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PROFILE

M. YOUSUF SHAIKH

COLUMN FOR THE RECORD
SOCIETY 1- HIGHER EDUCATION
2- FAST FOOD IS IT SAFE FOOD?
POLITICS & POLICY POOR DELIVERY OF SOCIAL SERVICES
SPECIAL REPORT DOMESTIC REGULATION AND DIPLOMACY IN TELECOMMUNICATIONS
 
FOR THE RECORD


By Syed M. Aslam
Mar 15 - 21, 2003
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*** "IT'S GOING to be hard fought, they're going to do everything possible to tear down my character personally (and) Teresa. That's the way they operate."

(Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry predicting Republicans would resort to smear campaign to 'tear down' his and his wife's character to stop him winning the race)

*** "MY WEDDING DAY, I think that was the worst day of my life."

(Late Princess Diana's sad reminiscence her 1981 marriage to Prince Charles on audiotapes aired for the first time on NBC television network US)

*** "WITH THE UNITED STATES demanding (complete, verifiable and irreversible dismantlement), we too cannot but demand the complete withdrawal of US military stationed in South Korea in a verifiable manner, and also a complete, verifiable and irreversible security guarantee."

(Statement issued by official North Korean news agency KCNA insisting on the withdrawal of US troops from South Korea as counter demands in the standoff with the US over the country's nuclear programme)

*** "IF I WASN'T supposed to be there, why couldn't they tell me that? It was not done in secret."

(Ernest V. Nelson, the 46-year-old man arrested for cutting up as many as 800 human cadavers from a medical school in Los Angeles over last 6 year which he sold to nearly 100 research corporations, defending his grotesque act. He said that he collected the body parts by simply walking into the UCLA Medical Centre twice a week with a saw to cut up the human bodies with the knowledge of university officials)

*** "I FEEL TERRIBLE. You eat this food and you feel great immediately, but right after you get the McStomach aches, the McHeadaches you get depressed."

(US film-maker Morgan Spurlock who ate all the his meals at fast-food giant McDonald's for full month to test its claim that its food was nutritious. He gained 11 extra kilograms, higher cholestrol and an award-winning documentary on surviving on McDonald's diet)

*** "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)

*** "THE US FOLLOWS a double standard that it allows it to develop and threaten to use nuclear weapons while denying them to smaller countries. We do not know whether the (NPT) can survive with these policies."

(Malaysian Ambassador to the UN nuclear watchdog IAEA which monitors compliance to Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), Hussein Haniff, expressing concerns about the future of the Treaty)

*** "THE PLANE was actually carrying 64 suspected mercenaries of various nationalities."

(Zimbabwean External Affairs Minister Kembo Mohadi confirming the seizure of a US-registered cargo plane loaded with mercenaries of various nationalities and military cargo at Harare International Airport)

 

 

*** "THE SIZE of a leader's nose has a direct relation to the fortunes of the country they lead... Everything about Chen's face is small and that's why the last four years have been so bad."

(Taiwanese fortune teller Fan Yun predicting that President Chen Shuibian would not be able to win a second term in the election on the 20th of this month because he has too small a nose for re-election)

*** "I DON'T KNOW what he is implying, but I feel something strange. It's a feeling. Maybe I'm wrong, maybe I'm right. I can't tell you more than that."

(Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak rebuffing the US initiative to democratise Arab countries adding that he would have strong words with President George W. Bush at a summit later this month to specify what he means by the concept of a "Greater Middle East")