2011 will most likely be remembered worldwide as a turbulent year.
From instability in the European financial market to Colonel Gadhafi in Lybia, 2011 was defined by economic and political tensions.
The top 5 moments that I think 2011 will be remembered for are:
1) U.S Commandos kill Osama Bin Laden in Pakistan raid
US Navy Seal Team six will go down in both American and world history after the elite unit raided a Pakistan compound in May and killed Osama Bin Laden, the leader of Al Qaeda, orchestrator of the 9/11 attacks and the worlds most wanted terrorist.
The killing came ahead of the 10 year anniversary of the September 11 attacks, which was marked by many memorials and tributes.
2) Japan suffers from an earthquake, tsunami and a resulting nuclear crisis
People all over the world banded together to help the victims of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan. A record 9.0 quake resulted in mounting calamity, especially due to the threat of a nuclear disaster when wavces tore through the seawall and into the Fukushima nuclear power plant.
3) The Arab Spring: regimes fall in Lybia and Gadhafi is killed
2011 kicked off with the Arab Spring: the domino effect of toppling governments. The public of Tunisia, Egypt, Baharain, Syria and Lybia revolted. Despite individual circumstances, this domino effect, aided by social networking tools such as facebook, gave the Arab Spring a collective feeling. In Egypt and Tunisia, citizens managed to achieve quick and astonishing change. However, in Lybia protesters battled with supporters of the long-time leader Mommar Gadhafi. The contagion of protest spread to the US with Wall Street, rather than the government as a target, and lead to the killing of Gadhafi in October, after he had spent months on the run from rebel forces and NATO bombardments. Revolts still continue in Syria.
4) The Royal Wedding
In the midst of turmoil viewers all over the globe found a moment of ease with the fairytale perfect Royal Wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton. It was one of the most watched event of the year from
TV to internet viewings.
5) Amy Winehouse dies
The unexpected death of Amy Winehouse in July was mourned throughout the world. The singer and songwriter died at age 27 of alcohol abuse after consuming three bottles of vodka, five times the legal drink drive limit. It was reported that the artist's private GP, Christina Romete, that Amy had said earlier that day that she did not want to die as she had not yet achieved all she had set out to do. This feeling was shared by many and has been reflected in tributes. Though a great talent was lost, her voice will live on.
I am really sorry I have not blogged in the past few days, I forgot how manic this time of year can be. Have a good New Year everyone :)!