January’s Finally Over After a Year or Two

Alora Foote, Contributor

The year 2020 started on a wild note. From start to finish, January seemed to go from one groundbreaking event to the next, taking the world off guard over and over. All around the world, shocking stories come flooding in telling of many different situations. It’s fair to start with the United States and Iran.

On January 3, the United States ordered a drone strike on Iran’s major general, Qasem Soleimani, and killed him. The U.S. claimed that they had targeted the general because they were attempting to prevent a possible terrorist attack they had been threatened with. Iran responded with targeting the American base in Iran, killing hundreds of soldiers in drone strikes. The media painted this event in the light of possibly starting another world war. The American youth made plenty of jokes about bringing back the draft. However, the draft will not be coming back and the tensions are at a standstill between the United States and Iraq.

While the threat of World War 3 was taking place, President Trump was facing charges and an impeachment trial. “The House of Representatives on Wednesday┬áimpeached President Trump for abuse of power and obstruction of Congress” (NY Times). The initial start to the whole trial was actually December 18, 2019, but has lasted throughout the rest of December, the entirety of January, and ended February 5, with the final result. The decision of the impeachment concludes that President Trump will finish his term and run for re elections in the fall. Trump is acquitted on two articles of impeachment as of Wednesday with a 52-48 vote in the House of Representatives.

Down South, American territory Puerto Rico faces devastation in the form of severe earthquakes bombarding the south end of the island. Puerto Ricans are in desperate need of medical and emergency supplies which they had found in an abandoned warehouse. They accused their governor of keeping the relief supplies from them and protests broke out in the capitol. Protesters demanded on January 23, that their governor resign from office. They carried a guillotine along to prove their point even further.

Stepping out of the U.S. and territories, China recently was home to an outbreak. January 7, 2020, an unidentified virus started causing a pneumonia outbreak in Wuhan, China. Currently, there are 28,000 cases of the virus on mainland China and 565 deaths worldwide. Quarantined in France is a Chinese woman who had made it past customs and checks in a French airport before coming down with a severe case of pneumonia and other symptoms of the coronavirus. A cruise ship off the coast of Japan is forced to stay out at sea due to 10 confirmed cases onboard. For this reason, Taiwan has closed its ports to international cruises in fear of the spread of the virus. The United States has confirmed 12 cases in the country and Arizona is home to the first case at Arizona State University.

Across the Atlantic, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have opted to leave the Royal Family due to the lack of wanting the spotlight. The couple has decided to move to Canada and give up the money they receive from the state and instead take up everyday jobs in their new home. The queen of England has made it clear that the couple and their son would always be considered apart of the royal family and are always welcome. Meghan and Harry have plans to go back and forth between their new residence and their old one.

Though January 2020 seemed like an entire year, it is only the first month of the new year. The effects of the events of January will last for some time and more, possibly more shocking, events will take the stage for the media to do what they will with. Lets see what the months to come hold for the world.

https://www.infoplease.com/january-2020-current-events-us-news

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/12/18/us/politics/trumpimpeached.html

https://www.cnn.com/2020/02/05/politics/senate-impeachment-trial-vote-acquittal/index.html

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/coronavirus-updates-latest-news-outbreak-global-response-n1131296

https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/7kz8ja/puerto-rican-protesters-want-their-governor-to-resign-again