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1. U.N. False-Flag
Terror Chatter: Aside from Obama CSI, another
alternative new source has picked up on the notion that the U.N. could possibly
be a false-flag terror target intended to take America and the world to war
with Iran. Whether or not this attack comes to pass as depicted by Press Core,
it is a distinct possibility.
2. U.N. "Dirty Bomb" Terror Drill: The U.N. building in New York City served as a staging ground for a massive terror drill in April of 2011, with the main focus being on nuclear terrorism. The drill began at the U.N. and then moved to other locations throughout New York. What if anything this drill has to do with a future-false flag terror attack is unknown, but the drill does fit into the attack scenario outlined by Press Core.
3. The U.N. Renovation: The U.N. is conveniently being renovated just prior to its scheduled destruction, just as Press Core's article so eloquently stated: "Like the World Trade Center Towers the presence of asbestos has made the renovations of the UN headquarters too expensive and impractical. The cost to safely remove the asbestos from the ceilings of the building doubled the initial projected cost of $1.2 billion. That is the official revised cost. The actual cost is much higher. Some estimates put it as much as 10 times more expensive. Now that they have discovered that the UN pipes are also lined with asbestos the cost to remove and replace all of the piping in the building makes the UN building a perfect site for another CIA false flag attack."
4. U.N. Cyber Attack: In August of 2011, the United Nations disclosed that they were a victim of cyber terrorism. The security company McAfee, stated that the cyber-attack came from a "state actor", but declined to name it. Chances are, this country will eventually outed and all bets are that Iran will be scapegoated. Jim Lewis, a cyber-expert with the Centre for Strategic and International Studies, stated that the US and Britain were capable of pulling off this kind of cyber terror attack, but "we wouldn't spy on ourselves and the Brits wouldn't spy on us."
5. U.N. Report on Iran's Nuclear Program: As the drums of war begin to beat against Iran, the U.N. is conveniently releasing their report authored by the International Atomic Energy Agency which stated that Iran is pursuing a nuclear weapons program. Due to the timing of the report, should the U.N. building in New York City be attacked, Iran will most likely be scapegoated.
6. Iranian President Disrespected at U.N.: On multiple occasions, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has been blatantly disrespected by Israeli, American and European politicians, dignitaries, and ambassadors as they stood up and walked out while he was speaking to the general assembly at the United Nations in New York City. Although Ahmadinejad didn't seem to mind the distraction, the people that left cited Ahmadinejad's rhetoric regarding Zionism, Israel's genocidal policy towards Palestine, and the truth behind 9/11 as the cause of their rude behavior. Should a terror attack strike the U.N., it is likely that Iran will be blamed and Ahmadinejad will be scapegoated as wanting revenge for the disrespectful behavior.
7. The Palestine Angle: Even before Palestine could present their bid for Palestinian statehood, predictions that Palestinians would turn violent began to circulate. Committing acts of terror prior to a U.N. vote is self-destructive and counterproductive and is obviously not in the best interest of Palestine. This propaganda only makes sense when the realization is made that Israel is the occupying and terrorizing force in Gaza and is violently opposed to Palestine's attempt at statehood and will do anything in its power to destroy any notion of a Palestinian state. Palestine is Israel's #1 enemy, outside of Iran, so it would only make sense that they would like to tie Palestine to the U.N. terror attack, should it occur. Palestine's bid for U.N. statehood may be in fact the link Israel needs, especially in the wake of a future failed bid for Palestinian statehood. Once Palestine is rejected by the U.N. for statehood, it is possible if not probable that some sort of new terror attack committed by the state of Israel will be blamed on Palestine.
1. U.N. FALSE-FLAG CHATTER
OBAMACSI.COM: Aside from Obama CSI, another alternative new source has picked up on the notion that the U.N. could possibly be a false-flag terror target intended to take America and the world to war with Iran. Whether or not this attack comes to pass as depicted by Press Core, it is a distinct possibility.
