Monday, September 24, 2007

President of Iran speaks at Columbia University

Today the President of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, spoke at the annual World Leader's Forum at Columbia University. Ahmadinejad spoke and answered questions through an interpretor about his views on the annihilation of Israel, denying the Holocaust, Iran's human rights record, Iran's nuclear program, and supporting the execution of minors. Check out the statement from Lee Bollinger, the president of Columbia University, challenging President Ahmadinejad on the issues. You might also want to read the New York Times blog about the event.

Additionally, Ahmadinejad was denied his request to visit Ground Zero by New York City officials. Tomorrow Ahmadinejad is scheduled to address the United Nations General Assembly.

Read "Columbia, Free Speech and the President of Iran" from the New York Times, "Ahmadinejad Speaks During Controversial Appearance at Columbia University" from Fox News, and "Ahmadinejad Faces Protests in New York" from the Washington Post.

For more information on Iran, check out the library's country guide.

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