Edited by Syed M.
Dec 11 - 17, 2000
*** "GLOBALISATION EXPANDS THE
OPPORTUNITIES for unprecedented human advance for some, but shrinks
those opportunities for others and erodes human security."
(Activists at an international health meeting in
Savar criticising the UN for wavering off the track of equitable
*** "WHO ARE THE AUTHORITIES trying to
fool? They can no longer fool us. Solidarity is good indeed, but it
cannot, in any case, be used to hide the government's failure to
(A Moroccan jobless graduate commenting on the
campaign launched by King Mohammed VI to raise funds for the poor and
the lack of genuine welfare policy)
*** "NAME A SINGLE ORDINARY CITIZEN in
whose favour the minister's privilege was exercised. Has any poor man
ever been given a quota in recognition of his services to the democracy?
. . . Is it's a privilege to plunder national wealth while the common
man remains deprived of clean drinking water? The tillers of the land
were not allowed to benefit from land reforms either."
(Justice Khalilur Rahman Ramday lambasting the
privilege for allocating of LPG quotas 'for those who fought for
democracy' during a case heard by a five-member bench of the Lahore High
Court. He mentioned Nawaz Sharif and Benazir Bhutto, both two-time prime
*** "GOVERNMENTS ARE, more and more,
blocking access to the Internet to guard against information that's
critical of them or offensive to the culture. Tools like this can
counteract that trend."
(Cindy Cohn, an attorney working for an Internet
free-speech organisation in San Francisco, commenting on about-to-be
released software by group of anonymous hackers which will bypass
restrictions to access websites otherwise banned by a national
*** "MOST OF THESE CHEMICALS didn't exist
50 years ago. Now they're building up in the bodies of every living
being on earth. They're contaminating the food we eat, the air we
breathe and the water we drink."
(A statement issued by environmental pressure group
Greenpeace which staged a demonstration in front of a convention centre
in Johannesburg which is the venue of negotiations on a global treaty to
ban toxic pollutants)
*** "DESPITE THE HUMAN, material and
economic losses and the return of a punitive policy, the Palestinian
people remain determined to continue the struggle against Israel."
(Palestinian National Authority declaring
continuation of struggle despite heavy-arm tactics against unarmed and
besieged Palestinians in the Israeli-occupied territories)
*** "AMERICA HAS TURNED SADDAM HUSSEIN
into the devil to justify its physical and military presence in the
Middle East. President Saddam is more popular now than he was before the
embargo was imposed."
(French foreign minister Claude Cheysson on his
arrival to Baghdad along with 115 European politicians, clergymen and
members of NGOs in defiance of US-led UN sanctions on Iraq)
*** "I HAVE BROUGHT 6,000 letters and
petitions to ask the King to stop the suffering and cruelty of the dog
skin trade and to improve animal welfare in the country generally."
(British animal rights activist Kim Cooling who
presented a petition to the King of Thailand to step in to halt the
slaughter of some 33,000 dogs in the country every year for their meat
*** "THIS IS A GOOD GESTURE but Vajpayee
needs to improve it. He needs to say that Kashmir is a disputed
territory and should be resolved through tripartite talks (between
India, Pakistan and Kashmir)."
(Leader of pro-independence All-Party Hurriyet
Conference of Indian-occupied Kashmir, Abdul Ghani Lone commenting on
peace initiative from Indian Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee)
*** "IF THIS HAD BEEN a cricket match, a
lot of people would have been tempted to look a lot more closely at the
(Indian national media lampooning the winning of Miss
World title for the fifth time suggesting the victory of recent Miss
World Priyanka Chopra was stage-managed)