By Syed M.Aslam
Sep 18 - 24, 2000
*** "WE'RE ALL DRESSED like seals in our
wet suits. If one of them is hungry, they'll get one of us. I'll be
playing the odds . . . I'll take my chances, one in 51."
(US triathletes, Hunter Radkewich and Hunter Kemper,
commenting on the arrangements made to ward off sharks at Sydney Harbour)
*** "RARELY DOES THE INTERNET have such a
direct economic impact on developing nations."
(Lou Kerner, the chief executive of DotTV, commenting
on the gaining of UN membership by the tiny island nation of Tuvalu
primarily orchestrated by selling of its internet domain address ".tv'
to his US company)
*** "BUT WHATEVER SPORT I would have
picked I would have been the greatest of all time."
(Boxing legend Muhammad Ali asked what sport he would
have chosen had he not become a boxer on the start of his Australian
tour prior to the beginning of Sydney Olympics)
*** "I MUST EXPRESS my disappointment with
some of what I see in the press . . . There is money at work in some
cases . . . People write deliberately wrong stories either for money or
for political reasons . . . I have no desire to stifle the press
although some of what had been printed in Pakistan would have justified
stifling it 10 times over."
(General Pervez Musharraf expressing his dis-satisfaction
about the lack of 'healthy criticism' at press conference in New York)
*** "WE HAVE NOT BEEN sitting on our butts
as regards defense deals."
(Outgoing chairman of National Accountability Bureau,
Lt. Gen. Mohammad Amjad, responding to a question at press conference
that corrupt military officials alone had deposited one billion dollars
in foreign banks from kickbacks in weapons purchase)
*** "*** "ALL THIS STANDS CLEAR
testimony to the fact that the US is, indeed, the paragon of a rogue
(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)
*** "WE STILL HAVE racism in various
sectors of our country. But as far as I am concerned nobody can change
(Former South African president Nelson Mandela saying
that a screensaver on a police computer showing him changing into a
gorilla proved that racism is still rampant in his country)
*** "THE MASK HAS fallen — And the true
face of Atal Bihari Vajpayee has been exposed."
(Senior leader of opposition Congress party of India,
Natwar Singh, criticising the premier for remarks from the platform of
ultra-communal Vishwa Hindu Prasad in New York. He said that Vajpayee's
remarks had exposed the hidden and real agenda of his Bharati Janata
*** "WHAT MY MOTHER did was wrong and she
will pay a price for it through the legal system."
(US Congressman Patrick Kennedy on the charging of
his mother Joan B. Kennedy, the former wife of Senator Edward M.
Kennedy, for drunk driving)
*** "Al Gore waving around a report that
he denounced at a Hollywood fundraiser just a year ago makes him a
deserving candidate for an Oscar award in hypocrisy."
(Spokesman of Republican presidential candidate
George Bush criticising his Democrat opponent Al Gore for warning the
entertainment industry to clean up its act despite collecting over $ 13
million donations from Hollywood)
*** "THE PEOPLE WE ARE protesting against
here — will be the same corporations who are all over the Olympics
putting their brands on what is essentially a corporate Games . . . We
are blockading because people across the world are suffering under
(Protestors at World Economic Forum summit in