Title: CIA Preparing Vatican’s New World Order Headquarters For Next False Flag Attack
Date: October 31, 2011
Source: Press Core
Abstract: The CIA is preparing to destroy the United Nations building in New York City. They are posing as construction contractors in order to complete their mission to bring down the asbestos condemned United Nations building. Just like in the controlled demolition of the World Trade Center Towers on September 11, 2001 the CIA is planning and preparing to place a small tactical nuke in an excavated hole in the center of the UN building basement. The CIA attack is to be blamed on Iran
This CIA false flag attack has the full support of Barack Hussein Obama, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, the Joints Chiefs of Staff, Defence Secretary (former CIA director and staunch Roman Catholic who graduated from the University of Santa Clara, the Jesuit college of California) Leon Panetta, the United Nations and its Vatican superiors. The US Congress has already financed this false flag attack by providing $2.65 billion to FEMA on September 29, 2011.
Like the World Trade Center Towers the presence of asbestos has made the renovations of the UN headquarters too expensive and impractical. The cost to safely remove the asbestos from the ceilings of the building doubled the initial projected cost of $1.2 billion. That is the official revised cost. The actual cost is much higher. Some estimates put it as much as 10 times more expensive. Now that they have discovered that the UN pipes are also lined with asbestos the cost to remove and replace all of the piping in the building makes the UN building a perfect site for another CIA false flag attack.
With the United States and many European countries now bankrupt, no one is able (or willing) to pay for the sky rocketing costs to renovate the UN. Most Americans don’t even want it on U.S. soil. The Vatican will have no more real use for it after its New World Order takes effect. The Vatican fully supports a false flag attack against an empty asbestos condemned building if it will help expedite the establishing of a Global Holy Roman Empire. After all the UN was formed to bring about the New World Order. Attack and destroy it and blame it on Iran or some other Middle Eastern or Asian non-Catholic country and spark another unholy Crusade against Muslims, Jews and Orthodox Christians. The Vatican won’t lose any of its own loyal subordinates in the attack as all U.N. employees, contractors and accredited media representatives have already moved out of the UN and into temporary offices throughout Manhattan.
So here’s hoping the New City police will be vigilant and keep tabs
on who and what goes in and out of the UN building. They could very
well thwart another false flag attack against the United States and save
thousands of New Yorkers (Press Core, 2011).
2. U.N. "DIRTY BOMB" TERROR DRILL
OBAMACSI.COM: The U.N. building in New York City served as a staging ground for a massive terror drill in April of 2011, with the main focus being on nuclear terrorism. The drill began at the U.N. and then moved to other locations throughout New York. What if anything this drill has to do with a future-false flag terror attack is unknown, but the drill does fit into the attack scenario outlined by Press Core.
Type: Dirty Bomb
Date: April 5-10, 2011
Agencies: NYPD, 70 Law Enforcement Agencies
Location(s): New York, New York (United Nations)
Notes: Drill simulated 4 fictional terror cells intent on targeting New York City with a “dirty bomb.” NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly: “We’ll be manning up to 400 checkpoints throughout the Metropolitan Area to test our ability to intercept radiological material. There actually will be samples of radiological materials”
Title: First Responders, NYPD Conduct ‘Dirty Bomb’ Drill In NYC
Date: April 5, 2011
Source: CBS News
Abstract: A week-long series of terror drills involving dozens of agencies and first responders begins Tuesday in the Big Apple. The focus will be on one of the great concerns of the post-9/11 era: nuclear terrorism, Jay Dow reports.
The NYPD and 70 other law enforcement agencies across our region will test their ability to detect radiological materials and prevent an attack orchestrated by four fictional terror cells intent on targeting New York City with a “dirty bomb.”
NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly said New Yorkers can expect to see a heightened presence near bridges, transit hubs, and on the waters around New York City.
“We’ll be manning up to 400 checkpoints throughout the Metropolitan Area to test our ability to intercept radiological material. There actually will be samples of radiological materials,” he said.
Kelly said over the next five days, residents can expect to see a heightened presence near bridges, transit hubs, and on the waters around New York City.
“The goal is to exercise our capacity to intersect radiological material coming into the city,” he said.
The exercise will be supervised by an outside consultant and, with overtime pay inevitable, funded by a federal grant.
