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Last week, the whole world had its eyes turned to the largest economy and the owner of the most powerful army nation: the United States of America. Four years after the rise of businessman Donald Trump into the highest office in the country, American citizens headed to the polls (or watched at home after their vote-in ballots were sent prior) to cast their vote on either a second Trump term or a Biden-Harris new leadership. It took four days for the votes to be counted, emerging that Joe Biden has won the presidency with the highest ever popular vote count, beating Obama's numbers.

This election has impacted the world at large – American politics, policy and international decisions have immense repercussions on every nation, and the past four years have affected us all. From the delegitimisation of the media, as championed by Trump, and the normalisation of white supremacy and racially-divided violence and hate speech, to the brushing off of science, climate change and respect for the very nature of democracy and its systems.

In the words of Kamala Harris following hers and Joe Biden's winning celebrations on Saturday evening, "You chose hope and unity, decency, science, and yes, truth!"

Welcome back to FairPlanet's weekly roundup. This week we're looking at the repercussions this historic presidential win will have the world over. Read. Debate: Engage.

The good

Harris' historic win into the white house sent waves the world over

What does the election of Vice President Kamala Harris mean to the world? We'd like to say that in 2020, electing a black, Indian American woman to the second-highest office position in the world is nothing but the norm, but unfortunately, it is far from it. Harris is due to become the first-ever woman elected as Vice President of the United States, and with her black and Indian heritage, she's making history for minority women too.

We have all been so occupied with unseating the current incumbent President in an election like no other (with challenges as never seen before: from a global pandemic to a sitting president who has done anything in his power to suppress voter turnout and delegitimise the election process itself), that we've not had the time and space to fully understand the importance of a Harris Vice Presidency.

What this election means is that Harris has broken down barriers and shown the world that equality, or at least the steps needed to take toward it, is possible. During her winning speech in Wilmington, Delaware, Harris paid tribute to her late mother, Shyamala Gopalan Harris, Biden's late son and her good friend, Beau, the women who struggled for the right to vote and "the Black women who are often, too often overlooked but so often proved they are the backbone of our democracy."

"This is a country of possibilities," she added.

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The bad

democracy is still under threat; our work isn't over

If you've been following the news as we have, you are by now well aware of the current president's denial of the election results and his and his loyalists' attempts to claim a false victory – or at least a fraudulent victory for their opponent.

Yes, Trump and his bandit of advisors and political pawns are doing everything they can in their power to challenge the results of the election. Now, our prediction is that there is little ground for their claims, but never say never and under a Trump leadership, all previous rules have been thrown under the bus.

One state that still needs our help is Georgia, where a January run-off for the Senate positions will take place. Winning the Senate for the Democratic party will mean being able to pass new policies through from the new Biden-Harris administration and a clearer-sailing route to reversing some of the damaging policies passed by the Trump administration over the past four years.

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Country focus

The United States of America, spanning from West coast to East coast of North America is the world's strongest economy with the strongest military power. But beyond its grip on political and economic affairs, the U.S. has one, if not the most, powerful culture machines on Earth, spanning across pop-culture, cinema, music and Television.

With a population of 327 million people, across 50 States, the U.S. struggles with its vast inequality despite immense wealth. Public health is still a concept far away from reality for millions of Americans and gross incarceration prevails – it is estimated that more than 2.9 million citizens are currently locked behind bars, the world's highest rate.

2019 marked the 400 year anniversary of the beginning of the transatlantic slave trade, which caused both the immense abuse and suffering of millions of African people, and the unpaid source of America's wealth creation on the back of its slaves.

From the founding of the United States to the abolition of slavery, the Jim Crow laws to the ongoing mass incarceration of Black citizens, racism and structural discrimination prevails and no reparations for slavery have been paid as of today.

With a two-party political system, the left-leaning Democrats and the right-leaning Republicans, and an outdated electoral system, the U.S. is currently battling to preserve its democracy, with extreme right gaining more power and international interference becoming a growing issue.