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Archive» Iranian protesters at the UN Headquarters, New York. Photo & illustration: eEyeCam

New York, September 23, 2008- Today, the 63rd UN General Assembly meeting at the UN Headquarters, New York, became a battleground, but instead of swords they fought with words.

The United States President George W. Bush arrived late when today's morning session first speaker, President of Brazil Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva was just about to finish his speech. President Bush's turn was second. The evergreen-smiling Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, once President Bush's "Axis of Evil", was there to listen to what President Bush would say.

President Bush taking escalator to General Assembly.  Photos: eEyeCam

This time President Bush spoke strongly against nuclear and other alleged "terrorism" activities of Iran, saying "A few nations- regimes like Syria and Iran - continue to sponsor terror. Yet their numbers are growing fewer, and they're growing more isolated from the world."
He continued "The terrorists believe time is on their side, so they made waiting out civilized nations part of their strategy. We must not allow them to succeed. The nations of this body must stand united in the fight against terror. We must continue working to deny the terrorists refuge anywhere in the world, including ungoverned spaces. We must remain vigilant against proliferation -- by fully implementing the terms of Security Council Resolution 1540, and enforcing sanctions against North Korea and Iran. We must not relent until our people are safe from this threat to civilization."

President Ahmadinejad with his trade mark smile, on the way to General Assembly.  Photos: eEyeCam

There were approximately 600 journalists, photographers and tv crews today due to the scheduled speeches of  President Bush and President Ahmadinejad. I was not lucky enough to get into the Press Booth until after Bush spoke. I took this image after his speech. However, I did manage to get space at the Delegate Entrance where I took above photos of Bush on the escalator and Ahmadinejad in the lobby.

In the afternoon session, when President Bush had already left the Assembly, Iranian President Ahmadinejad argued that his country, Iran has the right to produce nuclear fuel for non-military purposes, pointing fingers mainly toward the United States of America without mentioning the name. "A few bullying powers have sought to put hurdles in the way of the peaceful nuclear activities of the Iranian nation by exerting political and economic pressures against Iran and also through threatening and pressuring the IAEA," (International Atomic Energy Agency, IAEA is the U.N. organization which monitors nuclear activities around the world).

Back in 2005 on October 22, in the Iranian capital, Tehran, at a conference entitled "The World Without Zionism", Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said, "To those who doubt, to those who ask is it possible, or those who do not believe, I say accomplishment of a world without America and Israel is both possible and feasible."

Iran's official wish list is to produce nuclear power to produce electricity but the United States and its allies believe that Iran wants to produce nuclear weapons.

In contrast to President Ahmadinejad who, with his trade mark smile, was delivering his speech inside the Assembly hall this afternoon, while outside nearby, Iranian-Americans were protesting his presence at the UN. Hundreds of members and supporters of the People's Mojahedin of Iran (PMOI/MEK), the Worker-communist Party of Iran and the Iranian human right activists were advocating a democratic, secular, non-nuclear republic in Iran and demanding the expulsion of Ahmadinejad from the United Nations.

Mrs Fay with the images of her daughter Mariam, sister Mali, brother Ali and a best friend.

Mrs Fay, an Iranian-American who came to USA in the 70s and now lives in Los Angeles, was at the UN Headquarters protesting Ahmadinejad with two photographs of her sister Mali He who was killed by the Iranian regime in 1985 and her brother Ali Raza who was killed by the government when he was just 18 years old. She said about Ahmadinejad, "He is a murderer and the head of the murderers of innocent people. He doesn't respect anyone, any country. He shouldn't be here."

According to Mrs Fay, her parents are still in Iran and her American-born daughter Mariam, 26, is in Camp Ashraf in Iraq living with other Iranian refugees for the past 6 years and fighting against injustices by the Iranian government suffered by her family members and the other Iranian victims.

