*** "WE ARE DISAPPOINTED that human rights were
used as an excuse to go to war in Iraq and now the human rights of
Iraqis are being violated."
(Global Human Rights Watchdog Amnesty International
accusing the US of 'very serious' HR abuses in Iraq particularly
denial of access to prisoners)
*** "THEY WILL be invited not as an official
government but as individuals."
(Spainish Ambassador to the UN and the president of
Security Council for July, Inocencio Arias announcing that 25-member
Governing Council would not be given Iraq's seat at the world body and
instead the representatives of the council would address it as
*** "I NEVER IMAGINED I would still be treated the
way you are treating me... I am now a has-been and that's the way I
want to be treated."
(Former South African president Nelson Mandela
receiving a surprise gift of a compilation of some of his most famous
speeches and pouring of tributes from world leaders on his 85th
birthday celebrated fondly in his country)
*** "PEOPLE HAVE ALWAYS been interested in the
underwater world, and with only 12 submarine operations in the world
we thought that it would be a good business to invest in."
(Co-partner of submarine service offering undersea
marriage services in Mauritius commenting on the growing interest in
the untraditional ceremonies)
*** "IF YOU'RE looking for cracks in support for a
Republican president, you should look to California, since that's the
first place they're likely to show up."
(Findings of a poll conducted in the US State of
California showing approval of President Bush sliding down from 61 per
cent in April to 49 per cent this month)
*** "THE GREATER the US pressure and threat become,
the stronger retaliation (North Korea) will take against them."
(South Korean Defence Ministry official announcing
the deployment of more missiles aimed at Japan as counter to what it
calls the increasing US threats)
*** "THE FRENCH are the world's leading consumers
of medicine: three billion boxes a year."
(French Health Minister Jean-Francois announcing
the "cleansing of the nation's medicine cabinet" by reducing the
number of medications paid for by the government by 84)
*** "THEY ARE STYLISH, simple, well-made, in a way
that means we can sell them as fashion and lifestyle wear."
(Creative director of an online German fashion
garment manufacturer expressing delight at the prison-wear becoming
latest craze in high fashion)
*** "I THINK we are knocking at the door of
immortality. I think by 2075 we will see it and that's a conservative
(Business professor at Mont Clair University
California, Michael Zey predicting that scientific advances will one
day enable humans to live decades beyond what is now seen as the human
*** "GERMANY SHOULD be ignored; France should be
punished; and Russia should be forgiven."
(US National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice
commenting on how the US should react to countries who opposed war
*** "TRADING ON ONE'S family name is not deragatory
anymore, at least not in my view."
(Lord Sandwich, one of few hereditary peers who won
the right to keep their seats in the British House of Lords, defending
his family sandwich-selling-business set up by his ancestor 11th Earl
of Sandwich better known as The Earl of Sandwich)
*** "WE'RE POPULAR because we reflect the trials
and tribulations of all Iraqis. We print the truth."
(Editor-in-Chief of free 'handwritten newspaper'
comprising hotch-potch of sheets hung down by rocks and glass shards
for display on an Iraqi sidewalk expressing joy at popularity of his
6,000-strong daily "circulation")
*** "EVEN THOUGH we can do many things, we're not
(US deputy secretary of defence, Paul Wolfowitz,
telling Iraqis to be patient to have their economic woes solved during
his visit to the country)