2018 Year in Review

Shia Long, Author

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“2018 was even worse than 2016 and 2017 . I don’t think I’m going to have another good year in my life again .” Youtube , Timmy Turner .

Here is a review on the year of 2018 in which most people think has been the worst year so far . Political acts , civil disobedience  , and life threatening events have bombarded the year 2018 . The people of the United States seem to only expect worse with the ongoing challenges we face in our society .

In the beginning , January , US federal shutdown after senators failed to reach a deal over ‘Dreamer’ migrants . In February , a tragedy occurs , the school shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland , Florida . Leaving 17 dead and many victims of wounds and personal losses . This created organizations that feel anyone can own a gun and more background checks need to be done on those who buy guns . Also some politicians are pushing for new gun control laws . Outside of the United States in March , former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia are poisoned with Novichok . The attack on Skripal has been connected to the killing of ex-KGB agent Alexander Litvinenko , a critic of Vladimir Putin .

In China , Xi Jinping was made president for life after China takes a way two-term limit . Back to Russia , voters hand Vladimir Putin his fourth term as president . During April , former Brazil president Lula Da Silva is arrested for corruption and will do time . The next tragedy hits in the Syrian City of Douma , seventy civilians reported dead after chlorine attack . To enlighten , Kim Jong Un also crosses border between both Koreas to meet Moon Jae-in . In the month of May this could be good or bad , Trump pulls U.S. out of nuclear agreement with Iran .

In Ireland , by a landslide , the law of making abortion illegal is repealed . You cannot control a woman’s body , it is hers and hers only . Denuclearisation promise follows U.S.-North Korea summit in Singapore in the month of June . This could be a tragedy or a gain , the U.S. announces a withdrawal from the UN Human Rights Council . An uplifting movement , Saudi Arabia allows women to drive and have driving licences .

Half way through the year in July , the U.S. import tariffs on $34 billion of Chinese goods take effect , China then retaliates with the same . Over in Greece , another tragedy , wildfires near Athens leave 87 dead and destroy 1,500 homes . Back to school in August , but also Apple becomes the first company with $1 tn market cap amid record quarter . Another tragedy in Italy , the Morandi bridge collapses during violent storms in Genoa and kill 43 people . In September at the National Museum of Brazil in Rio de Janeiro , a blaze destroys 20 items . An uplifting movement India’s supreme court rules to decriminalise homosexuality .

Another tragedy hits the Indonesian island of Sulawesi , an earthquake and tsunami kills 2,256 people . In October , journalist and Saudi Arabia critic , Jamal Khashoggi killed inside Instabul consulate . Brazil receives a new president , Jair Bolsonaro . In November the Democrats take control of U.S. House of Representatives in mid-term election , which seems to be great  . Last but not least , in December the French government suspends fuel rises after mass ‘yellow vest’ protests . There was also a government shutdown .

Looking back on the year of 2018 , it may be very depressing .