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By Syed M.Aslam
Aug 21 - 27, 2000

*** "VENEZUELA IS A sovereign state that takes educated decisions that serve its interests. Why are they (the Americans) offended? We are exercising our most absolute right."

(Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez hitting out at US criticism of becoming the first head of state to visit Iraq since the 1991 Gulf war. He was personally driven around by President Saddam Hussain who was invited by him to the OPEC summit next month in Caracas)

*** "THERE IS NO REGION of the world that the World Bank and IMF could claim as success stories for their policies."

(Mark Weisbrot, co-director of Centre for Economic and Policy Research US, questioning a World Bank study released in March that concludes that policy-induced growth pushed by it and the IMF is good for the poor)

*** "I ASSURE YOU Mr Thackeray that another file against you will be prepared under the same section for which you are facing the music."

(Deputy chief minister of Indian province of Maharashtra, Chhagan Bhujbal, responding to the threat issued by the supremo of extremist Shiv Sena party, Bal Thackeray that 'the country will burn' if he was arrested for 1992-93 riots which resulted in killings of Muslims in Bombay)

*** "WE'RE JEALOUS, to be honest about it. Education is a right. We also have a right to study, but we can't do so because we have no money."

(Eric Torres, president of education activist group Alliance of Concerned Teachers, saying that extreme poverty is driving children out of schools in the Philippines)

*** "I HAVE NEVER found a link between money and happiness, but I have found a link between success and happiness. I don't talk to my children about my money because it is nothing to do with them."

(Paul Sykes, a self-made British technology and property tycoon, who intends to leave his four children nothing of his Pound Sterling 420 million inheritance)

*** "THIS IS the dark side of Silicon Valley . . . I believe my son was a victim of dotcom burnout."

(Father of 26-year Silicon Valley computer entrepreneur Aaron Bunnell who committed suicide. He blamed that stress to succeed to over-night riches is taking a heavy toll on computer entrepreneurs)

*** "FOR ABOUT three to five cups of tea a day, it was found that there was an 8-10 per cent reduction in the probability that the person would suffer from heart disease."

(Douglas Balentine, a Dubai-based British health expert, whose studies show that three cups of tea a day will reduce chances of heart disease by 10 per cent)

*** "TOO OFTEN, I hear that people are finished by the time they're 60, but I think that's completely wrong."

(Nathalie Van Loock, a 102-year-old woman, who is hoping to win six-year term in municipal elections in Brussels, Belgium)

*** "IT IS THE ELITE that has exploited the people and abused the immense potential of the country for their petty gains in total disregard of greater national interests."

(Gen Pervez Musharraf, the administrative head of Pakistan, blaming the privileged class for the social, economic and political woes of the country)

*** "WE ARE NOT A lackey of the U.S. We are free to go anywhere."

(Indonesian President Abdurrahman Wahid, announcing his intention to visit Iraq shortly in defiance of the US which had asked him not to visit five 'rogue states' Iraq, Iran, Libya, Cuba and North Korea)

*** "THEY HAVE TAKEN stealth to a new low . . . It is a classic example of corporate surveillance."

(Attorney General of US state of Michigan, Jennifer M. Granholm, commenting on the surreptitious tracking of Internet users on behalf of pharmaceutical companies by a Boston Technology firm)

*** "THERE ARE SO MANY hotels, clubs and swimming pools in the city. Am I not entitled to get a job of a life-guard at one of these places?"

(Abdul Sattar, a jobless expert diver, credited with saving over a thousand drowning persons in Delhi's Yamuna river. He wonders why people's praise stop short of help him get a job)