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.

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, President of Iran, addresses a summit on the Millennium Development Goals at United Nations headquarters on Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2010. At top is UN General Assembly President Joseph Deiss. AP Photo

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

By Aljazeera

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.

Tight security

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…)


and Aljazeera


  1. Anthony Lawson on the 22. Sep, 2010 remarked #

    Amanpour is so pro-Israel that she should be wearing a Star of David badge on her lapel, so what else would one expect from her? The interview was obviously heavily edited to excise most of Ahmadinejad’s answers that were unsuitable, as far as ABC’s and Amanpour’s view of what the American public should be allowed to know, that it was a joke. About the so-called holocaust, he almost certainly would have repeated his question as to why the Palestinians were made to suffer for an alleged crime committed in Europe by Europeans and why the Jewish nation wasn’t set up there.

    According to reports that I have read, all three of the hikers were Jews, so what were they doing fuffing around and “mistakenly” crossing into Iran? This kind of phony heart-string journalism goes down well in America, but it is surprising that President Ahmadinejad didn’t mention some of the prisoners at Guantanamo Bay being snatched from their own doorsteps, and tortured into confessing crimes they didn’t commit, but, then again, maybe he did and it was edited out.

    A bit of simple technology which I have never been aware as having been used by the mainstream TV media, when interviewing people whose words need to be translated, is to reserve either the right or left stereo channel for the translator’s voice, unadulterated with that of the interviewee speaking in a different language. Better still, would be to completely mute the foreign language, on both channels, and I can’t think that producers at ABC, CNN the BBC etc., are so dumb that they haven’t thought of this, so it must be because it suits them to have the interviewee’s words not so easily understood, at certain times.

  2. Rehmat on the 23. Sep, 2010 remarked #

    What happened today at UN General Assembly during Iran’s President Dr. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad – shows how low the US administration would stoop to bar freedom of speech at an international forum. However, the Iranian leader is a frequent target of such pathetic Zionist hasslings.

    His October 2005 speech was mis-translated from Persian into English by the Middle East Media Research Institute (Memri), owned by two Zionist Israeli Jews, Meyrav Wurmser and Col. Yigal Carmon. The translation quoting Ahmadinejad calling for Israel being “wiped off the map” – has become as much part of the Jewish religion as is Holocaust.

    Al-Jazeera has reported that “Iran’s president takes centre-stage in New York but “glitches” prevents his address on “unjust” West from being heard”.

    “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 (which did not occur during Shimon Peres or other speakers’ addresses), as the president was heard saying: “There’s no translation”. 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”. (watch video below)

    Maybe, Dr. Ahmadinejad address in English next time to save American taxpayers’ money.

    Zionist war-criminal Shimon Peres whined as usual. After his speech on Monday – met with Ban Ki-Moon and Mahmoud Abbas and told the reporters that Ahmainjad “a living declaration against the US”. I suppose, the Zionazi is right in the sense that it was the UN which awarded Palestine to the European Jews – while Persia has existed for over 10,000 years.

    During Dr. Ahmadinejad’s last year speech, representatives of several pro-Israel western governments had walked out. However, this time it was only Canada which received ‘Israeli kiss’ for walking-out during Iranian President’s speech.

    And why the West is affraid to listen to Dr. Ahmadinejad? Israel-born Jew writer Gilad Atzmon explains it the best:

    The so called ‘liberal West’ is yet to find the answers to President Ahmadinejad within the realm of reason. It lacks the argumentative capacity to address Ahmadinejad. Instead, it insists to spin banal racially orientated ideas that cannot hold water, ‘By making anti-Israeli statements’ says The Daily Telegraph, ‘he is trying to shed any suspicions about his Jewish connections.’ The truth of the matter is clear. Ahmadinejad has already managed to re-direct a floodlight of reasoning and skepticism just to enlighten our darkest corner of hypocrisy. He somehow manages to remind us all what thinking is all about.

    It is pretty much impossible to deny the fact that Ahmadinejad’s take on the holocaust and Israel is coherent, consistent and valid. He seems to have three main issues with the narrative:

    1. Around sixty Million died in WWII, the vast majority of them were innocent civilians. How is it, asks Ahmadinejad, that we insist to concentrate on the particularity of the suffering of one ‘very’ specific group of people i.e. the Jews?

    2. The Iranian president rightly maintains that this historical chapter must be historically examined. This would mean as well that every event in the past should be subject to scrutiny, elaboration and revision. ‘If we allow ourselves to question God and the Prophets, we may as well allow ourselves to question the holocaust.’

    3. Regardless of the truthfulness of the holocaust, it is a trivial fact that the suffering of the Jews in Europe had nothing to do with the Palestinian people. Hence, there is no reason for the Palestinians to pay for crimes committed by others. If some Western leaders feel guilty for crimes committed against the Jews by their own ancestors, which they seem to claim, they better allocate some land for the Jews within their territories rather than expect the Palestinians to keep upholding the Zionist murderous burden.


  3. Debbie on the 23. Sep, 2010 remarked #

    Last year at the UN’s anti-racism conference,the western diplomats walked out as he began to speak, because he’s the only one who calls them out on their blatant hypocrisy and double standards. I wrote this piece following that fiasco at the UN:

    Yes, the media deliberately distorts, insults, spins his words, mistreats and tries to destroy him and his credibility in every way and at every opportunity possible.

    He is probably the last of the truthsayers and straight shoe-throwers left in the game.

    Ironically, one of the poems gracing the entrance to the Hall of Nations of the UN building in New York is written by an Iranian:

    “The children of Humanity are each other’s limbs.

    That share an origin in their creator

    When one limb passes its days in pain

    The other limb cannot remain easy.

    You who feel no pain at the suffering of others,

    It is not fitting you be called Human” – Saadi

  4. Debbie on the 23. Sep, 2010 remarked #


    Also, what on earth were these American-Jew Hikers doing on the Iraq-Iran border of all places on the planet ? What is Iran suppose to do, if not imprison and investigate it’s enemies caught trespassing?

  5. george beres on the 26. Sep, 2010 remarked #

    If, as Debbie asserted, the 3 hikers held by Iran were Jewish-Americans, I can’t be surprised. Zionists infiltrate themselves everywhere. Also not surprising: the report the Iranian president’s statements to the U.N. in 2005 were mistranslated by two Jewish technicians. The West has no justification for demonizing Iran. – George Beres

  6. Kevin on the 27. Sep, 2010 remarked #

    Iran’s president makes a lot a sense to me. I always enjoy listening to him.- kevin

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