Page 1 of 1 [ 7 posts ] 

thomas81
Veteran
Veteran

User avatar

Joined: 2 May 2012
Age: 40
Gender: Male
Posts: 5,147
Location: County Down, Northern Ireland

26 Jan 2014, 6:15 pm

Here is a documentary about Burkina Faso under the Socialist Thomas Sankara.

You don't hear it mentioned often, probably because the people seemed to enjoy a comparitive state of improved living as compared to during French domination.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eppH5G5tjlw[/youtube]


_________________
Being 'normal' is over rated.

My deviant art profile


The_Walrus
Forum Moderator
Forum Moderator

User avatar

Joined: 27 Jan 2010
Age: 26
Gender: Male
Posts: 7,571
Location: Reading, England

26 Jan 2014, 7:21 pm

Could you summarise the pertinent points please?



thomas81
Veteran
Veteran

User avatar

Joined: 2 May 2012
Age: 40
Gender: Male
Posts: 5,147
Location: County Down, Northern Ireland

26 Jan 2014, 10:00 pm

The_Walrus wrote:
Could you summarise the pertinent points please?


First and foremost-

*He elevated the people out of complete poverty and enabled communities to become self sufficient.

*He led successful boycotts against wealthy foreign nations to the benefit of Burkina Faso industry and business.

*It was the first African nation to raise the issue of women's right and to elevate their status and political efficacy to that of men.

* He was eventually disposed by a former friend and political rival who happened to be a French puppet. His government is still in power to this day.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_Sankara

The man was an absolute diamond of a stateman. His death is one of the African tragedies of the later part of the last century.


_________________
Being 'normal' is over rated.

My deviant art profile


RandyG
Snowy Owl
Snowy Owl

User avatar

Joined: 10 Jul 2013
Age: 56
Gender: Male
Posts: 173
Location: Ohio, USA

26 Jan 2014, 11:47 pm

It probably isn't too difficult to do a better job than the French at running a country. Still, besides the positive accomplishments, there's:

Wikipedia wrote:
In order to achieve this radical transformation of society, he increasingly exerted authoritarian control over the nation, eventually banning unions and a free press, which he believed could stand in the way of his plans. (...) Sankara's régime was criticised by Amnesty International and other international humanitarian organisations for violations of human rights, including extrajudicial executions, arbitrary detentions and torture of political opponents. The British development organisation Oxfam recorded the arrest and torture of trade union leaders in 1987. In 1984, seven individuals associated with the previous régime were accused of treason and executed after a summary trial.


No free press. Arrests, torture, murder. Oh well, if you want to make an omelette, you've got to break a few eggs, right? :roll:



thomas81
Veteran
Veteran

User avatar

Joined: 2 May 2012
Age: 40
Gender: Male
Posts: 5,147
Location: County Down, Northern Ireland

27 Jan 2014, 1:23 am

RandyG wrote:
It probably isn't too difficult to do a better job than the French at running a country. Still, besides the positive accomplishments, there's:

Wikipedia wrote:
In order to achieve this radical transformation of society, he increasingly exerted authoritarian control over the nation, eventually banning unions and a free press, which he believed could stand in the way of his plans. (...) Sankara's régime was criticised by Amnesty International and other international humanitarian organisations for violations of human rights, including extrajudicial executions, arbitrary detentions and torture of political opponents. The British development organisation Oxfam recorded the arrest and torture of trade union leaders in 1987. In 1984, seven individuals associated with the previous régime were accused of treason and executed after a summary trial.


No free press. Arrests, torture, murder. Oh well, if you want to make an omelette, you've got to break a few eggs, right? :roll:

if you want to reduce his administration to a balance sheet, You'll find the positive far and away outweighs the negative.


_________________
Being 'normal' is over rated.

My deviant art profile


91
Veteran
Veteran

User avatar

Joined: 30 Oct 2010
Age: 36
Gender: Male
Posts: 3,063
Location: Australia

27 Jan 2014, 1:34 am

These leaders are far more deserving of praise and attention. But I doubt communists will find much validation in their views by looking at such individuals.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mo_Ibrahim ... Leadership


_________________
Life is real ! Life is earnest!
And the grave is not its goal ;
Dust thou art, to dust returnest,
Was not spoken of the soul.


thomas81
Veteran
Veteran

User avatar

Joined: 2 May 2012
Age: 40
Gender: Male
Posts: 5,147
Location: County Down, Northern Ireland

27 Jan 2014, 1:49 am

91 wrote:
These leaders are far more deserving of praise and attention.


In your opinion.
91 wrote:
But I doubt communists will find much validation in their views by looking at such individuals.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mo_Ibrahim ... Leadership

There is no validation in being the first african state to grant equality to women?

Considering Sankara died in 1987, that rather offset his chances of being nominated. :roll:


_________________
Being 'normal' is over rated.

My deviant art profile