Always good for a soundbite, controversial Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadenijad kicks off the opening meeting of the Nonaligned Movement in Tehran by blaming the United States and other "big powers" for the HIV/AIDS pandemic and other global ills.
But, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said, time was on the side of the poor countries.
"The big powers are going down," he said at a meeting of foreign ministers of the Nonaligned Movement in Tehran. "They have come to the end of their power, and the world is on the verge of entering a new, promising era." ...
He accused the great powers of "fomenting discord" so they can feed their arms industries. AIDS, he said, was also the result of world conditions “imposed by big powers."
Ahmadenijad is no stranger to blaming pretending the United States exports moral and social "decadence" to the developing world. Speaking at New York City's Columbia University in September 2007, the flamboyant Iranian president responded to a question about gays in the Islamic Republic by saying, "In Iran, we don’t have homosexuals like in your country. ... In Iran, we do not have this phenomenon."
On the other hand, here at home, quite a few black entertainers, intellectuals and politicians have accused the United States government of complicity in the rapid and pervasive spread of HIV throughout the black community.
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