Quotes of the week April 7-1416 april 2012, 19:03
Some of the best quotes of the week from around the world:
"The North Koreans have managed in a single stroke to not only defy the UN Security Council, the United States, and even their patron China, but also demonstrate ineptitude."
Marcus Noland of the Washington-based Peterson Institute for International Economics after the failure of North Korea's rocket launch
"What I want is for us to show, France but also Europe, that we have a shared capacity to dominate finance."
-- French Socialist presidential candidate Francois Hollande speaking on public television ahead of the April 22 first round of voting.
Socialist Party candidate for the 2012 French presidential election Francois Hollande. ©AFP
WE WANT RESPECT
"I say to them in the name of the Iranian people that the method you have adopted will have no result. They need to change their language and speak with respect."
-- Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad referring to world powers ahead of crucial nuclear talks.
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. ©AFP
ISRAEL = EAST GERMANY, MYANMAR
"As a nuclear power of unchecked extent, the Israeli government sees itself as high-handed and until now is not open to exhortation."
-- German author Gunter Grass on Israel's decision to bar him over a poem, comparing it to moves by the former communist East Germany and Myanmar.
WAKE UP, WEST
"Telling the truth in this way may awake the silent and dormant conscience of the West. Writers are able single-handedly to prevent human tragedies, in a way that armies cannot."
-- Iran's deputy culture minister, Javad Shamaqdari, reacting to German Nobel laureate Gunter Grass's poem accusing Israel of plotting Iran's annihilation.
TELL THE TRUTH
"In Iran, all of the news which is broadcast is a lie. There is no truth in it. I want our listeners in Iran to know the real truth... The Tehran regime hides the truth from them."
-- Iranian-born Kami Itzhakyan, broadcaster with Farsi-language Radio RadisIN airing programmes from Israel, where he immigrated 25 years ago.
"If I was intelligence chief and then vice president for a few days, that doesn't mean I was part of a regime against which the people mounted a revolt."
-- Egypt's former spy master Omar Suleiman, who has registered as a candidate for the presidency.
Egyptian intelligence chief Omar Suleiman. ©AFP
"I love Orissa. But there's a hell of a difference between being a tourist and a hostage."
-- A thin-looking Paolo Bosusco after Indian Maoist rebels release the Italian tour guide nearly a month after he was kidnapped while trekking in the forests of the eastern state of Orissa.
"Everybody in the village rushed outside. The ground was shaking very hard and it lasted about five minutes. All of us were panicking, children and women were screaming and crying."
-- Asnawi, 42, from the remote Simeulue island close to the epicentre of a massive 8.6-magnitude quake that triggered a tsunami warning.
"Keep in mind that constantly developing and keeping nuclear (weapons), long-range missiles and biochemical weapons is the way to keep peace on the Korean peninsula, and never drop your guard."
-- An excerpt from what Lee Yun-Keol, a high-ranking North Korean defector, claims is late North Korean leader Kim Jong-Il's last will and testament.
"Actions of creating and spreading rumours via the Internet disrupt public order and undermine social stability, and will never be tolerated."
-- Liu Zhengrong, an official with China's State Internet Information Office, as China cracks down on online rumours amid a major political scandal.
RED RONALD REAGAN
"That wild-eyed, socialist, tax-hiking class warrior was Ronald Reagan."
-- US President Barack Obama makes the case for the "Buffett Rule", arguing that his predecessor and Republican icon Ronald Reagan also supported higher tax rates for the rich.
U.S. President Barack Obama. ©AFP
NOTHING MORE, NOTHING LESS
"We simply wanted an arrest -- nothing more, nothing less -- and we got it, and I say thank you."
-- Sybrina Fulton, mother of Trayvon Martin speaking after charges were announced against neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman who killed her son.
Sybrina Fulton. ©AFP
DO NO HARM
"He's as dry as a glass full of sand, he would fade into the background. (But) he would cause Mitt Romney no problems, he fulfills that Hippocratic oath: 'First, do no harm.'"
-- Professor and political prognosticator Larry Sabato of the University of Virginia, describing Rob Portman, the Ohio senator whose name has popped up as a potential running mate for Romney, the all-but-certain Republican nominee.
THE FIGHT GOES ON
"While this presidential race is over for me and we will suspend our campaign effective today, we are not done fighting."
-- Former US senator Rick Santorum, on dropping out of the Republican presidential race and assuring he will continue to push his conservative agenda.
U.S. senator Rick Santorum. ©AFP
"I've got young ladies pushing baby strollers getting their jaws broken for a phone."
-- Cathy Lanier, Washington's police chief talking about the growing problem of smartphone theft.
Washington, DC, Mayor Vincent Gray (R) and Washington, DC, Metropolitan Police Department Chief Cathy Lanier (L). ©AFP
"It's annoying to have made a lot of investment and then say to people that they can't come because there are bandits and crooks who want to make a lot of money during this Euro."
UEFA boss Michel Platini slamming the explosion in Ukrainian hotel prices ahead of the Euro-2012 football tournament
UEFA President Michel Platini. ©AFP
"I am aware of being the president of a country at war."
Malian interim head of state Dioncounda Traore after being sworn in.
Dioncounda Traore. ©AFP
SARAJEVO'S RIVER OF BLOOD
"All those people, look at all the people killed. Look at this river of blood."
-- Sarajevan Mebrura Libric, in tears at the sight of 11,541 empty red chairs arranged in rows on a main avenue to mark the 20th anniversary of the start of the 1992-1995 war. Libric lost his brother in the war.
FIT AS A FIDDLE
"The man is fit as a fiddle. Why do we wish somebody bad, why do we spread rumours, why do we lie about our head of state?"
Zimbabwe's Information Minister Webster Shamu, rejecting rumours that 88-year-old President Robert Mugabe was seriously ill.
"It just takes, and is likely to be, one idiot. It's not likely to be a well-orchestrated campaign through Twitter or websites."
-- British Olympic Association chairman Colin Moynihan warning about a possible disturbance at this year's London Olympics after a protest swimmer halted the annual Oxford-Cambridge University Boat Race on the Thames.
Chairman of the British Olympic Association, Colin Moynihan. ©REUTERS/Luke MacGregor