September 23rd, 2010
08:57 AM ET

Fighting Ahmadinejad: Where movement in Iran stands

Iranian protesters take to the streets to dispute the election of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in December 2009.

Iran’s President, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, will address world leaders at the United Nations General Assembly later today.

When he spoke at last year’s meeting, he launched into an attack against the United States, Israel and the West while, back in Iran, the pro-government Revolutionary Guard cracked down on pro-reform demonstrators. During elections, the Green Movement gained momentum, and for a time it seemed like supporters with the use of Twitter could topple Ahmadinejad.

But this year, Ahmadinejad may dial down the rhetoric a notch as Iran comes under increasing pressure from world powers to end their nuclear program. The United Nations Security Council imposed a new round of sanctions in June and the Council members – China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States – have renewed efforts to bring Iran back to the negotiating table.

In what may have been a preview to his General Assembly speech, Ahmadinejad blamed capitalism and transnational corporations for the world’s woes when he addressed the meeting on the Millennium Development Goals, the U.N.’s initiative to reduce poverty, hunger and disease around the world. But absent from the speech were attacks aimed at the U.S. and Israel.

Anti-Ahmadinejad protestors in New York were not surprised. While the Iranian president portrays an image of a self-confident leader firmly in control of his country, several prominent pro-reform Iranians in the United States claim that Ahmadinejad’s support in Iran is waning.

They tell CNN that there are a growing number of conservatives in Iran who feel that Ahmadinejad’s provocative, controversial statements have directly resulted in world opinion turning against the country. CNN Radio’s Steve Kastenbaum spoke with Iranian dissidents in the U.S. about the state of the Green Movement in Iran today.

Listen to Steve Kastenbaum’s conversation with an Iranian journalist and CNN’s Reza Sayah here:

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  1. FAY

    THE GROUP THAT DEMOSTRATED INFRONT OF UN,ARE NOT A REPRESENTATIVE OF THE IRANIAN-AMERICAM COMMUNITY,THEY ARE THE TERRORIST GROUP MOGAHEDIN KHALGH(MK),THE NEO CONS CAN RENAME THEM BUT THEY WILL ALWYAS BE THE TERRORIST GROUP FOR ALL IRANIANS.THE PEOPLE WHO STARTED THE GREEN MOVEMENT WOULD NOT WANT TO BE ASSOCIATED WITH THIS GROUP,THEY ARE NOT NAIEVE TO GET RID OF ONE DICTATOR,,REPLACED WITH THE MK PEOPLE.

    September 23, 2010 at 3:09 pm | Report abuse |
  2. ekim corcho

    that emmit dude must be a frog... sore loser..small brain and hands i assume that smell of cabbage

    September 23, 2010 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
  3. pierce

    Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's real name is Monkey Boy.

    LOL

    September 23, 2010 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Lee Oates

    So much for the concept of free speach in a democratic society.

    September 23, 2010 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Dave

    I have a hard time understanding why Iranians thought replacing the Shah with this government was an improvement. The Shah loved Iran and wanted it to succeed. This Islamic government wants to turn Iran into an Arab country. They have enslaved their own people and, sadly, they did it with Iranian public support.

    September 23, 2010 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kawser

      Dave, I dont think you know the history, do you? This is 2010, seek the knowledge / truth, its very easy.

      September 23, 2010 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Lee Oates

    I have tried to put a legitimate comment on here 5 times and each time it has been rejected.

    September 23, 2010 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Lee Oates

    Someone has assumed the right to shape the news here. Another swing to facism?

    September 23, 2010 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
  8. RSAT4

    Iranians are united, you can what ever you want about them but theirs something special about them. American please start to respect other nations and their culture. Any who told you that you are the choosen.

    September 23, 2010 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Lee Oates

    Interesting. I can get this through, but not a legitimate comment......who is controling the news, for what reason?

    September 23, 2010 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
  10. RSAT4

    Iranians are united, you can say what ever you want about them but theirs something special about them. American please start to respect other nations and their culture. Any who told you that you are the chosen.

    September 23, 2010 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Lee Oates

    OK...I'll put it on a sentence at a time. I don't believe in censorship.

    September 23, 2010 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Lee Oates

    Ahmadinejad and Hitler have a lot in common and Ahmadinejad should be removed by the people of Iran.

    September 23, 2010 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Lee Oates

    I am sure that eventually the people of Iran will manage to do just that. President Obama is wise not to directly interfere by another invasiion which unfortunately would give us 3 wars to content with, and which would unify the people of Iran against us.

    September 23, 2010 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Lee Oates

    And chances are if we did, the US would simply install another dictator. It is up to the Iranian people to resolve this issue, and eventually it will.

    September 23, 2010 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Jon

    Message to the Iranian youth – people in America understand your predicament. You are in an epic struggle to reclaim your land from the despotic leaders who have taken control of Iran through force.

    Be brave, be resilient, and be free.

    September 23, 2010 at 3:51 pm | Report abuse |
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