As host of the Nonaligned Movement (NAM) ministerial conference, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad blasted the West for bullying third world countries and making problems like AIDS worse. In a speech to the 118 nation members, Ahmadinejad said AIDS was the result of world conditions "imposed by big powers."
The Iranian president, who wants NAM members to vote Iran onto the UN Security Council as a nonpermanent member, said the Security Council was a tool of world powers. But he assured the group that the bully nations are on the decline and called on developing nations to play a greater role in addressing world conflicts. Ahmadinejad said:
The big powers are going down. They have come to the end of their power, and the world is on the verge of entering a new, promising era.
- Representatives from 118 NAM member states including 60 foreign ministers are taking part in the event.
- Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad delivers his speech.
- Arab League Secretary General Amr Mussa and Iranian prominent MP, Alaeddin Boroujerdi listen to the speech.
- Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad meets with Arab League Secretary General Amr Mussa (L).
- Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad shakes hands with Venezuela's Foreign Minister Nicolas Maduro.
To find out more about NAM, and to see how AIDS targets one population more than others in the US, read more.
Developing countries, who mostly share a critical view of the US and Western powers, make up NAM. At the fifteenth meeting of ministers, the members will be asked to approve a document. The released draft denounced "the categorization of countries as good or evil based on unilateral and unjustified criteria" among other things.
Back in the US, a new report shows that if black America were a country, it would rank sixteenth in the world in the number of people living with AIDS. Is Ahmadinejad onto something when he says people in power perpetuate conditions dangerous to the disadvantaged, or is he shifting the blame to where it suits his agenda?