2017 has been a year of news that is bound to change the future. Political, economic and social impacts were made around the world, and 2017 was a year that will be remembered for the good and bad news.
Here are five international news that shaped 2017
The Rohingya crisis in Myanmar was a sign of how the world is still racist and disrespectful. The Rohingyas, the ethnic group mostly Muslims are of Bangladeshi descent and live in Myanmars Western province Rakhine. They have been living there for generations, but Myanmar has failed to recognise them as citizens of Myanmar. In August 2017 Myanmar attacked Rohingyans with their villages reported to be torched, young blood being killed and harassment to the families. This is a sign of inhumane still existing in the world. People need to understand that the times of cavemen and world wars were no different if such attacks keep taking place.
Qatar a country which will be hosting the FIFA world cup in 2022 was hit by a shocking announcement on 5th June 2017. It is an ongoing crisis where Saudi Arabia gathered its allies to stop Qatar’s alleged support for terrorism. Hence a cut off from business and social interests were made by the powerful Arab nations with Qatar. Qatar had to comply with an initial list of 13 demands, which according to them was a threat to the sovereignty of the nation. There were cold shoulders of Qataris having to leave countries like Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and Bahrain within 14 days. This shows that the powerful still use their strengths in disarming countries of different nature. Power needs to be controlled and not misused, and this is a case study that should be used to make 2018 a much friendlier year.
Trump rhetoric of Muslim country ban and shifting Israel capital to Jerusalem
This is a sign of power politics being a major problem. Donald Trump showed his true colours in 2017 with many decisions being made but by far the most ridiculous was President Trump announcing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Most of the world went against this announcement in the United Nations and hence confusion has sparked. We can all expect Donald Trump to announce the Moon to be United States in 2018, and don’t be surprised if he claims even the sun!
Rise of Cryptocurrency
2017 was the year cryptocurrency made everyone’s wallets full. Maybe not everybody, since many thought it would be a bubble and burst. It is never too late, invest in Bitcoin, Ethereum, Ripple, Litecoin and there’s many others. Cryptocurrency has established itself as an important financial instrument in today’s economic world. From the beginning to the end of the year 2017 many cryptocurrencies gained above normal percentage gains of 200% plus.
We all use Chinese goods, whether it be in our bedroom or in our day to day activities. Chinas position as an economic power has already been established. What next? China had played an important role in the world economy already between 1100 and 1800. With history usually repeating itself, it is about time it will gain global superiority. China has powerful trading, financial and investment networks around the globe as well as powerful economic partners. These partners have grown as a result of China. Watch out for China in 2018, as its impact around the world will be seen to be more prominent.