*** "THE TERRITORIES are the largest detention camp
in the world, in which 3.5 million people live."
(British Ambassador to Israel, Sherard
Cowper-Coles, calling Palestinian areas the world's largest jail rife
with harassment and humiliation)
*** "THERE IS NO NEED to ask if our blood is O
negative or positive, it is Saddam Hussain."
(Unnamed Iraqi poet summing up the general feeling
of the people celebrating results of referendum which unanimously gave
Saddam Hussain to rule Iraq for another 7 years)
*** "$ 87 billion"
(French defence budget to modernize its military
*** "DOES HE REALLY hate the Army?"
(Unnamed US Army officer commenting on the growing
gulf between Defence Secretray Donald Rumsfeld and Pentagon)
*** "IS THIS new information? Or did they know it
20 years ago when they equipped Iraq to attack Iran?"
(Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Hamid Reza
Asefi questioning whether US' concern about Iraq having weapons of
mass destruction is genuine)
*** "MY CONCEPT of human rights has grown to
include not only the rights to live in peace, but also to adequate
health care, shelter, food, and to economic opportunity. I hope this
award reflects a universal acceptance and even embrace of this
broader-based concept of human rights."
(Statement posted on the website of former US
President Jimmy Carter, the latest winner of Nobel Peace Prize)
*** "THE FOREIGN ASSISTANCE failed to play a vital
role in the country's economy that could be of welfare to the people.
Rather it acted as a medium of economic and political criminalisation
through accumulation of money in the hands of the vested quarters."
(Dhaka University professor Abul Barkat saying that
since independence in 1971, 75 per cent of the total $ 36.33 billion
foreign aid received by the country was plundered by the politicians,
bureaucrats, commission agents and contractors)
*** "SPEAKING ON BEHALF of so many African American
citizens, I have found Colin Powell to be a tragic failure."
(US singer-activist Harry Belafonte saying that his
criticism of Secretary of State Colin Powell as 'house slave' was not
*** "YOU CAN be certain that I will squander it
all. With an amount like this it will take a while, but I will quite
definitely spend it all."
(Hungary's Nobel Literature Prize winner Imre
Kertesz announcing to go on a spending spree with $ 1 million prize
*** "WE WILL be victorious over the occupation."
(Marwan Barghouti, head of Yasser Arafat's Fatah
Faction, defiantly predicting freedom from occupation at an Israeli
court where he is being tried for subversion)
*** "WE DON'T like to call it politics. It's human
rights, it's basic rights, it's not politics."
(Hong Kong' second top ranking Catholic priest,
Bishop Joseph Zen, refuting critics who say that clerics should stay
out of politics)
*** "THIS IS a great strike, with extraordinary
turnout in all rallies. We have shown that the majority in this
country are not resigned to suffer a misguided industry policy, to
watch the decline of the nation."
(Secretary General of Italy's biggest trade union
CGIL, Guglielmo Epifani, hailing the successful strike to bring the
country to a halt protesting Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi's
economic policies and employment reforms. Some 10 million people
responded to the strike call)
*** "THE CIA estimates that there are currently
some eight million Saddam look-alikes in Iraq. They are kept in the
basement of the presidential palaces."
(US satirical novelist lampooning the reports of
Iraqi strongman having a number of identical doubles)
*** "IT IS ESSENTIAL that the credibility of the
United Nations be established not only in the case of Iraq but also in
other instances... such as in Jammu & Kashmir."
(Pakistan's Ambassador to the United Nations, Munir
Akram, calling for peaceful resolution of all Security Council