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
(Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad
describing his country as an 'Islamic fundamentalist state'
acknowledging that his remarks would shock those in the Western
*** "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
*** "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
*** "THERE SHOULD BE NO COMPROMISE between
security and human rights because you cannot have one without the
(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
*** "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
*** "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
(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
(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
(Unnamed Saudi official saying that Saudi Arabia will not allow
foreign security personnel to interrogate 13 detained Al Qaeda