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This is a look back on the year 2011. 2011 was a year of changes with many defining events, sad goodbyes and where Mother Nature once again showed her wrath. Many of these events such as the Arab Spring and the Japan Nuclear Crisis are still being played out. Here are the defining events of 2011:
 
4 Jan. Death of Mohamed Bouazizi.
Mohamed Bouazizi, a Tunisian fruit vendor, sparked the start of Arab Spring. On 17 Dec 2011, in the town of Sidi Bouzid, Mohamed Bouazizi set himself on fire in protest against the harassment and corruption he endured from municipal employees in his country. He was allegedly slapped by a woman official. Within hours, street protests erupted and the crescendo eventually forced Tunisian President Ben Ali to flee the country on January 14 , ending 23 years of dictatorship.
 
The uprising spreaded to Egypt on 25 Jan. President Hosni Mubarak to resign on February 11, ending his 29-year regime.
 
A few days later, on 14 Feb, Libyans started their protest against the rule of Col Muammar Gaddafi. The brutal crack downs led to armed rebellion. In an attempt to stop the indiscriminate use of heavy weapons by government forces against innocent civilians, NATO and Arab nations intervened with air and sea power. Muammar Gaddafi was eventually killed in Sirte on October 20.
 
11 Mar. Japan Earthquake and Tsunami
 
Japan was perhaps better prepared than most nations affected by the 2004 Boxing Day, Asian Tsunami. Still the death toll is horrific and the effect of the subsequent nuclear rectors melt down at the Fukushima nuclear plant is still being felt. Mother Nature would show her wrath in many more places around the world, with earthquakes in New Zealand and Turkey, massive flooding in Thailand and Queensland, Australia. Hurricanes Irene sowed destruction from Canada to the Caribbean while Tropical Storm Washi unleashed misery in parts of the Phillippines. 
 
2 May. Death of Osama Bin Laden
 
In a covert operation, US Navy SEAL was inserted into Pakistan to capture or kill Osama Bin Laden. The mission was successful. The mastermind of 9/11 was killed.  But the war against Al Qaeda is far from over.
 
6 Oct. Death of Steve Jobs
 
And the world lost a visionary whose brilliance has illuminated many lives around the world. Perhaps, we will never know the true loss.
 
 
20 Dec. The Death of Kim Jong Il
 
Another dictator gone. Enough said. Hope things will be better for the North Korea people.