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Burkina Faso: Dictator Blaise Compaoré Survives Assassination Attempt

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AFRICANGLOBE - A renegade soldier has made an attempt on the life of Burkina Faso's longtime dictator Blaise Compaoré, reports Fasozine. The attack took place on Friday night. Fasozine reports official sources as saying that a former member of the presidential guard, Romuald Tuina, was shot dead in a gun battle with security forces.

French MP Demands Inquiry Into Murder of Thomas Sankara

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AFRICANGLOBE - A French left-wing Member of Parliament is calling on the government of France to shed light on the assassination of former Burkina Faso president Thomas Sankara in a coup d'état 25 years ago. Communist MP André Chassaigne says a commission of inquiry should investigate the coup that was then supported by Côte d'Ivoire, Liberia, Libya, the United States and France.

25 Years On – The Mixed Legacy Of Thomas Sankara

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AFRICANGLOBE - After four years of Thomas Sankara's socialist policies, Burkina Faso achieved near food self-sufficiency. Then his best friend murdered him and took office. Ouagadougou - "Fatherland or death, we will prevail!"

Blaise Compaore And The Politics Of Personal Enrichment

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AFRICANGLOBE - By African standards, Burkina Faso is not a particularly spectacular country. It is small, has a tiny population and internal politics which most foreign correspondents tend to find somewhat pedestrian. No wonder that it receives only little attention, even in Africa-focused publications.

Thomas Sankara: The Upright Man

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AFRICANGLOBE - Thomas Sankara, former president of Burkina Faso, known as "the African Che", became famous in Africa due to his innovative ideas, his spirit and his altruism. With a gun in one hand and Karl Marx's works in the other, Sankara became president at the age of 34 and served from 1983 to 1987.
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