PAMBAZUKA NEWS 631: SPECIAL ISSUE: AU/OAU AT 50, CELEBRATION AND REFLECTION

23 May 2013 — Pambazuka News


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Pambazuka News (English edition): ISSN 1753-6839

CONTENTS: 1. Features


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1 Features

CELEBRATING TAJUDEEN, THE OAU AND AU: WHICH WAY AFRICA?
Ama Biney

This special issue celebrates not only 50 years of the Organisation of
African Unity (OAU) and its successor, the African Union (AU), but also the
life of the late Tajudeen Abdul-Raheem, a staunch Pan-Africanist. Some of
the themes of this issue are set out, as well as future challenges facing
the AU and Pan-Africanists
http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/features/87501
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STATE OF THE UNION
Dlamini Zuma

Address by the Chairperson of the African Union Commission, H.E. Dr.
Dlamini Zuma to the Third Pan African Parliament
6 May 2013
http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/features/87496
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THE AFRICAN UNION SPEAKS ABOUT THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY
Jeff DeKock and Aubrey

Pambazuka News interviewed various leaders of the AU Commission and an
Oxfam official about the accomplishments of the AU as well as some of the
challenges and future of continental integration. Follow the links below to
listen to the interviews:

Deputy Chairperson, H.E. Mr. Erastus Mwencha
http://youtu.be/W7Ag1CWzpyo

Commissioner for Social Affairs, H.E. Dr. Mustapha S. Kaloko
http://youtu.be/Ipfzeuh6MyA

Commissioner for Rural Economy and Agriculture, H.E. Mrs. Tumusiime Rhoda
Peace
http://youtu.be/_f2JD0FMjDs

Deputy Head of Communication and Information, Wynne Musabayana
http://youtu.be/7jhgHnumUpY

Oxfam International, Head of Office, Desire Assogbavi
http://youtu.be/kJFndQ6cJ5M

* The interviews were coordinated by Jeff DeKock, Assistant Professor of
Communication Arts, Trinity Christian College, and Coordinator of the
Semester in Kenya
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THE ORGANIZATION OF AFRICAN UNITY (OAU)/AFRICAN UNION AT 50
The Quest for New Foundations of African Solidarity in the 21st Century
Mehari Taddele Maru

The AU has now entered the new fifth era of delivery and democracy to avoid
uprisings and revolutions and to ensure human security by re-inventing
Pan-Africanism for 21st century Africa
http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/features/87498
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THE AFRICAN UNION AT 50: MISSED OPPORTUNITIES AND LESSONS FOR THE FUTURE
Yves Niyiragira

Post-independent African leaders have failed to realise the aspirations and
hopes of self-determination and unity of the African people. There are five
basic steps that AU member states need to take now to put Africans on the
path to full integration
http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/features/87500
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PAN-AFRICANISM AND AFRICAN RENAISSANCE
More questions than answers as the African Union celebrate 50 years
Antony Otieno Ong?ayo

The AU is well placed to articulate the Pan-African agenda for the benefit
of the people, yet the majority of African presidents are busy with
self-preservation and less supportive of initiatives that promote regional
and continental integration. When will the Union to stop being a talking
and become a serious institution?
http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/features/87490
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WHERE IS NKRUMAH?S UNITED STATES OF AFRICA 50 YEARS ON?
Samwin Banienuba

The African Union must cultivate a united Africa and national governments
need to be keenly wary of the divide-and-rule tactics of external powers
pursuing selfish interests
http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/features/87489
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HOW FAR IS THE UNITED STATES OF AFRICA?
Motsoko Pheko

How is it that 50 years on, the OAU/AU has failed in the main objective for
which it was founded? Because the United States of Africa cannot be brought
about by leaders who are not Pan-Africanists
http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/features/87485
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CULTURE AND COMMUNICATION AS TOOL OF DIPLOMACY
Dele Meiji Fatunla

