The truth about Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

Mayoral candidate Ken Livingstone, as discussed here,  is appearing as a presenter on PRESS t.v, the Iranian regime’s English language propoganda arm. Ken has come under some heavy fire because of this , so in fairness to him, let’s delve into the beliefs of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, one of the founders of PRESS.

Before I do, it is useful to remember that when Ken was Mayor, he was renowned for his “wimmins’ projects”, patronising concessions that were the last sort of help that we needed, but they helped Ken fly the flag as a strong supporter of womens’ rights.  He also insisted he was strong on gay rights, and attended the Gay Pride marches.  As quoted in the New Statesman, Ken said:  “I am committed to ensuring our city retains its reputation as a welcoming and safe place for lesbian and gay people to live in and visit”.

“I am proud that my administration has been able to effect real change in tackling homophobia and promoting equality for LGBT people.”
“I am determined that London continues to lead the way for lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans equality,” and similar quotes.
GAY RIGHTS
 Ahmadinejad said:  “In Iran we don’t have homosexuals like in your country,”  to laughter and boos from the audience. ‘In Iran we do not have this phenomenon. I don’t know who’s told you that we have this.” http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,297823,00.html  – 2007
 
 Homosexuality in Iran is illegal and punishable by death, as described by Wikipedia.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LGBT_rights_in_Iran

WOMENS’ RIGHTS

“Mr. Ahmadinejad’s policies are that women should return to their homes and that their priority should be the family” said Mahbube Abbasqolizade, a member of the Iranian Womens’ Centre NGO.

For example, under his government, the Centre for Womens’ Participation has been renamed the
Centre for Women and Family Affairs. (You can’t get more pointed that that, and it would be funny if it were not so serious.)
ISRAEL.
As the Imam said, Israel must be wiped off the map.” – October 2005 http://www.nytimes.com/2005/10/26/world/africa/26iht-iran.html

“The pretext (Holocaust) for the creation of the Zionist regime (Israel) is false … It is a lie based on an unprovable and mythical claim,” he told worshippers at Tehran University at the end of an annual anti-Israel “Qods (Jerusalem) Day” rally. http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE58H17S20090918

THE HOLOCAUST
September 2009 (Telegraph – http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/iran/7816442/Mahmoud-Ahmadinejad-in-quotes.html )

“They (the Western powers) launched the myth of the Holocaust. They lied, they put on a show and then they support the Jews.”

Speech at Columbia University September 2007:

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,297823,00.html#ixzz1BZwcmqk1

“I am not saying that it [ the Holocaust] didn’t happen at all. This is not that judgment that I am passing here,” he said. “Granted this happened, what does it have to do with the Palestinian people? … Why is it that the Palestinian people are paying the price for an event they had nothing to do with?”

December – 2005

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/12/14/AR2005121402403.html

“They have created a myth in the name of the Holocaust and consider it above God, religion and the prophets.”

2009 http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2009/apr/21/mahmoud-ahmadinejad-iran-israel

Israel came into existence ‘under the pretext of Jewish suffering’ – cannot find exact citation.

How can Ken possibly reconcile his much vaunted concern for womens’ rights and gay rights if he “takes the shilling” from a man such as Mahmood Ahnadinejad?  His credibility is blown sky high.  Ken is even shocking Iranians.  A well known British comedian of Iranian descent, Shappi Korsandi (very popular on twitter, with over 29,000 followers, @shappikorsandi) quipped “We all have to earn a crust, but accepting money from the government of Iran?  Nah!  Surprised at Ken Livingstone.”

The feelings of Shirin Ebadi, the ex-Nobel Prize winner, and other exiled Iranians, were rather stronger  They expressed absolute outrage that Ken should behave in this way.  http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/news/uk/article2882429.ece 

15 responses to “The truth about Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

  1. H/T Angie

    I can feel the impact from Oxfordshire 😀

    http://toryardvaark.wordpress.com/2011/01/20/is-ken-livingstone-ahmadinejads-lord-haw-haw/

    Great minds thinking alike? 😀

  2. http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/news/uk/article2882429.ece

    FriendlyLefty, your comment has appeared in the blog beneath this one. You are entitled to your opinion. I dont agree, and nor does Shirin Ebadi, the Nobel prize winner.

  3. Ken is working for a t.v. station and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is a founder of the organisation, ie. he is Ken’s employer.

    No rant. Everything is checked and well documented. You might be in the Times on occasion, but you are not paid to be in the Times. Ken is a paid employee of an absolutely dreadful man, that is not the action of a man of integrity AT ALL. And it is most unsuitable for someone seeking to be Mayor of London, when you are supposed to be Mayor of all Londoners. Far from disapproving, Boris wants us to tell the truth.

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  6. Appalling comments. Nobody in their right mind who intends to be taken seriously in this country should go within a million miles of Press t.v.

  7. This is conclusive evidence that Ken is working for a horrible man, who represents everything that is wrong with Iran. The Times has condemned Ken for this, and I bet Ed Milliband is appalled.

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  9. Ken is off his nut to go within a million miles of these people.

  10. Disgusting. Ken Livingstone should not run for Mayor after this.

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