*** "CUT YOUR HAIR."
(Brief message scrawled on a ballot by one of the
deputies who voted for Indian President-elect Abdul Kalam, dubbed the
father of national missile programme, who is famous for unkempt hair and
*** "PAY OUR MONEY and we will pay back our
debts. Why there could not be some legislation at the international
level and why the banks are allowed to accept such deposits?"
(President Pervez Musharraf asking the international
community to wage a war against corruption and urging it to help recover
the looted money at the inaugural session of a seminar)
*** "Minimum 4 Per Cent."
(Percentage of the US population planned to be
recruited as domestic informants by the government to report 'suspicious
activities'. The US civil liberties groups have already warned that the
Patriotic Act passed earlier this year has the potential for abusive,
large-scale investigations of US citizens)
*** "IT IS CERTAINLY TRUE that money has been
distributed — it is the way things work in this part of the world ...
In any case, you do not buy warlords in Afghanistan: you 'rent' them for
(Unnamed UK Foreign Office sources confirming covert
distribution of large sums of money by the US to persuade Afghan
warlords not to rebel against the new government)
*** "WHERE THERE IS AN OPERATION in Iraq or not,
whether Turkey participates in such an operation or not, we believe the
US should meet as much possible the sacrifices that we would
(Turkish Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit saying the US
should pay for any damages his country would incur in a possible
military operation against neighbouring Iraq)
*** "I WILL SELL my vote, since I know that
whoever wins will not make any difference in my life."
(A Nigerian voter reflecting the widespread
disenchantment of the people against growing poverty, inadequate public
services and rampant corruption ahead of the first polls since the end
of military rule)
*** "... people like Baroness Thatcher were the
cause of capitalism and global problems, which meant the world was in
danger of suffering irreparable damage."
(Prosecutor John Gilbert saying that London theatre
producer, Paul Kelleher who beheaded the statue of former British Prime
Minister Margaret Thatcher as a protest against global capitalism,
intends to use his trial to highlight his concerns about the future of
the world and future of his two-year-old son)
*** "PRESIDENT BUSH and his government did not
bring the Iraqi leadership to power — therefore they cannot remove the
Iraqi leadership from its place because of their own decisions."
(Iraq's Deputy Prime Minister Tariq Aziz speaking to
reporters after his week-long visit to South Africa)
*** "I LEFT EVERYTHING behind, even my
(The gymnastics star of 1976 Montreal Olympics, Nadia
Comaneci now 40, narrating her escape from her native Hungary, way back
*** "IF THINGS do not improve, well, I will
certainly pray for the Americans and wish them success, but I will no
longer be able to take part in this."
(Afghan Foreign Minister Abdullah Abdullah demanding
a greater say in the US choice of military targets which has claimed
hundreds of civilian lives through a tragic pattern of mistakes)
*** "WE DON'T THINK other governments have a
right, no matter how powerful they are, to change the government of
another country. That is an undemocratic thing to do."
(Malaysian President Mahathir Mohammed slimming
propose US military action against Iraq to remove President Saddam
*** "THE JUDICIARY has been emasculated and
bludgeoned into submission at the hands of Dr Mahathir. I WISH Dr
Mahathir good luck. He has nothing left to destroy."
(Former Malaysian deputy prime minister Anwar Ibrahim
accusing Prime Minister Mahathir Mohammed after losing his final appeal
against a conviction and six-year prison term for corruption)
*** "SLOWLY THEY WILL SAY everyone must go...
President Saddam Hussain of Iraq, Hosni Mubarak of Egypt, Bashar Al
Assad of Syria..."
(Consul General of Palestine in Dubai, Saleem Abu
Sultan, saying that Americans have their own agenda in the Middle East
and thus are not interested in solving crisis)