It must be terribly hard work being a military dictator these days, having to spend your nights with one eye open in case the down-trodden proles get ideas above their station and run amok through the streets in brazen revolution while you have to flee for your life down a sewage pipe.
I find it startling that in the second decade of the 21st century only 5% of Heads of State are women, examples including Queen Elizabeth II and President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of Liberia. We must do better to raise this statistic before the decade is out.
Since the formation of the World Bank in 1944, a gentlemen's agreement has been in place that gifts the presidency to an American citizen, just as a European traditionally takes the helm of the International Monetary Fund.
Here in Sudan's Nuba Mountains the war isn't nearly over. It's escalating as skirmishes between north and South Sudan become bigger battles. The war is widening and more people are dying - and one day we will ask whether we did enough to stop it.
As the world marks the International Day for Street Children today, children in street situations serve as a grim reminder of how one of the most marginalised and vulnerable groups in the world continues to be deprived of their basic rights; failed by governments, institutions and societies.
Look across the Atlantic and you will find that the UK delisted the group in 2008, and the following year the Council of the European Union removed it from the list of designated terrorist organisations. The only people left to benefit from MEK's current status in the US are the Mullahs of Iran.
Many young people upload photos of themselves on popular websites, and I am thrilled that so many take full advantage of the different social media. However, at the same time it is apparent that too many girls and boys are copying symbols and codes from the pornographic industry.
"Never prophesy, especially about the future." That nicely captures the perils of predictions - so nicely, indeed, that the saying or a version of it has been credited to numerous people, from the movie mogul Sam Goldwyn to baseball's Yogi Berra.
Self-immolations and hunger strikes are very distressing forms of political protest but they have been successful in putting Tibet back into the mainstream media and at visibly showing the collective pain and suffering of the Tibetan people.