*** "THERE IS A COST of being public office
holders and they (parliamentarians) must understand that. Assets should
be monitored and should not be put in the cold storage."
(Spokesman of National Accountability Bureau warning
the politicians that false statements of assets could lead to not only
disqualification but also imprisonment of up to 3 years or a fine of Rs
5,000 or both. The declarations filed by the 100 Senators in the upper
house of the parliament show that many of them are billionaires while
many others were multi-millionaires)
*** "SLOG: TO HIT or strike hard; to drive with
blows, to assail violently. And that's precisely what the US has been
doing and intends to continue to do."
(US Secretary of Defence Donald Rumsfeld pulling out
the Oxford dictionary to read out the meaning of the word 'slog' in a
bid to lessen the impact of a leaked memo that warned the US faces a
'long, hard slog' in Iraq and Afghanistan. He was heading a regular
(Number of votes cast in the UN General Assembly
overwhelmingly demanding the tearing down of the monster concrete wall
by Israel in the occupied West Bank. The resolution was passed by 144-4
votes with 12 countries abstaining)
*** "UNFORTUNETALEY, he's got other
(Manager of the skipper of Australian cricket squad
Steve Waugh commenting on his inability to meet US President George W.
Bush due to a professional commitment)
*** "ARE WE NOT allowed to say that we are angry
with the Jews? Are the Jews some kind of creature who cannot be
condemned in any way?"
(Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad defending
the right of Muslims to condemn the Jews for occupying Muslim Lands and
killing the Palestinians. He also slammed the West for being brazenly
anti-Muslim siding and pro-Jews to the point of blindness)
(Number of people who end their lives by committing
suicides in the country during the first nine months of this year.
Abject poverty, unemployment and prolonged illness were the major cause
of most of these suicides)
*** "IT'S A TRAGEDY that US soldiers have killed
so many civilians in Baghdad. But it is really incredible that the US
military does not even count these deaths. Any time US forces kill Iraqi
civilians in questionable circumstances, they should investigate the
(Acting Director of Human Rights Watch for Middle
East and North Africa, Joe Stork, demanding the investigation of growing
civilian deaths in Iraq)
*** "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
*** "THE IRAQI REGIME was not Al Qaeda, Saddam
(Hussein) was not Osama bin Laden... Stop telling us lies. Unlike you,
our soldiers are serving their country with distinction."
(Former US war veteran, Michael McPherson, whose
former combat unit served in Iraq, addressing a 20,000-strong rally in
Washington to protest US presence in Iraq)
*** "I KNOW MY FRIEND is running again, and
she's got a strong agenda to run on. (She) has been very strong and I
appreciate that and I appreciate my friendship with her."
(US President George W. Bush strongly endorsing
Philippines President Gloria Arroyo's candidacy for the 2004 elections)
*** "THIS PARTICULAR phase in my life is the
most dangerous... someone is planning 'an accident' in my car, brake
failure and serious head injuries in order to make the path clear for
Charles to marry."
(Letter written by Britain's Princess Diana to her
Butler Paul Burrel 10 months before she was killed in a tragic car crash
in a Paris underpass on August 31, 1997. The shocking letter is included
in a book written by Burrel which was released recently)
*** "67 per cent"
(Number of Iraqis who view US as an occupier instead
of liberator according to a new poll released in Baghdad recently)