I stället för Carnegie Hall

Ännu en rätt sen kväll efter middagen med G8-gruppens utrikesministrar om främst Iran och Afghanistan.

Det grämde mig att inte kunna vara med på Carnegie Hall i kväll – men tillhör man den arbetande klassen så gör man…

ABBA är nog annars det starkaste svenska varumärket på åtskilliga generationer – detta sagt med all respekt för Ericsson, IKEA, H&M, Volvo och alla andra.

Jag hörde i kväll att man sålt 370 miljoner album. Jag tycker det verkar rätt mycket.

I morgon får jag väl höra hur konsertversionen av Kristina var. Med viss kunskap om Björn & Benny finns det all anledning att ha höga förväntningar.

Då har jag en morgon i nedrustningsfrågornas tecken.

Ett högnivåmöte om vikten av ett fullständigt provstoppsavtal – CTBT på mer formellt språk – och sedan ett möte om nedrustning i säkerhetsrådet som leds av president Obama personligen.

Och sedan högnivåmöte om Pakistan där Fredrik också är med innan han och andra kastar sig iväg till Pittsburgh och det viktiga G20-mötet där. Då ansluter Anders Borg.

Själv har jag då s k kvartettmöte om Mellersta Östern innan jag rusar ut mot La Guardia-flygplatsen för att ta ett plan till Washington och mitt kvällsanförande där inför Atlantic Council.

Det känns i alla fall skönt att känna sig sysselsatt.

7 Responses to I stället för Carnegie Hall

  1. oppti skriver:

    Lär av vår S ledare -prioritera kul turen.

  2. yal67 skriver:

    Utart,

    Can you translate to English ?

  3. un2here skriver:

    How can you get footsore?
    :-D

  4. yal67 skriver:

    Sweden remained listening to the blunt antisemitism by Iran.

    Does this means CB really thinks the Jews dominate the world economy ? funny – I thought it is oil money that control the world.

    Day after UN walkout, German FM calls Ahmadinejad ‘disgrace’
    By Haaretz Service and News Agencies
    Tags: Iran, United Nations

    Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is a ”disgrace to his country,” said German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier on Thursday, a day after Ahmadinejad’s controversial speech before the UN General Assembly.

    Ahmadinejad accused Israel of ”inhuman policies” in the Palestinian territories and of dominating world political and economic affairs in his speech to the UN General Assembly on Wednesday.

    ”That kind of remark is not just intolerable. This president is a disgrace to his country,” said Steinmeier in Berlin.
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    The speech prompted many delegations to walk out of the assembly hall in protest. Israel did not attend at all.

    Ahmadinejad assailed Israel for what he said was a barbaric attack on the Gaza Strip last winter and for subjecting the Palestinians to ”genocide.”
    . He also accused the West of hypocrisy, saying it preached democracy, but violated its fundamental principles.

    Addressing Israel, the Iranian leader said, ”The awakening of nations and the expansion of freedom worldwide will no longer allow them to continue their hypocrisy and vicious attitudes.”

    ”How can one imagine that the inhuman policies in Palestine may continue?” Ahmadinejad continued. ”How can crimes of the occupiers against defenseless women and children and destruction of their homes, farms, hospitals and schools be supported unconditionally by certain governments?”

    The Iranian leader said it was time for the world to respond. ”It is no longer acceptable that a small minority would dominate the politics, economy and culture of major parts of the world by its complicated networks, and establish a new form of slavery, and harm the reputation of other nations, even European nations and the U.S., to attain its racist ambitions,” he said.

    Ahmadinejad spoke to a half-empty chamber as he sought to cast himself as a beleaguered champion of the developing world, that he portrayed as under attack from rapacious capitalism.

    At the same time, the Iranian leader issued stinging attacks on the United States and its allies without calling them by name, prompting a walkout by the U.S. delegation.

    At times, Ahmadinejad struck a softer tone, declaring that Tehran was prepared to warmly shake all those hands which are honestly extended to us. He peppered his speech with religious references, invoking the prophets of Judaism, Christianity and Islam.

    Ahmadinejad made a passing reference to the nuclear issue – call for global nuclear disarmament – but most of the speech focused on his usual themes – scathing verbal attacks on Israel and the West.

    Ahmadinejad also accused foreign forces of spreading ”war, bloodshed, aggression, terror and intimidation” in the Middle East, citing the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

    Turning to domestic affairs, Ahmadinejad insisted he won a large majority in June elections. Pro-reform opposition politicians have alleged electoral fraud, and Ahmadinejad has been at the center of political turmoil since then.

    ”Our nation has gone through a glorious and fully democratic election, opening a new chapter for our country in the march towards national progress and enhanced international interactions,” he said, adding that Iranian voters ”entrusted me once more with a large majority.”

    Netanyahu: Ahmadinejad seeks the annihilation of 6 million more

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who was not present at the time of Ahmadinejad’s speech, said late Wednesday night that he ”did not attend Obama’s address as to not sit in the same hall with the president of Iran who has denied the murder of six million Jews and calls for the annihilation of six million more.”

    UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon told the Israeli prime minister during a meeting between the two that he had condemned Ahmadinejad’s Holocaust denial on three separate occasions, adding that his repeated calls to destroy Israel were unacceptable.

    Michael Oren, Israel’s ambassador to the United States, called Ahmadinejad’s address a ”cry for truth from a Holocaust denier, a cry for democracy from a leader who shoots freedom seeking protestors, and a cry for peace from the word’s biggest sponsor of terror, who aspires to annihilate a UN member nation.”

    ”He says the Jews are a small and greedy minority that controls the world through slavery. That’s classic anti-Semitism which exposed the true face of that regime, to anyone who still in doubt.”

    Israel’s UN envoy Professor Gabriela Shalev said that ”Ahmadinejad’s hate speech reiterates the danger that Iran poses.”

    ”The Iranian president proved again what Israel has been arguing all along, that Iran’s nuclear ambitions must be brought to an end,” Shalev said.

    The Israeli envoy added that a ”A time limit must placed out on Iran’s compliance with international demands, along with an unequivocal assertion that if it does not meet that date severe sanctions will be implemented against it.”

    Shalev also said that Ahmadinejad’s speech created the appropriate backdrop for Netanyahu’s speech, which he is due to give on Thursday.

    According to the Israeli envoy, in his address Netanyahu will clarify what dangers Iran poses and prove that there is no choice but to take immediate and decisive action.

    The Iranian president did not mention the nuclear issue, Shalev pointed out, thus proving he was ignoring the international demand to comply with international law.

    ”Ahmadinejad revealed, yet again, his true nature, for while he tortures his own people and represses citizen protest he has the courage to say Israel was committing genocide,” Shalev said.

  5. yal67 skriver:

    Sweden said that Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s speech did not cross the red lines pre-set by the country as parameters whether or not to leave the UN General Assembly during it. The Swedish delegation remained in their seats until the end of his speech together
    with other European countries. Ten countries, including the United States and France, got up and left in the middle out of protest.

    ”The EU delegations agreed that if Ahmadinejad denied the Holocaust or called for the destruction of Israel, we would leave our seats in protest,” said a spokesman of Sweden’s Foreign Minister. Sweden is currently holds the seat of the rotating EU presidency. (AFP)

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