Quotes of the week June 3-911 june 2012, 17:24
Some of the best quotes of the week from around the world:
"The world is manufacturing airplanes and we are still telling a woman 'leave the mall because you've got nail polish on your fingers'."
-- Saudi religious police chief Sheikh Abdullatiff Abdel Aziz al-Sheikh, after his men ordered a woman to leave a mall for wearing nail polish.
BLACK AND BITTER
"(Mubarak's rule) was 30 years of black, black, black darkness; the darkness of bitter winter."
-- Egyptian chief judge Ahmed Refaat sentencing Hosni Mubarak to life in jail after convicting him of involvement in the murder of protesters during the 2011 uprising that ousted him.
Ousted Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak. ©AFP
NIGHT AND DAY
"I represent a secular state ... the Brotherhood represents a sectarian state. I represent progress and light, they represent backwardness and darkness."
-- Egypt's ex-premier Ahmed Shafiq, seeking to establish democratic credentials ahead of his presidential run-off against Muslim Brotherhood candidate Mohammed Mursi.
"There is no government that would support the settler movement more than the one I head. We will continue to strengthen the settlement movement and strengthen the democracy."
-- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, saying that hundreds of new settler homes will be built in the West Bank.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. ©AFP
TIANANMEN SPOOKS INVESTORS
"Is this a coincidence? Or is it a kind of silent protest? We investors collectively got shot."
-- China's microblogs buzz with conspiracy theories after the stock exchange fell 64.89 points -- the numerals in June 4, 1989 -- on the anniversary of the Tiananmen Square crackdown.
"A little bit of healthy scepticism is in order."
-- Aung San Suu Kyi dampens optimism over Myanmar reforms during an address to world business leaders in Bangkok on her first trip abroad in more than 20 years.
Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi. ©AFP
"Russia and China are decisively against attempts to regulate the Syrian crisis with outside military intervention, as well as imposing a policy of regime change, including within the Security Council."
-- The giant neighbours reaffirm their Syria stance in a joint statement issued after talks between China's leaders and visiting Russian President Vladimir Putin in Beijing.
"In case dens of monstrous crimes are blown up one after another, the Lee group will be entirely held responsible for this."
-- North Korea's military threatens rocket attacks on the Seoul offices of South Korean media outlets for their critical coverage of a mass children's event in Pyongyang, allegedly incited by President Lee Myung-Bak.
North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un (C) at a concert to celebrate the 66th anniversary of the Korean Children's Union (KCU). ©AFP PHOTO / KCNA via KNS
"We think this is a lousy policy, a lousy law that they passed."
-- US Transportation secretary Ray LaHood at a Senate hearing on EU's controversial carbon tax on airlines.
"Tonight, we tell Wisconsin, we tell our country and we tell people all across the globe that voters really do want leaders who stand up and make the tough decisions."
-- Wisconsin's union-busting Republican governor Scott Walker said after he became the first US governor to survive a recall election aimed at ousting him mid-term.
Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker. ©AFP
"What's up, hi to all my fans!"
-- Luka Rocco Magnotta, a 29-year-old Canadian porn actor accused of killing and dismembering a Chinese student, in a video posted on YouTube.
Luka Rocco Magnotta. ©AFP PHOTO / SERVICE DE POLICE DE LA VILLE DE MONTREAL (SPVM)
"I knew it. I'd seen it before."
- Snighda Nandipati, 14, an eighth-grade student from San Diego, California, after clinching the 85th Scripps National Spelling Bee by correctly spelling an obscure French word for ambush, snare or trap, "G-U-E-T-A-P-E-N-S".
"The alternative would be, in my opinion, calamitous, for our country and the world."
-- Former US president Bill Clinton at a fundraiser for Barack Obama and blasting Republican candidate Mitt Romney.
Former US President Bill Clinton. ©AFP
"The world has lost one of the best writers it's ever known, and one of the dearest men to my heart. RIP Ray Bradbury (Ol' Gramps)."
-- Tweet from Ray Bradbury's grandson Danny Karapetian announcing the writer's death.
EVER SO HUMBLE
"The events that I have attended to mark my Diamond Jubilee have been a humbling experience."
-- Queen Elizabeth II commenting on four days of pageantry and regalia to mark her 60 years on the throne.
Britain's Queen Elizabeth II. ©AFP
"For one hour I had the full moon on my right and I had the sunrise on my left and that was absolutely gorgeous."
-- Swiss pilot and adventurer Bertrand Piccard, commenting on his record-making voyage as the first intercontinental flight in a solar-powered plane.
"The regime-sponsored violence that we witnessed in Hama yesterday is simply unconscionable. Assad must transfer power and depart Syria."
-- US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton condemning the latest onslaught of violence in Syria and telling President Bashar al-Assad he must go, following talks in Istanbul with allies.
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. ©AFP
THE WORLD IS WATCHING
"The world wants to know how we imagine the political union to go along with the currency union."
-- German Chancellor Angela Merkel commenting on the eurozone crisis amid mounting calls from the United States and other non-European powers for a plan to pull out of the crisis.
"I can as well use private airlines. I am already used to hitch-hiking."
-- Malawi's new leader Joyce Banda, Africa's latest woman president, explaining her decision to sell or lease a presidential jet bought by her predecessor.
President of Malawi Joyce Banda. ©AFP