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December 11, 2013
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The Gambia News
As South Africans pay tribute to Nelson Mandela in churches and other places of worship across South Africa and wait for next weekend's funeral, Gambians are amongst the West Africans looking back and looking forwards. The Gambia's broadcasters have been amongst those to salute the late South African leader's memory.
In another twist in its relations with the outside world, The Gambia has abandoned its longstanding ties with Taiwan, leaving the door open for a strengthened relationship with the People’s Republic of China (PRC).
It is in Africa's best interest to quit institutions that bring " disgrace, humiliation and insult to us" says Gambian President Yahya Jammeh in an exclusive with the New African magazine
Civil society organisations in West Africa need to be more fully implicated in anti-drugs campaigns in a region which faces new challenges on both drugs trafficking and consumption. Both the coastlines of West Africa and the vast swathes of desert in the interior are now belong used by drugs traffickers, who have long established transit routes. Most of the narcotics come from Latin America, arriving by boat or plane.
Weeks on from President Yahyah Jammeh's decision to pull The Gambia out of the Commonwealth, the implications go beyond the political.
Gambian prosecutors on Thursday charged Fatou Camara a journalist and former State house's public relations chief with sedition for disseminating "false" news about President Yahya Jammeh.
Gambian officials have confirmed that the country will not be competing in the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.
The Commonwealth expressed dismay Thursday after Gambia's shock announcement that it had pulled out of what it called a "neo-colonial institution."
The Gambia is to withdraw from the Commonwealth, 48 years after joining. Yahya Jammeh’nation branded the 54-member grouping, which includes the UK and most of its former colonies, a "neo-colonial institution".
Just a few weeks after being sacked, former Chief Justice Joseph Wowo is now in custody, charged with seven counts of giving false information to a ‘public officer’.