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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.
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Ahmed Ben Bella

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. Lakhdar Brahimi
Afghanistan is a land-locked country. Lakhdar Brahimi
Algeria is not breaking up. Ahmed Ben Bella
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. Ahmed Ben Bella
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. Ahmed Ben Bella
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. Ahmed Ben Bella
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. Lakhdar Brahimi
Be modest, be respectful of others, try to understand. Lakhdar Brahimi
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. Lakhdar Brahimi
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. Lakhdar Brahimi

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Che came in 1963, shortly after I had come to power. Ahmed Ben Bella
Colonialism is an idea born in the West that drives Western countries - like France, Italy, Belgium, Great Britain - to occupy countries outside of Europe. Ahmed Ben Bella
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. Ahmed Ben Bella
Economic gross is making us fat. Pierre Dukan
Every Algerian is a potential guerrilla if he could get a gun. Ahmed Ben Bella
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. Ahmed Ben Bella
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. Pierre Dukan
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. Ahmed Ben Bella
I accommodated practically all of the liberation movements, including those of Latin America. Ahmed Ben Bella
I am a doctor, a real doctor. Pierre Dukan
I am a Muslim Arab, in my actions oriented very to the left, in my convictions. Ahmed Ben Bella
I am not a Marxist, but I place myself resolutely at the left. Ahmed Ben Bella
I am rich because I sell a lot of books, but it's not my drive. Pierre Dukan
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. Ahmed Ben Bella
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. Ahmed Ben Bella
I go jogging for 25 minutes every morning, even if I'm away from home. Pierre Dukan
I like to feel occupied. Pierre Dukan
I love Japanese and Thai food, especially seafood, and eat out with my wife two or three times a week. Pierre Dukan
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. Pierre Dukan
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. Lakhdar Brahimi
I think America and Britain have a different culture from France. They discovered marketing and consumerism before France. Pierre Dukan
I think it's better to be a woman with some curves. It's more natural. Pierre Dukan
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. Ahmed Ben Bella
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. Ahmed Ben Bella
I've never seen an obese person who has said, 'I am well in my mind.' Happiness stops food being a compensation. Pierre Dukan
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. Lakhdar Brahimi
If you love a man, immediately you will reduce your intake of food - it's automatic. Pierre Dukan
If you put on weight it's not by chance. You put on weight because you eat compulsively. Pierre Dukan
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. Lakhdar Brahimi
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. Ahmed Ben Bella
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. Ahmed Ben Bella
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. Lakhdar Brahimi
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. Lakhdar Brahimi
It is obvious that taking the country from a state of war to being a lawful state won't be easy. Ahmed Ben Bella
It's been proven that fitting more activity into your day can greatly improve your health. Pierre Dukan
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. Ahmed Ben Bella
Mine is the least fat diet in the world. Pierre Dukan
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. Ahmed Ben Bella
Of course the UN brings in a lot of moral authority. Lakhdar Brahimi
Oh, in France you can't defame an idea, only a person. Pierre Dukan

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