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May 21, 2000

*** A MEETING that is very open, very frank, very flexible, very practical, very realistic. But it is the Kashmir dispute that we have to address."

(Chief Executive Gen. Pervez Musharraf offering tete-a-tete to Indian Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee)

*** "I THINK it is high time for the European nations to forget about their colonial dreams and begin realising that at least with the government of Cuba, they will have to learn to deal with as as we are, an independent nation . . . We haven’t died . . . Cuba will continue to be on this planet."

(Cuban official Ricardo Alarcon on the cancellation of Havana’s high-level visit to the EU angered by EU nations’ backing of a UN censure of human rights record)

*** "WE ARE and want to be part of Europe. But [we] are not this partner at any price."

(Austria’s far-right leader Joerg Haider relinquishing the charge as head of Freedom Party)

*** "I LOVE you."

(Virus camouflage as cyber greeting which affected over one million computer files worldwide)

*** "HURT IS not the answer . . . I will die. I will commit suicide before I take a bribe . . . I don’t know what to do. My wife can’t sleep at night. I hold my daughter all night."

(Indian cricket coach and former captain Kapil Dev breaking down during a television interview denying match-fixing allegation)

*** "IT IS consumed almost universally and its use doesn’t rely on economic levels . . . people consume it in equal amounts each day."

(Member of University of Toronto’s research team Rizwan Yusofali which has perfected a process to develop an inexpensive ‘super salt’ which could treat health problems associated with iron deficiency)

***"This means many Indian cows and buffaloes suffer cruel slaughter only for their skin, making meat a by-product of leather, rahter than the other way around."

(People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), a US-based group, threatening India’s leather industry with costly lawsuits for pre-slaughter cruel treatment of the animals)

*** "BRITAIN WAS not a founder member of the EU, it isn’t in the euro and its always sniping about Brussels; yet more and more UK officials are making it into high places."

(French official complaining about the increased number of British officials in European Commission)

*** "WHO GAVE us the right to overthrow Saddam Hussein?"

(Former US foreign service official who served as acting US ambassador speaking at a seminar on US policies toward Iran and Iraq)

*** "NOTHING HAS changed. For them market-led development is still the answer, and trickle-down growth and privatisation they think will finally help the poor. This has been proven wrong over and over again."

(Shalmali Guttal of Bangkok-based NGO, Focus on the Global South, rejecting ADB’s claim that its new poverty reduction strategy has changed its approach)

*** "NEW TECHNOLOGIES create the potential for invasions of privacy and rights on a scale that could scarcely have been imagined even 20 years ago."

(Simon Davies, Director-general of a London-based civil liberties group ‘Privacy International’, criticising British government’s $ 39 million Internet spy centre to snoop on all e-mail messages. Fifteen million of Britain’s 55 million population has access to the Internet)

*** "PUTIN’S GREAT advantage is that he is not Yeltsin."

(Sergei Kalmykov, deputy director of the Kremlin-connected Politika Foundation, commenting on the rise of Vladimir Putin as the President of Russia)

*** "THIS IS just the same as London. We thought it would be different here in Chile."

(Sons of General Augusto Pinochet on Chile’s new centre-left government’s insistence to try the former dictator for killings and torture during 1973-78)

Edited by Syed M. Aslam