The past twelve months were filled with drama, inspiration, outrage and quite a few eye-openers: from the Ebola epidemic to the Scottish referendum. Radio Sputnik picked ten major political and social trends that will make 2014 go down in history.
2014 was crucial year for the future of the Middle East and particularly one state – Palestine. Actually calling it a state would not be entirely accurate since it has not yet been recognized by the majority of world powers. But in 2014 we witnessed a major shift in the attitude of Western nations towards the status of this territory.
As the year 2014 saw increasingly high tensions arise between Moscow and the West over the Ukrainian crisis, the image of Russian President Vladimir Putin in the eyes of the international community underwent significant changes.
In 2014, all eyes were on the Middle East as the region battled through one of its bloodiest summers. And we are not only talking about the atrocities committed by the IS in Iraq and the ongoing civil war in Syria. Another hotbed of tension emerged , when the ongoing tensions between Israel and Palestine escalated again.
In 2014 even people who have never suffered from aerophobia started to seriously question the safety of air travel. Within four months, two deadly incidents involving Malaysian Airlines planes claimed the lives of over two hundred passengers each.
The Islamic State, a jihadist group that has been declared the world’s biggest threat by US president Barack Obama, is also known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) or the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).
If we were to pick one country that made literally all the headlines in the outgoing year, it would be Ukraine. The so-called Ukrainian crisis proved the most dangerous conflict to hit Europe since the war in former Yugoslavia.