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Sankara and the murdered revolution

Tidiane Kasse

2013-10-25, Issue 651

Although murdered by retrogressive forces opposed to Burkina Faso’s true liberation and that of Africa, Thomas Sankara’s revolutionary ideas and initiatives remain a powerful inspiration to those individuals and movements that are dedicated to struggles for social justice everywhere

Thomas Sankara: brief portrait of a little-known leader

Bruno Jaffré

2013-10-23, Issue 651

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Written on the ninth anniversary of Sankara’s assassination, insight into the personality and political motivations of Sankara reveal not only a workaholic but a sensitive individual who sided with the poor in Burkinabé society

Sankara speaks out against foreign debt

2013-10-24, Issue 651

The sharpness of Sankara's mind and the courage of his convictions are very apparent in this forceful address to heads of state and government attending the Organisation of African Unity (OAU, now African Union) summit in Addis Ababa in 1987. The chains of foreign debt still remain a troubling issue for Africa

Thomas Sankara: Resting the Upright Man

Chika Ezeanya

2013-10-24, Issue 651

This short video shows the neglected grave of Thomas Sankara, and compares to how heroes are celebrated elsewhere: the grave of Martin Luther King Jr and Mahatma Gandhi's place of cremation

26 years after Thomas Sankara: A graveside reflection

Chika Ezeanya

2013-10-24, Issue 651

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Instead of a bust, a life-sized carving, a portrait, or a decent tomb with a headstone and his epitaph, Thomas Sankara’s remains are placed beneath dirt and unkempt surroundings overgrown by weeds. Not that he would have cared

Burkina Faso’s pure president

Bruno Jaffré

2013-10-23, Issue 651

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Thomas Sankara, former president of Burkina Faso, was assassinated 26 years ago. His original ideas for his country prefigured the alternative world movement and current approaches to change in Africa and South America

Sankara speaks in Harlem about the Burkinabe revolution

2013-10-24, Issue 651

Thomas Sankara: an endogenous approach to development

Demba Moussa Dembélé

2013-10-23, Issue 651

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It has been thirty years since Thomas Sankara took power, before he was assassinated in 1987. The Sankarist Revolution was one of the greatest attempts at popular democratic emancipation in post-Independence Africa and is considered a novel experience of broad economic, social, cultural and political transformation

Revisiting Thomas Sankara, 26 years later

Daring to invent the future

Ama Biney

2013-10-24, Issue 651

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Twenty-six years after the death of Sankara, it remains true that the essence of struggle is to mobilise people to believe in transforming their lives; that they have the capacity to dare to invent the future through collective struggle, rather than belief in an awaited messiah to lead them

Sankara: A hero for Africa's young people

Bruno Jaffre

2013-10-24, Issue 651

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Thomas Sankara was a visionary. He was very ambitious and wanted the Burkinabe revolution to bear immediate fruits for his people, and he paid no attention to the political intrigues of the time, which culminated in his assassination. His single-minded determination to serve his people is a lesson for all who aspire to public office

A Sankarist Response to Homophobia

Amber Murrey

2013-10-24, Issue 651

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The political ideology of Thomas Sankara, including warmth and compassion towards other humans, dignity for peasants, self-sufficiency for all Burkinabes, women’s emancipation and a politics of anti-imperialism, along with his thoughtful considerations of Burkinabe traditions and histories, assert pan-African alternatives to the discourse and practices of homophobia

Thomas Sankara and the new Africa renaissance

Agun Mod

2013-10-24, Issue 651

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Like Nkrumah of Ghana and Nyerere of Tanzania, Sankara sought to restore dignity and honour to his country and to imbue the youth with the ideals of pan-African solidarity, dignity and honour

Is Algeria an anti-imperialist state?

Hamza Hamouchene

2013-10-17, Issue 650

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Despite pretensions to the contrary, the regime in Algiers is an obvious ally of Western imperialism. Algeria’s position, as can be seen from its response to foreign interventions in Libya, Mali and Syria, shows that the country has lost its heavy-weight and daring diplomacy of the 1960s and 1970s

Welcome to new Libya, a country ‘liberated’ by NATO

No oil revenues, no security, no water, no electricity…

Abdel Bari Atwan

2013-10-17, Issue 650

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Welcome to the new Libya, a country ‘liberated’ by NATO which now finds itself without the oil revenues which could make it rich, with no security, no stability and assassinations and corruption at unprecendented levels

Nguyen Giap: revolutionary Vietnamese general and inspiration for independence everywhere

Horace G. Campbell

2013-10-16, Issue 650

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Citizens in all parts of the world who want a new relationship with other humans and with planet earth can learn a lot from the long life of Vo Nguyen Giap. The history of the struggle of the Vietnamese people and their victory over US imperialism is an inspiration for those who want another world beyond capitalism

Between class, race and gender: In search of a grand category of analysis

Chambi Chachage

2013-10-17, Issue 650

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Understanding gender as the primary way of signifying relationships of people enables one to see that even racial and class relations are constructed in relation to gender. One is not simply racialized as black, or classed as working class, but as a black man/woman and as a working class man/woman respectively

Tunisia in the grip of a political crisis

Mounira Chaieb

2013-10-10, Issue 649

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In efforts to end a political stalemate, Tunisia's governing Islamist Ennahda party and the opposition have agreed on the appointment of a caretaker government composed of independent figures to be in power until fresh elections. But that is no guarantee that the crisis is over

The Big Five as dangerous as ever

German development cooperation, colonial-racist imagery and civil society’s response

Daniel Bendix with glokal e. V.

