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The Africa Society is currently on location in Dakar, Senegal filming Senegal: The Presidential Tour, featuring President Abdoulaye Wade and hosted by Mr. Tiki Barber

President Abdoulaye Wade receives President and CEO of The Africa Society, Ms. Bernadette Paolo, in the President’s executive office adjacent to the presidential palace.

Concluding the first official interview with President Abdoulaye Wade and Mr. Tiki Biarber in the President

Climate ‘Is a Major Cause’ of Conflict in Africa
Climate has been a major driver of armed conflict in Africa, research shows – and future warming is likely to increase the number of deaths from war. US researchers found that across the continent, conflict was about 50% more likely in unusually warm years. Writing in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), they suggest strife arises when the food supply is scarce in warm conditions.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/8375949.stm

Zimbabwe: Woza Leaders Presented With Top Award by U.S. President Obama
Leaders of the pressure group, Women of Zimbabwe Arise (WOZA), on Monday took their message of peace to the White House in the United States, where they were presented with a prestigious human rights award by US President Barack Obama. Award winner Magodonga Mahlangu and WOZA co-founder Jenni Williams, both travelled to Washington DC to receive the 2009 Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights award. Williams accepted the award on behalf of WOZA while Mahlangu was singled out in her personal capacity as a rights activist.
http://allafrica.com/stories/200911231971.html

Namibia: Not in the Forefront
With Namibia’s National Assembly and Presidential elections around the corner the issue of equitable women’s representation at the highest levels of political decision-making has been placed at the centre of the election agenda. Most political parties only really kicked off their campaigns in earnest towards the middle of September and observers were looking to see whether these elections would mark a watershed for Namibian women’s inclusion on party lists, as well as how issues mostly affecting women were being addressed in election manifestos.
http://allafrica.com/stories/200911240357.html

South Africa Moves Out of Recession
South Africa’s economy has come out of recession, with growth of 0.9 per cent in the third quarter of this year. Results, adjusted for seasonal variations, released on Tuesday showed southern Africa’s biggest economy to have ended it’s first period of negative growth in 17 years, the country’s national statistics board said. “The seasonally adjusted real gross domestic product [GDP] at market prices for the third quarter of 2009 increased by an annualised rate of 0.9 per cent compared with the second quarter of 2009,” Statistics South Africa said.
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/africa/2009/11/20091124111757963696.html

East Africa: At Last, Common Market Becomes Reality
The East African Community officially ushered in a common market on Friday amid renewed commitment by the region’s Heads of State to expedite the envisaged political federation by 2015. The Common Market Protocol was finally signed in Arusha, Tanzania, bringing to an end months of waiting and anxiety. Contentious issues nearly derailed the negotiations and the signing was pushed to this month from April.
http://allafrica.com/stories/200911230351.html

Climate ‘Is a Major Cause’ of Conflict in Africa
Climate has been a major driver of armed conflict in Africa, research shows – and future warming is likely to increase the number of deaths from war. US researchers found that across the continent, conflict was about 50% more likely in unusually warm years. Writing in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), they suggest strife arises when the food supply is scarce in warm conditions.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/8375949.stm

Zimbabwe: Woza Leaders Presented With Top Award by U.S. President Obama
Leaders of the pressure group, Women of Zimbabwe Arise (WOZA), on Monday took their message of peace to the White House in the United States, where they were presented with a prestigious human rights award by US President Barack Obama. Award winner Magodonga Mahlangu and WOZA co-founder Jenni Williams, both travelled to Washington DC to receive the 2009 Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights award. Williams accepted the award on behalf of WOZA while Mahlangu was singled out in her personal capacity as a rights activist.
http://allafrica.com/stories/200911231971.html

Namibia: Not in the Forefront
With Namibia’s National Assembly and Presidential elections around the corner the issue of equitable women’s representation at the highest levels of political decision-making has been placed at the centre of the election agenda. Most political parties only really kicked off their campaigns in earnest towards the middle of September and observers were looking to see whether these elections would mark a watershed for Namibian women’s inclusion on party lists, as well as how issues mostly affecting women were being addressed in election manifestos.
http://allafrica.com/stories/200911240357.html

South Africa Moves Out of Recession
South Africa’s economy has come out of recession, with growth of 0.9 per cent in the third quarter of this year. Results, adjusted for seasonal variations, released on Tuesday showed southern Africa’s biggest economy to have ended it’s first period of negative growth in 17 years, the country’s national statistics board said. “The seasonally adjusted real gross domestic product [GDP] at market prices for the third quarter of 2009 increased by an annualised rate of 0.9 per cent compared with the second quarter of 2009,” Statistics South Africa said.
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/africa/2009/11/20091124111757963696.html

East Africa: At Last, Common Market Becomes Reality
The East African Community officially ushered in a common market on Friday amid renewed commitment by the region’s Heads of State to expedite the envisaged political federation by 2015. The Common Market Protocol was finally signed in Arusha, Tanzania, bringing to an end months of waiting and anxiety. Contentious issues nearly derailed the negotiations and the signing was pushed to this month from April.
http://allafrica.com/stories/200911230351.html

