Surprise of the week: the club of African presidents (aka the African Union) has held a special meeting and declared that African presidents should be immune from prosecution for genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes while they are in office.
The media spotlight on the Arab world shifts focus almost every month: counterrevolution in Egypt, civil war in Syria, an American raid in Libya ... It rarely stays on Iraq for long, because the violence there has been going on so long that it has become part of the scenery. But just be patient a little longer.
A salient feature of American ''exceptionalism'' is the belief that the United States can never be ordinary. If it is not the best, then it must be the worst. If it is not destined to dominate the world forever, then it is doomed to decline and decay.
When Iran's new president, Hassan Rouhani, arrived home from the United Nations General Assembly meeting last Friday, demonstrators at Teheran airport threw eggs, shoes and stones.
Two governments did bold, brave things last week.
Campaign strategist James Carville coined the phrase ''It's the economy, stupid'' to focus the attention of campaign workers on the one key issue that would get Bill Clinton elected president in the 1992 US election.
It was already looking likely President Bashar al-Assad's regime would survive - it has had the upper hand militarily in the Syrian civil war for at least six months now - but the events of the past two weeks have made it virtually certain.
It's not a question of whether ''Mutti'' (Mum) will still be in power after the German election this Sunday.
Last May, with considerable trepidation, I wrote an article about what seemed to be extraordinarily high rates of rape in Africa.
When someone pulls a rabbit out of a hat, it's natural to be suspicious. Magicians are professionals in deceit - and so are diplomats. But sometimes the rabbit is real.
''Each time one of us thinks 'I'll just stand aside and things will happen without me and I'll wait', then he is helping this disgusting feudal system that sits like a spider in the Kremlin,'' said Alexei Navalny, often billed as Russia's top opposition leader, as he sat in a courtroom in Kirov in July awaiting conviction on embezzlement charges.
''Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me'' - so the British Parliament decided it didn't want to be shamed by following another prime minister into another unwinnable war on the basis, yet again, of shoddy intelligence reports.
Over the past two weeks we have seen the following computer system crashes:
A dilemma is by its very nature a choice between evils, and that is what now faces other countries over the use of poison gas in Syria. All the options may be ''on the table'', but none of them are good.
"The world has failed us,'' said Ecuador's President Rafael Correa.
It's a silly question, obviously, but it still has to be asked.
The Australian boat people are getting to be a problem.
Edward Snowden is safe from American ''justice'' for the moment, and he will certainly go down as the most effective whistle-blower in history.
The most important hamburger in the history of the world was cooked (but only half-eaten) in London on Monday.
''I will not go into exile like Bettino Craxi was forced to,'' Italy's former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi said, as he awaited the outcome of his final appeal against a four-year prison sentence for tax fraud.