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PROFILE

QAMAR AHMED

COLUMN FOR THE RECORD

 

FOR THE RECORD

 

By Syed M. Aslam
Nov 17 - 23, 2003 

 

 

*** "TODAY, THE WORLD is more unequal, and more insecure, than ever: we live in a world of six billion people, one billion of whom own 80 per cent of global wealth, while another billion struggle to survive on less than a dollar a day."

(Chairman of the UN Development Group and head of UN Development Program, Mark Malloch Brown, commenting on the growing rich-poor divide in the world)

*** "WHEN I HEAR Bush say, 'You're either with us or against us,' it reminds me of the Germans. My experiences under Nazi and Soviet rule have sensitized me."

(George Soros, one of the world's wealthiest financiers, declaring that getting George W. Bush out of the White House has become 'central focus' of his life. The 74-year-old billionaire has donated $ 15.5 million to groups dedicated to Mr. Bush's removal)

*** "WITH THESE SORT of comments they are disgracing themselves... It is astonishing that the current US administration, which came into power through a tampered election, keeps on talking about democracy."

(Iran's foreign ministry spokesman Hamid Reza Asefi denouncing US Secretary of State Colin Powell's disgusting anti-Islam and anti-Muslim remarks)

*** "362-40"

(US House of Representatives' approval of 2004 defence authorisation bill for a record $ 400 billion military spending. The bill also approves the lifting of the ban on the production low-yield nuclear weapons)

 

 

*** "I AM SURE they would like to get out, not only before an election, but any time American lives are lost. They thought Iraq would be an easy affair and people would greet them with flowers and hug them and it didn't turn out that way."

(Former chief UN weapons inspector Hans Blix saying that the US would dearly love to leave Iraq despite political fallout ahead of 2004 presidential elections)

*** "NO MORE MANZANARS."

(Inscription printed on shirts sold to help restore the Manzanar camp in Sierra Nevada mountains where 10,000 Japanese immigrants and Japanese Americans were detained between 1942-45. The interns of the camp see Guantanamo Bay as a painful modern day parallel of the camp)

*** "YOU DO NOT WANT to get into a situation where ICT (information, communication and technology) and its progress create social chasms and economic chasms between the haves and have-nots."

(Indian government's secretary for industrial policy and promotion, Rajeeva Ratna Shah, explaining why the government will spend $ 2.7 billion over next 4 years to bridge its growing technological divide including the construction of an Internet device accessible to illiterate villagers)

*** "THERE WAS NO MIRACLE involved in the cure of the woman in question. She was cured with medication."

(Health minister of the Indian state of West Bengal, Surya Kanta Mishra, announcing official boycott of the celebrations marking the beatification of Mother Teresa saying the provincial government doesn't believe she has performed miracles from the afterlife such as recovery of a woman allegedly from an incurable tumor)

*** "THAT'S IMPORTANT for the return of normalcy. Doesn't the coalition, doesn't Paul Bremer understand this? The major stadium had been turned into a parking lot for American tanks, its turf destroyed. I came here and found nothing, no balls, no nets, no funds, no competitions and no players."

(Iraq's soccer coach Bernd Stange, a German, denouncing the US-led coalition for ignoring the needs of the national team. He threatened to reisgn unless authorities help the squad prepare for the upcoming Asian championships)

*** "ZENAB, THE SOUND of the World Service is changing and you are not going to be part of it. We won't be using you any more as an announcer. Your voice is too clipped."

(London-based British-Pakistani broadcaster quoting her boss' words to sack her for 'sounding too posh and sounding far too white.' The Service has told its radio presenters that it now prefers 'desi' accents)