2009 saw change, sustenance and destruction. While individuals came in, institutes strengthened, and states fought wars. Below is a list of ten global events which hit the front pages for weeks across the globe:
1. Smoke of war
Israel launches strikes into Palestinian territory of Gaza in what is known as the Gaza war; the war ends after Israel announces ceasefire.
2. Oath of change
Barrack Obama becomes the first Afro-American president of the United States of America after he defeated his rival McCain.
3. Note of rejection
Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashar becomes the first serving president to be issued an arrest warrant by the International Criminal Court.
4. Sign of existence
In the midst of debate over the future of North Atlantic Treaty Organization, Danish President becomes the Secretary of General of NATO, as it commemorates its sixtieth birthday.
5. News of termination
After being embroiled in civil war for decades, Sri Lanka blows a crushing and final defeat to the guerilla fighters who lose their key leader.
6. Show of support
Iranian president, Mahmoud Ahmedinejad, gets reelected as he wins the election which were marred with charges of rigging.
7. Gesture of acceptance
London Summit 2009 paved way for the elevation of G-20 over G-8 in global financial decisions, thus providing room for developing countries.
8. March of success
People Republic of China displays a display of strength and success as it turns sixty.
9. Air of strength
Pakistan military launches an operation against the militants; first in Swat and later in Waziristan which were housed by elements sympathizers to Taliban.
10. Rise of the fears
At the Danish capital of Copenhagen, global leaders end up with different arguments over how to curtail global warming and who to assume responsibility.