British delegates joined a series of other nations in staging a walk-out in protest at remarks made by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in a speech to the UN.

British delegates joined a series of other nations in staging a walk-out in protest at remarks made by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in a speech to the UN. 

Canadian delegates left the room before Mr Ahmadinejad had even begun to speak

 

In his address, Mr Ahmadinejad launched a scathing attack on Israel, a frequent target of his fury, accusing it of adopting “inhuman policies” in the Palestinian territories.

He claimed greater global freedom and the “awakening of nations” would force Israel to abandon its “hypocrisy and vicious attitudes”.

“It is no longer acceptable that a small minority would dominate the politics, economy and culture of major parts of the world by its complicated networks, and establish a new form of slavery, and harm the reputation of other nations, even European nations and the US, to attain its racist ambitions,” he said.

British delegates joined American and French representatives in leaving the room at the UN headquarters at this point.

Mr Ahmadinejad went on to accuse foreign troops of spreading “war, bloodshed, aggression, terror and intimidation” in Iraq and Afghanistan.

He lashed out at capitalism, arguing it had reached the end of the road and would suffer the same fate as Marxism.

And he also used his speech to brush off accusations that his re-election in June was a fraud, describing the polling day as “glorious and fully democratic”.

Notably absent from Mr Ahmadinejad’s podium address was the subject of Tehran’s stand-off with Western powers over its nuclear ambitions.

As the Iranian leader prepared to address delegates, the UN Security Council members announced that they were expecting Iran to engage with them on the issue.

“We expect a serious response from Iran and will decide, in the context of our dual track approach, as a result of the meeting, on our next steps,” Foreign Secretary David Miliband said on behalf of Britain, China, France, Germany, Russia and the United States.

U.N. climate meeting was propaganda: Czech president

U.N. climate meeting was propaganda: Czech president

Tue Sep 22, 2009 6:28pm EDT

By Louis Charbonneau

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – Czech President Vaclav Klaus sharply criticized a U.N. meeting on climate change on Tuesday at which U.S. President Barack Obama was among the top speakers, describing it as propagandistic and undignified.

“It was sad and it was frustrating,” said Klaus, one of the world’s most vocal skeptics on the topic of global warming.

“It’s a propagandistic exercise where 13-year-old girls from some far-away country perform a pre-rehearsed poem,” he said. “It’s simply not dignified.”

At the opening of the summit attended by nearly 100 world leaders, 13-year-old Yugratna Srivastava of India told the audience that governments were not doing enough to combat the threat of climate change.

Klaus said there were increasing doubts in the scientific community about whether humans are causing changes in the climate or whether the changes are simply naturally occurring phenomena.

But politicians, he said, seem to be moving closer to a consensus on climate change.

“The train can’t be stopped and I consider that a huge mistake,” Klaus said.

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon organized the climate summit to help create momentum before a U.N. meeting in Copenhagen in December to reach agreement on new targets for reducing so-called greenhouse gas emissions.

However, new proposals by China and a rallying cry from U.S. President Barack Obama did little to break a U.N. deadlock about what should be done.

Klaus published a book in 2007 on the worldwide campaign to stop climate change entitled “Blue Planet in Green Chains: What Is Under Threat — Climate or Freedom?”

In the book, Klaus said global warming has turned into a new religion, an ideology that threatens to undermine freedom and the world’s economic and social order.

Palin Addresses Asian Investors–Former Governor Touches on Budget Deficit, Health Care and China

 

SEPTEMBER 23, 2009, 10:41 A.M. ET

Palin Addresses Asian Investors

Former Governor Touches on Budget Deficit, Health Care and China

By JONATHAN CHENG and ALEX FRANGOS

HONG KONG — Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, in what was billed as her first public-speaking engagement outside North America, blamed the world financial crisis on government excesses and called for a new round of deregulation and tax cuts for U.S. businesses.

