This year, there are plenty of big events jostling for attention – and I would like to appeal to readers of the blog for some help. Which ones should I focus on, in my end-of-year column, due on December 30th? The Arab Spring obviously – but does one episode rank above another: the flight of Ben Ali, the fall of Mubarak, Nato intervention in Libya. Maybe they all deserve separate listings? It’s a similar question with the European debt crisis. This was a year-long event, but was there a particular moment that stood out?
Scribbling down possible candidates, I have also detected an end-of-year bias towards events that are fresher in the memory: the Moscow demonstrations, the death of Kim Jong-Il and the Durban climate change summit all happened in recent weeks. But should they make the list, or should I focus on other events. All advice is welcome.