The atmosphere was somewhere between that of a political protest and a carnival on the Columbia campus as President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s speech drew closer.
Opponents and supporters of Mr. Ahmadinejad’s right to speak stood check by jowl on the steps of Columbia’s library as they waited for his scheduled 1:30 address, as a crowd of Read More
Barack Obama said today that while he believed Columbia University had a right to invite Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to speak, he would not have done so.
Speaking at the announcement of his endorsement by the city’s correction officer benevolent association in midtown, he said, “One of the values we believe in is the Read More
Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver told a reporter for The New York Sun that Columbia University could be jeopardizing consideration for state money in the future with its insistence on inviting Iranian leader Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to speak today despite wide protest: "There are issues that Columbia may have before us that obviously this cavalier attitude would Read More
At a press conference yesterday in Lower Manhattan, Michael Bloomberg was asked what the protocol would be if Mahmoud Ahmadinejad "decides on his own to go to Ground Zero.” The mayor brushed the question aside, saying that he doesn't answer hypotheticals.
In this clip from that press conference, another reporter tries asking the same question, Read More
In politics, as in any other form of battle, it’s always a good idea to do whatever your enemy would least like you to do.
That basic rule of thumb seems to have been forgotten by many of New York’s politicians and much of its media in the past 24 hours, as the flap over Read More
Here is Councilman Charles Barron, who once invited Robert Mugabe, president of Zimbabwe, to City Hall, saying another controversial leader, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, president of Iran, should be allowed to visit Ground Zero.
"If anybody wants to mourn that, let them do it," said Barron. Read More
It was only a matter of time before Rudy Giuliani weighed in on Iranaian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad potentially visiting Ground Zero. As mayor, Giuliani, of course, kicked Yasir Arafat out of a Lincoln Center concert in 1995, a move criticized by the White House. Giuliani clearly doesn't approve of the Bloomberg administration's Read More
I think I may have missed something important in my initial take on the assault and attempted kidnapping of Elie Wiesel by a Holocaust denier. Are you familiar with this Feb. 1 incident? Don’t be surprised if you missed it; for some reason, this emblematic outrage has been largely ignored by the media.
Perhaps the Read More
Hans Blix believes the Bush administration is courting catastrophe in its handling of Iran.
“It is playing at very high stakes,” Mr. Blix said. “The risk is that a spark could fly and that things could happen unexpectedly.”
Mr. Blix’s dark warnings come at a time of particularly high tension. The United Nations is grappling Read More
Whatever George W. Bush may tell us about his intentions toward Iran, every action and order indicates that he will seek to expand the war eastward from Iraq. Despite the warnings voiced by wiser military and diplomatic advisors, the President still seems to be listening to the same discredited neoconservatives whose fantasies and falsehoods drove Read More