Two massacres committed by the Egyptian army in one week.
As it happens, I was in Detroit this month. I went to see the art and the architecture, domains in which Detroit is still one of the richest cities in the United States. It's broken, and it's broke, and now it's officially bankrupt too.
Genocide is always a difficult crime for courts to deal with, and all the more so when it happened 42 years ago.
If you drop a frog in a pot of boiling water, so they say, it will hop right out again. Frogs aren't stupid. Well, OK, but they're not THAT stupid.
Edward Snowden, a former contractor to the US Central Intelligence Agency, has been trapped in the transit lounge of Sheremetyevo Airport in Moscow for more than two weeks, while the United States Government strives mightily to get him back in its clutches.
If the people in charge of the various opposition parties in Egypt had any strategic vision, they would not have launched the mass protests that caused the army to oust president Mohamed Morsi on July 4.
Egypt and Turkey have the same basic political problem. Democracy can work, despite huge ideological differences, but only if everybody is willing to be very tolerant of other people's ideas and values.
On June 11, the Nicaraguan Parliament voted in favour of building a $US40 billion ($NZ51 billion) canal across the country, connecting the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans.
The news on the population front sounds bad: birth rates are not dropping as fast as expected, and we are likely to end up with an even bigger world population by the end of the century.
Fool me once, shame on you (the Taliban regime in Afghanistan helped al Qaeda to plan 9/11. We must invade).
You certainly can't say that Iranian elections are boring.
As I write this, Nelson Mandela is still with us.
All students of geopolitics are familiar with the legend that Egypt has privately warned all the governments upstream on the Nile that it will start bombing if they build dams on the river without its permission.
Sometimes, in diplomacy, a translator is not enough. You need a code-breaker. This is very much the case with the latest round of diplomatic statements about the civil war in Syria, currently the biggest armed conflict anywhere in the world. So here they are, deciphered.
Imagine for a moment that all the wars of the world have come to a peaceful conclusion. Most violent crime against people and property has also been eradicated. The worst outbreak of violence in the world in the past 24 hours has been a fight in a bar in Irkutsk, Russia.
Keeping a file of random clippings is an old-fashioned thing to do, but sometimes it offers you unexpected connections. Sometimes it's a connection that you don't even want to see. But there it is, so what are you going to do about it?
Shinzo Abe, now six months into his second try at being prime minister of Japan, is a puzzling man.
The first time Nawaz Sharif became prime minister of Pakistan was almost 25 years ago. His second term was ended 14 years ago by a military coup that drove him into exile. Now he's back, a good deal older - but is he any wiser?
The story so far: Cody Wilson, who describes himself as a ''crypto-anarchist'' and almost certainly wears a Second Amendment belt-buckle, had a bright idea early last year.
After making two major air strikes in and near Damascus in three days, Israel informed the Assad regime on Tuesday it was not taking sides in the Syrian civil war. But of course it is.