Quotes of the week June 24-3002 july 2012, 21:59
Some of the best quotes of the week from around the world:
THE FIGHT GOES ON
"House Republicans remain committed to #FullRepeal of the president's health care law and all its tax hikes, fees and mandates."
-- Tweet by Republican House Speaker John Boehner vowing to fight on to repeal sweeping health care reforms upheld by the Supreme Court.
"Let me tell you, we do not need an outsourcing pioneer in the Oval Office."
-- US President Barack Obama pouncing on a report that Mitt Romney's former firm helped ship jobs abroad.
US President Barack Obama. ©AFP
"Obesity threatens the overall wellbeing of patients and is a major public health concern."
-- Janet Woodcock, director of the FDA's Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, after the US Food and Drug Administration approved the first drug to treat obesity in 13 years, a drug called lorcaserin.
Dr. Janet Woodcock. ©REUTERS/Brendan McDermid
"We're going to proceed. We've given them ample opportunity to comply".
-- House Speaker John Boehner announcing that the US House of Representatives will vote on whether to hold US Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress.
U.S. Speaker of the House John Boehner. ©AFP
"A few steps take you from one culture to another. It's like walking through a film between two parallel space-time dimensions, as if the film were punctured."
-- Vedia Izzet, a Turkish Cypriot, speaking of her daily trips between the Cypriot capital's Turkish-controlled north and Greek Cypriot south.
NOT JUST OIL
"Iraq now realises that tourism is the most important sector after oil."
-- Iraq's Tourism and Archaeology Minister Liwaa Smaisim in an interview with AFP.
Iraqi Tourism and Archaeology Minister Liwaa Smaisim. ©AFP
"I'm not sure that that's necessarily right."
-- Israeli Defence Minister Ehud Barak, answering a question on likely involvement of the nation's spy agency Mossad in the assassination of a Hamas member in Damascus.
Israel's Defence Minister Ehud Barak. ©REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun
"The Talmud teaches that it is lawful to acquire wealth through legal and illegal means... which gives (the Jews) the right to destroy humanity."
-- Iran's First Vice President Mohammad Reza Rahimi at an international anti-drug conference in Tehran targeting the Jewish faith, rather than the state of Israel.
Iran's Vice President Mohammad Reza Rahimi. ©REUTERS/Enrique de la Osa
"The Iranian regime is composed not of fools but anti-Semitic fanatics who have a clear strategy, with a detailed world plan, a central element of which -- as they openly state -- is the destruction of the state of Israel."
-- Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman reacting to Iran's First Vice President Mohammad Reza Rahimi's remarks.
Israel's Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman. ©REUTERS/Baz Ratner
"The last time this happened, we had to run to our rich uncle for guarantees. But there's a problem with our rich uncle today: he's not so rich and not as friendly."
-- Bank of Israel Governor Stanley Fischer warning against the need to seek financial aid from the United States.
Bank of Israel Governor Stanley Fischer. ©REUTERS/Baz Ratner
HOME IN SPACE
"Chinese astronauts have our own home in space."
-- Jing Haipeng, the leader of a team of Chinese astronauts who carried out the country's first manual docking, before taking a call aboard a space capsule from President Hu Jintao.
Chinese astronauts Liu Wang (C), Jing Haipeng (L) and Liu Yang in the Shenzhou-9 spacecraft. ©AFP PHOTO / Jiuquan Space Centre
MISSING THE BOAT
"What it will mean is people will still get on boats"
-- Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard after the country's Senate rejected a bill to allow asylum seekers to be processed offshore that her government hoped would act as a deterrent to people-smugglers.
Australia's Prime Minister Julia Gillard. ©REUTERS/Daniel Munoz
"If you dress like this on the subway, you will undoubtedly be harassed. The subway is full of perverts -- women, have some self-respect!"
-- A subway operator in Shanghai who caused an uproar after he posted this comment on a micro-blogging site along with a picture of a women in a see-through dress, warning women not to wear such clothes to avoid being groped.
A man passes a women wearing shorts as she waits for a subway train in Shanghai. ©AFP
"I think all party leaders have to prepare themselves for the possibility, if they truly believe in the democratic process. But it's not something that I think of all the time. In fact, I think one has to concentrate on present work, of course preparing for the future. The present has to be linked to one's hopes for the future."
Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi, asked by AFP whether she would be ready to lead her country one day.
Myanmar's democracy champion Aung San Suu Kyi. ©AFP