*** "The assets
of the 200 richest persons exceeded the combined income of 41 per cent of the worlds
total population . . . The internet is a two-edged sword, cutting many people
in but also increasingly cutting people out as its main users are educated young white
males with access to money."
(Finding of the UNDPs report which showed the stark and ever
widening gap between rich and poor primarily due to the globalisation of the economy)
*** "This is a disgraceful case. A major and well
respected car manufacturer colluded with dealers who were fixing prices, by penalising
(John Bridgeman, director general of Office of Fair Trading UK, on
price-fixing by Volvo Motor Corporation. Volvo admitted that it supported secret
arrangements to fix car prices higher in the UK as compared to Europe)
*** "This money has never made any difference to
mothers life and it wont make any difference to mine . . . I will control the
money. It certainly wont control me . . . I have never gone mad with money and I
dont intend to start now . . . I will not let it ruin my life."
(John Hargreaves of Leeds explaining why a Pound Sterling 6.3 million
inheritance from his unassuming rich mother would not change his life)
*** "The animals have fought for food and they have
become little thieves . . . We have to keep the monkey population low.
(An official of southern Thailand province of Phetchburi where hundreds
of male monkeys will undergo vasectomy)
*** "Thailand has two comparative advantages sex
and golf courses."
(Excerpt of Newsweek report on Thailands prospects for economic
recovery after its worst crisis which caused furore in the country)
*** "The popular perception is, this is a sellout . .
. I dont see mass upheaval, but yes, there is widespread resentment; yes, this could
bring a split in the establishment, and yes, it has strengthened the hands of extremist
(Washington Post quoting an expert on Indo-Pakistan relations at the
Centre for Regional Studies on Clinton-Nawaz agreement to pull out forces from Kargil in
*** "Democracy is not a finished product that you can
buy at a store or a medicine ... to swallow according to a doctors prescription. We
want to restore the credibility of Africa and its institutions. [However] We will not
accept interference in our internal affairs."
(Algerian president, Abdelaziz Bouteflika rejecting an imposed model of
democracy at the 35th summit of the Organisation of African Unity)
*** "Hell never leave. Hes too well off
staying: the stewardesses give him their luncheon vouchers, the cleaners open the showers
for him at dawn, the tourists buy him food and the police take great care of him. What
more a man who is alone in the world hope for?"
(A waitress at a restaurant at Charles de Gaulle Airport Paris on
Sir Alfred, the Iranian-born refugee M. Mehran, who spent 11 years at the
airport due to lost indentity document. Alfreds document was found recently to allow
him entry in the UK which was denied to him in 1988)
*** "While I have not decided to become a candidate at
this time, if the Reform Party nominated me, I would probably run and probably win.
[However] if I won, I would ask for an immediate recount."
(Flamboyant developer cum Casino and hotel mogul, Donald Trump, hinting
at possibility to contest the US presidential election next year)
*** "Parents find their children attracted by products
and role models from alien cultures . . . Instead of widening our choices, globalisation
seem to be forcing us all into the same shallow, consumerist culture giving us the
same appetites but leaving us more than ever unequal in our ability to satisfy them. Many
millions of people have yet to feel its benefits at all.
(Human Development Report of UNDP which said that globalisation
threatens the cultures of the Third World countries because todays flow of
culture is unbalanced and heavily weighted in one direction from rich countries to
*** "They have taken a traditional tobacco product and
turned it into a high delivery nicotine product [to encourage smoking] . . . Tobacco
companies are making it harder for those smokers who want to quit."
(Joint report by British charity Imperial Cancer Reasearch Fund and the
anti-smoking group ASH revealing cigarette manufacturers are using chemical additives to
enhance flavour and addiction)