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News and curiosities from the world USA 2020: a year on the roller coaster

USA 2020: a year on the roller coaster

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Let's retrace the most important events of this 2020 that took place in the United States of America.

On May 25 in Minneapolis, a police phone call reported someone used a counterfeit invoice in a city store.

A few hours after the call, a white police officer brutally kills George Floyd, a 46-year-old African American guilty of being black, in plain sight.

Officer Derek Chauvin had 18 complaints filed against him.

Together with the other three MPD officers he was fired.

Floyd was unarmed, handcuffed, just begging to be released with his only words "I CANT BREATHE!" "I CAN'T BREATHE!"

The next morning, the state police deployed near the district set on fire overnight by George Floyd's protesters.

As the flames burned during the night, the crowd shattered windows and a fence to gain access to the 3rd police precinct.

They chanted his name "George Floyd" "I CANT BREATHE" to protest the violence of cowards.

In June 2020, six of Donald Trump's staff members tested positive for the coronavirus at the demonstration held in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

A few hours before the president's arrival, Trump communications director Tim Murtaugh said that "according to security protocols, campaign personnel are tested for Covid-19 before the events and that quarantine procedures have been immediately implemented" .

NBA News reported positive test results for the first time.

Trump's campaign dismissed pandemic concerns that continued with the planned rally, despite the sharp surge in positives in Oklahoma.

Also in the same month, NASA announced plans to hire a private company to send a golf cart rover to the surface of the Moon in 2023 that would roam the lunar south pole in search of water.

The move comes as the space agency is stepping up its efforts to bring back to the lunar surface by 2024.

The landing of NASA's Rover Viper would aim to help the space agency decide which regions astronauts should explore and how much life-sustaining water is beneath the lunar surface.

NASA has awarded the contract worth nearly $ 200 million to Astrobotic, a company based in Pitsburg.

Unlike the Apollo mission, in which astronauts visited the Moon and then returned home, this time NASA, as reported by the Washington Post, is working to create a permanent presence under a program called Artemis.

For years it was believed that the Moon was dry, but a decade ago NASA discovered the existence of water in the form of ice, especially in the permanently shadowed craters in the Moon's south pole.

Water is not only important for life as a liquid, but when broken into its components, hydrogen and oxygen, it can be used as air for breathing.

These elements could be used as rocket fuel, allowing exploration in space and on Mars for the more hopeful.

In July, rapper Kanye West runs for president.

He does so with a message on his Twitter profile which has almost 30 million followers, husband of the famous Kim Kardashian.

"Now we must fulfill America's promise by trusting God, unifying our vision and building our future. I am running for the presidency of the United States."

The candidacy received the support of entrepreneur Elon Musk "you have my full support" writes the Tesla's patron.

On July 16, the Court of Justice of the European Union canceled the "privacy shield", the agreement on the transfer and protection of personal data of European citizens in the United States.

According to the judges, the protection mechanism is insufficient.

At the origin of the sentence is the denunciation by an Austrian citizen, Max Schrems. Washington said it was "deeply disappointed" as reported by the International newspaper.

In August 2020, Steve Bannon, a former advisor to President Donald Trump, is arrested and released on bail in New York on suspicion of fraud. According to the Manhattan federal prosecutor's office, Bannon illegally appropriated hundreds of thousands of dollars from the online fundraising campaign “We build the wall,” which supported the construction of the Mexican border wall, the key project of the Trump administration.

On Friday, August 2, a fire broke out east of Los Angeles and out of control started burning Cherry Valley.

7.800 people have been evacuated according to Riverside firefighters.

In one night alone, the flames burned about 12.000 acres, an uncontrolled occurrence for the area's firefighters.

Evacuation centers have been set up at local hotels and at Beaumont High School to shelter the population. CNN reassures that all Covid-19 emergency measures have been applied, such as temperature screening, masks and social distancing.

President Donald Trump spared no expense during his candidacy, threatening the use of Tik Tok and allowing it to be sold only if the App was completely detached from China.

Washington-based tech giant Microsoft made the statement following the conversation between its CEO Satya Nadella and Trump ensuring that all private data of American Tik Tok users will remain in the United States.

