Both 2011 and the Year of the Rabbit have barely begun but doesn’t it seem like the world is somehow off-kilter. The public demonstrations in Tunisia, Egypt and Yemen in quick succession has already toppled the leader in one country and placed the remaining leaders in a precarious situation. Nature too seems to have gone extreme. The landslides in Brazil, the snowstorms in Europe and USA (extending all the way to Texas), the floods that led to the inland sea in Queensland, Australia has now been topped by the most powerful cyclone to have ever hit Australia (Cyclone Yasi). What phenomena has raised the blood pressure in the Middle-East and stirred up the weather systems around the world? Would that be the El Loco and the El Nino effects?
Like many, I have been following the drama in Egypt these last two weeks that has already claimed about 300 lives. I know little about the politics and the situation there in Egypt but happily, Malaysia has been able to evacuate some 10,000 Malaysian citizens and students out from that volatile situation. I am also glad that the Egyptian family of a friend are safe even though they are concerned about safety from mobs and are concerned about the food supply situation. I certainly hope that the Egyptians will be able to achieve a resolution to the situation without further violence and loss of life.
Meanwhile Australia has been hit by the combination right – left hook of massive state-wide flooding in Queensland and now by the monster storm Cyclone Yasi – the strongest and biggest storm ever to hit the country. The latest is that the remnants of Yasi is causing flooding in Victoria in the south. Yet New South Wales in the east is suffering from water shortage and there are forest fires near Perth in the west. The people and the businesses are reeling under the punches. Insurance companies are really having a bad time. Now will this become a regular and even possibly an annual occurrence due to climate change?
It’s enough to take the wind out of our sails.
Still, dear reader, let’s not get ourselves down yet. Let’s be hopeful that the year can only improve from this point. Every one think “bunnies” now.