An ominous anniversary in Europe, in a year rather full of them. There may still be lessons to learn.
The paradox of David Koch, who died last week, is that his political activism ended up empowering forces that were deeply hostile to his libertarian convictions.
Australia's constitution is difficult to amend, and that's not a bad thing. But resistance to change is far from uniform.
Italy looks to be heading towards a coalition of some sort between the populists and the centre-left. Will Silvio Berlusconi join in?
Britain could be headed for a constitutional crisis that can be likened to that of 1975 in Australia. But the differences are more revealing than the similarities.
Like its Italian counterpart, the British parliament faces big decisions about whether to bring down a government and what to put in its place, but it does so under somewhat different constitutional rules.
The Italian far right is making its bid for power, and it will take an unlikely degree of unity among its opponents to stop it.
The world may yet pay a dreadful price for having failed to address the issue of Kashmir when it might have been resolved peacefully.
Betting odds on the Brexit options reveal a rather unexpected conjunction of opinions.
Once again, the right of a "controversial" speaker to enter Australia is up for debate. His supporters seem oblivious to the contradictions in their position.