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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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The Upright Man, Thomas Sankara

Oct6

Burkina Faso is finally doing right by the memory of Thomas Sankara: Yesterday, a foundation in Sankara’s name, unveiled plans for a public memorial for Sankara. This happens nearly 29 years this month after he was murdered and two years after Blaise Compaoré, considered one of the people responsible for his murder, fled the country.

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Burkina Faso: The West’s armed puppets broken by the masses

The uprising of the masses in Burkina Faso proves Western arms and support doesn’t guarantee unrestrained tyrannical control.

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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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Who will make the great Thomas Sankara biopic?

Twenty-six years ago this month, Thomas Sankara was brutally murdered. His biopic is still waiting to be made.

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Music from the shadow of a myth

There are many things in life that really don’t matter all that much, but are very intriguing. The line between a person’s privacy and how to inappropriately disturb it by sticking one’s nose where it’s not invited is thin on a good day.

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