“We got into this mess because of government interference in the first place,” the former Republican U.S. vice presidential candidate said Wednesday at a conference sponsored by investment firm CLSA Asia-Pacific Markets. “We’re not interested in government fixes, we’re interested in freedom,” she added.

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On the foreign-policy front, she told the room full of bankers and executives of the importance of the global fight against terrorism and of finding ways to engage China as a global power. She said China “rightfully makes a lot of people nervous.”

Her speech marks an effort to reach out to an international audience and define her political identity since resigning from office earlier this year. Mrs. Palin is among a handful of high-profile Republicans seeking a path back to power for a party that lost control of both houses of Congress and White House in last year’s U.S. elections.

Mrs. Palin’s address was officially closed to the media. The Wall Street Journal reviewed a recording of the speech.

In the wide-ranging address, Mrs. Palin touched on the rising U.S. budget deficit, the debate over a proposed health-care overhaul, the war in Afghanistan and China’s role in world affairs.

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She described her political philosophy as a “common-sense conservatism,” and said the free-market policies of Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher should be guides for how to get out of the current economic situation. “Liberalism holds that there is no human problem that government can’t fix if only the right people are put in charge,” she said.

Mrs. Palin didn’t refer to President Barack Obama by name, but said his promise for change during the election hasn’t taken hold. She called his campaign promises “nebulous, utopian sounding…Now 10 months later, though, a lot of Americans are asking: more government? Is that the change we want?”

In an echo of last year’s presidential campaign, she criticized government policies that result in what she called a redistribution of wealth. “There is no justice in taking from one person and giving to another,” she said. “History shows it simply does not work.”

Mrs. Palin blamed the U.S. Federal Reserve’s low interest-rate policy of previous years for setting the stage for last year’s global financial crisis. She opposed appointing the Fed as the chief overseer of systemic risk in the U.S. financial system. “The words ‘fox’ and ‘henhouse’ come to mind. The Fed’s decisions have created the bubble,” she said.

She called for tax cuts as well as the elimination of the capital gains and estate tax. Then, she said, the world will “watch the U.S. economy roar back to life.”

On health care, Mrs. Palin defended her previous criticisms that the health-care overhaul proposed by Democrats would lead to health-care rationing and what she called “death panels.” “It’s just common sense that government attempts to solve problems like health care problem will just create new problems.” She called for “market friendly” health care reform that gives tax breaks to individuals to buy health insurance.

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Former U.S. vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin attended the 16th annual CLSA Investors’ Forum in Hong Kong Wednesday.

She acknowledged the economic rise of both China and India but called for a vision of Asia in which no one country would dominate.

“We all hope to see a China that is stable and peaceful and prosperous,” she said. But she added that the U.S. must work with Asian allies in case “China goes in a different direction.”

She said greater political openness in China could help soothe tensions. “Many believed that with China liberalizing its economy, greater political freedom would follow, but that hasn’t happened,” she said. “The more open [China] is, the less we’ll be concerned about its military buildup and its intentions.”

On U.S.-China trade relations, Mrs. Palin called for more openness and warned against protectionism. We need China to improve its rule of law, and protect our intellectual property,” she said. “On our part, we should be more open to Chinese investment where our national security interests are not threatened.”

She talked about the recent protests of ethnic minority Muslim Uighurs, Chinese labor conditions, and Tibet. Mrs. Palin mentioned Charter 08, a document signed by prominent academics and dissidents calling for greater democracy and openness in China.

In other areas, she criticized Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi for speaking skeptically about the need for more troops in Afghanistan. “Afghanistan is where the 9/11 attacks were planned and if we are not successful there, al Qaeda will find a safe haven there again,” she said.

Mrs. Palin warmed up the crowd with her impressions of Hong Kong, one of the densest urban areas in the world. “The wildlife-to-human ratio is different from Alaska, but I could get used to it,” she said.

She also spoke about how Alaska once shared a land bridge with Asia. And she noted that her husband’s Eskimo ancestors crossed that bridge. “To consider that connection that allowed sharing of peoples and bloodlines and wildlife and flora and fauna, that connection to me is quite fascinating,” she said.

