2020 A Year in Review


The year of ‘20 has been an interesting one in which many things happened, although they were overshadowed by COVID and the US elections or just forgotten. An example would be the assassination of Iranian General Quasem Soleimani for, according to the US Department of Defense, “… developing plans to attack American diplomats and service members in Iraq and throughout the region.” Another, mostly unknown, story would be the Chinese spy, Baimadajie Angwang, working with the New York Police Department and giving information to China. So far, he is awaiting trial and if found guilty he could face 55 years of imprisonment for, “…acting as an illegal agent of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) as well as committing wire fraud, making false statements and obstructing an official proceeding.” according to the US Department of Justice. Finally, the remains of a hundred Chinese soldiers were returned to their homeland by the South Korean government. These Chinese soldiers fought in the, mostly forgotten, Korean War against the South Koreans and Americans in the early 1950’s. Most of the remains were found near the Demilitarized Zone between North and South Korea and were planned to be repatriated to China last spring, but it was postponed due to the COVID pandemic. 

Alongside the news that actually matter, there were news stories that no one asked for and no one cared for. Such an example would be of celebrities sharing their stories during quarantine and telling everyone to follow the quarantine rules. What I mean is that, who cares about their experiences? No one that I know of or asked cares or worries about these people because we have our own issue to deal with at home. Also, we don’t need a constant reminder that we need to follow the quarantine rules, since we have the police officers to enforce these rules. This leads to the celebrities that don’t seem to care about the whole pandemic thing and go partying like it’s 1999 and then complain about getting COVID for their choices. Honestly, these stories only serve to give us a good laugh for while until the realization of how dumb some people can be hits us like a wrecking ball.

Like stated before, there was news that overshadowed other events around the world and made the headlines more often than not. The US elections certainly fit this criteria of almost always being in the headlines of important newspapers, like USA Today, BBC, New York Times, etc. They would talk about how the elections were being dealt with in other states, how Trump was being a man-child for not accepting defeat, how loads of people prefer Biden for president and other such things. Occasionally, the newspaper would talk about other things that related with international affairs, like Iranian Crisis or how the COVID vaccine is being created in different countries. Those types of news were a relief to read instead of the usual “Trump vs. Biden” stories.