Note: Links are to my articles for Al-Ahram Weekly in Cairo, Presstv, DissidentVoice and other sites
My complete Timelines 2000-2010: United States, Latin America, Europe, Africa&Asia are here
Timeline 2010-2019: United States&Canada
My Timelines 2010-2019: Latin America, Europe, Africa&Asia are here
2010 *Republicans retake House of Representatives as Democrats lose 63 seats.
*US starts to bomb Yemen.
*Deepwater Horizon oil rig in Gulf of Mexico explodes, spilling millions of gallons of oil into sea. Worst oil spill in American history.
*US Representative Gabrielle Giffords severely wounded in assassination attempt when gunman went on shooting spree, killing federal judge John Roll and five others. Over the decade, mass shooting attempts became an almost weekly event. The group Everytown for Gun Safety identified 110 mass shootings, defined as shootings in which at least four people were murdered with a firearm, between 2009 and 2014.
2011 *Osama bin Laden killed in Abbottabad, Pakistan by US Navy SEALs, his body supposedly dumped at sea.
*Occupy Wall Street against top 1% electrifies nation, finding common cause with protests and uprisings in Arab world and Europe, a fitting 10th anniversary of 9/11.
*Flooding devastates Mississippi River valley causing $4 billion in damage, tip of US-infrastructure-collapse iceberg. Tornadoes cause heavy damage in South. 324 people killed in deadliest American natural disaster since Hurricane Katrina.
*California suffered drought for most decade.
*Google developed Waymo, world’s first self-driving car licensed for use on public roads.
*World’s first commercial spaceport opens in New Mexico.
2012 *Barack Obama/ Joe Biden reelected.
*Colorado and Washington vote to legalized marijuana, reflecting public recognition that ‘war on drugs’ imposed by government for a century (starting with 1920s prohibition and shifting to cannabis with Marihuana Tax Act of 1937) tragic, expensive mistake.