Nigeria in ‘Frank’ Talks With Mend
Nigeria’s president has held talks with former rebel leaders in the oil-rich Niger Delta in a bid to end the conflict in the region, his spokesman said.Olusegun Adeniyi said on Sunday that Umaru Yar’Adua’s meeting with the ex-chiefs of the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta, or Mend, was “frank and fruitful”. The president “used the session to reiterate his commitment to the overall peace and development of the Niger Delta,” Adeniyi said. He said Wole Soyinka, Nigeria’s Nobel prize-winning author, also took part in the talks.
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/africa/2009/11/2009111518144629789.html

Germany Arrests Top Rwanda Rebels
Police in Germany have arrested two Rwandan militia leaders on suspicion of crimes committed in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo. Ignace Murwanashyaka, the leader of the FDLR rebel group, and his aide Straton Musoni were held on suspicion of crimes against humanity and war crimes. FDLR leaders fled to DR Congo after the Rwanda genocide in which some 800,000 people – mostly ethnic Tutsis – died.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/8364507.stm

MTN to Lay Off Over 400 in South Africa
JOHANNESBURG, Nov 16 (Reuters) – Africa’s biggest mobile phone operator, MTN (MTNJ.J), plans to lay off at least 400 staff in South Africa to cut costs as the recession bites. The company, which operates networks across Africa and the Middle East, said on Monday it would cut both permanent and temporary workers because it was becoming more efficient and because of a fall in customer numbers. Temba Nyathi, MTN Group’s human resources executive, said the cutbacks were expected to save 150-170 million rand ($20-$23 million) per year.
http://www.reuters.com/article/telcommunicationsServicesSector/idUSLG43385220091116

Nigeria in ‘Frank’ Talks With Mend
Nigeria’s president has held talks with former rebel leaders in the oil-rich Niger Delta in a bid to end the conflict in the region, his spokesman said.Olusegun Adeniyi said on Sunday that Umaru Yar’Adua’s meeting with the ex-chiefs of the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta, or Mend, was “frank and fruitful”. The president “used the session to reiterate his commitment to the overall peace and development of the Niger Delta,” Adeniyi said. He said Wole Soyinka, Nigeria’s Nobel prize-winning author, also took part in the talks.
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/africa/2009/11/2009111518144629789.html

Germany Arrests Top Rwanda Rebels
Police in Germany have arrested two Rwandan militia leaders on suspicion of crimes committed in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo. Ignace Murwanashyaka, the leader of the FDLR rebel group, and his aide Straton Musoni were held on suspicion of crimes against humanity and war crimes. FDLR leaders fled to DR Congo after the Rwanda genocide in which some 800,000 people – mostly ethnic Tutsis – died.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/8364507.stm

MTN to Lay Off Over 400 in South Africa
JOHANNESBURG, Nov 16 (Reuters) – Africa’s biggest mobile phone operator, MTN (MTNJ.J), plans to lay off at least 400 staff in South Africa to cut costs as the recession bites. The company, which operates networks across Africa and the Middle East, said on Monday it would cut both permanent and temporary workers because it was becoming more efficient and because of a fall in customer numbers. Temba Nyathi, MTN Group’s human resources executive, said the cutbacks were expected to save 150-170 million rand ($20-$23 million) per year.
http://www.reuters.com/article/telcommunicationsServicesSector/idUSLG43385220091116

On November 10, 2009, The Africa Society of the National Summit on Africa hosted 130 10th grade students for an educational program at Duke Ellington School of the Arts. Students learned about The Africa Society

On November 10, 2009, The Africa Society of the National Summit on Africa hosted 130 10th grade students for an educational program at Duke Ellington School of the Arts. Students learned about The Africa Society

Tsvangirai Ends Zimbabwe Boycott
Zimbabwe’s prime minister has ended his boycott of the country’s unity cabinet, saying he wants to give the body time to work out its difficulties.
Morgan Tsvangirai boycotted the government three weeks ago after accusing the country’s president, Robert Mugabe, of not implementing the power-sharing agreement and sanctioning the harassment of opposition MDC supporters.
Tsvangirai’s decision on Thursday followed a meeting in Maputo, Mozambique, with members of the Southern African Development Community (SADC).
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/africa/2009/11/200911642034591486.html

Guinea: Opposition Presents Demands to Compaor

Tsvangirai Ends Zimbabwe Boycott
Zimbabwe’s prime minister has ended his boycott of the country’s unity cabinet, saying he wants to give the body time to work out its difficulties.
Morgan Tsvangirai boycotted the government three weeks ago after accusing the country’s president, Robert Mugabe, of not implementing the power-sharing agreement and sanctioning the harassment of opposition MDC supporters.
Tsvangirai’s decision on Thursday followed a meeting in Maputo, Mozambique, with members of the Southern African Development Community (SADC).
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/africa/2009/11/200911642034591486.html

Guinea: Opposition Presents Demands to Compaor