I would point to recent actions taken by the US Supreme Court wherein a decision was made to define corporations as individuals. This kind of redefinition and obvious twisting of language relates rather directly to Orwell's Animal Farm (and 1984), where we see the politicians in the story purposefully alter the meaning of events, alter the facts of the past to suit them, and, most to the point, carefully and intentionally craft and change language to suit their political needs of the moment.
The ouster of Khadafi in Libya certainly parallels the revolution in Animal Farm. The people there had had enough of the poor treatment they received from their leader, just as the animals reacted when they took over the farm.
Completely agree with post 4. Castro and his brother Raul tried to make an example out of Cuba when they took over on the coup d'etat. We have seen the many ego crashes, fears, insecurities, firings, killings, and plenty of despotic behaviors have occurred in Cuba's government with the purpose of perpetuating the idealistic views of Fidel.
The same happened in Nicaragua with Cara de Pina, and in Haiti with Baby Doc and the entire lot of the Duvaliers. When you try to drive an absolutist government or a dictatorship you are still counting with the human factor: The imperfections that come as a result of trying to make concrete a philosophical view of government.
In concurrence with Post #3, Animal Farm is indeed about the aftermath of the Russian Revolution, a social revolution, not one precipated by religious differences and hatred of another race as are recent riots and turmoil in Europe.
Perhaps, you could check on what is happening south of the United States. Revolutions are not uncommon in the South and Central Americas in which one dictator replaces another dictator, and the people remain oppressed.
I think that Post 2 is correct, but I think that the poster should go further. I think that the major point of this book is that revolutions and promises of utopia do not pan out. I think that we are already seeing hints of this in the countries where the revolutions happened. They are seeing that the revolutions did not bring about utopia and they may be seeing a return to repression in some cases.
I think you could look to Russia for this sort of thing as well. After communism ended, people thought that things would get better. But, in a sense, they have gone back to how they were. Putin and his people have taken all the power and have been almost as repressive as the communists were. This is similar to the situation at the end of the book.
I would not use the riots in England because I do not think that there has been any sort of a revolution there. Animal Farm is about what happens after revolutions. It is about how things don't really get better because the new leaders are just as bad as the old ones. This has not yet happened in England.