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What In The World : January 5, 2022

On This Day In History
Birth Of Golden Gate Bridge
On January 5, 1933, construction begins on the Golden Gate Bridge. Following the Gold Rush boom of 1849, speculators realized the land north of San Francisco Bay would go up in value only if it was more accessible to the city. Soon, plans were made to build a bridge across the Golden Gate, a narrow, 400-foot deep strait at the mouth of the San Francisco Bay, connecting the San Francisco Peninsula with the southern end of Marin County.

In The World:
France:
President Macron pledges to infuriate France’s unvaccinated by tightening restrictions amid omicron surge.  French President Emmanuel Macron has said he wants to make daily life more inconvenient for unvaccinated people in France, which is facing a spike in coronavirus infections driven by the omicron variant.

“I am not for pissing off the French … however, the unvaccinated, I really want to piss them off,” he said in an interview. We put pressure on the unvaccinated by limiting their access to social activities as much as possible.”

Macron’s remarks come as his government moves to impose more restrictions on the unvaccinated. Currently France requires people to present proof of vaccination or a recent negative coronavirus test to access restaurants and cinemas. But the government is pushing through a bill that would remove the option of providing a negative test..

Kazakhstan
On Wednesday in Kazakhstan, protesters angry over rising fuel prices stormed the country’s main airport, seized several government buildings — setting some ablaze — and demanded that the “father of the nation” ( Nursultan Nazarbayev) step aside.

President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev appealed to Russia and several other former Soviet states for military support to put down the unrest. It was unclear whether Moscow will deploy troops to Kazakhstan. However Armenia’s prime minister, Nikol Pashinyan, wrote on Facebook that the alliance would send peacekeepers.

The demonstrations are unprecedented in Kazakhstan. They are the greatest outpouring against Nursultan Nazarbayev’s three-decade rule since the fall of the Soviet Union. The 81-year-old former president stepped down in 2019 but has continued to hold major sway behind the scenes under the official “father of the nation” title.

In America:
As the Jan. 6 insurrection anniversary approaches, fear, disbelief and anger are still felt in the Capitol Hill neighborhood

For the rest of the country, the Capitol attack was a national political crisis. For those living and working on Capitol Hill, it was also deeply personal. The Capitol lawn was their backyard. They walked their dogs on the same blocks, shopped at Eastern Market, bought Christmas trees from the local Boy Scout troop, drank beers together at the Hawk ‘n’ Dove and wolfed down breakfast at Jimmy T’s. The mob that invaded the Capitol — breaking windows, vandalizing offices, destroying statues and viciously attacking and injuring 140 U.S. Capitol and District police officers — had also invaded their lives.

Businesses were forced to shutter. Streets were closed. Neighborhood parks where dogs once ran and children played were instead patrolled by troops carrying high-powered weapons. Overnight the friendly neighborhood became a menacing occupation zone.

A year later there is still fear, disbelief and anger at what the rioters wrought.

Insight
Today, uprisings and discontentment seem to dominate the news. In France the behavior of anti-vaxers must have really moved President Macron the wrong way. Now he is fixing to “piss off” the unvaccinated by enforcing stricter guidelines for accessing restaurants and movies.

In Kazakhstan, angry about fuel prices, masses of protestors took to the streets. This was a very unprecedented move for people of Kazakhstan, as three decades of dictatorship had held them in check before.

Lastly, the U.S. is preparing for the first anniversary of a mob riot at the Capitol building. This particular uprising did not succeed in the mob’s goals. They wanted to stop the process of counting electoral votes so their leader could stay in power. The mob failed, and Joe Biden became the duly elected president.



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