2010: What Were the Most Significant International Events?

Posted by DipNote Bloggers
December 17, 2010
A Sunset View

The year 2010 saw natural disasters, such as the earthquake in Haiti and flooding in Pakistan, and other tragedies, but also moments of hope, progress and unity. What do you think were the most significant international events of 2010, and why?

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marco
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Italy
December 17, 2010

Marco writes:

HAARP

Jim G.
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China
December 17, 2010

Jim G. in China writes:

- Cablegate
- Liu Xiaobo winning the Nobel Peace Prize
- U. S. imprisonment of Bradley Manning in solitary confinement.
- America's continuing failure to reclaim any credibility in the Human Rights arena. Is this 21C statecraft?

palgye
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South Korea
December 17, 2010

Palgye in South Korea writes:

international......?

Did defeat the Democrats in the midterm elections

Eric
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New Mexico, USA
December 17, 2010

Eric in New Mexico writes:

I think I would have waited until after the New Year to ask this question, given that North Korea today said today that South Korea would face another attack if it moved forward with artillery exercises scheduled to begin tomorrow.

North Korea's state-operated Uriminzokkiri website today said, "If war breaks out, it will lead to nuclear warfare and not be limited to the Korean Peninsula, according to the Yonhap News Agency (Mark McDonald, New York Times, Dec. 17).

Now rather than war or disaster, I take a more optimistic assessment than I might reasonable anticipate and suggest here that the most significant international event is in process of taking place at this moment in that all the nations of the world are now coming to realize the futility of allowing wanna-be nuclear terrorists like 'Lil Kim of North Korea to remain in power and everyone gets together China, Russia, the US , S. Korea and allies including the UN to instill an internationally accepted policy of "early retirement" by the beginning of next week in combined diplo-speak as one unified message of sanity and the preservation of peace, in order to create stability from scratch on the peninsula...or we can simply wait for North Korea to start fireworks of a different sort than in celebration of New Year's eve.

Meanwhile The former governor of my state is there trying to get 'Lil Kim to "calm down" (or climb off his hobby horse...not sure which) and if he ain't careful may end up being held hostage (being predictably unpredictable as 'Lil Kim is).

Fact of the matter is if the party (NK) in question to the 6 party talks seeks to drive regional peace into the ditch, there isn't a diplomatic tow truck available to pull the now totalled wreck out of it, let alone fix it and get it road-worthy again.

Got a drunk at the wheel and an accident waiting to happen, someone want to lay out the spike strips and stop this car in time?

That would be significant, to say the least.

Yuliana
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Idaho, USA
December 18, 2010

Yuliana in Idaho writes:

I agree, I would have waited until after the New Year to ask this question. Hopefully, I will then have the pleasure to say that the most significant event in 2010 was the passage of the DREAM ACT.

John P.
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Greece
December 18, 2010

John P. in Greece writes:

“Lil Kim so ill” attempts to determine our lives. Now, an “ill” dictator does not allow us to make a 2010 resolution, or a 2011 forecast.

He thinks that HE can take decisions for us…

Sometimes I wonder if political stupidity can/will create a silly, dangerous, egoistic monster that could put history’s No1 (Hitler) at No2 position. I think “Lil so ill” has good bets to make it in “History’s No1 stupid leaders, book of fame”. And this time, (fortunately for us, Hitler did not have any nuclear weapons back then) things are even more dangerous for the whole planet.

Sometimes I wonder, how much idiot a leader can be, acting like a terrorist and utopian high heel cartoon character who cannot understand how simple Bell’s invention have made modern international policy. Instead of calling a meeting of all international parties (even in his “North closet”, as long as he’s afraid to leave his hole) in order to save his starving people and give the world a break, he plays the MR.No1. Playing the Mr. does not make you a Sir though!

It’s so simple ‘Lil: start discussing the issues, quit your egoistic paranoia and be sure that the United States and the West will very soon help you to have some fresh, sober political ideas, food and help that will put back your destroyed (you destroyed it) nation on track.

It becomes ridiculous ‘Lil. Instead of letting us (all the world) enjoy the new Year’s atmosphere wondering what kind of fire works would be the most appropriate for the occasion, you make us spend time and fears to flick through manuals on what “patriots” we have to buy in order to stay alive. And unfortunately I don’t know what defense system can protect us from nuclear nukes.
That's why: In God we trust… to make you smarter.

Unfortunately, we have also to deal with some other maniacs like you: Mahmoud & Associates, as well as with many many others around the Globe.

I would suggest you a very important reading: “Political stupidity: why not to make war with America”. (Available Soon)

I’m sure that Eric in New Mexico will send you a dedicated copy… Actually two! One for you and one for Mahmoud & the Associates’ library.

But please don’t place them in a N. Korea or an Iranian public library (if you have one) ‘cause your people will finally understand your hidden lies.

I hope Diplomacy and dialogue will work!

Nobody loves guns more than roses!

So, you better think Kim!

Kazuki
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Japan
December 18, 2010

Kazuki in Japan writes:

I think that Chilean miner rescue was most significant event this year.

