Rather than produce our own take on the high and low point of the year that is rapidly coming to a close, we thought readers would have fun identifying and debating their picks for the best and worst events of 2013.
Since I have my nose stuck in newsflow, I may be showing a lack of perspective in finding it hard to single out the most heinous misdeeds given that many of them are part of an overarching effort to put a new, ugly political and economic order being put into place (and suffering through the propaganda is almost as bad as the being on the losing side of this campaign). However, the worsening conditions at Fukushima and Chinese-Japanese-US brinksmanship are clearly candidates.
On the positive side, the Snowden revelations and Putin giving Obama a (barely) face-saving way to back out of escalating the Syrian conflict into what looked likely to become a full-blow regional war.
So readers, what do you flag as the standout events of 2013 and why?