*** "WHEN WASHINGTON preaches democracy while
tolerating the tyranny of allies, America looks double-faced."
(Scathing New York Times' editorial 'Dancing with
Dictators' accusing the US of the 'nasty habit of embracing foreign
dictators' when it suits its interests' leaving 'its call for bringing
democracy' only in countries whom it considers its enemies such as Iraq)
*** "PRESIDENT BUSH has been deluged with advice
about Iraq, much of it coming from those with 100 per cent error on the
(Former US secretary of state Alexander Haig
commenting on the Bush administration decision whether or not to attack
*** "...challenged me that if I am the
principled activist that I would like them to believe, I should leave
behind the $ 50,000 cheque with the US embassy before my departure to
India. Hence I returned the cheque to Magsaysay Foundation."
(Indian social worker Sandeep Pandey who returned the
prestigious Magsaysay Award alongwith the money in Manila last week when
he was challenged by a Manila newspaper to practise what he believes
after participating in a demonstration at the US embassy in the city to
protest US policy of war against terrorism)
*** "1.1 billion people lack access to clean
drinking water and 2.4 billion lack access to sanitation. More than 2.2
million people in the developing world die each year from problems
associated with lack o water and sanitation."
(Excerpt of United Nations report highlighting the
need for better water management and sanitation)
*** "DO WE WANT those former prime ministers
back after what they have done to this country?"
(President Pervez Musharraf vowing not to allow
corrupt politicians who looted the country to return to power. He denied
that the government has anything to do with the acceptance or rejection
of nomination papers of any politicians including that of former prime
ministers Benazir Bhutto and Nawaz Sharif)
*** "8.3 billion"
(Expected population of the world by 2030)
*** "I DON'T OPEN MY MOUTH IN THE PLANE."
(Khaled Saffuri, US citizen of Lebanese origin,
talking about self-imposed changes in behaviour and attitude to avoid
indignities and harassment while travelling by air)
*** "TODAY IN THE WORLD 1.6 billion people have
no access to electricity. What is even more staggering is that on the
basis of our projections ... in 30 years there will still be 1.4 billion
people with no access to electricity."
(Executive Director of the International Energy
Agency, the power watchdog of the West, Robert Priddle saying that an
estimated 32 per cent of humanity will have no access to electricity in
*** "IT SEEMS a safe, simple and realistic
(Scientist at Oklahoma State University US, Hermann
Burchard, proposing the use of giant airbags that could one day save the
world from the collision of an invading solar body)
*** "I FOUND that there was nothing
inappropriate in lifting the immunity for the purpose of facilitating
(Ruling given by Zambian High Court Judge Anthony
Nyangulu stripping former president Frederick Chiluba of immunity to
face corruption charges)
*** "WE HAVE HEARD about man-eating tigers but
what about man-eaten tigers? Do we care about them?"
(Executive Director of World Wide Fund for Nature,
Mikaail Kavanagh, calling for ban on tiger-based traditional Chinese
medicine feared to push the species to extinction in Malaysia)
*** "THIS WILL NOT be a genuine job-matching
show but an entertainment."
(Hong Kong Union leader and lawmaker Lee Cheuk-yan
criticizing two television stations which will air shows featuring
people competing for jobs as prizes accusing the broadcasters of
"making fun of the unemployed")
*** "THE AMOUNT OF CORRUPTION and bribery was
huge and the circumstances of the crimes were quite serious."
(Official Chinese news agency Xinhua commenting on
the awarding of death penalty to a former provincial tax chief for
embezzling $ 5.84 million)