Migrants, who arrive by the thousands in Lampedusa fleeing war and insecurity in Africa/Syria, are shown being stripped naked and hosed down by authorities.
This year in Latin America began with the tragedy of the death of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez.
The world celebrates the life of Nelson Mandela for one thing more than any other - his determination in the face of every provocation to establish a democratic "rainbow nation."
For more than two weeks, Ukraine and its capital, Kiev have been the site of large-scale demonstrations against the government of President Victor Yanukovych.
There is an obvious desire to either celebrate or deny a barbarous past, to make sure that "the times they are not a-changin'."