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Thursday, July 12, 2007

United States of Africa

A story came out in The Statesman last week that I didn't see in any westernized media, although I hear that CNN did cover it. See Accra Declaration for details about a major development that could have a huge impact on our world:

The African Union has decided to move toward a single Union Government, which could mean a single set of laws governing a massive and diverse continent of nearly a billion people and, currently, 53 diverse nations. Some of them are dictatorships, some democracies; some are fairly wealthy, some extremely poor; some are agrarian, some have oil. I don't know how it will work, but it will definitely change Africa and thus, the world.

4 comments:

Melissa said...

I wonder what (unofficial) role the USA, World Bank and WTO have played/are playing in this...

benjibopper said...

that's a very good question. I think though that the EU, USA and other economic powerhouses may not love the idea. If it works (an extremely long shot in my outsider opinion) it could be a strong competitor eventually.

Benowen said...

I always thought it would be a good idea for Africa to be one country but I fear it is a long way off. As you say, there are so many and diverse peoples there it will take a long time but any step in that direction is good.I do not claim to actually know anything about world politics but I share John Lennon's dream of a world without borders.

benjibopper said...

It would be nice wouldn't it?