Category : Burkina Faso

(WSJ) The Missionary Killed by Islamist Terror

The 2016 political season is churning with anti-immigrant vitriol and wariness of the outside world. But one group of American Christians””missionaries””continues reaching out instead of walling themselves off. They honor Christ’s message in the Gospel of Matthew, chapter 25: “Whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.”

The selfless work of missionaries was poignantly illustrated by the terrorist murder on Jan. 15 of 45-year-old Michael Riddering, an orphanage director in West Africa.

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Posted in * Culture-Watch, * Economics, Politics, * International News & Commentary, Africa, Burkina Faso, Religion & Culture, Terrorism, Violence

(FT) Burkina Faso coup threatens western campaign against Islamists

The protests that on Friday ended the rule of Burkina Faso’s long-serving president may have seemed like another African drama in an isolated corner of the continent. However, they have created a possible problem for the US and France, which rely heavily on the west African nation in their fight against Islamic extremism in the semi-desert south of the Sahara.

Much as the Arab spring toppled western allies in north Africa such as Egypt’s Hosni Mubarak, what demonstrators called Burkina’s “black spring” led to the resignation of President Blaise Compaoré. His departure removes an important regional supporter of both Washington and Paris, the former colonial power, in the volatile Sahel, where the jihadist threat is growing.

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Posted in * Culture-Watch, * Economics, Politics, * International News & Commentary, Africa, Burkina Faso, Defense, National Security, Military, Ethics / Moral Theology, Foreign Relations, Law & Legal Issues, Politics in General, Theology, Violence

Nigeria wins the Africa cup of Nations

Burkina Faso played wonderfully well with a great deal of heart.

My thanks to ESPN 3 for making it possible for me to watch my first ever Africa Cup of Nations final–KSH.

Update: There is a lot more there.

Posted in * By Kendall, * Culture-Watch, * International News & Commentary, Africa, Burkina Faso, Nigeria, Sports