Quotes of the week March 24-3002 april 2012, 16:26
Some of the best quotes of the week from around the world:
"It is like you are in a time warp. It is like you are looking across 50 years into a country that has missed 40 years or 50 years of progress."
-- US President Barack Obama at his disbelief after staring into North Korea through binoculars during a visit to the tense inter-Korean border.
Barack Obama. ©AFP
"Does this mean... Facebook is preparing to be unblocked?"
-- Kelisisong, a Chinese blogger, on Mark Zuckerberg's recent trip to Shanghai which sparked a frenzy of online speculation over the possibility that Facebook might return to China, even though the site remains firmly blocked.
MAKE LIKE A DUCK
"You duck, may God damn your soul."
-- Chant of Syrian protesters, referring to President Bashar al-Assad after it was revealed his wife Asma affectionately refers to him as her "batta", Arabic for duck.
Lebanese and Syrian supporters of Sunni Muslim Salafist leader Ahmed al-Asir chant slogans as they hold religious banners and a pre-Baath Syrian flag during an anti-Syrian regime demonstration. ©AFP
"If you've had a bad day, it's a pretty good stress reliever."
-- Jonathan Lahy-Neary, the owner of a New Zealand company, Tanks for Everything, which offers frustrated drivers the chance to squash a car with a Centurion tank as a way to de-stress.
"Obviously for India, the horn is a category in itself. With the amount of honking in Mumbai, we do on a daily basis what an average German does on an annual basis."
-- Michael Perschke, director at German carmaker Audi, on why his company makes special horns for vehicles sold in India where local drivers are known to honk a lot.
Audi A6 automobile during the car model launch ceremony in Hyderabad. ©AFP
IN THE DARK
"The generator is noisy and the smoke it produces stinks, but it's a thousand times better than studying by candlelight."
-- Gaza student Lisa Masharawi, speaking of how Gaza's power cut is making learning difficult.
"They cut the electricity: okay, we bought a petrol generator. They cut the petrol: okay, we bought a diesel generator. Now they've cut the diesel and there's nothing left for us but buy a generator that works on water!"
-- A sign outside the house of Haj Abu Ahmed, a resident of Shati refugee camp in Gaza, referring to the lack of diesel in the coastal strip.
Palestinians wait in a queue to fill containers with fuel at a petrol station in Gaza City. ©AFP
"Be unreal, beat Real"
-- Banner held by an APOEL supporter, when the Cypriot minnows took on Real Madrid in a Champions League quarter-final first-leg clash in Nicosia. Real Madrid won 3-0.
"If I had a son he would look like Trayvon."
-- Barack Obama, the country's first African American president, as he called the fatal shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin a "tragedy."
Trayvon Martin supporters gather for a rally in his honor. ©AFP
"I'll bet you money, if he didn't have that hoodie on, that nutty neighborhood watch guy wouldn't have responded in that violent and aggressive way."
-- US television Fox commentator Geraldo Rivera on Trayvon Martin's case, the unarmed teenager who was shot dead by a self-appointed neighborhood watch volunteer in late February.
SHUT YOUR MOUTH
"If I were the father of such a monster, I would shut my mouth in shame."
-- French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe commenting after the father of Mohamed Merah, the gunman who killed seven people in southern France, threatened to sue over his son's death in a shootout with police.
French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe. ©AFP
CRIME OF LUST
"They are trying to ban a sort of crime of lust. He's being attacked over his libertine behaviour."
-- Dominique Strauss-Kahn's defence lawyer Henri Leclerc, speaking at a news conference after the former IFM chief was charged for aggravated pimping.
Dominique Strauss-Kahn. ©AFP
A NEW ERA FOR SENEGAL
"Tonight, a new era begins for Senegal."
-- Senegal's Macky Sall savouring victory in presidential elections against 85-year-old Abdoulaye Wade, who had sought a third term despite protests.
Newly elected Senegalese President Macky Sall. ©AFP