*** "THE WTO is completely dishonest, deceitful
and against human life. It is clear now that what we will eat, produce
and live for will be controlled by corporates benefitting from WTO."
(High profile Indian anti-genetically-modified-food
activist, Vandana Shiva, addressing a seminar at the World Social Forum,
the anti-globalisation movement's annual convention held in Mumbai last
*** "$ 1.6 Billion"
(Cost of a refurbished aircraft carrier and 12
fighter jets that India would buy from Russia)
*** "$ 130 million"
(Funds raised by President George W. Bush for his
re-election campaign. The Bush campaign has set a goal of raising a
total of $ 170 million)
*** "47 million"
(Number of Britons that own a mobile phone sets
making Britain one of the highest levels of cell phone in the world.
Around 70 per cent of Britons own a set)
*** "IT GIVES the appearance of a tainted
process where decisions are not made on merits, where you have judges
fraternising with people before the court."
(Director of US government watchdog Centre for Public
Integrity, Charles Lewis, expressing concerns about a potential conflict
of interest for Justice Antonin Scalia because he had dinner and went on
a hunting trip while the Supreme Court was involved in a case about Vice
President Dick Cheney's energy task force)
*** "SMALL ARMS are really the weapons of mass
destruction. I am not minimizing the issue of nuclear proliferation, but
most people are killed by these weapons."
(Former Irish president and head of Britain-based
charity Oxfam, Mary Robinson, saying that guns and grenades kill one
person every minute. There are around 369 million small arms in the
world the majority of which are produced in just 5 countries — US, UK,
Russia, France and China)
*** "THE VEIL IS MY CHOICE... Secular
fundamentalism is a danger for the republic... Where is democracy?"
(Placards held at a rally held in Paris participated
in mostly by veiled Muslim women protesting the looming ban on the
wearing of head scarves in state schools in France)
*** "GLOBALIZATION HOLDS out promises, but with
contrasts. It represents prosperity for the fortunate few, and despair
for millions. The world is witnessing an unprecedented wave of progress,
while millions are mired in extreme poverty. The backlash against
globalization draws its force from such inequalities."
(Bangladesh Prime Minister Khalida Zia calling upon
developed nations to development objectives of poor countries at the
inauguration session of the two-day international business conference in
*** "WITHIN WEEKS after my inauguration, America
will rejoin the community of Nations, and we will open a new chapter of
(Senator John Kerry promising attacking incumbent
President George W. Bush's foreign policies after surging to a big lead
in the Democratic presidential nomination race in New Hampshire State)
*** "IF WE DON'T it, somebody else will. The
Chinese, The Europeans and the Japanese all have the goal of going to
the moon. We don't want to wake up and see that they have a base there
before we do."
(Democrat Bart Gordon advocating the establishment of
a permanent US base on the moon to help fly to Mars before anybody else
can do it)
*** "THE US is hyping recent developments in
some Mideast countries, the cases orchestrated by itself. It is seized
with hallucination that the same would happen on the Korean Peninsula
and some countries echo this 'hope' and 'expect some 'change.'"
(A spokesman of North Korean Foreign Ministry
reiterating his country's stand not to give up its nuclear weapons
programmes 'like some countries in the Middle East')
*** "THE ARABS should have said 'no' to the
first military coup. They should have said they deserved better than
military dictatorships. But, unfortunately we just sat there watching
our wealth and capabilities wasted by opportunists who posed as
(Acclaimed Arab comic playwright Dureid Lahman
expressing regrets for wasting talent on "senseless" political
plays which failed to bring democracy in the Arab world)