obrigado thor.a noticia que vinha no telegraph:Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's vitriolic attacks on the Jewish world hide an astonishing secret TelegraphA photograph of the Iranian president holding up his identity card during elections in March 2008 clearly shows his family has Jewish roots. A close-up of the document reveals he was previously known as Sabourjian – a Jewish name meaning cloth weaver. The short note scrawled on the card suggests his family changed its name to Ahmadinejad when they converted to embrace Islam after his birth. The Sabourjians traditionally hail from Aradan, Mr Ahmadinejad's birthplace, and the name derives from "weaver of the Sabour", the name for the Jewish Tallit shawl in Persia. The name is even on the list of reserved names for Iranian Jews compiled by Iran's Ministry of the Interior. Experts last night suggested Mr Ahmadinejad's track record for hate-filled attacks on Jews could be an overcompensation to hide his past. Ali Nourizadeh, of the Centre for Arab and Iranian Studies, said: "This aspect of Mr Ahmadinejad's background explains a lot about him. "Every family that converts into a different religion takes a new identity by condemning their old faith. "By making anti-Israeli statements he is trying to shed any suspicions about his Jewish connections. He feels vulnerable in a radical Shia society." A London-based expert on Iranian Jewry said that "jian" ending to the name specifically showed the family had been practising Jews. "He has changed his name for religious reasons, or at least his parents had," said the Iranian-born Jew living in London. "Sabourjian is well known Jewish name in Iran." A spokesman for the Israeli embassy in London said it would not be drawn on Mr Ahmadinejad's background. "It's not something we'd talk about," said Ron Gidor, a spokesman. The Iranian leader has not denied his name was changed when his family moved to Tehran in the 1950s. But he has never revealed what it was change from or directly addressed the reason for the switch. Relatives have previously said a mixture of religious reasons and economic pressures forced his blacksmith father Ahmad to change when Mr Ahmadinejad was aged four.During this year's presidential debate on television he was goaded to admit that his name had changed but he ignored the jibe. However Mehdi Khazali, an internet blogger, who called for an investigation of Mr Ahmadinejad's roots was arrested this summer. Mr Ahmadinejad has regularly levelled bitter criticism at Israel, questioned its right to exist and denied the Holocaust. British diplomats walked out of a UN meeting last month after the Iranian president denounced Israel's 'genocide, barbarism and racism.'
Bundesbank official under police investigation after blasting Turks for 'conquering Germany'A top official at the German Bundesbank is under police investigation after giving vent to a wild outburst against Berlin's Muslim population, resorting to language reminiscent of Nazi race theory. Dr Thilo Sarrazin, a member of the executive board and head of the bank's risk control operations, told Europe's culture magazine Lettre International that Turks with low IQs and poor child-rearing practices were "conquering Germany" by breeding two or three times as fast. "A large number of Arabs and Turks in this city, whose number has grown through bad policies, have no productive function other than as fruit and vegetable vendors," he said. "Forty per cent of all births occur in the underclasses. Our educated population is becoming stupider from generation to generation. What's more, they cultivate an aggressive and atavistic mentality. It's a scandal that Turkish boys won't listen to female teachers because that is what their culture tells them", he said. "I'd rather have East European Jews with an IQ that is 15pc higher than the German population," he said Dr Sarrazin has since apologised but his comments may have breached Germany's anti-racism laws. The Bundesbank's staff union said over the weekend that his position had become "untenable". Bundesbank chief Axel Weber found himself caught in the storm while attending the G7 summit in Istanbul, where Turkish newspapers have been in uproar. He was provided with bodyguards. "The Bundesbank is an institution held in high esteem in Germany. I see that a loss of reputation has arisen here," he said. Every member of the Bundesbank from chauffeur to cashier must look into their own conscience and judge themselves if they breach the bank's moral code, Mr Weber said. However, he may be in some difficulty himself if the Süddeutschen Zeitung is correct in reporting that he approved the Sarrizin interview after calling for certain changes. The dispute has overshadowed Mr Weber's warnings to Chancellor Angela Merkel's new coalition that Germany cannot afford years of loose fiscal policy. The budget deficit is already 6pc of GDP, yet the pro-business Free Democrats are pushing for tax cuts of almost €50bn. "There is very little room to reduce the tax burden on citizens unless spending is cut," he said. The Bundesbank has long argued that the key to raising growth rates is by structural reform. http/www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/banksandfinance/6259427/Bundesbank-official-under-police-investigation-after-blasting-Turks-for-conquering-Germany.html
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