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Ex-Iranian president Ahmadinejad leaves country isolated and cash-strapped

After 8 defiant years, Ahmadinejad leaves Iran isolated and cash-strapped (via The Christian Science Monitor) Copyright ImageClick to View Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad speaks during Friday prayers ceremonies, after attending an annual nation-wide pro-Palestinian rally marking Jerusalem Day, in Tehran, Iran, today. Mr. Ahmadinejad made his final public…   [Image…

Dozens of leaders to Chavez funeral, from Cuba to Iran

Venezuelan officials boasted that up to 55 world leaders will attend the state funeral of President Hugo Chavez on Friday, including US bugbears Cuba, Iran and Belarus. Interim leader Nicolas Maduro said heads of state or government from Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean have confirmed their attendance…

Ahmadinejad tirade on Afghanistan prompts U.S. walkout

A US delegation walked out of a conference in Tajikistan Monday during a speech by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad lambasting US policy on Afghanistan as the source of all the nation’s troubles. Ahmadinejad launched his new tirade against Washington at the meeting in the Tajik capital Dushanbe attended by leaders of Afghanistan’s neighbours as well…

Ahmadinejad urges unity against ‘aggression’

DUSHANBE — Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad called on regional powers Sunday to unite against “aggression” as he gathered with his counterparts from Afghanistan and Pakistan for security talks. Ahmadinejad said celebrations for the Iranian New Year holiday Nowruz showed that life only improved after a “hard winter” when friends joined…

Jobless men disrupt Iran president speech: reports

TEHRAN — Laid-off workers complaining about unpaid wages disrupted a speech by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Monday by shouting and throwing objects, news websites and an agency reported. One of the men threw a “pair of shoes” at Ahmadinejad, according to a report by a little-known website, Ghasednews.ir, that…

Ahmadinejad’s press aide denies arrest reports

TEHRAN (Reuters) - Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s media adviser denied on Monday reports in local print media that he had been arrested after holding a news conference. Iran’s conservatives accuse Ahmadinejad of being in the grip of a “deviant current” of advisers seeking to undermine the power of hardliners, including the influential…

U.S.: No comment on ‘buzz’ of Israeli strike on Iran

WASHINGTON — The United States declined Wednesday to respond to “buzz” or “rumors” in Israel about reports Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was seeking cabinet support for a strike on Iran. The White House said it was focused squarely on a diplomatic solution to Iran’s nuclear drive, and said that Iranian…

Iranian-American due to enter plea over Saudi plot

An Iranian-American accused of plotting to get Mexican gangsters to assassinate the Saudi ambassador to Washington was due in federal court Monday in New York, when he was expected to enter a plea. Manssor Arbabsiar, a naturalized US citizen holding Iranian and US passports who lived for many years in…

Ahmadinejad: ‘An ugly thing’ for U.S. to spend more on military than unemployed

In a CNN interview aired Sunday morning, Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad criticized American military involvement in the Middle East. On Fareed Zakaria GPS, the controversial figurehead for Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei was puzzled by America’s continued focus to plug more defense money overseas while the country’s jobless rate remains high.…

Iranian president criticizes student’s flogging

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad spoke out Tuesday against the weekend flogging of a student convicted of insulting him, saying other, more powerful people criticised him with impunity, the presidency website said. “Since influential people can freely defame us, I disapprove of flogging a young man for insulting the president,” Ahmadinejad said…

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