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Issue No. 2136

“I will wear a black armband as a sign of mourning and protest. I want people to know that I do not agree with what is happening in Gaza and throughout Palestine.”
Rangers FC football player Madjid Bougherra. The Scottish Football Association banned him from wearing the armband

“Nationalisation of the banks. Would we have ever thought we would see the day when we’d be using that terminology?”
Nancy Pelosi, speaker of the US House of Representatives

“If nothing changes, our sector is going to be devastated and nobody is going to build social housing.”
Tim Dacey, chair of London based housing association G15 on fears that housing associations are going bankrupt

“You’ve had some strikes that look like normal, usual strikes, but it may worsen in the coming months. It can be my own country [France], the UK, it can be eastern Europe. The situation is really, really serious.”
Dominique Strauss-Kahn, head of the International Monetary Fund, warning of potential civil unrest across Europe

“We decided that in this case we should not broadcast the appeal. One reason was a concern about whether aid raised by the appeal could actually be delivered on the ground.”
BBC director-general Mark Thompson trying to justify his ban on airing a charity appeal for Gaza. He later admitted that his “concerns” over aid delivery were unfounded.

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Who Says?
Tue 27 Jan 2009, 18:47 GMT
Issue No. 2136
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