Henrik of Denmark, queen Margrethe II ‘s husband, who was never king, died on Tuesday, aged 83. Affected by insanity, he had been hospitalized at the end of January for a lung infection. His burial will be celebrated in the intimacy on February 20th.
« Goodbye Henrik”, titled the French daily newspaper Politiken, with a picture of the waving young prince. In front of Amalienborg, the winter residence of the royal couple in Copenhagen, unknown people put down flowers and drawings to honor his memory. The flags of all the palaces were half-mast. Return on his tormented life.
Born Henri Marie Jean André de Laborde de Monpezat, on the 11 June 1934 in Talence, near Bordeaux, the young count married Margrethe in June 1967.
He became Henrik and converted to Denmark’s state Lutheran Church. However, he found it difficult to fit in with Denmark’s egalitarian lifestyle.
In the mid-1980s, Henrik publicly said he wanted a paycheck instead of relying on the queen, who gets annual allowances.
In a 2002 interview, Henrik again stunned Danes by saying he felt he had been pushed aside in his own home, not only by his wife but also by his son.
Since the first of January 2016, Henrik was retired, released of his official obligation which he honored variously according to his humor.
Last summer he publicly announced that he refused to be interred with his wife in the royal necropolis of the cathedral of Roskilde. Without the royal title, he deduced that he was not his equal in life.
On February 20th, Henrik of Denmark’s ashes will be dispersed in the Fredensborg castle’s garden, near Copenhagen.
Alexandre Jeanpierre, IEJ 3 C
Seventeen people were killed in a high school shooting in Parkland, Florida on Wednesday. This attack is one of the deadliest school shooting seen in the US since 2012.
A football coach. An athletic director. And young students. Those are the victims, of the high school shooting in Parkland, Florida. Since the attack, a lot of media have shown the survivor of the shooting. Students are mostly asked about what happened inside the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. “I heard about six gunshots and then some people started running,” student Jeiella Dodoo told CBS News. “And then everyone started running because we were like, ‘If it’s real, then just run.’” Some of them decided to use the media to pay their respect to the victims, such as this student, paying a tribute to the teacher who saved her life:
The majority of them are devastated, but one feeling keeps coming up: anger. They are angry because even though the staff and teachers were told what to do in case of a gun attack, it could not prevent deaths. The shooting revived the debate over gun control in the United States, with families blaming congressional inaction for the massacre. Some of the students decided to tweet the United States government, about what it felt like to live this situation.
A candlelight vigil to pay tribute to the 17 people gunned down in the Florida school shooting has reduced the crowd of thousands to tears.
Sixtine Jacquemin IEJ 3C
In the center of Rome, a street collapsed to form a crater nine meters deep. Nine cars are damaged. The fracture extends over almost 15 meters long. The evacuation of houses nearby was committed.
In the district of Balduina, in the heart of the city, a street collapsed on Wednesday evening, to give birth to a crater nine meters deep.
— Simone Santucci (@simsantucci) 14 février 2018
At least six cars were bumped in the abyss. As indicate the medias, the fault extends in almost 15 meters long.
Two residential buildings were evacuated by security measures and fire brigades confirmed that nobody had been hurt in the accident.
The security guards continue to verify the other buildings nearby to estimate the damages in a preventive way. Having examined the situation on the scene, mayor of the city, Virginia Raggi, assured the evacuated inhabitants that a social housing would be attributed to them.
— Pino Maio (@pino_maio) 14 février 2018
The section of the road which collapsed was next to a building site, which according to the investigators, could be at the origin of the disaster.
It is not the first time a street collapses in the Italian capital. Less than a month ago, a 77-year-old woman walked on the pavement when she suddenly fell in a crater two meters deep.
Thomas HERREMAN, IEJ 3C
Two years ago, Joaquin « El Chapo » Guzman has been arrested by the Mexican police. The narco-trafficker will be judged in September but his lawyer said that he needed more money to defend him.
