Iran’s president takes centre stage at the United Nations but his attack on the “unjust” west failed to be heard.

A calm and self-assured Iranian President, on his seventh trip to the United States, showed every sign of being in command of himself.

By Debbie Menon via My Catbird Seat

Ahmadinejad Lost in Translation — “there’s no translation.”

By Aljazeera

September 21, 2010 — Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has addressed the General Assembly on the second day of the UN’s millennium development goals summit.

But it is not what he said on Tuesday that has made the news but what happened during the simultaneous translation of his speech, which has caused controversy.

Right from the start, his speech was overshadowed by technical problems, as the president was heard saying: “there’s no translation.” And these problems continued to cause confusion two minutes into his speech. All this was followed by an ominous announcement: “The interpreters would like to state that they are reading from a written text translated into English.” With that, the translation stopped altogether.

Despite all the technical issues, Ahmadinejad managed to communicate his message that there is a need for an overhaul of what he called “undemocratic and unjust” global decision-making bodies.

The much anticipated speech has now left many wondering what actually went wrong as the Iranian president’s speech ended the same way as it had started, without any translation.

Ahmadinejad, who arrived in New York on Saturday, told the Associated Press news agency that “the future belongs to Iran,” and challenged the US to accept that his country has a major role in world affairs.

US officials have made it clear that there are no plans for Barack Obama, the US president, to have any contact with the Iranian leader in New York this week.

Tight security

The New York Post, a right-wing tabloid, criticised US government spending on security preparations surrounding the Iranian leader’s visit.

“Ahmadinejad has access to a private elevator on his floor, a source said, and everything he touches is supplied by his aides. His rooms’ windowpanes were swapped for bullet-proof glass,” the paper reported.

On the topic of Iran’s nuclear programme, which Iran insists is for power generation rather than bomb-making, Obama plans to reiterate that the “door is still open” for international engagement, a US security official said on Monday.


Iran’s President, speaks here on the side lines of the UN summit, in two exclusive interviews with RT’s Marina Portnaya and ABC’s Christian Amanpour:

Unipolar World Will Lead to War: Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

Video Interview RT.COM

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President Ahmadinejad’s Interview With ABC’s Christiane Amanpour

“I think that discussions are always good, provided they are done respectfully and based on mutual trust,” Ahmadinejad told Amanpour. “If the U.S. administration truly wishes to alter its policies in Afghanistan, and in Iraq, and to move in a direction that serves the interest of the people of those two countries, we are always open to cooperation, as we are now.” –  Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, President of Iran

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ED.NOTE:  Every time I watch a westerner interview the President of Iran, I feel a surge of embarrassment wrote one blogger… It just goes to show you how propagandized most Americans and many other westerners are. So this rude cutting-in and cutting-off that our children are now treated-to by way of Telly-Vision Example, these days – is that style what is now termed “incisive”? (I remember the days when the interview questions actually meant something… Those days are clearly over for now…)

Source: Special thanks to:  INFORMATION CLEARING HOUSE

and Aljazeera

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  1. D Costa  September 24, 2010 at 11:25 am

    Penumbra. if this traitor went to Brown University I am sure she had enough brainwashing. Supporting criminal israel and Zionist Jews can make you very rich but your soul will degenerate and you will end up in hell after you depart this world.

    How much more heartless can you be if you can turn a blind eye to the suffering of people in Gaza and Palestine and in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan. Yemen, Somalia? We must do everything we possibly can to preserve safety of Iran and safety of Americans whose security and safety are only threatened by Israel and Zionist Jews and Christian enablers. God bless all Muslims and all people everywhere who oppose the Zionist regime and their crimes.

  2. Shai  September 23, 2010 at 8:40 pm

    ‘Supposedly’?! Did you actually watch Ahmadinejad’s speech? Clearly not.. find the transcript and stop trolling yourself.

    He’s a conspiracy-theorist and serial denier of facts trying to get his hands on nukes.. let’s hope his oppressed people manage to overthrow him and his cronies before they do some real damage.

  3. victorbig  September 23, 2010 at 7:58 pm

    if this iranian thing did not exist west PR would have to invent one

    the man is a joke and pretends to be something iran was thousands years ago

    obviously he is not talking about human right abuses in his country

    nor the old people that die from cold each winter

  4. Penumbra  September 23, 2010 at 7:16 pm

    Let us also remember that Christiane Amanpour, ridiculously named by ABC as a foremost “expert” on Islam, is the wife of none other than former Clintonista and arch Israel-first Zionist, James Rubin.

    I suppose sleeping with a Zionist propagandist is considered unparalleled education in the ways of Islam these days, at least to those in the controlled US media seeking every opportunity and excuse to smear it.

    A shill by any other name still smells (and sounds) as repugnant.

    • Penumbra  September 23, 2010 at 7:22 pm

      D, according to her bio, not only did Christiane live a privileged life in Tehran – having, like oh so many Iranians, had the opportunity to attend private boarding school in London (where she had tea with the Rothschilds no doubt) – but also just happened to attend college in RI (Brown no doubt 😉 ) after the family fled Tehran in 1979 (no doubt equally as guilty as the Shah they likely supported).

      This woman is without doubt a creation of the finest brainwashing Zionist money can buy and a complete traitor to her own less “privileged” former countrymen/women.

