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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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Burkina Faso coup increasingly stark

Almost a year after popular demonstrations toppled the long-serving Blaise Compaoré, a military elite closely linked to Compaoré took the reins from the interim government on Thursday. General Gilbert Diendéré, designated president of the junta-created National Council for Democracy, dissolved the transitional government, closed the borders and imposed a curfew. Elections were scheduled for October 11, but though Diendéré announced his intentions to hold more inclusive elections soon—the ballot had excluded candidates loyal to Compaoré—Burkinabes are doubtful.

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Burkina Faso: Is the cure more dangerous than the disease?

It’s all too easy to get caught up in the excitement and the romance of Burkina Faso’s popular revolution. But revolutions solve nothing on their own, it’s what comes next that really counts. Unfortunately, Africa’s recent track record in this department is poor. The odds of a success story, at least in the short term, are not in Burkina Faso’s favour.

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Bouteflika and Algeria in search of leadership in the Sahel

Brussels – Abdelaziz Bouteflika – health permitting – will most likely be the main interlocutor for governments in the Sahel  for the next 5 years. The 76-year-old independence veteran has ended months of speculation over his political future by announcing he is running for a fourth term in April’s election after 15 years in office. His victory is easily predictable.

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Mali: No Quick Fixes for a Complex Crisis

The Economic Community of West African States (Ecowas) has agreed on a revised concept of operations for the deployment of an international military force of 3,300 soldiers to help the Malian state wrest control of the northern part of the country from Islamist fighters.

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Africa on the top of the world’s worst despots list

A United States based think tank, Foreign Policy/Fund for Peace has ranked President Mugabe as the second worse despots in the world after North Korean Kim Jongil. The nearly 90-ear-old Zimbabwean president is followed by the presidents of Sudan, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Libya, Chad, Equatorial Guinea, Egypt.

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