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News | Netanyahu Draws His Own Line; All the President's Men ... Go Shopping


28 Sep 2012 06:52Comments

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Show-and-Tell of the Day


A Magic Marker moment to remember: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu employs sophisticated visual means to help convince his audience at the U.N. General Assembly that the Islamic Republic of Iran is on the verge of building a nuclear bomb, and exactly where the "red line" must be drawn.

Quote of the Day

"Begam? Begam? [Should I tell? Should I tell?]"

Jocularly attributed to Netanyahu in a Facebook post by Ali Abdi, a student of anthropology at Yale University. The line evokes a notorious moment from the 2009 presidential campaign in Iran: During a televised debate between President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and his reformist opponent, former Prime Minister Mir Hossein Mousavi, Ahmadinejad pulled out a file with a photo of Mousavi's wife, Dr. Zahra Rahnavard, and threatened to reveal damaging information about her academic credentials: "I'd like to talk about the educational record of a lady you know very well. Should I talk about this lady's record? Should I?"

Shopping Spree of the Week

Ahmadinejad entourage does its part for U.S. retail trade

The Daily Mail reports that while the Iranian president relaxed at the luxurious Warwick Hotel in between events on his New York itinerary,

his hired underlings were rushing around town to snap up bargains and products they can't get back home at discount stores.

Meanwhile, his fellow Iranian delegates were visiting American chains including the Payless shoe store, Costco, Walgreens and Duane Reade to stock up on shampoo, soap, vitamins and cheap clothing.

According to the Mail, for its five-day stay the Iranian entourage booked two entire floors at the Warwick -- where the nightly rate for a suite runs as high as $1,600 -- and retained three personal chefs.

Statistic of the Day

Three million people

The number of foreign tourists who visited Iran in the Persian calendar year 1390 (March 2011-12), according to Shahbaz Yazdani, a spokesman for the Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts, and Tourism Organization. This figure represents an increase of 37 percent over the previous year. For a point of comparison, 10.6 million foreign tourists visited New York City in 2011.

Videos of the Day

Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman and Deputy Minister Rahmin Mehmanparast accosted on the streets of New York near the United Nations complex Wednesday. (A considerable amount of foul language is audible in the second video.)

The Islamic Republic's state-run Press TV blamed the harassment of Mehmanparast on "supporters of the anti-Iran MKO terrorists," a charge echoed by the spokesman for Iran's U.N. mission. It was reported last week that the U.S. State Department has decided to remove its long-time designation of the Mojahedin-e Khalgh Organization as a foreign terrorist group. A New York Times report indicates that the melee around the deputy minister indeed involved MKO supporters, along with others protesting against the Islamic Republic's government and that of its close ally, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

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