2013 Year Review
2013 has been definitely a year of bloodshed and plenty of events have occurred during that year, but let’s start with the month of January, what were the main events that happened at that time.
At 12 January in China, Beijing the air pollution was at its highest peak and the skies were getting darker and darker. The pollution levels were 30 to 45 more than the acceptable level but the government until today have not taken sufficient meters to eliminate this catastrophe once and for all.
Lance Armstrong, a “legendary” cyclist for years who won seven titles in Tour of France admitted at 17 January in an interview at Oprah Winfrey show that he has been using drugs for years. He has been lying for year to the public and refusing all previous accusations but now as he said looking back only makes him feel like a “jerk”
After a long campaign at 21 January Barack Obama got re-selected again. In his campaign he focused mainly on matters such as the healthcare and economy which U.S citizens have struggled in the past.
Moving on to the month February and specifically at an event that shocked, when Oscar Pistorius got arrested for murder at February 14. Pistorius is an African sprint runner. As he claimed, he accidentally killed his girlfriend because he thought she was an intruder.
In Russia Chelyabinsk region, 15 February a meteor stroked over. Over 950 people got injured but not only that, the meteor caused damages such as smacking windows which spread panic all over the county.
During spring March 5 Venezuela’s President for 14 years Hugo Chavez dies from cancer at the age of 58. Chavez have not been seen publicly anymore after his fourth surgery, his death caused millions of people to mourn.
Jorge Mario Bergoglio got elected new pope in March 13. Until now he has set a new vision for the gay people and the Catholic Church, along with his criticisms about priests that refused to baptize children that from single parents. He also defines himself as a ”sinner” which made him appealing to the crowds.
In March 16 protesters raged in Cyprus after the shocking news that the island was in a bailout of 10 billion. The selling of Cyprian banks lead to a loss of 3,5 million. Cyprus just like Greece suffers from Youth unemployment and many fear for the destiny of the Mediterranean island.
In April and age 87 Margaret Thatcher died, I will fast forward in the U.S Boston Marathon explosion at April 15 when two bombs exploded during the event living behind three dead victims and 260 others injured.
Another major event took place in Bangladesh in April 24 when a garment factory collapsed living thousands injured and around 124 dead. Despite the warnings that the building had to be shut down it remained opened causing this horrifying tragedy. It must be noted also that the factory was producing garments for popular brands such as: Mango, Primark, clothes for Walmart, C & A ( the Netherlands), Benetton and others.
In May 17, Argentina’s ex-military leader Josef Rafael Videla died in prison. He was the major head in the military and was accused for the disappearance of many, torturing and assassinations.
In the name of Islam Lee Rigby British soldier died in May 22. The attackers killed the victim on the afternoon in front of the eyes of horrified passenger. They were convicted in December by the British court.
At Gezi Park in Turkey, May 30, there was a huge protest against the government and the laws. The area turned into a warzone since the police used force to break the protest. The protest and acts by the police attracted an international interest while millions tuned in through social media.
At June 6, Edward Snowden leaked information to the public that U.S was collecting information of citizens through their mobile phones. From the public he has been called a “hero” but for the Governments a “traitor” After that he sought asylum to Russia which brought another controversial matter that might Snowden already been collaborating with Russia.
Hussan Rouhani got elected as the new president of Iran at 15 June, while running the elections he promised the Iranian citizens a wind of “change” and the general motto was “moderation and wisdom”
Qatar’s Emir for 18 years, Sheiky Hamad bin Khalifa age 61, transferred the power to rule to his 33 year old son Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani.
The rest of the months July, August, September, October, November, December will be discussed next week due to lack of time 😉