By Syed M.Aslam
May 06 -12, 2002
*** " Mr. Roberto go tell your President
George W. Bush that all of you are not welcome in restaurant. Please
go out now."
(Syrian restaurant manager Nayazi Tabbaa refusing
to serve US diplomat Roberto Powers as a protest against
anti-Palestinian policy in the Middle East)
*** "THERE ARE TWO CENTRES OF POWER in America
— Los Angeles and Washington. Hollywood and Washington share the
(Author and researcher Jack Shaheen commenting on
stereotyping of Arabs in US politics, media and movies)
*** "SOMETIMES, THE NEWS is in the noise...
But more often, the news is in the silence — in what not being
said... you need to learn what that silence is telling you."
(New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman advising
the journalists to look out for news that may be less obvious)
*** "HE IS PROJECTING his failure as
(Leader of opposition Sonia Gandhi attacking Prime
Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee for failing to control communal violence
in the Gujarat state which has killed hundreds of Muslims in cold
*** "THE BBC and others are doing you (Arabs)
a disservice... We are not reminded by the media that one is an
occupier and the other is occupied — that one is the oppressor, and
the other is oppressed."
(BBC's Tim Llewellyn criticizing the Western media
for its biased against Palestinian in particular and Arabs in general)
*** "... and that is why I hang the flag in my
study on my balcony. My husband has a position but it is not my
position. I am a free woman and I am allowed to do whatever I like and
he agrees with that."
(Wife of European Central Bank, Gretta Duisenberg,
defending her decision to raise the Palestinian flag at her home in
Amsterdam as a protest against Israel's atrocities against the unarmed
*** "WHEN I SAW Wolfowitz stand in Washington
and say 'I support Sharon' while we were meeting Secretray of State
Powell, this told me something. We do not have neon saying 'stupid' on
(Chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erakat angrily
questioning US role as an honest broker of Middle East peace alluding
to Deputy Defence Secretary Paul Wolfowitz's attending a pro-Israel
rally in Washington)
*** "WE HAVE COLLECTED EVIDENCE that the two
leading auction houses have colluded to fix commissions and on other
aspects of the trade."
(Spokeswoman of European Commission accusing
fine-art auction houses Christie's and Sotheby's of price fixing one
year after the US convicted them of the offence)
*** "ONE OF THESE CHILDREN will wave the flag
over a Palestinian state."
(Palestinian President Yasser Araft addressing a
rally welcoming the month long siege of his headquarters by the
occupying Israeli army)
*** "NEVER FORGET that the people's trust is
still young, fragile and can be broken by one misstep — one
inconsistency between words and actions."
(World Bank vice president for South Asia Region,
Mieko Nishimizu, 'cautioning' the present and future leadership of
Pakistan against economic inconsistency)
*** "Mr. Ambassador, we do not care if we
incur the wrath of your President, deny us the US visas, admissions to
your schools and universities or freeze our assets in American banks.
What we do care most is our faith, our dignity and our sacred
(Excerpts of an open letter written by Saudi
English language Professor Afnan Fatani to US Ambassador in Saudi
*** "... it was not that we entered in the
first place, but that we did not pull out immediately."
(Member of Russian Duma (Parliament) Dmitry Rogozin quoting a
colleague who fought in Afghanistan as a young soldier during its
invasion in Afghanistan in 1979. He said that the 'US is repeating
Russia's mistakes' by maintaining presence in Afghanistan)