Write to Jonathan Cheng at jonathan.cheng@wsj.com and Alex Frangos at alex.frangos@wsj.com

Canada to walk out on A-jad’s U.N. speech

Canada to walk out on A-jad’s U.N. speech

By Michelle Malkin  •  September 23, 2009 08:58 AM

Where’s everyone else? Via the National Post:

Canada will boycott Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s speech at the United Nations on Wednesday, saying his outbursts about the Holocaust and Israel are “shameful.”

Foreign Minister Lawrence Cannon will be at the world body to attend the opening of the UN General Assembly’s annual debate, but officials signal he and other members of the Canadian delegation will vacate the Canadian seats when the Islamic republic’s President approaches the podium.

Walking out of the chamber is seen as a strong diplomatic show of disgust at the UN — and since the chamber is generally packed on the first day of the annual summit, Canada’s empty seats will not go unnoticed.

One of the first speakers of the day will be U.S. President Barack Obama, who is making his debut address before the assembly.

“President Ahmadinejad’s repeated denial of the Holocaust and his anti-Israel comments run counter to the values of the UN General Assembly, and they’re shameful,” said one Canadian official.

“He uses his public appearances to provoke the international community, and that is why Canada’s seats will be empty.”

A Joe Wilson-style calling out would also be welcome.

Zbigotry-Former Carter administration staffer and onetime Obama adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski claims the U.S. should attack Israel to save Iran.

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By: Matt Gurney
Wednesday, September 23, 2009

 


Former Carter administration staffer and onetime Obama adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski claims the U.S. should attack Israel to save Iran.

It’s no secret that Jimmy Carter has devoted his post-presidential career to the cause of anti-Israel agitation. Yet, in his extreme animus against the Jewish state, the 39th president now has a rival in a onetime member of his own administration: his former National Security Advisor, Zbigniew Brzezinski.

 

Ambitious though the task may seem, Brzezinski is determined to go even further than Carter in his condemnation of Israel. In 2006, when Israel launched a belated military offensive to combat Hezbollah terrorism, Brzezinski outrageously claimed that Israeli Defense Forces were guilty of the “killing of hostages” – this even as the Israeli military took maximal precautions to minimize civilian casualties. 

 

Now Brzezinski has taken his anti-Israel stance to a new extreme. In a little-noticed interview this past weekend, he suggested, in effect, that the United States should go to war with Israel in order to protect Iran. Specifically, Brzezinski opined that America should prevent an Israeli air strike against Iranian nuclear facilities by any means necessary – up to and including engaging Israeli warplanes as they cross Iraqi airspace to reach their Iranian targets.

 

This boggles the mind. It’s difficult even to imagine such a scenario unfolding, with Israeli and American pilots (flying aircraft probably built in the same factory) trying to blow each other out of the sky. And yet it seems that Brzezinski was quite serious. He warned that a confrontation between Israeli and American pilot sent to block their path to Iran could become “a Liberty in reverse,” a reference to the tragic friendly-fire incident that saw Israeli aircraft heavily damage an American naval vessel, the USS Liberty, during the Six-Day war of 1967. But of course the Israeli attack on the Liberty was an accident, for which the Israelis apologized and paid reparations.

 

By contrast, Brzezinski is calling for the United States Air Force deliberately to shoot down Israeli planes, insisting that “we have to be serious about denying them [access to Iran]. That means a denial where you aren’t just saying it. If they fly over, you go up and confront them. They have the choice of turning back or not.” And if Israel does go ahead with an attack on Iran – whose government has pledged to wipe Israel off the map and which continues to sponsor anti-Israel terrorist groups – then, by Brzezinski’s logic, the U.S. would have to declare war against its closest Middle Eastern ally.

