*** "I WISH to join with those from around the
world who today express the deepest solidarity with the Palestinian
people in their continued suffering. They remain stateless and
(UN Secretary General Kofi Annan delivering a message
of support to the Palestinians denouncing the building of the
controversial barrier by Israel that cuts into the occupied West Bank)
*** "401.3 billion"
(A record defence spending bill signed by the US
President George W. Bush into law. The law would give US soldiers an
average 4 per cent salary raise and also clears the way for the US Air
Force to acquire 100 Boeing refuelling aircraft, expands veterans
benefits and allows research on new types of nuclear weapons)
*** "REPORTS THAT SAY that something hasn't
happened are always interesting to me, because as we know, there are
known knowns; there are things we know we know. We also know there are
known unknowns; that is to say we know there are some things we do not
know. But there are also unknown unknowns — the ones we don't know we
(US Secretary of Defence Donald Rumsfeld's 62-word
attempt to clarify a point to a defence department's meeting which has
helped him scooped the premier Foot In Mouth Trophy by Plain English
Campaign, a British organisation promoting easy to understand English)
*** "IT'S BEEN AN OSTENTATIOUS alliance between
the White House and the (Ariel) Sharon government, I think to the
detriment of our nation's image and to the detriment of an eventual
(Former US President Jimmy Carter criticising the
White House for favouring Israel and abandoning "a bipartisan
commitment" to Middle East peace)
*** "2 million"
(Numbers of lives lost in workplace related accidents
and occupational diseases each year in the world according to ILO's
health and safety specialist Ingrid Christensen. The accidents also
result in the loss of 4 per cent of the gross domestic product
*** "IF YOU WANT SECURITY, vote for me. I have
been on that side. I know how they (the bandits) operate. I can deal
better with crime. The police cannot do anything."
(Former bandit and a candidate of the provincial
assembly in the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh, Malkhan Singh, asking
the voters to support him)
*** "THERE IS NO ONE who is more hated than the
American president and the prime minister of the Zionist regime."
(Itan's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei
describing US President Geore W. Bush and Israeli Prime Minister Ariel
Sharon as the most hated men in the Muslim world)
*** "THAT WASN'T ME. I wasn't about to take
credit for something I didn't do. I am not that person."
(Jessica Lynch, US soldier and a former prisoner of
war in Iraq, saying that she is disturbed by the military over
dramatising her rescue by US troops and spreading false stories that she
went down shooting in an Iraqi ambush)
*** "WE ARE TRYING to understand how he been
able to remain so fit without food and water."
(Dr Sudhir Shah, a neurophysician and the head of a
team of doctors conduction tests on 78-year-old Prahlad Jani, a resident
of a village near the eastern Indian city of Ahmedabad, commenting on
his reported living without food and water for 60 years)
*** "WE ARE A FEUDAL SOCIETY"
(Chief Minister of the Indian state of Madhya Predesh
Digvijay Singh replying to a question about the growing number of
relatives of senior politicians who were being given election tickets)
*** "I SERVED more than seven years as a pilot.
In the beginning, we were pilots who believed our country would do all
it could to achieve peace... Somewhere in the last few years it became
harder and harder to believe that is the case."
(Captain Alon R, one of over two dozen Israel Air
Force pilots, who have been thrown out of the air force for refusing to
carry out bombing on civilian targets denouncing the occupation of
Palestine as immoral)