While we wait for Abbas — Jamaica’s PM is up now, to be followed by Cape Verde’s president and then Abbas — you might want to read a few of the pieces we’ve carried that relate to this UN General Assembly gathering.
Here’s Haviv Gur on the anti-Ahmadinejad protests at the Iranian president’s Warwick Hotel base. Noted Gur: On Tuesday, while the Iranian president was at meetings in the UN, bicyclists with specially outfitted posters rode around the hotel calling to boycott it. A commenter on the uber-popular recommendations website Yelp noted that “This hotel likes to support regimes committed to destroying the U.S. and other western countries. Its hosting of the delegation this week is yet another example of money over values.”
Guests not attached to the diplomatic delegation were bewildered as they wheeled suitcases past machine gun-armed NYPD police, some on horseback, and through metal detectors at the front entrance.