"This is now the great mystery of Brazilian politics: what will Marina do?"
If Geert Wilders were some underemployed bigot ranting in a pub, you'd just move away from him.
The headlines in the Western media all said more or less the same thing when Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu pulled the plug on the latest round of the "Middle East peace process" last Sunday.
The best defence is a good offence.
Will the 21st century belong to China? For a while, perhaps - but only in the sense that it was said to belong to Japan in the 1980s.
United Nations Secretary-general Ban Ki-moon has called for an end to the Israeli blockade of the Gaza Strip.Britain, France, Germany and Russia have done the same. After Israeli commandos killed nine peace activists last week aboard a ship that was trying to deliver humanitarian aid to Gaza, even United States Secretary of State Hillary Clinton called the blockade "unsustainable and unacceptable". But how can it be ended?
"The Government does not want to negotiate, so I think many more people will die," Red Shirt leader Sean Boonpracong said in Bangkok on Monday.
"If aliens visit us, the outcome would be much as when Columbus landed in America, which didn't turn out well for the Native Americans," said the world's most famous theoretical physicist, Stephen Hawking, late last month.
"The real problem in Cyprus is not that the status quo is unsustainable," said Phedon Nicolaides of the European Institute of Public Administration in an article in the Cyprus Mail last September.
Recently, three Americans with special status - they have commanded missions to the moon - made their dismay about the country's space programmes public.
The international agenda is jammed with high-level meetings on nuclear weapons: a United States-Russian treaty on cutting strategic nuclear weapons last week, a Washington mini-summit on non-proliferation this week, and a full-dress review of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) next month.
I make this comparison only on the clear understanding that I am not referring to any specific mother-in-law of mine, past or present.
By the time Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu left Washington last Wednesday night, after postponing his departure twice, there was general agreement in the American media that his visit had been disastrous.
As a general rule, we should all encourage and support international co-operation. Once in a while, however, a proposal comes along that is so disconnected from reality that you check the date in case it's April Fool's Day.
There are notable differences between Woodrow Wilson, the 28th president of the United States, and Umaru Yar'Adua, the current president (more or less) of Nigeria.