Why should we care about the military Coup in Burkina Faso

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Why should we care about the military Coup in Burkina Faso

Canada has ties to one of poorest countries in Africa, by providing development aid, business dealings in mining and diplomatic relations. I think its one of a handful of countries in the continent where we have biliteral ties.

It wasnt really what you'd call a democracy even before the coup because it did have multiparty elections and parties that helped stablize a dictatorship. Now, the leaders of the coup say they will cede power to civilian rule.

But how did this happen?

One explanation is that the leaders were trained by the US (much like Latin American dictators) and the counterterrorism efforts in Mali.

An good piece I came across that gives context and background:

 http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/monkey-cage/wp/2014/11/04/the-fall-of-the-hegemon-in-burkina-faso/

 

 

 

 

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WaPo is also reported that the coup leader was trained by US in counter terrorism.  Not the first and definetly not the last military man in Africa to be trained School of the Americas style.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/coup-leader-in-burkina-faso-received-us-military-training/2014/11/03/3e9acaf8-6392-11e4-836c-83bc4f26eb67_story.html

 

 

 

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