Edited by Syed M.
Dec 25 - 31, 2000
*** "POWELL'S THREATS DO NOT frighten us
and they will not make us bow . . . Let him make threats. Others have
done the same before him."
(Commander of Iraq's air defences, General Shaheen
Mohammad Yassin, reacting to US Secretary of the state-designate Colin
Powell's warning that President Saddam Hussain's days were numbered)
*** "THEY DID NOT PAY the bill. But I have
got the address of someone in America I can send the bill to."
(Mike Bell, owner of the London Pub where US
President Bill Clinton and his entourage enjoyed a lunch without paying
*** "I HAVE ALWAYS the distinction of
being a Millennium President, the first left-handed president, the first
president with a moustache, the first under-graduate and college
(Philippines President Joseph Estrada who is under
corruption trial and increased demand for his impeachment)
*** "I HAVE FILED an incomplete asset
declaration, but I did not intend to, because I had no reason to conceal
(Thai prime ministerial hopeful Thaksin Shinawatra
admitting he did not declared $ 15 million of assets and insisting that
he had simply forget to make the disclosure)
*** "WE WERE WORKING LIKE SLAVES."
(One of deliveryman for a supermarket chain in New
York who won a $ 3 million collective settlement for earning $ 2 an hour
instead of federal minimum wage of $ 5.15 per hour)
*** "IN MY 25 YEARS in Congress, I have
never seen such an act of injustice. This is an absolute outrage. These
are Gestapo-like tactics."
(US Congressman David Bonior demanding the
resignation of Attorney General Janet Reno for keeping Palestinian
university professor, Al Najjar, without charge in a Jail since 1997 in
Florida on 'secret evidence'. He was freed only recently)
*** "TODAY IS THE END of a long personal
struggle to stop this abhorrent practice."
(Representative Randy Cunnigham on the clearing of
bill by the US Congress which would ban cutting off a shark's fin and
throwing the dying fish back into the sea in US territorial waters)
*** "IN MY VIEW their coming to power will
be against the national interest of the nation . . . It is the legal
course. Let her take the legal course."
(Pakistani administrative head, Chief Executive
General Pervez Musharraf, commenting on massive corruption during the
two-time tenures of former prime ministers Nawaz Sharif and Benazir
Bhutto ruling out their return to power. Sharif was exiled to Saudi
Arabia early this month while Bhutto is in self-exile and is facing a
number of corruption trials)
*** "YOU'RE ONLY YOUNG FOR SO LONG."
(Dan Dominguez who alongwith Chris Wall on becoming
the youngest pilots to circle the earth in 1957 plane 'Dreamcatcher.'
Dan and Chris, both 22-year old and both from Texas, finished their
*** "A HONEYMOON alienates a newly-wed
couple from the family and filial responsibilities, and creates an
impression that family members interfere with their freedom."
(A leaflet published by Indian Hindu nationalist
group warning that honeymoons are splitting families and leading to a
rise in the number of old people's homes)
*** "INSTEAD OF THE STEREOTYPE OF A
CRIMINAL as a Godfather figure who breaks bones, you now have a more
sophisticated criminal figure who can hack your computer, influence
financial markets around the world, and who can destabilise countries or
(White House National Security Advisor P.J. Crowley
speaking at a press conference at the release of 'International Crime
Assessment report which expresses concerns at an alarming rise in global
*** "THE ONLY REAL CHOICE for us is to
recognise that bipartisanship isn't an option, it's a requirement."
(Minority Leader in the US Senate Tom Daschle, a
Democrat, advocating strict party loyalty in the 50-50 breakdown in the
incoming Senate despite increased cooperation essential to move ahead on
even the simplest of bills)