Im Rahmen des Englischunterrichts der Q11 wird wöchentlich ein kurzer Vortrag zu aktuellen Ereignissen, besonders in den Vereinigten Staaten und Großbritannien, gehalten. Die jeweiligen Texte sind hier zu lesen.

Kyle Rittenhouse

This news of the week is about the court case of Kyle Rittenhouse. Kyle shot three people, killing two of them during a black lives matter protest in Kenosha. He was there as a kind of security guard because previous protests in Kenosha had escalated. This time the protest also escalated and Kyle was chased by multiple protesters. In fear of his life he shot at three men with his semi automatic rifle. Now the court ruled him not guilty which resulted in backlash and support on social media. This also started a political debate about racism and gun laws in the US.


 Jacob Chansley trial

 As you probably know, the Capitol building in Washington DC has been stormed by supporters of the ex-president Donald Trump on the 6th of January of this year. Round about 800 people got into the Capitol and the Congress was forced to interrupt debates. This Congress meeting was set up to confirm Joe Biden’s election. In this act of violence were 10000 Trump supporters involved, there were also many injured and even five people died. But I don’t want to go into more detail, because I want to talk about one specific person. Jacob Chansley. You probably have seen the shirtless man, who painted his face and wore a fur helmet with horns. He is also called „QAnon Shaman“ and got a viral sign for the storm of the Capitol. Multiple videos and pictures showed him inside and outside the Capitol building, yelling at officers and leading a mob down the halls of the Capitol. He made his way into the Senate chamber, where he scrawled, „It’s Only A Matter of Time. Justice Is Coming,“ on paper covering the desk where Vice President Mike Pence had been presiding over the Senate just minutes before, investigators said. The judicial proceedings came on Wednesday to the decision that he has to be 41 months in jail. When the proceedings started, he was confronted with maximum of 20 years in prison. But it was reduced to 41 months, despite this being the longest requested detention. Jacob Chansley expressed remorse for his involvement in this attack. He explained that he would do everything differently. He also said: „I was wrong for entering the Capitol. I have no excuse. The behavior is indefensible. I am in no shape or form a dangerous criminal. I am not a violent man.“  

But all these excuses change nothing about the things he did. Nevertheless the attorney Albert Watkins claimed Chansley as a new man.


Virtual meeting: Joe Biden an Xi Jingping

This Tuesday morning, the President of China Xi Jinping had a virtual meeting with Joe Biden. They talked about issues like Taiwan, human rights, climate change and Covid-19. But most importantly they discussed that they need to strengthen their communication and cooperation with eachother. As the world’s two largest economies it is very important to avoid a misunderstanding.

The president Xi started off saying the two countries should coexist peacefully and that he’s ready to move relations in apositive direction. Biden agreed and
said that their responsibility as leaders of China and the USA is to ensure that the competition between their countries does not end up in contact wether intended or unintended.
One of the major conflicts is – as I said earlier – the disagreement concerning human rights.
Regarding the democratic movement in Hongkong the government of the US sees another Tiananmen Square disaster coming up.
They also criticized the oppression of the Uigoric ethnic minority in the whole country. Biden also talked about the obligation of the USA
to continue it’s democratic progress to defend Taiwan in case China won’t allow the island.
Finally, they discussed ways for the two sides to continue discussions on a number of areas with
President Biden underscoring the importance of respectful and concrete conversations


COP26 – How it went for the USA and the UK

The 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference took place in Glasgow, Scottland.

Countries from all over the world advised how the climatic change can be slowed down to at least 1.5 Degrees to the year of 2100. They agreed on slowing down the digging and transportation of coal and other fossil fuels.

But the USA as well as the representators of the UK weren’t exactly happy with this conclusion. They hoped for better and more effective methods and agreements to protect the global climate.