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FOR THE RECORD

By Syed M.Aslam
June 03 - 09, 2002

*** "BUSH, BLAIR, SHARON: THE AXIS OF EVIL."

(French protestors carrying a banner during US President George W. Bush's arrival in Paris)

*** "WE WANTED to do something different and help raise consciousness of the environment."

(A scuba-diving couple who got married in a shark-filled tank in Singapore's Underwater world to raise awareness about shark fishing and to discourage serving of shark fin soup at weddings)

*** "IT'S EVEN BETTER the second time. You see things on your second climb that you didn't notice the first time."

(Peter Hillary, the son of one of the first two people to conquer Mount Everest, Edmund Hillary, after his second Everest climb recently)

*** "THIS COULD BEGIN with a world tour to apologise for the past sins of Empire as a first step to making the Commonwealth more effective and relevant."

(London based policy body, Demos, advising Britain's Queen Elizabeth to embark on a world tour to apologise for the 'past sins of the British Empire')

*** "AS LONG AS the root of evil is there, the violence will stay. The root of evil is the Israeli occupation."

(The Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem, Monsignor Michel Sabbah, blasting Israel as root of evil in the Middle East at the first mass after the end of five-week Israeli siege)

*** "UNITED KINGDOM STANDS four square behind India in its fight against terrorism."

(British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw talking to reporters during his second visit to New Delhi since December)

*** "WE DO NOT WANT WAR and we will not start one, but if Bush, the savage U.S. President should attack (us) with your green light, Iran will turn into Karbala)

(Iran's prominent conservative member of parliament, Ali Emami-Rad's live speech on state radio)

*** "POVERTY IS OUR ENEMY and not human beings. Do you get the message?"

(Father of India's missile programme Abdul Kalam alluding to communal violence in the state of Gujarat which claimed lives of hundreds of Muslims. Kalam is himself a Muslim)

*** 'WE NOW HAVE president who thinks in terms of good and evil and that comes from watching too many Hollywood movies ..."

(US actor/director Sean Penn stressing the need for fresh perspectives that did not rely on Hollywood clichés to define real-life events such as September 11)

*** 'THE AMERICAN-TAILORED reforms are not in the interest of the Palestinians ... and are not currently required. Now, we need resistance, and we need to defend ourselves against Israel."

(Leader of Palestinian resistance movement Hamas rejecting reform programme by President of Palestinian Authority, Yasser Arafat)

*** "MUHAMMAD, FATIMA AND OSAMA are Canadian names."

(Canada's frontline leader Alexa McDonough assuring Muslims in her country of equal rights at a Muslim Conference in Toronto)

*** "WE SEE ANY AID coming from governments, and especially the US government ... as unacceptable."

(Dissident organizations in Cuba rejecting financial aid offered by US President George W. Bush)

*** "QUITE OFTEN what happens is you have donor pledging meetings with people talking big sums and then you don't actually see the money appear on the ground."

(Interim leader of Afghanistan Hamid Karazi commenting on billions of dollars of aid pledged to his war ravaged country)

*** "YOU HAVE TO HAVE a lot of nerve to go to Miami and speak of honest and clean elections."

(President of Cuban National Assembly, Ricardo Alarcon, accusing the US President Bush for pandering to Cuban exiles in Miami by thanking them for getting him elected. He was referring to the disputed voting results in Florida during November 2000 US presidential election)

*** "YOU HAVE TO induct new blood into the family."

(Unnamed Mafia source confirming launching of recruitment drive in New York even if from outside the traditional Italian-American community)