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PROFILE

IMAMUDDIN MANZAR

COLUMN FOR THE RECORD
POLITICS & POLICY 1- POVERTY ALLEVIATION
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PAK-KAZAKISTAN RELATIONSHIP
SOCIETY 1- AFGHAN REFUGEES GET EXTRA HELP FOR WINTER
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SAFE DRINKING WATER PHENOMENON
3-
INCOME TAX LAW

 

FOR THE RECORD

 

By Syed M. Aslam
Dec 15 - 21, 2003 

 

 

*** "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 1996-97)

*** "$ 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 George Bush."

(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 ($2,175)."

(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)