By Syed M.Aslam
Sep 11 - 17, 2000
*** "I DON'T KNOW where it comes from, but
it feels like I swallow the words down from the sky and they come up
again as poems, already complete and entire."
(Eight-year-old US girl Sahara Sunday Spain who has
secured record advance money of $ 100,000 for a book of poems)
*** "THE BRITISH TEND TO compartmentalise.
Leonardo da Vinci finished his career as a court musician, so maybe I
could end as a painter. I don't want to remain just a pop artist. I get
interested in things. That's my problem." (Former Beatle Paul
McCartney on not content being an accomplished painter and on trying to
be a poet)
(Former Beatle Paul McCartney on not content being an
accomplished painter and on trying to be a poet)
*** " . . . HOW ACCESSIBLE will those
great achievements of science and technology be to the vast masses of
the populations? Will their lives be touched by those inventions and
advances or will these in effect be for the greater exploitation and
marginalising of them?"
(Former South African president and Nobel peace prize
winner, Nelson Mandela, warning that the exclusion of world's poor from
the technological advances of the Internet age would result in global
*** "IF THE PEOPLE of East Timor can be
given their freedom, why not people of Kashmir? . . . We have heard long
lectures on democracy from countries which have laws that actually
encourage corruption by giving ready asylum to plunderers and facilities
for concealment of illicit wealth in secret accounts in their
(Pakistan's administrative head Gen. Pervez Musharraf
demanding solving the Kashmir dispute and ban on the transfers of
ill-gotten wealth by the UN at its Millennium Summit in New York)
*** "I REGRET that the private comments
made it to the public airwaves."
(Republican presidential candidate George W. Bush
commenting on his expletive remark for a New York Times journalist to
his vice presidential running mate, Dick Cheney, which was picked up by
an open microphone)
*** "POVERTY AFFLICTS 80 per cent of the
world's 6 billion people. That poverty was the result of 'conquest,
colonization, slavery and ... imperialism."
(Cuban President Fidel Castro blaming the rich
nations, especially the US, for the global poverty)
*** "HOW STUPID all this acting profession
seems to me at times. For what? Sometimes it seems such a worthless
waste of creativity. I must stop it for a while."
(Letters written by Oscar-winning actress Vanessa
Redgrave to her children in early 1970s expressing unhappiness with her
*** "THE WORLD BELONGS to all its
inhabitants, no double-standard, national or international, can ever be
accepted in the contemporary world."
(Iranian President Mohammad Khatami asking the UN to
treat all members equally and yield to the 'quest of power')
*** "TOLERANCE cannot go hand in hand with
aggression and occupation."
(Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Abdullah accusing Israel
of intransigence and saying that Muslim holy sites in Jerusalem should
be sovereign Palestinian territory)
*** "ALL A SECRET AGENT really knows how
to do is keep his mouth shut or give indirect answers to direct
questions — but that skill will be of no use."
(Pro-government Daily Izvestia of Kremlin commenting
on the planned appearance of Russian President Vladimir Putin on CNN's
Larry King Live)
*** "NO JOURNALIST should ever face the
threat of jail for something he or she writes . . . If criminal
defamation laws can be used by a president to silence journalists, the
media will not be able to play its watchdog role."
(New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists
condemning the jailing of Lasantha Wickremetunga, editor of weekly
'Sunday Leader', for defaming Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga)
*** "ALL THIS STANDS CLEAR testimony to
the fact that the US is, indeed, the paragon of a rogue state."
(North Korean vice-minister for foreign affairs, Choe
Su Hon, accusing the US of an 'insidious and cunning double-faced
strategy' to prevent the meeting of his country's delegation lead by the
figurehead president Kim Yong-Nam with their South Korean counterparts
at the UN Millennium summit in New York. The delegation was subjected to
a 'rude search' by the US airline forcing it to boycott the summit)