Quotes of the week April 1-609 april 2012, 16:14
Some of the best quotes of the week from around the world:
"This is not so much our triumph as a triumph for people who have decided that they must be involved in the political process in this country."
-- Pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi hails a "new era" for Myanmar after her party swept to victory in elections seen as a test of budding reforms.
Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi. ©AFP
"I find no other solution for a dignified end before I start sifting through garbage to feed myself."
-- Suicide note from a 77-year-old retired pharmacist who shot himself in the head in Athens' busiest square, saying government austerity cuts had "wiped out" his pension and left him in penury.
DOWN TO THE FIGHTER
"I urge the government and the opposition commanders to issue clear instructions so that the message reaches across the country down to the fighter and soldier at the local level."
-- International envoy Kofi Annan addressing the UN General Assembly and calling for a stop to the violence in Syria.
Kofi Annan. ©AFP
COME ON OVER
"If the great powers are able to cross oceans to battle fundamentalist structures in Afghanistan, what's stopping them coming to us? Our committee wants the best for the country."
-- Mali coup leader Captain Amadou Sanogo appealing to Western powers to help him counter the Islamist push in the north.
Captain Amadou Sanogo. ©AFP
"Our war is a holy war. It's a legal war in the name of Islam. We are against rebellions. We are against independence. We are against revolutions not in the name of Islam ... Independence is Islam. That's the real independence. It's to implement sharia, from sunrise to sunset."
-- The military chief of the Islamist rebel group Ansar Dine that controls Mali's fabled city of Timbuktu, Omar Hamaha.
"Since our revolution is peaceful, if they play with walls, we will play with the mind. They put up a wall but we don't see it."
-- Graffiti artist Amr Nazeer discussing the No Walls campaign, in which Egyptian artists and activists have painted poignant images on the concrete walls erected by security forces in Cairo to contain the social unrest.
"There's no question that under this president, this recovery has been the most tepid, the most weak, the most painful since the beginning of our recorded economic history."
-- US White House hopeful, Republican Mitt Romney, attacking Barack Obama's economic policy on the Sean Hannity radio show.
Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney. ©AFP
"Romney seems to look at the world through the rearview mirror... I think he must watch 'Mad Men' and think it's the evening news."
-- Barack Obama's political guru David Axelrod telling CBS This Morning, in a mocking dismissal of the Republican White House hopeful Mitt Romney and referring to the hit TV drama about slick 1960s advertising executives.
"We want to see a peaceful resolution of the international community's concerns, but the time for diplomacy is not infinite and all options remain on the table to prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon."
-- US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton warning Iran on its nuclear programme.
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. ©AFP
"A sweet chocolate scent filled the air in the process of dying."
-- A chocolatier unveils what was billed as the world's first chocolate kimono at its new outlet in Japan.
"The attempt on my life and other government officials was the last kick of a dying horse. They killed very prominent Somali personalities but they failed to intimidate us."
-- Somali Prime Minister Abdiweli Mohamed Ali in an interview to AFP after a suicide bomb attack by the Islamist Shebab rebels which killed the country's Olympic and football chiefs.
Somali Prime Minister Abdiweli Mohamed Ali. ©AFP
"I do not expect anything in return. I do this for my God."
-- Alex Laranang, 57, tells AFP how he crucifies himself every year at Easter in the Philippines.
Reenactment of the crucifixion on Good Friday in the village of San Juan, San Fernando City, north of Manila. ©AFP
"What's this nonsense talk I keep hearing about dignity and freedom? Where did you hear it? That's it, no more satellite television channels."
-- Fictional government employee Abu Saqr speaking to his mutinous family in the satirical Jordanian play "Now I understand You", which pokes fun at regional leaders for failing to heed the messages of those calling for change.