Canadian Imperialism and the Underdevelopment of Burkina Faso

Owen Schalk A soldier patrols the streets of Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, October 2018. Photo by Issouf Sanogo. In April 2021, a military court in Burkina Faso indicted former president Blaise Compaoré and thirteen co-conspirators for the murder of Thomas Sankara, the country’s revolutionary socialist leader from 1983 to 1987. Sankara was a pan-Africanist who was…

Burkina Faso: Thomas Sankara Lives in the Memory of Africans

The 21st of December marks the 70th birth anniversary of the Pan-Africanist revolutionary who is said to have been the “Che Guevara” of Africa. On December 21st, African peoples remember the birth of Thomas Sankara, a Marxist revolutionary who became the icon of a collective struggle against the oppression from imperialist nations. Thomas Sankara was…

Burkina Faso: Entire Cabinet and PM Resign from Office

With no reason given yet, Paul Kaba Thieba, Burkina Faso‘s prime minister and the entire cabinet of ministers have resigned from office after pressure due to a rising wave of violence and kidnappings in the West African country. The decision was made public by President Roch Marc Christian Kabore in a televised statement to the…

Remembering Thomas Sankara: An Upright Man in a Sinful World

Adjei-Gyamfi Yaw Captain Thomas Sankara, President of Burkina Faso, salutes 31 August 1986 upon his arrival in Harare for the 8th Summit of Non-aligned countries. Photo: ANP On 15 October, Africa joins hands with the people of Burkina Faso to celebrate the life and work of this great African icon. Many nationalist leaders took up…

Thomas Sankara and the Revolutionary Birth of Burkina Faso

Mamadou Diallo In 1983, 23 years after its independence and the succession of several neo-colonial regimes, the Upper Volta was one of the most materially destitute countries in the world. 98 percent of its population was illiterate and its GDP per capita was just over 100 dollars of the time. Out of the seven million…

Thomas Sankara: A United Front Against Colonial Debt

“Debt is also the result of confrontation. When we are told about economic crisis, nobody says that this crisis didn’t come about suddenly. The crisis had always been there but it got worse each time that popular masses become more and more conscious of their rights against exploiters.” Thomas Sankara’s Speech on Foreign Debt At…

Long Live Tongogara and Thomas Sankara

Obi Egbuna Jr. Simunye Let us remember two fallen sons of Mother Africa who truly represent and exemplify the bravery and patriotism which best defines our collective fighting spirit and resolve, Comrade Thomas Sankara, Burkina Faso’s former president, and the commander of ZANLA’s guerilla army, Gen. Josiah Magama Tongogara. This year marks the 30th anniversary…

Thomas Sankara, el Che negro

Por Hugo Montero/El Furgón En una bandera. En la camiseta de un joven. En la imagen luminosa de un teléfono celular. En la voz rebelde que alza el puño y grita su nombre. En la portada de un libro prohibido. En el murmullo de un campesino durante la cosecha. En el corazón de las mujeres….

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

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, while…