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Old 06-04-2008, 10:08 AM   #1
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Bono wants a United States of Africa...

Bono wants United States of Africa: newspaper
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TOKYO (AFP) — Pop star and activist Bono has called for the creation of a United States of Africa, saying that a pan-continental identity would serve as a catalyst for resolving its conflicts.

The U2 frontman, who was in Japan to take part in a major development conference last week, said that a United States of Africa "would be the dream" in the long term.

"I think a kind of broader African identity is going to be very important to deal with tribal tensions," Bono told Tuesday's Asahi Shimbun, where he served as a guest-editor for a special Africa edition on Saturday.

The Irish rock star said that developing a broader identity may seem largely "poetic," but has been proven successful.

"Irish people used to always have a little giggle when they would see Americans saluting their flags in schools, and then the whole standing there, singing the flag thing," Bono said.

"But as you get to know a little bit more about things, you start to think, ah, there's so many different tribal groups in the United States, that to create a national identity of that size, they had to really work at this kind of patriotism," he said.

The African Union was created in 2002 with inspiration from the European Union, but critics say the body has lacked the funds and political will to take effective action on the continent's flashpoints.

It intervened in 2004 in the strife-torn western Sudanese region of Darfur, but has relinquished leadership to the United Nations to form a joint peacekeeping force.

However, an African Union-backed force in March for the first time removed a renegade leader in an intervention in the Comoros island of Anjouan.


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Are you married to him?

Anyway, interesting idea. I have thought about this in the past. If it reduces tensions and helps move the continent forward then
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I don't see why this is negative. We all know Bono is a big fan of community and net-working. IF something like that can work out and improve the lives of people, I don't see why this should be a bad concept. People HAVE to work together to overcome tensions and solve problems.

Maybe Bono isn't using the right words, but he's a visionary and sometimes a little over the top in his enthusiasm. It's not on him to make decisions like this anyway, but I think the concept is worth thinking about.

By the way, this idea isn't new, he's spoken of it before. Bono has more insight into African issues than most of us here, he must really believe in such a concept to talk about it like that.
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America will never stand for this - there is only one USA... that is all.
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America will never stand for this - there is only one USA... that is all.
All they have to do is change it to UCA then... United Countries of Africa. Problem solved.
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great in theory, not plausible in reality.
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All they have to do is change it to UCA then... United Countries of Africa. Problem solved.


there u go...


I think zoots should run for president of the UCA....
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What's funny is that a lot of people (ignorantly) think of Africa as one single entity already...
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Why not. EU are trying to form a United States of Europe.
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This is gonna be a hard task even for a powerful person like Bono...
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YouTube - bob marley africa united

this is not Bono's...or even Bob's, idea, nor a new one*, not by a long shot....so it makes one wonder why it can't happen, what's the real reason? I'd argue it has little to do with tribal differences, really.




*most credit Marcus Garvey with the first public call for the United States of Africa, in his 1924 poem entitled "Hail, United States of Africa". His desire, as expressed in his editorial in Negro World was that the "union must know no clime, boundary, or nationality… let us hold together under all climes and in every country".

The poem read:

Hail! United States of Africa-free!
Hail! Motherland most bright, divinely fair!
State in perfect sisterhood united,
Born of truth; mighty thou shalt ever be.

Hail! Sweet land of our father’s noble kin!
Let joy within thy bounds be ever known;
Friend of the wandering poor, and helpless, thou,
Light to all, such as freedom’s reigns within.
From Liberia’s peaceful western coast
To the foaming Cape at the southern end,
There’s but one law and sentiment sublime,
One flag, and its emblem of which we boast.
The Nigerias are all united now,
Sierra Leone and the Gold Coast, too.
Gambia, Senegal, not divided,
But in one union happily bow.
The treason of the centuries is dead,
All alien whites are forever gone;
The glad home of Sheba is once more free,
As o’er the world the black n-tan raised his head.
Bechuanaland, a State with Kenya,
Members of the Federal Union grand,
Send their greetings to sister Zanzibar,
Over in Grand Mother Mozambique,
The pretty Union Flag floats in the air,
She is sister to good Somaliland,
Smiling with the children of Dahomey.
Three lusty cheers for old Basutoland,
Timbuctoo, Tunis and Algeria,
Uganda, Kamerun, all together
Are in the Union with Nyasaland.
We waited long for fiery Morocco,
Now with Guinea and Togo she has come,
All free and equal in the sisterhood,
Like Swazi, Zululand and the Congo.
There is no state left out of the Union-
The East, West, North, South, including Central,
Are in the nation, strong forever,
Over blacks in glorious dominion.
Hail! United States of Africa-free!
Country of the brave black man’s liberty;
State of greater nationhood thou hast won,
A new life for the race is just begun.
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Okay Bono, whatever you say
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People jump on him because he's Bono. If this came from a politician, it would be different. Bono knows one or two things about these issues. And this isn't a new idea, it's not like he made that up some days ago.
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