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** Probably the biggest victim of the market's shift is PostGrunge, which was one of the most popular rock genres of the 2000s, but completely fell out of favor with audiences, with most of the bands falling out of favor (they were also hit particularly hard by the fall of physical sales). Only a handful of post-grunge bands kept their chart success on rock radio alive by changing their sounds; unfortunately, they're now playing to far smaller crowds than before, with only the biggest bands still pulling in thousands of people per concert, Linkin Park being the only exception, mainly because of its association with more traditional grunge.

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** Probably the biggest victim of the market's shift is PostGrunge, which was one of the most popular rock genres of the 2000s, but completely fell out of favor with audiences, with most of the bands falling out of favor (they were also hit particularly hard by the fall of physical sales). Only a handful of post-grunge bands kept their chart success on rock radio alive by changing their sounds; unfortunately, they're now playing to far smaller crowds than before, with only the biggest bands still pulling in thousands of people per concert, Linkin Park being the only exception, mainly because of its association with more traditional grunge.grunge and the now-resurgent nu metal genre.



** Also, ''NuMetal'', of all genres, is beginning to see a resurgence with bands like Music/{{Issues}}, Of Mice & Men, Music/HollywoodUndead, Islander, King 810, Butcher Babies, In This Moment, and From Ashes to New all gaining popularity, while older bands that previously abandoned the style such as Music/{{Slipknot}} and Music/{{Staind}} made albums that hearkened back to their old sound. Music/BringMeTheHorizon, who was once one of the poster boys for {{metalcore}}, ditched it in 2015 for a new style that incorporates nu metal, and it gave them their biggest success.

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** Also, ''NuMetal'', of all genres, is beginning to see a resurgence with bands like Music/{{Issues}}, Of Mice & Men, Music/HollywoodUndead, Islander, King 810, Butcher Babies, In This Moment, and From Ashes to New all gaining popularity, while older bands that previously abandoned the style such as Music/{{Slipknot}} and Music/{{Staind}} made albums that hearkened back to their old sound. Music/BringMeTheHorizon, who was once one of the poster boys for {{metalcore}}, ditched it in 2015 for a new style that incorporates incorporating nu metal, and it gave giving them their biggest success.



* The decade has also showcased a growing divide between "casual" and "hardcore" gamers, with many citing the advent of motion-control gaming as part of the debate: The UsefulNotes/{{Wii}}, the [[UsefulNotes/{{Xbox 360}} Kinect]], and the [[UsefulNotes/PlayStation3 Move]] have given gamers new ways to play, but only a handful of titles have taken full advantage of these motion-control devices, and most of them are "casual" games like ''VideoGame/JustDance'', ''VideoGame/DanceCentral,'' and the ever-popular ''VideoGame/WiiSports'' series, causing many diehard gamers to deride motion-control as a gimmick. At the same time, cellular phones and handheld computers have seen tremendous growth, with many of its games, like the famous ''VideoGame/AngryBirds'', proving to be a prime attraction for the casual gamer. As phone-based games became increasingly popular among casual gamers during this period, they began drifting away from traditional retail video games. On the other side of the extreme, let's not even get started on the "exclusivity" PC gamers want their format to go, with the increasingly intense hardware requirements and the perceived StopHavingFunGuys attitude regarding the format. All this has left fans and analysts to wonder if there can ever be a middle ground again. Creator/{{Nintendo}} however, often credited/MisBlamed for starting this trend, attempted to re-bridge the gap by catering to both casuals and diehards this time around with the UsefulNotes/Nintendo3DS and the UsefulNotes/WiiU, with the latter of them underperforming. The Nintendo Switch will now attempt to recapture the casual market as well as to boost the mobile game business.

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* The decade has also showcased a growing divide between "casual" and "hardcore" gamers, with many citing the advent of motion-control gaming as part of the debate: The UsefulNotes/{{Wii}}, the [[UsefulNotes/{{Xbox 360}} Kinect]], and the [[UsefulNotes/PlayStation3 Move]] have given gamers new ways to play, but only a handful of titles have taken full advantage of these motion-control devices, and most of them are "casual" games like ''VideoGame/JustDance'', ''VideoGame/DanceCentral,'' and the ever-popular ''VideoGame/WiiSports'' series, causing many diehard gamers to deride motion-control as a gimmick. At the same time, cellular phones and handheld computers have seen tremendous growth, with many of its games, like the famous ''VideoGame/AngryBirds'', proving to be a prime attraction for the casual gamer. As phone-based games became increasingly popular among casual gamers during this period, they began drifting away from traditional retail video games. On the other side of the extreme, let's not even get started on the "exclusivity" PC gamers want their format to go, with the increasingly intense hardware requirements and the perceived StopHavingFunGuys attitude regarding the format. All this has left fans and analysts to wonder if there can ever be a middle ground again. Creator/{{Nintendo}} however, often credited/MisBlamed for starting this trend, attempted to re-bridge the gap by catering to both casuals and diehards this time around with the UsefulNotes/Nintendo3DS and the UsefulNotes/WiiU, with both underperforming, the latter of them underperforming. [=WiiU=] becoming the death knell for motion control. The Nintendo Switch will now attempt to recapture eventually recaptured the casual market as well as to boost at the same time the company began a belated incursion into the mobile game business.



* By 2015, the mobile gaming boom began to decline, with no newer "killer apps" to match the popularity ''Angry Birds'' or ''Candy Crush'' got upon their releases. In response, developers began pushing "freemium" schemes.



* A minor trend has developed over this decade involving settings and themes normally associated with children and childishness repurposed into horror video games, making it the medium equivalent to the SubvertedKidsShow. Standouts of this subgenre include ''VideoGame/EpicMickey'', ''VideoGame/FiveNightsAtFreddys'', ''VideoGame/BendyAndTheInkMachine'', and ''VisualNovel/DokiDokiLiteratureClub'', all of which have caught on to one degree or another.

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* A minor trend has developed over this decade involving settings and themes normally associated with children and childishness repurposed into action or horror video games, making it the medium equivalent to the SubvertedKidsShow. Standouts of this subgenre include ''VideoGame/EpicMickey'', ''VideoGame/FiveNightsAtFreddys'', ''VideoGame/BendyAndTheInkMachine'', and ''VisualNovel/DokiDokiLiteratureClub'', all of which have caught on to one degree or another.



* After seeing a slump during the [[TurnOfTheMillennium latter half of the previous decade]], animated cartoons on TV have taken a noticeable upswing in acclaim and popularity, with shows like ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'', ''WesternAnimation/RegularShow'', ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'', ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'', ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'', and ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'' (the sequel series to ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'') getting critical acclaim and huge fanbases, and Creator/CartoonNetwork is making a comeback after the [[NetworkDecay CN Real]] debacle, not just with some of the aforementioned shows, but also bringing back ''Creator/{{Toonami}}'', which embodied the resurgence of anime among Western audiences. That said, there have still been plenty of series that fared poorly with critics, audiences, or both.

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* After seeing a slump during the [[TurnOfTheMillennium latter half of the previous decade]], decade]] (with ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'' being the sole highlight of the period), animated cartoons on TV have taken a noticeable upswing in acclaim and popularity, with shows like ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'', ''WesternAnimation/RegularShow'', ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'', ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'', ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'', and ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'' (the sequel series to ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'') getting critical acclaim and huge fanbases, and Creator/CartoonNetwork is making a comeback after the [[NetworkDecay CN Real]] debacle, not just with some of the aforementioned shows, but also bringing back ''Creator/{{Toonami}}'', which embodied the resurgence of anime among Western audiences. That said, there have still been plenty of series that fared poorly with critics, audiences, or both.



* In the aftermath of the 2008 crisis, tech companies recovered their place at the top of the corporate pyramid, with Apple and Microsoft and Google being joined by Amazon and Facebook, the five becoming the largest companies in the world. Naturally, there have been numerous concerns across the political spectrum about their dominance of the global economy, including the displacement of numerous business, with accusations of tax dodging. These companies' interest on charity and other social issues has also given way to cries of hypocrisy and legitimate fears about social engineering, especially after it was discovered in 2018 that the British firm Cambridge Analytica had collected the personal data of millions of users through a Facebook game and aimed news content towards them to allegedly influence political elections. Facebook's stock value fell as much as 10 percent thereafter while founder Mark Zuckerberg testified in Congress. This also has led to the U.S. Government proposing stricter guidelines for Facebook and Google, while Amazon would have to pay more to the USPS as well.

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* In the aftermath of the 2008 crisis, tech companies recovered their place at the top of the corporate pyramid, with Apple and Microsoft and Google being joined by Amazon and Facebook, the five becoming the largest companies in the world. Naturally, there have been numerous concerns across the political spectrum about their dominance of the global economy, including the displacement of numerous business, with accusations of tax dodging. These companies' interest on charity and other social issues has also given way to cries of hypocrisy and legitimate fears about social engineering, especially after it was discovered in 2018 that the British firm Cambridge Analytica had collected the personal data of millions of users through a Facebook game and aimed news content towards them to allegedly influence political elections.elections, while other games in the social platform collected sensitive information without the users' knowledge. Facebook's stock value fell as much as 10 percent thereafter while founder Mark Zuckerberg testified in Congress. This also has led to the U.S. Government proposing stricter guidelines for Facebook and Google, while Amazon would have to pay more to the USPS as well.



* On both sides of the pond and equator, a legendary entertainer of the mid-to-late 20th century saw his reputation implode overnight: one year after his death, beloved British TV host Jimmy Saville was accused of sexually abusing prepubescent children throughout his career; meanwhile, groundbreaking African-American comedian Creator/BillCosby was at the center of accusations over sexually assaulting dozens of women and using date rape drugs to assist while Creator/WoodyAllen spent an unusually unpleasant experience at the 2016 Cannes Festival in the grounds of his complicated family issues, being called out as a "creep" by most celebs. Also, Hollywood was rocked by the revelation that the "butter scene" in ''Film/LastTangoInParis'' was unscripted. And in the Southern Hemisphere, Australian novelty singer Rolf Harris was convicted of indecent assault.

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* On both sides of the pond and equator, a legendary entertainer of the mid-to-late 20th century saw his reputation implode overnight: one year after his death, beloved British TV host Jimmy Saville was accused of sexually abusing prepubescent children throughout his career; meanwhile, groundbreaking African-American comedian Creator/BillCosby was at the center of accusations over sexually assaulting dozens of women and using date rape drugs to assist while Creator/WoodyAllen spent an unusually unpleasant experience at the 2016 Cannes Festival in the grounds of his complicated family issues, being called out as a "creep" by most celebs. Also, Hollywood was rocked by the revelation that the "butter scene" in ''Film/LastTangoInParis'' was unscripted.performed without the consent of Romy Schneider. And in the Southern Hemisphere, Australian novelty singer Rolf Harris was convicted of indecent assault.



* It was during this decade that societal attitudes towards rape started to increasingly sympathize with the victims. Thanks to long-standing feminist efforts, sexual assault, particularly those on college campuses, are being taken more seriously, and organizations and movements to support and empower victims of rape caught on all over the world. The public began to crucify once-respected figures who were either accused of rape, like movie mogul Harvey Weinstein, news titan Roger Ailes, comic Creator/BillCosby or famous record producer Dr. Luke or were "rape apologists" who defended it, like former Missouri Congressman Todd Akin, fashion designer Donna Karan, singer Music/CeeLoGreen, or journalist George Will, and support anyone who was raped or has openly supported rape victims. Countless rape trials (most famously, the one against former Stanford University swimmer Brock Turner) have gained national, if not worldwide, attention, as the public rallied behind the victims and pressured courts not to take any action against or show hostility to them. Unfortunately, this air of automatic sympathy became a problem in late 2014, when an article on Magazine/RollingStone discussed the story of a rape at the University of Virginia. There was strong support for the victim, including fines and suspensions, until other investigative journalists discovered that the entire story was a hoax. The reporter was blasted for not even attempting to corroborate the story, and both the fraternity and the Dean mentioned by name in the article sued the publication.

