The curious case of ‘woke’ Ahmadinejad

The former Iranian president mixes criticism of American racism with anti-Israel comments. Ahmadinejad quoted the Tupac song “Changes” to amplify his statements.

“How can one be indifferent to the sufferings, discrimination and inequalities of millions?”
“Everyone has the right to live with respect, dignity and comfort.”

These are things that many people have said before, in different wordings and contexts.
But this week, the unlikely person who made these statements on Twitter was former Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

Ahmadinejad presided over the Islamic Republic when it topped lists of state executions, including as punishment for homosexuality; killed dozens of protesters on the street; and discriminated against its minorities.

Now, Ahmadinejad has a new persona. He’s now “woke” – a slang term for enlightened, often used to describe adherents of left-wing politics – but he has not dropped his anti-Israel and antisemitic attitudes. Continue reading


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