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A week in review 12/25/19
Photo courtesy: - Two thousand nineteen was one of the most devastating years for the Amazonian Rain Forest, as millions of acres burned at the hands of cattlemen and farmers encouraged by Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro.

By Joseph Rios


Revolution in Sudan
- In Sudan, millions of people, including women, and youth worked to create a peaceful change. Omar al-Bashir, the country’s president for 30 years, was deposed in a coup. Now, a military-civilian council is in charge of the country. The country is still working to recover a struggling economy.

The Amazon of Africa - The company Jumia, known as Africa’s Amazon, became Africa’s first $1 billion start-up in 2019. Shares dropped, and it is expected to be sold next year. The company is listed in New York, and it sells things like smartphones, groceries, computers, fashion, jewelry and more.


Hong Kong protests
- Throughout the majority of 2019, protests shook Hong Kong. The protests started in June against plans to allow extradition to mainland China. It was believed extradition to mainland China would go against judicial independence. The plan never went through, but demonstrations are still going on demanding full democracy.

Seventy years of Communism in China - This year marked the 70th year that China has been under Communist rule. China held celebrations to recognize the milestone, including a huge military parade that took place in Beijing. China has developed at a quick pace since becoming Communist, but it is also one of the most restricted countries.


Elections in the United Kingdom
- After failing to obtain a majority in the 2017 general election, the conservative party in the United Kingdom seized control. Boris Johnson is now the prime minister of the United Kingdom, and the country appears to be on track as it exits the European Union. The United Kingdom will likely leave the European Union on January 31 of next year.

Nazi elected mayor - In Waldsiedlung, a town in Germany, Stefan Jagsch was elected mayor. The town is home to 2,650 people, and nobody ran against Jagsch. He is part of a far-right party that has been accused of being ant constitutional.

Latin America

Fire in the Amazon
- In 2019, the Amazon rainforest caught ablaze during the Amazonian tropical dry season. Concern about the fire swept around the nation as the fires were first reported by Brazil’s National Institute for Space Research. In August of 2019, there were aproximately 80,000 fires across Brazil.

Former Peru president shoots himself - Alan Garcia served as president for Peru from 1985 to 1990 and from 2006 to 2011. In April of 2019, he was preparing to turn himself into police officers as he was going to be charged for allegations related to bribery. Garcia shot himself as police were arriving to his home, and he died hours later.

North America

Trump impeached
- On Dec. 18, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to impeach President Donald Trump on two charges, abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. Trump will go to trial before the Senate, but the Senate is controlled by Republicans, making it unlikely that he will be removed from office.

STEM shooting - On May 7, one student was killed, and eight others were injured at the STEM School in Highlands Ranch. Two students went into the school carrying handguns and other weapons. They opened fire at separate locations and are currently going through the court process.





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