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      The African Union is NOT Pan-Africanism...no matter who says it is!


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      In an email, that is being circulated by World African Diaspora Union (WADU) about the recent activities in Senegal that WADU participated in, you will find the following statement:

      "Son of Harlem Marcus Garvey first brought up the idea of a “United States of Africa” in 1924 in his poem “Hail, United States of Africa.” This idea helped to birth and fuel the Pan-Africanist Movement. The idea culminated in 1945 with the Fifth Pan-African Congress in Manchester... From that meeting came the idea of a union of African states, which became what is now known as the African Union."


      "A United States of Africa
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      by ELINOR TATUM

      Now perhaps our brothers and sisters are still unable to grasp the not at all subtle distinctions between a true united States of Africa, a true Union Government of Africa, and the current association of leaders of the African Union, most of whom are in fact in the employ of racist imperialism. This kind of ideological under-development of individuals and institutions that perceive themselves as our leaders is indicative of the many tasks that the people have to successfully discharge if we are to achieve Pan-Africanism.

      The African Union could be a United States of Africa, a truly Pan-African Union of States, but first it will have to be purged of the forces who equate progress with the acceptance of the criminal classes who have seized the global wealth by means of genocide, wide spread warfare, state terrorism, piracy and other forms of international crimes.

      If you have good relationships with the folks at WADU, it is in your interest, or rather our interest, to assist them to see the errors in their policy, and their way of doing things, the methods which spring from their mistaken policies, so that they can contribute to the founding of what all of us say we want, namely Pan-Africanism, a state and society powerful enough to protect and enhance the existence of every African around the world and thus create strong conditions for the advancement of world peace and prosperity.

      There is no sentiment in such matters, as there is way too much at stake for playing liberal games.

      We all would prefer that the AU would be a help rather than a hindrance in building Pan-Africanism, in building a Union Government as envisionsed by Nkrumah, but we will not pretend that the AU is doing so, when in fact they are working overtime to stymie the project, just as Nyerere and others did in the past. Let us not throw history out of the window in an exchange for a false feeling of unity.

      Unity with diversity is fine; but unity must be based on something in common, there is not yet sufficient commonality between the AU elitist, pro-monopoly capitalist majority and the Pan-Africanists...and in fact it is up to them to change or meet the full, and unforgiving, judgment of the aroused people once they are forced to take an even harder look at those that pass as leaders.

      By the way if they are going to masquerade as leaders of Pan-Africanism, you would think they would at least do enough study of our history to know that Garvey was not a son of Harlem, he was born in Jamaica, and of course he was in reality a son of Africa...but the AU is just as bad when it comes to Garvey on their main paper on the development of Pan-Africanism, the author has him as being born in Trinidad...that is not the caliber of people who will be able to bring us liberation; for as everyone knows the history of a people is essential to get right if you want to progress in the current era and lay a strong foundation for the future....and this idea they have of trying to convince us that the European-US axis is no longer the major threat to Africa is ridiculous at best.

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      Good article. Africa doesn't have a great deal of time to get this right...monopoly capitalism is on the hunt AGAIN for resources. scarcity is the motivation this time... energy is now the objective....but increasingly it is food and soon it will be water... Africa is on the radar. If we do not wish to see massive imperialist farms set up on African land surrounded by barbwire and "protected" from starving Africans by 30mm machine guns we had better get on the march.

      Pan-Africanism or Perish!
      The most powerful weapon in the hands of the oppressor is the mind of the oppressed.

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      Quote Originally Posted by RWalker View Post
      In an email, that is being circulated by World African Diaspora Union (WADU) about the recent activities in Senegal that WADU participated in, you will find the following statement:

      "Son of Harlem Marcus Garvey first brought up the idea of a “United States of Africa” in 1924 in his poem “Hail, United States of Africa.” This idea helped to birth and fuel the Pan-Africanist Movement. The idea culminated in 1945 with the Fifth Pan-African Congress in Manchester... From that meeting came the idea of a union of African states, which became what is now known as the African Union."


      "A United States of Africa
      "
      by ELINOR TATUM

      Now perhaps our brothers and sisters are still unable to grasp the not at all subtle distinctions between a true united States of Africa, a true Union Government of Africa, and the current association of leaders of the African Union, most of whom are in fact in the employ of racist imperialism. This kind of ideological under-development of individuals and institutions that perceive themselves as our leaders is indicative of the many tasks that the people have to successfully discharge if we are to achieve Pan-Africanism.

      The African Union could be a United States of Africa, a truly Pan-African Union of States, but first it will have to be purged of the forces who equate progress with the acceptance of the criminal classes who have seized the global wealth by means of genocide, wide spread warfare, state terrorism, piracy and other forms of international crimes.

