How special was 2018 to human history

It’s been a while since I penned down something, that line that have become accustomed to as a blogger even when I read other bloggers work, consistence is our problem not our thing, especially those who write for writing, no other motive only sharing information with those out there, anyway today is about 2018 not bloggers suffering from a bloke.

This is not a review for the year 2018, but it is about the year 2018 and how special it is in human history. 100 years back in 1918 the Great War that is known as the First World War came to an end after four (4) bloody years. Everything about the First World War has spared the 100 years after it that run to date.  For starters the armistice the agreement that brought to the end of the war it’s self I highly criticized for bringing about the start of another World war in 1935.

The armistice was drawn up by the French and the English and the losers had no say in the matter from the triple Alliance. So for countries like Russia that had pulled out of the war early also had no say. The main reason why 1918 dents are still felt today was the geopolitics that were redrawn to suit the interests of only two countries.

Many blame the Israel-Palestine conflict on Hitler and the Second World War and the Holocaust, but that was just a spark that would burn through the Middle East up to 2018. The First World War lead to the weakening of the Ottoman Empire so the French and English with their colonial clouded heads decided to gift themselves with the spoils of war by dividing up the Arab world among them. The regions of Palestine were an issue of contention, the British promised France that the territory world become an international region meaning it would be stateless since they had in them the spiritual centers for both the Muslims and Christians. At the same time they promised the territory to the Zionist lobby in Europe as the future state of Israel. The native Arabs and Jews were not consulted. In 1947 the Zionist had a better case to establish their country there after many injustices in the land. That was after they had ditched the idea of Uganda or Argentina.

Today in 2018 the Israel-Palestine conflict seems to be 100 years from ending. The head of the free world as he is referred to, Mr. Trump backed by the Jewish lobby groups has decided to humiliate the Palestinians in his bid to make them eat up his pro-Israel deal (more of the armistice of 1918). His game has been to cut funding and The United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) is the chess piece. So Trump a tragedy himself of the past 100 years has decided to stop funding for UNRWA which is responsible for 5 million Palestinians refugees. UNRWA since 1949 is the lifeline for those in Gaza, the West bank and refugees in Jordan and Syria. Trump’s son in-law Jared Kushner thinks UNRWA is a bad organ for peace. With one party put in the corner the Palestinian lead by Abu Mazen who sort of is fighting a proxy war through Hamas have decided not to move forward with peace through Trump’s USA. Turkey the biggest victim of the 1918 armistice has decided to be the big boy in the Muslim world concerning the sticky issue of the Israel-Palestine conflict.

The other sticky issue of 2018 that may curry on for many years on is that of the forgotten wars, there are two big wars in the world that claim lives every day, affect economies around them but humans looks away. The civil war in South Sudan and the war in Yemen. Both wars are now fully proxy wars making it hard for the international community to come in since it’s the so-called “international community” supporting the different sides in both these wars.

The other sticky issue of 2018 that may curry on for many years on is that of the forgotten wars, there are two big wars in the world that claim lives every day, affect economies around them but humans looks away. The civil war in South Sudan and the war in Yemen. Both wars are now fully proxy wars making it hard for the international community to come in since it’s the so-called “international community” supporting the different sides in both these wars.

In the last 8 years leading to 2018 the world experienced what the west called the Arab spring, but more of a series of uprisings in the Arab countries, some brought about government falling but the most outstanding was the Syrian civil war which has become the biggest proxy war in human history. The war in Syria has gone on for 8 years at an intensive scale that could amount it to a world war with the parties involved and the resources that have gone into it. The Syrian war has rewritten history when it comes to the numbers of refugees flowing out of that country and moving into Europe mostly. In fact the refugees crisis is too sticky today that it affecting elections in Europe. As 2018 comes to an end the Syrian war goes on, Assad the president in Syria with the help of Russia may win but the effects of the war may go on for many years to come because a whole generation has been dented.

For Africa 2018 has been promising apart from Uganda that decided through the parliament to extend how long the president can stay in power. It’s a move that is surely going affect Uganda for the next at least 50 years. In the South of the continent South Africa is gearing up for a general election 2019, and in the West Nigeria is for U.S.-style drawn out presidential race with primaries in the calendar ahead of its presidential election in 2019. Given Political shakeups in Zimbabwe that saw Mugabe nap as his presidency was being stolen from him by his vice president through a new version of coup, he went ahead to stage a scripted election but even with his win the country’s economy has further slid into darkness. Sub-Saharan Africa’s largest country by area, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is expected to hold elections. The potential for a change of leadership is momentous given that incumbent President Joseph Kabila’s term expired in late 2016. He assumed office in 2001. Kabila has handpicked his successor and blocked the main opposition figures from running but they have decided to also join force to have one front against the establishment in Congo.

Rwanda’s Paul Kagame has been named African of the year by All Africa Business Leaders Award (AABLA), but there is another African who was making headlines, that is Ethiopia’s Prime MinisterAbiy Ahmed with the sweeping changes since he took power the most notable was to end the war between Ethiopia and Eritrea. The 100 years leading to 2018 were very difficult because it was almost nonexistent in modern sense, but with leaders like Paul Kagame and Abiy Ahmed the future is not so deem as it was in the past.

its 7th December 2018, what ever happens before the year end will affect the next 100 years for humans.


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