*** "TODAY'S TODDLERS act like little teenagers
— they've been there, done it and got the T-shirt — but they miss
out on good old-fashioned, imaginative fun."
(Editor of 'Mother and Baby' magazine Karen Pasquali
Jones saying that toddlers today are increasingly leading a lifestyle
once associated only with moody adolescents of yesterday including
wasting hours in front of the television and getting their parents spend
money on designer clothes while they're not even three years old)
*** "ONLY 60 PER CENT of Iraqi women get
prenatal care, down from 78 per cent in 1996."
(Executive Director of the UN Population Fund Ahmed
Obaid commenting on sharp increase in prenatal maternal deaths in Iraq
which jumped from 117 per 100,000 live births in 1989 to 310 last year)
*** "WE ARE RAPIDLY becoming the toxic dumping
ground of the world's mercury."
(Director of Indian Environmental Watchdog Centre for
Science and Environment, Sunita Narain expressing concerns about her
country becoming world's largest recycler of mercury. India's imports of
toxic mercury jumped to 1,386 tons in 2002-03 from just 257 tons in
*** "$ 1.4 million"
(Amount sought by Mohammed Sagheer, a Pakistani freed
from the US military camp at Guantanamo Bay, for his illegal detention,
torture and humiliation in a Islamabad court)
*** "THE WORLD BELIEVED that this was was about
oil, not terrorism; about payback, not regime change; about destroying
Saddam Hussein rather than destroying the weapons of mass destruction;
about empire, not democracy."
(US civil rights leader Reverend Jesse Jackson
slamming his government's invasion of Iraq without any moral foundation
and warning of looming global crises and cycle of violence brought by
the US arrogance)
*** "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)
*** "THE ONES that are really suffering from
racism are not the Jews, but blacks and Arabs. It is easier to make fun
of Muslim fundamentalism than Israeli fundamentalism."
(French actor Dieudonne defending his comic apperance
on television dressed as an Orthodox Jew and making the Hitler salute
shouting "Heil Israel". He is also demanding an apology from
the proragramme-makers who described his performance as
"offensive". He was acquitted by an appeal court for
describing white Catholics as racist slavers)
*** "LOVING SOMEONE no matter what their faults
in a blind and unconditional way, such as the love Tony Blair has for
(British heartthrob Hugh Grant replying to a question
about the meaning of British love at the launching ceremony of his
latest film "Love Actually" in which he plays a British prime
minister much like Tony Blair)
*** "ANY DEMOCRATICALLY elected Iraqi government
is unlikely to be secular, and unlikely to be pro-Israel. And frankly,
moderately unlikely to be pro-American."
(Dr Noah Feldman, a leading US expert in Islamic law,
saying that the end constitutional product in Iraq would make many
people in the US government unhappy as a democratic Iraq appears to
become an Islamic state. Dr Feldman, a New York University law
professor, also served as senior constitutional adviser to the American
administrator Paul Bremer in Baghdad)
*** "HINDU COUPLES having 10 or more children
would be suitably rewarded, and the couple having the maximum number of
children in the state would be awarded a cash prize of Rs 100,000
(Vijay Tiwari, a leader of the militant Hindu party
Shiv Sena, a member of India's coalition government, in the Uttar
Pradesh province encouraging people to have more children by announcing
attractive cash rewards)