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The 10 Biggest Winners of 2013

Looking back at 2013, some actors on the international scene, both state and non-state, notched up significant achievements and advances. Others didn’t do as well. In developing our list of the world’s biggest winners and losers in 2013, AI didn’t make moral judgments. This is a realist calculation, looking at who gained power during the year and who lost.

Published on: January 4, 2014
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  • rheddles

    The Egyptian Military beat out the College of Cardinals? Come on. And where are the Kurds?

    • TommyTwo

      The College of Cardinals? How many divisions have they got? 🙂

  • Bruce

    Some of these winners in the short run have major problems that will damage them greatly in the long run. The money printers in Japan are setting the stage for a collapse of the currency. Germany continues to flex muscle, but the rest of the Eurozone is imploding. Look at Greece, Cyprus and France. An imploding Euro and Eurozone will not help Germany. But in the short run, both Japan and Germany look like winners, if you ignore how they got there and what is facing them.

    • Nixonfan

      The yen has gone from $1=360 to $1=80. It needs to go back to 360.

      • Bruce

        It will. Abe, the currency counterfeiter is hard at work making sure that happens – although I am sure he thinks he is smart enough to stop it exactly where he wants it, long before 360. He isn’t.

  • Anthony Thomas

    The secret weapon of climate skeptics is not inertia, as you suggest. It’s technical honesty, a much more powerful tool.

    • JDanaH

      Not only is there no hard evidence for catastrophic AGW, there is increasing empirical evidence against it. With global temperatures flatlining for the past 16 years even as CO2 continues to increase, the actual temperature is now outside the 95% confidence limits of the climate model predictions. Per the scientific method, this means the models have been falsified. CO2 may have *some* effect on climate, but actual data from the real world indicate that the magnitude of the effect is too small to worry about.

    • Arrimine

      Seems you have a popular opinion in here. Regardless of your personal feelings on the matter, do you acknowledge that the climate science community overwhelmingly supports the AGW model?

      • roshetar

        By “climate science community” do you mean all the scientists getting government funding to “study” climate change? I acknowledge that every single one such scientist/academic supports the AGW model. If they did not, the grant money would disappear – they are not suicidal, just corrupt.

      • Nixonfan

        The “astronomy science community” overwhelmingly supported the Ptolemaic model. The concept of “scientific consensus” is anti-science. Science progresses by testing hypotheses against subsequent evidence. In the case of AGW, the evidence has contradicted the consensus.

      • mnemos

        @Arrimine – Actually, the climate science community supports data collection, models and results – to that extent I agree with you. The conclusions reported as “anthropogenic global warming” often don’t have their support. For example, literally, “anthropogenic global warming” means human activity has influenced the climate – which most climate scientists would agree with. What is reported as anthropogenic global warming is that human activity is the dominant cause of climate change – very different and that doesn’t have the same level of support. And then, the IPCC states in its methodology that it uses 6 sigma worst case assumptions for their recommendations and summary documents – which most scientists would agree is silly. Beyond that, there are a host of recommendations in IPCC reports which are political, not scientific, for which the climate science community’s opinion is not professional, or even well grounded in reality.

  • Rick Johnson

    Australia should be added to the winners list. Our international standing might not have changed much, but we got rid of the Green/Socialist alliance that had been destroying this country. The new regime is timid and has made some errors, but at least we aren’t continuing to plummet downhill.

    • Nixonfan

      I don’t know why Oz gets Tony Abbott, Canada gets Steve Harper, Britain gets Dave Cameron, and we get a communist. It’s not fair.

  • Dave6034

    What about Nobel Peace Laureate Barack Obama? Doesn’t he get a participation trophy or something?

    • Clive_G

      Stay tuned for the losers – he’s the template.

  • bscook111

    It appears Europe is stepping back politically a couple of centuries. Britain and Germany allied in the west, Russia alone but disturbing in the east, Islam a bit riotous in the south, and France and Italy quite badly hung over back at the ranch. In the US it seems time for a George Washington foreign policy… at least until our own competency improves.

  • Nixonfan

    “Climate skeptics have a secret weapon that more than evens the odds: inertia.” Yeah, that and the refusal of the climate to warm as predicted by those silly “climate models”.

  • No drama no more

    In his quest to funamentally change America, he has been successful, but this is the result… A much more dangerous world, and significantly less capability for America to respond. I hope that the libs who supported all this hope and change junk are happy.

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