 

To be sure, such a scenario is unlikely to unfold. For the moment, Israel seems content to permit the diplomatic options to run their course. Should the Israelis decide to strike at some future point, as they certainly have excellent reasons to do, it is reasonable to assume that the United States will be informed in advance. If President Obama absolutely refuses to permit the attack to transit Iraqi airspace, Israel will have to attack using other means. That is a thoroughly unsatisfactory outcome, but is far and away better than Brzezinski’s vision of an American-Israeli battle.

 

Nonetheless, Brzezinski’s statements deserve scrutiny. For instance, it is frightening to wonder how much of his foreign policy “wisdom” Brzezinski imparted to his young friend, Senator Obama, whom he advised during the presidential campaign. An early convert to the Obama cause, Brzezinski helped the Illinois senator bulk up his foreign policy credentials early on in the nomination process. The recruitment of Brzezinski to the Obama campaign was seen as a major win for the senator, and helped shore up his efforts to defeat Hillary Clinton for the Democratic nomination.

 

Even at the time, though, Brzezinski could not hide his hostility to Israel. At one point, he drew unwanted publicity for the campaign after he praised John Mearsheimer and Stephen Walt, authors of the Israel Lobby, a book that that many condemned as a conspiratorial and anti-Semitic broadside against Israel and its Jewish supporters, for rendering a “public service” with their work. Fortunately, Brzezinski is no longer advising Obama on foreign policy. Indeed, he has become something of a critic of the administration, most recently talking down the chances for an Allied victory in the Afghan War.

 

But while Brzezinski may no longer have the president’s ear, he certainly exemplifies the anti-Israel bias prevalent among much of the Western world’s intellectual elite. That includes the foreign policy elite. In recent years, for instance, Brzezinski has emerged as a leading light of the so-called “realist” school of foreign policy, which cast itself as the sensible alternative to the “neoconservative” theorists who, as they saw it, orchestrated the Bush administration’s war in Iraq. Brzezinski’s saber rattling against Israel makes a mockery of that self-serving account. After all, how realistic is it to claim that the United States should not only prevent a loyal ally from retaliating against an existential threat, but actually risk war with its ally for the sake of appeasing a fanatical Iranian regime?

 

Brzezinski’s implicit threat against Israel is, as the president might say, a “teachable moment.” At the very least, it should undermine the establishment figure’s right to be taken seriously. More broadly, it is another grim postscript in the history of the Carter administration. The Carter presidency will already be remembered as one of the worst in American history. Carter and Brzezinski have accomplished the unlikely feat of making it look even worse years after its unlamented end.


Matt Gurney is an assistant editor for comment at Canada’s National Post, and writes and speaks on issues of military and geopolitical concern. He can be reached at mgurney.responses@gmail.com

Obama’s close Acorn Connection

Obama’s close Acorn Connection

September 23rd, 2009

By John Fund, WSJ

Obama’s Acorn connection goes back to 1991

Only one of the five television networks that interviewed President Obama for their Sunday shows bothered to ask him about Acorn, the left-wing community organizing group whose federal funding was cut off last week by an overwhelming vote in Congress.

“Frankly, it’s not something I’ve followed closely,” Mr. Obama claimed, adding he wasn’t even aware the group had been the recipient of significant federal funding. “This is not the biggest issue facing the country. It’s not something I’m paying a lot of attention to,” he said.

Mr. Obama added that an investigation of Acorn was appropriate after an amateur hidden-camera investigation had found Acorn offices willing to abet prostitution, but he carefully declined to say whether he would approve a federal cutoff of funds to the group.

Mr. Obama took great pains to act as if he barely knew about Acorn. In fact, his association goes back almost 20 years. In 1991, he took time off from his law firm to run a voter-registration drive for Project Vote, an Acorn partner that was soon fully absorbed under the Acorn umbrella. The drive registered 135,000 voters and was considered a major factor in the upset victory of Democrat Carol Moseley Braun over incumbent Democratic Senator Alan Dixon in the 1992 Democratic Senate primary.

