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"And we want—and what we are doing in the media, we are portraying actually a false image where what’s happening in Israel—and if you ask anybody, whether in New York, in D.C., in other places, ‘What do you think is happening?" they will tell you, "Well, Israel was minding its own business. The Palestinians started shooting missiles out of the blue.’ This is not the reality. This is not what’s going on. And the context of this is what’s leading the public opinion to support unconditionally Israel. And politicians will do what’s popular, not what’s right. We need to do what’s right. We, in the media, have a mission. Whether it’s MSNBC, Democracy Now!, CNN, we have a mission. We are truth tellers, and we can shape public opinion to protect public interest.”
— Rula Jebreal (x)

"And we want—and what we are doing in the media, we are portraying actually a false image where what’s happening in Israel—and if you ask anybody, whether in New York, in D.C., in other places, ‘What do you think is happening?" they will tell you, "Well, Israel was minding its own business. The Palestinians started shooting missiles out of the blue.’ This is not the reality. This is not what’s going on. And the context of this is what’s leading the public opinion to support unconditionally Israel. And politicians will do what’s popular, not what’s right. We need to do what’s right. We, in the media, have a mission. Whether it’s MSNBC, Democracy Now!, CNN, we have a mission. We are truth tellers, and we can shape public opinion to protect public interest.”

Rula Jebreal (x)


"Impostor syndrome is the frequent feeling of not deserving one’s success, and of being of a failure despite a sustained record of achievements. Highly successful people often experience it throughout their careers, especially when they are members of a group that is underrepresented in their profession—such as female scientists or engineers. In every job I’ve had in the last 25 years, I’ve been the first woman to hold my position—head of computer science and dean of science at the University of British Columbia, dean of engineering at Princeton, and now president of Harvey Mudd College. As my career progressed, so did the intensity of my feelings of failure.
"Now I wake up most days with a voice on the left side of my head telling me what an incredible failure I am. But the voice on the right side tells me that I can change the world—and I try to pay more attention to it. My life goal in changing the world is to make the culture of science and engineering supportive of everyone with interest, ability, and willingness to work hard, independent of race, gender, sexual orientation, other interests, or anything else. For that to happen, we need more women, people of color, poets, artists, ballroom dancers, and football players to enter, succeed, and persist in all areas of science and engineering."
— Maria Klawe, Ph.D. (x)

"Impostor syndrome is the frequent feeling of not deserving one’s success, and of being of a failure despite a sustained record of achievements. Highly successful people often experience it throughout their careers, especially when they are members of a group that is underrepresented in their profession—such as female scientists or engineers. In every job I’ve had in the last 25 years, I’ve been the first woman to hold my position—head of computer science and dean of science at the University of British Columbia, dean of engineering at Princeton, and now president of Harvey Mudd College. As my career progressed, so did the intensity of my feelings of failure.

"Now I wake up most days with a voice on the left side of my head telling me what an incredible failure I am. But the voice on the right side tells me that I can change the world—and I try to pay more attention to it. My life goal in changing the world is to make the culture of science and engineering supportive of everyone with interest, ability, and willingness to work hard, independent of race, gender, sexual orientation, other interests, or anything else. For that to happen, we need more women, people of color, poets, artists, ballroom dancers, and football players to enter, succeed, and persist in all areas of science and engineering."

Maria Klawe, Ph.D. (x)


"Let me answer the first question. With all due respect, we’re reverting to this talking point that Hamas is using human shields. Again, there is absolutely no evidence for this. It’s Israel’s word against the United Nations, against Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, Physicians for Human Rights Israel, Breaking the Silence Israel, as well as the National Lawyers Guild. What country, what other country would we accept a repeated talking point with no evidence that this is the case? That’s one.
"The second: the World Health Organization says that the Gaza Strip will be unlivable in the next six years, by 2020. The access to sanitized water, to hygienic water, will be impossible. This is not Hamas’s fault. This is the result of Israel’s imposition of a debilitating and cruel siege that is killing Palestinians even in the absence of rocket fire.
"In reference to Hamas’s firing on civilians, look, it’s not controversial. Hamas has crude rocket-fire and therefore cannot distinguish between civilians and combatants within Israel and so it’s an ipso facto violation. But that’s not what’s in controversy and it’s far less insidious than the fact that Israel, which we deem the only democracy in the Middle East and provide $3.1 billion a year as opposed to the sanctions and designating Hamas as a terrorist organization, Israel targets the civilians with precise weapons technology that we provide to it. And here is what is an actual controversy."
— Noura Erakat, J.D., L.L.M. (x) (x)

"Let me answer the first question. With all due respect, we’re reverting to this talking point that Hamas is using human shields. Again, there is absolutely no evidence for this. It’s Israel’s word against the United Nations, against Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, Physicians for Human Rights Israel, Breaking the Silence Israel, as well as the National Lawyers Guild. What country, what other country would we accept a repeated talking point with no evidence that this is the case? That’s one.

