Quotes of the week September 16-2224 september 2012, 16:17
Some of the best quotes of the week from around the world:
A STEP TOO FAR
"There are even some creepy people out there... (who) say it is okay to have consensual sexual relations between humans and animals. Will that be a future step?"
-- Australian Liberal Senator Cory Bernardi speaking ahead of a vote on gay marriage, which parliament rejected. He later resigned his position as parliamentary secretary over the comments.
BULLISH IN CHINA
"China is not a weak country any more. We are strong and we should no longer be bullied by Japan."
-- Jiu Longtou, a 31-year-old factory worker, taking part in demonstrations outside the Japanese embassy in Beijing amid a territorial row over islands in the East China Sea.
"Frankly my impression was that he was very healthy and very engaged."
-- US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta after becoming the first foreign dignitary to meet leader-in-waiting Vice President Xi Jinping since his fortnight-long disappearance.
Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping (R) shakes hands with visiting US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta (L). ©AFP
"This is an achievement for the mujahedeen who have managed to create mistrust among the enemy forces and, God willing, this is the start of their overall defeat in Afghanistan."
-- Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahed as NATO scales back joint operations with Afghan security forces after an unprecedented number of Western soldiers were shot dead by their local colleagues.
"This is one of the most moving days in my life."
-- Mynamar democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi, receiving the Congressional Gold Medal in Washington, four years after it was awarded to her.
Myanmar's Member of Parliament and democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi holds the Congressional Gold Medal. ©AFP
"We are now in uncharted territory."
-- National Snow and Ice Data Center director Mark Serreze saying in a statement after new data shows the Arctic sea ice has shrunk to its smallest surface area since record-keeping began.
Ilulissat Icefjord, western Greenland. ©AFP
"The world does not understand the breadth of the humiliation. The world must understand the depth of our bond with our prophet."
-- Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah addressing tens of thousands of supporters who took to the streets of southern Beirut to denounce a film mocking Islam and the Prophet Mohammed.
Lebanon's Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah. ©AFP
PRAYER FOR PEACE
"May God grant to your country, to Syria and to the Middle East the gift of peaceful hearts, the silencing of weapons and the cessation of all violence."
-- Pope Benedict XVI, winding up a three-day visit to Lebanon.
Pope Benedict XVI during an open-air mass along Beirut's waterfront. ©AFP PHOTO / HO / DALATI AND NOHRA
"Today the Arab leaders do not control their peoples, the streets control the leaders. An Israeli strike is just what the Iranians need. The entire Arab and Muslim street will take to the streets to demonstrate."
-- A top unidentified Israeli official, who was privy to a US warning to Israel, quoted in the top-selling newspaper Yediot Aharonot, of a possible Israeli attack on Iran's nuclear sites.
"There are endless burials but the people of Aleppo can't afford funerals any more... You can either feed your children or buy a headstone. It's an easy decision."
-- Gravestone cutter Abu Abdo, jobless in embattled Syrian city Aleppo.
RETURNING THE FAVOUR
"In the Libyan revolution, many Syrians fought on our side, so it is now time to return the favour."
-- Libyan fighter Firas, who left his studies in Britain to join the Syrian uprising against President Bashar al-Assad.
"Their Royal Highnesses have been hugely saddened to learn that a French publication and a photographer have invaded their privacy in such a grotesque and totally unjustifiable manner."
St James's Palace reacting to the publication in French magazine Closer of paparazzi pictures of Prince William's wife Catherine sunbathing topless while on holiday at a French chateau.
Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge. ©AFP
"It's been a bit of a topic of conversation... but it's nothing special."
-- Chief editor Carina Loefkvist of the Swedish celebrite magazine Se och Hoer, commenting on topless photos of Prince William's wife Catherine that she decided to publish in her magazine, after they were published in France, Ireland and Italy.
"He should be supporting press freedom and the republic rather than allowing himself to be influenced by these ridiculous clowns who are protesting".
-- Stephane Charbonnier, editor of Charlie Hebdo, after Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault criticised the French satirical weekly for publishing cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed.
French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo's publisher and cartoonist. ©AFP
FEAR AND NERVOUSNESS
"A book which was critical of Islam would be difficult to be published now. There's a lot of fear and nervousness around."
-- Indian-born author Salman Rushdie commenting on his memoir of his years spent on the run while under a fatwa for his book "The Satanic Verses."
British writer Salman Rushdie. ©AFP
BACK TO WORK
"I return to work because I'm so hungry."
-- South African miner Phumlile Macefane, 24, going back to work at the Lonmin platinum mine in Marikana, after a six-week strike that left 44 dead.
Thousands of Lonmin miners wait in line as they resume work in Marikana. ©AFP
"Many residents of Suginami and elsewhere have expressed a sense of discomfort and feeling of apprehension over this."
-- Mayor Ryo Tanaka, who complained to police after artist Mao Sugiyama cooked and served his own genitals to paying diners in Japan. Sugiyama has now been handed to prosecutors on an allegation of indecent exposure.