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The African Union has to act in order to put an end
by Omar Bongo

The African Union has to act in order to put an end
to armed conflicts that undermine the continent,
to fight against the devastation caused by AIDS and
other contagious diseases,
to promote sustainable development of its member states.
- Omar Bongo

In brief, Western democracy, as other political models,
is not exportable to all regions of the world.
- Omar Bongo

It is not right to associate the fight against international
terrorist networks with an imaginary crusade against Islam.
- Omar Bongo

But the Western countries that link their partnership
with the poorest countries with respect for democracy
also have to consider that they have obligations towards these countries.
- Omar Bongo

 

Information on the Internet must be as free as in the newspapers.
- Omar Bongo

In short, we have, among African countries,
a duty of solidarity.
- Omar Bongo

The free market economy is supposed to be the only
path leading to the happiness of humanity by promoting wealth and prosperity,
power and influence of nations.
- Omar Bongo

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Economic sanctions rarely achieve the desired results.
- Omar Bongo

But since independence, Gabon is one of the few countries
in Central Africa that enjoys peace and stability.
- Omar Bongo

Certainly, Africa accounts for only l % of world trade,
and we cannot assure our development on our own.
- Omar Bongo

For about ten years now, the struggle for democracy
and the respect of human rights has been in the focus point -
if not a commodity -
of political groups aiming to rise to power.
- Omar Bongo

I am in favor of complete freedom of information and
of free access to the new communication tools,
in particular the Internet.
- Omar Bongo

Globalization, far from putting an end to power diplomacy between States,
has, on the contrary, intensified it.
- Omar Bongo

There is an idea of democracy produced by one-sided thinking.
- Omar Bongo

It is important to stress: Africa is also a victim
of the September 11 attacks.
- Omar Bongo

Because the world is in economic recession,
which worsened since this drama happened,
and our country will bear the burden of all of these consequences.
- Omar Bongo

If the Soviet Union and the United States have not
experienced direct military confrontations,
on the other hand, they supported, armed and trained Africans,
to fight other Africans.
- Omar Bongo

Instead of ideological objectives of a political nature,
today we are faced with ideological objectives of economic nature.
- Omar Bongo

The introduction of political pluralism often quickly led to bad results.
- Omar Bongo

The birth of the African Union should encourage us
to reexamine relations between African States.
- Omar Bongo

The principle of responsibility and collective sanctions
is incompatible with the Western concept of justice.
- Omar Bongo

Do not forget that the Arab countries,
starting with Algeria and Egypt, are the ones that
have paid the heaviest toll because of Islamic terror.
- Omar Bongo

The shock caused by the September 11 events has also
lead to a thorough reflection on the existing disparity
between rich and poor countries,
on the misery of populations of the South.
- Omar Bongo

The world is now aware that the most unavoidable and
most dangerous weapon that exists is the blind decisiveness
of a man ready to sacrifice his life for an obscure cause.
- Omar Bongo

I'm not aiming for the Nobel Peace Prize!
- Omar Bongo

The resources of our continent attract,
more than ever, the interests of rich countries.
- Omar Bongo

When they favor the access of other people to education and health care,
the countries of the North not only demonstrate generosity or solidarity,
but also implement the principles of respecting and promoting human rights.
- Omar Bongo

From the time of independences until the end of the Cold War,
in spite of the participation of a considerable number
of African states in the non-aligned movement,
everyone in fact chose to align with one or another of the two major blocks.
- Omar Bongo

My actions to promote peace, the mediation missions
which I carried out during many conflicts,
which very often occurred between brothers of the same country,
are not driven by any ulterior motives or any calculations
based on personal ambitions.
- Omar Bongo

In spite of our poverty and our economic dependence,
we do not have to give in, neither because we are sometimes
abandoned nor because of the wish of some nations to
impose their economic or political models.
- Omar Bongo

Therefore, every country has to understand that fighting
against international terrorism is not for the sake of the United States,
but for the sake of themselves, and,
to a larger extent,
in the name of stability of international relations.
- Omar Bongo

It is up to African leaders to show their will and
political courage in order to assure that this new
pan-African institution becomes an efficient instrument
and not a place for endless discussions.
- Omar Bongo

But it is important to observe that when Europe or
the United Nations impose sanctions that are supposed
to be aimed against a certain regime,
usually generally millions of people end up being directly punished.
- Omar Bongo

