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Iran’s Ahmadinejad: Barack Obama should apologise for 60 years of ‘crimes’

January 28, 2009

In his own way of saying “thank you” to Barack Obama for his expressed respect for Muslims on Al-Arabiya , President Ahmadinejad has an idea or two for the new American president….


Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad demanded on Wednesday that US President Barack Obama apologise for the “crimes” committed by the United States against Iran over the past 60 years.

By The Telegrapn (UK)

The hardline leader also called on Washington to withdraw its troops from across the world as a proof of Mr Obama’s commitment to change.

“You were standing against the Iranian people in the past 60 years,” Mr Ahmadinejad said during an address in the western region of Khermenshah that was broadcast by state television.

Barack Obama should apologise for 60 years of 'crimes'

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said the advocates of change must ‘stop supporting the Zionists, outlaws and criminals’ Photo: REUTERS

“Those who speak of change must apologise to the Iranian people and try to repair their past bad acts and the crimes they committed against Iran.”

As to the troops, he said he expected two kinds of “deep and fundamental” change.

“Meet people, talk to them with respect and put an end to the expansionist policies. If you talk about change it must put an end to the US military presence in the world, withdraw your troops and take them back inside your borders.”

Mr Ahmadinejad said the advocates of change must “stop supporting the Zionists, outlaws and criminals”.

He called on the United States to “stop interfering in other people’s affairs”.

He also said the US government should “let the American people decide their own future … Stop pressuring them,” he added, without saying what he was referring to.

Mr Ahmadinejad said he welcomed change but the “change has to be fundamental”.

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Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad speaks at the Natanz uranium ... 
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad speaks at the Natanz uranium enrichment facility.(AFP/File/Atta Kenare)

Change from Obama, Congress Turning Into “All Talk”?

December 14, 2008

We all voted for chage.  But change to what?  As time marches on we are getting glimmers of what this means.  And some of us are starting to think there might not be real change in our near future, brom Barack Obama or from  congress….


A larger Democratic majority is unlikely to change the political nature of the House and Senate, which have just concluded a typically unimpressive year.
By Janet Hook
The Los Angeles Times
December 14, 2008
Reporting from Washington — The collapse of legislation to bail out the U.S. auto industry is a fitting end to this year in Congress — and a warning to President-elect Barack Obama that even larger Democratic majorities next year won’t guarantee smooth sailing for his ambitious agenda on economics and other issues.

Polarized, beset by crises, and preoccupied with ideological and regional politics, this Congress followed a pattern all too familiar in the past decade. It railed and wrangled over the nation’s toughest problems, but in the end failed to advance solutions.

From healthcare and costly dependence on foreign oil to the greatest economic crisis in more than half a century, the House and Senate have floundered into stalemate. Meanwhile, the economic woes have gone international.

The House and Senate this year did pass major legislation in response to the nation’s economic problems — but for the most part, they waited to act until a crisis could hardly be ignored. Each time, lawmakers had to struggle to reach agreement. Sometimes, as in the auto bailout, the legislation was not even approved.

Economists reviewing congressional efforts have not raved. The federal fund to subsidize affordable housing has had few takers. The $700-billion effort to shore up the financial services industry took a dramatic change in course — without congressional input and after about half of the money was spent. Skepticism about those efforts contributed mightily to the Senate’s rejection of the auto bailout bill.

President-elect Barack Obama, seen December 11 in Chicago, Illinois. ...

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Obama symbolizes a change that truly is epochal

December 13, 2008

Barack Obama wrote in “Dreams From My Father” of his days as a student at Occidental College, groping for his political identity: “We smoked cigarettes and wore leather jackets. At night, in the dorms, we discussed neocolonialism, Frantz Fanon, Eurocentrism and patriarchy.”

That’s one of the passages from his autobiography that has fueled conspiracy theories among right-wing bloggers. They speak of Obama as if he’s a tool of Third World revolutionaries who have somehow been preserved in dry ice since the 1960s. But that’s silly. A man who plans to retain Bob Gates as secretary of defense and install a retired Marine four-star general as his national security adviser is not a creature of adolescent rebellion. 

By David Ignatius
The Washington Post
Sunday, December 14, 2008; Page B07

But here’s a contrarian thought: Before Obama assumes the burdens of commander in chief, maybe he should dust off that copy of Fanon’s “The Wretched of the Earth” and give the radical theorist another look. In doing so, he would remind himself of the special opportunity he will have as president to speak to a world that still suffers from the anti-Western fury that Fanon described in 1961.

Obama symbolizes a change that truly is epochal. The French newspaper Le Monde greeted his election with the headline: “Happy New Century!” As the first African American president, he is sometimes described as post-racial. I don’t know about that, but as the son of a Kenyan intellectual born when that country was a British colony, Obama has another distinction that is rarely noted: He is a post-colonial man.

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