*** "IT'S A MATTER of principle, having made the
decision to go there out of caring for human life, and then once there
having to deal with the dead children from cluster bombs."
(Sixty-two-year-old US anti-war activist Faith
Fippinger defending her decision to visit Iraq to act as a human
shield prior to the US invasion. She received a letter from the
treasury department threatening her up to 12 years in prison and up to
$ 1 million in fines when she came back from
Iraq but has refused
to pay a reduced fine of $ 10,000)
*** "$ 31 billion"
(Lost productivity due to depression in the US
according to a research conducted by American Productivity Audit
published in the special issue of the Journal of American Medical
*** "baseless and fabricated... wild flights of
(Foreign ministry slamming a report published by
Los Angeles Times alleging that Pakistan helped Iran develop its
*** "THE VERDICT is not a blow to us. It is not damaging. We have
been facing such situations for years."
(Seantor Raza Rabbani commenting on the conviction
of his party's leader and former prime minister Benazir Bhutto for
money laundering by a Swiss Judge)
*** FIRST THINGS FIRST. We hope there is a second
(US President George W. Bush brushing aside
speculation whether the Secretary of State Colin Powell would serve in
a second Bush term)
*** "THE MESSAGE IS: don't wait. You've got to do
something, and you have got to do it now. This is not an attack on the
government. This is scientific fact."
(Scientific chair of South Africa's first national
AIDs conference, Salim Abdool Karim, urging the government for rapid
treatment for millions of South Africans dying from the disease)
*** "PEOPLE ARE SICK AND TIRED of politicians,
therefore it's important for me to run and to win... to clean house."
(US action hero and Terminator star Arnold
Schwarsenegger announcing to quit the movies to join the race for
governorship of California)
*** "OFF AND ON a fairly major war would be
launched deliberately for no good reason. And the weapons are
gleefully used in these real life tests."
(Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Muhammad
accusing rich countries for the proliferation of wars to help sell
*** "RESISTANCE is a legitimate right. We see the
Lebanese national resistance, the Hezbollah and the uprising in
Palestine in this perspective."
(Syrian Defence Minister Mustafa Tlass renewing his
country's support for Hezbollah despite a US demand that Damascus
reign in the movement after it attacked Israeli positions)
*** "WE MUST MOBILISE to make sure that the Cancun
summit is a failure, to put the 146 member governments under citizen's
arrest so that they can't sign an agreement in Cancun."
(French anti-globalisation hero Jose Bove calling
for wisescale protests against the WTO ahead of next month's summit in
Mexico. Boce rapped up a massive three-day rally in southern France
early this month)
*** "THE THEORY is very basic and you can see it in
(Jack Schultz, who led a scientific project at Penn
State University in the US, announcing the invention of a houseplant
that signals when it needs watering by letting off a dim light)
*** "IT IS the first time in the country that cloud seeding is
being undertaken in such a massive manner."
(Water Resources Minister of southern Indian state
of Karnataka, H.K. Patil, talking about the hiring of an American
company specialising in artificial cloud seeding, a process to induce
rain. The company has promised the state it will see a 20 per cent
increase current rainfall levels)
*** "THE UNITED STATES has informed the governments
of Israel and India that we have no objection to the Israeli transfer
of the Phalcon airborne early-warning system to India."
(Deputy State Department spokesman Philip Reeker
confirming his government had given clearance for Isreal to sell $ 1
billion worth of AWACS aircraft to India)