Posts categorized under: Politics and social movements

Revolution 2.0: Thomas Sankara and the Social Media Generation in Burkina Faso

Burkina Faso is a fascinating example of how a long history of socio-political mobilization, the resurgence of interest in a murdered former revolutionary leader, and the digital connections of the social media age have recently coalesced in a successful revolution.

 

Graffiti, Ouagadougou, December 2014; Photo: Heike Becker
Graffiti, Ouagadougou, December 2014; Photo: Heike Becker.

 

Long-time strongman Blaise …

“Not without us”: Ovaherero and Nama sue Germany for Genocide Damages

Ovaherero prisoners and German soldiers, 1907. Photo: SA History Online
Ovaherero prisoners and German soldiers, 1907. Photo: SA History Online

Negotiating the German colonial past remains hotly contested. In a spectacular new twist representatives of the communities directly affected by the 1904-1908 genocide in Namibia have taken the German government to court. With all eyes on the Ovaherero and Nama …