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* It was during this decade that societal attitudes towards rape started to increasingly sympathize with the victims. Thanks to long-standing feminist efforts, sexual assault, particularly those on college campuses, are being taken more seriously, and organizations and movements to support and empower victims of rape caught on all over the world. The public began to crucify once-respected figures who were either accused of rape or attempted rape, like movie mogul Harvey Weinstein, news titan Roger Ailes, comic Creator/BillCosby Creator/BillCosby, actor Kevin Spacey or famous record producer Dr. Luke or were "rape apologists" who either defended or relativized it, like former Missouri Congressman Todd Akin, fashion designer Donna Karan, singer Music/CeeLoGreen, or journalist George Will, and support anyone who was raped or has openly supported rape victims. Countless rape trials (most famously, the one against former Stanford University swimmer Brock Turner) have gained national, if not worldwide, attention, as the public rallied behind the victims and pressured courts not to take any action against or show hostility to them. Unfortunately, this air of automatic sympathy became a problem in late 2014, when an article on Magazine/RollingStone discussed the story of a rape at the University of Virginia. There was strong support for the victim, including fines and suspensions, until other investigative journalists discovered that the entire story was a hoax. The reporter was blasted for not even attempting to corroborate the story, and both the fraternity and the Dean mentioned by name in the article sued the publication.



* In the '''United States''', President UsefulNotes/BarackObama found himself into an increasing political polarization, a series of divisions between moderates and radicals from both the Republican and Democratic parties marking the formation of fringe groups:

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* In the '''United States''', President UsefulNotes/BarackObama found himself into an a climate of increasing political polarization, marked by a series of divisions between moderates and radicals from both the Republican and Democratic parties marking the formation of fringe groups:



** Debate immediately arose after a college student announced he had successfully tested a gun rendered by a 3-D printer, with many Congressmen calling for a ban, not only on them, but also on three-dimensional printers.

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** Debate immediately arose after a college student announced he had successfully tested a gun rendered by a 3-D printer, with many Congressmen calling for a ban, not only on them, but also on three-dimensional printers.''three-dimensional printers''.



* On October 1, 2017, a crazed gunman opened fire upon a crowd of concertgoers at a country music festival on the Las Vegas Strip from the famed Mandalay Bay hotel, killing 58 and wounding 546 people in what has become the deadliest mass shooting in the history of the U.S. to date. The perpetrator was one Stephen Paddock, a well-off retiree and an avid gambler. Curiously, after the police officers breached Paddock's hotel room, they found a veritable arsenal of weapons (7 various pieces in total) and a large amount of ammunition, sparking concerns as to how he was able to bring in such an amount of guns and keep them without alerting anyone. Naturally, the gun debate was reignited with increased vigor once more, with focus now on two new aspects - silencers (which muffle gun sounds) and bump stocks (which are used to turn semi-automatic rifles into automatic ones). The incident also spawned controversy due to official statements routinely contradicting themselves as to the official timeline of events, leading conspiracy theorists wild, not helped by the shooter's apparent far-right background (including alleged links to militia groups), although it was soon discovered this had ''nothing'' to do with the shooting. The nastier side of the news also came out when a high-profile CBS news lawyer declared that she had no sympathy for the victims because country music fans were Republicans, leading to her immediate dismissal from the network.
* On February 14, 2018, a gunman opened fire in Douglas High School at Parkland, Florida, killing 17 people and wounding 15 others. The gunman was identified as Nikolas Cruz, a 19-year-old former student who was expelled from the high school for his violent behavior. It was revealed that the FBI were warned about him five months prior when he made various statements online threatening to shoot up a high school (such as a Youtube comment stating that he's going to be a professional school shooter) as well as various online photos him posing with a semi-automatic weapons and making various violent and racist remarks online (while early reports linked him to a group advocating for Florida's to secede, these alleged ties had no relevance in his plans). It was also revealed that a person close to the shooter made an anonymous tip to the FBI a month earlier for his violent and erratic behavior, which the FBI later admitted that they never followed up on the tip and didn't go through the investigative protocol. This has sparked a debate on the competency of the FBI as an agency of preventing such attack since the FBI has also been caught up in a political feud with Donald Trump in regards to the Russian investigation around the same time.

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* On October 1, 2017, a crazed gunman opened fire upon a crowd of concertgoers at a country music festival on the Las Vegas Strip from the famed Mandalay Bay hotel, killing 58 and wounding 546 people in what has become the deadliest mass shooting in the history of the U.S. to date. The perpetrator was one Stephen Paddock, a well-off retiree and an avid gambler. Curiously, after the police officers breached Paddock's hotel room, they found a veritable arsenal of weapons (7 various pieces in total) and a large amount of ammunition, sparking concerns as to how he was able to bring in such an amount of guns and keep them without alerting anyone. Naturally, the gun debate was reignited with increased vigor once more, with focus now on two new aspects - silencers (which muffle gun sounds) and bump stocks (which are used to turn semi-automatic rifles into automatic ones). The incident also spawned controversy due to official statements routinely contradicting themselves as to the official timeline of events, leading conspiracy theorists wild, not helped by the shooter's apparent far-right background (including alleged links to militia groups), although it was soon discovered this had ''nothing'' to do with the shooting.shooting, putting some media outlets in a sticky place. The nastier side of the news also came out when a high-profile CBS news lawyer declared that she had no sympathy for the victims because country music fans were Republicans, leading to her immediate dismissal from the network.
* On February 14, 2018, a gunman opened fire in Douglas High School at Parkland, Florida, killing 17 people and wounding 15 others. The gunman was identified as Nikolas Cruz, a 19-year-old former student who was expelled from the high school for his violent behavior. It was revealed that the FBI were warned about him five months prior when he made various statements online threatening to shoot up a high school (such as a Youtube comment stating that he's going to be a professional school shooter) as well as various online photos him posing with a semi-automatic weapons and making various violent and racist remarks online (while early reports linked him to a group advocating for Florida's Florida to secede, secede from the U.S., these alleged ties had no actual relevance in his plans). It was also revealed that a person close to the shooter made an anonymous tip to the FBI a month earlier for his violent and erratic behavior, which the FBI later admitted that they never followed up on the tip and didn't go through the investigative protocol. This has sparked a debate on the competency of the FBI as an agency of preventing such attack since the FBI has also been caught up in a political feud with Donald Trump in regards to the Russian investigation around the same time.



** A white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, protesting against the removal of the Robert E. Lee statue took a deadly turn when violent clashes broke out between protesters and counter-protesters broke out. A 32-year old woman was fatally run over and several others injured by a car driven by one of the white supremacists. Instead of being able to bring the country together over in times of a national crisis, Trump's failure to unequivocally condemn "white supremacist" groups, instead opting to blame "both sides" for the violence caused widespread condemnation and fears that he was a Neo-Nazi sympathizer (even though his daughter, son-in-law, and grandchildren are Jewish), with polls on the matter showing his response went over as badly with the public as George W. Bush's handling of Hurricane Katrina. [[note]]While it was technically true that both sides were violent that day and there were several left-wing "Antifa" anarchists among the counter-protesters, the fact that one side of the rally advocated for ethnic cleansing and genocide compared to the other for social equality and stopping the spread of white supremacy and the car attack at the end led to Trump's argument being deemed morally bankrupt by Democrats, most centrists, and even some Republicans.[[/note]] The backlash led to several people and organizations severing ties with Trump: members of his advisory councils resigned ''en masse'', forcing him to dissolve them; rabbis cancelled a conference call with the White House; charities rapidly backed out of his Mar-a-Lago estate; artists boycotted the Kennedy Center awards because the president typically shows up, leading Trump to no-show as well; calls for his resignation or impeachment once again erupted; and demands re-ignited for his awards, honorary degrees, and "hall of fame" inductions to be revoked.

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** A white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, protesting against the removal of the Robert E. Lee statue took a deadly turn when violent clashes broke out between protesters and counter-protesters broke out. A 32-year old woman was fatally run over and several others injured by a car driven by one of the white supremacists. Instead of being able to bring the country together over in times of a national crisis, Trump's failure to unequivocally condemn "white supremacist" groups, instead opting to blame "both sides" for the violence caused widespread condemnation and fears that he was a Neo-Nazi sympathizer (even though his daughter, son-in-law, and grandchildren are Jewish), with polls on the matter showing his response went over as badly with the public as George W. Bush's handling of Hurricane Katrina. [[note]]While it was technically true that both sides were violent that day and there were several left-wing "Antifa" anarchists among the counter-protesters, the fact that one side of the rally advocated for ethnic cleansing and genocide compared to the other for social equality and stopping the spread of white supremacy and the car attack at the end led to Trump's argument being deemed morally bankrupt by Democrats, most centrists, and even some Republicans.[[/note]] The backlash led to several people and organizations severing ties with Trump: members of his advisory councils resigned ''en masse'', forcing him to dissolve them; rabbis cancelled a conference call with the White House; charities rapidly backed out of his Mar-a-Lago estate; artists boycotted the Kennedy Center awards because Awards as the president typically shows up, sitting President generally attends, leading Trump to no-show as well; calls for his resignation or impeachment once again erupted; and demands re-ignited for his awards, honorary degrees, and "hall of fame" inductions to be revoked.



** Trump's retweet of three anti-Muslim videos made by a British far-right group (one of which was confirmed to be a hoax) also caused the first serious Anglo-American international incident in almost ''two hundred'' years.

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** Trump's retweet of three anti-Muslim videos made by a British far-right group (one of which was confirmed to be a hoax) also caused the first serious Anglo-American international incident in almost ''two hundred'' years.years, with calls for Trump to be banned from the UK (an idea that had been proposed as early as 2016).



** In December 2017, Mr. Trump announced that the U.S. would recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital, which had been aborted during the Bush years. This was quickly interpreted by the international community as a reversal of Mr. Obama's attempts to grace the U.N.-sponsored "two states" solution in order to strengthen U.S.-Israeli ties, being rejected by all but 9 member states in the U.N., and a group of Arab countries retaliated by declaring the Holy City as the Palestinian capital.
** In March 2018, the world's eyes turned to Pennsylvania, where Trump won by a large margin. A seat had just been vacated by a Republican lawmaker forced to resign because of a sexual scandal involving public funds. His successor, Rick Saccone unsuccessfully attempted to downplay the scandal while his rival, Democrat Chris Lamb made significant in-roads by appealing to moderate, inner-city Republicans hostile to the President. After a tense election, Lamb won by a handsome margin, energizing Democrats ahead of the November mid-terms and leaving Republicans in a bad standing.

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** In December 2017, Mr. Trump announced that the U.S. would recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital, which had been aborted attempted in vain during the Bush years. This was quickly interpreted by the international community as a reversal of Mr. Obama's attempts to grace the U.N.-sponsored "two states" solution in order to strengthen U.S.-Israeli ties, being rejected by all but 9 member states in the U.N., and a group of Arab countries retaliated by declaring the Holy City as the Palestinian capital.
** In March 2018, the world's eyes turned to Pennsylvania, where Trump won by a large margin. A seat had just been vacated by a Republican lawmaker forced to resign because of a sexual scandal involving the use of public funds. funds to pay for his lover's abortion. His successor, Rick Saccone unsuccessfully attempted to downplay the scandal while his rival, Democrat Chris Lamb made significant in-roads by appealing to moderate, inner-city Republicans hostile to the President.pitted against Trump. After a tense election, Lamb won by a handsome margin, energizing Democrats ahead of the November mid-terms and leaving Republicans in a bad standing.