      If you have good relationships with the folks at WADU, it is in your interest, or rather our interest, to assist them to see the errors in their policy, and their way of doing things, the methods which spring from their mistaken policies, so that they can contribute to the founding of what all of us say we want, namely Pan-Africanism, a state and society powerful enough to protect and enhance the existence of every African around the world and thus create strong conditions for the advancement of world peace and prosperity.

      There is no sentiment in such matters, as there is way too much at stake for playing liberal games.

      We all would prefer that the AU would be a help rather than a hindrance in building Pan-Africanism, in building a Union Government as envisionsed by Nkrumah, but we will not pretend that the AU is doing so, when in fact they are working overtime to stymie the project, just as Nyerere and others did in the past. Let us not throw history out of the window in an exchange for a false feeling of unity.

      Unity with diversity is fine; but unity must be based on something in common, there is not yet sufficient commonality between the AU elitist, pro-monopoly capitalist majority and the Pan-Africanists...and in fact it is up to them to change or meet the full, and unforgiving, judgment of the aroused people once they are forced to take an even harder look at those that pass as leaders.

      By the way if they are going to masquerade as leaders of Pan-Africanism, you would think they would at least do enough study of our history to know that Garvey was not a son of Harlem, he was born in Jamaica, and of course he was in reality a son of Africa...but the AU is just as bad when it comes to Garvey on their main paper on the development of Pan-Africanism, the author has him as being born in Trinidad...that is not the caliber of people who will be able to bring us liberation; for as everyone knows the history of a people is essential to get right if you want to progress in the current era and lay a strong foundation for the future....and this idea they have of trying to convince us that the European-US axis is no longer the major threat to Africa is ridiculous at best.
      Especially when the A.U. is capitulating with the U.S. neo-colonial AFRICOM in establishing imperial U.S. military bases(garrisons) in Africa:

      New Colonialism: Pentagon Carves Africa Into Military Zones

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      Quote Originally Posted by Aragorn View Post
      Especially when the A.U. is capitulating with the U.S. neo-colonial AFRICOM in establishing imperial U.S. military bases(garrisons) in Africa:

      New Colonialism: Pentagon Carves Africa Into Military Zones

      I TOTALLY AGREE THAT AU ( AFRICAN UNION ) IS NOT PANAFRICANISM . THE ONLY ONE I KNOW IS OAU ( ORGANISATION OF AFRICAN UNIT ) WHICH DERIVED OR DERIVES FROM PANAFRICANISM . INSTEAD AU IS A DERIVATION OF EU ( EUROPEAN UNION TO DESTROY AFRICA ( OR PER RECOLONISATION OF AFRICA ) :


      The point to make here and is of importance for our African people and other peoples to recall and know is the distinction between African Unity and the African Union.



      African Unity is the consciousness behind the movement of a group of people of different racial origin or political perceptions towards unity.




      The purpose of this unity is to defend the existance of the People of Africa. This is the definition of African Unity.




      The reason is that from 1440 – 1840 the period of the Slave Trade took place. Africans became a commodity to be traded in. When this was fought by the Africans against the Europeans and the Arab - Asians the substitution of Slave Trade became : Civilization , Commerce and Christianity which came to be known as the Colonization of the People of Africa (1840 - 2000). Decolonization started 1960.




      The Slave trade and Colonization created divisions among the People of Africa. There were Anglophone Africans who created a culture of a group of Africans. Francophonie African was another group of Africans. The third group was Lusophone. Ladophone was the the fourth and the last was North Africa associated as a part of Francophonie Africa and Arabicphonie . In otherwards Four then Five major different African identities and cultures were created from 1440 to 1960, resulting in differences and conflicts due to antagonisms and internal opposition amongst one another.




      To solve the problem of African disunity on a continental basis the concept of African Unity was born. A Unity of the Francophone, Anglophone, Lusophone , Arabic phone and Ladophone Africa.




      This Unity took form as several groups such as the Casablanca group, Brassaville group, Monorovia group and the Sudanic group where different existing countries whether dependent or independent aligned themselves.




      This view was born out of Pan Africanism which was founded around 1840 and 1860 but was properly recognized in 1897. The first meeting took place in 1900. This was the Paris and Lissabon meetings. It was Pan Africanist.




      This meeting consisted of Black Africans from the continent of Africa, America, Asia, Europe and Oceania. So from 1900 to 1945, when the Manchester Conference of Pan Africanists was held, there was no proper perception of African Unity as yet.




