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Iran’s Gov’t Warns Its Citizens: Don’t Go To Canada - You Could Be Killed; Meantime, Ahmadinejad Liv
September 27, 2012
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One thing about Iran's government - you never quite know what it's up to or what to expect.

There are the obvious, serious issues like the possibility Iran is building a nuclear weapon.

And then, there's stuff that comes right out of left field.

Like a travel warning against, of all places, Canada. If you didn't hear, Iran's government is warning its citizens not to travel to this country.

Iran's foreign ministry says "Islamphobia" and "Iranophobia" are growing in Canada and Iranians who come to Canada could face possible arrest, attacks, expulsion and murder.

The government also warns Iranians to be careful not to walk into traps laid by criminal groups.

"Given the fact that Iran has no longer an embassy in Canada and some anti-Iranian groups in the country have a good opportunity to take revenge on the Iranian nationals, the nationals should be vigilant about the issue," the Tehran Times reported.

Apparently, Iran's foreign ministry also said that Iranians in Canada have lost the right to access their bank accounts to "do ordinary transactions."

Canada's foreign minister John Baird called the Iranian travel warning "absolutely ridiculous."

All of this comes after Prime Minister Stephen Harper's government decided to close Canada's embassy in Tehran and expel Iranian diplomats from Ottawa.

Yesterday, the CBC's David Common asked Ahmadinejad about Iran's relations with Canada. Ahmadinejad said "I fundamentally don't see this as a very important issue."

Which basically amounts to "I don't care."

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Ahmadinejad has been in New York this week for a meeting of the UN General Assembly. He's been staying in the upscale Warwick hotel and apparently, he's living it up.

The New York Daily News and the U.K.'s Daily Mail say Ahmadinejad booked two entire floors for himself (where suites cost up to $1600 a night) and has had three personal chefs at his disposal.

Meantime, the papers say Ahmadinejad's aides have been out shopping at discount stores, stocking up on shampoo, soap, vitamins and cheap clothing - all of which stuff is difficult to get in Iran these days because of UN sanctions.

Apparently, one man bought a $40 pair of children's shoes - which was pretty much all of his spending money.

Ahmadinejad spoke yesterday at the UN General Assembly. Later, during a news conference, he thanked the New York Police Department for helping him get through traffic.

He also said that after eight years of coming to New York, his one regret is not being able to see more of the city and meet the "friendly New Yorkers."

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During his speech at the UN, Ahmadinejad calling for a "new world order" to replace the current era of American "bullying."

"I do believe the system of empires has reached the end of the road. The world can no longer see an emperor commanding it," he said.

"Capitalism is bogged down in a self-made quagmire," he said, which could allow for other nations to "play a more active role" in global decision making.

Ahmadinejad also said Iran is committed to peace, but accused the world's powers of a double standard when it comes to nuclear weapons.

Canadian and American diplomats walked out before Ahmadinejad took the stage.

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