Deaths of two Middle East leaders in the same week attracted weighted coverage – few learned the legacy of Sheikh Zayed

Throughout his life, Sheikh Zayed remained relatively unknown and underexposed by media outside the general perimeter of his country (smaller than Maine); organizations or countries to which he donated billions in financial assistance, goods, services or facilities; and in Britain, Spain, and Switzerland where he maintained homes. Then again, at the dignifying age of 85, he may have wanted to exit quietly, as throughout his life he seemed generally to follow the proper course of a traditional Muslim. He remained accessible while going about his business without generating inordinate fanfare. Indeed, how many in the West were aware that he was one of the wealthiest men in the world? How many fewer could describe any of the amazing things he did to help people throughout it?

Paranoia over pot and medical marijuana leaves most countries high and dry

The level of paranoia over a plant with a four-thousand year history of serving as a curative – while being cheap as dirt, not requiring pesticides to grow in a range of climates, that can be used to make more than 50,000 items, and that can be woven with resins to become more than 20 times stronger than steel, is downright laughable. Any country that has started at least a medical marijuana tourism industry is laughing all the way to the bank, however.