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Unread 31st December 2013, 08:08 AM
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Major event of 2013?

What was the biggest international news story of 2013 in your view?
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The most historically significant: Putin taking Obama to the woodshed over Syria.
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Originally Posted by SoldierOfTheKing View Post
The most historically significant: Putin taking Obama to the woodshed over Syria.
Putin definitely played that one better than Obama - bring on 2016!
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Fukushima?
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Fukushima?
That particular nuclear earthquake had repercussions as far as Germany where they have closed down a perfectly safe and paid for nuclear power industry as a result.
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In my mind too many to just pick one. But one of the big ones was something we always suspected, just how much we are being spied on by the NSA. Thank you Edward Snowden!
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In my mind too many to just pick one. But one of the big ones was something we always suspected, just how much we are being spied on by the NSA. Thank you Edward Snowden!
I am just rereading "Body of Secrets" published at the beginning of the last decade. Edward Snowdens words were hardly a surprise to me as the NSA has been doing this for a very long time. What was significant following the wikileaks etc was that the public reaction (at least in Europe) was more concerned than they were say 10 years ago and also it seems the Americans are spying on allies like Germany who they clearly do not regard as that trustworthy. I suppose we have been sold a load of blah by various mobile sales men and computer sales men that the systems they were selling were secure but actually they were not 10 years ago and they are not now
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Four big things come to mind. (mind you that these are all very US centric)

1. The US was on another WMD charge to war, but amazingly, did the right thing and backed off.
2. The Edward Snowden revelations.
3. The thaw in relations between the US and Iran.
4. Bradley Manning's trial and sentencing.

And on a lighter note, but still very important to me.

5. Leon F.C. won the Mexican first division. After spending ten difficult years stuck in the second division, they won promotion back to the first division in 2012 and won the first division title in 2013.
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3. The thaw in relations between the US and Iran.
Yes the Iranian election result seems to have changed the situation.

4. Bradley Manning's trial and sentencing.
The wikileaks revelations were interesting and mainly revealed a fairly balanced perspective from the diplomats in the various lands commentated on. But they probably endangered various US operatives and undermined the reputation of the USA in some countries. Though to be honest you could probably have guessed their views in 90% of the cases revealed. Manning himself is rather wierd as his sex change demos. America has never been very good at keeping secrets and the KGB were reading most of their messages for much of the Cold war for instance.

And on a lighter note, but still very important to me.

5. Leon F.C. won the Mexican first division. After spending ten difficult years stuck in the second division, they won promotion back to the first division in 2012 and won the first division title in 2013.
Sounds like a success story to me :-)
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