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Rallies catch fire against Obama’s ‘Minion Media’

Rallies catch fire against Obama’s ‘Minion Media’

‘Operation: Can You Hear Us Now?’ exploding 1 week after WND report


Posted: September 22, 2009
8:21 pm Eastern

By Chelsea Schilling
© 2009 WorldNetDaily

 

American citizens outraged by President Obama and the actions of Congress have set their sights on a new target – the so-called mainstream media – with tea-party protests now set to boil in front of more than 30 press offices across the U.S.

Following a WND report on the growing popularity of “Operation: Can You Hear Us Now?” taxpayers are making plans to bring their protests to the front doors of major media outlets.

More than 1,400 fans have flocked to a new Facebook page for the event. The following are some locations for protests being planned for Oct. 17: 

Alabama

Birmingham

California

Burbank – NBC Studios, 3,000 W. Alameda Ave. from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Fresno – KMPH-TV Fox 26 and KSEE-TV 24 News, 5111 E. McKinley Ave (KMPH) and 5035 E. McKinley Ave. (KSEE), from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.  

La Jolla – NBC

San Diego – NBC studios, 225 Broadway, 3 p.m.

Florida

Doral – CBS 4, 8900 NW 18th Terrace, time TBA

Miami – ABC

Mirimar – NBC

Georgia

Atlanta – CNN Center, One CNN Center

Indiana

Indianapolis – location TBA, 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Michigan

Troy – ABC studios in Southfield or NBC coprorate offices in Troy, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Minnesota

Minneapolis – KARE 11 (NBC), 8811 Olson Memorial Hwy

Missouri

Kansas City – location TBA, 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

North Carolina

Asheville – WLOS-TV (ABC), 110 Technology Drive

Wilmington – Star News, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Charlotte – location TBA, 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

New York

New York City

Rochester – location to be determined, 2 p.m.

Oregon

Coos Bay

Eugene – location TBA, 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Portland – KGW-TV 8 (tentative), 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Roseburg – location TBA, 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Salem – location TBA, 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Ohio

Zanesville – Times Recorder newspaper, meet at Times Recorder, 34 South 4th Street at 12 p.m. and go to WHIZ, 629 Downard Rd. at 2 p.m. 

Oklahoma

Tulsa – ABC, CBS, NBC, 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Pennsylvania

Allentown – The Morning Call, 101 North 6th Street

Scranton – WNEP-TV 16, 16 Mountain Rd. from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Texas

Austin – KXAN-TV , 3 p.m.

San Antonio

Houston – Channels 2, 11, 13, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Virginia

Richmond – WTVR 6, 3301 W. Broad St., 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Richmond – WWBT 12, 5710 Midlothian Turnpike, 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Richmond – WRIC TV 8, 301 Arboretum Pl, 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Washington

Seattle – ABC, CBS, NBC, Seattle Times, Tacoma News Tribune, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

 

Wisconsin

Green Bay – WGBA-TV 26 (NBC), 1391 North Rd.

Milwaukee – location TBA, 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

As WND reported, the “Operation: Can You Hear Us Now?” webmaster, who has chosen to remain nameless, launched his website on Sept. 15. After only one week, he is experiencing an outpouring of support from citizens interested in hosting and attending rallies. 

“People are really psyched up,” he told WND today. “There are thousands of new visitors coming to the site daily

 

Obama’s speech to the UN on Climate Change

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

from Carbon Climate

http://www.carbonclimate.info/2009/09/obamas-speech-to-un-on-climate-change.html

Obama’s speech to the UN on Climate Change

That so many of us are here today is a recognition that the threat from climate change is serious, it is urgent, and it is growing.

No, it is becoming increasingly clear that there is little or no link between CO2 and Global Warming, and almost all of the predicted disaters are failing to materialise.

Rising sea levels threaten every coastline.

No, they do not. The seas are hardly rising at all, certainly not that you could ever notice.

