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…

Burkina Faso : France, the U.S. and the Spirit of Sankara

By Ann Garrison KPFA Paul Sankara says the Burkinabe army are supporting the people against the coup plotters. Dr. Gnaka La Goke says that anyone who thinks the presidential guard would attempt a coup d’état without the knowledge and complicity of the U.S. and France is refusing to see how things are done in the…

Political Unrest Continues in Burkina Faso as Masses Reject Military

Presidential Security Regiment faces clashes with broader army over the future of the country By Abayomi Azikiwe Libya 360° A highly fluid political situation has been developing in the West African state of Burkina Faso after an elite military unit seized power on September 17, just weeks ahead of a scheduled national election on October…

USAFRICOM Behind Coup in Burkina Faso

General Gilbert Diendere, responsible for the murder of Thomas Sankara, right-hand man of Blaise Compaore, installed himself as president following this week’s France-US-AFRICOM-backed coup. By Wayne Madsen There are significant indications that the U.S. Africa Command, or AFRICOM, engineered a military coup in Burkina Faso in order to protect U.S. military bases in the impoverished…

Civilian Rule Restored in Burkina Faso, the Land of Upright Men

Who will assume control in Burkina Faso and what will it mean? By Ann Garrison Reuters and other major outlets are reporting that this week’s coup d’état in Burkina Faso has been reversed and that civilian rule will be restored tomorrow. Transcript: KPFA Weekend News Anchor Sharon Sobotta: A coup d’état took place earlier this…