APAC—Top 10 Stories of Decade

By: The Diplomat

10. Sinking IslandsJanuary 1, 2000 –

The people of the Carteret Atoll, a group of low-lying islands located in the South Pacific, are not accustomed to dominating the world’s headlines. But if the warnings of scientists are even half correct, their story could have the most far-reaching implications for the century. These are the world’s first climate-change refugees, forced to relocate because their homes are sinking into the ocean. While world leaders struggled to save face in Copenhagen in December 2009, many–mostly poor–were already paying the price of inaction.

History has shown that human folly is matched only by our capacity for achievement. With war, terror, fundamentalism, greed, environmental destruction and reality television, this hasn’t been our finest decade. Let’s hope we find our better selves in the next ten years.

It is, of course, impossible to cover all of the important stories in such a vast, varied and dynamic region over a ten-year period. But it’s been interesting trying.

What did we miss? What did we get wrong? Send us your comments below.

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Vlad January 12, 2010

You are jumping the gun. The first decade of this century ends December 31st 2010.

Don January 14, 2010

Ah, but you wouldn’t consider 1990 to be apart of the 80s, would you?
There was no year “0″, yes, so one may be tempted to say that we do have a year until the “00s” are up. However, seeing as a decade can arbitrarily be any stretch of ten years, it ultimately boils down to personal preference (notwithstanding the fact that we haven’t officially entered the 201st decade). So, yes, we haven’t technically made it into the next decade. But, once again, I wouldn’t consider 1990 to be apart of the 80s. And so, as far as I, and possibly most people, care, we have entered the “10s”, and left the “00s.”

Ashley Gavin January 15, 2010

I don’t see how neither the war in Iraq nor 911 made it to this list…

Xilantro January 15, 2010

Vlad is right – what’s the difference, though? Living in the strikingly stupid and un-democratic US, the 99-year century was no surprise, and moving decades up one for the new millenium makes as much sense as having the electoral college install the wrong guy in the presidency because Fox news announced his victory before votes were counted (that would be Bush) or calling the slaughter of 1m Iraqis a ‘war’ – Welcome to idiocracy! ;-)

Joe January 16, 2010

The 9/11 attack is, without a doubt, the most important event of this decade.

Robin January 16, 2010

Ashley/Joe- Actually, I think this story is called APAC: Top 10 Stories of the Decade for a reason. APAC. It is only concerned with the Asia-Pacific region which would exclude both New York and Iraq.

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