Edited by Syed M.
Dec 18 - 24, 2000
*** "THE QUALITY OF WHAT YOU SAY COUNTS:
not your designer tie, not your shoes, not your fashion haircut, not
whether you are beautiful or ugly, just your voice. If you don't talk,
you don't exist."
(Manager of a Zurich restaurant which offers dining
in pitch black where diners cannot see the diners, waitress or the food
they eat. The restaurant has been an instant success with reservations
running four months in advance)
*** " . . . THE PACE OF TECHNOLOGICAL
change threatens to erode America's technical advantage in intelligence-
an advantage that has long been a pillar of our national security."
(Director of US intelligence agency CIA, George
Tenet, expressing concerns that America's technical superiority in
intelligence gathering is under threat from rapid advances in
*** "'HE VIOLATED IT NOT ONCE, he violated
it not twice, but regularly like clockwork.' 'Except for his name, he
violated every word.'"
(Prosecutor Feliciano Bemonte's and Prosecutor Joker
Arroyo's respective opening comments on the breaking of oath of office
by Philippine President Joseph Estrada on the first day of his
*** "YOU HAVE MANY PEOPLE in the United
States, Elian, who are wishing you a happy, happy birthday. You are back
where you belong."
(Joan Brown Campbell, who campaigned relentlessly in
favour of Cuban boy Elian Gonzalez's return to his native country,
speaking at a celebration marking 7th birthday of the boy in his home
town of Cardenas)
*** "I ONLY saw him a handful of times . .
. Sadly I never really knew the man. I had a great deal of anger towards
Dad because of his negligence and his attitude to peace and love. That
peace and love never came home to me."
(Son of Beatle John Lennon, Julian Lennon, angrily
looking back at his father's legacy on his website twenty years after he
was gunned down outside his New York apartment)
*** "THERE'S NO RIGHT to a minimum wage,
there's no right to employment, there's no right to housing. The whole
charter is a disgrace."
(One of demonstrator staging a protest against the
EU's new Charter at the EU summit in Nice, France)
*** "COME LET US reason together and heal
the hurt deep inside, reach out a hand to a brother and heal the great
(Song penned overnight by country singer Larry Gatlin
on the request of US President-elect George W. Bush's wife Laura for
church service attended by the couple in their ancestral town of
suburban Austin, Texas)
*** "YES, I MADE IT."
(Briton Bob Talley's loud uttering on reading a
congratulatory telegram from Queen Elizabeth on his 100th birthday
seconds before the sudden death)
*** "WE PLEDGE TO BOYCOTT, and call for
boycotting, all hostile and cultural American institutions in Syria and
to abstain from any relations with them."
(Statement issued by some 3,000 Syrian intellectuals
who have formed a committee to promote a boycott of US goods as a
protest against its biased siding with Israel)
*** "IN KASHMIR, Indian security forces
used draconian counter-insurgency measures, including arbitrary arrest,
torture and staged 'encounter killings' against Muslim citizens
suspected of supporting guerrilla activity."
(Hong Kong-based Asian Human Rights Commission
commenting on Rights situation in Asia region as grim including the
situation in Indian-held Kashmir)
*** "THE EXECUTIVE Committee of the
Council of Ministers agreed to the total suspension of direct telephone
links between Cuba and the United States."
(The brief statement issued by tiny island of Cuba
announcing to cut off direct telecommunication links with its
all-powerful neighbour the US from December 15 due to inability of 15
American companies to pay taxes imposed by Havana in October)