Archive for the ‘International’ Category

Quote of the day, Jan. 21

January 21, 2018

The late Matt Duffy at the Federal National Council election symposium he held at Zayed University in the fall of 2011. (Photo by Zajel staff)

Matt J. Duffy, on a free press

“The benefits of a free press have been widely documented. By accurately reporting the news, citizens gain an understanding of their local, national and international issues, while journalists can also serve as an independent monitor to those in positions of power. The Nobel Prize-winning economist, Dr. Amartya Sen, famously notes that no country with a free press has ever endured mass starvation such as the 1943 Bengal famine suffered under repressive British censorship.” (more…)

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Quote of the day, Jan. 19

January 20, 2018

Malala Yousafzai, on education

“One child, one teacher, one book, one pen can change the world.”

Quote of the day, Jan. 14

January 15, 2018

Christopher Hitchens, on race

“For years, I declined to fill in the form for my Senate press credential that asked me to state my ‘race,’ unless I was permitted to put ‘human.’ The form had to be completed under penalty of perjury, so I could not in conscience put ‘white,’ which is not even a color let alone a ‘race,’ and I sternly declined to put ‘Caucasian,’ which is an exploded term from a discredited ethnology. Surely the essential and unarguable core of [Dr. Martin Luther] King’s campaign was the insistence that pigmentation was a false measure: a false measure of mankind (yes, mankind) and an inheritance from a time of great ignorance and stupidity and cruelty, when one drop of blood could make you ‘black.'”

Quote of the day, Jan. 13

January 13, 2018

Winston S. Churchill, on history

“Facts are better than dreams.”

Quote of the day, Jan. 11

January 12, 2018

Charles Dickens, from A Tale of Two Cities

“The sea did what it liked, and what it liked was destruction. It thundered at the town, and thundered at the cliffs, and brought the coast down, madly.”

Quote of the day, Jan. 10

January 12, 2018

H.H. Asquith, on the Titanic (1912)

“Perhaps the House will allow me to add this: that I am afraid we must brace ourselves to confront one of those terrible events in the order of Providence which baffle foresight, which appall the imagination and make us realise the inadequacy of words to do justice to what we feel. We cannot say more at this moment than to give a necessarily imperfect impression of our sense of admiration that the best traditions of the sea seem to have been observed and that willing sacrifices were offered to give the first chance for safety to those who were least able to help themselves, and of the heartfelt sympathy of the whole nation to those who find themselves suddenly bereaved of their nearest and dearest.”

Quote of the day, Jan. 9

January 9, 2018

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, on life

“Life is infinitely stranger than anything which the mind of man could invent.”

Quote of the day, Jan. 7

January 7, 2018

Jacques Derrida, on writing

“What cannot be said above all must not be silenced but written.”

Quote of the day, Jan. 5

January 5, 2018

J.K. Rowling, on books

“Books are like mirrors: if a fool looks in, you cannot expect a genius to look out.”

Quote of the day, Dec. 27

December 27, 2017

Pablo Picasso, on art

“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.”