* The election of Donald Trump has caused the rise of RightWingMilitiaFanatic groups (also known as the "alt-right"). Many of their activities and rallies have become more mainstream in American politics, and some of them have resulted in violence (such as the Charlottesville's "Unite the Right" rally mentioned above). One of the major factors of this because many of these groups have supported Donald Trump and Trump's refusal to condemn their activities. Not helping the matter is that the Department of Homeland Security and the FBI under the Trump administration [[http://www.cnn.com/2017/02/01/politics/trump-countering-violent-extremism/index.html have shifted their resources to dealing with "antifa" and Islamic terrorism]] instead of white supremacist terrorism despite the fact that Americans are more likely to be killed by white supremacist terrorism than any far-left or Islamic terrorism.
* Faith in the press has taken a nosedive throughout the decade. While American trust for the media had been steadily declining for almost two decades, it took a serious hit in credibility during the 2016 election cycle, often polling at less than half the country believing the American news media will tell them news accurately. Among other things, reporters are often perceived as uninterested in problems outside of their cities, and having a far too cozy relationship with Democratic lawmakers. This was bolstered by hacked emails released from [=WikiLeaks=], which showed news anchor John Harwood[[note]]who infamously lied on-camera repeatedly during the much-pilloried CNBC primary debate[[/note]] engaging in opposition research against candidates Donald Trump and Ben Carson, describing NYT reporter Maggie Haberman as "friendly" to the Democratic campaign, and then-Politico reporter Glenn Thrush declaring himself a "hack" and submitting full articles to Hillary Clinton adviser John Podesta in advance of publication, something against his employer's policies. After Trump's victory, viral images of ABC anchor Martha Raddatz crying over the victory were circulated among conservative sites [[note]]For the record, Raddatz has denied crying over Trump's victory, blaming the incident on being awake for a very long period of time.[[/note]]. After the election, several high-profile failures of poorly-sourced and uncorroborated anonymous leaks, coupled with a repeated insistence by Trump about "fake news", has tanked the media's credibility, often polling at less approval than his own historically low ratings. The media's push to "rededicate" itself to fact-checking and speaking truth to power after the election rang hollow among listeners, as they wondered why they felt the need to claim so when that has always been their purview. It fueled many suspicions that the media was not as interested or rigorous in fact-checking the Obama administration, which even some reporters admit they didn't their due diligence. Came to a fever pitch in early December 2017, when several major news networks, along with CNN, ran many false anti-Trump stories in one week.[[note]]CNN and CBS ran a false story claiming that Donald Trump, Jr. was collaborating with [=WikiLeaks=] on document production during the campaign, when he was actually being told about publicly available documents. ABC's Brian Ross reported that Flynn was going to testify that then-candidate Trump directed him to collaborate with Russians, when it actually happened ''after'' the election. Reuters claimed that Trump's financial records were being subpoenaed, only for it to belong to someone else. And finally, a reporter claimed an arena for a Trump rally was empty, however, the picture was taken before the event occurred. [[/note]] The networks were blasted for their errors, and many critics question why all of these "errors" are anti-Trump in nature. In early 2018, the Sinclair television group began running pro-administration pieces in their stations' newscasts, although it should be noted that most of them are affiliated with either ABC, CBS or NBC, leading to an evident sense of contradiction.

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* The election of Donald Trump has caused the rise of RightWingMilitiaFanatic groups (also known as the "alt-right"). Many of their activities and rallies have become more mainstream in American politics, and some of them have resulted in violence (such as the Charlottesville's "Unite the Right" rally mentioned above). One of the major factors of this because has been the support of Donald Trump from many of these groups have supported Donald Trump and Mr. Trump's refusal to condemn their activities. Not helping the matter is that the Department of Homeland Security and the FBI under the Trump administration [[http://www.cnn.com/2017/02/01/politics/trump-countering-violent-extremism/index.html have shifted their resources to dealing with "antifa" and Islamic terrorism]] instead of white supremacist terrorism despite the fact that Americans are more likely to be killed by white supremacist terrorism than any far-left or Islamic terrorism.
* Faith in the press has taken a nosedive throughout the decade. While American trust for the media had been steadily declining for almost two decades, since the 1990s, it took a serious hit in credibility during the 2016 election cycle, often polling at less than half the country believing the American news media will tell them news accurately. Among other things, reporters are often perceived as uninterested in problems outside of their cities, and having a far too cozy relationship with Democratic lawmakers. This was bolstered by hacked emails released from [=WikiLeaks=], which showed news anchor John Harwood[[note]]who infamously lied on-camera repeatedly during the much-pilloried CNBC primary debate[[/note]] engaging in opposition research against candidates Donald Trump and Ben Carson, describing NYT reporter Maggie Haberman as "friendly" to the Democratic campaign, and then-Politico reporter Glenn Thrush declaring himself a "hack" and submitting full articles to Hillary Clinton adviser John Podesta in advance of publication, something against his employer's policies. After Trump's victory, viral images of ABC anchor Martha Raddatz crying over the victory were circulated among conservative sites [[note]]For the record, Raddatz has denied crying over Trump's victory, blaming the incident on being awake for a very long period of time.[[/note]]. After the election, several high-profile failures of poorly-sourced and uncorroborated anonymous leaks, coupled with a repeated insistence by Trump about "fake news", has tanked the media's credibility, often polling at less approval than his own historically low ratings. The media's push to "rededicate" itself to fact-checking and speaking truth to power after the election rang hollow among listeners, as they wondered why they felt the need to claim so when that has always been their purview. It fueled many suspicions that the media was not as interested or rigorous in fact-checking the Obama administration, which even some reporters admit they didn't their due diligence. Came to a fever pitch in early December 2017, when several major news networks, along with CNN, ran many false anti-Trump stories in one week.[[note]]CNN and CBS ran a false story claiming that Donald Trump, Jr. was collaborating with [=WikiLeaks=] on document production during the campaign, when he was actually being told about publicly available documents. ABC's Brian Ross reported that Flynn was going to testify that then-candidate Trump directed him to collaborate with Russians, when it actually happened ''after'' the election. Reuters claimed that Trump's financial records were being subpoenaed, only for it to belong to someone else. And finally, a reporter claimed an arena for a Trump rally was empty, however, the picture was taken before the event occurred. [[/note]] The networks were blasted for their errors, and many critics question why all of these "errors" are anti-Trump in nature. In early 2018, the Sinclair television group began running pro-administration pieces in their stations' newscasts, although it should be noted that most of them are affiliated with either ABC, CBS or NBC, leading to an evident sense of contradiction.



** The country has been wracked by one of the most serious political/constitutional crises since Franco's rule. Catalonia, a province with wide autonomy, was dissatisfied with having to provide its substantial funds (Catalonia accounts for roughly 20% of Spain's GDP) and held an independence referendum on October 2017. Needles to say, Madrid's reaction was stern, to say the least, sending policemen to Barcelona in an attempt to quell the referendum, with widespread cases of police brutality recorded. After the results came in and were in favor of independence[[note]]While a staggering ''[[LandslideElection ninety percent]]'' of voters supported independence, it should be noted the election was mostly to "ratify" it, with turnout being just over 40%[[/note]], Madrid gave an ultimatum to Barcelona to declare openly whether or not it is declaring independence, threatening the annulment of Catalan autonomy in case of a positive answer, which effectively happened at once. The Madrid government took control of Catalonia while the independentists fled to Belgium to lead a "government-in-exile" before surrendering in April 2018. The whole situation currently seemed for a time to be devolving into a Madrid-Barcelona spat with a tendency to turn into a [[FromBadToWorse Second Spanish Civil War]] while reaction from the European Union was lukewarm at best, partly due to the burgeoning secession movements (Veneto, Scotland etc.). It's also worth noting that a large drive for the Catalonian independence seems to originate with the Catalan business elites who wish to use independence to secure more profits for themselves, instead of paying taxes to bolster less prosperous Spanish provinces.



** France had seen an increasingly divided and unsatisfied populace over the past few years as people have shifted to populists on both the far-left and far-right, especially made evident by the strong presence of the right-wing Front Nationale under Marine le Pen in election polls and becoming the country's third largest political party. President Francois Hollande was rocked by an economic crisis and marital scandal that left him mired as [[HumiliationConga the least popular European head of state]] ([[ZeroPercentApprovalRating his approval rate hovering under 20% since late 2013, and under 10% since early 2014, and not more than FIVE per cent after the terrorist outbreak (see below)]]), being constantly pressured to resign. In 2016 he became the first President of the Fifth Republic not to run for reelection.

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** France had seen an increasingly divided and unsatisfied populace over the past few years as people have shifted to populists on both the far-left and far-right, especially made evident by the strong presence of the right-wing Front Nationale under Marine le Pen in election polls and becoming the country's third largest political party. President Francois Hollande was rocked by an economic crisis and marital an infidelity scandal that left him mired as [[HumiliationConga the least popular European head of state]] ([[ZeroPercentApprovalRating his approval rate hovering under 20% since late 2013, and under 10% since early 2014, and not more than FIVE per cent after the terrorist outbreak (see below)]]), being constantly pressured to resign. In 2016 he became the first President of the Fifth Republic to choose not to run for reelection.re-election in the 2017 race.



* Spain has been wracked by one of the most serious political/constitutional crises since Franco's rule. Catalonia, a province with wide autonomy, was dissatisfied with having to provide its substantial funds (Catalonia accounts for roughly 20% of Spain's GDP) and held an independence referendum on October 2017. Needles to say, Madrid's reaction was stern, to say the least, sending policemen to Barcelona in an attempt to quell the referendum, with widespread cases of police brutality recorded. After the results came in and were in favor of independence[[note]]While a staggering ''[[LandslideElection ninety percent]]'' of voters supported independence, it should be noted the election was mostly to "ratify" it, with turnout being just over 40%[[/note]], Madrid gave an ultimatum to Barcelona to declare openly whether or not it is declaring independence, threatening the annulment of Catalan autonomy in case of a positive answer, which effectively happened at once. The Madrid government took control of Catalonia while the independentists fled to Belgium to lead a "government-in-exile". The whole situation currently seems to be devolving into a Madrid-Barcelona spat with a tendency to turn into a [[FromBadToWorse Second Spanish Civil War]] while reaction from the European Union have been lukewarm at best, partly due to the burgeoning secession movements (Veneto, Scotland etc.). It's also worth noting that a large drive for the Catalonian independence seems to originate with the Catalan business elites who wish to use independence to secure more profits for themselves, instead of sending vast amounts of money to bolster less prosperous Spanish provinces. All in all, it remains to be seen how the whole affair will unfurl.



** In March 2017, Syria was attacked by a chemical strike, attributed to the Assad regime with the alleged behest of Russia. The U.S. replied with launching missiles towards key military positions, an operation coordinated with France and the UK. This happened again in April 2018, with both events sparking fears of a large-scale war.



** The attempted putsch further strained Turkey's relations with the West, with Erdogan's threats to restore the death penalty jeopardizing the country's chances to join the EU. He also called for the extradition of a pro-Western leader who was an ally of the AKP before its reinvention as a nationalist, pro-Muslim party.

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** The attempted putsch further strained Turkey's relations with the West, with Erdogan's threats to restore the death penalty jeopardizing the country's chances to join the EU. He also called for the extradition of a pro-Western leader who was an ally of the AKP before its reinvention Erdogan reconfigured it as a nationalist, pro-Muslim party.



* After Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was term-limited from running again, an election was held in June 2013 over a new Iranian president. The four hardliners unexpectedly split the vote, giving the election to the moderate Hassan Rouhani. His main goal being to remove the economic sanctions from Iran, Rouhani is looking to temper relations with America, by acknowledging the Holocaust (his predecessor was a denier), releasing several political prisoners, calling President Obama himself by phone for a meeting and engaging in the first serious talks over the nuclear program. A pragmatist, Rouhani even expressed a desire for global nuclear disarmament and called on Israel to sign the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (which bans the signatories from having nukes; Iran signed it already and Israel is the lone Mid-East country not to sign it). While scepticism abounds, especially from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who has made every effort to torpedo the talks, much to the displeasure of his Western allies, and both American and Iranian hardliners, there is a sense of optimism that decades-long tensions will finally lessen between the West and Iran.

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* After Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was term-limited from running again, an election was held in June 2013 over to choose a new Iranian president. The four hardliners unexpectedly split the vote, giving the election to the moderate Hassan Rouhani. His main With the goal being to remove the of lifting foreign economic sanctions from Iran, sanctions, Rouhani is looking to temper relations with America, America and the West, by acknowledging the Holocaust (his predecessor was a denier), releasing several political prisoners, calling President Obama himself by phone for a meeting and engaging in the first serious talks over the nuclear program. A pragmatist, Rouhani even expressed a desire for global nuclear disarmament and called on Israel to sign the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (which bans the signatories from having nukes; Iran signed it already and in 2015, leaving Israel is as the lone Mid-East country not to sign it). While scepticism abounds, especially from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who has made every effort to torpedo the talks, much talks--much to the displeasure of his Western allies, and both American American, Israeli, Saudi and Iranian hardliners, there is a sense of optimism that decades-long tensions will finally lessen between the West and Iran.



