Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks, is not well served by some of his supporters.
Forty-Eight hours after South African police killed 34 striking miners last Thursday, Julius Malema showed up at the Lonmin platinum mine north of Johannesburg to assign the blame.
Two months ago, the United States Department of Agriculture forecast the biggest maize (corn) harvest in history: 376 million tonnes.
Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi's spokesman did not mince words. He said that the "retirement" of all the senior military commanders in the country represented the completion of the Egyptian revolution. And guess what?
How much do tyrants fear mockery?
At last somebody in an official position has said something. United Nations human rights chief Navi Pillay has called for an independent investigation into claims Burmese security forces are systematically targeting the Rohingyas, a Muslim minority community living in the Arakan region.
One of the best tax-avoidance tactics in the late Roman Empire was to sell yourself into slavery. You didn't really have to work as somebody's slave, of course - it was more like rock star Hotblack Desiato being "dead for a year for tax reasons" in Douglas Adams' wondrous confection The Hitch-Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy - but with the legal status of slave, you were exempt from taxation.
In war, moral power is to physical as three parts out of four, said Napoleon, and the past few days have seen a sudden and drastic shift in the balance of moral power in Syria.
What has been happening in North Korea recently is straight out of the "Hereditary Dictatorship for Dummies" handbook.
Abraham Lincoln was right: you can fool all the people some of the time, and you can fool some of the people all of the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time. Unfortunately, his dictum is irrelevant to modern Italian politics. In a democratic country with a number of different parties, like Italy, you only have to fool about one-third of the people all the time to get and keep political power.
The good news about last weekend's election in Libya, as relayed by the Western media, was that the "Islamists" were defeated and the Good Guys won. The real good news was that democracy in the Arab world is still making progress, regardless of whether voters choose to support secular parties or Islamic ones.
It was 42degC in St Louis, Missouri, last weekend, about the same as in Saudi Arabia. Along the United States Atlantic coast, it was cooler, but not much: 41degC in Washington DC, just short of the city's all-time record.
There are cynics among us who would argue that the European Union's oil sanctions against Iran, which went into full effect on July 1, are a double triumph for Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
There was no law against genocide in the early 1940s; it only became an internationally recognised crime after the worst genocide of modern history had actually happened. Similarly, there is no law against "ecocide" now. That will only come to pass when the damage to the environment has become so extreme that large numbers of people are dying from it even in rich and powerful countries.
The United Nations Stabilisation Mission in Syria has suspended its peace mission.
The forthcoming United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development in Rio de Janeiro (Rio+20) on June 20-22, has brought out the usual warnings of environmental doom. They have been greeted with the usual indifference: after all, there are seven billion of us now, and we are all still eating.
Imagine you are a junior officer in a West African army. You joined the army at 18, you worked hard, you went to the United States four times for various training courses, but somehow the promotions never came. You have just turned 40, and in 10 or 15 years you will have to retire on a captain's pension. What to do?
NATO's recent summit in Chicago was mostly about how to get Nato troops out of Afghanistan without causing too much embarrassment to the Western governments that sent them, and a little bit about how to ensure that the Taliban do not take over again, once the Western troops leave.
The second president of the United States, John Adams, predicted in 1780 that "English will be the most respectable language in the world and the most universally read and spoken in the next century, if not before the end of this one".
After 11 demonstrators were killed outside the Ministry of Defence in Cairo early this month, Mohammad al-Assaf, a member of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF), expressed his astonishment that anybody might suspect the military of wanting to rig the forthcoming presidential elections in Egypt.