Posted tagged ‘Ahmadinejad’

Holocaust Denial Yes, Clown Noses No

April 21, 2009

Being a head of state has its privileges. One is the ability to commandeer a global podium and say whatever you want.

If you’re an NGO, not so much. The European Union of Jewish Students, and perhaps other Jewish student groups, have lost their accreditation to the Durban Review Conference for standing up to Ahmadinejad in the corridors of the Palais des Nations yesterday. (The now-famous clowns who protested in the assembly hall were actually from the French Union of Jewish Students, but that distinction seems to have been lost on the conference secretariat.)

Signs, placards, and costumes are apparently against UN rules. Of course, so is calling for the eradication of another member state, but no one seems particularly eager to enforce that one.

Mahmoud’s Traveling Circus…

April 13, 2009

… comes to Geneva. Iranian President Ahmadinejad will attend the Durban Review Conference.

Suprising, in a way. After all, Geneva is a central hub for multinational corporations and international finance, and, as the president has previously reminded us, “Although they are a minuscule minority, Zionists have been dominating an important portion of the financial and monetary centers well as the political decision-making centers of some European countries ….”

On a serious note, this does not bode well for the overall level of calm, seriousness, or focus on the actual subject of racism next week.