Archive for the ‘letter’ Category

Obama team hopes letter will heal Iran rift

January 29, 2009

Symbolic gesture gives assurances that US does not want to topple Islamic regime….

By Robert Tait and Ewen MacAskill in Washington
The Guardian (UK)
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Officials of Barack Obama‘s administration have drafted a letter to Iran from the president aimed at unfreezing US-Iranian relations and opening the way for face-to-face talks, the Guardian has learned.

The US state department has been working on drafts of the letter since Obama was elected on 4 November last year. It is in reply to a lengthy letter of congratulations sent by the Iranian president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, on 6 November.
Diplomats said Obama’s letter would be a symbolic gesture to mark a change in tone from the hostile one adopted by the Bush administration, which portrayed Iran as part of an “axis of evil”.

It would be intended to allay the ­suspicions of Iran’s leaders and pave the way for Obama to engage them directly, a break with past policy.

State department officials have composed at least three drafts of the letter, which gives assurances that Washington does not want to overthrow the Islamic regime, but merely seeks a change in its behaviour. The letter would be addressed to the Iranian people and sent directly to Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, or released as an open letter.

One draft proposal suggests that Iran should compare its relatively low standard of living with that of some of its more prosperous neighbours, and contemplate the benefits of losing its pariah status in the west. Although the tone is conciliatory, it also calls on Iran to end what the US calls state sponsorship of terrorism.

Read the rest:
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2009
/jan/28/barack-obama-letter-to-iran

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

New York Times Accused of “Gross Negligence”

December 22, 2008

The White House on Sunday issued a blistering 500-word response to a scathing 5,000-word article on the front page of Sunday’s New York Times that says President Bush and his style and philosophy of governing played a direct role in the mortgage meltdown that’s crippling the nation’s economy.

The response accused the nation’s largest Sunday paper of “gross negligence.”

“The Times’ ‘reporting’ in this story amounted to finding selected quotes to support a story the reporters fully intended to write from the onset, while disregarding anything that didn’t fit their point of view,” White House Press Secretary Dana Perino said in an e-mailed statement.

In an unusual double-header, The White House later issued a document headlined, “Setting the Record Straight: The Three Most Egregious Claims In The New York Times Article On The Housing Crisis.”

The article was part of the newspaper’s “The Reckoning Series” about the nation’s market implosion, and was headlined, “‘Ownership society’: White House Philosophy Stoked Mortgage Bonfire.”

Read the rest from Politico:
http://news.yahoo.com/s/politico/20081221/pl_politico/16787

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Times Publishes Bogus Letter — Violates Own Rules

From the Associated Press

The New York Times admitted Monday it published a fake letter purportedly from the mayor of Paris criticizing Caroline Kennedy’s bid for a U.S. Senate seat as “appalling” and “not very democratic.”

In a note posted Monday on its Web site, the Times said the letter signed by Paris Mayor Bertrand Delanoe was a fake and should not have been published because it violated the paper’s standards and procedures for publishing signed letters.

“We have already expressed our regrets to Mr. Delanoe’s office and we are now doing the same to you, our readers,” the Times said.

News of the hoax was first reported by France-Amerique, which published its story on its Web site Monday.

Click here to read the apology by The New York Times.