*** "SO BESIDES, paying mullahs, the CIA created
fake mullahs- recruited agents who would proclaim themselves clerics and
take a more moderate position about nonbelievers... We are taking radio
stations and supporting clerics. It's back to propaganda. We are
creating moderate Muslims."
(Excerpts from "The CIA at War", a new book
written by American investigative reporter Ronald Kessler, quoting an
unnamed CIA source saying that the agency paid mullahs and created fake
Islamic religious leaders to preach moderate message and counter
anti-American sentiment in the Arab world after the September 11
*** "THE WORSENING poverty situation in Pakistan
needs foremost attention of the government. It requires radical measures
for achieving pro-poor growth."
(Asian Development Bank's Country Director to
Pakistan Marshuk Ali Shah saying that the Bank has asked the government
to create job opportunities, control poverty and attract investment,
both foreign and domestic)
*** "$ 50 billion"
(Estimated cost of rebuilding Iraq in the next 4
years according to the World Bank)
*** "HIS REMARKS only go to prove that he is
just an old man, politically literate. His outbursts ... cannot be
construed otherwise than a desperate shrill cry of a psychopath on his
(Official North Korean news agency KNNA angrily
refuting US Secretary of State Donald Rumsfeld for predicting that 'one
day freedom would come to the communist state's)
*** "IT'S DISGUSTING. I don't see why parents
should have to pay. I blame the Government."
(Mother of a three school-going children criticizing
the decision by a cash-strapped school in London to supply only one pen
and pencil to each student as a cost cutting measure)
*** "OUT OF 19,000 hectares growing basmati in
these areas, more than 3,000 hectares have Pakistani rice."
(Virender Kaul, a scientist in Indian-held Jammu
University, commenting on the growing preference to cultivate aromatic
Pakistani basmati rice because it fetches better prices in the market
than local counterparts)
(Number of deaths caused each year from side-effects
of global warming ranging from malaria to malnutrition according to a
study conducted by scientists at the World Health Organisation and the
London School of Hygiene and Tropical medicine)
*** "IT WOULD BE better to have the capital
somewhere near Isfahan: that would be safer. Other countries have
changed their capitals without any adverse effect."
(Professor of geophysics at Tehran University, Bahram
Akasheh, formally suggesting to the Iranian President Mohammed Khatami
to move the capital Tehran elsewhere to avoid earthquake, 'a disaster
which is only a question of time')
*** "IT'S NOT FAIR to me at this age. They
brought me to Delhi to help them, gave me this place to live and run my
small shop and now they are misbehaving with me."
(Cremator of unclaimed bodies in the Indian capital,
Mohammed Habib, showing unhappiness about the 'ungrateful authorities'
who brought him to the city but now asks him to vacate his home. He has
cremated over 10,000 unclaimed bodies in the last 65 years)
(Ministers inducted by chief minister of the Indian
state of Uttar Pradesh Mulayam Singh Yadev bringing the total to 98
making his cabinet the largest ever in the state. The state has a total
of 403 lawmakers)
*** "I ADMIRED HITLER, for instance, because he
came from being a little man with almost no formal education, up to
power. I admire him for being such a good public speaker and for what he
did with it."
(Comments attributed to Hollywood action hero Arnold
Schwarzenegger during his campaign for the Governor of California. He
denied praising Hitler and went on to win the gubernatorial recall race
of the most populated and richest US state)