*** "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
(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)
*** "BASICALLY QUITE NORMAL"
(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