*** "WHEN THE MASS MEDIA in some foreign
countries serve as megaphones for the rhetoric of their government, the
result is ludicrous propaganda. When the mass media in our country
serves as megaphones for the rhetoric of the US government, the result
is responsible journalism."
(Excerpt from an online web site 'Fairness and
Accuracy in Reporting' on the role of media in developing and developed
*** "SINCE I BELIEVE I have not done much in the
field, I could not make up my mind whether to place my consent for the
prestigious award or not."
(Fourty-year-old winner of this year's Ramon
Megsaysay award for 'the uplift of the poor and the underprivileged in
India', Sandeep Pandey, saying that he received the award rather early
in life and still has long way to go. After much mulling, however, he
decided to accept the honour)
*** "... shall we persist in rendering all-out
support for America's war against declared rogue states with which the
Philippines has no quarrel and with which we have friendly and
(Philippines legislator Imee Marcos expressing
concerns about an agreement to be signed in Washington with the US will
not entail the permanent basing of US troops in the country)
*** "NEGATIVE ATTITUDES about U.S. policy are
also pervasive in frontline states in the war on terrorism and among our
(Excerpt from report compiled by Council on Foreign
Relations task force saying that the US is suffering from global image
problem. It urged President Bush to launch a worldwide diplomatic
offensive to better its image)
*** "I AM NOT SOMEBODY just to walk away. If I
had been hard-pressed, I would have stayed (but) there seems to have
been strong resistance from just one country."
(Outgoing UN human rights chief Mary Robinson saying
that she was ready to continue her job but Washington wanted her out of
the job because of her firm resolve to protect human rights amidst US'
war against terrorism)
*** "MANGOES ARE SENT to a number of world
leaders every year. This has been going on for more than 25 years."
(A Foreign Office spokesman commenting on sending of
several boxes of mangoes by President Pervez Musharraf to Indian Prime
Minister Vajpayee as a good-will gesture)
*** "SUCH A STRIKE is against international
law... It is no secret anymore that UN observers, who should have been
neutral, were used by American and British secret services."
(Former UN assistant secretary general Hans Von
Sponeck calling proposed US strikes on Iraq as totally unjustified)
*** "I NEVER ENVISIONED the purpose of life as
taking a piece of metal and pushing it toward a hole. People ought to be
pushing children out of poverty."
(US Consumer Rights activist and advocate, Ralph
Nader, asked if he were ever going to slow down and play golf for
*** "$ 144,000"
(Amount owned to the New York City in parking fines
by Pakistani consulate and UN mission. The Mayor of fiscally troubled
city, Michael Bloomberg, issued an ultimatum to the diplomats of some
189 countries to pay their outstanding dues or face impounding of their
*** "WE BELIEVE OBSERVING means whiteman coming
and observing what the native is doing... They are not going to teach us
(Indian Chief Election Commissioner J.M. Lyngdoh
rejecting US proposal for the presence of international observers at the
controversial polls in Occupied Jammu and Kashmir scheduled from
(Number of tigers killed in India every month
according to a recent study)
*** "WE NOW HAVE OUR OWN WATER."
(Singapore Prime Minister Goh Chok Tong taking swig of water recycled
from waste as a signal to Malaysia that the country can survive without
buying water from it)