Sankara: ‘We draw lessons from all the world’s revolutions’

Vol. 84/No. 32 - August 17, 2020
Popular uprising in Madagascar, which toppled government in 1972, had deep impact on Thomas Sankara, who was a military cadet there. He heard from fellow students about 1968 workers general strike in France, above. Transferred to France by the army, he scoured Paris for books by Karl Marx and other revolutionaries. He learned importance of studying history of class struggle.

Thomas Sankara Parle, the French edition of   Thomas Sankara Speaks: The Burkina Faso Revolution 1983-87, is one of Pathfinder’s Books of the Month for August. In 1983 Sankara led an uprising in the former French colony of Upper Volta, bringing…


Toilers face brutal attacks from governments in Africa

Vol. 84/No. 15 - April 20, 2020

“Imperialism is determined, it has no conscience, it has no heart,” explained Thomas Sankara, the leader of the popular revolutionary government in Burkina Faso in 1985. “Fortunately the more we’ve discovered how dangerous an enemy imperialism is, the more determined…


NY meeting discusses Sankara’s legacy today

Vol. 83/No. 48 - December 30, 2019
Panelists at “Legacy of Thomas Sankara” meeting held Dec. 8 in Harlem. From right, Boukary Sawadogo, professor at City College of New York; Issa Zoungrana, representative of Stand for Life and Liberty; Inem Richardson, student at Barnard College; chairperson Boukary Salogo; Basninwende Isonore Dianda, grade school teacher in Harlem; and Peter Thierjung, Socialist Workers Party.

NEW YORK — “Thirty-two years ago Thomas Sankara was assassinated. Today our voices are raised with his ideas,” said chairperson Boukary Salogo, opening a Dec. 8 program here in Harlem featuring a panel of speakers on “Thomas Sankara’s Legacy Today.”…


NY event discusses ‘Thomas Sankara’s Legacy Today’

Vol. 83/No. 47 - December 23, 2019

NEW YORK — Some 100 people attended a program at the Harlem YMCA here Dec. 8 on “Thomas Sankara’s Legacy Today: Sankara Everywhere, Sankara Nowhere.” Speaking were Basninwende Isonore Dianda, a teacher; Inem Richardson, a Barnard College student and researcher;…


French rulers expand military intervention into West Africa

Vol. 83/No. 46 - December 16, 2019

French ground troops are being deployed to Burkina Faso. This is the first major dispatch of imperialist troops to that West African country, an attempt to shore up a weakening capitalist regime in a region racked by instability. The deployment…