Iran leader calls Holocaust myth

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first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake The Bush administration also said Ahmadinejad’s remarks showed why Iran must not be allowed to develop nuclear weapons. State Department spokesman Sean McCormack called the comments “outrageous” and “certainly reprehensible.” “This is one more indication that Iran is headed off 180 degrees from the rest of the world,” McCormack said, taking care to note that “this isn’t the Iranian people who are headed off in a different direction from the rest of the world.” Iran and the Europeans are due to resume the U.S.-backed negotiations soon, possibly in late December, trying to find a compromise on reining in Tehran’s nuclear program and avoiding a confrontation. Washington says Iran is secretly trying to build warheads. Iran says its nuclear program is peaceful, and Ahmadinejad reiterated Wednesday that his regime refuses to give up key processes that can produce weapons-grade material as well as fuel for atomic reactors that generate electricity. TEHRAN, Iran – Iran’s hard-line president lashed out with a new outburst at Israel on Wednesday, calling the Nazi Holocaust a “myth” used as a pretext for carving out a Jewish state in the heart of the Muslim world. President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s comments drew quick condemnations from Israel, the United States and Europe, which warned he is hurting Iran’s position in talks aimed at resolving suspicions about his regime’s nuclear program. In unusually strong comments, a top European Union official said Iranians “do not have the president, or the regime, they deserve.” “It calls our attention to the real danger of that regime having an atomic bomb,” said the president of the EU’s administrative body, Jose Manuel Barroso. It was difficult to measure the impact that increasing anger over Ahmadinejad might have on the negotiations. The Europeans have not threatened to call off the talks, which they see as vital to a peaceful resolution of fears over Iran’s nuclear ambitions. But Ahmadinejad’s words, which come as the top U.N. nuclear watchdog agency has said it is losing patience with Tehran, could lead Europe to take a tougher stance. So far, Ahmadinejad has appeared only to escalate his rhetoric in the face of widespread international criticism, suggesting he may be seeking to fire up supporters at home. Some allies warn he is isolating the country when it needs support for its nuclear program. But supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who has final word on all matters, has stood by the president, even calling this week for Palestinian militants to step up their fight to drive Israelis out of Jerusalem. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

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One of Soho’s priciest retail spaces sells at UCC foreclosure auction

first_img106 Spring Street with SL Green’s Marc Holliday of SL Green and Paceline Equity Partners’ Sam Loughlin (Google Maps, iStock)One of Soho’s priciest retail properties, which SL Green Realty owned then lost, traded hands at a UCC foreclosure auction.The roughly 6,000-square-foot retail space at 106 Spring Street, which has been vacant for years, sold to a Texas private equity firm earlier this month, Commercial Observer reported. The sale price was not disclosed.The buyer, Paceline Equity Partners, called it a “unique asset” that could benefit from the post-pandemic economic recovery. CEO Sam Loughlin said the company has a “patient view of the recovery timeline for the Soho retail property market,” according to the publication.SL Green bought the space in 2019 for $79.5 million from the Carlyle Group and 60 Guilders. The purchase price was a 25 percent discount from the $105 million those investors paid in 2016. SL Green had acquired a nearby retail space, 133 Greene Street, from the same sellers in 2018.ADVERTISEMENTCitizens Bank was the lender on SL Green’s interest in both properties, and foreclosed on that interest, as well as the one at 133 Greene, late last year. The foreclosure triggered the UCC auction, which was originally set to happen in December.Mezz lenders — which provide junior debt on real estate projects — are increasingly initiating UCC foreclosures on some major developments in need of “rescue funding.”It was unclear how big Citizens’ mezzanine position was, but according to SL Green’s second-quarter financials, 106 Spring and 133 Greene streets carried a combined $53.5 million in senior and mezzanine debt as of late June.[CO] — Amy PlittContact Amy Plitt Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink RetailSL GreensohoUCC foreclosure Full Name* Share via Shortlinkcenter_img Message* Tags Email Address*last_img

UK: European Union High Representative Visits EU NAVFOR OHQ

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Anger over Junior Deans’ dinner

first_imgA termly meeting in which junior deans are encouraged to “exchange war stories” has been condemned by welfare staff as “entirely inappropriate”.The junior deans’ dinners, which began in Hilary 2013, are termly social events for deans to meet. Concerns have been raised after the email organising the Michaelmas meal described the event as “a time and space for junior deans to come together to confidentially compare experiences” and “trade war stories.” It continues, “Most importantly, this is done over a relaxed dinner and a fair few drinks.” The email was sent to all junior deans in the University.A room was booked for the event to ensure “we have the privacy we’d need to discuss College issues.” One anonymous dean, who revealed the event to Cherwell, condemned the events. “My opinion is that organising a social event around which to discuss these cases is entirely inappropriate. There is already a very well thought-out system in place by the University Counselling Service which offers a forum to discuss issues presented by junior deans in an official, secure and confidential environment. “What seems to be lacking in this case is the understanding that colleges are small environments: maintaining confidentiality isn’t just about the withdrawal of names, it is about the withdrawal of information that could lead to the identification of the person or persons from the divulgence of information.”They continue to describe the event as “wholly inappropriate”. They said,  Junior Deans “who are often entrusted with information of a sensitive nature”, should not be prepared to “to divulge this information ad libitum to peers outside of a formal structured setting.”They went on, “I hope that university takes a strong approach to these ‘social’ events and recognises the potential for the breaches of confidentiality which may occur.”The dinner is being held on the Tuesday 3rd December, and follows on from a drinks event at the St Aldates Tavern at 8pm on Wednesday 19th June.The University, and the organisers of the event, did not respond to Cherwell’s request for a comment.last_img

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