Category Archives: Quote of the week

Sol Trujillo as victim of malicious Rudd racist “adios”…

… only if the unexpressed “arrogant turd” is racial vilification. We colonials take rather unkindly to being labelled “backward”, and I am sure the Singaporeans were not impressed by Trujillo’s stewardship either:

SOL TRUJILLO’S claims on the BBC that Australia is a racist country sit oddly with the dog-whistle politics which Telstra played so hard and so often under his three-year stewardship.

"We are an Australian company, majority owned by Australians. We are not from Singapore or anywhere else," Mr Trujillo’s chairman, Donald McGauchie, told shareholders at the company’s AGM a year ago.

The Singapore reference was a shot at Telstra’s main competitor, Optus, which is owned by Singapore Telecommunications…

So writes Michael West in today’s Sydney Morning Herald. I even find myself in broad agreement with Peter Costello, former Howard treasurer:

There are plenty of reasons to be critical of Sol Trujillo’s performance as chief executive of Telstra. Race is not one of them.

Kevin Rudd was foolish to take a cheap shot – saying "adios" – when Trujillo left. And Trujillo is milking it as evidence that Australia is racist.

But come on, Sol. You came to Australia and took up the prize job in Australia’s telecommunications industry. After four years you are leaving with $30 million of cash and bonuses. And you want us to believe you are a victim of racism?…

Trujillo says he changed Australia. Not in the way he thinks. One change is that corporate boards are going to be more wary of overseas appointments in future. Australian executives are as good as any in the world. A chief executive who understands the country and has a long-term interest in its future is a valuable asset for a company in a sensitive sector.

The Telstra directors could not have been surprised things ended the way they did under Trujillo. His previous track record was there for all to see. In my view, the board has a lot of explaining to do. It’s about judgment and performance. It is not about race.

The “Ugly American” rides again…

Yesterday I remarked on Twitter: “What a twerp!” Indeed.


Sad but true

The Sojourners email that just arrived had this arresting Quote of the Week.

The main cause of this is the Taliban. But what is the aftermath? The population doesn’t realize this. They think the Americans deliberately want to kill civilians.

Lutfullah Mashal, governor of Laghman province, Afghanistan. According to a U.N. report, a record 2,118 Afghani civilians were killed last year. Insurgents were responsible for 55 percent of the victims, but U.S., NATO, and Afghan forces killed 39 percent. (Source: Chicago Tribune)

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Posted by on February 20, 2009 in current affairs, Quote of the week, terrorism


Quote(s) of the week 3 2009 – and more

So, after 22 days the news is Israeli ceasefire begins in Gaza. Better than not having a ceasefire, but that’s about all that can be said about it, 1,000 + people in Gaza not caring any more, because they are no longer on this troubled planet. What it has been like may only be guessed from this blog: Gaza Strip, the untold story by Sameh A. Habeeb: “A Photojournalist, Humanitarian & Peace Activist in Gaza Strip”. That is the source for my quote of the week, on the subject of Bush and Cheney, dated Saturday 17 January. I leave it as is. This entry was in fact written by Dr. Akram Habeeb, Sameh’s father, “Writing from the Occupied Gaza Strip.”

As a Gazzan who is not affiliated to any political party; yet much concerned about what is taking place in my hometown, I meticulously track every piece of news related to the ongoing horrendous carnage which is perpetrated by the Israelis against the innocent civilians in Gaza….

History will witness that these two men had not done any good for the good Americans who elected them. They have successfully denigrated the image of America and the Americans in the Arab and the Muslim worlds. We in Palestine and in the Muslim world believe that Bush’s legacy would be a real burden for his successor, president elect Obamma. However, we strongly believe that Obama’s administration would do its best to regain the prestigious image of American in the Arab and the Muslim worlds, we are full of hope that the new administration would play the role of the objective peace broker in the Middle East. Hopefully it would be very real and realistic vision different from Bush’s vision!

Partitions made in the late 1940s were none of them terribly happy. The other big one, in India, led to even more suffering and remains unresolved in areas like Kashmir and in the uneasy relations between India and Pakistan. There are in fact more Muslims still in India than in Pakistan. In Palestine the issue was complicated by 1) uncertainty about what Palestine actually is and 2) inevitable dispossession, ongoing.

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Quote of the week: Week 2 2009

True grit is nurture to advantage pressed,
What oft was fought but ne’er so well redressed.

You have to visit Marcellous to see where that came from…

Just in case: the original by Alexander Pope is —

True wit is Nature to advantage dressed,
What oft was thought but ne’er so well expressed.

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Posted by on January 12, 2009 in Quote of the week


My blog wordled, and Quote of the Week #1

When I spot something that just rings my bells I will store it up and post on Monday my “Quote of the Week”.

Today the honour goes to Kanani Fong.

As I get older, I realize there are no easy answers. There’s a multitude of reasons why a given situation exists. Listening to all sides has been interesting, reading up on the history of the region is engaging. But as for answers? For every answer there’s a new question.

And “wordled?” Well this is odd, as I found it on a post that appeared among my Blog Picks on Google Reader, but seems to have been taken down… So you won’t yet see it on Google Reader. It referred to the word cloud gizmo at Wordle.

Here is Floating Life:


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Posted by on January 5, 2009 in blogging, diversions, Quote of the week