Edited by Syed M.
Oct 02 - 08, 2000
INSTITUTIONS have turned countries into 'colonies' of multinational corporations
that want access to cheap labour and natural resources . . . Every time the World Bank
lends, it is lending for destruction, it's lending for the transfer of the assets of the
poor . . . It is clear that these institutions are about promoting corporate welfare and
not eliminating poverty."
(Anti-globalisation protesters gearing to hold a counter-summit in
Prague coinciding with the first-ever IMF-World Bank annual meeting outside their
headquarters in Washington DC)
*** "IT IS ATROCIOUS to be living in a world where a
human being's value is about a quarter of a duck's."
(Arthur Smith, main actor of London stage drama, commenting on using an
actor dressed as a duck which is much less costly than a real duck. Real ducks cost $ 375
per day to hire compared to minimum wage of just $ 438 for the entire week for the actor)
*** "YES, THERE ARE THINGS that we've done that have
made people angry, and we should be open enough to admit it."
(British Prime Minister Tony Blair accepting blame for widespread
protests against hike in petroleum prices and miserly increase in the state pension. He
has pledged to lead the leading Labour Party to a second term in office despite its
nosedive in the polls)
*** "WE HAVE DEVOLVED from representative democracy to
corporate democracy . . . The fund raising system is legalized bribery and extortion.
These conventions serve as symbols of corruption . . . The conventions are corporate trade
(Democratic Senator Russ Feingold criticising huge fund-raising in
elections amidst extreme poverty in the prosperous US)
*** "WE ARE WILLING to talk with anybody, anywhere at
any time, but as equals. Why don't we discuss the foreign debt that crushes poor
countries. Why don't we discuss terms of trade that are so unequal, and the savage
imposition of economic systems."
(Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez hosting the OPEC summit in Caracas.
He lashed out at the developed world blaming OPEC for high prices despite levying huge
taxes on oil products themselves)
*** "IF PAKISTAN FAILS, we have major problems. If
Musharraf fails, hardliners could take over, or fundamentalists, or chaos. We can't let
(Remarks attributed to General Anthony C. Zinni who retired as head of
the US central command last month)
*** "AS MY DAYS on earth rapidly draw to a close, I am
proud to have set an example of all that is best in our noble game."
(Ninety-two-year-old Australian cricket legend Sir Donald
*** "HOW DIM-WITTED does the press think voters are?
So dim that they rely on late-night comedians to figure out which presidential candidate
to vote for."
(An US internet site commenting on campaigns by presidential candidates
George Bush and Al Gore on late-night talk shows)
*** "A LARGE HEAD SIZE indicates greater
(Findings of a research conducted by University of Western Ontario)
*** "THE WINNERS OF THE CEMETERY of the Year Awards
are the perfect embodiment of modern, sell-run cemeteries and dispel the myth that
cemeteries are places of gloom and doom."
(Awards administrator Kate Parker announcing best cemetery award in
*** "ENOUGH IS ENOUGH, the sanctions have been imposed
for reasons which don't exist any more and it's time to lift those sanctions."
(Iraqi Deputy Prime Minister Tariq Aziz calling for the lifting of UN
*** "TELLING PEOPLE WHERE THEY CAN GET HELP is a
better way to become engaged with the homeless than buying off your conscience with a few
(Victor Adebowale, chief executive of one of Britain's biggest youth
homelessness charity Centrepoint, warning people that giving money to destitutes encourage
them to seek help)
*** "THE GOVERNMENT IS IN NO MOOD to accept these
declarations from the most privileged chunk of the population as valid."
(Unnamed sources saying that it has put the names of some 60,000 people
living in posh areas in 13 major cities of Pakistan on a watch-list for evading taxes. The
tax survey has also detected another 4,000 plus people in these localities whose power,
phone and gas bills far exceeds their annual income)