Entries in President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (3)


Ahmadinejad's UN Speech Triggers Massive Walkout

Delegates walk out as Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, President of the Republic of Iran, addresses the General Assembly at the United Nations in New York. DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad triggered a massive walkout of his speech to the United Nations General Assembly Thursday when he reiterated his suspicion that the Sept. 11 attacks were a conspiracy and criticized Israel.

The American delegation led the path to the exits as soon as Ahmadinejad spoke about “the mysterious September 11 incident.” He reiterated his call for an investigation into the “hidden elements involved” in the attacks.

He also questioned the Obama administration’s decision to kill Osama bin Laden rather than bring him to trial.

“Instead of assigning a fact-finding team, they killed the main perpetrator and threw his body into the sea,” Ahmadinejad said. “Would it not have been reasonable to bring to justice and openly bring to trial the main perpetrator of the incident?”

“Is there any classified information that must be kept secret?” he asked.

“Mr. Ahmadinejad had a chance to address his own people’s aspirations for freedom and dignity, but instead he again turned to abhorrent anti-Semitic slurs and despicable conspiracy theories,” said Mark Kornblau, the spokesman for the U.S. Mission to the United Nations.

France and other European countries left in protest soon after the Americans when Ahmadinejad began to speak about the holocaust.

The Iranian leader’s annual address to the world body was characteristically controversial. As in previous years he criticized what he called the “arrogant powers” and suggested the United States and its western allies were to blame for global instability.

He cited, among other things, the two world wars, the wars in Korea and Vietnam, the American use of nuclear weapons over Japan, and the U.S. support for military dictatorships in Latin America as examples.

“Do these arrogant powers really have the competence and ability to run or govern the world? Is it acceptable that they call themselves the sole defender of freedom, democracy, and human rights, while they militarily attack and occupy other countries?” he asked as representatives from several countries headed for the doors.

Ahmadinejad also took aim at what he called the west’s “imperialistic media network” which he said would “threaten anyone who questions the Holocaust and the September 11 event with sanctions and military action.”

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Iran: Anti-Gov't Protests Proceed Despite Government Crackdown

Photo Courtesy - AFP/Getty Images(TEHRAN, Iran) -- As the world continues to watch demonstrations in various cities around the Middle East, the mood was set Monday for the expected anti-government demonstrations in Iran.

As the hour for the gathering drew closer, witnesses described security forces lining the streets around Azadi Square in Tehran and groups of protesters gathering for the opposition march. The heavy presence of riot police wearing black masks and holding batons deterred large crowds from forming, according to eyewitness accounts.

Demonstrators described streets and metros closed, tear gas being fired and sounds of gun shots. As they marched closer to the Azadi Square area, with riot police speeding by on motorcycles, they yelled "Death to the dictator."

Opposition leaders Mir Houssein Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi were reportedly under house arrest and not allowed to join the protests.

Authorities have forbidden journalists from covering the protests. Demonstrators from cities around Iran called into BBC Persia with reports of plainclothes police attacking people and scaring off crowds.

Witnesses described hundreds of people gathering in the towns of Isfahan, Shiraz and Mashad as well. Although the crowds were not as large as what viewers have seen in Egypt or the demonstrations after the 2009 elections, the turnout was significant for Iranians who have been warned by the commander of the police corps that if they showed up they would be "corpses."

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Ahmadinejad: Iran Subsidies Cut at Midnight

Photo Courtesy - ABC News(TEHRAN, Iran) -- Iran's subsidy cuts will take effect at midnight, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Saturday, immediately raising the price of fuel, electricity, and water and putting price pressure on a broad range of goods.

These cuts were slated to take effect months ago, but kept getting pushed forward to a previously unknown date.

Analysts and others have predicted protests and possible riots following the economic squeeze of the policy.

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