“We’ve distributed, both in the New York City Police Department and other agencies throughout the Metropolitan Area 4,200 radiation-detection devices,” said Kelly
Particular areas that will be impacted include the Macombs Dam Bridge, the 225th Street Bridge, the 138th Street Bridge, the 155th Street Bridge and the Third Avenue Bridge.
“We need to be protected by whatever means necessary,” said Pierre Baptiste of Manhattan.“With what’s happening in the world, it’s needed. We’re at war on all fronts, so it’s best to start here. Sooner or later it’s going to get here,” said Charles Watson of the Bronx (CBS News, 2011).
Title: U.N.’s $2 Billion Building Binge: Getting Worse While It Lobbies For $3 Billion More
Date: November 3, 2011
Source: Fox News
Abstract: With a $2 billion renovation of its New York headquarters building still more than two years from completion, the United Nations is already lobbying member states for some $3 billion or so for additional major building projects in New York City and Geneva.
About $2.4 billion of the total would go for construction of a new office tower in Manhattan to accommodate the world organization’s burgeoning staff. Another $590 million or so would go for yet another mammoth renovation job -- this one of the U.N.’s venerable offices in Geneva, located in the one-time home of the ill-fated League of Nations.
The cost estimate for the U.N.’s ongoing headquarters refurbishment in Manhattan, for example, has climbed roughly 225 percent from its initial estimate of $875 million. And the price hikes there are far from over, as the U.N. tweaks and re-tweaks parts of the project.
An end-of-year analysis of the headquarters renovation project by the U.N.’s independent Board of Auditors warned that “the Board cannot provide assurance on the accuracy of the forecast costs to complete the project."
In fact, the auditors foresaw at least another $227 million in cost increases for the current headquarters renovation, and predicted that “this situation is more likely to worsen than improve.”
One reason for the continuing U.N. push for a global building boom is that whatever austerity the rest of the world faces, the world organization expects its headquarters staff to keep growing -- at a steady 1.1 percent rate annually over the two decades ending in 2034, according to a U.N. study.
That would add 3,000 people in New York City alone who will require nearly 1.9 million square feet of additional space -- hence the desire for yet another additional U.N. tower.
Meantime, its badly aging facilities in Geneva -- some of them 70 years old -- must also accommodate more staff, though the U.N. hopes to do more there through re-jigging its antiquated existing spaces.
Whether the U.N. will get the money it says it needs to accommodate the ongoing bureaucratic bulge is another matter entirely.
The financially hard-pressed score or so nations that put up most of the money for the U.N.’s building plans -- led by the U.S., which is paying 22 percent of the current Manhattan renovation bill, and would likely be dunned the same way for any new building plans -- are already starting to squirm over the likely size of the tab, not to mention the New York City renovation bill they are already paying.
And with reason: the U.S. share alone of the new proposed building costs could run to $660 million or more.
And the U.S. portion of the U.N. refurbishment that is already under way is still growing, too. In addition to 22 percent of the estimated $2 billion cost so far, the U.S. has ponied up $100 million for additional security measures for the midtown Manhattan campus.
But there is more: An additional U.S. share of other cost overruns caused by extensive re-tweaking of the Manhattan renovation, and a 22 percent chunk of a nebulous category known as “associated costs, for outlays that include everything from a $40 million broadcast center that the U.N. wants to install to $44 million for new furniture. Total bill for the associated costs is so far estimated at about $146 million.
Moreover, U.N. overseers of the project still keep changing their minds, leading to literally hundreds of “change orders” that continue to affect the building construction.
One reason for the continued fussing, the U.N.’s external auditors note, is that “designs for some phases of the [renovation plan] were not completed at the time of initial contract bidding and, in order to protect the project schedule, contracts are knowingly awarded on the basis of incomplete designs."
And yet more cost factors continue to loom: though staffers are expected to move back into the U.N.’s landmark Secretariat building by mid-2012 -- a year later than originally planned --renovation of the rest of the U.N. campus will drag into 2014. Even then, U.N. planners are still stymied over what to do about two buildings on the site, which are exposed to additional security concerns. So all cost estimates for their renovation -- currently, about $65 million -- are still in flux.