* Around the '''Asia Pacific region''', things are generally looking up. Japan was hit hard by the devastating earthquake and tsunami of 2011, and continues to recover; but while the rest of the world groans under the weight of social or economic unrest, most Asian economies are booming. Talks of an "Asian Century" or an "Age of the Pacific" have been floated. In the region, China, Australia, and some other countries managed to avoid recession. On one hand, China is beginning to feel the pressure from the largest real-estate bubble in world history; on the other, speculation that China will become the next superpower, or, somewhat hysterically, [[ChinaTakesOverTheWorld something even more menacing]], has intensified. China's massive growth has led it to replace Japan as the second-largest economy in the world, and has fueled speculation that it will become the world's top economy by the next decade. [[note]][[http://www.economist.com/node/21543537 Concerns of growing economic gulfs and unrest among Chinese workers over rights and distribution of wealth]], as well as [[http://thediplomat.com/2012/08/09/superpower-denied-why-chinas-rise-may-have-already-peaked/ issues regarding an inflexible and Party-dependent system increasingly vulnerable to political dissidents]] have highlighted doubts regarding the potential for China's future success. While a China superpower is [[http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-19995218 seriously discussed]], China actually taking over the world is essentially a frivolous fantasy.[[/note]] To be fair, China ''has'' surpassed America as the largest economy by October 2014, largely [[GenreSavvy by adjusting its money so it costs less on average than the Almighty Dollar]]. However, the U.S. economy still dwarfs China's, at $17.4 trillion to $10.4 trillion. GDP breaks down to nearly $55,000 per capita per year in the U.S., compared with less than $8,000 per person in China. And in spite of the controversial presence of Putin, Russia returned to the strategy game with the Syrian and Ukranian crises. India holds the potential of becoming a democratic counterweight to Beijing and Moscow, and has been steadily increasing its global influence and power. The USA's so-called 'pivot' or 're-balance' towards this region is a response to the emerging power in Asia.

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* Around the '''Asia Pacific region''', things are generally looking up. the decade has run rather smoothly. Japan was hit hard by the devastating earthquake and tsunami of 2011, and continues to recover; but while the rest of the world groans has been groaning under the weight of social or economic or social unrest, most Asian economies are booming. Talks of an "Asian Century" or an "Age of the Pacific" have been floated. In the region, China, Australia, and some other countries managed to avoid recession. On one hand, China is beginning to feel the pressure from the largest real-estate bubble in world history; on the other, speculation that China will become the next superpower, or, somewhat hysterically, [[ChinaTakesOverTheWorld something even more menacing]], has intensified. China's massive growth has led it to replace Japan as the second-largest economy in the world, and has fueled speculation that it will become the world's top economy by the next decade. [[note]][[http://www.economist.com/node/21543537 Concerns of growing economic gulfs and unrest among Chinese workers over rights and distribution of wealth]], as well as [[http://thediplomat.com/2012/08/09/superpower-denied-why-chinas-rise-may-have-already-peaked/ issues regarding an inflexible and Party-dependent system increasingly vulnerable to political dissidents]] have highlighted doubts regarding the potential for China's future success. While a China superpower is [[http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-19995218 seriously discussed]], China actually taking over the world is essentially a frivolous fantasy.[[/note]] To be fair, China ''has'' surpassed America as the largest economy by October 2014, largely [[GenreSavvy by adjusting its money so it costs less on average than the Almighty Dollar]]. However, the U.S. economy still dwarfs China's, at $17.4 trillion to $10.4 trillion. GDP breaks down to nearly $55,000 per capita per year in the U.S., compared with less than $8,000 per person in China. And in spite of the controversial presence of Putin, Russia returned to the strategy game with the Syrian and Ukranian crises. India holds the potential of becoming a democratic counterweight to Beijing and Moscow, and has been steadily increasing its global influence and power. The USA's so-called 'pivot' or 're-balance' towards this region is a response to the emerging power in Asia.



** The topic of legalizing same-sex marriage in Australia is still up to debate. Majority of the Australian public do wish that same-sex couples should be able to get married. But unfortunately the Australian parliament cannot seem to agree if they should legalize same-sex marriage or not.

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** The topic of legalizing same-sex marriage in Australia is still up to debate. Majority A majority of the Australian public do wish that same-sex couples should be able to either get married.married or be able to be recognised, but not both. But unfortunately the Australian parliament cannot seem to agree if they should legalize same-sex marriage or not.



* When the late Philippine President [[UsefulNotes/FerdinandMarcos Ferdinand Marcos Sr.]]'s son was elected as senator in 2010, this brought a very worrisome view for people who had been around during [[TheSeventies the Martial Law era]] when Marcos abused his power. This also comes with a lot of information online where many people, particularly those who are born after the Martial Law era, believed that Marcos is not such a bad person and that he did some good things during his tenure as president. This coupled by the dissatisfaction on Benigno Aquino III's last years of his tenure which is mired with a lot of controversies. Because of this, Marcos' son nearly won the 2016 elections for vice-presidency only to be beaten by his opponent, Leni Robredo, and President Rodrigo Duterte decided to bury Marcos in the "Libingan ng Bayani" (Heroes' Cemetery) because he believed that Marcos served his time as a soldier in World War II ([[BlatantLies despite his war medals are fake]]) and that [[TemptingFate it will heal the rife between supporters and detractors]]. As expected, this created a more BrokenBase between Marcos supporters and detractors.
* Considering that Mindanao, the Southern Region of the Philippines, had been experiencing conflict between Muslims and Christians since TheSeventies, there were several attempts for a peace agreement. Former President Benigno Aquino III nearly succeeded in 2014 where he passed the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) which would give the Muslim tribes full autonomy and had a ceasefire agreement with the Moro rebels, particularly the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF). However, the Mamasapano clash killed 44 Special Action Force members and several MILF members in January 2015, putting the BBL into jeopardy and on the shelf by the Congress. The incident itself added more controversies and public dissatisfaction on Aquino's tenure which led to rise of Marcos supporters and the landslide election victory of Rodrigo Duterte.
** In May 2017, the Philippine city of Marawi was occupied by ISIS/ISIL/IS-inspired Maute group, which forced President Duterte to declare martial law in the entire region of Mindanao for 60 days (later extended to the end of the year). But the military has had a hard time dealing with the insurgents, their poor performance attributed to outdated training and military hardware. The incident shows that the IS, although seemingly on the retreat in the Middle East, could still pose a significant threat worldwide. However in October 2017, the city was liberated by the Philippine military and two of the Maute leaders are killed, which prevents ISIS from establishing a foothold in the Southeast Asian region.

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* ** When the late Philippine President [[UsefulNotes/FerdinandMarcos Ferdinand Marcos Sr.]]'s son was elected as senator in 2010, this brought a very worrisome view for people who had been around during [[TheSeventies the Martial Law era]] when Marcos abused his power. This also comes with a lot of information online where many people, particularly those who are born after the Martial Law era, believed that Marcos is not such a bad person and that he did some good things during his tenure as president. This coupled by the dissatisfaction on Benigno Aquino III's last years of his tenure which is mired with a lot of controversies. Because of this, Marcos' son nearly won the 2016 elections for vice-presidency only to be beaten by his opponent, Leni Robredo, and President Rodrigo Duterte decided to bury Marcos in the "Libingan ng Bayani" (Heroes' Cemetery) because he believed that Marcos served his time as a soldier in World War II ([[BlatantLies despite his war medals are fake]]) and that [[TemptingFate it will heal the rife between supporters and detractors]]. As expected, this created a more BrokenBase between Marcos supporters and detractors.
* ** Considering that Mindanao, the Southern Region of the Philippines, had been experiencing conflict between Muslims and Christians since TheSeventies, there were several attempts for a peace agreement. Former President Benigno Aquino III nearly succeeded in 2014 where he passed the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) which would give the Muslim tribes full autonomy and had a ceasefire agreement with the Moro rebels, particularly the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF). However, the Mamasapano clash killed 44 Special Action Force members and several MILF members in January 2015, putting the BBL into jeopardy and on the shelf by the Congress. The incident itself added more controversies and public dissatisfaction on Aquino's tenure which led to rise of Marcos supporters and the landslide election victory of Rodrigo Duterte.
** In May 2017, the Philippine city of Marawi was occupied by the ISIS/ISIL/IS-inspired Maute group, which forced President Duterte to declare martial law in the entire region of Mindanao for 60 days (later extended to the end of the year). But the military has had a hard time dealing with the insurgents, their poor performance attributed to outdated training and military hardware. The incident shows showed that the IS, although seemingly on the retreat in the Middle East, could still pose a significant threat worldwide. However in October 2017, the city was liberated by the Philippine military and with two of the Maute leaders are being killed, which prevents preventing ISIS from establishing a foothold in the Southeast Asian region.



* The wave of socialist governments in '''South America and the Caribbean''' (popularly known as the "pink tide") reached its highest point in the early years of the decade as high commodity prices as well as low exchange rates enabled a massive spending spree. By 2014, Colombia, Guatemala, Mexico and Paraguay were the only Latin American countries without left-wing governments[[note]]Even though Mexico's case is quite slippery[[/note]]. However by then, a less favorable economic climate exposed the model's fault lines, and most Latin American countries are facing acute financial hardships as well as political and social tensions. By the second half of the decade, the traditionally progressive region has begun electing right-wing governments.
** Venezuela, the country that started the "pink tide" became the hardest hit by this new scenario. Before his death in 2013, Hugo Chávez faced a creditable contender for the first time (Henrique Capriles). He was then replaced by the far less charismatic Nicolás Maduro, who began incarcerating political opponents for little or no reason. This, and the economic crisis caused by collapsing oil prices led to massive protests and the Venezuelan populace is increasingly struggling to break even. The political opposition has attempted to oust him with every rule in the book, but since the Supreme Court is under Maduro's control, these attempts have been futile.
** Brazil has also endured hard times: Before the [[UsefulNotes/AssociationFootball 2014 World Cup]], President Dilma Rouseff faced numerous protests against the declining standard of life amid a slumping economy. Shortly after, the "Lava Jato" scandal was uncovered, with almost every Brazilian politician and businessman involved in one way or another. Senhora Rouseff was impeached in 2016, but her replacement Michel Temer has faced scrutiny as well. To boot, the front-runner for the 2018 election is former President Luiz Inacio Lula Da Silva, who was arrested over charges of corruption.
** The Argentine government of Cristina Fernández-Kirchner (who succeeded her husband Néstor Kirchner) became infamous for its blatant manipulation of economic data as well for allegations of corruption (which included the burial of money in a church), which eventually led to the conviction of some of her allies. She was replaced by the conservative Mauricio Macri in 2015. While his economic policies became very unpopular (with the memories of the 2001 crisis still fresh), especially among the lower classes (which had benefited from the myriad of benefits enacted by the previous government), Senor Macri's party became the first since 1985 to beat the Peronist left in Congress during the mid-term election.
** Colombian president Juan Manuel Santos reached a peace agreement with the FARC guerrilla in 2016, even though the electorate rejected the accord in a referendum and terrorism has risen on a small scale (small in ''normal'' terms, not in 80s-era Colombia terms).
** The 2011 and 2016 Peruvian elections were marked by the likeliness of a return of the Fujimori family to the presidency, only to be defeated by the other candidate: In 2011 it was the leftist Ollanta Humala, who ran a more moderate campaign compared to 2006, while the center-right Pedro Pablo Kuczynski won in 2016. Both were tarnished by the Odebrecht scandal however. Senor Humala and his wife were indicted in 2017 while Senor Kuzcynski was forced to resign in 2018 after it was discovered that Kenji Fujimori had bribed a number of congressmen into sparing the President from being kicked out of office because of his Odebrecht ties.
** In Chile, Sebastian Pinera became the first right-wing President of that country since 1990 (and the first since 1958 to be elected), succeeding the leftist Michelle Bachelet. His government was marked by high growth, but also because of a resurgent student movement, led by college students who had protested in the 2006-07 "Penguin Revolution", some of whom eventually entered Congress in 2014, the year Senora Bachelet returned to the presidency, her second term marked by stagnant growth and allegations of nepotism, as her son and daughter-in-law had used the presidential connection to buy some land. Senor Pinera returned in 2018, with the center-left parties left divided by the rise of the Frente Amplio, a group of left-wing movements.
** After 12 years of absence, Mexico's center-left PRI (Institutional Revolutionary Party) returned to the presidency under Enrique Peña Nieto under great controversy as leftist (perennial) candidate Andrés Manuel López Obrador refused to concede just like he did in 2006. Senor Nieto has faced a stagnated economy as well as the fact the "War on Drugs" he (and his predecessors) pledged to combat is still going strong. Particularly troubling was the disappearance of 43 college students in the north of the country, which has been blamed on the Army.
** Cuba and the U.S. have made various advances in their relationship, leading to the restoration of diplomatic relations in December 2014 (after being broke in 1960), but it is unsure if this will give way to democracy in the island (Raúl Castro announced that he will step down in 2018). Barack Obama became in 2016 the first US president since Calvin Coolidge in 1928 to visit the island. 2016 was also the year the long-standing embargo became no longer supported by the States. More importantly, Fidel Castro died in November 2016, after outliving all other Cold War icons.
*** However, as of June 16th, 2017, Mr. Trump has announced to reverse several of Obama's Cuban policies, which includes imposing harsher travel and economic sanctions on the Cuban military wing that controls almost all of Cuba's tourist industry, thus effectively returning the Cuban-U.S. relations back to the Cold War ''status quo'' and re-chilling the diplomatic relations.

