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PROFILE

ABDUL RASHID ABRO

COLUMN FOR THE RECORD
SOCIETY 1- HOSTELS FOR THE WORKING WOMEN
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BOOK REVIEW
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MULTIMEDIA TECHNOLOGY IN EDUCATION
SPECIAL REPORT POWER LINE COMMUNICATIONS

 

FOR THE RECORD

 

By Syed M. Aslam
Sep 15 - 21, 2003 

 

 

*** "WE WILL ONLY achieve the objectives of trade and development if there are benefits for all ... We face a choice here... either we continue to strengthen the multilateral trading system and the world economy or we flounder and add to the prevailing uncertainties...anything else will delay the chances of our peoples to change their lives for the better."

(Director General of World Trade Organisation Supachai Panitchpakdi's assuring level playing fields to all members in his inaugural address to the 5-day world trade minister's meeting in Cancun)

*** "$ 400 billion"

(Subsidies forked out by US and EU taxpayers to their farmers)

*** "SO THE 'FRENCHIES' were coward, ungrateful, naive, petty and self-seeking, were they? If you like. But at least they judged it write."

(Veteran French commentator Regis Debray hitting back insults heaped on his country by the US for opposing the Iraq war reflecting a general satisfaction among many in his country as the US swallows its pride to seek help from the UN to sort out the postwar debacle in Iraq)

*** "100 per cent"

(Increase recorded in petroleum prices since the military take-over in October 1999 as per the statement presented in the National Assembly by Minister of Petroleum and Natural Resources Noraiz Shakoor)

*** "INSTEAD OF OPEN MARKETS, there are too many barriers that stunt, stifle and starve. Instead of fair competition, there are subsidies by rich countries that tilt the playing field against the poor."

 

 

(UN Secretary General Kofi Annan urging the delegates to scrap subsidies and abolish trade practices that keep the developing countries mired in poverty at the opening session of the 5-day WTO meeting in Cancun)

*** "DEFENDING PALESTINE is not only defending a country or a nation but an endeavour to solve a fundamental Islamic and Arab world problem... the US for the past 50 years always sided with the Zionist regime."

(Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei stressing on the just solution of Palestine during his meeting with visiting Jordanian monrach King Abdullah II)

*** "ANNAN DOESN'T OWN THIS BUILDING."

(Russian Ambassador to the UN, Sergey Lavrov refusing to observe the smoking ban in any of the premises of the world body headquarters by Secretary General Kofi Annan)

*** "THIS GUY OWES me bacon now... because you cannot have eggs without bacon."

(Hollywood action hero turn California gubernatorial candidate Arnold Schwarzenegger, joking about being hit by an egg while speaking at the University of California)

*** "THEY ARE DERANGED by nature and politically deranged. To do what they do have to be mentally deranged, to have psychological problems."

(Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi's outburst against his country's judges accusing them of politically motivated against him. The premier is Italy's richest man and had been subject to more than 90 investigations, including a trial on corruption charges recently, since he first entered politics over a decade ago)

*** "$ 27,590"

(Price fetched by a cap worn by cricket legend Sir Donald Bradman in his last Test at a London auction)

*** "IT GOT to the point where I was afraid to even argue with my neighbour if his dog came and urinated on my lawn because he might report me as a terrorist."

(Mohammad Elmarasy, an Arab-American Muslim, recalling the anger directed at the Muslims after the 9/11 terror attacks in the US)

*** "MOST OF THE MEMBER states felt that the case for war was weak. In the absence of weapons of mass destruction, I think the case is weakened further."

 

 

(UN Secretary General Kofi Annan asked if he and the Security Council felt vindicated about the US-led war in Iraq)