*** "FAIR TRADE can be free, but free trade can be unfair. That's what we are asking for. Nothing much really. We are ready to be exploited but we must be fairly exploited."

(Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad saying poor countries has the right to protect their 'little businesses' until they can compete with the giants. He made the remarks in a speech to corporate chief executives on the sidelines of Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Bangkok)

*** "Definitely 2004"

(President of Iraqi Governing Council, Iyad Allawi, responding to question that when elections would be held)

*** "AMERICA IS MUCH STRONGER in a multilateral system, we must be on the same side, work with other people in the world. It shouldn't be America versus the others."

(Former US secretary of state under Bill Clinton's presidency Madeleine Albright criticising the US isolationist foreign policy saying that 'it is not good for America, not good for the world')

*** "CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS was the spearhead of the biggest invasion and genocide ever seen in the history of humanity ... We Venezuelans, we Latin Americans, have no reason to honour Columbus."

(Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez urging Latin Americans not to celebrate Columbus Day on October 12 because 1492 discovery of the Americas triggered a 150-year genocide of native Indians by foreign conquerors who behaved "worse than Hitler")

*** "$40 & $202"



(Prices of one-acre and 10-acre blocks on the moon by a real estate agency in Australia)

*** "WE DO NOT prefer troops from neighbouring countries... in fact we don not prefer forces from other Islamic countries..."

(President of the Governing Council in Iraq, Iyad Allawi, saying that his country did not need peacekeepers from Islamic countries because 'the people of Iraq are capable of maintaining peace and security themselves)

*** "MY MOTHER taught me long ago, when I'm eating and I feel the food is very nice that's about the time I should stop. You don't want to leave after people kick you out."

(Malaysian President Mahathir Mohamed explaining why he is not tempted to cling to power as he prepares to leave his office end of this month after 22 years in power)

*** "Permanent Damage can be done after only a few hours of wear... Letting an under-age member of the family use these lenses without supervision is like giving them the car keys without a license and without an adult in the front seat."

(Houston-based ophthalmologist Dr Dwight Cavanagh warning that wearing coloured contact lenses can damage to eyes and in some cases can also lead to permanent blindness)

*** "I UNDERSTAND that people are nervous, you're damned if you do and you're damned if you don't."

(Australian Prime Minister John Howard commenting on the return of the 'ship of death' loaded with some 50,000 sheep back to the country after numerous countries refused to take the animals even for free. The ship was stranded in the Middle East for 70 days)


(US administrator of Iraq Paul Bremer insisting that life in the country was normal despite daily attacks during his address on ABC television)

*** "UNION BANKING was seized by the government in October 1942 under the Trading with the Enemy Act. No charges were brought against Union Banking's American directors."

(Donald Goldstein, a professor of public and international affairs at the University of Pittsburgh, commenting on government documents showing that Senator Prescott Bush, the grandfather of President George W. Bush, was a director of a bank seized by the US federal government because of its ties to a German industrialist who helped bankroll Hitler's rise to power)



*** "YOU ALL WHINE too much... I envy you and our so-called crisis."

(Former soviet president Mikhail Gorbachev criticising the Germans for whining too much and asking them to be thankful for living a wealthy life instead of complaining about current economic turmoil)