The 2010s, pronounced "twenty-tens" or "two thousand (and) tens", is the current decade that began on January 1, 2010 and will end on December 31, 2019.
The decade brought the continuation of the United States's military campaigns in many parts of the world, including Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, the Sahara, the Horn of Africa, the Philippines, the Caribbean and Central America. In 2011, the CIA assassinated Osama bin Laden in a raid on his Abbottabad compound and dumped his body in the sea. Online non-profit organisation WikiLeaks gained acclaim among the international public for its ability to publish classified information on topics as diverse as Guantánamo Bay, Syria, the Afghan and Iraq wars, and United States diplomacy. The website's editor-in-chief Julian Assange was granted political asylum by Ecuador, while the United States accused Bradley Manning of leaking classified information and conducted a court-martial.
The 2010s began amid a global financial crisis dating from the late 2000s. The European sovereign-debt crisis, which stemmed from these economic problems, became more pronounced and continued to affect the possibility of a global economic recovery. Austerity policies particularly affected Greece, Ireland, Portugal and Spain. Disillusionment among the public with the way the world was being run led to the 15-M and Occupy movements. Other economic issues such as inflation, and an increase in commodity prices, led to unrest in many lower-income countries. Unrest in some countries—particularly in the Arab world—evolved into socio-economic crises triggering revolutions in Kyrgyzstan, Tunisia, Egypt, Bahrain and Yemen, as well as civil war in Libya and Syria, in a widespread phenomenon—commonly referred to in the Western world as the Arab Spring—which continues, as of December 2013.
Long-standing world leaders Muammar Gaddafi, Kim Jong-il and Hugo Chávez died. Other major international events this decade include the Gaza flotilla raid, the Eyjafjallajökull eruptions, the Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami and Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster of 2011 and the Northern Mali conflict (2012–present).
Occupy Wall Street (OWS) is the name given to a protest movement that began on September 17, 2011 in Zuccotti Park, located in New York City's Wall Street financial district.
The Canadian activist group Adbusters initiated the protest, which subsequently led to Occupy protests and movements around the world. The main issues are social and economic inequality, greed, corruption and the perceived undue influence of corporations on government—particularly from the financial services sector. The OWS slogan, We are the 99%, addresses the growing income inequality and wealth distribution in the U.S. between the wealthiest 1% and the rest of the population. To achieve their goals, protesters act on consensus-based decisions made in general assemblies which emphasize direct action over petitioning authorities for redress.
Protesters were forced out of Zuccotti Park on November 15, 2011. After several unsuccessful attempts to re-occupy the original location, protesters turned their focus to occupying banks, corporate headquarters, board meetings, college and university campuses.
Kim Jong-un (born 8 January 1983 or 1984) — also romanised as Kim Jong-eun, Kim Jong Un or Kim Jung-eun — is the supreme leader of North Korea, the son of Kim Jong-il (1941-2011) and the grandson of Kim Il-sung (1912-1994). He has held the titles of the First Secretary of the Workers' Party of Korea, the Chairman of the Central Military Commission, First Chairman of the National Defence Commission of North Korea, the Supreme Commander of the Korean People's Army, and also a presidium member of the Central Politburo of the Workers' Party of Korea. He was officially declared the supreme leader following the state funeral for his father on 28 December 2011. He is the third and youngest son of Kim Jong-il and his consort Ko Young-hee. From late 2010, Kim Jong-un was viewed as heir apparent to the leadership of the nation, and following his father's death, he was announced as the "Great Successor" by North Korean state television. At Kim Jong-il's memorial service, North Korean Chairman of Congress Kim Yong-nam declared that "Respected Comrade Kim Jong-un is our party, military and country’s supreme leader who inherits great comrade Kim Jong-il’s ideology, leadership, character, virtues, grit and courage". On 30 December 2011 the Politburo of the Workers' Party of Korea formally appointed Kim as the Supreme Commander of the Korean People's Army. On 11 April 2012, the 4th Party Conference elected him to the newly-created post of First Secretary of the Workers' Party of Korea.
He was promoted to the rank of Marshal of the DPRK in the Korean People's Army on 18 July 2012, consolidating his position as the supreme commander of the armed forces. He obtained two degrees, one in physics at Kim Il-sung University and another at the Kim Il Sung Military Academy. At 28–29 years of age, he is the world's youngest head of state.
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