PROFILE EBRAHIM VIYANI
COLUMN FOR THE RECORD
POLITICS & POLICY THE FIRST CABINET MEETING
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SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

1- WHY BIO TECH?
2- THE VIRTUAL WORLD
3- WHEN FAILURE IS NOT AN OPTION

 

FOR THE RECORD

 

By Syed M. Aslam
Dec 16 - 22, 2002

*** "IN A COUNTRY where the army is divine and sacred, he's more than a traitor. Israeli democracy is nothing more than a fašade."

(Father of Jonathan Ben Artzi, the nephew of Israel's ultra-nationalist foreign minister Benjamin Netanyahu, commenting on the 35-day sentence awarded to his son by the army for refusing to serve. Jonathan who has been jailed for the sixth time since August 8 is a conscientious objector and is against occupation of Palestinian territories)

*** "Rs 80 Billion"

(Loss already suffered by yet-to-be-commissioned the Ghazi Brotha Hydel Project according to a report prepared by Water and Power Development Authority. The loss includes Rs 70 billion due to delays in construction and Rs 10 billion in misappropriation)

*** "Arobase"

(Name given to the "at (@)" sign used in internet addresses by France)

*** "IT IS QUITE unacceptable to have a 'B' class membership."

(Norwegian Foreign Minister Jan Peterson criticising the United Nations for letting itself be intimidated by the US to cede control of Iraq's arms dossier which were not provided to other members of the Security Council, including his country)

*** "NOW HE BRINGS a gun and says 'I will kill'. I swear to God, he said it."

(Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga accusing Prime Minister Ranil Wickeremsinghe of carrying a gun and threatening to kill her if she did not cooperate with the political cohabitation arrangement)

*** "APPARENTLY, THE U.S. now kills without judicial trials and without questions. Are we nothing more than technically advanced snipers and terrorists?"

(Letter written by an American citizen criticizing killing of alleged terrorists by US Predator drone in Yemen)

*** "SEYMOUR HURSH is a liar... TELL THE PAKISTANI PEOPLE that the President of the United States looked you in the eye and told you we wouldn't do that."

(Excerpt from Watergate-famed US journalist Bob Woodward's new book "Bush at War" quoting President George W. Bush's soothing President Pervez Musharraf's concerns that US would once again abandon Pakistan during a face-to-face meeting at the UN. Symour Hursh is an investigative journalist whose article in the New Yorker magazine said that the US was going to take out Pakistan,s nuclear weapons with the help from Israel)

*** "I GOT this idea to serve a coulis of peanuts because I thought that would be nice given his past as a 'peanut boy'."

(French chef's comment on serving Nobel Peace Prize 2002 Jimmy Carter, the former president of the US, chocolate cake topped with a peanut coulis at a ceremonial gala dinner at a posh hotel in Oslo)

*** "THE UNITED STATES is wielding the stick of war on terror to terrorise nations, threatening to unleash its military, including nuclear power under the banner of its security."

(Saudi daily Okaz accusing the US of terrorizing the world and denouncing 'Nazism of new US era' and calling President Bush a 'cowboy')

*** "WE WOULD NOT like to offend other countries, but we cannot tolerate such a thing. We will not keep on sitting in the waiting room."

(Tukish Prime Minister Abdullah Gul categorically rejecting a Franco-German proposal to begin accession talks with the EU in 2005)

*** "$ 11 billion"

(Contribution made to the US economy by record 582,996 foreign students during the past school year showing that 11.9 has not deterred foreign students to enroll in the US)

*** "IF THIS SERIES scares the United States and the Zionist entity, then we will make many more like it."

(One of the screenwriters of Egyptian television series "The protocols of the Elders of Zion", Mohammed Sobhi, apologizing to Arab television viewers saying that it portrayed only one percent of the reality of Zionist acts)