Thursday, 29 December 2011

2011: A strange and eventful year

Lots of surprises this year, but which bit of 2011 didn't you understand?

Was it the Arab Spring, or why people don't really like dictators?

Fukushima, or why building nuclear reactors on geological fault lines might not be such a good idea?

Could it be Russia's singular example of how protest can be both peaceful and productive?

Perhaps you were puzzled at how the same bankers that screwed us last year (and the year before, and the year before that, and...) were allowed to carry on regardless?

Or was it how their rating agencies, so complicit in the financial collapse, now have opinions that can place the stability and viability of entire nations at risk?

There were many more ongoing oddities in the last 12 months, but what surprises me most about 2011, is that we seem consigned to more of the same in 2012.