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2011 was crazy.

In Uncategorized on December 18, 2011 at 4:21 pm
  • In Tunisia, the government falls after a month of increasingly violent protests; President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali flees to Saudi Arabia after 23 years in power.
  • Following the revolution in Tunisia, protesters soon rose in Cairo and camped in Tahrir Square, calling for the departure of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak. He resigns after three decades in power , leaving control of Egypt in the hands of the military until a general election can be held. He currently faces a trial for the deaths that occurred during the demonstrations.
  • Estonia officially adopted the Euro currency and becomes the seventeenth Eurozonecountry.
  • A 9.1-magnitude earthquake and subsequent tsunami hit the east of Japan, killing at least 19.000 people and leaving another 4.000 missing. The disaster was compounded by the meltdown of three reactors at the tsunami-damaged Fukushima nuclear power plant. Tsunami warnings are issued in 50 countries and Emergency is declared.
  • Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, King of Bahrain declares a three-month state of emergency as troops from the Gulf Co-operation Council are sent to quell the civil unrest
  • In light of continuing attacks on Libyan rebels by forces in support of leader Muammar Qaddafi, a military intervention  by the NATO is authorized under UNSCR 1973 begins as French fighter jets make reconnaissance flights over Libya.  After a summer of conflict, Qaddafi is captured end of October by rebels in his home town of Sirte and swiftly killed. He had ruled Lybia since 1969.
  • Southern Sudan holds a referendum on independence. The Sudanese electorate votes in favour of independence. South Sudan was welcomed by the United Nations as its 193rd member state
  • The IMF warned that the world economy “ is in a dangerous new phase” and lowered its overall growth forecast to 4% for 2012, and to 2% for advanced economies.
  • The United States formally declares an end to the Iraq War, as its last troops are pulled out.
  • NASA announces that its Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter captured photographic evidence of possible liquid water on Mars during warm seasons.
  • In China, calls on the internet for a “jasmine revolution” were met with new curbs on the media and social networks and by armed police descending on public places to stop people from “ strolling”.
  • In the US, after months of talks, Congress increased the limit on the federal debt ceiling to avoid a default just ahead of a Treasury deadline. S&P still downgraded America’s AAA rating for the first time. America total outstanding public debt rose about $15 trillion.
  • Former Ivorian President Laurent Gbagbo is arrested in his home in Abidjan by supporters of elected President Alassane Ouattara with support from French forces thereby ending the 2010–2011 Ivorian crisis and civil war.
  • Portugal was given a 78euro billion bail-out
  • Ireland obtained a second rescue package of 24euro billion.
  • President Barack Obama announces that Osama bin Laden, the founder and leader of the militant group Al-Qaeda, has been killed during an American military operation in Pakistan.
  •  Israel, 450.000 people marched on one day to air a range of grievances about declining living standards.
  • Dilma Roussef’s first year in office as Brazil’s president was marred by corruption scandals that caused several government ministers to resign, including the sports minister in charge of the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympics.
  • Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the head of the IMF and the likely presidential candidate for the Socialist Party in France, is arrested in New York on charges of sexually assaulting a hotel maid. Christine Lagarde, former minister of finance replaces DSK as the boss of the Monetary Fund.
  • In Russia, Vladimir Putin plans to run for president again in 2012. However,  50.000 people have attended the biggest anti-government rally in the Russian capital Moscow since the fall of the Soviet Union to condemn alleged ballot-rigging in parliamentary elections and demand a re-run.
  • Steve Jobs, the visionary leader of Apple dies at the age of 56 after a long battle with pancreatic cancer.
  • Basque separatist militant organization ETA declared an end to its 43-year campaign of political violence, which has killed over 800 people since 1968.
  • The 31th of October, the UN declared that the global population has reached 7 billion.
  • The Palestinians began their more tricky bid for full statehood at the UN. UNESCO admitted Palestine as a member, following a vote in which 107 member states supported and 14 opposed.  US directly cut its contribution.
  • The United Nations declares a famine in southern Somalia, the first in over thirty years when drought affected 10 million people in the Horn of Africa.
  • Italians had to endure more lurid allegations about Silvio Berlusconi’s sex life. He eventually resigned as prime minister and was replaced by Mario Monti, who appointed a cabinet of technocrats.
  • The junta in Myanmar began loosening its repression. Some political prisoners were freed and the Nobel Price  winner and leader of the democracy movement, Aung San Suu Kyi, was given greater freedom.
  • Yemeni PresidentAli Abdullah Saleh travels to Saudi Arabia for treatment of an injury sustained during an attack on the presidential palace and eventually signed a transition deal to end his 33-year reign. Protesters celebrate his transfer of power to his Vice-PresidentAbd al-Rab Mansur al-Hadi.
  • A phone hacking-scandal forces Rubert Murdoch, legendary business acumen, to step down and led to the permanent closure of the sensation-seeking tabloid  News of the World.
  • Protesters in Syria are violently put down by Bashar Assad’s regime despite negotiations with the Arab League, resulting in 5.000 deaths so far. Thousands of Syrians flee to Turkey as Syrian troops lay siege toJisr ash-Shugur.
  • Former BosnianSerb Army commander Ratko Mladić, wanted for genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity, was arrested in Serbia
  • A right-wing extremist, Anders Breivik, in Norway killed 76 people in twin terrorist attacks: after a bombing in the government center in Oslo, he went political youth camp in the island of Utøya shooting 69 teenage participants.
  • Israel and the Palestinian militant organization Hamas begin a major prisoner swap, in which the captured Israeli Army soldier Gilad Shalit is released by Hamas in exchange for 1,027 Palestinian and Israeli-Arab prisoners held in Israel, including 280 prisoners serving life sentences for planning and perpetrating terror attacks.
  • Crisis in the Euro zone: Markets responded to every twist in the tortuous negotiations to provide Greece with a second rescue package and restructure its debts; creditors were asked to wipe off 50% of the value of Greek bond.

Dear 2012,

Please, Give us a break!

Sincerely,

People of the World.

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