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Burkina Faso - News and Analysis

Burkina Faso: A Thousand Sankaras Come of Age

In 1987, Blaise Compaoré overthrew Sankara and took over the presidency. 27 years later, Sankara's ghost may be coming back to return the favour.

Calculating Coups: Can Data Stop Disasters?

Statistical forecasting isn't perfect but it's always getting better. The international community should sit up and listen because it could help save lives.

Burkina Faso: Is President Compaoré Finally on the Way Out?

Despite Compaoré’s efforts to strengthen his position, there are growing signs that the writing is on the wall for his 26-year-old regime.

Security in the Sahel and the West's Military Fixation

Western powers are responding to insecurity in the Sahel by instigating greater military projects. But this could lead to the very outcomes the West is trying to avoid.

Protect or Prosecute? Conjuring up Solutions to Witchcraft Accusations

Witchcraft allegations typically target the most vulnerable in society. But how can beliefs "as strong as iron" be tackled?

How To Name Your African Nation

African states have taken various approaches to naming their newly-independent countries. Where do these names come from, and what significance do they hold?

SIAO: Crafting a Recovery for Mali's Artisans?

Burkina Faso's arts and crafts fair is providing a crucial lifeline for struggling Malian artisans.

Mali: What Now for the MNLA and Tuareg Community?

Since the MNLA declared independence for northern Mali, the Tuareg rebel group has been chased out by Islamist factions leaving the fate of Tuaregs uncertain.

25 Years On: The Mixed Legacy of Burkina Faso’s Thomas Sankara, Socialist Soldier

After four years of Sankara's socialist policies, Burkina Faso achieved near food self-sufficiency. Then his best friend killed him and took office.

Burkina Faso: How Much Longer Can Compaoré Rule Last?

After 25 years of President Compaoré, it is unclear if 2015 elections will see change or the extension of Compaoré family rule.

Remembering the Tirailleurs Sénégalais

How should the West African troops, who fought for colonial France, be remembered today?