For many people, 2016 seemed to be a very bad year. Everything seemed to have gone wrong, many beloved people passed away, and the financial news was not all that encouraging. Wars broke out or continued to destroy lives. Political uproars and elections caused mayhem. Even with all of this, 2016 was not the worst year in history or even in the last 50 years. It was very eventful though and some of the events listed here has accompanied us into 2017.
Presidents Impeached – Both Brazil and South Korea got wind of scandals that their presidents were involved in. To deal with this and make sure it doesn’t happen again, the people of these two countries impeached their presidents.
Syria and Russia – Syria has been caught in a civil war for several years. There seems to be no end in sight as even the Russian and American attempts to help, have not succeeded. The rebel groups have ceased Palmyra and brought Eastern Aleppo to a fall.
Missile and Nuclear Tests – Despite requests and pressure from other countries to stop this, North Korea has continued to run missile and nuclear tests. The fifth nuclear test produced an explosive yield of 10 kilotons. This is the highest yield recorded to date.
Columbian Peace Deal – Columbia has been at war with the FARC, a Marxist guerilla group, for 50 years. This fight was finally ended with a peace deal by the president. Many people have been killed in this decades-long fight and the Columbians hope that the peace will stay.
Brexit – One of the events that rocked the world was Britain leaving the European Union. The world stood still on the day of the announcement. Everyone wondered what the implications would be on their trade agreements. Negotiations with the EU is still ongoing and there will most likely be some more Brexit drama in the near future.
Trump Wins – In more controversial news, Donald Trump won the US elections in November 2016. What exactly this means for America and its allies, is unclear. What is clear is that many expect a lot of upheaval and interesting decisions.
President Trump calls courts ‘so political’ after his travel ban is scrutinized. He placed a ban on travel so people from Muslim-majority countries are prevented from entering the US.
Dakota pipeline plans will continue. After President Trump approved the controversial pipeline, the army agreed to provide the final permit to build this pipeline. Many Native American Tribes and climate activists have urged against the pipeline but to no avail.
Syrian rebels and Turkish forces capture the city of al-Bab in northern Syria. Syria’s civil war seems to have no end in sight.
Amnesty International releases information about hangings in Syria. Approximately 13 000 people have been killed in mass hangings authorized by senior officials of the Syrian Government. There are also claims that people have been tortured at the jail which is being called ‘the slaughterhouse’.
Yemen citizens face famine. The UN said that they will need $2.1 billion to help the people in Yemen who face famine. The civil war in this country has been going on for two years and have now resulted in dire conditions for its people.
Thailand will have an election a year from now. Thailand is ruled by the military. However, expectations for an election to restore democracy to this country was affirmed. The election is set to happen next year.
Alexei Navalney has been banned from running for the presidency in 2018 after he was charged with embezzlement. President Putin’s strongest opposition for the election is now out of the way.
Minister Mohamed Abdullahi “Farmajo” Mohamed has been voted the president in Somalia. Somalia is a war-stricken country who has not had a proper election since 1969. The country is constantly under attack from militant Islamist groups. Appointing Mohamed as president is part of a strategy to get the country back on its feet.
That is a few of the day’s main headlines gathered for your convenience. For more information on any of these stories visit bbc.com.
Many political events and changes happened in 2016 and many of these will have effects long after. We look at the events that happened recently and that will have an influence on what happened in 2017. Huge upsets, a lot of uncertainty, and even fear lie in the wake of some of these big, world-changing events.
1. Donald Trump: In January, Donald Trump was inaugurated as the president of the United States of America. President Trump has already started making waves and upsetting people. He seems to be undoing a lot of work that previous presidents built to improve America.
2. Brexit continues: In March the UK will activate Article 50 as part of their withdrawal from the European Union. Difficult decisions lie ahead for Prime Minister Theresa May. Britain needs to decide on a negotiating strategy as part of their exit process.
3. French Presidential Elections: During April and May the French presidential elections will take place. These elections concern many and could cause a crisis bigger than Brexit if candidate Marine Le Pen wins. The favorite for president is Francois Fillon. It is expected that he will win, but election results in 2016 have proved that anything can happen.
4. Iran Elections: In May, the elections for the Iranian president will take place. Hassan Rouhani has made his mark in recent years as president. The election of Donald Trump as president may, however, allow certain unwanted elements to undermine his re-election. If another president with more aggressive intentions were to be elected, it could have dire consequences on the Middle East.
5. US Federal Reserve: It is expected that interest rates will rise at least 3 times during 2017. Some say it won’t go so far or so high, but the election of Donald Trump as president has already upset certain currencies and it could continue to do so. If his policies are approved, rates may go even higher than expected.
These are the things to look out for in 2017. It is gearing up to be an interesting year.