*** "WE MUST QUESTION those who think that
America is our strategic option that cannot be substituted ... There is
a need to revise the kingdom's international strategic relations."
(Leading Saudi daily Al-Watan's sharp reaction to a
lawsuit filed by over 600 relatives of victims killed in 11.9 attacks in
the USA. The lawsuit is seeking trillions of dollars in compensation
from the Saudis, including three royals)
*** "I'M GOOD. I'm tempting. I'm too good to
share. What am I?"
(Advertisement for Swiss chocolate maker Cadbury
featuring Kashmir on the map of India attracting the wrath of Hindu
*** "BUT THERE WAS a lot of Saudi money with
American banks that was not diversified, now they (the Saudis) are
spreading their wings."
(Unnamed London banker commenting on report of at
least 200 billion dollars withdrawn by Saudi investors from the US in
*** "... of the brokers, for the brokers and by
(Chairman of Securities and Exchange Commission of
Pakistan, Khalid Mirza, reiterating his resolve not to be held hostage
by a group of 'intermediaries [stock brokers]' in the current
Regulator-broker conflict arising due to SECP's directive to restructure
board of directors of national bourses replacing broker members to
members nominated by the government)
*** "THE INTIFADA WILL WIN."
(Top leader of Palestinian rising against Israeli
occupation, Marwan Barghouti, shouting defiantly at the beginning of his
trial in Tel Aviv)
*** "AN ACADEMIC STUDY has now turned into
something much more spiritual. I'm very impressed with what I've
(British journalist Ridley who was captured by the
Taliban while sneaking into Afghanistan last year announcing her plans
to convert to Islam)
*** "WHAT IS IMPRESSIVE is the Cuban literacy
rate. We should improve ours in the United States."
(US Congresswoman Maxine Waters expressing pleasure
at Cuban literacy rate. Waters, an advocate of lifting the US trade
embargo against Cuba, was present in Havana to celebrate Cuban President
Fidel Castro's 76th birthday)
*** "$ 40 Billion"
(The value of a planned five-year economic
cooperation agreement between Russia and Iraq)
*** "ARROGANCE HAS DRAWN the bullying West into
disgrace and the president of a country which claims to support human
rights and freedom speaks the same language to the people of the world
as Hitler used."
(Iran's Supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei
accusing the US President George W. Bush of using the same language as
Adolf Hitler to bully the world)
(Number of planes grounded by US air traffic
controllers immediately after the September 11 attacks. The shutdown of
US airspace was unprecedented)
*** "AS MANY AS 76 million people — mainly
children — will die from preventable water-related diseases by 2020
even if current United Nations goals are reached."
(Report issued by a San Francisco-based non-profit
policy research institute demanding urgent action to clean up world
water supplies to avoid a human catastrophe due to dirty water)
*** "THEY SUFFOCATED. Died, not killed. Nobody
(Spokesman of former Afghan Defence Minister, Abdul
Rashid Dostum, commenting on the cause of death of about 1000 Taliban
prisoners whose remains were found in mass grave were discovered
recently. The prisoners were suffocated to death in trucks driven by the
*** "IT IS CHEAPER to keep maintaining the
missiles than to dismantle them."
(Russian analyst at the Centre for Arms Control,
Energy and Environmental Studies in Moscow explaining the reason to
overhaul over 100 intercontinental nuclear missiles, nicknamed 'Satan',
instead of scraping them under the arms reduction treaties with the US)
*** "THE TRAFFIC DATA of the whole population of
the EU — and the countries joining — is to be held on record. It is
a move from targeted to potentially universal surveillance."
(Editor of Statewatch, an independent human rights
watchdog, criticising a proposal allowing the EU governments to store
records of personal communications, including all e-mails and telephone
calls for at least a year)