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The election is too dramatic, the world is watching this “show”

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The election is too dramatic, the world is watching this "show"

There is the possibility of another “overtime” US election at any time. It is a buzzword on the global Internet this week, attracting netizens from India, South Korea, France, Australia and other countries to watch the show. In order to “chase the drama,” some people even spent “American time” with the tellers of the states.

Speaking of the presidential election, the New York Times also complained that the whole thing was too dramatic. This is a must-see drama that confuses people, but makes the “audience” addicted to it and unable to extricate themselves. African scholars are even more “admired”: no second country can write such a script.

 

Stakes related, global attention

The New York Times reported in an article on November 4 that as the voting results of the states in the US general election were released one after another, the global media gave intensive coverage like domestic news. Because the interests of the US election are global: even if someone does not have the right to vote in this war, they may still be affected by it.

The election is too dramatic, the world is watching this "show"

In Australia and Indonesia, people gather in front of the TV in the cafe to see if the states are “red” or “blue.”

In Iran, “Elections_America” appeared on Persian Twitter searches. In Japan, TV stations have also thought about planning the general election reporting style.

The election is too dramatic, the world is watching this "show"

Japanese TV station

 

The election triggered severe volatility in the Asian trading market. In this area where the new crown epidemic is basically under control, many people want to understand why Trump, who has such an anti-epidemic performance, can still receive a lot of support.

During the period, the Korean media broadcasted the vote count on the website in real time, and the TV station continuously updated it, making this election the most popular American election in recent years.

The election is too dramatic, the world is watching this "show"

On November 4, 2020, local time, in Seoul, South Korea, people are concerned about the US general election.

 

In India, where the mother of the Democratic vice presidential candidate Harris was born, some people also watched TV reports all day long. Especially in the Indian village where Grandpa Harris was born more than 100 years ago, the manager of a small hotel said: “We usually don’t pay attention to the American election. But this time, we have been paying close attention to it, just like our own election.”

He expressed disappointment at the results of the votes counted so close by both parties and questioned that the vote was suspected of being “racist”: “It is clear that this time the white people voted for Trump.”

The US media also believes that after Trump staged one farce after another, many countries in the world hope that the United States can return to the more traditional route that Biden promised. At this time, many people are waiting to see Trump lose the election.

But countries that have profited during Trump’s tenure have mixed feelings. In Israel, right-wing commentators pointed the finger at American media who are optimistic about Biden.

Countries such as Indonesia and Afghanistan hope that the election will herald changes in the relationship between the United States and the world. For example, Brazil’s President Bolsonaro is an ally of Trump and he clearly expressed his hope that the latter will be re-elected. Then critics in this country hope that Biden can change Trump’s policies and save the Amazon rainforest after he takes office.

In addition, according to the US Quartz website (Quartz) and “Politician” news network reported on November 4, Europe is also holding its breath.

This election is at stake for Europe. Trump expressed dissatisfaction with the trade relationship between the United States and the European Union, withdrew from the Iran nuclear agreement and the Paris climate agreement, and is not obsessed with retaining NATO. In terms of foreign policy, he has long been proven not to be a reliable partner.

Susi Dennison, a senior policy researcher at the Berlin-based think tank, the European Association for Foreign Relations, believes that Trump’s second term “may be’difficult’ for Europe because the US priority strategy in foreign policy makes him Is more courageous.”

It is worth noting that many European public figures declared Trump’s victory too early and baselessly accused election fraud. He also expressed disappointment in claiming to go to the Supreme Court of the United States, and worried that it would trigger a democratic crisis that might affect the world.

German media quoted Ian Bond, the foreign policy director of the European Reform Center, as saying that regardless of the outcome of the US election, the EU needs to reduce its dependence on the United States internationally.

At the same time, even if Biden wins, he still has to deal with issues left over from the Trump era such as the new crown epidemic, as well as the embarrassment of meeting Republican senators. “The time Biden can use to manage relations with the EU is actually very limited,” Pound said.

However, not all European leaders dislike Trump’s performance. In the hometown of US First Lady Melania, the anti-immigration prime minister (Janez Jan) of Slovenia declared that Trump had clearly won. He accused the media of denying the facts and congratulated the Republican Party for its “big victory in the United States.”

