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Featured QuoteAlgeria was therefore only the beginning of something that was in development: this is why I say that it's the global capitalist system that finally reacted against us.
Ahmed Ben Bella

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A fly cannot go in unless it stops somewhere; therefore weapons, fuel, food, money will not go to Afghanistan unless the neighbors of Afghanistan are working, are cooperating, either being themselves the origin or the transit. View Quote
Lakhdar Brahimi

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Afghanistan is a land-locked country. View Quote
Lakhdar Brahimi

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Algeria is not breaking up. View Quote
Ahmed Ben Bella

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Algeria was therefore only the beginning of something that was in development: this is why I say that it's the global capitalist system that finally reacted against us. View Quote
Ahmed Ben Bella

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Algerians such as myself who do not accept this estrangement from the Arabic language, nevertheless notice it in the deep disquiet which they experience when they try to give expression to their ideas in French, while at the same time they 'feel' in Arabic. A state of perpetual divorce is thus established in us, between the head and the heart, and between the intellect and the emotions. View Quote
Ahmed Ben Bella

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Although it is hard work it is also inspiring, and there is beauty in the idea of transforming even a minute portion of the Earth's surface into fertile, productive soil. View Quote
Ahmed Ben Bella

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At times one feels that what is being said in the West is that the fact that you are a Muslim predisposes you to this blind, stupid terrorism. View Quote
Lakhdar Brahimi

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Be modest, be respectful of others, try to understand. View Quote
Lakhdar Brahimi

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But I knew that what had happened was an eye-opener not only to the United States but also to Pakistan, who realized that after what has happened on the 11th of September, it was simply impossible to continue to play those games in Afghanistan. View Quote
Lakhdar Brahimi

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But you've got to understand what the other guy is about, even if at the end of the process you decide that there is no ground with this man or woman except to fight them. View Quote
Lakhdar Brahimi

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Che came in 1963, shortly after I had come to power. View Quote
Ahmed Ben Bella

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Colonialism is an idea born in the West that drives Western countries - like France, Italy, Belgium, Great Britain - to occupy countries outside of Europe. View Quote
Ahmed Ben Bella

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Colonialism is known in its primitive form, that is to say, by the permanent settling of repressive foreign powers, with an army, services, policies. This phase has known cruel colonial occupations which have lasted 300 years in Indonesia. View Quote
Ahmed Ben Bella

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Economic gross is making us fat. View Quote
Pierre Dukan

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Every Algerian is a potential guerrilla if he could get a gun. View Quote
Ahmed Ben Bella

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Everywhere that the struggle for national freedom has triumphed, once the authorities agreed, there were military coups d'etat that overthrew their leaders. That is the result time and time again. View Quote
Ahmed Ben Bella

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For the first 50 years of your life the food industry is trying to make you fat. Then, the second 50 years, the pharmaceutical industry is treating you for everything. View Quote
Pierre Dukan

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From their point of view, I had gone too far. I had to disappear. That is to say, if the Algerian army had not overthrown me, others would have done so. View Quote
Ahmed Ben Bella

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I accommodated practically all of the liberation movements, including those of Latin America. View Quote
Ahmed Ben Bella

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I am a doctor, a real doctor. View Quote
Pierre Dukan

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I am a Muslim Arab, in my actions oriented very to the left, in my convictions. View Quote
Ahmed Ben Bella

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I am not a Marxist, but I place myself resolutely at the left. View Quote
Ahmed Ben Bella

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I am rich because I sell a lot of books, but it's not my drive. View Quote
Pierre Dukan

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I am the son of poor peasants who came at a very young age to live in Algeria. I only recently saw the place where they were born, near the city of Marrakech. View Quote
Ahmed Ben Bella

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I can say now: all the combatants who participated in the fight for freedom in South America came to Algeria; it's from there that all those who fought left. We trained them, we arranged for the weapons to reach them, we created networks. View Quote
Ahmed Ben Bella

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I go jogging for 25 minutes every morning, even if I'm away from home. View Quote
Pierre Dukan

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I like to feel occupied. View Quote
Pierre Dukan

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I love Japanese and Thai food, especially seafood, and eat out with my wife two or three times a week. View Quote
Pierre Dukan

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I still live in an apartment in Paris with my wife. No, we don't have a yacht, but we do have a house in Spain; that is my luxury. View Quote
Pierre Dukan

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I think a failed state is the responsibility of the people who have made that state fail, and those are generally the people of that country. View Quote
Lakhdar Brahimi

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I think America and Britain have a different culture from France. They discovered marketing and consumerism before France. View Quote
Pierre Dukan

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I think it's better to be a woman with some curves. It's more natural. View Quote
Pierre Dukan

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I think that they participated in something that was not very proper and was very pitiful, not only for the Algerian people, but also for the other people who counted on our support. View Quote
Ahmed Ben Bella

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I'm optimistic because I'm pragmatic: Neither of the two sides, the military government nor the Islamic front, is capable of winning. If they continue to fight, they will both bleed to death. View Quote
Ahmed Ben Bella

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I've never seen an obese person who has said, 'I am well in my mind.' Happiness stops food being a compensation. View Quote
Pierre Dukan