There is no daught that North-Korea attacked South was a big historical event, however Chilean miner gave me braveness, hope, and aspiration.

saad
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Morocco
December 18, 2010

Saad in Morocco writes:

Wikileaks....

Shadowman 1.
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Tennessee, USA
December 18, 2010

S. in Tennessee writes:

That due to America: it citizens and its leaders: for better or worse, there is still a Free World and Hope for all...

Patrick W.
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Maryland, USA
December 19, 2010

Patrick W. in Maryland writes:

I think the most significant event of 2010, was everything. All the countries came together to fix the economy. Our leader's worked together, and talked to each other like never before. We all helped our fellow man,when the disasters happened. Everyone donated their time and money to help out, even when the economy wasn't good for anyone. President Obama ,did his best to get our healthcare system fixed,by working together with other officials in our government. The US. and Russian people are work on the New Start Treaty. Which is very good! There are a lot of things that happened this year,that were significant. I don't remember them all right now. The most significant event that i think happened was? We learned to communicate with people in different settings and countries better. :)

See YA Guys! :)

Eric
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New Mexico, USA
December 19, 2010

Eric in New Mexico writes:

Actually John, I was thinking of sending a copy to Bill Richardson because appeasement in this case is about as politically stupid as it gets, and both Russia and China better get a grip on that as well at the UN Security Council tommorrow...oopus,,,today rather...and time is short.

The bottom line for all here is whether the international community can allow a tyrant to threaten nuclear war and not be called a nuclear terrorist for doing so...repeatedly...and in my book a dictator only gets to do that once before a fifty caliber slug solves his social malfunction, and the shot should come from multiple sources, and be sanctioned by all.

( it will be his last trip to the dentist, if I may put it that way and be numb about it)

Now that's the way to keep the peace among nations and deal with 'lil Kim so ill.

"Whereas it be resolved in the Security Council that to threaten the peace of nations with nuclear weapons earns an idiot doing so an automatic death sentence , executable immediately."

Morality has nothing to do with it, saving lives has everything to do with it. There's no morality in war and a moral obligation to stop one before the dictator starts one.

I think we all need to be that clear about this if nations want to resolve this permanently and relatively peacefully.

EJ

Eric
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New Mexico, USA
December 19, 2010

Eric in New Mexico writes:

Patrick, taken as a whole I would agree that folks are looking beyond their simple nationalistic interests more and more to the betterment of humanity, but I would also say that progress is being made at a pace not unlike that of riding on the back of a snail in a lot of cases...and we can do a lot better honestly.

But I do agree that folks are talking more than they have been and that is significant.

From a strictly human achievement stand point, one might say that Voyager 1 having reached a point where the solar wind has virtually stopped flowing outwards means humanity has achieved (or is about to) interstellar reach in physicality, and that may be the most significant single event of our era, but that will be for the historians to decide.

As our knowledge expands, so must our social ability to weild it gracefully.

It remains to be seen if we can or not. One might say our survivability depends on it.

Maybe that's the most significant realization of all to be made this year.

Be well,

EJ

borderrat
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Arizona, USA
December 19, 2010

Borderrat in Arizona writes:

Wikileaks

Jonathan G.
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Kentucky, USA
December 19, 2010

Jonathan A.G. in Kentucky writes:

The President going to foreign lands on memorial day ( Indonesia, where he was born). And the sgt. That leaked the cables to wikileaks. We still haven't a birth certificate for the President!!! Is treason the new symbol of patriotism?

Einar
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Iceland
December 19, 2010

Elnar in Iceland writes:

One word; Wikileaks!

Ron
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Pennsylvania, USA
December 19, 2010

Ron in Pennsylvania writes:

Wiki Leaks. Enough said.

Karen H.
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Oregon, USA
December 19, 2010

Karen H. in Oregon writes:

A plan for world peace was introduced. It has the capacity to create a global renaissance.

Jason
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United Kingdom
December 20, 2010

Jason in the United Kingdom writes:

Wikileaks

John P.
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Greece
December 20, 2010

John P. in Greece writes:

@
Ron in Pennsylvania
Elnar in Iceland
Jonathan A.G. in Kentucky
Borderrat in Arizona
Saad in Morocco

2010 is very close to 2011. Time is relevant…

I think you guys talking about early 2011, when this wiki-lunatic will be extradited in the U.S.A.
I believe that he will have his chance to explain what “significant” is…

In front of a U.S. jury!

Any objections?

Eric
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New Mexico, USA
December 20, 2010

Eric in New Mexico writes:

@Karen H. in Oregon - you wrote:

"A plan for world peace was introduced. It has the capacity to create a global renaissance."

Thanks Karen, I thought it might instill a little dicipline among nations at the very least. And if Pres. Obama wants a nuclear weapons-free world as much as I do, then I don't know a faster way to achieve it if leaders willing to use them on populations would know they are personally commiting suicide in the process.

I see that 'lil Kim must have got someone's message...(chuckle).

