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Proles of the Round Table

Oct 1, 2019

In this one, the crew sat down to discuss the history of Burkina Faso, what created the atmosphere of revolution, some of Sankara's legacy, and what happened after his assassination.

- Jamaica was never a French colony; it was a British colony.
- "The US is a one-party state[...]" quote was from Julius Nyerere, the president of Tanzania and not Kwame Nkrumah.
- It may have been implied that Structural Adjustment Programs involved implementing privatization and austerity after the loans are paid back, but those are preconditions that must be met before and during the disbursement of the loan.

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Suggested Reading: 

"A Certain Amount of Madness: The Life, Politics and Legacies of Thomas Sankara" - Amber Murrey, ed.
"Thomas Sankara Speaks" - Thomas Sankara
”A United Front Against Debt”: Speech to the Organization of African Unity - Thomas Sankara
"Burkina Faso: A History of Power, Protest, and Revolution" - Ernest Harsch
"Burkina Faso: Processus de la Revolution" - Babou Paulin Bamouni (in French)
"Thomas Sankara: The Upright Man" (documentary)
"The CFA Franc: French Monetary Imperialism in Africa" - Ndongo Samba Sylla
Thomas Sankara - Revolutionary Left Radio (podcast episode)

Intro music: 

"Proles Pod Theme" by Ransom Notes

Outro music:

National Anthem of Burkina Faso