Some stuff going on in the world that doesn't really pop up in the main stream news, especially with the elections previously going on. I hear about some of these things, then usually google it to find a published story about it. One of the articles I already posted in the North Korea thread, but I'll also include it here. I'll try to keep this thread up to date with different world happenings. I think it might be worth a discussion because other countries are starting to step their game up and are no longer intimidated by the U.S. As some of our international adversaries improve themselves in addition to our declining military and international impact, this will be something both the current President and future ones will have to deal with. http://www.aljazeera.com/news/middleeast/2012/11/20121182048162355.html http://www.abcactionnews.com/dpp/ne...cording-to-us-defense-officials#ixzz2BhA4CeYu http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/may/23/philippines-china-ships-scarborough-shoal http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne+News/Asia/Story/A1Story20120619-353755/3.html http://www.aljazeera.com/programmes/101east/2012/07/201273093650328417.html Video discussing the standoff and China's military growth http://aje.me/Q3LBOn Some interesting tidbits, Iran shooting at our drones has actually happened before. The article talking about Russia last visiting us in 2009 is not entirely true, the nuclear class Akula was actually in the Gulf of Mexico this summer. Also, China is greatly stepping up its presence in the Pacific and literally took the Scarborough reef from the Philippines and they have asked us for help against China. We remain a bystander and this is still going on right at the moment.