*** "REMEMBER that the president of Iran is freely
elected. President Khatami was elected by his people, not in an
American kind of election but an election that essentially tapped into
the desires of the people."
(US Secretary of State Colin Powell backing away
from intervention in Iranian politics saying that Washington should
stay away from a "family fight" between reformists and conservatives)
*** "I ROAM about the beaches of Karachi at night,
incognito I mean, just to see. There is no law and order problem in
(President Pervez Musharraf telling French business
executives that he is making an anonymous contribution of his own to
uphold public order during his recent visit to France)
*** "THE WHOLE WROLD is fully aware that Israel's
nuclear programme, or nuclear terror, could not make peace in the
region as there is no room for a just peace in the light of a nuclear
(State-run Syrian newspaper Tishrin saying that
there would be no peace in the Middle East until Israel gets rid of
its nuclear arms)
*** "THE PROBLEM is the political class think they
are the master... Today the 18-year-old refuses to stand in a queue to
vote because he knows it won't make a difference."
(Indian industrialist turn politician Vijay Mallya
saying that he wants to galvanise the youth to fight corruption)
*** "POVERTY TODAY affects almost half the world's
population. Three billion human beings live on less than two dollars a
day and one third of them only have one dollar on which to survive."
(Press statement released by International Labour
Organisation this month saying the gap between the world's richest and
poorest has doubled between 1960 and 1999)
*** "WE ARE CALLING on the authorities to openly
and seriously go for a nuclear weapons programme and boost our
national pride. Nuclear weapons will be a deterrence against our
(Leader of hardline Iranian student group, Ali Reza
Saeli, urging the government to develop a nuclear arms to deter US and
*** "IT IS DESPICABLE ACT. I think it is outrageous
in a country where we are trying to achieve reconciliation between
black and white Australians."
(Prominent Australian Aboriginal leader Ray
Robinson condemning use of photographs of living people, including
Aborigines, for target practicing by Queenland state's elite
*** "WE BELIEVE it is a necessity for auditors,
lawyers and technical-property inspectors to undergo defensive
exercises for their own protection due to the nature of their work
(The Commission on Audit allowing auditors in the
Philippines to arm themselves to protect themselves from harassment
and even murder)
*** "$ 2.54"
(Fee charged by top South Korean mobile phone
operator to download a sound it says repels mosquitoes)
*** "HE DID not have a credential. He did not have
a passport. He has nothing."
(Curtis Jablonka, an official of White House travel
office, commenting on a stowaway who hitched a ride from South Africa
to Uganda on the press plane accompanying the US President George W.
*** "THE KIDS ARE GREAT — until they start throwing
rocks. If you don't wave, you get a rock."
(Sergeant Marvin Foster talking about difficulties
faced by US forces to distinguish friend from foe in Iraq)
(Number of medium range Rodong missiles positioned
by North Korea pointing at Japan according to a Japanese newspaper
quoting a foreign ministry official)
*** "WE HAVE ALREADY had dozens of inquiries from
people who want to rent one of our cows."
(Swiss dairy farmer Paul Wyler commenting on
reaction to his rent-a-cow scheme on the Internet to let people
produce their own cheese)
*** "ALL THE EVIDENCE points to the conclusion that
they put a spin on the intelligence and a spin on the truth... But
pride goes before a fall, and the all important question now is
whether we can win the peace. In fact, we are at serious risk of
(Senator Edward M. Kennedy criticising the rising
death tolls of US troops in post-war Iraq saying that they are paying
the price for the "ideological pride" of the Bush administration)