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For The Record

By Syed M.Aslam
Jan-14 - 20, 2002

*** "IN SOME COUNTRIES non-violent activities have been considered as terrorism, and excessive measures have been taken to suppress individual rights, including the presumption of innocence, the right to fair trial, freedom from torture, privacy rights, freedom of expression and assembly, and the right to seek asylum."

(Chief human rights officer at the UN secretariat, Bacre Ndiaye, expressing concerns that some regimes are abusing the right to fight terrorism to justify repression of domestic dissident)

*** "WHAT AMERICA LONGS for at this moment, even above retribution, is more friends and fewer enemies. What America is storing up for herself is yet more enemies."

(Famed US novelist John le Carre expressing apprehensions that 'the bribes, threats and promises that have patched the rickety coalition in Afghanistan cannot help another suicide bomber being born')

*** "EAT FEWER CHEESEBURGERS."

(US president George W. Bush sharing his new year's resolution for 2002)

*** "OVERWHELMINGLY, they have tended to support power and authority. In fact, that is close to tautology, in that if they did not do so, they would be unlikely to be regarded as 'respectable intellectuals.'"

(US intellectual and pro-people activist Noam Chomsky criticizing the 'typical intellectuals' as those who 'happened to enjoy considerable privilege, resources, training and most of all the access to means of expression')

*** "SUCH AN OBJECT could literally wipe out a medium-sized country if it impacted and lead to a global economic meltdown ... we were extremely fortunate ..it hit somewhere remote."

(An asteroid expert at Liverpool John Moores University commenting on the Earth's close shave with a 220by490 metres asteroid which missed it 'by a whisker in cosmic terms' on January 7. If impacted, the asteroid would have released energy equivalent to hundreds of atomic bombs)

*** "THERE WAS A BIG TABLE BETWEEN US."

(President Pervez Musharraf humourously responding to a question posed by a journalist that why Indian Premier Vajpayee did not respond to his handshake with embrace at the SAARC summit at Kathmandu)

*** "THEY WERE INCITING kids who can't even earn money yet to buy these things."

(A legislator of southern Chinese city of Guangzhou accusing the fast food giant McDonald's of running illegal sales promotion of the cartoon character Snoopy. The government banned the sales promotion for its bad influence on children)

*** "WE DID EXACTLY what President Bush did when he gave notice to the Taliban saying they should hand over the Al Qaida, close down the terrorist networks or face the consequences."

(Indian ambassador to the US, Lalit Mansingh, comparing Indian war threats to Pakistan akin to the US action in Afghanistan)

*** "WE DON'T tell the Americans what to do in their territory, so they shouldn't come here and dictate on our land."

(A Cuban criticizing the US for housing Taliban prisoners in a controversial US Navy base at the 'usurped' Guantanamo Bay on the Caribbean island nation)

*** "I LIVE as if I've got so many seconds left ...what difference have I made? Why have I bothered coming on this planet if I've done nothing?"

(British model and fiancee of former Beatle Paul McCartney, Heather Mills, reflecting on losing a leg in a car accident and her belief that 'things happen for a reason')

*** "SOUTH ASIA'S real problems of poverty, inequality and discrimination should be the main focus of the South Asian summit... but their economic growth has been stunted by too much spending on defence and too little on health, education and training programmes."

(Editor of Nepali Times Kunda Dixit stressing for the economic development of the SAARC countries in his article published in International Herald Tribune)