- USA: Georgia – The election campaign continues
The recount of the results of the presidential election could take weeks because every ballot paper will be checked by hand at the request of the Republican Party. Still-President Donald Trump continues to spread allegations of election fraud, although there is so far no evidence. In Georgia the election campaign continues. On January 5th, the two senatorial posts that the state will occupy in the second chamber of the congress will be awarded in a runoff election. In the first ballot, which took place together with the presidential election, nobody from the candidate group was able to achieve the necessary majority. For the first time since 1992, the Democrats had won a majority of the vote in the Georgia presidential election. The state’s two senatorial seats are important: if the Democrats win them in the end, there will at least be a stalemate in the US Senate, which would make the work of the new US president easier. If the Republicans win, they could block many of Joe Biden’s projects.
- China: One year of Corona – why is China pandemic-free?
On December 1, 2019, the corona virus was first detected in a person in the Chinese city of Wuhan. Since then it has spread all over the world, paralyzing everyday life almost everywhere on the planet. The pandemic is spreading uncontrollably in many countries. In China, the country of origin, however, there are apparently hardly any new cases and therefore no dramatic consequences for the people there. How is the Chinese leadership able to keep Covid-19 under control so efficiently? The “Weltspiegel” reports on the rigid measures in the People’s Republic.
- Indonesia: Corona and life in paradise on Bali
Those who live from tourism in Corona times have a hard time. The industry is the big loser in the pandemic, which can now be seen on the holiday island of Bali. Over four million people live on the island, 70% of whom live from tourism. In August, Bali allowed domestic tourists to come back to the holiday island, and the number of infections immediately skyrocketed. The provincial government had closed the borders even to Indonesians for months. Actually, foreigners should be allowed to travel to Bali again in September, but this plan was quickly put on hold. Many islanders now have to change saddles, such as Gede Darma. Before Corona he was a diving instructor and had a relatively good income. Now he’s a seaweed farmer. The money is just enough to survive. But many of the foreigners who live in Bali also have to rethink. For some, the dream life as digital nomads in paradise has suddenly become much harder – while others benefit from the fact that working from home has become normal overnight.
- UK: The Brexit car park in Kent
The vast majority of Kent’s voters voted for Brexit. Nationalism and proud patriotism are good forms in the southern English province. But now many of the Brexit supporters are disillusioned. Because in the middle of the beautiful landscape there is a huge truck parking lot. The authorities want to prevent long queues at the Euro tunnel and at the ferry terminals. Nevertheless, even after the British have left the EU for good, imports from Europe are still necessary to guarantee supplies to the British. And they have to be cleared by British customs officers in the future. The clearance is to take place in the truck parking lot from January. Even if the neighbors don’t find so much sovereignty in the immediate vicinity so attractive.
- France: hard Brexit? – The fear of the fishermen
Boulogne-sur-Mer is the largest fishing port in France. From here the trawlers sail into the North Sea. One of them is Ludvig Margollet, who has set sail for many years with his 22-meter-long “Saint-Jacques II”. He is afraid of a hard Brexit, in which case there would be no agreement on the use of the fishing waters in the North Sea. “We make 70 percent of our sales with catches in British waters, that would then be gone,” he fears. More than 5,000 jobs depend on the French fishing industry on the North Sea coast. For many decades fishermen have been able to cast their nets in British waters. If there is no agreement on the orderly exit of Great Britain from the EU and no solution for the fishermen, Ludvig Margollet and many of his colleagues would have to give up their jobs.
- United Arab Emirates – The Women’s Mission to Mars
For the United Arab Emirates it is actually a departure into new spheres: The Mars probe “Khalisfasat” is supposed to show everyone that the ultra-conservative Emirates are about more than just oil! Since a Japanese launch vehicle launched the probe into space in July, the Mars mission called “Hope” has been controlled from a control center in the Persian Gulf. And over 80 percent of those involved are women. Ayesha Al Sharafi helped develop the drive. For her, the Mars mission is fulfilling a rather exciting dream: “There are so many moments when everything just goes wrong. And then we always somehow manage to solve it. It’s actually always exciting,” she says. The probe is scheduled to reach Mars in February, study the dust storms there, take rock samples and prepare a manned mission. The fact that so many women are involved in this high-tech project initially caused irritation in the Emirates. For the young female engineers who came to the space center with excellent training, the project also offers the opportunity to gain a place in the male-dominated society of the Emirates.
The “Weltspiegel topic” podcast deals with space travel. Moderator Philipp Abresch speaks with ARD correspondent Daniel Hechler about the Mars mission of the United Arab Emirates and with ARD Beijing correspondent Tamara Anthony about the background of the Chinese government’s planned moon landing.
- Ethiopia: The War for the Tigray Province
The conflict over the Ethiopian region of Tigray is escalating. And brutal massacres are said to have occurred. Up to 600 civilians are said to have been killed in attacks by members of a local youth organization. This cannot be verified because there are no independent observers in the province. The Ethiopian military is fighting there against associations of the People’s Liberation Front TPLF, which represents the Tigray population. More than 40,000 people have now fled to neighboring Sudan. The “Weltspiegel” reports on the situation in Ethiopia, the consequences for the civilian population and the fear of the people in the region that the conflict in East Africa will spread further.
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