As this year draws to a close, we take a look back at the events that shaped 2017. The themes shaping this year are once again political upheaval and unrest, terror attacks and severe climate conditions.
Here are some highlights from each month:
- 20th: Donald Trump is inaugurated as the 45th President of the United States of America and Mike Pence as the 48th Vice President .
- 21st: More than 2 million people protest worldwide in the ‘Women’s March’against Donald Trump, with 500,000 marching in Washington D.C.
- 1st: British MPs vote in favour of the European Union Bill, allowing the government to begin Brexit
- 20th: Famine is declared in Unity State, South Sudan, affecting 4.9 million
- 22nd: Terrorist attack on London’s Westminster Bridge and Houses of Parliament kills 4 including a police officer and injures 40
- 30th: Ex-South Korean president Park Geun-hye arrested in corruption investigation
- 7th: Nation wide ‘ZumaMustFall’ protests
- 29th: 3 tornadoes hit south east of Dallas, Texas, killing 5
- 7th: Emmanuel Macron wins France’s presidential election
- 22nd: South Africa’s Western Cape province declares a drought disaster – worst for 113 years
- South African media began reporting on more than 100,000 documents and emails leaked from inside the business empire of the Gupta family.
- 14th: Fire in Grenwell Tower block in London, England kills 79 and injures 37
- 5th: 101 people reported shot, 15 killed in Chicago, Illinois over 4th July weekend
- 30th: Hackers reveal they have stolen data from HBO, including episodes and scripts of Games of Thrones
- 8th: South African President Jacob Zuma survives a no-confidence vote in parliament 198-177
- 30th: Hurricane Irma forms near Cape Verde Islands, will go on to become category 5 hurricane and kill at least 102
- 5th: Togo’s government shuts down the internet for a week to quell government opposition
- 20th: Hurricane Maria makes landfall on Puerto Rico as a category 4 hurricane, knocking out all power and killing 25
- 1st: Stephen Paddock shoots dead 58 people, injuring 489, at a concert in Las Vegas in the deadliest mass shooting in American history
- 4th: English PM Theresa May suffers nightmare speech at Conservative National Conference as her voice fails, prankster interrupts and set collapses
- Jacques Pauw’s explosive book detailing allegations of corruption involving Jacob Zuma, The President’s Keepers, is released with the first 20,000 copies being sold out within a few days.
- 15th: Military seized control of Zimbabwe
The ANC’s 54th National Conference will be held between 16 and 20 December 2017, where the new ANC president will be elected.
While this is a depressing read and one might feel like grabbing the Prozac, an article headed “Forecast | Third industrial revolution to cause a deflation outbreak: Future of the economy P2” states:
Unlike what our 24-hour news channels would like us to believe, we live in the safest, wealthiest, and most peaceful time in human history. Our collective ingenuity has enabled mankind to end widespread starvation, disease, and poverty. Even better, thanks to a wide range of innovations currently in the pipeline, our standard of living is set to become even cheaper and considerably more bountiful. …. Instead, there are a collection of overlapping trends, chief among them being that humanity is struggling through the growing pains of adjusting to the third industrial revolution.
Overall, humanity may just be struggling through the growing pains of making a new and better world in general. Unfortunately, it’s set to get worse before it gets better so maybe some Prozac isn’t a bad idea.
On a brighter note, it’s almost Holiday Season!
F&I would like to wish each of you Happy Holidays and safe travelling over the feastive season.