27 January 2011

Arab Spring: The Yemeni Revolution begins as over 16,000 protestors demonstrate in Sana’a.

The Arab Spring refers to a series of pro-democracy uprisings, protests, and demonstrations that swept across the Arab world starting in late 2010 and continuing into 2011 and beyond. The movement was characterized by widespread popular discontent, demands for political reform, economic justice, and an end to authoritarian rule in several Arab countries.

Tunisia (December 2010 – January 2011): The spark for the Arab Spring was the self-immolation of Mohamed Bouazizi, a street vendor in Tunisia, in protest against police corruption and ill-treatment. This event triggered widespread protests against the long-standing rule of President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, ultimately leading to his ousting in January 2011.

Egypt (January 2011 – February 2011): Inspired by the events in Tunisia, Egyptians took to the streets to protest against the 30-year rule of President Hosni Mubarak. The protests, centered in Cairo’s Tahrir Square, gained international attention. Mubarak eventually stepped down in February 2011.

Libya (February 2011 – October 2011): Protests against Colonel Muammar Gaddafi’s rule escalated into a full-blown armed conflict. NATO intervened to support the rebels, leading to Gaddafi’s capture and death in October 2011.

Yemen (January 2011 – February 2012): Demonstrations against President Ali Abdullah Saleh’s three-decade-long rule led to a negotiated settlement where Saleh agreed to step down in exchange for immunity.

Syria (March 2011 – Ongoing): Protests against President Bashar al-Assad’s regime escalated into a brutal civil war that continues to this day. The Syrian conflict has resulted in widespread destruction, displacement, and a complex geopolitical situation.

Bahrain (February 2011 – March 2011): Protests in Bahrain, calling for political reforms and greater representation for the Shiite majority, were met with a government crackdown with the assistance of troops from Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

Other countries: The Arab Spring had varying degrees of impact in other countries like Algeria, Jordan, Morocco, and Oman, where protests and calls for reform occurred to varying extents.

24 April 2011

WikiLeaks starts publishing the Guantanamo Bay files leak.

WikiLeaks is a non-profit organization that publishes secret and classified information from anonymous sources. It was founded in 2006 by Australian journalist Julian Assange and a group of other activists, with the goal of promoting transparency and accountability in government and other organizations.

Over the years, WikiLeaks has published a large number of leaked documents, including classified government files, corporate emails, and other sensitive information. Some of its most high-profile releases have included the Iraq War Logs, the Afghanistan War Logs, and the diplomatic cables leak.

WikiLeaks has been praised by some for its commitment to transparency and exposing government and corporate wrongdoing. However, it has also faced criticism and legal challenges from governments and other organizations who argue that its activities are illegal and pose a threat to national security.

27 April 2011

The 2011 Super Outbreak devastates parts of the Southeastern United States, especially the states of Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia, and Tennessee. 205 tornadoes touched down on April 27 alone, killing more than 300 and injuring hundreds more.