Less than a week before 2010 ends; what will 2011 hold I wonder? My personal views are:
USA politics - The emasculation of President Obama's government will cause the the USA to become more introspective which will not be in the interests of other countries.
Military woes - sadly more strife and perhaps major bloodshed in the Korean peninsular seem likely.
UK politics - the Coalition government's honeymoon period being about to end, 2011 will bring with it hard graft and there will be moans and worse on the streets. The government will perforce learn to stick by its difficult decisions so 2011 will see fewer policy U-turns than 2010.
European Politics - Distracting individual countries peoples' attention from local pain by causing the EU and Brussels to be set up Aunt Sally-like could make a positive impact.
Religion - In the Catholic Church there will be debate discussion and argument even about the new English translation of the Mass. Already some query the apparent altering of the phrase "we believe" to "I believe" yet such change if made seems positive to me. Apart from the possibility (my knowledge of Latin is too rudimentary for any certainties) that Credo really does translate more literally as 'I believe', surely speaking for oneself is in truth generally all we can do, as what a man or woman believes in his/her heart is known only to individual believer and god. The good that will come out of such discourses is the realisation that practising the belief of the love of god is better for the individual and mankind than virtually anything else - an increase in confidence in the Church seems likely for 2011.
World economics - the tendency for the Chinese to become the new colonialists by buying up (with real money) third world countries' resources will continue.
The media - In the UK the Daily Express will be taken over by the Barclay Brothers but sadly BSkyB will fall 100% to Murdoch.
Books - Kindle-like readers will become more popular than paper page turning.
Theatre - In the UK at least, live drama will thrive.
Transport - The begining of the end for mass ownership of the internal combustion engined motorcar?
The Arts generally - UK Government cuts in support will awaken in people the need to do their individual bit keep them thriving though this may take more than a year.
Personal Investing - My guess (so do your own research) is that the share price currently 24pence of AIM listed Andes Energia epic AEN (I have some in a SIPP) will gain by more than 100% during 2011.
Sport - I will run but still fail to achieve my pb in the 2011 Virgin London Marathon.
Despite or in some cases perhaps because of the above, 2011 will be an interesting year.