Africa is undergoing an artistic renaissance that could be a part of the
African Union?s approach in communicating the aspirations of Africa and
Africans, engaging Africans in critical discussion and representing the
potential strength in the diversity of the continent
http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/features/87487
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THE AFRICAN UNION: IS IT TIME FOR CULTURAL DIPLOMACY TO TAKE CENTRE-STAGE?
Ade Daramy

It is time for the African Union to push for cultural diplomacy in the form
of a Museum of African Music, Arts and Culture as an entity for both
preservation and a celebration of our similarities as well as the richness
of our cultural diversity
http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/features/87494
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DEVELOPMENT AND THE DOUBLE-SIDED MIRROR
Tunde Jegede

There is a need for a cultural rebirth in Africa as part of the radical
economic and social transformation of the continent. A new African
consciousness that is free from the chains of ?colonial?, ?post-colonial?
and ?decolonial? must be located in African reference points
http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/features/87491
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OUR FUTURE GROWN IN AFRICA
Agriculture in the African Union
Mbongeni Ngulube

Food security has been a major concern for Africans over the decades but,
surpringly, the OAU/AU did little to support agriculture and other forms of
food production. This needs to change, beginning with effective support for
the small-scale farmer
http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/features/87499
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PEACE IN OUR TIME
Onyekachi Wambu

Given that the roots of so much intra-state conflict is lack of social
justice, inequality and marginalisation suffered by different groups,
strategies on removing these obstacles and building intra-group solidarity
should be the key peace-building pan-African project of the next 50 years
http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/features/87486
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TAJUDEEN MEMORIAL 2013
Taju?s love for young and old
Dede Amanor-Wilks

I believe that Tajudeen loved young people because he could see in them the
potential to transform society for the better before it transformed
individuals for the worse
http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/features/87483
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FOUR YEARS ON THE SPIRIT OF THE AFRICAN SOLDIER THE INDEFATIGABLE DR
TAJUDEEN ABDUL-RAHEEM LIVES ON
Sonny Onyegbula

In a personal reflection of the late Dr.Tajudeen Abdul-Raheem, a foremost
champion of Pan-Africanism in recent years, he is remembered as one who
spoke truth to the powerful and the powerless with indefatigable commitment
to the poor of Africa
http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/features/87493
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A DIFFERENT ?JUBILEE?: FRESH CHANCE AT 50 FOR AU ON JUSTICE?
Otsieno Namwaya and Elizabeth Evenson

In accordance with its founding principles, the AU must actively encourage
its members to strengthen domestic justice mechanisms and, where they are
either weak or blocked politically, to embrace the ICC as a court of last
resort
http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/features/87484
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AFRICA AND US IMPERIALISM
Post-colonial crises and the imperatives of the African revolution
Abayomi Azikiwe

A reflection on five decades since the formation of the Organization of
African Unity (OAU), while the Pentagon and NATO escalate their war drive
on the continent
http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/features/87495
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AU COMING OF AGE A CAUSE FOR CELEBRATION?
Titi. A. Banjoko

The focus of the next 50 years for the African Union should be to move from
being a rigid bureaucracy to an agile organisation, which is able to flex
and move at speed in a global society
http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/features/87488
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50 YEARS AFTER, IS THE AU, FORMERLY THE OAU, A SUCCESS OR FAILURE?
Theodore Menelik-Mfuni

In terms of Africa?s decolonisation and integration the OAU and the AU have
a mixed score. It is important to allow time for some of the AU?s policies
to start biting.
http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/features/87492
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THE BIRTH OF THE OAU
Cameron Duodu

Africans yearn to come and go within the continent without visas; to work
where they like; and expect to be treated as if they were ?home? ? despite
being far away from the territorial limits into which they were originally
born
http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/features/87497
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2 Advocacy & campaigns

AFRICAN CIVIL SOCIETY CALLS FOR AU ACTION ON ERITREA

In a petition, the organisations say the ongoing widespread and systematic
nature of human rights violations in Eritrea underlines the need for
continued and urgent action by the African Union
http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/advocacy/87503
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