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PROFILE SARAH ALI
COLUMN FOR THE RECORD
POLITICS & POLICY 1- DENATIONALIZATION OF SCHOOLS & COLLEGES
2- IDEAS 2002
3- ELECTION 2002
INSTITUTION PROFILE  BIZTEK
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FOR THE RECORD

 

By Syed M. Aslam
Sep 09 - 15, 2002

 

*** "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 subject."

(Former US secretary of state Alexander Haig commenting on the Bush administration decision whether or not to attack Iraq)

*** "...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 2032)

*** "IT SEEMS a safe, simple and realistic idea."

(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 investigation."

(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)