Monday, November 30, 2009

Ahmadinejad visit wrap-up

After Iranian leader Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's visit to Latin America, let's check in on the murmurings in the blogosphere:

Saying "a new movement has started to free the world from domination of a few bullying states," Ahmadinejad reported that the region was growing, and that closer ties between Iran and Latin America were established.

Voice of America writes that the Iranian leader received military honors as he arrived in La Paz, Bolivia.

The Wall Street Journal called the visit "an instant success" after several countries' leaders defended Iran's nuclear energy, saying Iran should be allowed to keep producing for peaceful purposes.

As with his visit from the Palestinian leader, Chavez took the opportunity of Ahmadinejad's visit to criticize Israel, which he called "a murderous arm of the Yankee empire."

The Washington Post reported that Brazilian president Luiz InĂ¡cio Lula da Silva told Washington he made clear it was in Iran's interest to cooperate with the West.

While with Lula, The National reports that Ahmadinejad said the United States and Israel "don't have the courage" to attack his country.

Ahmadinejad also just wrapped up a tour of African nations.

Sources:, Voice of America,, WSJ, Washington Post, The National


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