Burkina Faso

Supporters of Capt. Ibrahim Traore parade waving a Russian flag in the streets of Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, Oct. 2, 2022. 

When putsch comes to shove: Part I

Critical State, a foreign policy newsletter by Inkstick Media, takes a deep dive this week into the myth of "coup contagion."

When putsch comes to shove: Part I
Mutinous soldiers guard the entrance of the national television station in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso

Burkina Faso president, apparently detained, calls for unity

Burkina Faso president, apparently detained, calls for unity
Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko is shown sitting while wearing a blue suit jacket with a red tie.

President Biden issues executive order with sanctions against Belarus officials

President Biden issues executive order with sanctions against Belarus officials
A box containing stacks of cash with a 50 note stack from New Zealand on top

Hundreds arrested in massive global crime sting

Hundreds arrested in massive global crime sting
People wearing masks behind a barricade hold their hands and fists up in the air

Keiko Fujimori leads in tight presidential runoff in Peru

Keiko Fujimori leads in tight presidential runoff in Peru
The World Food Program's flag flutters on the roof of WFP headquaters after the organization won the 2020 Nobel Peace Prize, in Rome, Italy, Oct. 9, 2020.

World Food Program wins Nobel Peace Prize; Moscow talks aim for Nagorno-Karabakh ceasefire; China joins COVAX alliance

The UN’s World Food Program has won the Nobel Peace Prize in recognition of its efforts to combat hunger in conflict regions on several continents, talks in Moscow planned for Friday have raised hopes for a ceasefire in the ongoing Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, and China announced on Friday its intention to join COVAX, an international alliance to distribute COVID-19 vaccines to around two-thirds of the world’s population by 2022.

World Food Program wins Nobel Peace Prize; Moscow talks aim for Nagorno-Karabakh ceasefire; China joins COVAX alliance
A line of young school children are shown wearing face masks and wearing backpacks and jackets.

At UN, Africa urges fiscal help against virus 'apocalypse'

African nations at the UN General Assembly are calling for dramatic fiscal measures to help economies survive the coronavirus pandemic — which one leader called the "fifth horseman of the apocalypse."

At UN, Africa urges fiscal help against virus 'apocalypse'
A scientist dissects a mosquito at a research facility in Rockville, Maryland.

Burkina Faso is fighting malaria — with genetically modified mosquitoes

Researchers released 10,000 genetically modified mosquitos earlier this week. The hope is these mosquitoes could be used to eliminate the species that carries malaria.

Burkina Faso is fighting malaria — with genetically modified mosquitoes
Captain Thomas Sankara,

Thomas Sankara declared Burkina Faso 'the land of people of integrity'

It's been 30 years since the death of revolutionary leader Thomas Sankara.

Thomas Sankara declared Burkina Faso 'the land of people of integrity'
US Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman General Joseph Dunford is stands at a podium during a press conference.

Pentagon looks at stepping up its role in Africa to counter ISIS

The United States is considering a stepped-up military presence in Africa to pursue ISIS jihadists looking for new havens after the fall of their "caliphate," American officials say.

Pentagon looks at stepping up its role in Africa to counter ISIS

The pros and cons of 'gene drives'

Eliminating or altering an entire species of mosquito has never been tested in the wild. But "gene drives" could change that.

The pros and cons of 'gene drives'
Kadidia Ouattara moto

A revolutionary genetic experiment is coming to rural Burkina Faso

Scientists here are engaged in what could be the most promising, and perhaps one of the most frightening, biological experiments of our time.

A revolutionary genetic experiment is coming to rural Burkina Faso
Children in the Burkina Faso village of Dori start gold mining from the age of 7.

Soccer could be a 7-year-old's way out of Burkina Faso's dangerous gold mines

From as young as 7, kids dig for bits of gold in makeshift mines and are exposed to dangerous mercury. That's where soccer comes in.

Soccer could be a 7-year-old's way out of Burkina Faso's dangerous gold mines
Smockey_Rapper

This male rapper in Burkina Faso is trying to help stop female genital mutilation

"Smockey" is a male rapper from Burkina Faso, and he's dealing out some serious lyrics about the all-too-common practice of female genital mutilation. His latest song, "Tomber la Lame," or "Drop the Blade," is a plea for his fellow countrymen to stop FGM.

This male rapper in Burkina Faso is trying to help stop female genital mutilation
U.S. President Barack Obama meets with President Ismaïl Omar Guelleh of Djibouti on May 5, 2014. Some Djiboutians say American ties to their country are holding back democratization.

The overthrow of Blaise Compaoré sparks protests against Djibouti's leader

The protests that forced Burkina Faso's longtime ruler to step down are echoing on the other side of the continent, where young protesters in Djibouti are calling for their own leader to step down after 15 years. They face not only a repressive government, but its international supporters as well.

The overthrow of Blaise Compaoré sparks protests against Djibouti's leader