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2007's Event & Person of the Year? 2007's Event & Person of the Year?
by Asa Butcher
2007-12-11 09:23:35
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Last year Ovi Magazine chose 'children' as their People of the Year and we felt that it was the right decision. As we now approach the end of 2007 it is time to choose a new Person of the Year and an Event of the Year. The Person of the Year doesn't have to be a hero or a role model, since we are searching for the individual that influenced the world over the course of 2007. It is the same criteria for the Event of the Year because we know how much you all love controversy.

We are inviting the readers of Ovi to suggest candidates for both awards, so please either leave a comment below this editorial or email asa@ovimagazine.com. It has been a busy year, so here are some reminders.

PERSON OF THE YEAR?

South Korea's Ban Ki-moon, the new United Nations Secretary-General, has performed poorly in his first year with his pitiful responses to Darfur, Burma and more, while former American vice-president Albert Gore, Jr. received an Academy Award and the Nobel Peace Prize for his work promoting awareness of Climate Change, which he should have been doing while in office, although he did help organise the successful Live Earth concerts. Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was his usual controversial self with the continuing nuclear production suspicions, capturing the British sailors and marines, visiting the USA and happily telling the world that there are no homosexuals in Iran.

Nicolas Sarkozy has been busy in his first year as President of the French Republic by calling Africans peasants, acting like an insurance salesman and broke with the custom of releasing thousands of prisoners from overcrowded jails on Bastille Day. While Sarkozy was incoming, Britain's Prime Minister Tony Blair was outgoing by finally resigning after ten years in power leaving behind a legacy of failed health care, an Iraq invasion, a reputation as Bush's lapdog and left Gordon Brown in charge.

Away from politics, tennis star Roger Federer won the Men's Singles at Wimbledon for a fifth time in a row equalling Björn Borg's own record, while Lewis Hamilton became the first driver of mixed racial origin to win a Formula One race and almost became the first rookie to win the Championship. Under the suspicion of steroid abuse, Barry Bonds broke Hank Aaron's home run record by hitting his 756th home run and track and field star Marion Jones surrendered her five Olympic medals after admitting to doping.

EVENT OF THE YEAR?

We began the year with Russia cutting off oil supplies to Poland, Germany and Ukraine, North Korea agreed to shut down its nuclear facilities as a first step towards complete denuclearization and Belgium has been without a government since the country's General Election in June. 2007 also saw the Writers Guild of America go on strike and the UK's HM Revenue and Customs misplaces two computer discs containing the bank details and National Insurance numbers of 7.25 million UK households.

In April, 32 people are killed in the Virginia Tech massacre on the premises of Virginia Polytechnic Institute, while in November Finland is shocked by the Jokela School shooting when a Finnish youth murders eight people and wounds one.

During 2007 Hong Kong, Wales, England, Slovenia, Finland, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Denmark, Estonia and many more countries implemented smoking bans in enclosed places, plus the minimum age for purchasing tobacco products was raised from 16 to 18 across England and Wales. Intense heatwaves hit Southeast Europe as temperatures reach 46c and devastating wildfires ravage Greece killing 68 people, while the UK suffers the wettest June on record, with Sheffield and South Yorkshire affected by flooding.

The 2007 Burmese anti-government protests began with two thousand monks marching through Yangon and ten thousand through Mandalay, with other demonstrations in five townships across Myanmar before it escalated to 30,000 and 100,000 people demonstrating on the streets against the removal of fuel subsidies which caused the price of diesel and petrol to suddenly rise as much as 100%. The demonstrations were dealt with quickly and harshly by the junta, with dozens of protesters arrested and detained, while the number of dead is unknown but estimated between 100 and 7,000.

On a lighter note, the final Harry Potter novel, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, is released, as is Microsoft's Windows Vista and Apple Inc. launch their Mac OS X operating system entitled Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard.

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So, let us know who deserved to be a candidate for the awards, by either leaving a comment or email asa@ovimagazine.com.


   
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Emanuel Paparella2007-12-11 16:07:58
There is an exemplary event and person which are inter-connected and worth remembering. The event is this; that India the biggest democracy in the world can teach a lesson to the other democracies in as much as its allows itself to be run in all but name by an Italian Catholic widow with a high school education. No modern democracy has managed that feat. The person is Sonia Gandhi who in the 16 years since the assassination of her husband Rajiv has become the leader of India’s Congress Party, the largest in the country steering it to power. She refused the premiership but remains the real inspiration for those who wield power in India, after refusing the premiership offered to her. She is within the universalistic (catholic means universal) tradition of Joseph at the court of the Egyptian Pharaoh and Marco Polo at the court of China in the 12th century.


Asa2007-12-11 18:59:16
Not a bad suggestion.

Any others out there?


Clint2007-12-11 22:37:28
BBC correspondent Alan Johnston. Held captive in Gaza for 114 days, Alan Johnston never seemed to believe he was more important than the events he was reporting. His extreme modesty and commitment to his profession helped inspire a display of solidarity between the media and public as it should but rarely is.


Asa2007-12-12 00:17:06
Damn! That's another good one.


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