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Tuesday, July 3, 2007

The New USA, The United States of Africa?

Finally, a conversation about African Unity. it appears that the worst President Ever, may be a uniter after all. He has caused many Africans and African Americans to discuss the serious possibility of working toward a United States of Africa. The BBC is covering the story closely, as is the United States. Here at home, in America, The AfroSpear is following developments closely.

Here is a recent post from by asabagna at The AfroSpear:

Beginning on Sunday 01 July 2007, the African Union is holding a 3-day summit in Accra, Ghana, where the primary issues of discussion will be the genocide in Darfur (notably absent is the Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir) and African unity. Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi has called for a United States of Africa, underscored by the warning that “Africa must unite or die.” This call, although noble and warranted, brings to my mind the words to a popular song: “to dream the impossible dream….”

Back in the day, as I was going through university and my revolutionary spirit was awakening, I looked upon Gaddafi as somewhat of a hero as he was utilizing his oil money to support revolutionary movements against capitalist imperialism and domination around the world. Back then he also called for a single African continental government, and separately, the unification of all Arab states into one nation. However, he became somewhat of a pariah with the world, and with me also I must admit, after his government was implicated in the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland in 1988. He has largely renounced his Pan-Arabian vision but once again is calling for the 53 member states of the African Union to embrace the idea of a single African government, a common foreign policy, a single currency and a 2 million strong armed forces. His rational is that it will allow Africa as a whole, to be in a better position to compete in the globalized economy and negotiate on an equal footing with a united Europe, U.S.A., Japan and China. AND he is right! More HERE

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