Indeed, concerns about the still-escalating renovation cost have begun spreading into normally supporting circles in Washington. Earlier this week, Republican Senator Richard Lugar of Indiana called on the Obama Administration to curb the costs of the headquarters renovation, and asked the General Accountability Office to look into the issue -- which it has already done four times before.
Hence the nervousness when the U.N. suggests that still more spending on accommodation, either in New York or abroad, is required. Among other things, some U.N. members are questioning the staff and space projections provided by U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon as the basis for the proposed extension of the building boom.
A key budget advisory committee has recommended that Ban come back with “more in-depth and comprehensive analysis” to provide the U.N. General Assembly with “a more sound basis to make informed decisions.”
Whether the check-writing member states will like the analysis any better at that time remains to be seen. But the new round of building proposals underscores the fact that even after its refurbished headquarters campus, currently emptied of much of its staff, is back in business in 2014, the U.N. presents a unique case of ongoing urban sprawl.
Nowhere more so than in Manhattan, where a study prepared by Ban to gauge the U.N.’s long-term staffing growth shows that the world organization has already spread across large swaths of eastern midtown well beyond its 18-acre campus.
By the time the headquarters renovation is finished, the study reports, the U.N. Secretariat and its attendant agencies will own about 1.34 million square feet of space but occupy another 2.1 million square feet in 15 buildings, including the landmark Chrysler Building. And even that projection is 20 percent less than it might have been, as the U.N. factored in unspecified “efficiency gains” that will supposedly keep the sprawl from growing faster.
Bottom line: “The Organization occupies most of the desirable and acceptable commercial properties within the vicinity of the Secretariat compound.”
It would be better to build new U.N.-owned space, the study argues, rather than continuing the current rental creep.
One way that Ban’s planners proposed to deal with the population pressure was to turn a temporary office space built on the current U.N. campus into a full-fledged new office tower. But that has been superceded by yet another controversial plan, to annex a neighboring New York City build an even bigger tower on a neighboring New York City park, in a complex deal that would add green space on Manhattan’s periphery.
The result, so far, is more uncertainty -- which is, of course, costly. In a document that attempts to deal with all of the options now brewing, U.N. planners laid out a variety of possibilities for new construction that ranged from $1.97 billion to $2.4 billion for new building construction, and $490 million for continuing to lease existing spaces around the city, before recommending the $2.4 billion option as less costly in the long run.
Will U.N. member states buy that? Many have qualms. In a response to the latest new building proposal for Manhattan, the U.N.’s main budget advisory committee has declared it is “not fully convinced of the basis for the assumptions used” by U.N. bureaucrats to project future staffing and office needs.
And when it comes to the building renovation in Geneva, the same committee also says it “is not in a position to ascertain” whether the bureaucracy’s costing methods “are valid or constitute a firm basis to protect the Organization against future cost overruns.”The committee’s solution, of course, is to ask Secretary General Ban Ki-moon’s building bureaucracy to come up with still more plans (Fox News, 2011).
4. THE U.N. CYBER ATTACK
OBAMACSI.COM: In August of 2011, the United Nations disclosed that they were a victim of cyber terrorism. The security company McAfee, stated that the cyber-attack came from a "state actor", but declined to name it. Chances are, this country will eventually outed and all bets are that Iran will be scapegoated. Jim Lewis, a cyber-expert with the Centre for Strategic and International Studies, stated that the US and Britain were capable of pulling off this kind of cyber terror attack, but "we wouldn't spy on ourselves and the Brits wouldn't spy on us."
Title: Biggest Series Of Cyber-Attacks In History Uncovered
Date: August 3, 2011
Abstract: Security experts have discovered the biggest series of cyber attacks to date, involving the infiltration of the networks of 72 organisations including the United Nations, governments and companies around the world.
The security company McAfee, which uncovered the intrusions, said it believed there was one "state actor" behind the attacks but declined to name it. One security expert who has been briefed on the hacking said the evidence pointed to China.
In the case of the UN the hackers broke into the computer system of the secretariat in Geneva in 2008, hid there unnoticed for nearly two years and quietly combed through reams of secret data, according to McAfee.
"Even we were surprised by the enormous diversity of the victim organisations and were taken aback by the audacity of the perpetrators," McAfee's vice-president of threat research, Dmitri Alperovitch, wrote in a 14-page report released on Wednesday.
