*** "I'M UGLY ... black mixed with Indian ... I'm a little
uncouth sometimes. What can I do? I'm not going to change."
(Venezuelan leftist President Hugo Chavez defending
his turbulent rule in the world's top fifth oil exporting country and
dismissing criticism of his appearance, behaviour and politics)
*** "WORKERS WOULD NOT allow people whom we have just elected to
unleash further suffering on us in appreciation of our collective
(President of oil-rich Negeria's central labour
movement, Adams Oshiomhole, ordering workers to launch a nationwide
strike if the government increases the price of fuel)
*** "WITH ITS UNEQUIVOCAL vote, the Polish
people have seized on this historic opportunity."
(German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder congratulating
Poland for voting a big "Yes" to join EU next year in a
referendum. An overwhelming majority of 77.45 per cent voted Yes in the
*** "WHAT DO YOU MEAN "milking the system'?
I am not making money. I am not milking the system. It is just an
institutionally racist system, that's all. I am the victim of character
assassination and massive injustice."
(Nigerian-born British surveyor Omorotu Ayovuare
refuting allegations that he is 'milking the system' by becoming the
country's most prolific race discrimantion litigant launching 72
employment tribunal cases, including two in which he has secured
*** "TODAY'S STATEMENT comes from a divided
government, a government on the run... This is not the end of the
beginning for this government, it is the beginning of the end."
(Finance spokesman of the opposition Conservative
Party in the House of Commons, Michael Howard, slamming the ruling
Labour government's self-imposed tests on the euro. Howard is a vehement
*** "IF PEOPLE STRAY from the subject, and
politicians are very good at straying from subject, you interrupt. You
don't want to talk about the subject they want to talk about."
(BBC's award-winning political correspondent and
presenter of tough-talk programme Hard Talk, Tim Sebastian, defending
his harsh and insensitive style of questioning)
*** "LET US not be blackmailed on this issue by India. Some of
their leaders continuously harp on this issue."
(President Pervez Musharraf rejecting Indian
allegations of cross-border incursions into Indian-occupied Kashmir)
*** "THIS ACTION has exposed the government whose claims of
democracy and pluralism are hollow."
(Senior leader of Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front,
Bashir Ahmad Bhat, criticising the arrest of popular pro-independence
Kashmiri leader Yasin Malik by Indian police after he launched a massive
signature campaign to give Kashmiris a say in their right of
*** "FROM A POLITICAL and moral point of view,
Aznar is a coward ... [the Spanish premier is] 'the little fuehrer with
the moustache' and [Italian premier] Berlusconi is 'a clown.' In the
first place they're bandits, in the second 'fascists'."
(Cuban President Fidel Castro lashing out at the EU
for its policy towards his country which he added "must have been
written in a drunken state, if not with alcohol, than in a state of
*** "THEY DIDN'T blow up cities, but they
polluted them forever. They have absolutely no right to be using
(President of American anti-nuclear research group
Nuclear Policy Research Institute, Dr. Helen Caldicott, saying that the
widespread use of depleted uranium weapons by US and British forces in
Iraq could pose serious health and environmental risks to troops and