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If you are talking about terrorism, you need to sit down and understand what is making these people put dynamite around their waists and blow themselves up. View Quote
Lakhdar Brahimi

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If you love a man, immediately you will reduce your intake of food - it's automatic. View Quote
Pierre Dukan

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If you put on weight it's not by chance. You put on weight because you eat compulsively. View Quote
Pierre Dukan

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In the globalized world that is ours, maybe we are moving towards a global village, but that global village brings in a lot of different people, a lot of different ideas, lots of different backgrounds, lots of different aspirations. View Quote
Lakhdar Brahimi

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In the past, we spoke of poverty, misery only in the south. Now there is a lot of misery, a lot of bad that creates victims in the north as well. This has become manifest: the global system was not made to serve the good of all, but to serve multinational companies. View Quote
Ahmed Ben Bella

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In two years, there were 22 military coups d'etat, essentially in Africa and the third world. The coup d'etat of Algiers, in 1965, is what opened the path. View Quote
Ahmed Ben Bella

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Iraq is a country that has been invaded. It's not a failing state that you want to help. It's a country that was functioning good or bad, with a horrible dictator, but you have invaded. View Quote
Lakhdar Brahimi

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It also seems that the Afghans themselves want to avail themselves of this opportunity and all recognize that the UN is uniquely qualified to help bring them together. View Quote
Lakhdar Brahimi

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It is obvious that taking the country from a state of war to being a lawful state won't be easy. View Quote
Ahmed Ben Bella

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It's been proven that fitting more activity into your day can greatly improve your health. View Quote
Pierre Dukan

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It's with them that we have constituted a liberation front and brought our logistic support to armies to help their countries come out of colonialism and establish a national internal regime. View Quote
Ahmed Ben Bella

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Mine is the least fat diet in the world. View Quote
Pierre Dukan

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My life has been a bit special, this is true. I participated in the liberation of my country. I was one of the organisers of its struggle for liberation. I likewise actively participated in all the struggles for liberation. View Quote
Ahmed Ben Bella

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Of course the UN brings in a lot of moral authority. View Quote
Lakhdar Brahimi

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Oh, in France you can't defame an idea, only a person. View Quote
Pierre Dukan

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Peace does not include a vendetta; there will be neither winners nor losers. View Quote
Ahmed Ben Bella

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People now realize that globalization is not only for the multi-nationals and the circulation of money. View Quote
Lakhdar Brahimi

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Probably I understand very much the people who rise against injustice. View Quote
Lakhdar Brahimi

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Several million people inside and outside Afghanistan are destitute and desperately in need of help. View Quote
Lakhdar Brahimi

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So, the international community are all the countries that are important: the United States definitely everywhere; the European Union because it is very important, and also, they do show a great deal of international responsibility; and then the local players. View Quote
Lakhdar Brahimi

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Somebody was asking me the other day - President Bush is now talking about freedom for the Arab world. I say, well, that's great. I was talking about that fifty years ago. View Quote
Lakhdar Brahimi

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Sugar is more present in America or England than it is in France. I think there is an addiction to sweetness. View Quote
Pierre Dukan

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The events of September 11 and what has happened since have made people understand that even a small, distant and far away country like Afghanistan cannot be left to break up into anarchy and chaos without consequences for the whole world. View Quote
Lakhdar Brahimi

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The French colonisation of Algeria lasted a long time: 132 years. View Quote
Ahmed Ben Bella

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The liberation movement which I led in Algeria, the organization that I created to fight the French army, was at first a small movement of nothing at all. We were but some tens of people throughout Algeria, a territory that is five times the size of France. View Quote
Ahmed Ben Bella

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The mandate you go with is intimidating and also is a source of respect that you gain, because you have come with this mandate from the United Nations. View Quote
Lakhdar Brahimi

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There again, that is a fundamental principle: no two situations are alike. View Quote
Lakhdar Brahimi

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There is a firm, clear commitment to provide resources and ideas to enable us to organize the Afghans towards starting the process of rehabilitation and reconstruction. View Quote
Lakhdar Brahimi

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There is a story which is not being told strongly enough of the Afghan employees of the UN inside the country who are saving hundreds of thousands of lives everyday by their bravery and nobody talks of them. View Quote
Lakhdar Brahimi

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There is also a natural and very, very strong empathy with the underdog, with people who have suffered, people who have been pushed around by foreigners in particular, but also by their own people. View Quote
Lakhdar Brahimi

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There is an element of luck, there is an element of trial and error, sometimes you fail, sometimes you succeed. It's not as beautifully simple as it may seem when we are talking about it. View Quote
Lakhdar Brahimi

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There is an expression now that is commonly used about these so-called internal conflicts which are not really internal, because they have connections to the outside world. View Quote
Lakhdar Brahimi

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There is nothing unhealthy about educating youngsters about nutrition. View Quote
Pierre Dukan

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These are the multinationals, like General Motors and Nestle; these are the big industrial groups that weigh, on the monetary scale, much more than big countries like Egypt. View Quote
Ahmed Ben Bella

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This wonderful county had been at war for seven years and had lost a million dead; it was still scarred and bleeding, and its people were poverty-stricken. It has got to be rebuilt, on new foundations, from top to bottom. Would fate allow me the time in which to do it. View Quote
Ahmed Ben Bella

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