2022 was also the year in which Shakira and Piqué had monotony, Daddy Yankee announced his retirement and actor Will Smith delivered a slap in the face that was felt around the world. As monkeypox became a global concern, strides were made for women and people of color including Ketanji Brown Jackson, who became the first African-American woman to serve as a United States Supreme Court Justice.
The following are significant events that have impacted the lives of many on this little planet we call home:
January / February / March
• The world continues to overcome the Covid 19 pandemic after 5.4 million deaths, more than 244 million people recovered and more than 9.16 billion vaccines provided around the world.
• On February 24, Russia attacked the Ukraine, opening a new scenario of World War.
• This first quarter there were volcanic eruptions, floods and fires, and also political changes that had repercussions throughout Latin America. Nicaragua continued with its farce of democracy with the re-ection of President Daniel Ortega, while in Honduras Xiomara Castro took office amid controversies. for being the wife of the ousted former president Manuel Zelaya as the country’s first female president.
April / May / June
• In the United States, political division continues, even within the two main parties.
• The Russia-Ukraine war and other socio-economic relations put further strain on the world economy, restricting food, gas, oil and, among other necessities, causing rising inflation in several countries.
• United States its inflation above 7%, the highest in 40 years.
• Russia’s attack on civilian infrastructure had a ripple effect around the world and, along with political change in Latin America, created fears of a coming global economic recession.
July / August / September
• Over the summer months international political relations became more strained while others formed. Russia, Cuba, and South America strengthened ties as Latin America continued to lean towards socialism.
• The Colombians elected the former Marxist guerrilla Gustavo Petro as their president.
• United States approved the Inflation Reduction Act in an effort to alleviate the strain on the working class.
• In England, Queen Elizabeth II died on at the age of 96, leaving the throne to her son, Charles III.
October / November / December
• The elections in Brazil reaffirmed the new socialist order in South America with the return to power of Luis Inácio Lula da Silva.
• The American people balanced the power between Democrats and Republicans, with their votes based on their main concerns which were inflation, abortion, unemployment, and immigration. The American people began searching for candidates for the 2024 presidency amid concerns about climate change, as the world’s human population reached a record 8 billion people.
• The world closes the year with the FIFA World Cup in Qatar, the first World Cup in the Middle East, and controversial due to allegations of human rights violations, the numerous government restrictions that included the ban on LGBT symbols, the ban on of alcohol, laws that limit the rights of women, and laws that restrict the taking of videos and photographs.
• In review of the year, it has shown that humans around the world continue to persevere in the face of pandemics, natural disasters, political upheaval, inflation, supply chain issues, and much more. The human spirit strives for a better world, quality of life, and peace. It’s been a turbulent 2022, but we look to the future with hope.