By Syed M.Aslam
Apr 02 - 08, 2001
*** "PAKISTANI JOURNALISTS were however,
prone to self-censorship, given that they work without constitutional
protections or democratic safeguards."
(Excerpt from the annual report of the New York
based press watchdog, the Committee to Protect the Journalists)
*** "I WAS A POP STAR, and did
everything possible. But Islam managed to change me into a loyal
husband, father and benefactor."
(Yusuf Islam, former British Pop Star Cat Stevens,
accusing the western media of looking for sensation in Islam rather
than 'the broader picture that brings so much serenity and peace')
*** "IT IS A HUGE transition for the
police to go from protecting the interests of the state to protecting
(Former New York cop Jim Curran who travels the
world helping police officers in newly democratic countries make the
transition from being mere instruments of government terror into
conscious protectors of the people they serve)
*** "THE WORLD will increasingly witness
a new phenomenon — 'water refugees'- millions of people being forced
to leave their homes in search of clean water."
(UK-based development agency 'Tearfund' forecasting
global water crisis)
*** "IT'S ALL JUST an excuse so that
they can put our bills up and we won't make a fuss about it. They can
say 'Hey, do you want more blackouts or do you want to pay more."
(An immigrant worker commenting on the long power
breakdowns in California, the wealthiest state in the US)
*** "I HAVE A TELEVISION so I'm going to
spend some time here to tell you some things."
(Julia Roberts, delivering speech after winning the
Oscar for Best Actress, referring to the academy's offer of a high
definition television to the winner who gave the shortest speech)
*** "ARE YOU with the Chinese press?
Your English is perfect."
(US President George W. Bush's question to a
reporter during an Oval Office appearance with Chinese Vice Premier
Qian Qichen attended by American and Chinese journalists, to get back
to his grammar critics)
*** "YOU WRITE too much. Now you will
not write anymore."
(Unidentified persons who kidnapped and severely
beat Islamabad-based journalist, Shakeel Sheikh)
*** "I AM CERTAIN that in these cases,
legally, I am not guilty."
(Indonesian President Abdurrahman Wahid rejecting
contents of parliamentary censure motion for his role in two financial
*** "THAT'S A WASTE of taxpayers' money
for a crime that wasn't life-threatening."
(State chairman of United Taxpayers of New Jersey
criticising trial and incarceration of a man for stealing 58 cents
from a car which could end up costing taxpayers hundreds of thousands
*** "WE DON'T HAVE an evidence about
money laundering but we received information that they did go to
Germany to open a bank account."
(Philippines Justice Secretary Hernando Perez
disclosing that investigators track transfer of $ 13.2 billion from
Switzerland to Germany last February by Irene, the daughter of former
dictator Ferdinand Marcos)
*** "AS FOR IRAQ, its inconceivable
suffering has gone on far too long. It is time to end this suffering,
and to lift the embargo on Iraq."
(Jordanian King Abdullah calling for lifting of
sanctions on Iraq at the opening session of Arab Summit in Jordan)
*** "I CANNOT survive without him, or
should I say his salary."
(Wife of Japanese university professor Koichi
Ishiyama on keeping $ 5,000 monthly pay cheque of her husband making
him to survive on whatever he makes as a free-lance writer. Recession
is reported to hurt the pockets of husbands in Japan where tradition
demands them to be the bread earner)
*** "FOR A FISTFUL of riches the men and
women who rule in the name of high principles have sold the honour of
the seats they occupy . . . There can be no forgiveness. There can be
(Indian opposition leader and president of Congress
party, Sonia Gandhi, asking the BJP-led coalition government to step
down amid bribery scandal recorded on video tape by top political and