"What is happening to all this data ... is still largely an open question. However, if even a fraction of it is used to build better competing products or beat a competitor at a key negotiation (due to having stolen the other team's playbook), the loss represents a massive economic threat."
McAfee learned of the extent of the hacking campaign in March this year when its researchers discovered logs of the attacks while reviewing the contents of a "command and control" server that they had discovered in 2009 as part of an investigation into security breaches at defence companies.
Alperovitch said McAfee had notified all the 72 victims of the attacks, which are under investigation by law enforcement agencies around the world. He declined to give more details, such as the names of the companies hacked.
Jim Lewis, a cyber expert with the Centre for Strategic and International Studies, was briefed on the discovery by McAfee. He said it was very likely that China was behind the campaign because some of the targets had information that would be of particular interest to Beijing.
The systems of the IOC and several national Olympic committees were breached in the run-up to the 2008 Beijing Games, for example. And China views Taiwan as a renegade province – political issues between them remain contentious even as economic ties have strengthened in recent years.
"Everything points to China. It could be the Russians but there is more that points to China than Russia," Lewis said.He added that the US and Britain were capable of pulling off this kind of campaign but "we wouldn't spy on ourselves and the Brits wouldn't spy on us" (Guardian, 2011).
5. THE U.N. REPORT ON IRAN'S NUCLEAR PROGRAM
OBAMACSI.COM: As the drums of war begin to beat against Iran, the U.N. is conveniently releasing their report authored by the International Atomic Energy Agency which stated that Iran is pursuing a nuclear weapons program. Due to the timing of the report, should the U.N. building in New York City be attacked, Iran will most likely be scapegoated.
Title: U.N. Report To Show Evidence Of Iran's Nuclear Weapons Program Advancing
Date: November 4, 2011
Source: Fox News
Abstract: The U.N. atomic agency plans to reveal intelligence next week suggesting Iran made computer models of a nuclear warhead and other previously undisclosed details on alleged secret work by Tehran on nuclear arms, diplomats told The Associated Press on Friday.
The agency has previously listed activities it says indicate possible secret nuclear weapons work by Iran, which has been under IAEA perusal for nearly a decade over suspicions that it might be interested in develop such arms.
But the newest compilation of suspected weapons-related work is significant in substance and scope. The diplomats say they will reveal suspicions that have not been previously made public and greatly expand on alleged weapons-related experiments that have been published in previous reports on Iran's nuclear activities.
It also comes as the drumbeat of reports about possible military action against Iran's nuclear facilities intensifies.
Israeli President Shimon Peres said Friday that international community is closer to pursuing a military solution to the standoff over Iran's nuclear program than a diplomatic one. The comments, from a known dove, assumed added significance because they followed unsubstantiated reports that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was seeking his government's support for a strike against Tehran.
British media have separately cited unnamed British officials as saying London was prepared to offer military support to any U.S. strike on Iran's nuclear facilities.
In Vienna, the diplomats -- from IAEA member nations -- asked for anonymity because their information was privileged. One of them said the material drawn up by IAEA chief Yukiya Amano will be in an annex running around 12 pages and attached to the latest of a regular series of agency reports on Iran's nuclear enrichment program and other activities that could be used to arm nuclear missiles.
Previously undisclosed information contained in the annex, said the diplomats, will include:
- Intelligence from unnamed member states
that a bus-sized steel container, located at the Iranian military base
of Parchin is likely being used for nuclear-related high explosives
testing of the kind needed to release an atomic blast. The agency has
satellite imagery of the container.
- Expanded evidence that Iranian engineers worked on computer models of nuclear payloads for missiles.
Significantly, said the diplomats, these alleged experiments took place after 2003 -- the year that Iran was believed to have stopped secret work on nuclear weapons, according to a 2007 U.S. intelligence assessment. But diplomats have told the AP that Tehran continued arms-related experiments in a less concentrated way after that date, a view reflected by recent IAEA reports that have detailed suspicions that such work may be continuing up to the present.
The annex will also say that more than 10 nations have supplied intelligence suggesting Iran is secretly developing components of a nuclear arms program -- among them an implosion-type warhead that it wants to mount on a ballistic missile.
