Though the "Arab Spring" protests that began in Egypt managed to oust Hosni Mubarak, they were coopted by forces retained from the Mubarak government and resulted in the Mohamed Morsi dictatorship. Consequently, the protests continue in Tahrir Square, though I think they've been met with government brutality and whether they'll result in any meaningful social change is doubtful.
For Libya, I thought the turmoil there would result in the country's oil reserves being hijacked by transnational corporations, and while that has happened, it required a bloody war. As such, the scenario that played out in Libya became a blueprint for western conquest that is now being implemented in Syria.
Last year I feared for a war with Iran. There was certainly a lot of sabre-rattling. Fortunately, the war didn't happen in 2012, though the villification of Iran was intense and it continues. I suspect that war has been put off pending the conquest of Syria which would provide NATO and the US with another outpost on the border of Iran. I believe the war is much desired by the elites and may yet come to pass, but it will contribute to the collapse of Western power rather than its advance. I don't believe it will happen in 2013.
What I "predicted" for the world economy was based on a war with Iran, which didn't happen. In 2013, I think climate change will have the biggest effect on the world, economically and otherwise. The drought of 2012 will raise grain prices in 2013 so that you'll pay more for bread and rice. By the end of summer, in the US and Europe, people will go hungry and have to do with less of their favorites and some staples. In the "third world," people will starve.
Gasoline prices will fluctuate, and there may be shortages in some areas, but I think the real suffering from scarce gasoline is several years away.
Governor Bryant is already pushing for charter schools and budget cuts. These are indications of his mandate to push neoliberal policies in Mississippi where the elites believe it will be accepted without significant opposition. But I've been surprised by grumblings from average, conservative people about the "dwindling middle class" and much distrust of government (with no thought given to government's corporate sponsers) that could result in greater opposition to austerity than the elites reckon from a deep southern state. It's just that you can push people to such desperation that it overrides the greatest ingrained doctrines, and they rebel to survive. That could happen here, though it won't in 2013.
PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION AND THE US GOVERNMENT
I wasn't serious in predicting Michele Bachman as the first Madam President (God forbid). I did think that the Republicans could steal the election. It seems they didn't, though, and it really doesn't matter for the elites. Obama will serve them as well as any Republican, all the while pretending to be progressive.
In general, I expect the Federal Government under Obama to push austerity on the general population while continuing to promote policies that enrich the 1%. (The 11th hour deal on "The Fiscal Cliff" didn't save us from anything). The tax cuts for the wealthy will be made permanent.
The Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) will be put into place (mostly in secret).
I thought the Occupy movement would grow. It was certainly a wild card that few saw coming. It seemed a blowback from the oppressed majority, where they finally found their voice. And it was for about a year, until the plans of the country's governors (fed by the highest of the elites, and apparently, the FBI) resulted in brutal midnight raids of their camps that eliminated the most public manisfestation of the movement.
Note: In my home state, the Occupy movement's destruction didn't even require a raid. They simply faded away, causing no disruption and no controversy. It's acually amazing they were here at all.
But it seems that the Occupy movement continues to exist, sustained by the deep discontent of the majority of US citizens. It surfaced most notably in the Northeast after the onslaught of huricane Sandy.
I believe the Occupy movement will continue through 2013 and beyond. It won't occupy public places to any great extent, but it will be referenced continually as the popular opposition to the ruling elite who are symbolized by Wall Street.
I have been gratified that visits to my website (www.rayfoy.com) have more than doubled over 2012. My published stories have been steadily downloaded over the year, at least indicating an interest. I began the year with the intention of creating and publishing a novel of Madam President and I worked on it for several months. But I found that my knowledge of the political process wasn't great enough to sustain the project and that my greater desire was to create my post-apocalypse novel anyway.
So I dropped Madam President and switched the focus of my website to Dentville. I published the first issue of the Dentville Stories Newsletter. I will continue this effort with the goal of publishin my first Dentville novel in 2013 and at the first of 2014.
THE MAYAN CALENDAR
Yes, we survived the turning of the Mayan calendar on 21-Dec-2012. I expected that we would. However, that does not mean that the world has not changed. I think it has, and perhaps more profoundly than at any time in human history. The Dec 21 date is really just the end of the Mayan long cycle and the beginning of the next. It coincides, roughly, with the end of the age of Pices and the beginning of the Age of Aquarius. It may be that humankind is on a new and higher path. I realize it doesn't seem that way. I have trouble seeing it myself, but I pray that it is so.
Concentrate. Meditate. And love your family, or at least those around you. Love is always returned. That's my best advice besides following your life's passion as best you can. The law of "the accumulation of small efforts" can work for you as you build your stock in daily small joys.
Happy New Year.