Quotes of the week June 17-2326 june 2012, 11:51
Some of the best quotes of the week from around the world:
STILL IN CHARGE
"The military hands power to the military."
-- Headline in Egypt's independent daily al-Masry al-Youm newspaper, referring to a power grab by the country's military rulers which came just as polls closed at the end of landmark presidential elections.
"All of us are voting for Morsi for the same reasons: he's the least worst. It's not because we like Morsi but because we hate Shafiq. He wants to bring back the old, decayed regime and I'm totally against that."
-- Egyptian voter Omneya Amer, describing her perplexity over the choice between presidential candidates Mohamed Morsi and Ahmed Shafiq.
Egypt's new president-elect, Muslim Brotherhood leader Mohamed Morsi. ©AFP
THEY ARE THE LAW
"It is a kind of judicial coup. First the military used to carry out coups and now it's the judiciary which has overthrown a prime minister."
-- Pakistani political analyst Hasan Askari comments on the country's Supreme Court dismissing Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani.
Pakistan's Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani (C). ©AFP
BEST OF LUCK
"I wish you good luck because the problems you have ahead of you are many and difficult."
-- Greek President Carolos Papoulias as he swears in Antonis Samaras as prime minister after his New Demcracy party's election victory.
Greece's new Prime Minister Antonis Samaras (R) and Greece's President Carolos Papoulias. ©AFP
"When France sets a 75 percent top income tax rate we will roll out the red carpet, and we will welcome more French businesses which will pay their taxes in Britain".
-- British Prime Minister David Cameron upsets cross-Channel relations by putting out the welcome mat for French businesses if they are rattled by new President Francois Hollande's tax policies.
United Kingdom Prime Minister David Cameron. ©AFP
KILL OR BE KILLED
"Either he kills women, boys and children or he himself would be killed. He did not kill and he escaped."
-- Abu Samir, speaking of his son who deserted from the Syrian army and then fled with his father to Iraq's northern Kurdistan region.
"Instead, he has chosen to use his authority to take an extraordinary, unprecedented and entirely unnecessary action, intended to provoke an avoidable conflict between Congress and the executive branch."
-- US Attorney General Eric Holder, furious after a House panel chaired by Republican Darrell Issa voted to hold him in contempt of Congress.
US Attorney General Eric Holder. ©AFP
FOE IS ME
"Of course we're not enemies. We're not fighting each other, there's no Cold War. But Russia is a geopolitical opponent, and in that regard I think we've seen very clearly that they continue to pursue a course which is antithetical to the interests of our nation."
-- Republican White House hopeful Mitt Romney, in an interview on Fox Radio, when asked if he stood by an earlier assertion that Russia was Washington's top "geopolitical foe".
Republican Presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney. ©AFP
"He's a peaceable soul and he had no intention to kill anybody on that day, but he has to live with that."
-- Lawyer V'Anne Huser after a Texas grand jury rules a father was justified in beating to death the ranch hand he caught molesting his five-year-old daughter and should not face criminal charges.
JOY AFTER INJUSTICE
"I'm happier than you would have thought."
-- Nepalese migrant worker Govinda Prasad Mainali after returning to Nepal following his release from a Japanese jail where he spent 15 years for a murder he did not commit.
Nepalese man Govinda Prasad Mainali. ©AFP
"This whole thing had a very Apple-esque feel and the only company that has been good at being Apple is Apple."
-- Analyst Michael Gartenberg at Gartner on Microsoft's new Surface tablet.
Microsoft introduces Microsoft's new tablet SURFACE. ©AFP
NO LAUGHING MATTER
"It is not proper to gather outside somebody's house and laugh."
-- Judges in Mumbai ordering a laughing yoga club to stop its early morning giggling sessions after complaints from grumpy neighbours.
Indian police constables share a light moment as they participate in a yoga laughing therapy session. ©AFP
WARNING: DON'T TEASE SQUIRRELS
"They have very sharp front teeth, so we urge people not to chase or tease them."
-- Tokyo zoo spokeswoman Eri Tsushima warning the public on the risk of encountering a group of squirrels that escaped under the cover of a typhoon.
US animation films "Ice Age" character Scrat. ©AFP