It says that two foreign "sources" -- apparently countries or nongovernment groups within countries -- have helped Iran develop a weapons design, without naming them. And it details how Iran bought "dual use" -- peaceful or military -- nuclear technology from the black market network of renegade Pakistani scientist A. Q. Khan, as well as alleged preparations for a nuclear weapons test.
The upcoming report is meant to ratchet up pressure on the Islamic republic to stop four years of stonewalling of IAEA experts seeking to follow up intelligence of such secret weapons-related experiments.
Iran denies such activities, asserting that they are based on intelligence fabricated by Washington. It also denies that its uranium enrichment program -- under U.N. Security Council sanctions because it could manufacture fissile warhead material -- is meant for anything else but making nuclear fuel.
In his previous report in September, Amano said he was "increasingly concerned" about a stream of intelligence suggesting that Iran continues to work secretly on developing a nuclear payload for a missile and other components of a nuclear weapons program.
He said "many member states" are providing evidence for that assessment, describing the information the agency is receiving as credible, "extensive and comprehensive."
That report warned of the "possible existence in Iran of past or current undisclosed nuclear related activities" linked to weapons work. In particular, said the report, the agency continues to receive new information about "activities related to the development of a nuclear payload for a missile."
Acquired from "many" member states, the information possessed by the IAEA is "extensive and comprehensive ... (and) broadly consistent and credible," said the report.
The U.S. and its Western allies on the Security Council hope the upcoming report will be strong enough to persuade the IAEA board at its mid-November meeting to report it anew to the council. It was the board that first referred Iran to the Security Council in 2006 -- a move that led to a series of sanctions punishing Tehran for its nuclear defiance.
If that fails, they would like a board resolution setting a deadline of only a few months for Iran to start cooperating with the agency's probe -- or face the prospect of renewed Security Council referral at the next board meeting in March.
One of the diplomats said that Iran was given a copy of the annex earlier this week, giving a chance for comment that would be included when the report is shared with board members. Iran initially refused to accept a copy of the report, he said, reflecting its rejection of the allegations.
A call requesting comment left on the cell
phone of Ali Asghar Soltanieh, Iran's chief delegate to the IAEA, was
not immediately returned (Fox News, 2011).
6. IRANIAN PRESIDENT DISRESPECTED AT U.N.
OBAMACSI.COM: On multiple occasions, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has been blatantly disrespected by Israeli, American and European politicians, dignitaries, and ambassadors as they stood up and walked out while he was speaking to the general assembly at the United Nations in New York City. Although Ahmadinejad didn't seem to mind the distraction, the people that left cited Ahmadinejad's rhetoric regarding Zionism, Israel's genocidal policy towards Palestine, and the truth behind 9/11 as the cause of their rude behavior. Should a terror attack strike the U.N., it is likely that Iran will be blamed and Ahmadinejad will be scapegoated as wanting revenge for the disrespectful behavior.
Title: Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's Renewed Attack On Israel Hastens Walkout
Date: September 24, 2009
Abstract: The Iranian president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, faced a series of walkouts at the United Nations general assembly last night after launching a renewed attack on Israel, which he accused of genocide, barbarism and racism.
Within minutes of his criticism of Israel for its treatment of the Palestinians, delegations from various countries began to rise from their seats and noisily left the chamber.
When he finished, he was given a loud round of applause by many of those still in the chamber.
During a 35-minute speech, he asked: "How can one allow the inhumane behaviour in Palestine to continue?" The Israelis had occupied Palestinian land and the international community portrayed the victims as terrorists, he said.
The Palestinians had suffered from attacks on defenceless women and children, seen their homes destroyed and faced an economic blockade in Gaza that amounted to genocide. He described Israeli attacks on Gaza as barbaric.
He suggested that Israel could get away with this because of extensive lobbying and political influence in the US and Europe. "It is unacceptable that a small minority should dominate large parts of the world through a complex network in the US and Europe to retain its racist ambitions," Ahmadinejad said.
Outside the UN, hundreds of protesters wearing the green of the Iranian opposition demonstrated against Ahmadinejad over his domestic crackdown and allegations that he had rigged the election results.
