By Syed M.Aslam
July 09 - 15, 2001
*** "ALL THE PALESTINIANS who have died
so far in the Intifada are the Che Guevaras of Gaza."
(General secretary of Popular Front for the
Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), Ali al-Qatawi, on the emergence of
South American revolutionary Che Guevara who has become a role model
for Palestinians and whose face gets larger-than-life treatment in the
Isreali occupied territories)
*** "EARLY MARRIAGE serves as a base for
building a great society."
(A researcher speaking at a symposium held in
Baghdad, Iraq. President Saddam Hussain has given directives to
encourage early marriage in the country to enhance awareness about the
social, moral, religious and health benefits. All the unmarrieds
presidential employees would be paid $ 1,000 if they wed within a
*** " . . . the number of registered
voters was 25,151 and votes polled were 1,695 . . . the highest number
of votes secured by Ö [were] were 165 who was declared winner."
(Election result of one of the 178 Union Council
constituency held in Karachi on July 2 amidst boycott call by various
*** "COLLECTIVELY, all the five
databases show a trend toward upper castes being more similar to
Europeans, whereas lower castes are more similar to Asians."
(Research conducted by a team of leading US and
Indian genome scientists titled, 'Genetic Evidence on the Origins of
Indian Caste Populations', confirming the genetic affinity between the
Europeans and upper caste Hindus)
*** "IT IS A CONVERSATION PIECE. People
immediately want to smell it."
(Director of the company making paper and
stationery from elephant dung. Up-market restaurants and hotels are
presenting their menus in exotic boards made of recycled elephant
*** "ANYBODY who gets unnecessarily
alarmed and worried (puts me off). Secondly, goofs put me off and
those who lack common sense upset me."
(President General Pervez Musharraf saying that he
is open to criticism and can be convinced by logic alone)
*** "PRIME YEARS OF MY CAREER were lost
because I was falsely implicated . . . I have suffered sufficient
considerable loss which cannot be compensated."
(Indian superstar Sanjay Dutt maintaining innocence
at his trial in the serial bomb blasts in Bombay on March 12, 1993)
*** "AS SOCIETY CHANGES, you have to
invent new words to talk about the changes. We use the world 'mouse'
in a way it wasn't used 20 years ago."
(Professor of English at Trinity University San
Antonio, Texas, Scott Baird, saying that language never remains static
but is always in the process of change)
*** "IF (Taiwan president) CHEN has the
audacity to go in for Taiwan independence, then I will lead you to
(Chinese President Jiang Zemin vowing to lead the
People's Liberation Army into war if Taiwan formally declared
*** "WE HAD A CALL a couple of years ago
from a farmer . .. and we did learn that some horses had a problem.
But this is the first time we have ever had an order for
(UK sun cream manufacturer on the order placed for
the supply of cream to 3,500 donkeys. The order placed by Donkey
Sanctuary in Devon is aimed at protecting the animals from too much
*** "THE BEST DETERRENT of drug abuse
and trafficking is economic development of all classes and
(Indrani Gupta, one of the principal investigators
of UN-sponsored report 'Illegal Drug Market in India', blaming
unemployment as the major cause of drug abuse in India)
*** "WHO SAYS DNA AND PROTEIN is the
only way to build something? One day, we may be able to grow a washing
machine in the garden."
(Winner of 1998 Nobel Prize in Physics, Professor
Horst Stormer, predicting a revolution in new materials that will open
a world of possibilities, including computer chips that grow. He was
speaking at an international conference in Singapore attended by three
other Nobel Prize winners)
*** "MAYBE TOMORROW we will hear that
Belgium is anti-Semitic."
(Palestinian Attorney General Khaled al-Qidra
expressing fears that pressure from the West would prevent a Belgian
court from indicting Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon for war
crimes against Palestinians. Sharon was responsible for 1982 massacre
of hundreds of Palestinian at Sabra and Shatila refugee camps)