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Memorable things they said

Issue: "Wealth and poverty," March 14, 2009

"You can do it, and you can get away with it."

Tanya Lokshina, deputy director of Human Rights Watch in Moscow, on the message sent after three men were acquitted on charges of murdering investigative journalist Anna Politkovskaya.

"The Swiss are saying that this is the end of Swiss banking as they knew it."

Banking analyst Jack Blum, on the announcement by Swiss bank UBS that it will reveal the names of Americans who have allegedly used the bank to avoid taxes.

"It is as if the entire population of Rome were to die in the next five years."

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British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, on an estimate by the World Bank that the global financial crisis could result in the death of 2.8 million children worldwide by 2015.

"I want an eye for an eye. People like him should be made to feel my suffering."

Ameneh Bahrami, of Iran, on the man who blinded her by throwing acid in her face after she refused to marry him.

"We hate you guys, but there is nothing much we can do."

Luo Ping, director general of the China Banking Regulatory Commission, saying that China will continue to invest in U.S. Treasury debt, despite concerns about sagging values, because there aren't other good options. "Except for U.S. Treasuries," he says, "what else can you hold?"

"I don't see this as a partisan job at all."

Jay Carney, formerly a bureau chief for Time, on his new job as spokesman for Vice President Joe Biden.

"I'm now ready to play again."

Tiger Woods, announcing his return to golf competition after a 254-day absence to recover from a knee injury and surgery that cost him the remainder of the 2008 PGA Tour. Along the way the 65-time PGA Tour -winner and his wife Elin welcomed a son, born Feb. 8.


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