. That is no secret. If traders are complaining about low or lack of sales at the trade fair when they paid where lot of money to have stalls and exhibit their goods, I think the GCCI should admit that, and use the experience to strategise on how to better manage the fair next time...

The illusion of our civilisation

“Modernity holds out lifestyle options centered on the self, and on the lower, agitated possibilities of the human condition. Every word of every magazine now breathes the message of the ego: explore yourself, free yourself, be yourself. Buy a Porsche to express your identity; dress in a cacharel suit to make a statement about yourself; be seen in the right places....

Extremism: A historical disease and its cure

The rise of the darkest form of irrationalism coupled with blind dogma, and intolerant fundamentalism is now defining the landscape of a region, once known for its great mystical and tolerant theological scholars. West Africa has become in very recent times a bastion for the breed of a burnt-out type of Islam. A dogmatic, literalist and anthropomorphic theology, which found its following within the ranks and file of the extremist Salafi movement. It's a movement that's characterised by mostly young people, who in the beginning are very sober minded but gradually get tainted with the deep and darker beliefs of a movement that abhors anything innovative and creative within the realms of the religion....

Breaking the omerta:One woman’s recount of her MOJA activisim (Part 2)

Dumo Sarho was arrested on that fateful October morning. He was first taken to the Serrekunda Police Station, where the Special Branch team picked up Nicholas Kujabi who said he was going to a naming ceremony. According to Dumo, Nicholas had nothing to do with the arrest but his remarks were much unwarranted. May his soul rest in peace!...

On the reopening of The Standard

At 8pm on 31st December 2013, the state broadcaster GRTS television announced that President Yahya Jammeh has ordered the reopening of The Standard newspaper. On March 10th, the Bakau-based daily resumed publications. Over the weekend our reporters sampled some public opinion on the newspapers....

Re: Letter to the editor and proprietor of The Standard newspaper by one Sitaba Darboe

Dear editor, I was very perturbed, extremely flabbergasted and provoked beyond all human endurance, when I read in the Wednesday 12th March 2014 publication of your newspaper, a highly defamatory letter to the editor, with the caption:- “RE: TRIBUTE TO ARCHBISHOP DR. JOHNSON”, which was written by one “Sitaba Darboe of Bakoteh”, who fallaciously claims to know me “…for long time”. For a start, I do not know any “Sitaba Darboe” in my entire life....

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