*** "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)
(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
(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'