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Issue No. 1965

cartoon by Tim Sanders

cartoon by Tim Sanders

“The speculation and leaks taking place in the media are not the best way to deal with such a serious matter.”
London mayor Ken Livingstone, attacking the media for the revelations over the slaying of Jean Charles de Menezes. Livingstone has yet to meet the dead man’s family

“They thought we were poor people, stupid people. We may be poor, but we are not that stupid. We will not exchange money for my brother’s life, but we will punish them.”
Jean’s brother Giovani, angrily criticising the Metropolitan Police’s offer of £15,000 “expenses” to the dead man’s family

“We consider her the Rosa Parks of the new movement opposing the Iraq war.”
Rosemary Palmer, mother of Lance Corporal Edward Schroeder, a US Marine killed in Iraq, speaking out in support of anti-war protester Cindy Sheehan, whose son was also killed in Iraq

“What dreary sentimental nonsense this all is, and how much space has been wasted on it.”
Christopher Hitchens, neo-conservative journalist and pro-war cheerleader, lashing out against Cindy Sheehan’s growing popularity

“I’ve never had so many people treat me with such disrespect.”
Tom Renteria, recruiter for the US national guard bemoaning his lot

“I had the opportunity to see the country from the air and I could see apartheid.”
South Africa’s president Thabo Mbeki, admitting after a helicopter flight that the country is still wracked by inequality a decade after the end of white rule

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Sat 27 Aug 2005, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1965
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