I wanted you to be the first to know. It has just been revealed by the Combating Terrorism Centre at West Point Military Academy in the United States I am on a very short list of journalists (eight in Western countries, and seven others in India, Pakistan and Arab countries) to whom Osama bin Laden wanted to send "special media material" on the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on the United States. To what do I owe this honour?
The Oslo Accords, signed in 1993, were supposed to lead, through a "peace process", to the final solution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict: two sovereign states living side by side in peace. It would have been a sulky, grumpy peace, and the Palestinians would only have got a tiny, overcrowded, impoverished and completely demilitarised country, but at least they would have had a state at last.
President Omar al-Bashir of Sudan has been having some fun with language recently. He has come up with a new name for the Sudan People's Liberation Movement (SPLM), the party that has formed the government of South Sudan since it finally got its independence from Sudan last July.
"It is never easy to persuade those who have acquired power forcibly of the wisdom of peaceful change," Aung San Suu Kyi once remarked.
We have just had the second Nuclear Security Summit, in Seoul. It got surprisingly little attention from the international media although 53 countries attended.
After Mohamed Merah died in a hail of French police bullets last Thursday, people who had known him talked about "a polite and courteous boy" who liked "cars, bikes, sports and girls".
Reporter: "What do you think of Western civilisation, Mr Gandhi?" Mohandas Gandhi: "I think it would be a good idea."
Last Wednesday, just as Chinese Vice-president Xi Jinping arrived in the United States for a four-day visit, US President Barack Obama told an audience of American workers in Milwaukee: "Manufacturing is coming back!"
As the Syrian opposition abandons nonviolent protest for armed resistance, many people think this means President Bashar al-Assad and his Baathist regime are in even deeper trouble than before.
Four decades ago, Norman Borlaug, accepting the Nobel Peace Prize for his work on raising crop yields worldwide (the "green revolution"), said: "I have only bought you a 40-year breathing space to stabilise your population."
The answer to a question often depends on how you ask it, and Alex Salmond is doing all he can to get a "yes".
The most important thing in Taiwanese politics is always left unsaid. When I interviewed Ma Ying-jeou in 2008, just before he won the presidency for the first time, he was happy to talk about the details of his plans for better relations with the People's Republic of China: direct flights, more trade and the like.
The eastern half of what used to be Pakistan narrowly escaped a military coup last month.
The Durban climate summit that ended a week ago yesterday has been proclaimed a great success.
One senior European politician said angrily that British Prime Minister David Cameron was "like a man who comes to a wife-swapping party without his wife", and there was some truth in that.
"Throughout the day, it was like receiving reports from a war zone," said Communist Party deputy head Ivan Melnikov last Sunday, speaking about the thousands of calls he had received from regional offices about ballot-box stuffing and other violations in the Russian parliamentary elections.
The plans for a new global deal on climate change lie broken and abandoned. The usual suspects are meeting again, this time in Durban, but there is even less hope of progress than there was in Cancun last year.
The "Arab Spring" was fast and dramatic: non-violent revolutions in the streets removed dictators in Tunisia and Egypt in a matter of weeks, and similar revolutions got under way in Libya, Syria, Bahrain and Yemen. The "Arab Autumn" is a much slower and messier affair but, despite the carnage in Syria and the turbulent run-up to Egypt's first democratic elections, the signs are still positive.
Burma is the second-poorest country in Asia (after North Korea), although 50 years ago it was the second richest.
For most of its 66-year history, the Arab League was a powerless organisation, dominated by autocratic regimes that made sure it never criticised their lies and crimes. But suddenly, this year, it woke up and changed sides.