*** "YOU TAKE a baby's cry, multiply it a
thousand times and add hurt and anger and pain into it."
(Unnamed British soldier revealing details of savage
beatings meted out by his colleagues to hooded captives in Iraq. British
troops are accused of committing persistent atrocities to the civilian
population of Iraq)
*** "AN EXCEPTIONAL injustice is apparent in the
attitude and actions of big countries towards countries with major
(Indonesian President Megawati Sukarnoputri, the head
of the world's most populous Islamic nation, slamming the West for
injustice toward Muslims including condemnation of US-led invasion of
Iraq and a French ban on headscarves worn by Muslim girls)
*** "Of course I was, I was well aware of
(Former UN chief weapons inspector Richard Butler
revealing that at least four countries; US, UK, France and Russia,
bugged his conversations as he held delicate negotiations on disarming
*** "THE QUESTION has been asked several times,
we have responded to it several times. The repetition of this question
shows that the person who made these accusations has a problem."
(Syrian Foreign Minister Faruq al Shara saying the US
Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld "has a problem" for his
repetitious statements that Syria and Iran are allowing militants to
cross into Iraq to carry out anti-coalition attacks)
(Total number of billionaires in the world according
to Forbes magazine. The total net worth of these billions added up to a
staggering $ 1.9 billion or almost one fifth of the US economy)
*** "OUR BRAINS... are a bit scratched because
they are always in use. While the brains of those in the opposition camp
are relatively new because they are seldom used."
(Philippines senatorial candidate Miriam Defensor
lashing out at her former allies in the apposition saying that the
country does not need leaders with "brand new" brains)
*** "I FULLY UNDERSTAND its is going to be the
year of the sharp elbow and the quick tongue. But my pledge to you is
we'll continue to work with you."
(US President George W. Bush launching a broad
defence of his record on Iraq and economy in a speech to Republican
Governors to take on his Democratic rivals for the presidency)
*** "TAKE A BUS"
(Memo issues by the Chinese government to public
officials as a part of crackdown on corruption and waste. The country
plans to eliminate official vehicles and drivers costing tens of
billions of dollars a year by cutting down lavish privileges and abuse
of perks arousing public anger)
*** "CORPORATE-OCCUPPIED TERRITORY"
(Consumer advocate turn Independent US presidential
hopeful, Ralph Nadar, accusing the two major political parties —
Democrats and Republicans — of being dominated by corporate lobbyists
who care little about the needs of ordinary Americans. He said he
wouldn't back off from his latest campaign for the White House even if
the major candidates are tied in polls going in to Election Day)
*** "UNFORTUNATELY I can't give a precise
opinion about it because we don't do any inspections in Israel... I know
that it's a developed programme and Israel does not deny that it has
(Chief of United Nations nuclear watchdog IAEA,
Mohammed El Baradei, saying that lack of information about Israel's
nuclear programme is a mystery to the UN)
*** "100 million"
(Number of chickens culled in 10 Asian nations in an
attempt to contain the virus according to UN's Food and Agriculture
*** "FROM THE FIRST day I entered my office they
told me: beware, your office is bugged, your residence is bugged."
(Former UN secretary-general Boutros Boutros-Ghali
saying that he was spied upon like his latest counterpart Kofi Annan and
many others at the United Nations. The UN has denounced the operation as
illegal and highly damaging and asked that it should stop)
*** "ALL THE WORLD-KNOWN and notorious
terrorists are made with US money, support and experience."
(Iran's influential former president Akbar Hashemi
Rafsanjani slamming the latest US government report critical of Tehran's
human rights record)