Top 10 Revolutions of 21st Century

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Revolutions have been transforming our world for the past decade or so. Social and Political movements have created a distinct epoch and left a mark which paved way for significant changes.


1. Information Technology Revolution:

We are amidst the information technology revolution. Within recent years, the information technology revolution has transformed North American society, leading to new types of work processes and business organizations. Schools are now connected widely by the internet and other technologies such as SmartTech. There is even less of a reliance on traditional pen and paper methods.


2. Orange Revolution, 2004-2005:

On November 22, 2004, thousands of peaceful protestors filled the Independent Square in Kiev to protest election results in Ukraine and the power of the elitist government to falsify election results. These non-violent protests became known as the Orange Revolution. On December 3rd, a victory ensued for Orange Revolutionists and Viktor Yushcenko supporters. The Supreme Court of Ukraine called for a recount and a new election. Under the scrutiny of international observers, this election went off without a hitch. Yushchenko succeeded over the former Prime Minister Yanukovych. As part of the Orange Revolution, the constitution changed and shifted the power from the Prime Minister to the parliament.


3. Egyptian Revolution, 2011:

Inspired by the Tunisian Revolution, the Egyptian Revolution of 2011 took place after a January 25, 2011 popular uprising. Multitudes of protesters necessitated the removal of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak from power. At least 846 people killed and 6,000 were injured in clashes between the military and the people in major cities such as Cairo and Alexandria. On 11 February, Mubarak resigned from office after widespread international criticism. The military took over the country until a new president would be elected in the fall of 2011.


4. Tunisian Revolution, 2010-2011:

The Tunisian began in December 2010 and led to the ousting of President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali in January, 2011. Food Inflation, High Unemployment Rates and Political Corruptness were some of the grievances that revolutionists felt. The revolution sparked waves of protests in Egypt and other Arab countries (Arab Spring).


5. Bolivarian Revolution, 2007:

The revolution refers to a leftish social and political movement in Venezuela. The movement was led by Venezuelan president Hugo Chávez. The “Bolivarian Revolution” is named after Simón Bolívar who was prominent in the Spanish American wars of independence and achieved the independence of most of northern Latin America from Spanish rule. The Bolivarian Revolution aimed for democracy, economic independence, equitable distribution of revenues, and an end to corruption in Venezuela.


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