What is known about the year 2015 with two days to go:
Back to the Future Day came at last – but it was not quite like in the movie:
The 2016 US presidential race began. Those currently with the most support among US voters (and their apparent political philosophies):
- 16%: Bernie Sanders, liberal Democrat
- 23%: Hillary Clinton, moderate Republican
- 4%: Marco Rubio, Republican
- 7%: Ted Cruz, Tea Party
- 4%: Ben Carson, Christian right
- 16%: Donald Trump, Fascist
The first two are running as Democrats, the rest as Republicans.
Donald Trump is the most nakedly racist person to run for president since George Wallace in 1968. The press cannot get enough of him.
Black Lives Matter (BLM), a protest movement against police brutality, spreads as Chicago, Baltimore, Minneapolis, Cincinnati and other cities get Michael Browns of their own. BLM protests against Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump.
#LoveWins: The US Supreme Court makes same-sex marriage legal.
- Bruce Jenner came out as Caitlyn Jenner.
- Rachel Dolezal was outed as White.
- Bill Cosby was accused of sexual assault by 50 women.
- Raven-Symoné continued to be clueless.
- Spike Lee updated “Lysistrata” by Aristophanes as “Chi-Raq”, his film about Black-on-Black crime.
- Ta-Nehisi Coates became the new James Baldwin, says Toni Morrison, with his book “Between the World and Me”.
Iran, long suspected of making an atom bomb, agreed not to build one for the next ten years.
COP 21: to lessen global warming, all nations agreed to reduce their carbon emissions for the first time.
The Islamic State (ISIS), which took over eastern Syria and western Iraq in 2014, has stopped growing. It won Ramadi in May but lost it in December.
The deadliest events of 2015 (those in bold got markedly worse in 2015):
- death toll: name (% increase over 2014)
- 50,373: Syrian Civil War (-34%)
- 34,475: War in Afghanistan (+141%)
- 20,023: Iraq War (-41%)
- 10,882: Boko Haram insurgency (+0.3%)
- 8,964: Nepal earthquake
- 6,028: Mexican Drug War (-20%)
- 5,924: Yemeni Crisis (+29%)
- 4,344: War in Ukraine (-9%)
- 3,724: Somali Civil War (+25%)
- 3,692: European migrant crisis (+20%)
- 3,565: War in North-West Pakistan (-35%)
- 3,424: West African Ebola epidemic (-57%)
But what the Western press went nuts over was:
- 137: November 13th Paris attacks
- 12: Charlie Hebdo shooting
Pluto: New Horizons, after nine years, reaches Pluto at last.
Mars: Liquid water discovered.
Top US television show: “Empire” (among 18-to-49-year-olds in the 2014-2015 season, not counting sports.).
Top Hollywood film: “Jurassic World”, but “Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens”, the best Star Wars film since the 1980s, looks set to pass it at the box office.
- New James Bond film: “Spectre”.
Top song on iTunes: “Uptown Funk” by Mark Ronson ft Bruno Mars.
- Bobbi Kristina Brown,
- Eduardo Galeano,
- John Trudell,
- Sandra Bland,
- Freddie Gray,
- Walter Scott,
- Sam Dubose,
- Jeremy Mardis,
- Corey Jones,
- Kalief Browder,
- Chapel Hill 3:
- Deah Barakat,
- Yusor Abu-Salha,
- Razan Abu-Salha
- Charleston 9:
- Ethel Lance,
- Tywanza Sanders,
- Cynthia Hurd,
- Depayne Middleton Doctor,
- The Rev. Clementa Pinckney,
- Susie Jackson,
- Myra Thompson,
- The Rev. Dr. Daniel Simmons, Sr,
- Sharonda Coleman-Singleton
– Abagond, 2015.
Update (January 17th): “Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens” did in fact pass “Jurassic World” at the box office.
- Black-on-Black crime argument