Edited by Syed M.
Dec 04 - 10, 2000
*** " GOOD SISTER . . . Pardon any
mistakes I may have made, or any pain that I may have caused you."
(Recorded apology of deposed prime minister Nawaz
Sharif to his arch political rival, former prime minister Benazir Bhutto.
Sharif and Bhutto, both two-time prime ministers, are facing numerous
*** "IF YOU ARE A GOOD PARENT, you are a
good parent in a rich country, in a poor country, in a communist
country, in a free country."
(Arletis Blanco Perez, on the future of her
five-year-old son with whom she fled the US for her native Cuba)
*** "QUEEN ELIZABETH II has revoked US
independence for 'failure to elect anybody as President of the USA and
thus to govern yourselves and, by extension, the free world'."
(Mock notice from the Queen of England published by a
number of US newspapers in the aftermath of the Florida deadlock)
*** "WE ARE THE MOST voracious consumers
in the world. A world could die because of the way we North Americans
live. Give it a rest. November 24 is the Buy Nothing Day."
(TV commercial asking people to stay away from
shopping on November 24, the Buy Nothing Day to make fun of consumerism.
The event started in the US in 1993 is now celebrated in more than 40
countries around the world)
*** "THIS IS THE HARVEST of the peace
process, de facto apartheid and social and economic suffocation . . .
People have no faith in the process. They do not believe in the
so-called peace, and they feel they have nothing to loose. This is the
(Director of Gaza City's Palestinian Centre for Human
Rights in Gaza, Raji Sourani, commenting on the popular uprising against
*** "*** "I CAN HOLD things in both
hands and turn the pages of a book. It's brilliant."
(Eleven-year-old Jeremy Driver expressing happiness
at successful testing of world's first bionic hand in Nottingham, UK)
*** "THE RESULTS RECONFIRM that aspirin is
beneficial in preventing a first myocardial infraction."
(Study conducted by Yale School of Medicine, USA,
showing that taking aspirin regularly reduces the risk of heart attacks
by over 30 per cent)
*** "IT REALLY IS TIME . . . that we moved
British politics beyond the time of Margaret Thatcher."
(British Prime Minister Tony Blair slamming the
former Iron Lady for publicly attacking his policy of contribution of
troops to a European Union rapid action force calling it 'a monumental
*** "I THINK THIS IS VERY, very unfair.
They were not supposed to get bail. Apartheid is still running in this
(Johan Botha, father-in-law of one of three black
job-seekers who were mauled by police dogs repeatedly by white policemen
in South Africa)
*** "ANY STUPIDITY carried out by the
enemy will open the gate of hell and the price will be very high and
they will not be able to bear it."
(Armed wing of Hamas, Ezzedin Al Qassam, warning
Israel of repercussions if it tried to kill any Palestinian Islamic or
*** "FOUR MEN IN DARK SUITS got out, and
then the fifth man looked friendly so I went up and asked him 'Excuse
me, do you know where there's a toilet here anywhere.'"
(Twelve-year-old Berlin boy Tarkan Lohde describing
how he slipped past German President Johannes Rau's bodyguards and asked
the surprised head of the state for directions to the nearest washroom)
*** "AT FIRST I was really worried but
have been told that it's a gift and nothing to worry about."
(Father of two-year-old Harry Fairweather whose
magnetic force field triggers the alarms whenever he visits a shop in
*** "WITH ITS GROTESQUELY excessive
military spending, Switzerland is in a league of its own
(Leader of Swiss Socialist Party Werner Marti which
gathered 100,000 signatures needed to force a referendum for $ 1 billion
annual military spending to maintain large-scale reserve forces, fighter
planes, armour and artillery)