Monday, December 28, 2015

Remembering 2015: Global analysis

The year 2015 has been quite an impact for our daily lives ranging from the good news, better news, the best news, the bad news, the worst news, and everything we laid our eyes on. Now it's the ideal time for this blog to write down the analysis on what's what over the year 2015. Now it's time to take on the world's top headlines occurred this year.

Paris, the capital city of France, once known as the city of love has became the city of death for some. First, there was the infamous Charlie Hebdo attack last January 7, 2015, when two assailants killed 12 people and injured 11 others at the offices of Charlie Hebdo, a satirical newspaper, over their depiction of prophet Mohammed. Three days later, millions of people staged unity rallies all over France, using the phrase "Je suis Charlie" in remembrance of the Charlie Hebdo victims. 

However, there is nothing more so than the November 13 attacks, which is known to be the deadliest attack in France since World War II.  Terrorists unleashed a barrage of attacks through numerous sites in the French capital such as nearby Stade de France, where the soccer match between France and Germany occurred, Avenue de la Republique, Rue de Charonne, Rue Bichat, and the hardest hit on the deadly Paris attacks is the Bataclan concert hall where a rock concert occurred and then terrorists taken dozens of people hostage. In response, French president Francois Hollande declared a state of emergency to the capital and staged retaliatory strikes against the Islamic State militants who are held responsible for the attacks.

Of course, the Islamic State made headlines throughout the year and across the world, everyone condemned the actions of the militants' actions, shared news and information on the latest developments, and mourned those who've been fallen by the Islamic State.

As conflicts in Syria continue, the great migration is also one of 2015's key topics recorded. According to the United Nations, over 4.1 million refugees are registered. Most of them have migrated to neighboring countries and over 500,000 refugees and migrants have applied for asylum in Europe.

In the 25th of April, an earthquake with a magnitude of 7.8 struck parts of Kathmandu, the capital city of Nepal, and the city of Pokhara. It is known to be the deadliest of the Nepal earthquakes in over eight decades and it's not just Nepal that's affected. It's also parts of India, Bangladesh, Tibet, and Mount Everest, where avalanches were triggered. With the death toll reported at over 8,800 people, it is the worst since 1934 which killed over 8,500 people. In response, the entire globe responded quickly to provide aid and show their support for Nepal.

Another key topic in 2015 is the Greek debt crisis. Last June, Alexis Tsipras, the Greek prime minister who was elected on an anti-austerity platform, urged his citizens to vote against a renegotiated bailout agreement, raising awareness of the nation's possible exit from the eurozone, but a month later, Greece accepted the negotiations from the top European officials on the 86 billion Euro bailout package that will save the nation from impending bankruptcy.

In the United States of America, there has been so many headlines sparked in the world superpower. One news is the topic of same-sex marriage. A historical 5-4 ruling in Obergefell vs. Hodges has led the US Supreme Court officially declared that same-sex marriage is legal all 50 states. Gay marriage, which is the most important civil rights case in a generation, in the USA is now well and truly LEGAL, because those politicians who supported it pointed out that marriage equality is part of the equal protection clause of the 14th amendment. It's not just the politicians who supported marriage equality that prompted the USA to legalize gay marriage, it's the LGBT community that rejoiced the historic decision, saying that "Love has won".

In terms of black lives matter, the death of a black man named Freddy Gray, who was fatally injured in police custody, sparked violent protests in Baltimore for two weeks but even more questioning in the topic of black lives is the Charleston shooting where a gunman killed nine people, mostly black, at a church. When photos of the suspect posing with the Confederate Flag emerged, fears of white supremacy beliefs have emerged and the South Carolina representatives voted to rid the flag for good.

As Obama's administration is nearing its end, the whole world kept their eyes on who's going to be Obama's successor for the November 2016 elections. Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton and Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump made the most headlines but honestly, it's Trump that made headlines, especially his infamous remarks to ban all Muslims from entering the United States following the Paris attacks and the San Bernardino shootings, led by a Muslim couple who were suspected as Islamic State supporters.

Other key topics of 2015 reported include the downing of a Russian plane in Egypt, the Turkish forces shot down a Russian warplane heading for Syria, the inauguration of the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy at St. Peters Basilica, the explosion at Yasukuni Shrine, the Japanese government signing new security bills that will boost their Self Defense Forces' presence globally, the rare appearance of the Super Blood Moon in late September, Tianjin factory explosions, the COP21 Climate Conference in Paris, the FIFA scandal, and many others to list here.

Check back on this segment as I'll be tackling on the TV analysis through the year 2015.

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