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Thomas Sankara

Why Should We Care About Democracy in Africa?

Phyllis Taoua | Posted 01.04.2016 | World
Phyllis Taoua

Overcoming decades of dictatorship is a process that will likely take a generation to complete. Thus, while Burkina Faso's election is very good news, it comes with warnings about what is needed in the future to avoid a repetition of the past.

The U.S. Just Lost a Client State in West Africa. What Happens Now?

Giorgio Cafiero | Posted 01.07.2015 | Politics
Giorgio Cafiero

Late last month, longtime Burkina Faso president Blaise Compaore resigned under public pressure and fled to neighboring Coite D'Ivoire. Compaore's abrupt expulsion was a significant achievement for the hundreds of thousands of Burkinabes who took to the streets to demand his ouster and a democratic transition.

Sankara Ghost Hangs Over Burkina Faso Turmoil

Kevin A. Lees | Posted 01.06.2015 | World
Kevin A. Lees

Only seven world leaders held office longer than Burkina Faso's president Blaise Compaoré before his ouster late last week, following chaotic protests in the capital city of Ouagadougou, when protesters set the parliament on fire before the Burkinabé military.

Burkina Faso's 'West African Spring'

Giorgio Cafiero | Posted 04.30.2014 | World
Giorgio Cafiero

Sustained anti-government rallies in Thailand, Ukraine, and Venezuela have captured the attention of millions. But large pro-democracy demonstrations in Burkina Faso last month largely escaped the Western media's radar.

Why Africans Should Celebrate Thomas Sankara

Michael Mungai | Posted 08.12.2012 | Black Voices
Michael Mungai

Though he was a leader of almost equal stature to Nelson Mandela and Kwame Nkrumah, and though many refer to him as "The African Che Guevara," it is no surprise that Thomas Sankara is still widely unknown in the West.