Update 11:55 a.m: Ahmadinejad's speech wrapped up around a quarter to noon and entailed a broad mix of critiques on the global media, Israel's occupation of Palestine, Saddam Hussein, the U.S. wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, nuclear proliferation and environmental policy. You can hear the audio from the entire speech below, provided by Reuters' Matthew Keys:
Overall, the Iranian president's use of abstract imagery and religious anecdotes left a number of viewers somewhat confused. But hey, at least the chyron operator at CNN had a good time:
Update 11:40 a.m: Not unusual for Ahmadinejad's speech to include religious allusions, but his reference to Jesus Christ did surprise some tweeps:
(Though it doesn't consider him the son of God, Christ is generally viewed as a prophet according to Islamic scholars.) Overall, however, not the most exciting or controversial speech.
Update 11:37 a.m: Ahmadinejad gets something right about the economy, according to Business Insider's Henry Blodget:
Update 11:33 a.m: A number of observers noted Ahmadinejad's lack of tie at the UN. Fortunately, the BBC provides an explainer on the Iranian aversion to ties here.
Update 11:27 a.m: Fortunately for Ahmadinejad, he won't be facing as tough an audience as usual. NBC's Andrea Mitchell tweets that the U.S. is boycotting today's speech because the U.N. scheduled it on Yom Kippur. As a result, we "won't see the usual walkout," she notes. ABC News has more on the boycott here.
Original post: He was warned not to use any "inflammatory rhetoric" for his final speech to the United Nations as president of Iran, but Mahmoud Ahmadinejad isn't a big fan of following orders. Today, the Iranian leader is set to deliver a wide-ranging address about Israel, the U.S., nuclear non-proliferation, the environment and other affairs. Watch MSNBC's livestream of the speech below, and we'll provide updates during the speech:
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