By Syed M. Aslam
June 30 - July 06, 2003 



*** "$ 19 billion"

(Award awarded to Airbus and Boeing by Emirates airlines for 71 aircraft. The deal is the biggest order in the global aviation history)

*** "MULTIPOLRAITY was never a unifying idea or vision... it was a necessary evil that sustained the essence of war but did not promote peace. Multipolarity is a theory of rivalry, of competing interests and, at its worst, of competing values."

(US National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice dismissing French President Jacques Chirac's concept of a multipolar world)

*** "WHO DO YOU really represent? Who paid for your trip to the United Nations?"

(Grilling questions asked by a group of UN correspondents to US-backed Iraqi officials who flew into New York to plead their case for international development aid)

*** "HE SAID we had accused him and the prime minister of lying. That's not true. We haven't. He said the BBC had an anti-war agenda. That's untrue... Finally he said we've not apologised. Well, that is true because we have nothing to apologize for."

(Director of News of the BBC, Richard Sambrook rejecting demands made by Prime Minister Tony Blair's powerful director of communications, Alistair Campbell, to apologize for its reporting on the Iraq war and weapons of mass destruction)



*** "THE BOTTOM LINE is that these rules do not guarantee a fair trial... The eyes of the world will be on these trials, and that's why they have to meet fundamental due process. It's crucial that they be seen as fair."

(Two major US human rights groups, Human Rights Watch and Lawyers Committee for Human Rights, expressing concerns that Pentagon's plans to try detainees of Guantanamo Bay and elsewhere on terrorism charges and war crimes fall far short of minimum international due process standards)

*** "IS THE UNITED NATIONS on a different planet? Are reports from here totally unread south of the Hudson?"

(Chief UN weapons inspector for Iraq, Hans Blix, expressing 'amazement' that Washington and London expected to find large quantities of WMDs in Iraq which UN inspectors were unable to find)

*** "THEY ARE VERY CLEVER, brave and have an insatiable curiosity. Unfortunately they are also very greedy and like to take forcibly the territories and rights of other people... The culture and the values which they will force us to accept will be hedonism, unlimited quest for pleasure, the satisfaction of base desires... Do not think we will not be targeted."

(Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Muhammad accusing the Europeans of warmongering, indiscriminate attacks on Muslims, greed and deviancy)

*** "THIS IS JUST the beginning, the tip of the iceberg. The involvement of five big corporate hospitals, government officials and doctors is being investigated."

(Additional Police Commissioner of the southern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh commenting on the arrest of 6 'brokers' for buying kidneys from the poor for paltry sums and selling them to rich patients requiring transplant)

*** "NINETY-EIGHT PERCENT of crimes can be tried, but there remain two percent that justice cannot settle. They are called state secrets... Be careful. The state has guardians for its secret. They are not gentle."

(France best-known corruption-hunter and crusading magistrate Eva Joly describing how intelligence agencies discourage investigation describing a visit by a man who warned her not to dig case too deep. A book denouncing corruption in the highest echelons of the French state penned by Eva has been barred from publication)

*** "$ 426,640 a day"



(Fund vowed to be raised by US President George W. Bush every day, seven days a week from now till November 2004 for his re-election. He has stated to set a goal to collect between $ 150-170 million for his re-election campaign)