The negative results in the fight against covid have been an obvious flaw in President Trump's political campaign, so much so that his main aides have tried to stage any tactic of blame against the states, claiming that the problems on coronavirus tests and cases on the rise, I was absolutely not the fault of the president, thus trying to counter the new polls that saw the failure of the leadership and the upcoming elections.

The new administration has pushed to fulfill Trump's responsibility and accelerate economic activity by encouraging people to return to work following the previously misjudged bet by the president to push the states that are now suffering terribly following the pandemic.

All this has been accompanied with the opening of schools, ignoring any kind of concern on the part of parents and teachers.

Many states have complained about test delays, but according to CNN statements by Brett Giroir, the administration's test czar, the availability has always been excellent to achieve the expected goals.

In August, tension rises and strong clashes occur in Portland, Oregon, between supporters of Trump and the violent fringes of the "Black Lives Matter" movement: one dead. The police did not immediately release the official version of the facts.

The reconstruction is based on various testimonies collected by the media. On Saturday, August 29, around 20.30pm, a fight broke out in the downtown area. Shouts, threats and then a shot. Some videos shot with mobile phones show a man sprawled on the asphalt, in front of the entrance to a garage with a hat of the "Patriot Prayer", a far-right organization founded in 2016 by XNUMX-year-old Joey Gibson to support Donald Trump and "free the West Coast conservatives ”. A local TV reports that someone saw a small group of young people approach the victim. At one point one of the attackers pulled out a gun and would have fired a single shot, after which he hid the weapon, running away on foot.
The agents arrived almost immediately, but there was nothing more to be done now.

A conclusion, perhaps inevitable, in a day out of control, with the city at the mercy of two warlike and increasingly dangerously equipped factions. American flags, "pro Trump and Pence" banners formed a long procession and headed for the ring road. On board the vehicles, supporters and disturbing figures alternate with bulletproof vests, sticks, paint guns, irritating sprays. A demonstrative action in the city that Trump has indicated as an example of the surrender of the Democrats "to the anarchists, the vandals and the destroyers", without any distinction with the overwhelming majority of Black Lives Matter activists.

The militants who for three months have been protesting against police abuses waited for the Trumpian caravan on the access ramps to the motorway. Insults, slogans on both sides. No serious accidents. But in the evening a motorized column decides to enter the city. The videos show the vehicles passing between sidewalks manned by unarmed demonstrators, but also by young people with helmets, black sweatshirts, gas masks, sticks, bottles. Another sequence of madness, after the one in Kenosha, Wisconsin, where on August 26 a XNUMX-year-old Trump fan killed two protesters.
The leader of the White House has appeared since 6 on Sunday morning on Twitter. Overwhelming: over 60 messages between direct posts and retweets: «The great confrontation taking place in Portland cannot be unexpected after watching the incompetent mayor admit for 95 days that he had no idea what he was doing. Portland's population can't hold out any longer without security. The mayor (Democrat Ted Wheleer ed) is a fool. Call the National Guard. ' Then an appreciation for the mobilization of the "Great Patriots" and other accusations of "weakness" directed at Joe Biden and the Democrats, to which he opposes the main slogan of his campaign: law and order.

While protests over George Floyd continue in the US, the Washington Post reports the death of an 18-year-old African-American who was killed in Washington by an agent who had stopped him for a checkup. According to the newspaper, the boy, Deon Kay, was hit by a bullet and died in hospital.

The police in a statement reported that the 18-year-old "had brandished a firearm", but protests erupt outside the 7th Disctrict police station in the capital. The victim, reports the The Washington Post, he had turned 18 last month and lived with his mother not far from where the tragedy occurred. Police said they responded to a report about a man with a gun and found several people in and around a vehicle. Two of those people had fled, one of them showed a firearm and an officer fired in response hitting Deon Kay in the chest.

In October Donald Trump was finally discharged after contracting the Corona virus.

From his first statements in an interview with Fox he immediately states that his health is good, and by now, he no longer has to lock himself in the basement because he seems to be immunized.

