The rumor is that Iranian president Ahmadinejad will be the new face of Banana Republic. Just a rumor, but we are tracking that story as it unfolds live here in San Francisco. But we are learning from the Huffington Post that a rift between Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei is bubbling over into irreconcilable differences. Like a divorce, a messy one.
According to HP: The schism began months ago, but came to a head in recent weeks when Ahmadinejad dismissed Intelligence Minister Heidar Moslehi. Khamenei, who has final authority on all political decisions, immediately re-instated the minister in a move widely perceived as a rebuke to the president.
In retaliation, Ahmadinejad skipped two Cabinet meetings, but by Sunday, May 1, he signaled he was stepping down from the fight. According to the AP, he ended “his apparent boycott of Cabinet meetings and accusing the U.S. and Israel of exaggerating internal rifts.”
We look forward to fashion statements and US comments in the coming days…
Artist Gil Vicente knows how to get some attention, as his series of drawings of assassinations of very symbolic world leaders, “Enemeis,” is causing a stir at the Sao Paulo Art Biennel. Already, the Brazilian Bar Association demanded “Enemies” be removed shortly after making its debut Saturday. We think killing Bush, the Pope, the Queen, and the Iranian President Ahmadinejad would get you noticed.
If you are President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of Iran and you come to NYC, about a stones throw from the site of the 9/11 plane smash into the WTO, and you call out the USA in front of the United Nations for “orchestrating” the whole thing to save Israel, you officially do not give a fuck if you start a war. He basically just dared the US and its allies to drop some bombs on Tehran. Not pretty. For anyone. Wonder where he ate in Manhattan last night?