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‘Please do something! We don’t want to die of hunger … I give glory to God that I am still alive, but I would like to stay that way!’

MARJORIE SAINT HILAIRE, writing a letter of complaint from a Haitian tent city that lacks vital provisions almost nine months after the Jan. 12 earthquake

‘They indicated there may be a journey to the next world.’

STEVE WHITMORE, police spokesman in Palmdale, Calif., where 13 people from a religious sect were found after going missing for 24 hours; they had written letters about an apocalyptic event that would send them to heaven

‘What is the way to stop the bloodshed?’

RAM VILAS PASWAN, a member of India’s Parliament, extending an olive branch to Yasin Malik, leader of the Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front, during a press conference; Indian security personnel have killed more than 100 Kashmiri civilians in the past three months in the disputed region

‘We in the Senate refer to Senator Gillibrand as the hottest member.’

HARRY REID, Senate majority leader, describing New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, who appeared on the “most beautiful” list of the congressional newspaper the Hill

‘I’m an optimist. I think I will return to Tibet with a Chinese passport.’

THE DALAI LAMA, expressing confidence that China will eventually drop its hard-line policies and let him to return to Tibet

‘This succession has been poorly planned and hastily arranged.’

JEFF KINGSTON, head of Asian studies at Temple University’s Tokyo campus, on reports that North Korea will hold its first party congress in 30 years on Sept. 28, setting the stage for a possible transfer of power from Kim Jong Il to his son Kim Jong Un

‘He’s on his meds. He’s off his meds.’

KARL EIKENBERRY, U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan, as quoted in Bob Woodward’s new book Obama’s Wars, describing Afghan President Hamid Karzai; according to U.S. intelligence reports cited in the book, Karzai has been diagnosed with manic depression


Gideon Rachman

Commenting in the Financial Times on the E.U.’s moralistic response to France’s deportation of Roma migrants:

“If the Commission simply lectures the French on their moral and legal responsibilities to the Roma … in the long run, the cherished right of free movement of people within the E.U. may come into question as resurgent nation states reclaim the right to control their borders and to bestow the benefits of citizenship. The Commission likes to talk about ‘European solutions.’ Now it needs to find one.”


Michelle Goldberg

Writing on the Daily Beast about why women like Delaware Senate candidate Christine O’Donnell rule the right-wing grass-roots movement:

“What’s interesting about O’Donnell is … not just that she’s an anti-gay activist with a lesbian sister. She’s also a family-values champion who is single, childless and sharing a house with a man … It is one thing to preach conservative family values … Women who are smart enough to make a living as the charming tribunes of right-wing ideology are usually too smart to actually live by it.”


Bret Stephens

Explaining in the Wall Street Journal why “Don’t ask, don’t tell” (DADT) should be repealed:

“There are an estimated 48,000 homosexuals on active duty or the reserves … If they pose any risk at all to America’s security, it is, paradoxically, because DADT institutionalizes dishonesty, puts them at risk of blackmail and forces fellow warfighters … to make an invidious choice between comradeship and the law. That’s no way to run a military.”


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