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Human Rights is a sham: A dispatch from the Neocolonial state
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Politics and Society Human Rights is a sham: A dispatch from the Neocolonial state

A reminder to Africans on the imperative need to move beyond the liberalist mere discourse of rights, towards an objective and concrete overhaul of their material condition. Alieu Bah here used his country, The Gambia as a pretext as to the failure of that liberal Democratic model and contemplating the complicity of the new kind of African activist in this scheme of neocolonialism.

Cartoon: The Gambia- Dawn of a new era
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Politics and Society Cartoon: The Gambia- Dawn of a new era

Last week, Yahya Jammeh boarded a private jet leaving The Gambia after 22 years at the helm of the small West African country. Jammeh’s departure came after protracted negotiations and a swift military intervention led by the regional body, the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS). His departure has been widely applauded and hailed as a monumental step, which could bode well for democracy and renewal in The Gambia. President Adama Barrow is expected in the country today, and there’s hope that President Barrow’s arrival will usher in a new beginning in a country which has had only two leaders since its independence attained in 1965.

Cartoon: Uncertainty shrouds The Gambia’s impending presidential inauguration
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Politics and Society Cartoon: Uncertainty shrouds The Gambia’s impending presidential inauguration

In a few days U.S. President Barack Obama will leave office paving way for President-elect Donald Trump, who will be inaugurated on Friday, 20 January 2017. Ghana recently witnessed a smooth transfer of power with the inauguration of President Nana Akufo-Addo. In The Gambia, things are not so quite clear, President Yahya Jammeh who lost last year’s election is supposed to leave office paving way for the victor, President-elect Adama Barrow. The inauguration is scheduled to take place on Thursday, 19 January 2017 when Jammeh’s term officially ends. The country is on tenterhooks as President Jammeh remains resolute that he will challenge the election result, despite having initially accepted defeat, and pledging to oversee a smooth transfer of power.