By Syed M.Aslam
01 - 07, 2002
*** "... 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 Margaret Thatcher
accusing Europe of spawning Nazism and Marxism. She advised the
country to start pulling back from a 'fundamentally unreformable'
*** "CAN YOU
BELIEVE this campaign? So much mud has been thrown this year, all the
nominees look black."
(Host of 74th annually Oscar Award, black
actress-comedian Whoopi Goldberg, jokingly brushing aside anti-Semite
charges the nominee for best picture ' A Beautiful Mind' while
humorously referring to bagging of top awards by black stars for the
first time in history. 'A Beautiful Mind' was judged the best picture)
*** "WE SHOULD
INVADE THEIR COUNTRIES, kill their leaders and convert them to
(Writer Ann Coulter favouring a new version of
mediaeval Crusades against Muslim countries in an article published in
leading extreme-right publication of the US, 'National Review')
*** "FOR US, the
resistance to occupation is a legitimate right ... Israel is an
occupier ... the biggest terrorism comes from Israel ... Arabs should
break ties with Israel."
(Syrian President Bashar Al Assad speaking at the
opening of the Arab League Summit held in Beirut this week)
*** "AFTER 20
YEARS of work and production, we are moving back not forward... the
per capita income has become lower and unemployment is worse as there
are nearly 60 million jobless in the Arab world."
(Secretary General of Cairo-based Arab Economic
Unity Council, Dr Ahmed Juili, saying that average income in the
22-nation Arab League has declined from $ 3,050 in 1985 to $ 2,530 in
*** "THERE IS A
MYTH that only the poorest and uneducated are desperate, but that's
not necessarily the case."
(Palestinian public health worker and researcher
Rita Giacaman saying that despair is driving even the well-to-do and
educated Palestinians to become suicide bombers as an answer to
*** "YOU FOUGHT
THE BRITISH for independence and no one called you terrorists... We
are fighting Zionism, so don't brand us terrorists."
(A Palestinian participant criticizing former US
assistant secretary of state for Near East affairs Richard Murphy for
his anti-Palestinian remarks at a symposium on 'Islam and the dialogue
of civilisations' in Riyadh)
*** "YOU CAN'T
blame this tragedy on the poor countries. It wasn't they who conquered
and looted entire continents for centuries, nor did they establish
colonialism, nor did they introduce slavery, nor did they create
modern imperialism. They were its victims."
(Cuban President Fidel Castro scathing attack on
rich nations for demanding their poor counterparts to meet conditions
for receiving aid)
*** "WE FEEL THE
SYSTEM has humiliated us. As American citizens we deserve
(Aysha Nudrad Unis, one of many US Muslims, whose
homes and offices were broken into by armed law enforcement officers
in black uniforms with guns pointed at their heads)
*** "WE HAVE A
SERIOUS GOAL, a very medical goal of helping people with spinal
injuries... where there is a break in the nervous system. We will be
sending signals from the nervous system to the computer by radio and
back the other way."
(Controversial British robotics scientist Kevin
Warwick who has had his nervous system wired up to a computer in an
experiment which he hopes will enable paralyzed people greater control
over their bodies)
*** "TEA MAY BE
REGARDED as part of a balanced diet because it is rich in flavonoids,
generally found in vegetables, fruits and all green plants."
(Director of Manipal University Kolkata, Dr P. R.
Krishnaswamay claiming that tea can help prevent diseases and even has
the potential to prevent such feared diseases as cancer, diabetes and