• Metaphor alert: Japan recently ended its Afghanistan-related naval refueling mission in the Indian Ocean. Now China is considering taking over.
  • Meanwhile, Japan and China are quarrelling again over exploitation of gas fields in the East China Sea.
  • The US Navy foresees big budgetary problems with the Joint Strike Fighter.
  • Himalayan glaciers: Devastating London Times report on a huge howler by the IPCC.
  • Laser dazzlers? Stink bombs? Sea Shepherd's fight against whaling is high tech.