*** "The United
Nations mission is not limited to the settlement of conflicts among states . . .
this mission extends to defending human dignity within each state and where
necessary as the Charter permits against states."
(French prime minister, Lionel Jospin, speaking at the 54th General
Assembly of the UN. The Secretary General of the UN, Kofi Annan, also endorsed military
intervention over human rights abuses and disbanding of sovereign impunity cover by the
*** "WE DO not only check the quality of food
provided, but we are also keen that food is stored in good condition at school cafeterias
. . . checking that pure water is provided to all private schools in the emirate."
(Head of the Health Section at Sharjah Municipality, Ali Abdulqadir
Murshid, on stricter hygienic measures at private schools )
*** "TO SAY the least, I am no expert. To be
completely blunt . . . I watch my children . . . surfing the net and feel, a mild, not to
say profound sense of humiliation . . . Its a big psychological barrier to get
(British prime minister Tony Blair confessing humiliation at his
ignorance of the internet and saying that he would sign up basic computer skills course)
*** "EDUCATION IS a luxury only the rich can afford.
Will education put food on my table, will it bring me medicines when I am ill? Education
is useless for us. My children will help me in my work which will eventually help for our
(Sentiments expressed by slum dwellers of Delhi. Social workers say
that the disillusion is caused by the decades of oppression and exploitation which have
made the residents not to expect too much from life and the feeling that their children
are not going to do much better than them even if they go to school)
*** "THE ADOLESCENT fled her employers Paris
home . . . she was found wandering the streets, carrying a knife saying she wanted to
(French police investigating a probe which accused an unnamed
Paris-based Indian diplomat for keeping an Indian girl as slave)
*** "WE HOPE that some responsible government
functionary would remove the impression created by the former foreign secretary that the
army did not want the resolution of the Kashmir dispute."
(A senior Pakistani military source rejecting former foreign secretary,
Niaz A. Naiks claim that had there been no Kargil crisis, Pakistan and India would
have reached a settlement on Kashmir in September or October this year)
*** "THINKING OF donating blood in the U.S.?
Dont bother in fact, you wont be allowed to if you were in Britain
for a total of six months or more between 1980 and 1996."
(Concern that the blood could be contaminated with mad-cow disease
which has made US health officials not to accept blood donations from the above mentioned
*** "AT LEAST ten innocent civilians were killed by
security forces when they refused to vote."
(Yasin Malik, a leader of All Parties Hurriyat Conference in
Indian occupied Kashmir, on the atrocities committed by Indian army to bring voters to
*** "THE GREATEST thing you can do is provide somebody
a wonderful education, and youd like to do that in a way that they can really focus
on their studies."
(Bill Gates, chairman of Microsoft Corporation and the wealthiest US
individual, on donating $ 1 billion for college scholarships to minority students over
next 20 years. The donation is hailed as the largest gift in the history of higher
*** "DEMOCRACY IN South Asia is not about people, it
is about access to state power . . . Despite their democratic leanings, South Asian states
had failed to provide their people with freedom from the worst forms of deprivation. This
paradox forms the political crux of South Asias crisis of governance."
(UN Development Programme report prepared by Islamabad-based
Mahbub-ul-Huq Human Development Centre which characterised democracy in the region as
one step forward, two steps backward)
Edited by Syed M. Aslam