The Year That was…

The year 2008 :

  • Global Economic Meltdowns
  • World over job cuts in hundreds of thousands including major banks and airlines. Woolworths closes. Citibank cuts 70,000 jobs world over. The US announces $700 billion bail out for its failing banks. Recession hits everyone everywhere.
  • Unrest and riots in the third world due to rising costs of living
  • Erratic Oil Prices : Hitting records high prices of $147 a barrel and now currently below $40 a barrel
  • Terror attacks in Pakistan have killed thousands this year: Marriot hotel severely damaged.
  • Terror takes a new face and way in the Mumbai Attacks
  • Pak – India tensions on the rise with war hysteria spreading in the common people and media on both sides of the border
  • Israel’s savagely carries out air-strikes on GAZA after blocking it from every possible corner…. killing 375 (including 60 civilians) and injuring thousands.
  • The US continues its wars in Iraq and Afghanistan
  • Cricket dying a new death every day due to dual policies of ICC : ICC Champions Trophy canceled due to be held in Pakistan. Pakistan Isolated as most teams refuse to play in Pakistan in view of the security situation.
  • Asif Ali Zardari is elected President of Pakistan in September.
  • Political and rebel movements, clashes of violence, disruption of normalcy mar life in most 3rd world countries.
  • Sea Pirate activities on the rise.
  • Natural disasters claim hundreds of thousands of lives in various global events.

And now some of the positives:

  • Spain crowned Euro Champions for the first time
  • Barack Hussein Obama becomes the first African American to be elected the President of the United States of America sparking hope world over for a better US foreign policy. He will assume office on the 20th of January , 2009 to continue the history.
  • China hosts the Olympics and carries out one of the most expesively planned and organized olympics in the history of the event.
  • Phelps breaks all time record by bagging 8 golds at a single Olympics.
  • Gwadar Port, Pakistan becomes operational.
  • Over 120 countries sign an agreement to ban Cluster Bombs.

To each his own to categorize:

  • The proton beam is circulated for the first time in the Large Hadron Collider, the world’s largest and highest-energy particle accelerator, located at CERN, near Geneva, under the Franco-Swiss border.
  • An extra leap second (23:59:60) is added to end the year. The last time this occurred was in 2005.

These are a few of the glimpses of the year that was 2008. For a more comprehensive list you can visit:

Keep in mind that I tried my best to keep this post balanced with the positives , negatives and the in between category. The link might not be as rosey. It will be hard to find a the positives in that list. 2008 was … infact a very bad year.

I hope that 09 will be better. And I hope we all can do whatever we can and feel we can to make 09 a better year.


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