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Burkina Faso and the realization that it is possible to win

Activists most often focus on the grievances and challenges immediately in front of them. But in Burkina Faso many do so with one eye cast back, towards the historical precedents of popular action. In their speeches and writings Burkinabè debate the lessons of those prior struggles. In part, they do so in hopes of avoiding earlier blunders and shortcomings, to stand on the shoulders of the past. Yet frequently they also consciously draw inspiration from previous triumphs. Victories beget victory.

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Africa – When the broom triumphs over the gun

Brussels – Y’en a marre, Balai citoyen, Filimbi and Inyina are just a few of the youth protest movements that are emerging in Africa. Their pacifist anger is symbolic of a generational rupture with a leadership that does not want to cede power. Afronline met the leaders of these movements at the Université Libre de Bruxelles during the Africa Week organised by the S&D Group, the group of Socialists and Democrats in the European Parliament.

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Activism is alive and well and living in SA

We do not have a crisis of activism or political commitment in South Africa. Instead, we have a vibrant, challenging, and contentious political sphere defined by grassroots activism.

If we’re to believe recent reports in the Daily Maverick, South Africa’s activists are in trouble: Zwelinzimi Vavi believes they don’t exist, saying that “South Africans have become resigned” and “they are complaining everywhere but there is no real activism”. Commenting on his statements, Ranjeni Munusamy suggests that activists have lost their “mojo”, perhaps because “South Africans are just lazy”. David Lewis, meanwhile, suggests that protests are too isolated, activists too easily demobilised, and calls upon them to “update their activism” and “grasp this nettle”.

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