*** "IT'S NOT A GAME, and it's not over."
(French Prime Minister Jean-Pierre Raffarin rebutting
US President George W. Bush's 'The game is over' remark about Iraq)
*** "WE ARE DOING this for one reason only: to
harm the German economy... The aim is to hit German trade and
(Unnamed Pentagon officials talking about plans to
impose sanctions on Germany for refusing to support US in its war on
*** "... to arbitrary arrest American citizens,
wiretap their telephones, rescind their citizenship and send them back
to the countries of their origin."
(A new law proposed by US Attorney General John
Ashcroft feared to adversely affect tens of thousands of Pakistanis and
other immigrants living in the country, including those who already have
acquired American citizenship)
*** "WHO WOULD WANT to hire a Nobel peace prize
winner? They would not touch me."
(Nobel Peace prize winning laureate Betty Williams
explaining why she never attempted to take up a career)
*** "OUR VICTORY is certain and the future even
(North Korea state radio's defiant confidence of
winning any nuclear war with the US)
*** "TONY BLAIR IS FINISHED because of his
refusal to listen to over-whelming opposition to war in Iraq."
(Un-named member of parliament predicting that
British Prime Minister Tony Blair would become a major victim of Iraq
crisis if he blindly follows the US)
*** "I'M RUNNING for president because I'm tired
of leadership that's left us isolated in the world and stranded here at
home... Bush has taken up right back to the broken policies of the past,
the economics of debt and regret- unaffordable tax cuts for the few,
zero new jobs, surging unemployment."
(Democrat Richard Gephardt formally kicking off his
2004 presidential campaign by blasting President Bush's record on
environment, energy, economy and foreign affairs
*** "I THINK Mr Powell presented proof on arms
and arms programmes which Iraq had, I mean we're talking about
programmes from the 1990s."
(An expert at Stockholm International Peace Research
Institute, Jean-Pascal Zanders, calling the information presented by US
Secretary of State Colin Powell outdated)
*** "SHE IS SERIOUSLY considering a suggestion
that she travel to Iraq as a human shield against American
(Office of flamboyant ex-wife of former South African
president Nelson Mandela, Winnie, talking about her desire to act as a
human shield in Iraq)
*** "IT'S TIME that all recognize the
responsibilities to help avoid unnecessary deaths and that means we've
got to get an agreement for the trade round. Nobody can claim special
interests or special privileges when people are dying
(British Finance Minister Gordon Brown asking
multinational drug companies to give poor countries better access to
life-saving drugs. He stressed the need to find global pact as the US
last year blocked World Trade Organisation proposals aimed at giving
millions in the poor world access to affordable medicine)
*** "13.7 billion years"
(The age of universe determined with precision by US
scientists using a robotic Nasa probe)
*** "WE ARE AN EMOTIONAL people, and after
political discussions we are not very restrained. It's in the interest
of our security."
(One of the Deputies in Georgia's parliament, Georgy
Targamadze, welcoming the passing of a new law banning weapons in the
parliament hall. Deputies and their private bodyguards must now check
their weapons at the door of the parliament)
*** "BEFORE I DIDN'T CARE about living or dying.
Now I recognize how beautiful life is. I love to have another day to
pray to Allah... I'm not worried."
(Famed US rapper better known as Gangsta rapper
Napoleon saying his trip to Mecca to perform Haj symbolizes his
emergence from a world of drugs and violence. He converted to Islam two
years ago in a North Hollywood recording studio)