5 reasons to think that 2011 was special…

Only a couple of days into 2012, I had to look back into 2011, for a probing retrovision that would reveal how much 2011 could have been influential. I still have the taste of some sensational moments, of which some colorful scenes will stay imprinted forever in my mind, like Mauritian flags flying high in Port Louis Skies. But overall, 2011 was just an average year going by.

From the Arab Spring that inspired the AR NOU NON Protest March to Japan’s ordeal where mother nature triggered one of the most dramatic Nuclear catastrophe of this century, 2011 has been a rich eventful year. Thanks to mobility and global Social Media we have been living these events in realtime.

Here’s my Top 5 of these events that mostly marked my 2011

May 2, 2011
Ben Laden’s Capture and death

Topping the FBI’s lists of Ten Most Wanted Fugitives  and Most Wanted Terrorists since 1998, Ben Laden died at the age of 54, killed during a secret  U.S. Navy SEALs Raid on a private residential compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan. His body is said to rest at sea.
The event is important because I was one of the many millions worldwide to watch the unfolding of the 911 ordeal. It is somehow encouraging to feel that terrorists like dictators always pay for their deeds, one way or another.

October 20,  2011
Arab Spring brought to its summum with Khadafi’s arbitrary execution by the NLA  (National Liberation Army)

Yet another violent death. This time, it is a dictator that goes down the drain, punished by the people he served and made angry for more than 40 years. The King of kings, as he liked to call himself, is a direct casualty of the Arab Spring phenomenon. He indeed follows into Tunisia’s Bennazzi and Egypt’s Mubarak path. Their political fall resulted from the wave of popular uprisings that were triggered Mohamed Bouazizi’s self-immolation in protest of police corruption and ill treatment, in 18 December 2010.

From my POV, Kadhafi’s arbitrary execution by the Libyan National Liberation Army is the summum of the Arab Spring and shows the determination and courage of an oppressed people. Jordan’s El Assad may well be next on the list.

October 5, 2011
Death of Steve Jobs

The world loses one of its greatest inventors. The charismatic founder of Apple, Steve Jobs, dies from  the sequels of a liver Cancer, against which he had been fighting for more than 2 years. Although awaited, Job’s death came like a shocker and triggered tribute scenes all over the world.

The man behind The Iconic MacIntosh, behind the revolutionary iPhone and iPad leaves a company that stands as one of the richest of the world, but more than anything, Steve Jobs’ greatest legacy is a world where communication has been made simpler, user-friendly and trendier. RIP Steve.

March 11, 2011
Japan Earthquake, Tsunami and Nuclear Catastrophe

05:46 UST, 14:46 JST, 19:46 Mauritian time, the World learns of the most violent earthquake to hit Japan, one of the 5 most powerful in the world. The Tōhoku region, North-East of Japan, registered a quake reaching the 9-magnitude mark, with its epicentre, 70 km off its coasts, 32 kilometres deep.
The earthquake triggered a monstruous Tsunami with wave as high as 40 metres,  that annihilated several coastal regions of Nort-eastern Japan. The devastation touched 18 prefectures causing damages to almost 125,000 buildings. Worse it also included Fukushima Nuclear Plant which suffered Level 7 Meltdowns at three reactors and explosions after cooling system failure.

Japanese National Police Agency confirmed estimates of 15,850 deaths and 3,450 people missing.

Here’s one event where Nature seem to be in charge. The weight of the event in the list is partly due to the spectacular scenes that we could watch live, both on TV and on the Internet.

September 10, 2011 –
The AR NOU NON Protest March in Port Louis and the Birth of Azir Moris

Inspired by the Arab Spring and the Spanish Democracia Real Ya! (Real democracy, Now) mouvement, a new social movement spawned off a Facebook Page, in Mauritius. Born out of a private initiative by local social shaker Jameel Peerally, The Ar Nou Non Protest march in Port Louis, on the 10th September 2010 showed the capacity for Mauritians to rally around serious national causes, like in Arab countries, in Spain and in line with the worldwide Occupy movements.

Shouting nationalist slogans against dirty Politics, Corruption and Racism, 5000 patriots, of all walks of life, poured down into the main streets of Port-Louis. The event turned out to be a significant First and was felt as the first step into renewing of the Mauritian political landscape.

Congratulations to the Mauritian Youth!

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