Because of diverse reasons, one of them being the recession, 2011 allowed us to follow the events that took place across the world very closely through that wonderful window we call television. And, man, what a year this one was. One of the first events to take place was Estonia`s becoming the 17th nation to enter the Eurozone. Also, just as the year begun, African country Sudan voted through a quiet referendum to divide the country in 2 parts, as of the month of July, as they could not bare the violences that were taking place between the north and the south. The year really started with what seemed to be a look- alike to what happened in 1989 across Eastern Europe, just that this time it was in the Arab Nations across North Africa and the Middle East. Tunisia was the first country to throw out their president, followed by intense unrest in Egypt, which was a lot more brutal and sensitive than Tunisia, uprisings in Bahrain, Syria and Yemen, and protests in Jordan, Morocco and other counties.
May was a very full month. As the month started, US president Barack Obama announced that terrorist leader, Osama bin Laden had been killed in Pakistan. Two weeks later, on the 14th, IMF head, Dominique Strauss- Kahn, was accused of sexually assaulting a woman in New York Sofitel hotel. After paying a massive $1 million bail, DSK quit his post, pleaded not guilty and was released from prison. And, to many people’s surprise, the rapture, or End of the World, did not come on the date of May 21st. Most people were happy that that did not happen. This man probably wasn’t, and wished the world had ended. Ratko Mladic, former Bosnian- Serb Army commander was arrested on may 26th and accused of war crimes, crimes against humanity and other similar allegations.
Regarding human rights, at summer’s beginning, American state New York legalized homosexual marriage, allowing people to marry whomever they love.
As the vacation months passed, key words used by people on the streets were 9-11 attacks, recession, Greek protests. In the fall, in New York protests started under the name “occupy Wall Street” which spread throughout the world. The gathered people and their supporters asked for a fairer world. Also in October, Israel and Palestine made a remarkable exchange, as one thousand Palestinian soldiers were traded for one Israeli soldier. The event brought both controversy and joy in Israel.
On October 20th, Libyan dictator, Moammar Ghaddafi, after ruling the country for over forty years, was removed from power, being killed after being shot while trying to escape a hiding place. This way, this bizarre president went into history. After modern day world leaders congratulated the people of this Arab country, the state was declared liberated. Funny how many dictators are being caught and killed while trying to escape the people’s fury. Shocking was the fact, that after being murdered, the body of M. Ghaddafi was exposed so that people going by could make sure it was him, a procedure that seemed at least weird.
Also, a few days after that, Tunisia, the country which started the Arab spring, held it`s first democratic elections. Also, at the end of October, England discussed the probability of leaving the European Union.
Also, this year, a special event took place: not a sad one, not a happy one. American protests that took place on Wall st, denouncing some people’s greed that lead to recession, spread (pretty much like the recession) worldwide.
After European leaders were trying to find an outcome for Europe’s financial problems, the was a growing impatience between the people of this continent. In the end, the decision that was taken was to lower Greece’s debt to half, which of course raised more scandals.
Also, in December, after years, the last American soldiers left Iraq, leaving for the United States.
In my opinion, the event that will remain in history that defines the year 2011 was the discovery of particles that travel faster than the speed of light, something that needed to be discovered in order to reformulate our entire world. Maybe in 2012?
2011 left so many questions to be answered and but therefore it opened many doors to infinite possibilities of choices that people are going to have to make.