*** "I AM NOT interfering with the political
process. The political process is on in the country and the government
has no role in it."
(President Pervez Musharraf saying that his
government was not responsible for the delay in government forming 20
days after the general elections on October 10)
(Number of French companies taking part in yearly
international trade fair beginning on November 1 in Baghdad oblivious
to looming US-led strike against Iraq)
*** "THE ECONOMY OF NATIONS whose people hold
firm religious beliefs, especially with regard to heaven and hell,
tend to grow faster."
(Finding of a study conducted by an Economist and
Political Scientist at Harvard University which shows that religious
beliefs spur economy. The study showed that growth of GDP in Muslim
countries including Bangladesh, Malaysia, Pakistan and Turkey, where
belief in hell is often stronger than in Christianity, runs about 0.5
per cent higher than average)
*** "HOW MANY in your organization has been
held accountable for failures."
(US Senator Carl Levin blasting chief of country's
top intelligence agency CIA, George Tenet, for failure to security
*** "STOP BEGGING. Ever since 1957 the Arabs
have been negotiating for (the return of) 42 per cent of Palestine,
while the Africans have not let go of an inch of their
(Libyan leader Moamer Qaddafi threatening to quit
22-member Arab League for being docile to stop Israeli aggression
against Palestinians and US threats against Iraq)
*** "$ 3.86 Billion"
(Funds approved by the US Congress to revamp the
voting system to avoid "the 2000 election fiasco in
*** "THE FIRST LADY represents the country. We
should not tolerate this humiliation."
(Taiwanese parliamentarian Lee Chaun-chiao
demanding the country's ambassador to the US to resign over the
body-search of the wife of Taiwanese President during her trip to the
*** "MANY CHRISTIANS here feel that the U.S.
is arrogant and unjust."
(Indonesian Catholic priest and journalist
Sindhunata saying that Indonesian Christians feel threatened by the
US, just like their Muslim counterparts in the country)
*** "I BEG the French people to stop eating
Bardot begging her fellow Frenchmen and women to stop eating horsemeat
and demanding the authorities to ban transport of the animals for
consumption. In many French restaurants the horsemeat is considered a
*** "OPPRESSED PEOPLES, must confront the
development of this new arrogance that is transforming the biggest
superpower into something resembling a new Nazism."
(Top Lebanon cleric Sheikh Mohammed Hussein
Fadlallah comparing the US to Nazi Germany under Adolf Hitler)
*** "ONCE AGAIN THE U.S. is flouting
international law and acting as judge and jury."
(Leader of Opposition in the Canadian Parliament
Alexa McDonough criticizing the US for deporting a Canadian citizen of
Syrian origin to his native country during his visit to New York
without knowledge of the Canadian government)
*** "HE THINKS life is of value wherever it
is. In his cell he can enjoy praying and reading. He will now have
time to memorize the two-thirds [of the Quran] he had left unfinished
when he headed for the mountains."
(Spiritual leader for Muslim inmates at the
Alexandria Detention Centre talking about that convicted American
Taliban, John Walker Lindh)
*** "SMART CLOTHES would make life easier for
a lot of people."
(Senior researcher at Germany's Hohenstein medical
research center, Dirk Hoefer, announcing plans to develop
medicine-enriched clothes that could treat ailments as well as help