Mansura (right) with Mrs Fay. Photos: eEyeCam

Mansura, a 75-year old wheel chair bound mother of murdered Mustaba (in 1985), was at the UN today to make her voice heard. She came from Virginia just for this occasion although she is severely disabled.

Akram with portrait of her husband, Dr. Amir.

Akram Heidari made the trip from Canada to seek justice for her murdered husband , Dr.Amir Heidari who was killed by the government in 1982. Mrs. Heidari said that participating in this protest is very important for her.

Roya Teimouri. Photos: eEyeCam

"These people are innocent. They were killed because they sought freedom or supported opposition party for regime change," said Roya Teimouri, an Iranian Human Rights activist from Los Angeles who came to USA in 1975. When I asked her about President Ahmadinejad's cheerful image, she said, "Don't be fooled by his smile. He is not a good person. He supports terrorism. He gave 50 million US dollars to Hezbollah," an Islamist extremist group.

For the last three decades, President Ahmadinejad has been in Iranian politics. He does not accept the fact that, since 1979, regime after regime of Iranian governments killed more than 120,000 innocent people, according to PMOI press release.

While world leaders lock horns at the UN meeting, who will listen to the voices of these people?

-Pradeep Thapa Magar in UN Headquarters, New York. Comments? 551-358-7726

A mock Irani persecution display near the UN Headquarters.

Photographs of Iranians who were killed by the Iran government.

Iranian protesting in front of the UN Secretariat Building on September 18, 2008.

Today (September 23, 2008) inside UN General Assembly Hall after President George W. Bush speech. There were approximately 600 journalists, photographers and tv crews today due to the scheduled speeches of  President Bush and President Ahmadinejad. I was not lucky enough to get into the Press Booth until after Bush spoke. I took this image after his speech. However, I did manage to get space at the Delegate Entrance where I took above photos of Bush on the escalator and Ahmadinejad in the lobby.

9/11 Terrorists Attacks & An Axis of Evil

Back in 2002 on January 29, in the first State of the Union address after the 2001 September 11 attacks on American soil by the Islamist terrorists, President Bush said, "Our second goal is to prevent regimes that sponsor terror from threatening America or our friends and allies with weapons of mass destruction. Some of these regimes have been pretty quiet since September the 11th. But we know their true nature. North Korea is a regime arming with missiles and weapons of mass destruction, while starving its citizens.

Iran aggressively pursues these weapons and exports terror, while an unelected few repress the Iranian people's hope for freedom.

Iraq continues to flaunt its hostility toward America and to support terror. The Iraqi regime has plotted to develop anthrax, and nerve gas, and nuclear weapons for over a decade. This is a regime that has already used poison gas to murder thousands of its own citizens -- leaving the bodies of mothers huddled over their dead children. This is a regime that agreed to international inspections -- then kicked out the inspectors. This is a regime that has something to hide from the civilized world.

States like these, and their terrorist allies, constitute an axis of evil, arming to threaten the peace of the world. By seeking weapons of mass destruction, these regimes pose a grave and growing danger. They could provide these arms to terrorists, giving them the means to match their hatred. They could attack our allies or attempt to blackmail the United States. In any of these cases, the price of indifference would be catastrophic."
  Important Notice:
» Special Kathmandu Correspondent, Smita Magar, will write daily coverage of the ANNFSU Convention (Sept. 20 to 26) and will later feature news about the Gurkha Memorial Museum and other historic places and landmarks of Pokhara during her stay there.
» New York Editor for Terai Region, Amit Shah, just flew to Janakpur, Nepal to cover the World Convention of the Non Resident Nepalese Association (NRNA) which is scheduled for Oct. 13th.
» Editor-in-Chief, Pradeep Thapa, has already begun reporting on the 63rd United Nations General Assembly Meeting in New York. It runs from September 16th through October 1st and will include two addresses by Prime Minister Prachanda. USNepalOnline.Com will bring you the news of all of Prime Minister Prachanda’s appearances during his visit to New York.
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