"The second: the World Health Organization says that the Gaza Strip will be unlivable in the next six years, by 2020. The access to sanitized water, to hygienic water, will be impossible. This is not Hamas’s fault. This is the result of Israel’s imposition of a debilitating and cruel siege that is killing Palestinians even in the absence of rocket fire.

"In reference to Hamas’s firing on civilians, look, it’s not controversial. Hamas has crude rocket-fire and therefore cannot distinguish between civilians and combatants within Israel and so it’s an ipso facto violation. But that’s not what’s in controversy and it’s far less insidious than the fact that Israel, which we deem the only democracy in the Middle East and provide $3.1 billion a year as opposed to the sanctions and designating Hamas as a terrorist organization, Israel targets the civilians with precise weapons technology that we provide to it. And here is what is an actual controversy."

Noura Erakat, J.D., L.L.M. (x) (x)


"If we can get cold Coca-Cola and beer to every remote corner of Africa, it should not be impossible to do the same with [antiretroviral] drugs."
— Joep Lange, M.D., Ph.D. (x) (x)

"If we can get cold Coca-Cola and beer to every remote corner of Africa, it should not be impossible to do the same with [antiretroviral] drugs."

Joep Lange, M.D., Ph.D. (x) (x)


"I believe that there needs to be more diversity in the way models are represented in fashion. Because at the end of the day they are selling clothes, and if you as the consumer can’t see yourself in those clothes, something is wrong."
— Jillian Mercado (x) (x)

"I believe that there needs to be more diversity in the way models are represented in fashion. Because at the end of the day they are selling clothes, and if you as the consumer can’t see yourself in those clothes, something is wrong."

Jillian Mercado (x) (x)


"I am very happyBecause I have conquered myselfAnd not the world.I am very happyBecause I have loved the worldAnd not myself.”
— Sri Chinmoy (Chinmoy Kumar Ghose)

"I am very happy
Because I have conquered myself
And not the world.
I am very happy
Because I have loved the world
And not myself.”

Sri Chinmoy (Chinmoy Kumar Ghose)


"Superficial observations in the Western news media that blame Hamas for the latest wave of violence ignore two important factors:
"First, Israeli strangulation of Gaza through an air and land blockade in cooperation with Egypt have brought Palestinian frustrations to a boiling point. The rocket attacks are a manifestation that Hamas feels cornered with its back to the wall. In fact, the attacks are probably the opening shots of a third Palestinian intifada.
"Second, it is a fallacy to believe that the West Bank and Gaza are two separate entities. The bonds of Palestinian nationalism inextricably bind the two together, emotionally and politically. Israeli excesses in the West Bank after the kidnapping and killing of three Israeli teens, especially the targeting and arrest of Hamas former prisoners in the West Bank, were bound to produce a reaction from Gaza.
"Beyond the blame game, it is crucial to judge Israel and Hamas by the same standards and focus on how we can bring this tragic conflict to an end. Although it is true that Hamas doesn’t recognize Israel’s right to exist, no Israeli government has ever recognized the existence of a Palestinian state within its internationally recognized 1967 borders.
"…The longer this conflict persists, the more it will fuel Islamist radicalism and destabilize the Middle East. Far from bringing Israel peace, the weakening of Hamas would likely sow the seeds of a new Islamic state that arcs through Iraq, Syria and the Palestinian territories."
— Fawaz Gerges, Ph.D. (x)

"Superficial observations in the Western news media that blame Hamas for the latest wave of violence ignore two important factors:

"First, Israeli strangulation of Gaza through an air and land blockade in cooperation with Egypt have brought Palestinian frustrations to a boiling point. The rocket attacks are a manifestation that Hamas feels cornered with its back to the wall. In fact, the attacks are probably the opening shots of a third Palestinian intifada.

"Second, it is a fallacy to believe that the West Bank and Gaza are two separate entities. The bonds of Palestinian nationalism inextricably bind the two together, emotionally and politically. Israeli excesses in the West Bank after the kidnapping and killing of three Israeli teens, especially the targeting and arrest of Hamas former prisoners in the West Bank, were bound to produce a reaction from Gaza.

