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 Where are the African news reports of this event? http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/country_profiles/3870303.stm Even the US African military command centre (AFRICOM) will be built ahead of any African security concerns. http://allafrica.com/stories/200707060807.html 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).