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Worldview: Political unrest in Burkina Faso

After a 27-year rule, Burkina Faso's president sought to extend his term through a constitutional change. The resulting protests in the country forced Blaise Compaore to step down. We'll discuss the state of democracy in Africa with Richard Joseph, senior fellow at the Brookings Institution.


  1. Burkina Faso leader reluctantly cedes power
  2. Last week the president of Burkina Faso was forced to resign after days of mass protests. Blaise Compaore had been in power for 27 years and was seeking a change in the constitution in order to extend his presidential term. Over the weekend, the country’s military named Lieutenant Colonel Isaac Zida as leader of an interim government. But this also led to protests and demands for the military to give up power. Now the military has said it plans to cede power to a "transitional body." We’ll discuss the political turmoil in Burkina Faso and what it says about the state of democracy in Africa with Richard Joseph, professor of political science at Northwestern University and senior fellow at the Brookings Institution.
  3. Thousands of tree species reportedly face extinction
  4. Trees - we literally cannot live without them. Many may not know that there are 100,000 different species of trees, but thousands of these species face extinction. Experts report that tree species are vanishing at a rate of one out of ten. The Global Trees Campaign was formed to halt this crisis. It’s a partnership between Botanic Gardens Conservation International (BGCI), Fauna & Flora International (FFI) and many of the world’s arboretums and botanic gardens.

    Nicole Cavender is vice president of research and conservation at Morton Arboretum and Stephen Blackmore is professor and chairman of BGCI, based at the Royal Botanic Garden in Edinburgh, Scotland. They’ll tell us about their plans to save many of the world’s trees from extinction.