Pandemic-related economic upheaval was followed by Russia's invasion of Ukraine, as a ballooning cost-of-living crisis sparked worldwide discontent. Months later, scenes of historic flooding and famine focused once again on the world's inaction on the climate crisis. The death of Mikhail Gorbachev reminded the world of what courageous statesmanship could accomplish. In contrast, the Taliban's interpretation of Sharia law further deteriorated human rights in an already impoverished country. Anti-government demonstrations rocked Iran as its citizens, especially its women, took to the streets in defiance of the country’s hijab law.
These are some of the most unforgettable moments that defined a tumultuous year 2022.