The "2010s, pronounced "twenty-tens" or "two thousand (and) tens", is the current decade. It began on January 1, 2010, and will end on December 31, 2019.
The decade brought the continuation of US military involvement, both in direct combat and through foreign bases, in many parts of the world, including "Afghanistan, "Iraq, "Pakistan, the "Sahara, the "Horn of Africa, the "Philippines, the "Caribbean and Central America. In 2011, the "U.S. Navy SEALS "assassinated "Osama bin Laden in a raid on his "Abbottabad compound. Online nonprofit organisation "WikiLeaks gained international attention for publishing classified information on topics including "Guantánamo Bay, "Syria, the "Afghan and "Iraq wars, and "United States diplomacy. The website's editor-in-chief, "Julian Assange, was granted "political asylum by "Ecuador, while the United States accused "Chelsea Manning of "leaking classified information and "conducted a court-martial. Elsewhere, "Edward Snowden blew the whistle on "NSA "global surveillance.
The 2010s began amid a "global financial crisis dating from the late 2000s. The "European sovereign-debt crisis, which stemmed from these economic problems, became more pronounced and continued to affect the possibility of a global economic recovery. "Austerity policies particularly affected "Greece, "Ireland, "Portugal and "Spain. Such policies were among factors that led to the "15-M and "Occupy movements. Other economic issues, such as inflation and an increase in "commodity prices, led to unrest in many lower-income countries. Unrest in some countries—particularly in the "Arab world—evolved into "socio-economic crises triggering revolutions in "Kyrgyzstan, "Tunisia, "Egypt, "Bahrain and "Yemen, as well as civil war in "Libya and "Syria, in a widespread phenomenon—commonly referred to in the "Western world as the "Arab Spring—which continues as of April 2017.
Sitting world leaders "Hugo Chávez, "Muammar Gaddafi and "Kim Jong-il all died, as did former leaders "Fidel Castro, "Nelson Mandela and "Margaret Thatcher. Major natural disasters include the "2010 Haiti earthquake, the "2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami and "Nepal earthquake of 2015. Other major international events this decade include the "Northern Iraq offensive (June 2014) and the "Paris attacks of November 2015.
|"Osama bin Laden, the former head of the "Islamist militant group "al-Qaeda known for the "September 11 attacks, was killed in "Pakistan on Monday, May 2, 2011, shortly after 1 am "local time by DEVGRU/SEAL Team 6, a United States special operations military unit. The operation, code-named Operation Neptune Spear, was ordered by United States President "Barack Obama and carried out in a U.S. "Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) operation by a team of "United States Navy SEALs from the SOF (Special Operations Forces). Participating units included "United States Naval Special Warfare Development Group (also known as DEVGRU or, colloquially, by its former name, SEAL Team Six) and the "160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne) of the "Joint Special Operations Command, with support from CIA operatives on the ground. The raid on "bin Laden's compound in "Abbottabad, Pakistan was launched from Afghanistan. After the raid, U.S. forces took bin Laden's body to "Afghanistan for identification, then buried it at sea within 24 hours of his death.
: ملاله یوسفزۍ
, born 12 July 1997) is a school student and education activist from the town of "Mingora
in the "Swat District
of Pakistan's "Khyber Pakhtunkhwa
province. She is known for her education and women's rights activism in the Swat Valley, where the "Taliban
had at times banned girls from attending school. In early 2009, at the age of 11/12, Yousafzai wrote a blog under a pseudonym for the "BBC
detailing her life under Taliban rule, their attempts to take control of the valley, and her views on promoting education for girls. The following summer, a "New York Times
documentary was filmed about her life as the Pakistani military intervened in the region, culminating in the "Second Battle of Swat
. Yousafzai began to rise in prominence, giving interviews in print and on television and taking a position as "chairperson
of the "District Child Assembly Swat
. She has since been nominated for the "International Children's Peace Prize
by "Desmond Tutu
and has won Pakistan's first "National Youth Peace Prize
. A number of prominent individuals, including the Canadian Minister of Citizenship, are supporting a petition to nominate Yousafzai for the "Nobel Peace Prize
On 9 October 2012, Yousafzai was shot in the head and neck in an assassination attempt by Taliban gunmen while returning home on a school bus. In the days immediately following the attack, she remained unconscious and in critical condition, but later her condition improved enough for her to be sent to a hospital in the "United Kingdom for intensive rehabilitation. On 12 October, a group of 50 Islamic clerics in Pakistan issued a "fatwā against those who tried to kill her, but the Taliban reiterated its intent to kill Yousafzai and her father, Ziauddin.
Former British Prime Minister and current UN Special Envoy for Global Education "Gordon Brown launched a United Nations petition in Yousafzai's name, using the slogan "I am Malala" and demanding that all children worldwide be in school by the end of 2015. Brown said he would hand the petition to Pakistan's President "Asif Ali Zardari in November. UN secretary general "Ban Ki-Moon has announced that November 10 will be celebrated as "Malala Day.
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