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* The wave of socialist governments in '''South America and the Caribbean''' (popularly known as the "pink tide") reached its highest point in the early years of the decade as high commodity prices as well as low exchange rates enabled a massive spending spree. By 2014, Colombia, Guatemala, Mexico and Paraguay were the only Latin American countries without left-wing governments[[note]]Even though Mexico's case is quite slippery[[/note]]. However by then, a less favorable economic climate exposed the model's fault lines, and most Latin American countries are facing acute financial hardships as well as political and social tensions.tensions amid a general sense of corruption. By the second half of the decade, the traditionally progressive region has begun electing right-wing governments.
** Venezuela, the country that started the "pink tide" became the hardest hit by this new scenario. Before his death in 2013, Hugo Chávez faced a creditable contender for the first time (Henrique Capriles). He was then replaced by the far less charismatic Nicolás Maduro, who began incarcerating political opponents for little or no reason. This, and the economic crisis caused by collapsing oil prices led to massive protests and the Venezuelan populace is increasingly struggling to break even.even, with little choice but to emigrate. The political opposition has attempted to oust him with every rule in the book, but since the Supreme Court is under Maduro's control, these attempts have been futile.
** Brazil has also endured hard times: Before the [[UsefulNotes/AssociationFootball 2014 World Cup]], President Dilma Rouseff faced numerous protests against the declining standard of life amid a slumping economy. Shortly after, the "Lava Jato" scandal was uncovered, with almost every Brazilian politician and businessman involved in one way or another. another with construction company Odebrecht (which also allegedly financed political campaigns in other South American nations). Senhora Rouseff was impeached in 2016, three months before the 2016 Rio Olympics, but her replacement Michel Temer has faced scrutiny as well. To boot, the front-runner for the 2018 election is former President Luiz Inacio Lula Da Silva, who was arrested over charges of corruption.
** The Argentine government of Cristina Fernández-Kirchner (who had succeeded her husband Néstor Kirchner) Kirchner in 2007) became infamous for its blatant manipulation of economic data as well for allegations of corruption (which included the burial of money in a church), which eventually led to the conviction of some of her allies. She was replaced by the conservative Mauricio Macri in 2015. While his economic policies became very unpopular (with the memories of the 2001 crisis still fresh), especially among the lower classes (which had benefited from the myriad of benefits enacted by the previous government), Senor Macri's party became the first since 1985 to beat the Peronist left in Congress during the 2017 mid-term election.
** Colombian president Juan Manuel Santos reached a peace agreement with the FARC guerrilla in 2016, even though the electorate rejected the accord in a referendum and terrorism has risen resurged on a small scale (small in ''normal'' terms, not in 80s-era Colombia terms).
** The 2011 and 2016 Peruvian elections were marked by the likeliness of a return of the Fujimori family to the presidency, only for Alberto's daughter Keiko (also his First Lady during the final years of her father's presidency) to be end up defeated by the other candidate: candidate in the run-off: In 2011 it was the leftist Ollanta Humala, who ran a more moderate campaign compared to 2006, while the center-right Pedro Pablo Kuczynski won in 2016. Both were tarnished by the Odebrecht scandal however. Senor Humala and his wife were indicted in 2017 while Senor Kuzcynski was forced to resign in 2018 after it was discovered that Kenji Fujimori had bribed a number of congressmen into sparing the President from being kicked out of office because of his Odebrecht ties.
** In Chile, Sebastian Pinera became the first right-wing President of that country since 1990 (and the first since 1958 to be elected), succeeding the leftist Michelle Bachelet. His government was marked by high growth, but also because of witnessed an astronomic rise on immigration (primarily from Haiti and other Caribbean countries) and a resurgent student movement, led by college students who had protested in the 2006-07 "Penguin Revolution", some of whom eventually entered Congress in 2014, the year Senora Bachelet returned to the presidency, her second term marked by stagnant growth and allegations of nepotism, as her son and daughter-in-law had used the presidential connection to buy some land. Senor Pinera returned in 2018, with the center-left parties left divided by the rise of the Frente Amplio, a group of left-wing fringe movements.
** After 12 years of absence, Mexico's center-left PRI (Institutional Revolutionary Party) returned to the presidency under Enrique Peña Nieto under great controversy as leftist (perennial) leftist candidate Andrés Manuel López Obrador refused to concede just like he did in 2006. Senor Nieto has faced a stagnated economy as well as the fact the "War on Drugs" he (and his predecessors) pledged to combat is still going strong. Particularly troubling was the disappearance of 43 college students in the north of the country, which has been blamed on the Army.
** Cuba and the U.S. have made various advances in their relationship, leading to the restoration of diplomatic relations in December 2014 (after being broke in 1960), but it is unsure if this will give way to democracy in the island (Raúl Castro announced that he will would step down in 2018).2018, ten years after replacing brother Fidel). Barack Obama became in 2016 the first US president since Calvin Coolidge in 1928 to visit the island. 2016 was also the year the long-standing embargo became no longer supported by the States. More importantly, Fidel Castro died in November 2016, after outliving almost all other Cold War icons.
*** However, as of June 16th, 2017, Mr. Trump has announced to reverse several of Obama's Cuban policies, which includes upholding the embargo and imposing harsher travel and economic sanctions on the Cuban military wing that controls almost all of Cuba's tourist industry, thus effectively returning the Cuban-U.S. relations back to a level ''slightly'' above the Cold War ''status quo'' and thus re-chilling the diplomatic relations. relations.
*** Raul Castro stepped out of office as scheduled on April 18, 2018, being replaced by Miguel Diaz Canel. This marked the end of 59 years of Castrista rule in the island (Senor Castro will remain in charge of the Communist Party and the armed forces until 2021).
20th Apr '18 11:12:06 AM KizunaTallis
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** On January 15, 2018, Dolores O'Riordan of Music/TheCranberries was found dead from an apparent suicide. "Fast" Eddie Clarke (of Motorhead) passed on five days earlier.

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** On January 15, 2018, Dolores O'Riordan of Music/TheCranberries was found dead from an apparent suicide. "Fast" Eddie Clarke (of Motorhead) passed on five days earlier. Swedish DJ and HouseMusic producer Avicci was found dead on April 20, 2018.
14th Apr '18 9:47:49 PM Ninamarie124
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* Japanese HardRock and HeavyMetal music, and in particular VisualKei, is undergoing somewhat of a resurgence. VisualKei and Japanese metal bands, among them Music/XJapan, Music/BuckTick, Music/{{Loudness}}, and Music/LunaSea, have reunited and/or are actively touring. The Oshare and Host-kei trend that defined much of VisualKei for the Oughts is beginning to die out, with "indies" or newly-signed VisualKei acts returning to a harder rock sound--among them being Vagu*Project, Music/{{DALATH}}, Music/{{Diaura}}, Music/MatenrouOpera, Trick, and similar new or newish bands. While Music/{{Versailles}} has disbanded (as have many other VisualKei bands; 2011 and 2012 were actually known as the "years of death and disbandment",
[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin as many bands broke up and famous artists of the genre died]]), Music/{{Jupiter}} re-formed with a new vocalist.

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* Japanese HardRock and HeavyMetal music, and in particular VisualKei, is undergoing somewhat of a resurgence. VisualKei and Japanese metal bands, among them Music/XJapan, Music/BuckTick, Music/{{Loudness}}, and Music/LunaSea, have reunited and/or are actively touring. The Oshare and Host-kei trend that defined much of VisualKei for the Oughts is beginning to die out, with "indies" or newly-signed VisualKei acts returning to a harder rock sound--among them being Vagu*Project, Music/{{DALATH}}, Music/{{Diaura}}, Music/MatenrouOpera, Trick, and similar new or newish bands. While Music/{{Versailles}} has disbanded (as have many other VisualKei bands; 2011 and 2012 were actually known as the "years of death and disbandment",
disbandment", [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin as many bands broke up and famous artists of the genre died]]), Music/{{Jupiter}} re-formed with a new vocalist.
14th Apr '18 9:44:32 PM Ninamarie124
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* The {{Young Adult|Literature}} genre has greatly dominated literature in this decade featuring two completely different styles: The first years of the decade were marked by the ''Literature/TheHungerGames'' series and its [[FollowTheLeader ilk]] (''Literature/{{Divergent}}'', ''Literature/TheMazeRunner'') featuring grungy, dystopian settings. Then, novels deliberately hearkening back to John Hughes' teen movies like ''Literature/TheFaultInOurStars'',''Literature/PaperTowns'' and ''Literature/Everything, Everything'' became popular.

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* The {{Young Adult|Literature}} genre has greatly dominated literature in this decade featuring two completely different styles: The first years of the decade were marked by the ''Literature/TheHungerGames'' series and its [[FollowTheLeader ilk]] (''Literature/{{Divergent}}'', ''Literature/TheMazeRunner'') featuring grungy, dystopian settings. Then, novels deliberately hearkening back to John Hughes' teen movies like ''Literature/TheFaultInOurStars'',''Literature/PaperTowns'' and ''Literature/Everything, Everything'' ''Literature/EverythingEverything'' became popular.
14th Apr '18 9:43:29 PM Ninamarie124
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* Creator/{{Pixar}}, which dominated the previous decade, has continued to churn out box-office hits but has found its prestige slipping since the ToughActToFollow of ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory3'', with ''WesternAnimation/Cars2'' getting a poor critical reception, and ''WesternAnimation/{{Brave}}'' got mixed notices and underperformed worldwide in spite of winning an Oscar. ''WesternAnimation/MonstersUniversity'' did do well with critics, though audiences were divided on it as well. After not releasing films in 2014, ''WesternAnimation/InsideOut'', the studio's first 2015 release received a standing ovation at ''Cannes'' and became a surprise hit, competing with ''Film/JurassicWorld'' on even terms. After the underwhelming response to ''WesternAnimation/TheGoodDinosaur'', ''WesternAnimation/FindingDory'' became a big critical and financial hit while ''WesternAnimation/Cars3'' was considered to be an improvement on the previous one. ''WesternAnimation/Coco'' was met with critical acclaim and was a commercial success, and also scored 2 more Oscars for Pixar (Best Animated Feature and Best Song).

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* Creator/{{Pixar}}, which dominated the previous decade, has continued to churn out box-office hits but has found its prestige slipping since the ToughActToFollow of ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory3'', with ''WesternAnimation/Cars2'' getting a poor critical reception, and ''WesternAnimation/{{Brave}}'' got mixed notices and underperformed worldwide in spite of winning an Oscar. ''WesternAnimation/MonstersUniversity'' did do well with critics, though audiences were divided on it as well. After not releasing films in 2014, ''WesternAnimation/InsideOut'', the studio's first 2015 release received a standing ovation at ''Cannes'' and became a surprise hit, competing with ''Film/JurassicWorld'' on even terms. After the underwhelming response to ''WesternAnimation/TheGoodDinosaur'', ''WesternAnimation/FindingDory'' became a big critical and financial hit while ''WesternAnimation/Cars3'' was considered to be an improvement on the previous one. ''WesternAnimation/Coco'' ''WesternAnimation/{{Coco}}'' was met with critical acclaim and was a commercial success, and also scored 2 more Oscars for Pixar (Best Animated Feature and Best Song).