    • Debbie Menon  September 23, 2010 at 11:44 pm

      “This woman is without doubt a creation of the finest brainwashing Zionist money can buy and a complete traitor to her own less “privileged” former countrymen/women.”

      Compassion, loyalty, love, feeling for others, all seem to be virtues with which people are either born with or without,and they do not seem to be some things which may be cultivated, learned or taught!

    • Debbie Menon  September 23, 2010 at 10:48 pm

      P. Did you know this handsome couple, Greta VanSusteren at Fox News is the partner of Wolfblitzer at CNN?

      It will be interesting to dig up more of these network couples…

      Is this nepotism or incest? If it is perpetrated by the next generation, would that make it incestry? 🙂

  5. kathleen  September 23, 2010 at 1:25 pm

    You have to wonder who these translators were and why this happened? Did this type of glitch happen to any other leader?

    Hope the UN investigates. Very odd

    “it is no longer possible to humiliate nations and impose double standards on the world community”

  6. UK Gentleman  September 23, 2010 at 2:24 am

    Dr Ahmedinejad is a great man of our time, the more you learn about him the more you will admire. For example he is from a poor family; still lives in a 2/3 bedroom house of average neighborhood in the capital Tehran. Drives a 1977 Peaguot car, supplements his income by lecturing in university for $300 per month! He has a cult following his excellent work; leading by example; ofcourse “FAT CATS” ; The Pro West” hates him. The man is peace loving; well educated and he never misses a opportunity to discuss peace and wider issues. Ofcourse they Iran, are entitled to defend their country when Israel issues threats warning everyday; pro Israeli politicians wants US/ NATO to attack Iran. If it happens, their determination tells me that they will defend to the last man ; will cause unimaginable damage, we know who we will have to thank for it.

    • Shai  September 23, 2010 at 8:46 pm

      If he wasn’t a pious man he wouldn’t have made it into the power seat in the ‘Islamic Republic of Iran’, this frugality and shunning of capitalism lends him legitimacy in the eyes of his supporters. That does not make him any less deranged, a quality you seem to embrace yourself.

      I’m sure Iran would welcome you with open arms, just don’t dare say a bad word against them on your visit, or we’ll be watching you on news headlines begging for a ‘compassionate release’. Troll freak.

    • Debbie Menon  September 23, 2010 at 10:03 pm

      There is considerable evidence of clandestine operations by the US, British and Israeli agents who are arming, training and funding terrorist entities such as Jundollah in Baluchistan, Arab separatists in Khuzestan, and PJAK in Kurdistan.

      These concrete attempts at disintegration of Iran, as well as the 100 million dollars congressional funding for ‘democracy’ promotion in Iran, constitute aggression and are interference in Iran’s domestic affairs and the Iranian people’s rights of sovereignty.

      They violate the bilateral Algiers Accord of 1981, in which Washington renounced any such actions in the future.

      Iran is no match for Israel, whose security and military needs (American Money, American Amunitions and young American men and women to fight Israel’s wars) are guaranteed by USG and US taxpayers, most of whom are not even aware of this fact. Iran is surrounded on all sides by the US Navy and American bases. Iran has not invaded or threatened any western country for two and a half centuries.

      So, Ahmedinejad is right in asking the interviewer, What is the need to invade Iran? Why is it necessary to attack Iran ?

  7. gmathol  September 22, 2010 at 8:22 pm

    A US controlled UN has lost all credibility. So, the question remains why is this “international” body still alive? Lot’s of bribe, well paid positions and New York style entertainment.

    The UN is fully responsible what happened/happens in Vietnam, Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan or in the Middle East.

    To bad that so many US allies stick with the a new common ground: genocide.

    • Debbie Menon  September 22, 2010 at 10:23 pm

      Ironically, one of the poems gracing the entrance to the Hall of Nations of the UN building in New York is written by an Iranian:

      “The children of Humanity are each other’s limbs.

      That share an origin in their creator

      When one limb passes its days in pain

      The other limb cannot remain easy.

      You who feel no pain at the suffering of others,

      It is not fitting you be called Human” – Saadi

  8. Qasim  September 22, 2010 at 11:49 am

    you’re right it was heavily edited.

  9. Debbie Menon  September 22, 2010 at 11:24 am

    Right on! Anthony

    I used to like Amanpour,she is a good and a thorough reporter… but she works for ABC now and she has become their darling.I suppose she has ambitions or high hopes of becoming a female Walter Cronkite or Dan Rather but she is becoming the sexual compliment of CNN’s Wolf Blitzer. Another wh*re who sold out for acclaim.

    The classic lie that is repeated in the Zionist Media, of course, is the lie that he had stated that: “Israel must be wiped off the map.”

    Janet Daly of the London Telegraph repeated this lie on a BBC programme when it has been exposed as such for well over two years. Larry King did the same, during his interview with Ahmadinejad, then cut to a commercial break before giving him time to respond, then, of course, he moved on to another subject, after the break. This has been their way.

    Last year at the UN’s anti-racism conference,the western diplomats walked out as he began to speak, because he’s the only one who calls them out on their blatant hypocrisy and double standards. I wrote this piece following that fiasco:

    About the jew hikers, what on earth were they doing on the Iraq-Iran border of all places on the planet. The Iranian government has every right to imprison and investigate enemy trespassers.

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