Proud of what he has been through, he says: “He seems to be immunized, I don't know for how long: maybe for a long time, maybe for a short time and maybe for life. Nobody knows for sure but I am immunized ”, stresses US President Trump. But with just over three weeks to go, Joe Biden holds a double-digit lead over Donald Trump. According to a Washington Post-Abc poll, Biden at the time had 54% of the vote compared to Trump's 42%. The poll reflects the popular vote and not the one to win the 270 voters needed for the White House.

On November 3, 2020, after a long wait of four days and eight years later, Joe Biden returns to the White House.

No longer in the role of Obama's right hand man, but as a point of reference, an epochal turning point for the future of the country, as the 46th president of the United States of America.

Joining him for the first time will be a female African American Vice President, Kamala Harris.

Former prosecutor of San Francisco first and then of California, she had already won a seat in the Senate in 2016, the year of Trump's victory, immediately deciding to declare war on him.

A couple, that of Kamala and Joe, formidable, the most voted in history.

“The work ahead of us will be difficult but I promise you this: I will be the president of all Americans. I am honored that the Americans have chosen me as their president, ”tweeted Joe Biden

“I will be a president who unites and not a president who divides. Let's listen to each other again, we are all Americans. " These are Joe Biden's words of reconciliation in his address to the nation.

As Kamala Harris takes the stage dressed in white, greeted by stadium cheers, waving flags and mad horns, she speaks to the nation "You have chosen hope, unity, science and above all truth"

The first commitments of this campaign go to the fight against the pandemic, health, migrants and the climate.

“There are no blue, red states. There is the United States. Let's give each other a chance by helping each other, ”says Biden.

Trump meanwhile does not take the defeat very well and says his legal offensive against the election result will begin shortly, to ensure that the electoral laws are respected and the legitimate winner is elected. "This election is far from over. Joe Biden's victory has not been certified in all states."

On December 10, the death sentence of Brandon Bernard, a 40-year-old African American charged with double murder in 1999, in Texas, was carried out in Terre Haute, Indiana.

The man was only 18 at the time of the crime. Given his young age, repentance and good behavior over the years, about five hundred thousand signatures were collected with the intent of blocking the execution, but President Trump did not consider the idea.

This is the ninth federal execution since July, and four more are expected before President Trump's term ends on January 20.

After Joe Biden's victory in the American presidential elections, the accusation launched by Donald Trump on the electoral irregularities that saw the triumph of the new president of the United States of America continues to make noise.

The agency for cybersecurity and infrastructure security (CISA), which is dependent on the Department of Homeland Security, said that "the presidential elections of 2020 were the safest in the history of the United States and that no irregularities have emerged" .

Former President Barack Obama in an interview with CBS said that Donald Trump's refusal to accept defeat "risks undermining US democracy".

Months after the pandemic began, hundreds of lifeless bodies are found in New York still deposited in refrigerated trucks on the Brooklyn riverfront.

People whose family could not be traced or who, due to lack of money, could not afford a dignified burial.

650 corpses from Covid last spring. An inhuman image that is still dealing with the management of the first wave and that trembles in front of the imminent hypothesis of a second one.

Public schools were finally closed in December to try to limit infections and new restrictions were addressed ".

In December 2020, the distribution of the Moderna vaccine began recently in the United States, as reported by Operation Warp Speed, immediately after the approval of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

The United States is currently the only one with the possibility of using two different types of vaccines.

At the moment, the compulsory vaccination has not been imposed, but employers will be able to ask their employees to be vaccinated, thus prohibiting access to work in case of refusal by the employee. A strategic way of inducing the population to undergo the vaccination campaign anyway.

As the new year begins, Samuel Little dies, the man defined by the FBI as the most prolific serial killer in US history.

As the BBC reports, Samuel died at the age of 80 in a California hospital.

Little was serving a life sentence for the murder of three women, although the man confessed to killing 93 between 1970 and 2005.

Some bodies were never found, as the FBI testifies.

The former boxer acted mainly towards drug addicts and many prostitutes.

He severely beat the victims making them unconscious and finished the job by strangling them, without necessarily using weapons.

Little was arrested for drugs in 2012 and underwent a DNA test, linking it to three unsolved murders between 1987 and 1989 in Los Angeles County.

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