By Syed M.Aslam
July 02 - 08, 2001
*** "IN THE LAST 100 years,
industrialised countries, with 20 per cent of the world's population
were responsible for 60 per cent of the net carbon emissions that are
driving global warming."
(Findings of a study published by US environmental
group, World Resources Institute, saying that the US is, and will
remain, the world's biggest climate polluter being the leading
producer of carbon dioxide- one of the main greenhouse gases blamed
for global warming)
*** "WHY DON'T YOU think of a question
that is your business."
(Tennis star Andre Agassi retorting to a reporter
who asked him whether he had proposed to former German tennis star
*** "WE DON'T BUCKLE to pressure from
anyone. There was no pressure. It was our own decision."
(Spokeswoman of Indian external affairs ministry
denying reports that the decision to invite Pakistan's President
General Pervez Musharraf to summit with premier Atal Behari Vajpayee
was dominated by the US pressure)
*** "IN JAIL he was a very good dad. He
wouldn't miss a birthday, he'd always send you a card . . . than when
he came out he was swung into the middle of things and he didn't have
enough time to spend with his family."
(Eldest daughter of former South African president
Nelson Mandela, Dr Maki Mandela, describing her relationship with her
famous father saying that it was the strongest when he was in
*** "A BURNT-OUT work force is an
unproductive work force, and it is in no one's interests to find
themselves in this situation."
(Findings of UK government body, Health and
Executive, showing that work-related stress is costing 6.5 million
working days and over Pound Sterling 370 million loss to employers
*** "TO SAVE FACE, Washington might
commit a new stupidity against Iraq and provoke a crisis which,
whatever form it'll take and whatever its results, will not be worse
than the adoption of the evil U.S. proposal."
(Iraq's Al Jumhuriya newspaper calling the
international community to oppose the US and UK backed 'smart
sanctions regime' by the UN)
*** "THIS PREPOSTEROUS notion that
Americans are innocent when this country is based on land grabs,
slavery and slaughter of indigenous people. Are you insane?"
(US novelist James Ellroy's comment on 'American
*** "IT IS EASY, I JUST DECLARE AN
(Beleaguered Indonesian President Abdurrahman Wahid
refusing to appear before a special parliamentary session on August 1
and instead resort to declare a state of emergency and call in the
military to save his presidency)
*** "THIS MARKS a very important moment
in the life of this institution."
(Spokesman for UN war crimes tribunal, Jim Landale,
on the handing over former Yugoslavian dictator Sloboban 'the butcher'
Milosevic to the UN court. He is the first head of the government to
be tried before the war crimes court)
*** "IT'S KITE FLYING. What have I got
to do with (Pakistan) cricket. My hands are full in India. I have no
plans to perform in Pakistan."
(Indian melody queen Lata Mangeshkar denying
reports in the Pakistani media that she will perform in music concerts
to raise funds for Pakistan Cricket Board)
*** "OUR MAJOR CRITICISM on the
financial front is that the whole of royals' finances are shrouded in
(Leading UK Republican Stephen Haseler commenting
on $ 4.2 million spending cut by the Britain's royal family last year)
*** "I'D LOVE TO DO the same work, but I
feel bad the government has put me in jail."
(Indian hangman Mammu Singh who was jailed for the
non-payment of $ 65 loan from the government-owned bank. Singh was
unable to pay the loan as the government has not paid his salary of $
391.30 for last 15 months)
*** "DELHI IS A MARKET for both
re-export and local consumption, but the former is much more
significant in terms of scale and size of trafficking."
(UN report terming the Indian capital as the major
transit point for global drug trafficking)