2013-10-10, Issue 649

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Representation of Africa in the German public shows that a one-sided racist image prevails, which is disseminated via family socialisation, mass media, school books, films, advertising, and travel magazines/brochures. That is the image that informs German-Africa development cooperation

Biko and the quest for Black power today


2013-10-10, Issue 649

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Thirty-six years after Biko’s death, the issues of land repossession, ownership of the economy and wealth redistribution, which he in the 1970s regarded as essential to the meaning of freedom and power for black people, have now found their way back on our nation’s political discourse

Civil society rejects COMESA approval of new seed rules

2013-10-10, Issue 649

They say COMESA approval of seed trade regulations is a disaster for small farmers and food sovereignty in Africa and will open the door for GMO merchants to flood the region

Sudanese women: you can beat us but you cannot break us

Hala Alkarib

2013-10-03, Issue 648

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Political Islam in Sudan remains very strong and manifests itself in floggings of Sudanese women that are justified by the constitution in the Indecent and Immoral Acts. Yet, Sudanese women remain defiant and resist these unjust and misogynistic laws

Deadly mall attack linked to Kenya's role in US-led global war on terror

Samar Al-Bulushi

2013-10-03, Issue 648

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Samar Al-Bulushi is interviewed by Jaisal Noor on the recent Westgate mall terrorist attack by Al-Shabaab. Al-Bulushi argues that it is not widely known that the Kenyan government has arisen as a prominent partner of the US government in its war on terror

US has a hidden hand in Kenya-Somalia crisis of relations

Attack on Westgate in Nairobi related to White House funding of occupation

Abayomi Azikiwe

2013-10-03, Issue 648

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The latest terror attack in Kenya and other significant events throughout Eastern Africa must be viewed within the context of U S economic and strategic interests in partnership with its NATO allies and Israel. New findings of oil and natural gas are a source of imperialist interest in the region

End racism and provide access to justice at the World Bank

An open letter to the Ministers of Finance for Nigeria, South Africa and Kenya

Justice for Blacks

2013-10-03, Issue 648

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The group Justice for Blacks appeals to the Finance Ministers of Nigeria, South Africa and Kenya who are to participate in the forthcoming World Bank Annual Meeting to raise the issue of racial discrimination and reform that is sorely needed within the institution of the World Bank

Okoree lies for GMOs

State official lobbies for foreign control of Ghana's food

Ali-Masmadi Jehu-Appiah

2013-10-03, Issue 648

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Food Sovereignty Ghana is calling for an open debate on the issue of GMOs to set the record straight as well as to generate answers and questions in order to inform the Ghanaian public, instead of attempting to impose GMOs on people without their knowledge or consent

Zimbabwe elections: What if there had been no rigging?

Jos Martens

2013-10-03, Issue 648

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It remains to be seen whether MDC would have won the 2013 elections if no rigging had taken place. What would you have voted if you had been that communal dweller who had received a fertile piece of land; if your small mine claim had just been registered; if your small business was gradually getting off the ground; if you had just received U$1,500 dollars at the tobacco auction; if you had been struggling with corrupt MDC council officials about a plot for your house; if …?

Kenyan Ambivalence and the distortions of Pan African Solidarity

Putting the Westgate siege in context

Horace G Campbell

2013-09-26, Issue 647

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The Somali militant group Al Shabaab has claimed responsibility for the September 21 attack at an upmarket shopping mall in Nairobi in which dozens of people were killed. Progressives must intensify their opposition to extremists who manipulate Islam, but also reject the imperial forces inside Africa and their allies

An African American perspective on US exceptionalism

Ajamu Baraka

2013-09-26, Issue 647

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Exploding the dangerous myth of American exceptionalism is absolutely critical if the global community ever hopes to collectively solve the existential challenges that we face on the planet today. For people of colour around the world the US has imposed itself on the world as the exceptional state

GMOs - who will feed us and what will they feed us?

Nana Ama Amamoo

2013-09-26, Issue 647

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The International Convention for the Protection of New Varieties of Plants, known as UPOV 91 is dangerous to African farmers. It will force farmers to buy patented corporate seeds and agrochemicals from the same corporations. The consequences will not only be debt for farmers but a harmed ecosystem

How the West helps its African allies to lose elections

Agun Mod

2013-09-26, Issue 647

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The duplicity of the West at election time in Africa is evident. In Kenya’s recent election there were threats such as that made by Johnny Carson, former official in the Obama administration who warned Kenyans that voting for particular leaders will ‘have consequences’

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