"Beyond the blame game, it is crucial to judge Israel and Hamas by the same standards and focus on how we can bring this tragic conflict to an end. Although it is true that Hamas doesn’t recognize Israel’s right to exist, no Israeli government has ever recognized the existence of a Palestinian state within its internationally recognized 1967 borders.

"…The longer this conflict persists, the more it will fuel Islamist radicalism and destabilize the Middle East. Far from bringing Israel peace, the weakening of Hamas would likely sow the seeds of a new Islamic state that arcs through Iraq, Syria and the Palestinian territories."

Fawaz Gerges, Ph.D. (x)


[What’s the biggest misconception about elephants?]
"Their intelligence. Elephants understand that ivory is the reason they’re being killed. There are very, very few big bulls with big ivory left in the world, and the two or three still in Tsavo have become nocturnal. I’ve seen a bull with big tusks by the road turn his back, trying to hide the ivory."
— Daphne Sheldrick, DBE (x) (x) (x)

[What’s the biggest misconception about elephants?]

"Their intelligence. Elephants understand that ivory is the reason they’re being killed. There are very, very few big bulls with big ivory left in the world, and the two or three still in Tsavo have become nocturnal. I’ve seen a bull with big tusks by the road turn his back, trying to hide the ivory."

— Daphne Sheldrick, DBE (x) (x) (x)

"I realised that modelling was in my DNA and that no matter what, I would have to find a way to pursue that career. My advice? You have to really want it, work for it and never give up. Believe in yourself and that in itself will be your strength. My words to live by? ‘Anything is possible.’"
—  Aamito Stacie Lagum (x)

"I realised that modelling was in my DNA and that no matter what, I would have to find a way to pursue that career. My advice? You have to really want it, work for it and never give up. Believe in yourself and that in itself will be your strength. My words to live by? ‘Anything is possible.’"

—  Aamito Stacie Lagum (x)


"Whether we have the best individual players or whatever does not matter. You have to have the best team. We stepped up time and again in the tournament and did not let ourselves get distracted. And at the end, we stand there as world champions."
— Phillip Lahm

"Whether we have the best individual players or whatever does not matter. You have to have the best team. We stepped up time and again in the tournament and did not let ourselves get distracted. And at the end, we stand there as world champions."

Phillip Lahm


"What is beautiful about Gaza is that our voices do not reach it. Nothing distracts it; nothing takes its fist away from the enemy’s face. Not the forms of the Palestinian state we will establish whether on the eastern side of the moon, or the western side of Mars when it is explored. Gaza is devoted to rejection… hunger and rejection, thirst and rejection, displacement and rejection, torture and rejection, siege and rejection, death and rejection.
"Enemies might triumph over Gaza (the storming sea might triumph over an island… they might chop down all its trees).
"They might break its bones.
"They might implant tanks on the insides of its children and women. They might throw it into the sea, sand, or blood.
"But it will not repeat lies and say ‘Yes’ to invaders.
"It will continue to explode.
"It is neither death, nor suicide. It is Gaza’s way of declaring that it deserves to live. It will continue to explode.
"It is neither death, nor suicide. It is Gaza’s way of declaring that it deserves to live."
— Mahmoud Darwish (محمود درويش) (x) (x) (x)

"What is beautiful about Gaza is that our voices do not reach it. Nothing distracts it; nothing takes its fist away from the enemy’s face. Not the forms of the Palestinian state we will establish whether on the eastern side of the moon, or the western side of Mars when it is explored. Gaza is devoted to rejection… hunger and rejection, thirst and rejection, displacement and rejection, torture and rejection, siege and rejection, death and rejection.

"Enemies might triumph over Gaza (the storming sea might triumph over an island… they might chop down all its trees).

"They might break its bones.

"They might implant tanks on the insides of its children and women. They might throw it into the sea, sand, or blood.

"But it will not repeat lies and say ‘Yes’ to invaders.

"It will continue to explode.

"It is neither death, nor suicide. It is Gaza’s way of declaring that it deserves to live. It will continue to explode.

"It is neither death, nor suicide. It is Gaza’s way of declaring that it deserves to live."

Mahmoud Darwish (محمود درويش) (x) (x) (x)


"Champions will do what you have to do and bring this thing to its final end.  I told [the German national football team] before the match, ‘You have to give more than you’ve done before, because we want to achieve something we’ve never done before. And that’s to take the Cup home.’"
— Joachim “Jogi” Löw

"Champions will do what you have to do and bring this thing to its final end.  I told [the German national football team] before the match, ‘You have to give more than you’ve done before, because we want to achieve something we’ve never done before. And that’s to take the Cup home.’"

Joachim “Jogi” Löw

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