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Issue No. 1945

“This ambassador didn’t speak out about human rights here.”
Abdul Hakim Garuda Nusantara, the chair of Indonesia’s human rights commission, on World Bank presidential nominee Paul Wolfowitz’s time as US ambassador

“I did not see Paul trying to really force or exercise pressure on Suharto to change his way to run the country politically.”
Johannes Sumarlin, an Indonesian government minister, on Wolfowitz’s relationship with the country’s former dictator

“It was something he didn’t want to do, but it was a compassionate response. It was definitely the humane response.”
Lieutenant Cremin, on US Captain Maynulet, who is accused of shooting a wounded Iraqi civilian in the back of the head

“Jose, you make a very compelling case. I do believe that privatising social security is the most important domestic issue facing this nation.”
President George Bush, speaking to Jose Piñera, head of a right wing thinktank and former Chilean labour minister during General Augusto Pinochet’s dictatorship

“Washington should take a principled stand that excludes from the democratic process not just terrorists but also totalitarians using the system to get into power and stay there.”
Daniel Pipes, one of Bush’s favourite Middle East “experts” on why the US should block Hamas and Hizbollah from standing in elections in Palestine and Lebanon

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Sat 2 Apr 2005, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1945
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