*** "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
*** "$ 400 billion"
(Subsidies forked out by US and EU taxpayers to their
*** "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
*** "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
(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
(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)