By Syed M. Aslam
Mar 08 - 14, 2003



*** "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 Muslim populations."

(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 it."

(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 Iraq)

*** "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)

*** "587"

(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)


(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 nuclear capability..."

(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 Organisation)

*** "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)