On domestic affairs, Ahmadinejad insisted he won a "large majority" in June elections. Pro-reform opposition politicians have alleged electoral fraud, and Ahmadinejad has been at the centre of political turmoil since then. "Our nation has gone through a glorious and fully democratic election, opening a new chapter for our country in the march towards national progress and enhanced international interactions," he said, adding that Iranian voters "entrusted me once more with a large majority".
Ahmadinejad, on his fifth visit to the general assembly, appeared to revel in his status as the pariah-in-chief for US and European governments.
As well as attacking Israel, he appeared to criticise President Barack Obama, suggesting that some of his policies were not fundamentally different from George Bush. "Attacks on Afghanistan and Pakistan are still going on. Guantánamo has still not been closed and there are still secret prisons in Europe," he said.
At times, Ahmadinejad struck a softer tone, declaring that Tehran was "prepared to warmly shake all those hands which are honestly extended to us."
He peppered his speech with religious references, invoking the prophets of Judaism and Christianity, as well as Islam.
He began speaking only minutes after a meeting ended at the UN to discuss Iran's nuclear programme.
The US secretary of state, Hillary Clinton, met her counterparts from the UK, France, Germany, Russia and China to discuss talks with Iran planned for next week and the possibility of expanding sanctions against Tehran if it refuses to comply with demands to drop its uranium enrichment programme. Iran denies it is seeking a nuclear weapon.
Ahmadinejad made no reference to Iran's nuclear programme last night.
well as his speech to the general assembly, he gave a round of
interviews yesterday to CBS television and the Associated Press, in
which he refused to acknowledge the Holocaust and asked what it had to
do with the Palestinians (Guardian, 2009).
Title: Iran President Makes 9/11 Claims After UN Walkout
Date: September 23, 2011
Abstract: Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has said he believes - as an engineer - the World Trade Center towers could not have been brought down by aircraft.
Interviewed after his address to the UN General Assembly sparked a walkout, he told the AP news agency some kind of planned explosion must have occurred.
He had been widely condemned for using his UN address to brand the US killing of Osama Bin Laden a 9/11 cover-up.
Diplomats from more than 30 countries, including the US and EU nations, left the hall as he attacked the West, denounced Israel and questioned the Holocaust.
The mass walkout has become almost a staple of the General Assembly's meetings. It came a day ahead of a Palestinian bid for UN membership.
Mr Ahmadinejad told AP it was not too late for Iran and the US to repair their relationship.
But he was fiercely critical of the operation against Osama Bin Laden, when, he said, the US "killed the main perpetrator [of 9/11] and threw his body into the sea".
"Would it not have been reasonable to bring to justice and openly bring to trial the main perpetrator of the incident in order to identify the elements behind the safe space provided for the invading aircraft to attack the twin World Trade Center towers?" he had told the assembly.
The Iranian president has previously called the 9/11 attack a "suspect event" and a "big fabrication" used to justify the US war on terrorism.
White House press secretary Jay Carney told reporters aboard Air Force One that he "found it rich" that Mr Ahmadinejad would criticise US policy, and accused Tehran of "vile mistreatment" of its own citizens.
Mr Ahmadinejad had also used Thursday's address to accuse Western nations of "weakening countries through military intervention and destroying their infrastructures, in order to plunder their resources by making them all the more dependent".
UK Prime Minister David Cameron hit back at Iran during his speech to the UN.
"They do everything they can to avoid the accountability of a free media," he said.
"They violently prevent demonstrations and, yes, they detain and torture those who argue for a better future."
Hundreds of people protested against the Iranian leader's appearance at the UN meeting in New York.
Across from the UN headquarters, there were huge banners, one of which read, "Down With the Islamic Republic of Iran", while children stamped on a poster of Mr Ahmadinejad.
The foreign ministry of Israel, which boycotted the speech, said in a statement: "Once again the Iranian president delivered a message of hostility to the family of nations, threatening world peace and security."
On Friday the UN Security Council is expected to examine a bid to admit the Palestinians as a partial or full member of the UN.
The US has vowed to veto the request, which is also firmly opposed by Israel.