 

Trump moves, Australian scholars: America has a fever.

However, more “meat-eating people” only want a simple and clear election result, but are ultimately forced to understand the complicated US election policy. While waiting for the counting of votes, news websites and TV channels began to continuously update the election maps and tables.

In addition, the bystanders also want to know why some American stores are sealed with wooden boards. When the 74-year-old Trump declared his “victory” in advance at 2 a.m. and warned that he would appeal to the Supreme Court to stop the counting of votes, the “audience” became even more confused.

The election is too dramatic, the world is watching this "show"

After Trump finished speaking, the MSNBC program reminded the audience that the election has not yet come out

 

Michael Fullilove, head of the Australian research institute Roy Institute, criticized: “Trump’s statement worries everyone who believes in ‘democracy’.”

“For the United States, the worst result may be a controversial election. The new crown epidemic has made the United States look very wrong. Now, it seems to have a fever and lose its way.”

The French “Le Monde” summed it up in the front page headline: “Trump Biden: America is splitting.”

The British “Guardian” columnist Marina Hyde asked and answered: “Well, America, so what is going on now?” “Apart from optimism, anything is possible.”

The “New York Times” used an analogy: For global audiences, the ever-changing US election map is a must-see drama that can confuse people but make people addicted to it.

“It’s a bit like the World Cup final,” Moch Faisal Karim, a professor of international relations in Indonesia, has another metaphor.

And financial risk analyst James Bernstein pointed out, “It has nothing to do with who wins. Americans are a very divided group. Although Trump is terrible, he can still get 50% in the fight against the epidemic. The support of the Americans-that explains a lot of problems.”

Nigerian writer and analyst Feyi Fawehinmi summed up the feelings of many African “audiences”: “There is no second country that can write such a script. This is pure entertainment.”

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7 countries including Iran are suspended from voting by the UN General Assembly due to arrears of UN dues

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According to French media “France 24”, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres stated on January 18 that seven countries, including Iran, have been suspended from voting in the UN General Assembly due to arrears.

Guterres notified the incident in a letter to the President of the UN General Assembly and Turkish President Volkan Bozkir. The seven countries are Iran, Niger, Libya, Central African Republic, Congo (Brazzaville), South Sudan, and Zimbabwe.

According to the report, the letter lists the amount that the seven-member states must pay to restore their voting rights. For example, Iran must pay about 16.2 million U.S. dollars, but it does not list the total amount of their respective arrears.

According to Article 19 of the Charter of the United Nations: “Any Member State that owes the Organization’s financial funds shall lose its right to vote in the General Assembly if the amount in arrears is equal to or exceeds the amount due for the previous two years. If the reason for arrears is due to circumstances beyond the control of the member state, the member state may be allowed to vote.”

Comoros, Sao Tome, and Principe, and Somalia have also experienced arrears of dues under Article 19 of the Charter of the United Nations. However, the United Nations General Assembly ruled that this was due to “uncontrollable circumstances” and therefore permitted these 3 The country continues to vote in the UN General Assembly until the end of the current session (75th).

The annual budget of the United Nations is about 3.2 billion U.S. dollars, and the budget for the peacekeeping part is prepared separately at about 6.5 billion U.S. dollars. United Nations membership dues are the main source of funding and the regular budget of the United Nations. They are paid by each member, and the share is determined every three years based on the members’ national income, foreign debt, and other objective economic indicators.

It is worth noting that, according to Yonhap News Agency, South Korean Foreign Ministry officials confirmed on the 18th that Iran has proposed to South Korea and the United Nations to use South Korea’s frozen oil export payments to pay dues to the United Nations.

Iranian Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesman Khatibzad said on the 17th local time that Iran has still insisted on paying UN dues in the past few years under the situation of US sanctions and blockade of remittance channels.

Khatibzad also stated that in view of the United States’ malice towards Iran and the danger of embezzlement of Iranian property, Iran urges the United Nations to bypass US banks when choosing remittance channels, and the United Nations Security Council should ensure the safe turnover of dues.

