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 January 2018.
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, "Nepal earthquake of 2015, and the devastating hurricanes "Harvey, "Maria, "Haiyan (Yolanda) and "Sandy. Other major international events this decade include the "Northern Iraq offensive (June 2014) and the "Paris attacks of November 2015.
|The "Arab Spring, a term given to the Arab Revolution ("Arabic: الثورات العربية, al-Thawrāt al-ʻArabiyyah), is a "revolutionary wave of "demonstrations, "protests, and "wars occurring in the "Arab world that began on 18 December 2010.
The series of protests and demonstrations across the Middle East and North Africa was sparked by protests that occurred in "Tunisia on 18 December 2010 in Sidi Bouzid, following "Mohamed Bouazizi's "self-immolation in protest of police corruption and ill treatment. With the success of the protests in Tunisia, a "wave of unrest sparked by the Tunisian "Burning Man" struck "Algeria, "Jordan, "Egypt, and "Yemen, then spread to other countries. The largest, most organised demonstrations have often occurred on a "day of rage", usually Friday afternoon prayers. The protests have also triggered similar unrest "outside the region.
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(Czech pronunciation: "[ˈvaːt͡slav ˈɦavɛl] ("" listen)
; 5 October 1936 – 18 December 2011) was a "Czech
playwright, essayist, poet, "dissident
Havel was the ninth and "last president of Czechoslovakia (1989–1992) and the "first president of the Czech Republic (1993–2003). He wrote more than 20 plays and numerous non-fiction works, translated internationally.
Havel was voted 4th in "Prospect magazine's 2005 global poll of the world's top 100 intellectuals. At the time of his death he was Chairman of the New York-based "Human Rights Foundation. He was the founder of the VIZE 97 Foundation and the principal organizer of the "Forum 2000 annual global conference.
Havel was one of the signatories of the "Charter 77 manifesto, a founding signatory, together with "Joachim Gauck, of the "Prague Declaration on European Conscience and Communism (launching the "European Day of Remembrance for Victims of Stalinism and Nazism), and a council member of the "Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation. Havel received many recognitions, including the United States "Presidential Medal of Freedom, the "Gandhi Peace Prize, the "Philadelphia Liberty Medal, the "Order of Canada, the freedom medal of the "Four Freedoms Award, and the "Ambassador of Conscience Award.
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