Thomas Sankara of Burkina Faso
October 15, 2014 11:40 AM   Subscribe

It's good to see that The Upright Man is on Youtube; that'll definitely need rewatching.
posted by Pope Guilty at 12:05 PM on October 15, 2014 [1 favorite]

Thanks, infini - to my embarrassment, I'd never heard of him, but this was great. Looking forward to getting more into the video links.
posted by YouRebelScum at 12:18 PM on October 15, 2014 [1 favorite]

They've done something really weird on the site formatting: no matter what I do, I can't see the leftmost three or four characters.
posted by Chocolate Pickle at 12:59 PM on October 15, 2014 [1 favorite]

Thanks for this. It won't get anything like the attention it deserves but ca cést la vie.
When asked why he didn’t want his portrait hung in public places, as was the norm for other African leaders, Sankara replied “There are seven million Thomas Sankaras.”
posted by adamvasco at 5:19 PM on October 15, 2014 [2 favorites]

Chocolate Pickle, do you have NoScript running? if so, allow the site temporarily and the formatting should bounce back.
posted by infini at 5:04 AM on October 16, 2014

Cool post! I'd never heard of Thomas Sankara, but his story seems really interesting. I'll watch The Upright Man as soon as I get the chance.
posted by Rustic Etruscan at 10:10 AM on October 16, 2014

Not enough linkable and/or credible stories yet from media sources but twitter going wild. Follow hashtag

Burkina Faso has just exploded in demonstrations against the president who was attempting to extend his term in office. Burkinabes have burnt down parliament and taken over the national TV station. The president has fled the country.
posted by infini at 10:02 AM on October 30, 2014

Whoa. I'm not at all qualified to comment on this story, but it seems pretty big, and I hope someone better informed than I am makes a full FPP of it.

also I still need to watch The Upright Man, so
posted by Rustic Etruscan at 10:57 AM on October 30, 2014

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