When the music changes, so does the dance.
- African Proverb

Only a fool tests the depth of the water with both feet.
- African Proverb

Hollywood needs to recognise all shades of African American beauty.
- Gabrielle Union

As much as everyone wants to downplay racism,
it exists.
There's a great mistrust among some African-Americans of white people.
- Steve Mitchell

It appears that the present-day form of African American
English is not the inheritance of the period of slavery,
but the creation of the second half of the 20th century.
- William Labov

Seriously though, my father was the first African American
to sign a contract with the Metropolitan Opera so I
grew up with classical music and jazz in the home all the time.
- Bobby McFerrin

As you know, in this country Anglo-Americans are about
75 to 76 percent home ownership in this country,
where Hispanics, African Americans are less than 50 percent.
- Alphonso Jackson

African-American women account for 67 percent of all
newly diagnosed female AIDS cases.
- Elijah Cummings

The African prisoners are orderly and peaceable among themselves.
- Lewis Tappan

The African-American experience is one of the most
important threads in the American tapestry.
- Bill Frist

We deliberately used elements from Brazilian music
and from African and Asian music.
Now people can hear that but then it sounded so abstract,
they couldn't hear it.
- Arto Lindsay

I was taught from a young age that many people would
treat me as a second-class citizen because I was African-American
and because I was female.
- Queen Latifah

There is an Islamic population in France,
most of which comes from the North African countries.
- Jean-Marie Le Pen

Take the time to discover how African-Americans have
had a great impact on this country.
In science, education, literature, art,
and politics.
- Lynn Swann

The highest percentage of African Americans own their
own homes today than ever in our nation's history.
- Ed Gillespie

Delaware State is no longer a college for African Americans without other choices,
it is a university of choice.
- Michael N. Castle

People identify with me - everyone does -
African American women,
Caucasian women, they all identify with me because I'm ethnic.
- Janice Dickinson

To be a slaveholder meant one had to regard the African
American as inferior in every way.
- Stephen Ambrose

I'd like to state that Spike Lee is not saying that
African American culture is just for black people alone to enjoy and cherish.
Culture is for everybody.
- Spike Lee

I am committed to ensure that our 2008 Republican presidential
candidates forthrightly address issues of importance
to the African-American community.
- Ken Mehlman

I am consciously trying not to make it sound Celtic or African.
- Joanna Newsom

The African is my brother but he is
my younger brother by several centuries.
- Albert Schweitzer

Many African leaders refuse to send their troops on
peace keeping missions abroad because they probably
need their armies to intimidate their own populations.
- Kofi Annan

Sports and entertainment have always been windows of
opportunity for African Americans,
when other doors were closed.
- Lynn Swann

The simple truth is that balding African-American men
look cool when they shave their heads,
whereas balding white men look like giant thumbs.
- Dave Barry

I think, though, as African-American women,
we are always trained to value our community even at
the expense of ourselves,
and so we attempt to protect the African-American community.
- Anita Hill

If I were to call it black music, that would be untrue.
I don't know what that is, unless it would be some
African drums or something.
- Dexter Gordon

People have been killing because of racial differences
since the time of Adam and Eve,
but in this country racism has been primarily aimed at African Americans.
- Bob Cousy

It's a pity one can't imagine what one can't compare to anything.
Genius is an African who dreams up snow.
- Vladimir Nabokov

The United States spends more money on African aid
than any nation on earth.
- Tony Snow

The first job I had with the Smithsonian was as a field
researcher among African American communities in Southwest
Louisiana and Arkansas for the festival.
- Bernice Johnson Reagon

I'd like to see marriage count again among African-Americans
and not just in the society in general.
- Leah Ward Sears

We African Americans have now spent the major part
of the 20th Century battling racism.
- Constance Baker Motley

Since Bush has been in office, African-American women
have fallen behind in terms of income and wages.
- Donna Brazile

Diabetes occurs at twice the rate in the African American
community as it does in white Americans.
- Xavier Becerra

I think one of the political problems we have in this
country is the perspective that all soccer moms think alike,
all African-Americans think alike.
- Anne Northup

I don't think people have been able to deal with the
fact that African American filmmakers can make movies
about life and relationships.
- Tim Robbins

I play, like, 12 instruments.
Guitar, piano, harmonica, African drums...
I'm working on mastering the accordion.
- Lucas Grabeel


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