From Ukrainians' point of view, the priority is not to throw away the revolution as they did 10 years ago. From everybody else's point of view, the priority is to avoid an irreparable breach with Russia. One Cold War was enough.
The indefatigable U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has been astoundingly discreet as a Mideast peace broker. Not a hint of what has been said in private has leaked into the public domain, yet there is almost no hope of a real peace deal.
The Catholic Church consecrates saints with less pomp than was lavished on former South African leader Nelson Mandela during a week-long media orgy. Mandela was no saint; he was just the right man at the right time.
In most democracies, government spending on free health care and anti-poverty programs would be seen as part of the normal political process, but in Thailand, it is regarded by many rich opponents of the current "Thaksin" administration as a form of bribery.
Israel's leaders are dismayed that they can no longer keep their allies and friends pinned in the extreme position of viewing the Iranian regime as composed of evil terrorist fanatics who should never be allowed to have refined uranium.
Just how does China intend to enforce its new "Air Defense Identification Zone" in the East China Sea? National pride and the personal reputation of new President Xi Jinping are both committed to this game now.