By Syed M.Aslam
June 17 - 23, 2002
*** "THEY (AMERICANS) ARE VIOLENT, but this
imposition of violence or expression of violence cannot help America
achieve its aims and succeed"
(Iran's supreme leader Ayotollah Ali Khamenei
accusing the US of massacring innocent people in Afghanistan and its
threatening rhetoric against his country)
*** "I AM ONE OF YOU. But I am also one of
(Muslim American bio-medical engineering student,
Zayed Yasin, referring to his dual identities as a practicing Muslim
and US citizen while delivering a speech titled 'American Jihad' at
the commencement day of the Harvard Yale university)
*** "WHO ARE THEY to make fools of us?"
(One of over 70 delegates of Loya Jirga, the
traditional consultation assembly, who walked out of the assembly
gathered to chose new Afghan leader, expressing disgust over the lack
of free vote. The delegates said that choices were being thrust upon
them to chose US-backed interim leader, Hamid Karzai)
*** "BUSH IS CRAZY and he could attack us like
he has done elsewhere."
(One of the one million protestors who participated
in an anti-US rally in Havana, Cuba. The rally was led by President
Fidel Castro and demanded the US to stop interfering in the country's
affairs and to leave it alone)
*** "THE STRESS of juggling work, home and
children is seriously damaging women's health. They have so little
time to mentally and physically relax, which is vital for
(A survey showing that 94 per cent of Britain's
working women are tired of Superwoman role models)
*** "WE WERE BETTER OFF under the
(Un-named villager's angry response to operations
by US-led allied troops in Afghanistan which are resulting in the
deaths of innocent civilians)
*** "$ 281.4 billion."
(Military spending by the US in 2001. US topped the
list of 15 nations who collectively spent a whopping $ 772 billion on
military last year)
*** "...should this conflict escalate and the
two sides use nuclear weapons, 12 million people will be killed and
another seven million will die afterwards."
(Russian Defence Minister Sergei Ivanov warning of
deaths of up to 20 million people if there were a nuclear war between
India and Pakistan)
*** "POLICE DUSTED my flat for fingerprints
but how will that help catch a chimp?"
(Victim of burglary in London in which prime
suspect was a chimpanzee)
*** "ALTHOUGH AIR FARES to most European and
U.S. destinations have been cut by almost half, would-be Saudi
tourists are still opting for other countries, notably Muslim nations
in south-east Asia."
(Executive of a major Saudi travel agency saying
that tourists are dumping US and Europe due to anti-Muslim measures in
the wake of September 11)
*** "SOME BAKERIES, especially those selling
the subcontinental type of tandoori roti, wrap them in newspaper,
which is unhygienic and poses risks to public health. Bakeries should
pack the bread in proper plastic bags after it cools."
(Head of Sharjah Municipality's Public Health
Section explaining the reason for crackdown on unhygienic foods)
*** "EDUCATION SHOULD BE treated as education.
Definitely the decision will affect the IT industry especially that we
are living the age of technology."
(Manager of an IT institute in UAE commenting on
the US government decision to bar nationals from countries accused of
supporting terrorism from certifying for the Microsoft Certified
System Engineering programme. The embargoed countries are Cuba, Iran,
Iraq, Libya, North Korea, Sudan and Syria)
*** "BUT TARGETTING CHILDREN in your quest for
new customers is unlawful, shameful and will not be tolerated..."
(A Judge in Californian city of San Diego
convicting tobacco giant R.J. Reynolds for trying to lure young
smokers through advertisements. He fined the company $ 20 million)