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News Roundup for January 27, 2017

Outspeak | Posted 01.27.2017 | HuffPost Live 321

Welcome to the new version of reality. Welcome to Trump's reality.

West Africa Is No Place For Shopworn Dictators

Evelyn Leopold | Posted 01.26.2017 | Home
Evelyn Leopold

The man elected as president in December, Adama Barrow, returned home on Thursday from exile in Senegal to cheering crowds.

Gambia President To Stay In Office For 3 More Months, Despite Losing Election

Reuters | Jade Walker | Posted 01.18.2017 | Home

BANJUL (Reuters) - Gambia’s National Assembly has passed a resolution to allow President Yahya Jammeh, who lost an election in December, to stay in ...

Gambia Voted To Oust Its Dictator, But He Isn't Going Quietly

The Huffington Post | Nick Robins-Early | Posted 01.17.2017 | Home

The small West African nation of Gambia is rapidly approaching a crucial deadline. On Thursday, authoritarian President Yahya Jammeh’s 23-year-long ...

Gambia in the 'Age of Choice'

Young Professionals in Foreign Policy | Posted 12.17.2016 | Home
Young Professionals in Foreign Policy

By Michelle DeFreese From multiple perspectives, Gambia defies conventional knowledge and practices of international relations and foreign affairs. O...

For These African Migrants, Life In China Isn't What They Were Promised

The China Africa Project | Farah_Mohamed | Posted 08.10.2016 | Home

They did not know very much about China but they had heard it was the world’s second-largest economy and Africa’s leading trading partner, so they...

China and The Philippines' Dual South China Sea Challenge

Daniel Wagner | Posted 07.13.2016 | Home
Daniel Wagner

The ruling raises a host of questions - for China, for the Philippines (which brought the action against China to the PCA), and for the other nations bordering the South China Sea, which also have ongoing disputes with Beijing on the same subject.

Unprecedented Protests Hit One Of The World's Most Repressive Countries

The Huffington Post | Nick Robins-Early | Posted 05.13.2016 | Home

Every week, we bring you one overlooked aspect of stories that made news in recent days. Did you notice the media forgot all about another story’s b...

China and Gambia Reestablish Diplomatic Ties

Taylor Butch | Posted 03.21.2016 | Home
Taylor Butch

On March 17, China and the Islamic Republic of Gambia signed a communique to resume diplomatic ties, effective immediately. China and Gambia, a small...

Gambia's Ban On Female Genital Mutilation Isn't Enough To Stop Practice, Experts Say

The Huffington Post | Eleanor Goldberg | Posted 12.08.2015 | Home

While advocates have celebrated Gambia’s recent ban on female genital mutilation as a necessary first step, they aren’t convinced that girls there...

Gambia's President Blames Foreign-Backed Dissidents For Attack On Capital

Reuters | Posted 03.03.2015 | Home

BANJUL, Dec 31 (Reuters) - Gambia's President Yahya Jammeh returned to Banjul on Wednesday and accused dissidents backed by unnamed foreign powers o...

Gambian President Returns Home After Reports Of Coup Attempt

Reuters | Posted 03.02.2015 | Home

BANJUL, Dec 31 (Reuters) - Gambia's President Yahya Jammeh returned to Banjul on Wednesday and shops and banks reopened, a day after gunfire erupted...

Soldiers Lock Down Gambian Capital After Overnight Shooting

Reuters | Posted 03.01.2015 | Home

BANJUL, Dec 30 (Reuters) - Gambia's President Yahya Jammeh said he was returning home from Chad late on Tuesday, after gunfire erupted around the pres...

Twelve Years a Slave and African Heritage Tourism

Stefan Simanowitz | Posted 05.29.2014 | Home
Stefan Simanowitz

"Watching Kunte Kinte's story unfold had a profound impact on my developing sense of identity," says Ade Akinboyewa of the television series based on ...

West Africa: Travels in the Lands of Mosques and Mangoes

Rachel Stern | Posted 06.07.2014 | Home
Rachel Stern

Ubiquitous mangoes, grandiose mosques, endless coastlines and welcoming locals are the core images that come to mind when I reflect on the three months I spent in West Africa.

Video: Fighting Back Against Anti-Gay Laws in Africa

Kelly Cogswell | Posted 02.02.2016 | Home
Kelly Cogswell

Anti-gay laws are sweeping across Africa, from Nigeria to Uganda. On Friday, as part of a Global Day of Action, hundreds of LGBT Africans and their allies protested in New York, encouraging Americans to get involved.

Why All LGBT People Should Care About Places Like Russia, Uganda and Gambia

Kevin Jennings | Posted 02.02.2016 | Home
Kevin Jennings

As barriers to legal equality seem to be falling like dominoes in the United States, it's easy for LGBT Americans and their allies to feel a sense of giddiness. But even as the momentum in the U.S. seems to be accelerating in the right direction, a disturbing countertrend has emerged.

Arizona and Uganda: How the Same Groups Spread the Same Hate Around the Globe

Michelangelo Signorile | Posted 02.02.2016 | Home
Michelangelo Signorile

While we're hopefully beating back this law in Arizona, with anti-gay forces claiming it's about religious freedom and not about discrimination, keep in mind that their goal is to see homosexuality criminalized and punished around the world.

Kerry Denounces Gambian Leader's 'Unacceptable' Anti-LGBT Comments

The Huffington Post | Ashley Alman | Posted 02.20.2014 | Home

Secretary of State John Kerry responded to harsh, anti-gay comments made by Gambia's President Yahya Jammeh in a Wednesday statement. In a Tuesday ...

African President Warns Homosexuals To Stay Away, Or Regret Being Born

The Huffington Post | Meredith Bennett-Smith | Posted 02.02.2016 | Home

The leader of a small West African nation that receives American humanitarian aid has warned that any gay or lesbians found in his country will "regre...

What If We Sent 1 Million Books to The Gambia?

Patrick Plonski | Posted 12.30.2012 | Home
Patrick Plonski

Tom Warth, the founder of Books For Africa, has done a lot of unusual things to promote charity and education. But nothing has been as important to him as his "African Book Walk: A Hike Across The Gambia to End Their Book Famine."

Trymaine Lee

Rev. Jesse Jackson Celebrates Birthday By Springing American Captives From Gambian Prison | Trymaine Lee | Posted 10.08.2012 | Home

Depending on who's telling it, the Rev. Jesse Jackson is either a civil rights icon and trailblazer or a self-serving opportunist and attention-monger...

Emma Diab

Beverly Berndt: What Money Can Buy | Emma Diab | Posted 07.27.2015 | Home

The kids call her Auntie Bev, though they're not related. She's not from the same country or even from the same continent. Her religion is different, ...

Ignoring Children's Long-term Needs During Disasters Prolongs Their Effects

Anne Goddard | Posted 09.04.2012 | Home
Anne Goddard

Beyond helping the victims survive the crisis healthy and intact, we must help these countries preserve and sustain the gains they have made over many years. And just as importantly, we must ensure that the children of these nations do not bear abiding, irreversible burdens.

20 is Too Young to Die

Mohammad Barry | Posted 07.16.2012 | Home
Mohammad Barry

Wearing an ''HIV positive'' T-shirt, I stood before the world -- specifically, in front of the nations hardest hit by the AIDS epidemic -- and asked politicians to remove the shroud of silence.