The Year In Review Part 1- From A Girl’s Point of View

 By Megan Crotty 

 

Usually a year in review can be nicely summed up in a neat little top ten list, but 2011 packed in so many events in 12 months that a top ten just won’t do. Between extreme weather events, fake weddings, royal weddings and the Arab Spring, 2011 may be remembered as an historic year in the decades to come. For now, we’ve compiled a few lists to help jog your memory and help you sum up a tumultuous year.

One for the history books:

 

The Arab Spring

Perhaps one of the biggest stories of the year is the Arab Spring. Major demonstrations and revolutions in Egypt, Libya, Tunisia, Yemen, Bahrain, Syria, Algeria, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Morocco and Oman captivated the world in 2011 and changed the face of the globe in ways that we can only begin to guess at. Aided by social networking and fueled by civil resistance, the Arab Spring movements sought to undermine absolute totalitarian powers, address human rights violations and oust corrupt governments. The dust has not yet settled, but three governments have already been overthrown by the people. Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak was one of the first to go, and many Americans watched in awe as the Egyptian people celebrated their victory.

 

Death of Osama Bin Laden

After 10 years, Osama Bin Laden, the mastermind behind the September 11 attacks, was captured and killed in a late night raid in Pakistan. The procedure was authorized by President Obama, who announced the death of Bin Laden in May, saying, “Justice has been done.” Similarly, President George W. Bush called Bin Laden’s demise a victory for the United States and those who lost family members and friends in the 9/11 attacks.

 

Unemployment

As the nation struggles to recover from the recession, jobless claims have remained a steady cause for concern. The year kicked off with 9.0 percent of the nation claiming unemployment. By November, that number had dipped to 8.6. While 2011 saw ebbs and flows in unemployment claims, a last minute spike may mean 2011 is closing out on a sour note after several weeks of improvement.

 

Occupy Wall Street

In light of the continually shaky economy and the growing divide between the rich and the poor, the Occupy Wall Street movement took off across the nation. Beginning in New York and spreading out across the country, the Occupy movement brought issues of economic and socially inequality to the forefront. While most Occupiers have been pushed out of the city centers, activity continues within the movement, and 2012 is sure to show us where the movement is going.

 

Japanese Earthquake and Tsunami

In March, a devastating earthquake and tsunami ravaged the Japanese coast and destabilized the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Plant. Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda recently announced that the technicians had regained control of the damaged reactors and the country plans to deactivate and dismantle the plant over the next four decades. As the Japan continues to rebuild, many of us will remember the striking images of destruction for years to come.

So, that is the serious stuff that happened in 2011 as I see it.  Wait till I discuss the non-serious and slightly ridiculous stories of 2011 in Part 2.

I bet you can’t wait 🙂

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