Burkina Faso is finally beginning to do right by the memory of revuolutionary leader, Thomas Sankara.
Sankara’s enduring popularity rests not only on his words, however much they resonate with today’s disenchanted and angry youth. It is also based on his deeds.
Thomas Sankara has emerged as both a lesson on the uncertainties of revolutionary change and the possibilities for people-centered development for the present and future.
The judgment that Sankara was a hero rests in part on what was politically possible in Burkina Faso in the early 1980s.
Note left at Thomas Sankara's graveside: “Mama Sankara, your son will be avenged. We are all Sankara.”
The use of Marxist-inspired arguments, often distorted, to support racist or nationalist political positions, is known as "rossobrunismo" (red-brownism) in Italy.
We don't want to see a film about what might have been, however seductive that aspect of Burkina Faso's history is. But what was achieved.
A French Communist MP announced he would press the French National Assembly to create an inquiry commission to investigate the 1987 assassination of Thomas Sankara.
This week on AIAC Talk we discuss the start of Thomas Sankara's assassination trial, which confirms that for many Burkinabes, his spirit very much lives on.
An interview with Brian Peterson, author of a new biography of Thomas Sankara. Peterson positions 1980s Burkina Faso as counterhegemonic to the neoliberal transition then.
On justice, impunity and ridicule: the historic outcome of the 2022 trial in Burkina Faso against Thomas Sankara’s killers.
Plus the great novelist Sarah Ladipo Manyika has put together a list of the best books of the Mugabe years.
The “Sankara Generation,” the young people taking on Burkina Faso's dictator, wants radical change. Does it include a better future for the country's women?
Does it matter whether the hip-hop artist Ismael Sankara is related to the great Burkinabe leader, Thomas Sankara?
Burkina Faso is a rare recent instance of a popular movement that managed to directly topple a sitting government.
Yannick Létourneau talks about the genesis of his film about the Senegelese rapper, Awadi. Also, why so many political musicians come from West Africa.