* The {{Young Adult|Literature}} genre has greatly dominated literature in this decade featuring two completely different styles: The first years of the decade were marked by the ''Literature/TheHungerGames'' series and its [[FollowTheLeader ilk]] (''Literature/{{Divergent}}'', ''Literature/TheMazeRunner'') featuring grungy, dystopian settings. Then, novels deliberately hearkening back to John Hughes' teen movies like ''Literature/TheFaultInOurStars'',''Literature/PaperTowns'' and ''Everything, Everything'' became popular.

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* The {{Young Adult|Literature}} genre has greatly dominated literature in this decade featuring two completely different styles: The first years of the decade were marked by the ''Literature/TheHungerGames'' series and its [[FollowTheLeader ilk]] (''Literature/{{Divergent}}'', ''Literature/TheMazeRunner'') featuring grungy, dystopian settings. Then, novels deliberately hearkening back to John Hughes' teen movies like ''Literature/TheFaultInOurStars'',''Literature/PaperTowns'' and ''Everything, ''Literature/Everything, Everything'' became popular.
12th Apr '18 5:33:00 PM RAraya
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** The sudden suicide of Music/{{Soundgarden}}'s Music/ChrisCornell on May 17, 2017, only ''hours'' after his last show, stunned the music world. His passing made Music/PearlJam's Eddie Vedder [[LastOfHisKind the last surviving major grunge singer of the early '90s]]. His friend Chester Bennington of Music/LinkinPark took his own life on what would have been Cornell's 53rd birthday on July 20. And on October 2, singer Tom Petty passed away from a cardiac arrest (a week after wrapping up The Heartbreakers' 40th anniversary tour), taking "the soul of rock" with him. The apparent lack of a "next generation" of rock music compared to previous eras has become a source of deep concern for fans and musicians alike. Greg Allman (of The Allman Brothers Band) and Donald Becker (of Steely Dan) died on May 27 and September 3 respectively. Malcolm Young of Music/{{ACDC}} passed away on November 18.
* On January 15, 2018, Dolores O'Riordan of Music/TheCranberries was found dead from an apparent suicide. "Fast" Eddie Clarke (of Motorhead) passed on five days earlier.
** Other musicians that passed away during the decade include Creator/RonnieJamesDio and Lena Horne in 2010; Johnny Pearson, Roger Williams, Phoebe Snow and Music/AmyWinehouse[[note]]Her death marking the end of the "AC-friendly balladeer" era[[/note]] in 2011; Music/WhitneyHouston, Music/DonnaSummer, Hal David and Dave Brubeck in 2012; Patti Page, Eydie Gormé, Music/LouReed and George Duke in 2013; Music/JoeCocker and Polly Bergen in 2014; Cilla Black and Ben E. King in 2015, Robert Stigwood, Rudy Van Gelder, George Martin and Music/GeorgeMichael in 2016; Al Jarreau, Allan Holdsworth, Buddy Greco, Dave Valentin J. Geil, Cuba Gooding, Sr., and Glen Campbell in 2017; and as of 2018, Vic Damone, Hugh Masekela and Ray Thomas (of The Moody Blues).

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** The sudden suicide of Music/{{Soundgarden}}'s Music/ChrisCornell on May 17, 2017, only ''hours'' after his last show, stunned the music world. His passing made Music/PearlJam's Eddie Vedder [[LastOfHisKind the last surviving major grunge singer of the early '90s]]. His friend Chester Bennington of Music/LinkinPark took his own life on what would have been Cornell's 53rd birthday on July 20. And on October 2, singer Tom Petty passed away from a cardiac arrest (a week after wrapping up The Heartbreakers' 40th anniversary tour), taking "the soul of rock" with him. The apparent lack of a "next generation" of rock music compared to previous eras has become a source of deep concern for fans and musicians alike. John "J." Geils (of The J. Geils Band), Greg Allman (of The Allman Brothers Band) and Band), Donald Becker (of Steely Dan) died on May 27 and September 3 respectively. Malcolm Young of Music/{{ACDC}} passed away (of Music/{{ACDC}}) died on April 11, May 27, September 3 and November 18.
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On January 15, 2018, Dolores O'Riordan of Music/TheCranberries was found dead from an apparent suicide. "Fast" Eddie Clarke (of Motorhead) passed on five days earlier.
** Other musicians that passed away during the decade include Creator/RonnieJamesDio and Lena Horne in 2010; Johnny Pearson, Roger Williams, Phoebe Snow and Music/AmyWinehouse[[note]]Her death marking the end of the "AC-friendly balladeer" era[[/note]] in 2011; Music/WhitneyHouston, Music/DonnaSummer, Hal David and Dave Brubeck in 2012; Patti Page, Eydie Gormé, Music/LouReed and George Duke in 2013; Music/JoeCocker and Polly Bergen in 2014; Cilla Black and Ben E. King in 2015, Robert Stigwood, Rudy Van Gelder, George Martin and Music/GeorgeMichael in 2016; Al Jarreau, Allan Holdsworth, Buddy Greco, Dave Valentin J. Geil, Valentin, Cuba Gooding, Sr., and Glen Campbell in 2017; and as of 2018, Vic Damone, Hugh Masekela and Masekela, Ray Thomas (of The Moody Blues).Blues) and Yvonne Staples (of The Staple Singers).
12th Apr '18 1:42:51 PM TheFellMind
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** Few green parties in Canada's Provinces and especially in British Columbia's general elections that they surprising gain overall three seats from a least two more seats in 2017, while back they gain thier first seat in 2013 election from both province major parties British Columbian Liberals and British Columbian New Democrats in both [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_Columbia_general_election,_2013 2013]] and [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_Columbia_general_election,_2017 2017]] (with lesser extant to [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Brunswick_general_election,_2014 New Brunswick]] and [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prince_Edward_Island_general_election,_2015 Prince Edward Island]] with [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/66th_Prince_Edward_Island_general_election#Opinion_polls next Price Edward Islander election polls]] suggests that they will surpassed Progressive Conservatives as of July 2017) has been but semi-successfully rising in this decade alone.

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*** Wynne's past successes have soured by 2018, as provincial polling in Ontario indicates that her government is headed for a historic CurbStompBattle after the Liberals have held power since 2003. In no small part, this largely appears to be due to a ballooning budget deficit, whereby Ontario is now the most heavily indebted sub-sovereign jurisdiction ''in the world'', not to mention cutbacks to essential services, skyrocketing costs for electricity, and the abrupt selling-off of the province's power distribution system (Hydro One) when Liberals are generally considered left-leaning by the public and not generally in favour of free-market privatization. Time will tell whether the Liberals' poor position in public opinion either remains the same, gets worse, or rebounds before the provincial election arrives in June 2018.
** Few green parties Alberta politics was [[WhamEpisode turned on its head]] in May 2015 when the Alberta Progressive Conservatives, who had reigned uninterrupted since TheSeventies, went down to defeat due to [[NothingCanStopUsNow accumulated arrogance and mismanagement]]. You would think that their replacement would be the Wildrose Party, which had been formed by conservatives [[NoTrueScotsman disillusioned with]] the centrist drift of the PC government -- but you'd be wrong, since the party that won a majority government in response was the left-of-centre ''Alberta NDP'' under new premier Rachel Notley, going from four [=MLAs=] before the election to ''more than fifty'' out of the 87-strong legislature. Bear in mind that Alberta is generally considered Canada's Provinces most right-wing province, and especially with good reason. The shock of the Alberta NDP's victory boosted the federal NDP back to the top of the polls nationwide, which turned out to be a HopeSpot until Justin Trudeau came along and turned the late 2015 federal vote into a Liberal LandslideElection. The prospect of further vote-splitting leading to [[XMustNotWin future Alberta NDP victories]] has since led the Wildrose Party and the decimated PC Party to enact an EnemyMine, merging to become the United Conservative Party (or the [[HehHehYouSaidX UCP]]).
** Also on the provincial level, the Green Party made surprising gains
in British Columbia's general Columbia, with their eventual three [=MLAs=] holding the balance of power in a BC NDP minority government since the 2017 provincial election. The Greens also made breakthroughs in the Maritime provinces, electing single members in elections that they surprising gain overall three seats from a least two more seats in 2017, while back they gain thier first seat New Brunswick in 2013 election from both province major parties British Columbian Liberals 2014 and British Columbian New Democrats in both [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_Columbia_general_election,_2013 2013]] and [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_Columbia_general_election,_2017 2017]] (with lesser extant to [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Brunswick_general_election,_2014 New Brunswick]] and [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prince_Edward_Island_general_election,_2015 Prince Edward Island]] with [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/66th_Prince_Edward_Island_general_election#Opinion_polls next Price Edward Islander election polls]] suggests that they will surpassed Island in 2015 to challenge both the local NDP and Progressive Conservatives as of July 2017) has been but semi-successfully rising the alternative to the reigning provincial Liberals in this decade alone.recent years.
10th Apr '18 3:27:46 PM RAraya
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The already problematic situation in the Middle East was further compounded by the rise of [[MiddleEasternCoalition ISIS/ISIL/IS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria/... the Levant/Islamic State/Daesh)]], a radical Islamic fundamentalist group which quickly gained infamy due to its brutality and its extremely savage methods of executing prisoners (live-beheading, firing-squad style executions, burning a prisoner alive etc.), as well as its worrying initial military success (it has since been contained and forced to retreat by a steady onslaught of American, Canadian, and following the November 2015 Paris gun attacks, [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge French and British]] bombing raids). This new Coalition has since been joined by Russia, which is seeking to gain influence in the Middle East, following its annexation of Crimea and engagement in a proxy war in Eastern Ukraine. While the West has been willing to engage in an EnemyMine, relations between Russia and the West have steadily deteriorated, with the inquiry into the death of Alexander Litvinenko in London concluding that yes, he was murdered (poisoned by a nuclear isotope in his afternoon tea at the Ritz, and yes, it does sound like the plot of a spy film) and yes, it was almost certainly ordered by President Putin. The Russian Ambassador responded by saying that the already cold relations between Britain and Russia had not deteriorated simply because they couldn't get any worse.
** The aftermath of the Middle East conflict and the 2008 financial crisis has led to a political fragmentation not seen since TheGreatPoliticsMessUp, with extremist movements springing around the world with an avowed opposition to the post-Cold War "liberal elites". This has brought fears of a potential collapse of Western democracy (not helped by the relative stability of the more autocratic Russia and China), along with echoes of Fascism and Communism.

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The already problematic situation in the Middle East was further compounded by the rise of [[MiddleEasternCoalition ISIS/ISIL/IS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria/... the Levant/Islamic State/Daesh)]], a radical Islamic fundamentalist group which quickly gained infamy due to its brutality and its extremely savage methods of executing prisoners (live-beheading, firing-squad style executions, burning a prisoner alive etc.), as well as its worrying initial military success (it has since been contained and forced to retreat by a steady onslaught of American, Canadian, and following the November 2015 Paris gun attacks, [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge French and British]] bombing raids). This new Coalition has since been joined by Russia, which is seeking to gain influence in the Middle East, following its annexation of Crimea and engagement in a proxy war in Eastern Ukraine. \\
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While the West has been willing to engage in an EnemyMine, relations between Russia and the West have steadily deteriorated, with the inquiry into the death of Alexander Litvinenko in London concluding that yes, he was murdered (poisoned by a nuclear isotope in his afternoon tea at the Ritz, and yes, it does sound like the plot of a spy film) and yes, it was almost certainly ordered by President Putin. The Russian Ambassador responded by saying that the already cold relations between Britain and Russia had not deteriorated simply because they couldn't get any worse. \n** Things soured further during the second half of the decade, as Putin was accused of interfering with numerous political elections abroad as well as his continued endorsement of the Syrian government. The poisonings of a former Russian spy and his daughter in England in 2018 only stoked the flames even further.\\
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The aftermath of the Middle East conflict and the 2008 financial crisis has led to a political fragmentation not seen since TheGreatPoliticsMessUp, with extremist movements springing around the world with an avowed opposition to the post-Cold War "liberal elites". This has brought fears of a potential collapse of Western democracy (not helped by the relative stability of the more autocratic Russia and China), along with echoes of Fascism and Communism.



