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The visit of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to New York City to participate in the United Nations General Assembly this week is creating the usual controversy and drawing protesters to the streets,
On Tuesday, September 21, 2010, on Second Avenue and 42nd Street in Manhattan a small group demonstrated not only against Ahmadinejad's presence in the city, but also raised their voices against Hilton Hotels- the Iranian leader is staying at the Hilton on 42nd Street between 1st and 2nd Avenues, the scene of one of the biggest shows of security in an area that's virtually frozen.
The midtown block where the hotel is located, is blocked by sanitation trucks, cement barricades and dozens of police officers, secret service agents and special forces.
With signs reading :Blood in his hands, Blood in your pillows", the protesters condemned Hilton for "housing our enemy".
Several blocks north, on 47thStreet and Second Avenue, on Dag Hammarskjöld Plaza, next to the Katharine Hepburn gardens, another group, mostly Iranian Americans holds a daily silent vigil and distributes information to passers-by about the political situation in Iran and their opposition to its President's presence.
The signs displayed in the plaza reflect their views louder than words.
A masive rally is planned for later this week, when both Ahmadinejad and President Obama will address the world organization.
Photos taken on Tuesday, September 21, 2010,
He's going to have done more unscripted interviews in this country before he leaves then the current president of the United States.
That is shameful beyond imagination!!!
Diplomats from the United States and Iran have begun initial contacts to examine the establishment of covert communication between the two countries.
Sources in New York told Haaretz that the two sides secretly convened at the United Nations headquarters in New York, as preparations continue for the UN General Assembly on Thursday. American and Iranian officials discussed a U.S. initiative to establish unofficial diplomatic relations.
Officials from the entourage of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who arrived in New York this week, are involved in the secret talks. Sources add that Iranians are demanding a U.S. "tribute" in return for the release of American backpacker Sarah Shourd last week.
Recent statements by U.S. President Barack Obama have shown restraint in regard to Iranian nuclear plans and a clear preference to resolve the issue diplomatically.
“Discriminatory order of capitalism and the hegemonic approach are facing defeat and getting closer to the end,” Ahmadinejad told a summit meeting assessing progress on achieving UN goals to drastically reduce poverty by 2015.
Ahmadinejad called on world leaders, thinkers, and global reformers “to spare no effort” to make practical plans for a new world order, AP reported.
Ahmadinejad called for fundamental reform of “the undemocratic and unjust” world order.
“The world is in need of an encompassing and, of course, just and humane order in the light of which the rights of all are preserved and peace and security are safeguarded.”
“The demanding liberal capitalism and transnational corporations have caused the suffering of countless women, men and children in so many countries,” AFP quoted Ahmadinejad as saying.
He added, “Now that the discriminatory order of capitalism and the hegemonic approaches are facing defeat and are getting close to their end, all-out participation in upholding justice and prosperous interrelations is essential.”
“The undemocratic and unjust governance structures of the decision-making bodies in international economic and political fields are the reasons behind most of the plights today humanity is confronting,” Ahmadinejad stated, according to Bloomberg.
The past decade, he said, was “unfortunately marred with war, occupation, carnage, wandering and intimidation.”
Decade for joint global governance
The Iranian president called for a new order based on the “divine mindset,” suggesting that the next 10 years be called the “Decade for the Joint Global Governance” and urged all leaders at the UN to plan for its realization.
Ahmadinejad shared the stage Tuesday with world leaders, among them Zimbabwe’s Robert Mugabe and German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
The summit on the Millennium Development Goals is assessing the successes of eight measurable goals set a decade ago that were intended to help halve extreme poverty and alleviate hunger and disease by 2015.
Ahmadinejad will address the 192-nation General Assembly again on Thursday during its annual General Debate, in which world leaders traditionally cover issues important to them.
The boy approached the house we were in and the US soldiers who were watching our backs, one of them put a bullet right in the back of his head. Unfortunately it didnt kill him, we all sprend the next 20minutes listening to his tortured breath as he died
Barack Obama has promised to re-focus US foreign aid policy toward promoting economic growth and fighting corruption as part of efforts to tackle global poverty.
The US president told a special UN summit on Wednesday that there is a need to switch to a results-based approach to aid instead of simply throwing money at development problems.
Obama's 20-minute address echoed points made earlier by leaders of several major western economies about focusing on development and cutting down on dependence.
He said the practice of measuring poverty by the amount of money spent delivering food and medicine, while live-saving in the short term, had "not always helped poor countries develop".
"We need more than just aid to unleash that change," he told the 192-nation general assembly, advancing what he called a new US global development policy.
"We need to harness all the tools at our disposal – from our diplomacy to our trade and investment policies."