Another Year, Another Ahmadinejad Speech

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of Iran shakes hands with UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon.

I’ve just spent nearly 45 minutes listening to this year’s Mahdi speech by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. This was the president’s eighth appearance at the UN podium in as many years, and it is likely to be his last, since he does not plan to seek reelection.

Citing a world history filled with greed, war, and hegemony that reaches back to Adam, President Ahmadinejad delivered a beautifully paced and punctuated speech that depicted capitalism as the deepest evil since Eden, while portraying the third world nations as little more than chattel to the robber barons of the west. It pains me to admit that on many counts Ahmadinejad is correct. The world is indeed governed by a hegemonic if not demonic few. The current system of world government, as he insists, does reflect capitalist values and oppresses those who wish to seek peace and equality for all. As his speech pointed out, materialism, selfishness, deception, hatred, trampling of others’ rights, spreading of discord, monopolies are not meant to provide service to those governed. Referencing the ‘occupy movement’s’ mantra, the Iranian president added that the one percent only listens to the ninety-nine per cent during elections—elections bought and paid for by those who wish to ‘invest’ in governing powers. Continue reading “Another Year, Another Ahmadinejad Speech”

Tony Blair and Bill Clinton Globalize ‘Faith’ and ‘Community’

By SHARON K. GILBERT
September 25, 2008

WITH ALL THE monumental spin surrounding the looming, United States financial crisis, most would be hard-pressed to notice two potent little events taking place this week: The annual meeting of The Clinton Global Initiative and a special, online event from The Tony Blair Faith Foundation.

According to a letter at the Faith Foundation website, September 25th, 2008 marks the ‘the midway point for achieving the goals [Millennium Development Goals] by 2015′. Continue reading “Tony Blair and Bill Clinton Globalize ‘Faith’ and ‘Community’”