*** "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
(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
(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
(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
*** "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.)
(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)