8 billion people around the world are preparing to welcome 2023 and say goodbye to a turbulent year that has seen many shocking events.
The Russian war in Ukraine, the protests in Iran, the increase in the inflation rate in many countries, the death of Queen Elizabeth and Pele, the king of football, Argentina’s championship in the Qatar World Cup… are among the unforgettable memories of 2022.
Sydney in Australia will be one of the first major cities to celebrate the start of the New Year to regain its title as the “New Year’s Capital of the World” after two years of restrictions due to the outbreak of the Corona virus.
Sydney’s main New Year’s Eve events, centered on the Sydney Harbor Bridge and Sydney Harbourside, include two fireworks displays: the 9pm Family Fireworks and the Midnight Fireworks, both of which are national, but the Midnight Fireworks are more popular and broadcast globally.
Local officials estimate that nearly half a billion people will watch the festivities online or on television.
The celebrations will help wash away any lingering negative feelings from 2022, which saw the deaths of Queen Elizabeth II, soccer legend Pele, former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev, former Chinese president Jiang Zemin, and former Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe. , Was.
In 2022, a wave of protests has been raised in Iran, which has been unprecedented since the revolution of 1357.
At the end of September (September 2022), this protest movement started after 22-year-old Mahsa Amini died suspiciously in the “Moral Security” or “Gisht Irshad” police detention center, and this issue ignited the protests in Kurdistan. Amini’s hometown, he explained.
These protests gradually became a permanent challenge to the regime across the country, and Ali Khamenei’s government soon realized that it could no longer suppress them easily.
In recent weeks, the government has intensified its violence in suppressing protests, especially in Kurdish areas, but despite this, the protests have continued.
According to the statistics of human rights organizations, more than 500 people, including dozens of children and teenagers, have been killed so far.
In Afghanistan, the situation has worsened. With the arrival of the last days of 2022 and more than a year has passed since the capture of Afghanistan by the Taliban, this country faced devastating social, economic and political crises and a humanitarian disaster and is currently collapsing.
In the past year, despite the promises made by the Taliban, the interim government of this group could not gain the necessary legitimacy from countries or international institutions and even failed to draft the constitution of Afghanistan.
The Taliban government actually faced failures inside and outside of Afghanistan; Among them, we can mention the inability to provide security for Afghans and diplomatic and consular missions against terrorist attacks, the failure to provide basic needs such as food, clothing, and the failure to unite different sections of the Afghan people. The year also saw mass resignations of employees after the pandemic crisis and a slap at the Oscar ceremony, as well as a decrease in the wealth of billionaires due to the deterioration of the value of digital currencies.
Women contributed the most to Taliban militancy; The situation of Afghan women has become more limited after the fall of Kabul on August 15, 2021, to the hands of the Taliban, and despite their statements to adhere to freedom of expression and women’s rights.
In addition, the world will forever remember 2022 as the year of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and the return of war to Europe.
According to the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, in more than 300 days, nearly 7,000 civilians have been killed and nearly 10,000 have been injured.
Also in the east, China has seen a resurgence of covid-19 while vaccination has allowed residents of all countries around the world to live a more or less normal life.
At the beginning of the month, Beijing abruptly abandoned its “zero Covid” policy, a change that was immediately followed by a sharp increase in the number of infections. While hospitals are overcrowded and crematoria are overflowing with the dead, New Year’s celebrations are taking place in countless pubs, theaters and shopping malls across the country.
In 2022, the mass resignation of employees after the pandemic crisis and the slap at the Oscar ceremony, as well as the decrease in the wealth of billionaires due to the deterioration of the value of digital currencies, have been recorded.