"Whereas it be resolved in the Security Council that to threaten the peace of nations with nuclear weapons earns an idiot doing so an automatic death sentence , executable immediately."

Eric
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New Mexico, USA
December 20, 2010

Eric in New Mexico writes:

Well folks, on the popular subject of what is public knowledge on a "need to know" basis, and whether Wikileaks presents a significant development or not, I tend to think any difference that makes no difference is no difference.

A) It hasn't changed the foreign policy of any nation to date.

B) It hasn't affected diplomatic relations the way 'Lil Julian anticipated, nor has it presented gross embarrasment to the American government or others...for what governments have discussed between themselves becoming public knowledge or not...it has only proven governments to be capable of human understanding.

Now logicly governments being comprised of people, it doesn't take rocket science to figure that one out.

VP biden called 'Lil Julian a "cyber terrorist"...well OK I'll buy that...but fact is if one accepts that we all create our own reality through our actions, then I submit to the readership here that he has only created his own "scary movie" and we're just the audience of his self-made demise.

And I think as far as flash-in-the-pans go, he isn't setting the kitchen on fire.

Though it's definately a case of self-immolation and he's looking a bit crispy as a result...(chuckle)

Forest Gump was right.

Oystercracker
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United States
December 20, 2010

O.C. in the U.S.A. writes:

@Eric,
He hasn't released all the Wikileaks in his posession yet so time will tell if we are embarrassed or not. Though I did find interesting the Wikileak that one foreign president was known to traffic human body parts which makes one wonder why my government continues to do business with him?
Curioser and curioser it gets.

Julieta P.
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Brazil
December 20, 2010

Julieta P. in Brazil writes:

The successful Chilean miners' rescue.

Donald M.
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Virginia, USA
December 20, 2010

Donald M. in Virginia writes:

Hey Everyone, thought I would join in on the chat, been awhile. Had to recover on my pc. In my professional opinion wikileaks and Mr. Michael Moore disrespects our US Forces and when we send our sons and daughters into war, they compromise our family members trying to defend our nation. The people who are leaking this information should be prosecuted and the leaks need to end. We have had too many of our guys being ambushed its about time we protect our soldiers, sailors and marines who defend the constitution of the United States of America. It also should mean all US DOD and even the State Department needs to check for spies or devious people who want to do harm to our people. This is not excusable or tolerable. Our people count... and professionals need to ensure all secure systems have been checked and prevent the disclosure of any classified information that effects our National Security. In time of war the highest level of punishment for spying or committing esponiange should be the death penalty. "Why should Americans join the US Military if they will not be protected by the US Government.?" Why should parents send there sons or daughters into combat, if people can't follow the basic rules to ensure the safety and security of comsec? "Lose lips ships sinks ships" our National Secuirty Integrity is on the line. Its time to clean house and get all systems working right. All branches of service should conduct a review of comsec policies and ensure they have no devious spies working in their administration.

John P.
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Greece
December 20, 2010

John P. in Greece writes:

@ O.C. in U.S.A.
"Though I did find interesting the Wikileak that..." Do you mean that you read things there?

It's a FED!
Sorry Dear.

Kate
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Kentucky, USA
December 20, 2010

Kate in Kentucky writes:

the one year anniversary of Michael Jackson's death

Oystercracker
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United States
December 21, 2010

O.C. in the U.S.A. writes:

@John P.
No. I think the site has been blocked. I have my secret source of Wikileaks. The latest being that politicians were told two years before Sanford was arrested, not to be seen in any photographs with him. What does that say to a dumb American like me? It says that my government knew what he was doing and condoned it.

Hi Donald!
The point being that the only person so far who leaked them was an American serviceman and that 500,000 people had access to this information. Does that make sense to you? Are we Americans such bumbling idiots to let that many people have access to our most prized info? And Donald, not only that. Wikileaks is supported by George Soros. Why does he get a free pass? There's a lot of disinformation floating about. It's like saying Osama Bin Laden is alive and drinking Jasmine tea near pretty flowers in the mountains of Pakistan when Benazir Bhutto said he was dead. In any case, I've asked WIKILEAKS to confirm it for you once and for all.

Oystercracker
|
United States
December 21, 2010

O.C. in the U.S.A. writes:

and Donald,
"It also should mean all US DOD and even the State Department needs to check for spies or devious people who want to do harm to our people. This is not excusable or tolerable". All the spies are East of here. You'd have to start in the gilded, esteemed halls of Washington, D.C. Not everyone is a tried and true blue American like you and me, Donald.
And Eric. Let's not forget Eric.

Patrick W.
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Maryland, USA
December 21, 2010

Patrick W. in Maryland writes:

Hi,I like the feed back on this question.

A lot of people are talk about Wikileaks. I readed some good thought on what needs to change too.

Thanks Eric in New Mexico. I liked what you said,especially about using our knowledge.

Be Well.

See Ya,Guys :)

lalit m.
|
India
December 21, 2010

Lalit M. in India writes:

economic growth is not meaning full if every mouth have not feed

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