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Iran’s Parliament Impeaches Key Ahmadinejad Ally

November 4, 2008

Iran’s parliament impeached the head of the country’s police and security agencies on Tuesday after he admitted faking a degree from Oxford University, in a vote widely seen as a defeat for hard-line President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

By ALI AKBAR DAREINI, Associated Press Writer

The dismissal of Interior Minister Ali Kordan was the first high-profile confrontation between the new parliament and Ahmadinejad. It was seen a vote of no-confidence in the president and a sign that the deeply unpopular leader may be losing favor even with his conservative allies.

Iranian Interior Minister Ali Kordan delivers a speech, prior ... 
Iranian Interior Minister Ali Kordan delivers a speech, prior to a vote by members of parliament to impeach him, during an open session of parliament, in Tehran, Iran, Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2008. Iran’s parliament impeached the country’s interior minister for deception Tuesday in a vote widely seen as a defeat for hard-line President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Parliament’s no-confidence vote for Ali Kordan comes after he admitted he had a fake degree from Oxford University.(AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)

The interior minister in Iran is a powerful position, overseeing the police and security agencies, as well as organizing elections.

During Kordan’s confirmation debate, numerous lawmakers argued he was unqualified for the post, some claiming that his Oxford degree was a fake. Kordan was approved Aug. 5 by a relatively slim margin of around 160 of the 269 lawmakers present, a reflection of the concerns.

Kordan initially argued that his degree was real. The Interior Ministry put out a certificate, with an Oxford seal and dated June 2000, meant to prove its authenticity. It was riddled with spelling and grammar mistakes.

Oxford denied it had ever awarded an honorary doctorate of law to the minister, who then admitted the degree was fake.

Ahmadinejad defended Kordan, dismissing degrees in general as “torn paper” not necessary for serving the people.

The president was already under attack from both reformers and conservatives, who brought him to power but now complain he spends too much time on fiery anti-U.S. rhetoric rather than managing the country.

Middle-class Iranians, who have seen their standard of living fall, often speak scornfully of his economic naivete. In July, he predicted oil prices would never fall below $100 per barrel.

Oil prices, however, have plunged during the global financial crisis and hovered Tuesday around $63 a barrel. Tehran’s stock index last week plunged about 12 percent to its lowest close in years. And inflation is estimated at 27 percent or more.

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Pakistan’s new leaders declare ‘last day of dictatorship’

March 18, 2008
By Saeed Shah, McClatchy Newspapers 

ISLAMABAD, PakistanPakistan‘s newly elected National Assembly met for the first time Monday and delivered an immediate rebuff to Pervez Musharraf , setting up a head-on clash between the elected assembly and the unpopular U.S.-backed president.

With the incoming government committed to restoring the judges who were fired by Musharraf and stripping the powers of the presidency, a battle seems inevitable in which Washington may find itself on the losing side. Critics said Musharraf is unwilling to retreat to the figurehead role prescribed for the president in Pakistan’s original constitution.

“The conspiracies of the (presidential) palace will be fought with the strength of parliament,” said Ahmed Mukhtar , a possible candidate for the post of prime minister from the Pakistan People’s Party , just before the assembly met. “We have the numbers to do whatever we want.”

The People’s Party , which won the most seats in the Feb. 18 election, plans to form a government in the next few days with its traditional rival, Nawaz Sharif‘s Pakistan Muslim League-N , in a grand anti-Musharraf alliance. Together, along with two smaller parties, the new government would control two-thirds of the National Assembly. According to Mukhtar, the coalition also will soon control two-thirds of the Senate , due to the defection of Musharraf backers, which would mean that it could impeach Musharraf.

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Pakistani policemen gather around an injured colleague at a ...
Pakistani policemen gather around an injured colleague at a hospital after the suicide attack in Mingora. A suicide bomber blew himself up at a police barracks in Pakistan’s violence-plagued northern Swat valley on Monday, killing two policemen and injuring six others, police said.
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World Opinion Turns Against the U.S.: Rooted in Vietnam?

September 8, 2007

From Peace and Freedom and
Michelle Malkin

As citizens in Madison Wsconsin debated the pros and cons of impeachment for President Bush and Vice Presicent Cheney recently, a Vietnamese-American woman rose to speak against impeachment.
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“I have been through war more than any of you can imagine,” said Ms. Pham-Remmele.

Recounting her premature birth after her mother fell as the family was fleeing the French in 1948, she proceeded to speak of America’s exit from the Vietnam War as a turning point in world opinion against the United States.

“It’s the part you chose not to look at that should haunt you forever,” Pham-Remmele said.

Saying she had not been home in 34 years and characterizing her decision to become a naturalized U.S. citizen as painful, Pham-Remmele said she knew the atrocities of war.

Looking directly at the spectator gallery, Pham-Remmele said, “It is easy to be like Jane Fonda and walk with the communists … and feel good about it. If you really want to save lives, think of something more concrete.”