Senegambia: endless border closures, dysfunctional relations, and the curse of Yahya Jammeh

By Mathew K Jallow Border closures between neighbor countries happen rarely, and when they do, it is typically over issues of significant economic and political interest and weight. The prevalence of indistinguishable artificial boundaries around the world, notwithstanding, most countries expend a considerable amount of effort to promote mutual co-existence, avoid discord, and often disregard [...]

The Gambia: Yahya Jammeh’s fifth term, failed political system, collapsed institutions; the drift towards political calamity

By Mathew K Jallow  In South Africa, the incessant political tremors surrounding Jacob Zuma’s incompetence, center on the charismatic, young firebrand, Julius Malema. In Uganda, the opposition leader, Dr. Kizza Besigye, is not going down without a fight, in the aftermath of that country’s fraudulent elections. And in Burundi, opposition leader, Agathon Rwas, fears the [...]