* On February 14, 2018, a gunman opened fire in Douglas High School at Parkland, Florida, killing 17 people and wounding 15 others. The gunman was identified as Nikolas Cruz, a 19-year-old former student who was expelled from the high school for his violent behavior. It was revealed that the FBI were warned about him five months prior when he made various statements online threatening to shoot up a high school (such as a Youtube comment stating that he's going to be a professional school shooter) as well as various online photos him posing with a semi-automatic weapons and making various violent and racist remarks online. It was also revealed that a person close to the shooter made an anonymous tip to the FBI a month earlier for his violent and erratic behavior, which the FBI later admitted that they never followed up on the tip and didn't go through the investigative protocol. This has sparked a debate on the competency of the FBI as an agency of preventing such attack since the FBI has also been caught up in a political feud with Donald Trump in regards to the Russian investigation around the same time.
** A group of survivors of the shooting soon began a movement calling for stricter gun control named March For Our Lives, which quickly gained traction to the point that in March 2018 many schools and colleges were closed on the day thousands across America demonstrated in support for the Parkland students. The event did not go without controversy: aside from numerous conspiracy theorists calling the shooting a FalseFlagOperation, many criticized the "editorializing" many media outlets (most notably channels owned by Viacom and NBC-Universal as well as the Gannett network of newspapers) gave during the day, while a Republican congressional candidate for Maine was forced to step down after receiving backlash for calling Emma Gonzalez (one of the head protesters) a "skinhead lesbian", while a Fox News host lost her sponsors as the result of mocking David Hogg (another prominent protester) for being rejected from a college.

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* On February 14, 2018, a gunman opened fire in Douglas High School at Parkland, Florida, killing 17 people and wounding 15 others. The gunman was identified as Nikolas Cruz, a 19-year-old former student who was expelled from the high school for his violent behavior. It was revealed that the FBI were warned about him five months prior when he made various statements online threatening to shoot up a high school (such as a Youtube comment stating that he's going to be a professional school shooter) as well as various online photos him posing with a semi-automatic weapons and making various violent and racist remarks online.online (while early reports linked him to a group advocating for Florida's to secede, these alleged ties had no relevance in his plans). It was also revealed that a person close to the shooter made an anonymous tip to the FBI a month earlier for his violent and erratic behavior, which the FBI later admitted that they never followed up on the tip and didn't go through the investigative protocol. This has sparked a debate on the competency of the FBI as an agency of preventing such attack since the FBI has also been caught up in a political feud with Donald Trump in regards to the Russian investigation around the same time.
** A group of survivors of the shooting soon began a movement calling for stricter gun control named March For Our Lives, which quickly gained traction to the point that in March 2018 many schools and colleges were closed on the day thousands across America demonstrated in support for the Parkland students. The event did not go without controversy: aside from numerous conspiracy theorists calling the shooting a FalseFlagOperation, many criticized the "editorializing" many media outlets (most notably channels owned by Viacom and NBC-Universal as well as the Gannett network of newspapers) gave during the day, while a Republican congressional candidate for Maine was forced to step down after receiving backlash for calling Emma Gonzalez (one of the head protesters) a "skinhead lesbian", while a Fox News host lost her sponsors as the result of mocking David Hogg (another prominent protester) for being rejected from a college.college, leading to a proposed boycott of said sponsors on social media.



* Faith in the press has taken a nosedive throughout the decade. While American trust for the media had been steadily declining throughout the previous decade, it took a serious hit in credibility during the 2016 election cycle, often polling at less than half the country believing the American news media will tell them news accurately. Among other things, reporters are often perceived as uninterested in problems outside of their cities, and having a far too cozy relationship with Democratic lawmakers. This was bolstered by hacked emails released from [=WikiLeaks=], which showed news anchor John Harwood[[note]]who infamously lied on-camera repeatedly during the much-pilloried CNBC primary debate[[/note]] engaging in opposition research against candidates Donald Trump and Ben Carson, describing NYT reporter Maggie Haberman as "friendly" to the Democratic campaign, and then-Politico reporter Glenn Thrush declaring himself a "hack" and submitting full articles to Hillary Clinton adviser John Podesta in advance of publication, something against his employer's policies. After Trump's victory, viral images of ABC anchor Martha Raddatz crying over the victory were circulated among conservative sites [[note]]For the record, Raddatz has denied crying over Trump's victory, blaming the incident on being awake for a very long period of time.[[/note]]. After the election, several high-profile failures of poorly-sourced and uncorroborated anonymous leaks, coupled with a repeated insistence by Trump about "fake news", has tanked the media's credibility, often polling at less approval than his own historically low ratings. The media's push to "rededicate" itself to fact-checking and speaking truth to power after the election rang hollow among listeners, as they wondered why they felt the need to claim so when that has always been their purview. It fueled many suspicions that the media was not as interested or rigorous in fact-checking the Obama administration, which even some reporters admit they didn't their due diligence. Came to a fever pitch in early December 2017, when several major news networks, along with CNN, ran many false anti-Trump stories in one week.[[note]]CNN and CBS ran a false story claiming that Donald Trump Jr. was collaborating with [=WikiLeaks=] on document production during the campaign, when he was actually being told about publicly available documents. ABC's Brian Ross reported that Flynn was going to testify that candidate Trump directed him to collaborate with Russians, when it was actual after the election. Reuters claimed that Trump's financial records were being subpoenaed, only for it to belong to someone else. And finally, a reporter claimed an arena for a Trump rally was empty, however, the picture was taken before the event occurred. [[/note]] The networks were blasted for their errors, and many critics question why all of these "errors" are anti-Trump in nature.

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* Faith in the press has taken a nosedive throughout the decade. While American trust for the media had been steadily declining throughout the previous decade, for almost two decades, it took a serious hit in credibility during the 2016 election cycle, often polling at less than half the country believing the American news media will tell them news accurately. Among other things, reporters are often perceived as uninterested in problems outside of their cities, and having a far too cozy relationship with Democratic lawmakers. This was bolstered by hacked emails released from [=WikiLeaks=], which showed news anchor John Harwood[[note]]who infamously lied on-camera repeatedly during the much-pilloried CNBC primary debate[[/note]] engaging in opposition research against candidates Donald Trump and Ben Carson, describing NYT reporter Maggie Haberman as "friendly" to the Democratic campaign, and then-Politico reporter Glenn Thrush declaring himself a "hack" and submitting full articles to Hillary Clinton adviser John Podesta in advance of publication, something against his employer's policies. After Trump's victory, viral images of ABC anchor Martha Raddatz crying over the victory were circulated among conservative sites [[note]]For the record, Raddatz has denied crying over Trump's victory, blaming the incident on being awake for a very long period of time.[[/note]]. After the election, several high-profile failures of poorly-sourced and uncorroborated anonymous leaks, coupled with a repeated insistence by Trump about "fake news", has tanked the media's credibility, often polling at less approval than his own historically low ratings. The media's push to "rededicate" itself to fact-checking and speaking truth to power after the election rang hollow among listeners, as they wondered why they felt the need to claim so when that has always been their purview. It fueled many suspicions that the media was not as interested or rigorous in fact-checking the Obama administration, which even some reporters admit they didn't their due diligence. Came to a fever pitch in early December 2017, when several major news networks, along with CNN, ran many false anti-Trump stories in one week.[[note]]CNN and CBS ran a false story claiming that Donald Trump Trump, Jr. was collaborating with [=WikiLeaks=] on document production during the campaign, when he was actually being told about publicly available documents. ABC's Brian Ross reported that Flynn was going to testify that candidate then-candidate Trump directed him to collaborate with Russians, when it was actual after actually happened ''after'' the election. Reuters claimed that Trump's financial records were being subpoenaed, only for it to belong to someone else. And finally, a reporter claimed an arena for a Trump rally was empty, however, the picture was taken before the event occurred. [[/note]] The networks were blasted for their errors, and many critics question why all of these "errors" are anti-Trump in nature. In early 2018, the Sinclair television group began running pro-administration pieces in their stations' newscasts, although it should be noted that most of them are affiliated with either ABC, CBS or NBC, leading to an evident sense of contradiction.



* Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan has also faced numerous protests, starting when demonstrators gathered around Taskim Square against the tearing down of the last park in metropolitan Istanbul; it has since erupted into a larger protest against government corruption and authoritarian vibes emerging from the AKP ruling party.

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* Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan has also faced numerous protests, starting when demonstrators gathered around Taskim Square against the tearing down of the last park in metropolitan Istanbul; it has since erupted into a larger protest against government corruption and authoritarian vibes emerging from the AKP ruling AKP party.



** And as a topping on the cake, in the evening of July 15, Turkish army attempted a ''coup d'etat'' against Erdogan's government. While the military claimed to be upholding democracy and civil rights, a defiant Erdogan immediately called people in Ankara and Istambul on the streets to oppose the army. The popular reaction finally prevailed, and the President quickly controlled the situation upon arriving to Istanbul. However, there were claims about Erdogan orchestrating a "self-coup".
** The attempted putsch further strained Turkey's relations with the West, with Erdogan's threats to restore the death penalty jeopardizing the country's chances to join the EU. He also called for the extradition of a pro-Western leader who was an ally of the AKP before its reinvention a a nationalist, pro-Muslim party.

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** And as a topping on the cake, in the evening of July 15, the Turkish army attempted a ''coup d'etat'' against Erdogan's government. While the military claimed to be upholding democracy and civil rights, a defiant Erdogan immediately called people in Ankara and Istambul on the streets to oppose the army. The popular reaction finally prevailed, and the President quickly controlled the situation upon arriving to Istanbul. However, there were claims about Erdogan orchestrating a "self-coup".
"self-coup" in order to rekindle his image.
** The attempted putsch further strained Turkey's relations with the West, with Erdogan's threats to restore the death penalty jeopardizing the country's chances to join the EU. He also called for the extradition of a pro-Western leader who was an ally of the AKP before its reinvention a as a nationalist, pro-Muslim party.



* Tropical cyclones very rarely become international news stories unless they are hurricanes affecting the United States, and even then, only Hurricanes Katrina and Sandy have reached that status recently. 2013's Typhoon Haiyan, one of the strongest typhoons ever recorded and the second-deadliest storm in Philippine history, averted this '''big time'''. It has gained major international response from '''all over the world''', and even the '''American''' Red Cross have taken action. The saddest part: Cyclone Nargis of 2008 killed over 100,000 people in Myanmar compared to a few thousand deaths from Haiyan, yet Nargis received next to no international attention compared to Haiyan.

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* Tropical cyclones very rarely become international news stories unless they are hurricanes affecting the United States, and even then, only Hurricanes Katrina and Sandy have reached that status recently. 2013's Typhoon Haiyan, one of the strongest typhoons ever recorded and the second-deadliest storm in Philippine history, averted this '''big time'''. It has gained major international response from '''all over the world''', and with even the '''American''' Red Cross have taken taking action. The saddest part: Cyclone Nargis of 2008 killed over 100,000 people in Myanmar compared to a few thousand deaths from Haiyan, yet Nargis received next to no international attention compared to Haiyan.



** Brazil has also endured hard times: Before the [[UsefulNotes/AssociationFootball 2014 World Cup]], President Dilma Rouseff faced numerous protests against the declining standard of life amid a slumping economy. Shortly after, the "Lava Jato" scandal was uncovered, with almost every Brazilian politician and businessman involved in one way or another. Senhora Rouseff was impeached in 2016, but her replacement Michel Temer has faced scrutiny as well.
** The Argentine government of Cristina Fernández-Kirchner (who succeeded her husband Néstor Kirchner) became infamous for its blatant manipulation of economic data as well for allegations of corruption (which included the burial of money in a church), which eventually led to the conviction of some of her allies. She was replaced by the conservative Mauricio Macri in 2015. While his economic policies became very unpopular, especially among the lower classes, Senor Macri's party became the first since 1985 to beat the Peronist left in Congress during the mid-term election.
** Colombian president Juan Manuel Santos reached a peace agreement with the FARC guerrilla in 2016, even though the electorate rejected the accord in a referendum.
** After 12 years of absence, Mexico's center-left PRI (Institutional Revolutionary Party) returned to the presidency under Enrique Peña Nieto under great controversy as leftist (perennial) candidate Andrés Manuel López Obrador refused to concede as he previously did in 2006. Senor Nieto has faced a stagnated economy as well as the fact the "War on Drugs" he (and his predecessors) pledged to combat is still going strong. Particularly troubling was the disappearance of 43 college students in the north of the country, which has been blamed on the Army.

