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For The Record

By Syed M.Aslam
Mar 25 - 31, 2002

*** "... China will never yield to foreign threats, including nuclear blackmail. The days when China could be bullied are gone forever."

(Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Li Zhaoxing accusing the US of nuclear blackmail to make contingency plans for aiming nuclear weapons at seven countries including China)

*** "NEGOTIATIONS ARE NOT the solution and will not solve any problems. Those who think about negotiations when they are threatened are showing their weakness."

(Iran's supreme religious leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei rejecting direct talks with America following a rare overture of dialogue by US senator)

*** "The vice president told me: 'As far as I am concerned, you can even hang him.'"

(Israeli Defence Minister Binyamin Ben Eliezer quoting what US Vice President Dick Cheney's told him during talks in Washington)

*** "IT WOULD BE such an honour to work for the people ... However, I have decided that it is not right for me, right now, to seek to represent them in the United States Senate."

(Tipper Gore, the wife of former US Vice President Al Gore, announcing her decision not to run for her husband's old Senate seat from Tennessee)

*** "THEY SIMPLY were uncomfortable in that environment."

(Spokesman explaining reasons for requests of transfer by a number of guards at what Camp X-ray at Guatanamo Bay, the world's most fortified detention center)

*** "I FIRST moved to a nursing home when I was 84 ... I was very happy there. They told me it was closing when I was 99 years old. It was very dreadful to have to move on."

(Rose Cottle, a 102-year-old former teacher, who took part in a protest in front of Prime Minister Tony Blair's official residence on Downing Street to highlight the increasing crisis in care of the elderly)

*** "BIGGEST TERRORIST IN THE WORLD. He is violating all international laws of human rights and is involved in the bloody massacre of innocent Muslims. The US and the European countries ... are keeping mum."

(Cricket legend turn politician Imran Khan's remark about Israeli prime minister Ariel Sharon. He accused the US administration and media of playing into the hands of the Zionist lobby to kill unarmed Palestinians)

*** "THE PRESIDENT can't clear her schedule for every visiting deputy minister."

(Spokesman of Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga saying that the president's schedule had been too full to fit in a meeting with US Assistant Secretary of State for South Asia Affairs Christina Rocca)

*** "WE BELIEVE the media is the most effective institution to keep a check on the government. Whenever the media is intimidated in any form by the government, we must oppose and condemn it."

(Dean of Law at Bangkok's Thammasat University commenting on a protest letter signed by some 400 university lecturers demanding the government to guarantee freedom of the press)

*** "I HAD GIVEN up hope. I'd applied in 1968. I'm now 52 and too old for a government job."

(Fifty-two-year-old Ravindra Nath Halder who got an interview call for a government job he applied for 34 years ago while just a teenager)

*** "THE REASON that fertility may not remain low is that nationalism is not dead."

(A leading demographer addressing a group of experts in Canberra, Australia saying that a rise in nationalism in Europe would reverse low fertility rates upsetting UN forecasts of world population growth)

*** "I AM NOT going to comment on individual countries. They can be asked themselves."

(UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Mary Robinson declining to comment on suggestions that her decision to not to seek a fresh term in September was pushed by suspected US opposition because of her outspoken views)

*** "... most of the problems the world has faced have come, in one fashion or other, from mainland Europe, and the solutions from outside it."

(Former British Prime Minister accusing Europe of spawning Nazism and Marxism. She called for the country to start pulling back from a 'fundamentally unreformable' European Union)