The Quotes of the Week VII

Sunday 13th

“If it does, John and I will be doing cartwheels. And that’s not easy at our age.”

Professor Daniel Whitmire of the University of Louisiana on research which may prove the existence of another ninth planet in our solar system; Tyche, thought to be four times the size of Jupiter

Monday 14th

“The Ruby case has revealed a system of political selection based on an exchange of sex and power. We want to send a message to the country and to the parties that do not see themselves a part of what has happened over the last few weeks.”

Iaia Caputo of the organising committee of several city centre protests this week over Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi’s continuing ‘incorrigible sexism’ and ‘fondness for consorting with minors’, in particular the 17 year old belly dancer Karima “Ruby” el-Mahroug

Tuesday 15th

“Physical violence, neglect and forced sex are still harming the lives of hundreds of thousands of children, and most of it remains unreported. Successive governments have taken steps to improve child protection but local authorities are under strain, providing child protection plans for only a small proportion of cases. The UK still faces a problem in tackling child abuse.”

Chief executive of the NSPCC Andrew Flanagan, speaking about research that has revealed up to 1 million comprehensive age school children suffer from abuse in the UK; one in 20 complaining of sexual abuse

Wednesday 16th

“There are many people, especially in the South of Yemen, who are subject to oppression, injustice and poverty because they have been neglected by a very biased Northern President. Those people have no voice, no rights, no life. Taking this into account, it’s surprising to know that there are very minimal protests in the South.

However, as a Southerner myself, I know that the reason for this is solely based on fear of punishment by the government. We are now at the point where people are afraid to voice their opinion and vent their anger. Every year I go to Yemen and I witness this myself and have found that the main reason these people are struggling to live is because of the corruption of the government. Yemen is the poorest country in Western Asia and I completely understand why; the government.”

Sanasino, a Yemeni poet and activist based in London, describing the political situation in Yemen after five days of protests against Ali Abdullah Saleh, president of Yemen for 31 years, who has reacted to protestors in much the same way as the Tunisian and Egyptian ex-leaders – with tasers, undercover police and gangs of thugs

Thursday 17th

“Mr. Alber is verbally abusive. He yells and screams at Mickey. Mickey is effectively a prisoner in his own home.”

Court documents from the trial of Chris Alber, step-son of veteran actor Mickey Rooney, who has been given a restraining order following reports of ‘withholding food and medicine and interfering with his finances’

Friday 18th

“We have ears, eyes and a brain; our legs can carry us any distance; In our hands we hold what you need to eat; If you’re hungry we can feed you some Luga Flow.”

Seven and eight year olds ‘MC Roy’ and ‘MC Flower’ – female ‘Luga Flow’ rappers at the heart of a booming Ugandan youth culture as it is revealed that over half the country’s population are too young to vote – the median age being just 14

Saturday 19th

“She was just your typical four-year-old girl. She had lots of curly hair and she loved Peppa Pig. She was a little bubbly thing. What more can you ask for? My world has fallen apart.”

Father Michael Burke, speaking after the body of his four-year old daughter Chloe was discovered with her badly injured mother on Thursday evening in a house in Bury, Greater Manchester

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