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PROFILE

PROF MUHAMMAD EHSAN MALIK

COLUMN FOR THE RECORD
SOCIETY 1- SPILL EXPOSES FAILURE OF PAK SHIPPING
2- HOW TO PREPARE FOR AN INTERVIEW
3-
GET RETIRED BEFORE GETTING OBSOLETE
POLITICS & POLICY COMBATING CORRUPTION

 

FOR THE RECORD

 

By Syed M. Aslam
Sep 01 - 07, 2003 

 

 

*** "THE UN has been drawn into being an arm of the US a division of the State Department."

(Former assistant secretary-general of the United Nations, Denis Halliday, slamming the pro-US tilt of the world body saying that the Security Council had been taken over and corrupted by America and the UK)

*** "THE US DEMAND for an early inspection ... is unacceptable as it is a blatant interference in its affairs and an infringement upon its sovereignty. This is little short of demanding the DPRK surrender to it. Surrender means death."

(North Korea's official news agency KCNA rejecting a US demand for the inspection of nuclear facilities as 'absolutely unacceptable' ahead of six-nation nuclear crisis talks this week)

*** "BUY ONE OF THESE. They're good for your health. They cure diseases. You can eat them in a soup or as a steak."

(A Tajik hunter offering a rare species of blind snake believed to have medicinal qualities)

*** "TIRTO IS NOW more relaxed and is beginning to enjoy his treatments."

(Spokesman of Singapore's zoo commenting on traditional Chinese acupuncture treatment to a 2.3-metre-long Komodo dragon lizard to cure a nerve disorder)

*** "IRRESPECTIVE OF THE PARTY, if one goes by the record of medical reimbursement bills, every other legislator is seriously sick and diseased."

(Official in the health department of Indian state of Andhra Pradesh saying that ministers and legislators are giving fake medical bills to mint money)

*** "QUITE FRANKLY, I'm not giving an answer because I don't know what the answer is. I think it's premature to jump to conclusions."

(Chairman of the US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, Patrick Wood, declining to give reasons for the massive power breakdown in several US and Canadian cities on the East Coast)

*** "FROM LIBYA'S point of view, it's not about compensation but a purchase for the lifting of sanctions. We are losing billions of dollars each year as a result of international and US sanctions."

(Libyan Foreign Minister Abdel Rahman Shalgham saying that Tripoli 'purchased lifting of sanctions' by compensating 270 victims of Lockerbie airplane bombing $ 10 million each totaling $ 2.7 billion)

 

 

*** "55.76 million kilometres"

(The distance between the Earth and Planet Mars on the 27th of this month, the closest in 60,000 years. The two planets will be in such proximity again in 2287)

*** "'BLAIR AND BUSH wanted for war crimes' ... 'Bliar' ... 'Trust me, I'm Tony.'"

(Placards held by demonstrators at the Royal Court of Justice in London where British Prime Minister Tony Blair was called to testify at a judicial inquiry into the apparent suicide of weapons expert David Kelly who had accused the government of exaggerating its case for invading Iraq)

*** "MORE THAN 400 women have endured the pain and suffering of being kidnapped, raped and sometimes sold. This violence is still a daily occurrence, especially on the streets of Baghdad, without attracting the least attention of the (U.S.) soldiers."

(Director of the Organisation of Women's Freedom in Iraq, Yanar Mohammed, condemning an unprecedented explosion of violence against women since the US-led coalition took control early April)

*** "THIS IS NO JOKE because there are millions of little people living in our society today who often have more informed political views than adults, but are being discriminated against on account of their age."

(German legislator Antje Vollmer supporting a bill to be considered by the parliament next month to grant voting right at birth allowing parents to cast additional ballot on the behalf of their children untill they reach the official voting age of 18)