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La Repubblica - Italy | 05/12/2011

Shooting down of drone highlights Iran threat

The Iranian military has shot down a US drone, Iranian media reported on Sunday. This could have been the unmanned aircraft Nato said it had lost control of in neighbouring Afghanistan. The sabre-rattling is growing louder, warns the left-liberal daily La Repubblica: "The victorious announcement of the shooting down of a US drone is part of the regime's battle cry. At this point Tehran is still fighting a war of words and propaganda that promotes its domestic interests. Apart from the prospect of sudden attacks on US and Israeli bases in the region which Tehran has repeatedly threatened to carry out there is the far more concrete prospect of an entirely different act of reprisal that should be a cause of concern: the closure of the Strait of Hormuz [between Iran and Oman] through which 40 percent of the oil destined for the West is transported. This would indeed be a declaration of war on a world that is currently suffering the consequences of the recession."

La Repubblica - Italy | 24/09/2009

The bad guys upstage the good

Libyan leader Muammar al-Gaddafi and Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad both delivered controversial speeches at the General Assembly of the United Nations on Wednesday. The left-liberal daily La Repubblica comments on the ensuing protests in several countries: "On the one hand you've got Gaddafi saying that the UN is like al-Qaida. And on the other you've got Ahmadinejad attacking Israel and forcing the diplomats of many countries led by France, Italy and the US, to leave the room in protest at his repugnant and offensive anti-Semitic rhetoric. The good guys only win out in the movies. On the stage of the UN, the day [US President] Barack Obama addressed the assembly, the bad guys stole the show: Muammar al-Gaddafi and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. That is the other side of the democracy coin."

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