By Syed M.Aslam
Apr 30 - May 06, 2001
*** "WE REGARD today's settlement as
victory in the sense that it unfreezes our law and restores to us the
power to pursue policies that we believe are critical to securing
medicines at affordable rates and exercising wise control over
(South African Health Minister Tshabalala-Msimang on
the withdrawal of case by 39 of the world's biggest drug makers aimed at
stopping the government to import cheap copies of their AIDS drugs thus
acknowledging the right of poor countries to strike the best deals they
*** "I JUST SAW a child who was sick
because here in this camp the families are eating grass."
(Cyril Dupra, the representative of the only NGO
'ACTED' working in drought-hit northeastern Afghanistan)
*** "NO. 1 on the Top 10 unpopular people
. . . She still works. Maybe she didn't think her husband's government
was going to last."
(Clandestinely taped comments of Countess of Wessex
and wife of Prince Edward, Sophie Rhys-Jones, on mistress of Prince
Charles, Camilla Parker Bowles, and wife of British Prime Minister Tony
Blair, Cherie, respectively)
*** "I WROTE this parody to ridicule a
book that has wounded generations of Americans. I look forward to the
day when readers will be able to judge my book for themselves."
(US writer Alice Randall expressing disappointment at
the court decision blocking the publication of her novel 'A Wind Done
Gone'- the retelling of Margaret Mitchell's classic novel 'Gone With the
*** "CHINA DOES NOT wish to see
confrontation. However, it will never make concessions in dealing with
issues which involve national sovereignty, territorial integrity and
(President Jiang Zemin reinforcing China's position
in the standoff over the spy plane incident with the US)
*** "WANT TO GO see my office? Come in,
let's do it."
(President George W. Bush playing White House tour
guide to over half dozen young boys for an impromptu visit to the Oval
*** "IMAGINE 5,000 nights on death row,
especially for something you didn't do."
(Donald Paradis, a 53-year-old, being freed after
spending 14 years on death row in Idaho, USA during which he escaped
*** "IT IS TIME for the people to resist
the aggressions of the great powers and especially their illegitimate
representative in the region, which must be eliminated . . . If the
Islamic world tries to live with this knife, it will be accepting a slow
(Leading Iranian reformist Ali Akbar Mohtashami
calling for elimination of Israel ahead of a major international
conference in support of Palestinians in Tehran)
*** "IN QUEBEC, the hegemonic superpower
will try to dictate the conditions of surrender to the Latin American
governments. "The shark wants to eat the sardines."
(Cuban President Fidel Castro urging the Latin
American nations to stop the US 'shark' by destroying them with a free
trade pact referring to the three-day Summit of the Americas in Quebec
*** "DENYING CHILDREN TV is no more likely
to encourage kids to enjoy reading, for instance, then denying kids ice
cream would encourage them to like brussels sprouts."
(Head of a US cable TV organisation slamming the
annual movement to switch off television sets at homes during the last
week of April)
*** "ONLY IMBECILES never change their
minds . . . I trusted you, but you tricked me. You are running Bucharest
by tyranny "you don't deserve the job you hold."
(A scathing letter written by former French actress
turned animal rights activist, Brigitte Bardot, to the mayor of the
Romanian capital, Traian Basescu, calling his decision to start killing
of stray dogs 'shocking and disgraceful')
*** "HE'S GOT a huge voice and a strong
temperament — he's wonderful."
(Singer Phil Collins bragging about the voice of his
*** "THE SECURITY COUNCIL could claim no
credibility when it has repeatedly failed to effectively respond to the
need by Palestinian civilians for protection."
(Arab diplomats to the UN flaying the Security
Council's record on the Palestinians)