It's interesting what's happening in Africa lately. The AU is currently hosting a summit in Accra, Ghana, where Libyan leader Gaddafi is pushing for tighter political, economic and security integration. Is anyone else wondering why Gaddafi, an Arab leader, is spear-heading this initiative? Here's what a British reporter has to say: http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/comment/columnists/rosemary_righter/article2045509.ece The Times & The Sunday Times News and opinion from The Times & The Sunday Times thetimes.co.uk Where are the African news reports of this event? http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/country_profiles/3870303.stm BBC News - Profile: African Union news.bbc.co.uk Even the US African military command centre (AFRICOM) will be built ahead of any African security concerns. http://allafrica.com/stories/200707060807.html Liberia: President 'Offers' Territory for U.S. Africa Command Since the announcement of the creation of AFRICOM, the new military command post in Africa by the United States, the Liberian government has been pressing for the establishment of Africom's headquarters in the country. allafrica.com I think the first step to real African independence is a reliable news and information network. Something along the lines of Indymedia could be set up quickly and cheaply (http://southafrica.indymedia.org, http://nigeria.indymedia.org, etc).