Thomas Sankara: An Icon of Revolution

Yanis Iqbal October 15 was the 33rd anniversary of Thomas Sankara’s death. On this day, he was murdered by imperialist forces at the tender age of 37. A Pan-Africanist, internationalist and Marxist, he was committed to the total liberation of the oppressed masses from the clutches of imperialism. Instead of bourgeois nationalism, Sankara believed in…

President Thomas Sankara: A 70th Birthday Tribute

Chika Ezeanya-Esiobu President Thomas Isidore Noel Sankara would have turned 70 on the 21st of December 2019. At the tender age of 37, however, he was felled by bullets from soldiers loyal to his best friend, Blaise Campaore. Thomas Sankara’s passion was Africa’s advancement; his experimental field was Burkina Faso. What President Sankara wanted to…

Thomas Sankara: Speech Before the General Assembly of the United Nations

Delivered: In French, at the United Nations General Assembly, in New York City, on 4 October 1984. Source of the Translation into English: United Nationas (1984), United Nations General Assembly Official Records, 20th Plenary Meeting, Thursday, 4 October 1984, at 10.40 a.m., New York, (A/39/PV.20), pp. 405-410. This edition: Marxists Internet Archive, January 2019. I…

Thomas Sankara: Imperialism is the Arsonist of Our Forests and Savannas

This speech was first given at the first International Silva Conference for the Protection of the Trees and Forests in Paris. It has been since been disseminated by revolutionaries through many means as a way to underscore the necessity of social revolution and an environmental focus. Now more than ever this speech is necessary to…