The year 2014 has been characterized by pain, sorrow and tragedy. It can be defined by murders, protests, Die-ins, torture, death, suicide, war and hate. Despite the grim present we look to the future for a better understanding, way of life and a sense of caring. For 2015 we look forward to hope, peace, prosperity and joy for all. Here are 7 top stories that define the year 2014 year in review. Happy New Year!
A Brief Year in Review of 2014
Can you believe it’s the end of the year already?! So many things have happened this year and this video is just scratching the surface. Here is 2014 in review.
1.Protests held around the world to oppose the killings of Black people especially Black men by police.
People around the world are showing their distrust and disgust of the treatment of Black people by police in the United States by marching, holding die-ins and protesting with signs and chants including “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot”, “I Can’t Breathe” and ” Black Lives Matter”. The refusal to prosecute the police after the killing of Eric Garner, Michael Brown, and 12-year-old Tamir Rice while playing with a toy, as well as many others have brought the unequal treatment to the attention of the world. Reports reveal that close to 1,500 people have been killed by police in the United States in the year 2014. At least 90 percent of those killed by police are Black men.
2.Two airline flights with crew and passengers disappear.
On Saturday, March 8, 2014 Flight 370 was flying from Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Malaysia to Beijing Capital International Airport in People’s Republic of China. It disappeared over the airspace of the Gulf of Thailand leaving 239 people missing. In addition, on Sunday, December 28, 2014 AirAsia jet plane Flight QZ8501disappeared after taking off from Indonesia to Singapore. There were 162 people onboard and no sign of the people or plane. Sadly, the remains of Flight QZ8501 were found December 30th floating on the Java sea.
3.Marijuana was legalized in several states in 2014.
The states legalizing marijuana in some way this year are Pennsylvania, Washington D.C., New York, Maryland and Alaska. This may mean decriminalization of recreational and medical marijuana use. In the following states some legislation concerning marijuana has occurred. For example, this year in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, On October 1, Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter signed an ordinance decriminalizing marijuana in the City of Brotherly Love, making it the largest U.S. city to have done so according to the Marijuana Policy Project. Beginning on October 20, the ordinance will remove criminal penalties for the possession of up to an ounce of marijuana and replace them with a civil fine of $25, similar to a traffic ticket. http://www.mpp.org/states/pennsylvania/
4.The Senate Intelligence reveals that CIA detainees were tortured.
According to the International Committee of the Red Cross February 2007 report, the main elements of the CIA detention program’s ill-treatment of detainees include: arrest and transfer, continuous solitary confinement, incommunicado detention, suffocation by water or waterboarding, prolonged stress standing, walling-beatings by use of a collar of rolled material fixed around the neck similar to a dog leash then slammed against a concrete wall, beating and kicking, confinement in a box, forced prolonged nudity, sleep deprivation, use of loud music, exposure to cold temperature, exposure to cold water, prolonged use of shackles and handcuffs, threats, forced shaving, deprivation and restricted provision of solid food, rectal feeding, sexual abuse, dehydration, forced to be kept awake for 180 hours or a week at a time, breaking their feet then forcing them to stand for extended periods of time.
5.North Korea is accused of hacking into Sony over the comedy movie “The Interview”.
The movie, The Interview, made fun of and killed the President of North Korea. The attack shut down Sony systems and exposed inflammatory emails and information about clients, stars and employees. The United States originally blamed North Korea as imposing the hack on Sony, the Japanese multinational music, movies, playstation, electronics conglomerate. However, now the U.S. may possibly be moving the blame to China having been involved with the hack attack. Nevertheless, despite alleged threats to those who might see the film on Christmas day, the movie was opened in the U.S. to packed movie houses and internet viewers making at least $18 million dollars. (Reuters)
6.Same Sex marriage is legalized in many states.
This year brought about the approval of same sex marriage by the U. S. Federal Government in Pennsylvania, Oregon, Illinois, Oklahoma, Utah, Virginia, Wisconsin, Colorado, Indiana, Nevada, West Virginia, and North Carolina.
7.Renew relations between the Unites States and Cuba.
President Obama announced that he will normalize diplomatic relations and ease economic restrictions with Cuba. The change indicates that there was no reason to have a strained relationship with Cuba and the reasons that were imposed in the 1960’s were not working. There are plans to reopen the embassy and resume some travel and trade with Cuba.