Sheikh Khalifa: UAE President Dies After Prolong Illness
The President of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al-Nahyan, has died at the age of 73,
This was announced by the UAE’s Ministry of Presidential Affairs, stating that the country will observe 40 days of mourning.
“The Ministry of Presidential Affairs announced that there will be 40 days of official mourning with flags at half-mast and three days closure of ministries and official entities at the federal and local levels and the private sector,” the agency disclosed.
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Sheikh Khalifa had suffered a stroke in 2014 and has not really been active since then.
His brother, Abu Dhabi’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed (known as MBZ), had taken to Twitter to express his grief.
“We belong to God and to Him we shall return. MBZ wrote.
“The Emirates lost its righteous son, the leader of the “empowerment stage” and the trustee of its blessed journey.
“His stances, achievements, wisdom, giving, and initiatives in every corner of the country. Khalifa bin Zayed, my brother, my mentor, and my teacher, may God have mercy on you with his vast mercy and enter you into his good pleasure and paradise.
Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, who is the Vice-President and Prime Minister, would act as president until the federal council meets within 30 days to elect a new president.
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Rich and poor – Inequality in Namibia
When it comes to the chasm between rich and poor, few nations on Earth can compare with Namibia. Seventy percent of the country’s territory is owned by just six percent of the population. The wounds inflicted during the German colonial era still run deep.
Namibia’s colonial past is a violent one. Attempts by the indigenous Nama and Herero people to oppose the ambitions of German colonial rulers were brutally crushed. A genocide of the Nama and Herero was carried out between 1904 and 1908 and only officially recognized as such by the German government in 2021. These terrible events continue to affect Namibian society to this day: While many of the victims’ descendants live on illegal settlements in constant fear of eviction, the white descendants of German colonialists still own most of the land and believe it is rightfully theirs.
Most of Namibia’s vast natural resources are owned or controlled by foreigners. The diamond industry is dominated by the international DeBeers consortium headquartered in London, UK. The construction and uranium industries are controlled by the Chinese; this is because Beijing continues to prop up the ruling SWAPO party, widely seen as corrupt. Documents leaked in 2021 revealed that North Korea was illegally subcontracted to build the country’s State House. Most of the country is sparsely populated, enabling nature to flourish.
Namibia is (still) home to one to one of the greatest wildlife populations in the world, including the only free roaming black rhinos. But an upswing in poaching by Chinese crime syndicates is threatening to destroy decades of conservation work, while global warming exacerbates desertification, threatening indigenous communities.