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