US President Barack Obama has said there can be "no short-cut" to a negotiated peace deal in the Middle East (BBC, 2011).
7. THE PALESTINIAN ANGLE
OBAMACSI.COM: Even before Palestine could present their bid for Palestinian statehood, predictions that Palestinians would turn violent began to circulate. Committing acts of terror prior to a U.N. vote is self-destructive and counterproductive and is obviously not in the best interest of Palestine. This propaganda only makes sense when the realization is made that Israel is the occupying and terrorizing force in Gaza and is violently opposed to Palestine's attempt at statehood and will do anything in its power to destroy any notion of a Palestinian state. Palestine is Israel's #1 enemy, outside of Iran, so it would only make sense that they would like to tie Palestine to the U.N. terror attack, should it occur. Palestine's bid for U.N. statehood may be in fact the link Israel needs, especially in the wake of a future failed bid for Palestinian statehood. Once Palestine is rejected by the U.N. for statehood, it is possible if not probable that some sort of new terror attack committed by the state of Israel will be blamed on Palestine. READ MORE ON PALESTINE BEING SCAPEGOATED FOR TERROR
United Nations Security Council (UNSC) is reportedly processing the
Palestinian Authority (PA)'s demand for the UN's recognition of
Palestine as an independent member state.
Title: UN Processing Palestinian Statehood Bid
Date: September 28, 2011
Source: Press TV
Lebanon's UN ambassador, Nawaf Salam, who currently holds the UNSC's presidency, reported at the world body's headquarters in New York on Wednesday on the status of the Palestinian request, the Associated Press reported.
The committee, which is made up of the UNSC's all 15 member states, will discuss the matter on Friday.
The acting PA ambassador to the UN, Riyad Mansour, thanked the council for unanimously agreeing to take action on the Palestinian application.
"We hope this process not to take too long before we see positive action," he told reporters.
The acting PA Chief Mahmud Abbas presented the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon with the statehood proposal on Friday during the UN General Assembly's 66th annual session in New York.
Later in the day, the council met for only two minutes to discuss the request, despite it having evolved into a focal point of the session.
The PA has reportedly secured the support of ten of the UNSC's membership with India, Nigeria, Gabon, and Bosnia most recently siding with the Palestinians on the issue.
However, the United States, among the Security Council's five permanent members, which have veto powers, has vowed to thwart the bid. France and the UK, other permanent UNSC members, had also urged Abbas not to go ahead with the initiative.
Ron Prosor, Israel's UN ambassador, also acknowledged on Wednesday that Tel Aviv was working on the side of the US to get the UNSC to either oppose the bid or abstain (Press TV, 2011).
Title: Palestinians Granted Membership In U.N. Cultural Body
Date: October 21, 2011
Source: Fox News
Abstract: Palestine became a full member of the U.N. cultural and educational agency Monday, in a highly divisive move that the United States and other opponents say could harm renewed Mideast peace efforts.
U.S. lawmakers had threatened to withhold roughly $80 million in annual funding to UNESCO if it approved Palestinian membership. The United States provides about 22 percent of UNESCO's funding.
While the vote has large symbolic meaning, the issue of borders of an eventual Palestinian state, security troubles and other disputes that have thwarted Middle East peace for decades remain unresolved.
Palestinian officials are seeking full membership in the United Nations, but that effort is still under examination and the U.S. has said it will veto it unless there is a peace deal with Israel. Given that, the Palestinians separately sought membership at Paris-based UNESCO and other U.N. bodies.
Monday's vote is definitive. The membership formally takes effect when Palestine signs UNESCO's founding charter.
The U.S. ambassador to UNESCO, David Killion, said Monday's vote will "complicate" U.S. efforts to support the agency. The United States voted against the measure.
Israel's ambassador to UNESCO, Nimrod Barkan, called the vote a tragedy.
"UNESCO deals in science, not science fiction," he said. "They forced on UNESCO a political subject out of its competence."
"They've forced a drastic cut in contributions to the organization," he said.
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham
Clinton last week called UNESCO's deliberation "inexplicable," saying
discussion of Palestinian membership in international organizations
couldn't replace negotiations with Israel as a fast-track toward
Palestinian independence (Fox News, 2011).