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Global Q&A: ‘What was the most important event in your country over the last year?’


Epoch Times Staff
Created: December 19, 2012 Last Updated: January 18, 2013
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From nation to nation, from person to person, naming the most important event of 2012 reveals widely varying perspectives. The success of a favorite sports team, economic crises, and natural disasters are some of the events that Epoch Times reporters found left a lasting impression on people in 2012 when they asked locals from Brazil to Australia:

What was the most important event in your country over the last year?

João Claudio de Oliveira, São Paulo, SP, Brazil (The Epoch Times)

João Claudio de Oliveira, São Paulo, SP, Brazil (The Epoch Times)

São Paulo, SP, Brazil

João Claudio de Oliveira, Doorkeeper

The most important event in Brazil was to see my soccer team, Corinthians Football Club, which lives in my heart and soul, win the Libertadores Cup that gives the chance to dispute the world title. I hope we can be the world champion of 2012.

Shimayel Almarzooqi, Dubai, United Arab Emirates (The Epoch Times)

Shimayel Almarzooqi, Dubai, United Arab Emirates (The Epoch Times)

Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Shimayel Almarzooqi, 19, Student

I think that the United Arab Emirates national day is the biggest event of the year because the natives and foreigners both get to participate in the celebrations. This includes activities such as parades all over the country and lets people express how patriotic the locals are, and how the foreigners enjoy staying here.

Anders, Lenhoff, Lund, Sweden (The Epoch Times)

Anders, Lenhoff, Lund, Sweden (The Epoch Times)

Lund, Sweden

Anders, Lenhoff, 48, Television Producer

[The most important events in Sweden were] the changes in the leadership of the Social Democratic Party, and the Euro 2012 Football Championship.

Thomas Galanis, Athens, Greece (The Epoch Times)

Thomas Galanis, Athens, Greece (The Epoch Times)

Athens, Greece

Thomas Galanis, 33, Marketing Manager, Web Editor

The most important event in my country for 2012 was the elections. Over the past few years, Greece entering more and more into the global economic crisis, and the elections of 2012 were very crucial for my country to continue or not be part of the European Union.

Philip Shalam, New York, USA (The Epoch Times)

Philip Shalam, New York, USA (The Epoch Times)

New York, USA

Philip Shalam, 48, Photographer

Wish I could tell you… the most important event of this year, well; Sandy was a huge event this year. I was looking at something important as in a milestone and Sandy wasn’t a milestone; Sandy was … a wake-up call, in a way at what we might expect. I think Sandy or Sandy-type [incidents] are going to keep on coming our way.

Danny Timson, Kununurra, Western Australia (The Epoch Times)

Danny Timson, Kununurra, Western Australia (The Epoch Times)

Kununurra, Western Australia

Danny Timson, 37, Boiler Maker

We leased 13,000 hectares to the Chinese in the Kimberley, prime agricultural land, for 49 years, and I probably think that’s a little bit silly. In the Ord [River] scheme in Kununurra—irrigation scheme phase two—they are going to grow sugar and export it to China.

Maria da Silva Menezes Bonfim, Salvador, Bahia Brazil (The Epoch Times)

Maria da Silva Menezes Bonfim, Salvador, Bahia Brazil (The Epoch Times)

Salvador, Bahia Brazil

Maria da Silva Menezes Bonfim, 50, Artist of Nutrition

Congress’s 12-state meeting on human rights building positvization, promotion, and protection of human rights, was to me one of the most important events of this year 2012. They discussed that the government could facilitate more things with the citizens, because people always experience difficulties in resolving problems, and, especially classes less favored are deprived. This event happened December 12 to 14.

Look for the Global Q&A column every week. Epoch Times correspondents interview people around the world to learn about their lives and perspectives on local and global realities. Next week’s global question: “What are you looking forward to most in the coming year?”




   

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