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Year In Review: 2011’s Biggest Events

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on December 24, 2011

 

When Mohamed Bouazizi, a young Tunisian fruit seller, set himself on fire toward the end of December 2010, he did so out of economic despair and outrage over rampant corruption in his native Sidi Bouzid.

In 2011, the world saw protest movements that demanded an end to that inequality. Bouazizi became a symbol for millions of people around the world who found themselves similarly facing daily government oppression and misrule. “The people want the downfall of the regime” became a slogan that united people across Syria, Yemen, Libya, Egypt and Tunisia.

Protests toppled leaders that previously had seemed untouchable — Muammar Gaddafi in Libya, Hosni Mubarak in Egypt, Tunisia’s Zine Abidine Ben Ali and Yemen’s Ali Abdullah Saleh. Meanwhile, the brutal crimes of the governments of Syria and Bahrain captured headlines worldwide and rose to the top of the international agenda.

In the United States, activists in New York’s Zuccotti park launched a protest movement that challenged corporate culture and the unequal division of wealth. Protesters questioned the foundations of the global economic system and defended the rights of “the 99 percent.”

Natural disasters continued to wreak havoc around the world, with floods in the Philippines killing nearly one thousand, devastating earthquakes in Turkey killing hundreds as buildings collapsed, and the worst earthquake and resulting tsunami in Japan’s history creating a nuclear disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi power plant. The United States claimed the deaths of al Qaeda’s leader Osama bin Laden in Pakistan, and the American, radical Muslim cleric Anwar al-Awlaki in Yemen.

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‘Miracle Baby’ Azra Karaduman Found In The Rubble After Turkish Earthquake (Video)

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on October 25, 2011

 

A two-week-old baby girl has been pulled out alive from the rubble of an apartment block that collapsed in the Turkish earthquake.

The baby, who has been named as Azra Karaduman, was rescued along with her mother on Tuesday after hours of heavy digging.

The rescue came nearly 48 hours after the 7.2-magnitude earthquake toppled around 2,000 buildings in eastern Turkey. Azra’s grandmother was also pulled from the wreckage, reports said.

Hope of finding any of the three generations alive had been fading in the town of Ercis. The earthquake, which struck on Sunday, has killed at least 370 people and left at least 1,300 people injured.

Seven other people were rescued from the rubble on Tuesday. However, baby Azra’s father was still missing.

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Photos: Hundreds Dead In Turkey Earthquake

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on October 24, 2011

Turkey suffers a lot of earthquakes. But Sunday’s was a big one. A 7.2-magnitude quake struck the eastern part of the country, killing at least 270 people. But as rescuers scramble to pull survivors from the wreckage, there are fears the death toll could rise to 1,000 or more.

Up to 80 buildings collapsed in Ercis, including a dormitory, and 10 buildings in Van, the Telegraph reported. quoting the Turkish Red Crescent.

There have long been fears that a large earthquake could strike the Turkish megacity of Istanbul. If a quake of Sunday’s magnitude did strike Istanbul, which is Turkey’s capital, analysts fear that the unprepared metropolis would suffer massive amounts of damage and loss of life.

Turkey has a long history of powerful earthquakes. In 1999, a quake killed about 18,000 people. Turkey straddles two massive tectonic plates: the Eurasia and the Africa/Arabia plates.

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Yunus, a 13-year-old earthquake survivor with a hand of a victim on his shoulder, waits to be rescued from under a collapsed building by rescue workers in Ercis, near the eastern Turkish city of Van. Oct. 24, 2011.

(Umit Bektas – Reuters)

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A view shows damaged buildings amid debris after an earthquake in Ercis, near the eastern Turkish city of Van. Oct. 24, 2011. Read the rest of this entry »

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