The former « powerful man » of Mexico is coming out of the shadows. 25 months after his arrest, El Chapo lives in a New-York City jail, in very strict conditions because he tried many times to escape from there. Seven months before his trial, his lawyer, Eduardo Balarezo and El Chapo himself lamented about their low defence possibilities. In fact, the narco-trafficker’s friends began to pay the lawyer, but they can’t pay all the fees. “I received a partial payment of the fees, but his friends can’t pay the rest,” said the lawyer.
The major issue is that Joaquin Guzman can’t speak to anybody outside of the jail, even to his wife, because of the very strict rules. So he can’t give any instructions about the fees payment, and it remains unsettled. “El Chapo” warned the Federal court of the United States, that his trial may be a “joke” without more money.
14 billion dollars
In more than 20 years at the head of the Sinaloa drugs cartel, “El Chapo” has collected more than 14 billion dollars, which makes him one of the richest men in the world. With this trial, the Federal court intends to recover a part of the booty. According to the lawyer, the trial should last approximately four months.
Pierre Zéau, IEJ3C
Cyril Ramaphosa, the new South Africa’s President, is going to face a political issue but also an important economic challenge.
During Jacob Zouma’s term, the economy of South Africa decreased a lot. For exemple, the inequalities, in terms of wages or social integration between black and white people are still significant in the country, in spite of the end of the Apartheid.
How is the economy working ?
We all know that South Africa is an emerging country, we say that since 20 years. But if we check the country’s economic growth’s rate, we can see that this one never exceeded 1.4% in the last ten years. For many European countries, it could be considered as a good rate, but an emerging country should have a rate of 5% at a minimum.
To illustrate this situation we can check the GDP (Gross Domestic Product), which is a rough and ready indicator of average living standards. This one, has declined…
What about the employment ?
The unemployment rate is one of the worst in the world. In 2017, this rate was about 27.7 %. In 1994, it was close to 15.6 %. So in 24 years this rate practically doubled !
The degree of inequality is extraordinary. A measure that’s often used is the Gini coefficient, which ranges theoretically between zero for complete equality and 1 where all the income goes to a single person.
In the most equal countries, Nordic and some other European countries, the figure is in the mid to high 0,20s, for the UK it’s around 0,30 and the US around 0,40. For South Africa, it’s more than 0.60.
Because of these reasons, Cyril Ramaphosa will have to work a lot on the economic subject. But the illustrations we showed are not the only economic problems in South Africa. The issues that need to be targeted are all energy, education, or government dealings.
Valentin Demay, IEJ3C
Numerous states expressed their indignations further the shock report of CNN showing migrants sold at auction in Libya. Auctions which regularly take place in the country by traffickers of human beings made numerous associations react all around the world. The call to demonstrate was strongly relieved on the social networks.
The United Nation Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres denounced on Monday a “inhuman” situation by the recent revelations of slaves in Libya. According to him, the people responsible for these acts could be brought to justice for possible crimes against humanity.
Ahmed Metig, the Vice-Prime Minister of the Libyan government of national union (GNU) announced the opening of an investigation. He had already released a statement on Facebook to express “his dissatisfaction” as for the reappearance of the trade of slaves in the suburb of Tripoli.
The call back of ambassadors
Burkina Faso called back on Monday its ambassador in Tripoli, declared on November 20th Minister of Foreign Affairs Burkinabe, Alpha Barry. The Democratic Republic of Congo took a similar decision, by calling back its ambassador in Libya on Tuesday. Kinshasa wants to know “the real situation” in Libya and to proceed “a mission of repatriation” if the Congoleses are concerned.
This report caused the indignation of African leaders. The current president of the African Union (UA), the Guinean Alpha Condé, and the Senegalese government in particular deeply reacted to the situation. The president of Niger Mahamadou Issoufou let know that the subject would be treated in the agenda of the next summit of African Union – European Union of November 29th and 30th in Abidjan.
Sabrina Slimani, IEJ 3F