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The Revolution in Burkina Faso

In late October, the landlocked African nation of Burkina Faso saw the end of its president’s 27-year-long reign. A popular revolution terminated Blaise Compaoré’s term after he tried to change the constitution so that he could run for a fifth consecutive term.

Cornered by an angry mob in his presidential palace, “Beau Blaise” fled the country along with his entourage as protesters torched the National Assembly and other symbols of the old regime.

Now in exile, Compaoré is rumored to be living in luxury on the Ivory Coast. In Burkina Faso, a new transitional government has emerged, led by President Michel Kafando and his prime minister, Lieutenant-Colonel Yacouba Isaac Zida.

VICE News went to the streets of Burkina Faso’s capital of Ouagadougou in the midst of the revolution to document the final hours of Compaoré’s reign.

In 1983, Thomas Sankara, known as the Che Guevara of Africa, took power in Burkina Faso. But a few years later, he was overthrown in a French-backed coup. In his place, the French installed, Blaise Compoare. Many years have passed and he is still in power. However, it seems that his days are numbered. There is a revolution happening in Burkina Faso. Protest has been stirring for weeks as President Blaise Compoare has been trying to extend his term limits. The people won’t allow it and have taken over the TV centre and Parliament. 19 people have already been killed and an army coup is brewing. A key Western ally in the region, is the government about to fall?

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How much does war cost? Economics of war in South Sudan

South Sudan is only four years old, but the world’s youngest nation tops the rank of failed states worldwide.
After decades of conflict with its neighbour Sudan, long-sought autonomy in 2011 was meant to be a dream come true, but the country has been wracked by violence ever since.

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On the same subject, Cornel West…

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Weekend song: P-Square and Awilo – Enemy Solo

The Most anticipated video “Enemy Solo” from Congolese legend Awilo Longomba and Africa’s superstar duo Psquare is finally here!!!!

Enemy Solo in Lingala means “Enemy Bad Smell” which simply refers to enemies of progress, or as Nigerian will call it “Bad Belle” people

I honestly haven’t heard from Awilo Longomba since Carolina and Coupe Coupe Bibamba. Good to hear he still makes good songs.

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The $10 million collection of African Art

The Collector, a new documentary short by New York City-based filmmaker Mark Zemel, tells the story of Eric Edwards, a former AT&T executive who keeps a 1,600-piece collection of African art in his Clinton Hill apartment (alongside smaller-scale collections of baseball cards, antique clocks, and over 40,000 LPs).

Edwards’s African collection includes tools, ceremonial masks, and weapons, and has been accumulating for the past 44 years and counting. The collection represents all 54 countries in Africa, with artifacts dating back to the Nubian empire. Edwards estimates that the lot is worth $10 million.

From The Gothamist

The Collector from No Problem on Vimeo.

The collection of vinyls and comics is pretty nice as well.
Interesting how his parents forged his Afro-American identity by teaching him very early about African culture and arts.
Fascinating how truly passionate he is about his objects and the stories behind them.

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Individual prejudice & structured racism

British Rapper Akala discusses racism ahead of UK elections on Frankie Boyle’s show.

Akala discusses the different portrayal, and media treatment of white versus black & brown individuals, in Europe, America and Australia.

He makes extremely valid points, about how racism is not only about preconceived ideas and biased, but about an attitude that is deeply engraved in “western” societies.

Having lived at various points of my life in majoritarily “white” countries, this is something I have felt a long time, but struggled to explain to people around me. Racism is not only about the explicit acts of everyday’s life, the violence, the offensive language, or even the looks. The majority fails to understand that racism is ingrained in a lot of implicit behavior. Society’s expectations for black and white individuals are not the same. Society The majority expects the minority to act in a certain manner, to be inferior in every way, excepted arts and sports.

This creates a burden for the minority, something they have to live every day with. You feel like you are constantly on trial, as if the majority’s eyes are constantly on you. As if you have a responsibility towards everyone whose skin has the same color. As if you are responsible for the action of everyone who just has that one thing in common with you. The skin color.
Even in the work environment, knowing that you need to perform at much higher standards to expect the same outcome than your white counterpart is more than frustrating.

This is not getting better now, with right-wing ideologies making gains across France, Germany, Greece, Russia and to some extent UK and Italy. The solution does not lie in the scapegoating of an minority for all the ills in Europe. Rather, acknowledging inequality and inconsistencies in policies and treatment of citizens might be steps in the right direction.

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Capitaine Thomas Sankara: the trailer for the new documentary

This documentary portrays the revolution driven by Thomas Sankara, former President of Burkina Faso.

From 1983 to 1987, Sankara fought for the political independence of the country, its debt , but also the education of young people, women’s emancipation and the eradication of corruption. This intransigent policy and the escapades of the young , beautiful and brilliant leader make the world tremble powerful and ends in 1987 , the year of his assassination .

For over 25 years , Christophe Cupelin tirelessly collecting written records , audio and audiovisual and managed through a meticulous assembly to paint a portrait of this outstanding revolutionary icon.

I have not got to see the movie yet, as the distribution is limited. But I will keep you posted as it becomes available on VOD.

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