The Best of Notable Quotables; December 24, 1990

Vol. Three; No. 26

Which Way Is It? Foreign Affairs

"Attempting to defect will no longer be a severely punishable offense, but will be known as ‘border trespass,’ subject only to a minor penalty. And the death penalty, now applied to 34 offenses, will be retained only for those that involve direct ‘betrayal’ of the communist state and the social order."

-- Christian Science Monitor correspondent Eric Bourne, September 12.


"A reminder from Eastern Europe today that not all has changed. In Albania today, border guards shot and killed a four-year-old girl when they opened fire on a group of Albanians trying to cross into Yugoslavia. Albania is the last of the totalitarian states in Eastern Europe."

-- Peter Jennings on World News Tonight, same day.


“Black Nationalist Urges Continued Armed Struggle”

-- Washington Post front page, February 12


“Mandela Poised to Take Role of Conciliator”

-- same newspaper front page, same day

“Moscow protesters call for Gorbachev to quit”

-- Boston Herald, September 17


“Ryzhkov urged to resign at pro-Gorbachev rally”

-- Boston Globe, same day