Well, yes, we are a month into 2012 already, but there are still eleven left.
I'm going to make a list of "things" in the world that we know will or might happen. You're going to predict the specifics. Person at the end of the year with the most correct predictions gets lots of respect and adoration.
US presidential campaign
Earthquakes in Japan?
Famine on the African horn
Libya's transitional council
Feel free to tell me if there's anything obvious and world affecting I've missed.
Also, you get to predict if there's anything major that will happen that no-one saw coming, like the Italian boat disaster from a couple of weeks ago.
Here's my go.
Republican primaries - Romney wins, Paul and one of Gingrich/Santorum gain enough delegates to be of significance
US presidential campaign - Obama wins narrowly
North Korea - Business as usual
Syria - Civil war, though shorter than in Libya
Earthquakes in Japan? - Big ones
Afghanistan - A few countries left to take on the same/more roles
EuroZone - Becomes smaller following futile German attempts to save ruined economies
Famine on the African horn - Remains mostly unsolved
London Olympics - Goes smoothly
Egyptian revolution - Muslim Brotherhood slowly put forward their agenda, remains democratic
Libya's transitional council - Survives some tough spots, prepares for elections
Iran - Remains a non-threat, despite the warmongering talk.
Scottish independence - Movement reaches a crescendo as the vote nears
World economy - Relies on what Europe does. European consolidation helps it pick up, leaving the member states kicked out of the EuroZone floundering.
China - Economy shows increasing weaknesses
Russia - Putinland. Has to deal with increased protests, eventually wears the protestors down.
Other events - No idea. Something in India, perhaps.