*** "IT'S UNHEARD OF. The Americans can't call
nations a problem just because they don't share their view. The
Americans shouldn't try to divide Europe into 'good' and 'not-so-good'
(Member of German parliament Ulrich Klose angrily
rejecting the statement made by the US Secretary of Defence Donald
Rumsfeld that Germany and France were isolated within Europe to oppose
war in Iraq)
*** "82, 62, 54"
(Falling approval ratings of US President George W.
Bush at this time, last year, last month and recently respectively. The
poll was conducted by NBC News and Wall Street Journal last week)
*** "3 Million"
(Number of Pakistanis — including politicians,
industrialists, businessmen and criminals — on whom the US
intelligence agency FBI is going to collect complete information about.
The FBI wants to collect the information about anyone who is supposedly
able to pose threat to US interests)
*** "THE UNITED NATIONS has cruelly damaged the
social, economic and cultural rights of the Iraqi people under sanctions
for over 12 years. We have allowed massive loss of life."
(Former UN official Denis Halliday, who was based in
Baghdad for 14 months ended October 1998 and resigned in protest at
continued UN sanctions against Iraq, accusing US and UK of planning to
annihilate Iraq for oil)
*** "MANY LIKE ME fought for the freedom of the
country. Now the freedom is being surrendered to the West in the name of
globalisation and liberalization. There is no point in accepting the
honour at this stage."
(Veteran Indian freedom fighter and social activist
Siddha Raj Dadda rejecting the 'Padma Bhushan' award in protest against
government's 'surrender to the West')
*** "BOTH AT HOME and overseas, we need policies
that unite, not divide."
(Democratic US Senator Edward Kennedy accusing the
Bush administration of dividing America from issues ranging from Iraq to
*** "CUBA IS NOT the private property of
(Cuban President Fidel Castro reiterating the
socialist island was owned not by individuals but by all the people)
*** "A DEAD BODY seems the only source of joy
(Cynical remark by Lakhan, a 72-year old destitute
living in Lucknow, about keeping warm at funeral pyres. Cremation
grounds in the northern Indian state of UP have become the favourite
hangouts for the poor and homeless to keep themselves warm as bitter
cold weather has killed hundreds in the state)
*** "60 per cent"
(Percentage of schoolchildren living in urban areas
of India drinking alcoholic drinks. According to a study carried out by
the New Delhi-based institute of mental health the children are
experimenting with alcohol by as early as age 11)
*** "MONEY IS BEING taken from the poor to be
given to the rich... the world economy works like a reverse Robin
(Unnamed participant at the World Social Forum
criticizing the global economy for favouring the rich at the cost of the
*** "THE GOVERNMENT does not want any
information on the weather to be leaked. All our forecasts are to be
sent to the president's office and only then can they be released."
(Zimbabwean meteorological official ordering his
office to direct all weather reports to President Robert Mugabe who has
also taken control of weather forecasting)
*** "PROTECTING ONE'S PRIVATE life is
legitimate. But Schroeder-Kopf has always tried to use it for political
(German daily 'The Frankfurter Allgeneine Zeitung'
accusing wife of Chancellor Schroeder, Doris Kopf, of using her husband
and daughter to make political points)
*** "IF YOU LOOK at the focus of the research
activity, it's either focused specifically on rich world diseases or
it's at a basic level that doesn't directly apply to those
(Microsoft founder Bill Gates announcing $ 200
million fund aimed at luring researchers into finding original cures for
the poor world's ailments)