      But , On the 25th of may 1947 during a birthday ceremony organised by Jomo kenyatta (Deputy Secretary) and Kwame Nkrumah (Secretary) for John Anacleto Atobua Agami , King of Lado by then and (Chairman for the organisation of African Chiefs) the concept that Pan Africanism is not enough if it does not have a root in the Mother continent was discussed.




      This gave to birth to what is described as African Unity. Meaning , the Pan Africanist movement for the African people. The secretary still remained Francis Kwame Nkrumah of Gold Coast (now Ghana), Dept. Secretary was Johnston Kamau (later known as Kenyatta) from Kenya colony and Mombasa Coast Protectorate (Kenya).




      Col. John Anacleto Atobua Agami King of Lado remained the chairman. Col John Atobua Agami was assasinated by the British in 1948, as he was considered politically dangerous as his actions were against European colonial interests as a whole.




      As the entire Africa (excluding Ethiopia, Liberia, Egypt and Republic of South Africa , RSA) was colonized, it was not possible to expand and organise the new association of African Unity. It was finally revived by the Secretary of the African unity association, founded in London the 25th of May 1947, Francis Kwame Nkrumah who became prime minister of Gold Coast in 1957.




      It was revived through the embassy of Sudan in the UK, due to the Suez war of 1956 and Egypt was represented by India in this meeting of independent African States. The purpose and objective of the London meeting in 1957 was to organise a conference for the dependent and independent African countries in Gold Coast (Ghana) in 1958 Accra.




      This 1958 meeting took place with Kwame Nkrumah as the Chairman. The objectives were the Land of Africa, the Labour and Liberation of the African peoples from the colonial yoke and slavery. This was developed from 1958-1961. This culminated with the Lagos conference of 1961 which brought together the Casablanca group, the Monorovia group and the Brassaville group.




      In 1963 the organisation was finally founded in Addis Abbaba whereby its charter was approved on the 25th may. This date was chosen in honour of the assasinated Chairman of the African Chiefs ( and African Unity association ) Col. John Anacleto Atobua Agami King of Lado as it was his date of birth. This is what came to be known as the Organisation of African Unity.



      Now we come to the African Union.




      In the first place the African Union is not seeking for unity as previously described.




      The Organisation of African Unity had developed the Lagos action Plan of 1980, establishing the African Charter of Human and Peoples Rights in 1981. The only Human Rights charter recognizing collective rights ( Nairobi conference 21st June 1981). Drawing Africa`s priority program for recovery in 1985 and finally drawing up the Treaty establishing the African Economic Community and other actions which were to take form as African unity.




      The concept of the African Union was to implement the African Unity programs and activities. This was to be done through the establishment of a Constitutive act based on the OAU Charter. The aim being to implement the programs of the OAU from 1980 to 1997. For this a meeting was called on the initiative of the OAU in July 1999 arranged an OAU conference which took place in Libya on the 9th of September 1999 ( Sirte ).




      In fact , Here the possible reforms were to be looked at and developed into possible programs for the unity of the people of Africa. A suggestion to establish a constitutive act based on the OAU charter of 25th May,1963 was agreed upon.




      It was not a change of charter. A charter is the Basic body of rules creating a legal personality. A constitutive act is a drawing up of administrative proceeding/rules to improve the organisation or legal personality. In short I am saying A constitutive act is administrative law based on a Charter. Therefore the AU Constitutive act of 11th July 2000 is not a Charter but administrave law, based on a Charter which is body rules for creating the unity of the African Peoples and the Continent of Africa.




      This makes the African Union constitutive Charter , an illegal act as a replacement of the OAU Charter. It is an attempt to change the OAU Charter which is the backbone and Protection against the recolonisation of the continent of Africa and the people of Africa. The African Union (11th July 2000) opens the door for Europe to recolonize Africa, just like the Paris resolution of 3rd August of 1875 laid the foundation for the partition of Africa 1885, following the slave trade of 1440. Africans must realise the OAU charter is still valid and is a tool for the defence of the African people and Continent of Africa.




      The funny thing ( makes people LOL ) is they transferred the constitutive act of Lome (Togo) 11th July 2000, transferred the African countries under the supervision and administration of the European Union, which is in short an act of Recolonisation of the African continent, with NEPAD being the programs through which the European Union can dictate to the Africans what they can do and cannot do.




      We in Lado we like to joke that NEPAD stands for New European Partnership for African Domination although they claim it stands for New Economic Partnership for African Development. DO YOU GET THE SENSE OF THE JOKE ?




      The African Union is not a legal personality but an administrative structure through which recolonisation is being practiced .

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