Yonhap News Agency reported on January 14 that South Korea and Iran have been approved by the U.S. Treasury Department to conduct transactions through the Korean Won accounts opened by the Central Bank of Iran in two Korean banks since 2010. The US President Trump withdrew from the Joint Comprehensive Action Plan (JCPOA, the Iran Nuclear Agreement) in May 2018 and included the Iranian Central Bank on the sanctions blacklist of the US Treasury Department. South Korea wanted to avoid the two banks from being boycotted by the US, Freezing the 7 billion U.S. dollars of funds held by the Iranian Central Bank in the Korean won account.

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South Africa found that the mutated new coronavirus is more contagious, not sure whether the vaccine can prevent it

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African epidemiologists said on the 18th that the new coronavirus mutant virus discovered for the first time in South Africa is more infectious than previous viruses, and it is not yet possible to confirm whether vaccines on the market can prevent it.

According to a report from Reuters on the 19th, studies have found that this new variant virus binds human cells stronger and easier. Salim Abdul Karim, a well-known South African epidemiologist, said that this helps explain why the mutated new coronavirus discovered in South Africa spreads about 50% faster than previous viruses.

According to the report, South African genomics experts identified the 501Y.V2 mutant virus at the end of 2020, which is also the culprit of the second wave of outbreaks in South Africa. Earlier this month, the daily infection rate of the virus reached a new peak of more than 21,000 cases. Prior to this, the United Kingdom and Brazil have also discovered new mutant new coronaviruses one after another. Scientists are worried that these new viruses will accelerate the spread of the new coronavirus epidemic. British scientists and politicians are also worried that the vaccine currently being deployed or developed may be less effective in preventing this mutant virus.

In this regard, the scientists also said the same day that there is no clear answer to this question, and research is continuing. Alex Siegel, a virologist at the African Institute of Health, said: “We have reason to be concerned because the virus has found a way to escape from previous antibodies. The world underestimates this virus. This virus can evolve. , It may be adapting to us.” But the researchers also said, “Our immune system is very smart, it is possible to compensate through other branches of the immune system so that the vaccine can still work.”

The report also pointed out that at present, the mutant new coronavirus discovered in South Africa has spread to Europe, Asia, and the Americas, as well as several other African countries. Many countries have imposed restrictions on travel to and from South Africa.

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Germany reports 7 deaths suspected to be related to COVID-19 vaccination

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The Paul Ehrlich Institute, a German vaccine approval agency, recently released a report saying that the agency has counted 325 cases of adverse reactions suspected to be related to the new coronavirus vaccine, of which 51 were serious adverse reactions and 7 died. However, experts from the agency said that although these adverse reaction reports are time-related to vaccination, they may not be causal.

On December 27, 2020, Germany officially launched the large-scale vaccination of the new coronavirus vaccine. The first batch of vaccines was jointly developed by the German Biotech Company and Pfizer Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd. This report by the Paul Ehrlich Institute shows that as of January 10 this year, about 600,000 people in Germany have been vaccinated with this vaccine, with an adverse reaction report rate of 0.53‰ and a serious adverse reaction report rate of 0.08‰.

The report showed that the most reported adverse reactions were headache, pain at the injection site, fatigue, limb pain, etc. The average age of the vaccinators who reported adverse reactions was 47.7 years old, the youngest was 18 years old, and the oldest was 98 years old.

According to the report, 7 dead, 4 women and 3 men, aged between 79 and 93, died within 2 and a half hours to 4 days after vaccination. These all suffered from serious diseases before their lives, such as cancer, renal insufficiency, Alzheimer’s disease, etc. The specific causes of death need to be further investigated.

The report points out that adverse reactions are important indicators for evaluating the safety of pharmaceutical products, but at the same time, it is necessary to note that although these reported reactions are time-related to vaccination, they may not be causal.

Brigitte Keller-Stanisławsky, head of the medical product safety department of the Paul Ehrlich Institute, told the media: “Based on the data currently available, we believe that the patient’s death from the underlying disease is only a matter of time. It happens to be related to vaccination.”

According to data released by the German Ministry of Health on the 16th, Germany has completed more than 1 million doses of new coronavirus vaccination. Health Minister Jens Spann recently stated that with other new coronavirus vaccines approved, it is expected to provide vaccines to everyone in Germany this summer.

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