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FOR THE RECORD

By Syed M.Aslam
June 24 - 30, 2002

*** "IF WE HOLD to the fundamentals of Islam, we will not become bad as Islam exhorts us to be on good brotherly terms, united, to do good things and hence it is not wrong to be an Islamic fundamentalist."

(Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad describing his country as an 'Islamic fundamentalist state' acknowledging that his remarks would shock those in the Western countries)

*** "MY PREDICTION IS... it will probably be done by someone in the next three to five years, that is the teleportation of a single atom."

(Project leader of a team of physicists at the Australian National University, Dr Ping Koy Lam, on the possibilities of teleporting of solid matter including humans from one location to another like that in science fiction series 'Star Trek.' The team has successfully teleported a laser beam from one spot to another in a split second)

*** "IT IS THE SENSE of the House of Representatives that the life and achievements of Antonio Meucci should be recognized, and his work in the invention of the telephone should be acknowledged."

(Resolution passed by the US Congress redressing a historic injustice by recognizing that an impoverished Italian immigrant was the inventor of the telephone rather than Alexander Graham Bell, dubbed 'cunning Scotsman and usurper' by an Italian newspaper)

*** "THERE SHOULD BE NO COMPROMISE between security and human rights because you cannot have one without the other."

(Human Rights watchdog Amnesty International accusing Pakistan for violating HR by indulging in arbitrary arrests and deporting hundreds of people in pursuit of the US-led war on terrorism)

*** "THEY PERCEIVED her as a possible terrorist, or in the very least a Muslim, and therefore no longer welcome in their establishment."

(Attorney of a Muslim woman suing a Florida hotel for being fired from her job as housekeeping supervisor on September 12 last year)

*** "EDUCATION IS INCREASINGLY becoming a privilege of the rich rather than a right by every youth."

(One of the students demonstrators protesting perennial rise in tuition fee, particularly in private schools, in the Philippines)

*** "AFTER ALL, he can earn millions of dollars a year on the lecture circuit and still spend three times as much time with his wife."

(Unnamed US State Department official commenting on reports that frustration caused by undermining by White House may force Secretary of State, Colin Powell, to resign from his post)

*** "$ 9.2 million"

(Money earned by former US president Bill Clinton last year by making some 60 speeches in over dozen countries)

*** "THANK GOD, the diplomats and foreigners are safe."

(Chief of police expressing relief that a car bomb blast bombing outside the US Consulate claimed no foreign casualty in Karachi. The blast, however, killed over half a dozen locals, majority of them women)

*** "WE BELIEVE that peoples and nations have the right to determine their own destiny, free from military coercion by great powers ... Thus we call all Americans to resist the war and repression ... Ioosed on the world by Bush administration. It is unjust, immoral and illegitimate."

(Statement signed by 60 leading US figures speaking out against 'war on terror') D 15.6 p 14

*** "THE DEPARTMENT is very strict with beggars, as well as with companies sponsoring them on visit or mission visas."

(A senior official of Dubai's Naturalisation and Residency Department warning firms to not to sponsor beggars. Ninety-nine per cent of the beggars arrested in Dubai entered it as 'businessmen' on visit or transit visas)

*** "IT IS OUT of the question. It is a matter of sovereignty, and not a single foreigner will be given access to them."

(Unnamed Saudi official saying that Saudi Arabia will not allow foreign security personnel to interrogate 13 detained Al Qaeda suspects)