29 Years Ago, Thomas Sankara, the African Che Guevara, was Murdered

On the Failed Coup Attempt in Burkina Faso Thomas Sankara was a young communist officer who attempted to take Burkina Faso out of the neocolonial orbit of France, but was murdered by his closest comrades. During Sankara’s short time in power, Burkina Faso became self-sufficient in grains. “He was the first to forbid female genital…

Gold of Burkina Faso

By Alexander Mezyaev An act of terrorism was committed in the heart of Ouagadougou, the capital of Burkina Faso, on Friday night, January 15. Gunmen armed with heavy weapons attacked Cappuccino restaurant and luxury Splendid Hotel. Hostages were released after a government counter-attack in the next morning as the siege ended. Over 20 men died,…

Sankarist Spirit Resurges in Burkina Faso

By Ann Garrison In 1983, a military clique in Burkina Faso assassinated the anti-imperialist head of state Thomas Sankara, plunging the nation back into the clutches of U.S. and French neocolonialism. The people this year ousted the assassins and their presidential guard, in two mass rebellions. “Anyone who thinks that the presidential guard would have…

Burkina Faso Coup Leader in Custody

Pressure from the masses and international community compels elite military unit to return to the barracks By Abayomi Azikiwe Libya 360° Gen. Gilbert Diendere, who led a coup aimed at derailing upcoming elections in Burkina Faso, was arrested in the capital of Ouagadougou on September 30. Earlier reports suggested that he had gone to the…

Burkina Faso Coup Leaders Refuse to Disarm

Can the popular movement push ahead with the Sankaraist revolutionary program? By Abayomi Azikiwe Libya 360° Gen. Gilbert Diendere, a former intelligence chief for the President Security Regiment (RSP), was forced to release interim President Michel Kafando and Prime Minister Isaac Zida by the last full week of September. These developments were in response to…