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** Brazil has also endured hard times: Before the [[UsefulNotes/AssociationFootball 2014 World Cup]], President Dilma Rouseff faced numerous protests against the declining standard of life amid a slumping economy. Shortly after, the "Lava Jato" scandal was uncovered, with almost every Brazilian politician and businessman involved in one way or another. Senhora Rouseff was impeached in 2016, but her replacement Michel Temer has faced scrutiny as well.
well. To boot, the front-runner for the 2018 election is former President Luiz Inacio Lula Da Silva, who was arrested over charges of corruption.
** The Argentine government of Cristina Fernández-Kirchner (who succeeded her husband Néstor Kirchner) became infamous for its blatant manipulation of economic data as well for allegations of corruption (which included the burial of money in a church), which eventually led to the conviction of some of her allies. She was replaced by the conservative Mauricio Macri in 2015. While his economic policies became very unpopular, unpopular (with the memories of the 2001 crisis still fresh), especially among the lower classes, classes (which had benefited from the myriad of benefits enacted by the previous government), Senor Macri's party became the first since 1985 to beat the Peronist left in Congress during the mid-term election.
** Colombian president Juan Manuel Santos reached a peace agreement with the FARC guerrilla in 2016, even though the electorate rejected the accord in a referendum.
referendum and terrorism has risen on a small scale (small in ''normal'' terms, not in 80s-era Colombia terms).
** The 2011 and 2016 Peruvian elections were marked by the likeliness of a return of the Fujimori family to the presidency, only to be defeated by the other candidate: In 2011 it was the leftist Ollanta Humala, who ran a more moderate campaign compared to 2006, while the center-right Pedro Pablo Kuczynski won in 2016. Both were tarnished by the Odebrecht scandal however. Senor Humala and his wife were indicted in 2017 while Senor Kuzcynski was forced to resign in 2018 after it was discovered that Kenji Fujimori had bribed a number of congressmen into sparing the President from being kicked out of office because of his Odebrecht ties.
** In Chile, Sebastian Pinera became the first right-wing President of that country since 1990 (and the first since 1958 to be elected), succeeding the leftist Michelle Bachelet. His government was marked by high growth, but also because of a resurgent student movement, led by college students who had protested in the 2006-07 "Penguin Revolution", some of whom eventually entered Congress in 2014, the year Senora Bachelet returned to the presidency, her second term marked by stagnant growth and allegations of nepotism, as her son and daughter-in-law had used the presidential connection to buy some land. Senor Pinera returned in 2018, with the center-left parties left divided by the rise of the Frente Amplio, a group of left-wing movements.
** After 12 years of absence, Mexico's center-left PRI (Institutional Revolutionary Party) returned to the presidency under Enrique Peña Nieto under great controversy as leftist (perennial) candidate Andrés Manuel López Obrador refused to concede as just like he previously did in 2006. Senor Nieto has faced a stagnated economy as well as the fact the "War on Drugs" he (and his predecessors) pledged to combat is still going strong. Particularly troubling was the disappearance of 43 college students in the north of the country, which has been blamed on the Army.



*** However, as of June 16th, 2017, Mr. Trump has announced to reverse several of Obama's Cuban policies, which includes imposing harsher travel and economic sanctions on the Cuban military wing that controls almost all of Cuba's tourist industry, thus effectively returning the Cuban-U.S. relations back to the Cold War status quo and re-chilling the diplomatic relations.

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*** However, as of June 16th, 2017, Mr. Trump has announced to reverse several of Obama's Cuban policies, which includes imposing harsher travel and economic sanctions on the Cuban military wing that controls almost all of Cuba's tourist industry, thus effectively returning the Cuban-U.S. relations back to the Cold War status quo ''status quo'' and re-chilling the diplomatic relations.
8th Apr '18 5:55:32 PM RAraya
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** A group of survivors of the shooting soon began a movement calling for stricter gun control named March For Our Lives, which quickly gained traction to the point that in March 2018 many schools and colleges were closed on the day thousands across America demonstrated in support for the Parkland students. The event did not go without controversy: aside from numerous conspiracy theorists calling the shooting a FalseFlagOperation, many criticized the "editorializing" many networks (most notably Viacom and NBC-Universal) gave during the day, while a Maine Republican congressional candidate was forced to step down after receiving backlash for calling one of the head protesters Emma Gonzalez a "skinhead lesbian", while a Fox News host lost her sponsors as the result of mocking another prominenet protestor named David Hogg for being rejected from a college.

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** A group of survivors of the shooting soon began a movement calling for stricter gun control named March For Our Lives, which quickly gained traction to the point that in March 2018 many schools and colleges were closed on the day thousands across America demonstrated in support for the Parkland students. The event did not go without controversy: aside from numerous conspiracy theorists calling the shooting a FalseFlagOperation, many criticized the "editorializing" many networks media outlets (most notably channels owned by Viacom and NBC-Universal) NBC-Universal as well as the Gannett network of newspapers) gave during the day, while a Maine Republican congressional candidate for Maine was forced to step down after receiving backlash for calling one of the head protesters Emma Gonzalez (one of the head protesters) a "skinhead lesbian", while a Fox News host lost her sponsors as the result of mocking another prominenet protestor named David Hogg (another prominent protester) for being rejected from a college.
8th Apr '18 4:33:51 PM KizunaTallis
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* In the aftermath of the 2008 crisis, tech companies recovered their place at the top of the corporate pyramid, with Apple and Microsoft and Google being joined by Amazon and Facebook, the five becoming the largest companies in the world. Naturally, there have been numerous concerns across the political spectrum about their dominance of the global economy, including the displacement of numerous business, with accusations of tax dodging. These companies' interest on charity and other social issues has also given way to cries of hypocrisy and legitimate fears about social engineering, especially after it was discovered in 2018 that the British firm Cambridge Analytics had collected the personal data of millions of users through a Facebook game and aimed news content towards them to allegedly influence political elections. Facebook's stock value fell as much as 10 percent thereafter while founder Mark Zuckerberg testified in Congress. This also has led to the U.S. Government proposing stricter guidelines for Facebook and Google, while Amazon would have to pay more to the USPS as well.

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* In the aftermath of the 2008 crisis, tech companies recovered their place at the top of the corporate pyramid, with Apple and Microsoft and Google being joined by Amazon and Facebook, the five becoming the largest companies in the world. Naturally, there have been numerous concerns across the political spectrum about their dominance of the global economy, including the displacement of numerous business, with accusations of tax dodging. These companies' interest on charity and other social issues has also given way to cries of hypocrisy and legitimate fears about social engineering, especially after it was discovered in 2018 that the British firm Cambridge Analytics Analytica had collected the personal data of millions of users through a Facebook game and aimed news content towards them to allegedly influence political elections. Facebook's stock value fell as much as 10 percent thereafter while founder Mark Zuckerberg testified in Congress. This also has led to the U.S. Government proposing stricter guidelines for Facebook and Google, while Amazon would have to pay more to the USPS as well.



* On June 12, 2016, 50 people were shot and killed at Pulse, a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida. The shooter, who was killed by police at the scene, proclaimed himself to profess allegiance to ISIS; it was later discovered that he was a self-hating gay man raised in a deeply religious immigrant household, inflaming discussion on all sides. It was one of the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history, and outcries for gun control from liberals and close surveillance of Muslim and Arab-Americans from conservatives reached their highest levels since Newtown (if not ever) and 9/11, respectively. On the positive side, the global outpouring of solidarity was the largest America has received since the 9/11 attacks, and it did more than anything else to lead to acceptance of LGBT people in the country.
* On October 1, 2017, a crazed gunman opened fire upon a crowd of concert goers at a country music festival on the Las Vegas Strip from the famed Mandalay Bay hotel, killing 58 and wounding 546 people in what has become the deadliest mass shooting in the history of the U.S. to date. The perpetrator was one Stephen Paddock, a well-off retiree and an avid gambler. Curiously, after the police officers breached Paddock's hotel room, they found a veritable arsenal of weapons (7 various pieces in total) and a large amount of ammunition, sparking concerns as to how he was able to bring in such an amount of guns and keep them without alerting anyone. Naturally, the gun debate was reignited with increased vigor once more, with focus now on two new aspects - silencers (which muffle gun sounds) and bump stocks (which are used to turn semi-automatic rifles into automatic ones). The incident also spawned controversy due to official statements routinely contradicting themselves as to the official timeline of events, leading conspiracy theorists wild, not helped by the shooter's apparent far-right background (including alleged links to militia groups), although it was soon discovered this had ''nothing'' to do with the shooting. The nastier side of the news also came out when a high-profile CBS news lawyer declared that she had no sympathy for the victims because country music fans were Republicans, leading to her immediate dismissal from the network.

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* On June 12, 2016, 50 people were shot and killed at Pulse, a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida. The shooter, who was killed by police at the scene, proclaimed himself to profess allegiance to ISIS; it was later discovered that he was a self-hating gay man raised in a deeply religious immigrant household, inflaming discussion on all sides. It was one of the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history, and outcries for gun control from liberals and close surveillance of Muslim and Arab-Americans from conservatives reached their highest levels since Newtown (if not ever) and 9/11, respectively. On the positive side, the global outpouring of solidarity was the largest America has received since the 9/11 attacks, and it did more than anything else to lead to wider sympathy and acceptance of LGBT people in the country.
* On October 1, 2017, a crazed gunman opened fire upon a crowd of concert goers concertgoers at a country music festival on the Las Vegas Strip from the famed Mandalay Bay hotel, killing 58 and wounding 546 people in what has become the deadliest mass shooting in the history of the U.S. to date. The perpetrator was one Stephen Paddock, a well-off retiree and an avid gambler. Curiously, after the police officers breached Paddock's hotel room, they found a veritable arsenal of weapons (7 various pieces in total) and a large amount of ammunition, sparking concerns as to how he was able to bring in such an amount of guns and keep them without alerting anyone. Naturally, the gun debate was reignited with increased vigor once more, with focus now on two new aspects - silencers (which muffle gun sounds) and bump stocks (which are used to turn semi-automatic rifles into automatic ones). The incident also spawned controversy due to official statements routinely contradicting themselves as to the official timeline of events, leading conspiracy theorists wild, not helped by the shooter's apparent far-right background (including alleged links to militia groups), although it was soon discovered this had ''nothing'' to do with the shooting. The nastier side of the news also came out when a high-profile CBS news lawyer declared that she had no sympathy for the victims because country music fans were Republicans, leading to her immediate dismissal from the network.



** A group of survivors of the shooting soon began a movement calling for stricter gun control, which quickly gained traction to the point that in March 2018 many schools and colleges were closed on the day thousands across America demonstrated in support for the Parkland students. The event did not go without controversy: many criticized the "editorializing" many networks (most notably Viacom and NBC-Universal) gave during the day, while one Republican congressional candidate was forced to step down after calling one of the protesters a "skin-head lesbian", while a Fox News host lost her sponsors as the result of the massive backlash for considering that the movement's rhetoric was quite heavy-handed.

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** A group of survivors of the shooting soon began a movement calling for stricter gun control, control named March For Our Lives, which quickly gained traction to the point that in March 2018 many schools and colleges were closed on the day thousands across America demonstrated in support for the Parkland students. The event did not go without controversy: aside from numerous conspiracy theorists calling the shooting a FalseFlagOperation, many criticized the "editorializing" many networks (most notably Viacom and NBC-Universal) gave during the day, while one a Maine Republican congressional candidate was forced to step down after receiving backlash for calling one of the head protesters Emma Gonzalez a "skin-head "skinhead lesbian", while a Fox News host lost her sponsors as the result of the massive backlash mocking another prominenet protestor named David Hogg for considering that the movement's rhetoric was quite heavy-handed.being rejected from a college.
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