More powerful storms and floods threaten every continent.

No, they do not. Hurricanes are at a 30 year low at the moment, and the trend is down.

More frequent drought and crop failures breed hunger and conflict in places where hunger and conflict already thrive.

But not do do with Global Warming. Developed world crops are doing just fine on the whole.

On shrinking islands, families are already being forced to flee their homes as climate refugees.

Name ONE person. Just one. Go on…. There are none at all, it is all fabrication in that department, mainly because the seas are not actually rising!

We also cannot allow the old divisions that have characterized the climate debate for so many years to block our progress

What? Issues like truth and science?

these are the nations that are already living with the unfolding effects of a warming planet – famine and drought; disappearing coastal villages

Show me ONE village. Just one…..

Ignorance Is Bliss: “ACORN Is Not A Major National Issue”

Ignorance Is Bliss: “ACORN Is Not A Major National Issue”

September 20th, 2009 Posted By Erik Wong.

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WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama says there should be an investigation into the hidden-camera video involving employees at the activist group ACORN and a couple posing as a prostitute and her pimp.

The two ACORN workers are seen apparently advising the couple to lie about her profession and launder her earnings to get housing aid.

The video is only the latest problem for the group, which had nearly $1 million embezzled by its founder’s brother and has been accused of voter registration fraud. The House and Senate voted last week to deny federal funds to ACORN.

Obama told ABC’s “This Week” in an interview broadcast Sunday that what he saw on the video “was certainly inappropriate and deserves to be investigated.” But the president did not say who should investigate. And he said it is not a major national issue he pays much attention to.

“Frankly, it’s not really something I’ve followed closely,” Obama said. “I didn’t even know that ACORN was getting a whole lot of federal money.”

Asked about the president calling for an investigation, ACORN chief executive Bertha Lewis said Sunday, “Well, that’s his opinion.”

ACORN said last week it would order its own investigation of the video scandal. Lewis, who had promised to name an independent auditor by Friday, told “Fox News Sunday” that the announcement would take place Monday. She would not reveal the auditor.

Later Sunday, Lewis issued a statement saying, “We agree with President Obama’s comments today that issues raised by the videos need to be investigated.”

In the meantime, the group has suspended the admission of new clients to its housing program.

“Over the next several weeks, you will see us working triple time to get this review right so that we can refocus attention on ACORN’s critical work for low- and moderate-income families,” Lewis said in the statement.

The government is investigating ACORN’s activities, though the scope of its activity is unknown. Voter registration fraud cases involving ACORN workers are pending. The Department of Housing and Urban Development’s inspector general has acknowledged an investigation is under way.

ACORN—short for the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now—started in 1970 in Arkansas to help the poor and today is a national, multimillion-dollar conglomerate. ACORN’s political action committee endorsed Obama for president, and his campaign paid an ACORN subsidiary $832,000 to help get out the vote.

Obama, himself a former community organizer, has long-standing ties to the group, which he represented in 1995 in a lawsuit against the state of Illinois over the “motor-voter” law.

The group’s Democratic leanings and political work have make it a target of Republicans, who led the drive last week to deny it any further federal funds.

California Republican Rep. Darrell Issa, a member of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, pressed Lewis to reveal more about the group’s operations.

“The bottom line is, there’s no transparency in ACORN,” said Issa, who also was on Fox.

“Here we have literally hundreds of organizations tied under the ACORN umbrella, and you can’t even find out what their incorporation is, whether they pay taxes, who makes what,” Issa said.

Lewis said she has made sure, since becoming chief executive last year, that affiliates have “firewalls” between them. “I’ve completely overhauled all of our finances, all of our controls,” she said.

She also said founder Wade Rathke was fired immediately after it was discovered his brother, Dale, stole nearly $1 million from the organization nine years ago. In fact, Wade Rathke learned of the embezzlement in 2000, told only a few people but failed to report the embezzlement to law enforcement. An anonymous donor compensated the group for the missing money.