The "bad boys" of the international stage, Iran's President Ahmadinejad, Libya's Colonel Qaddafi, and Venezuela's Hugo Chavez, face more opposition than usual this time.
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But the climate awaiting Mr. Ahmadinejad and the other bad boys of the international political stage – Libyan President Muammar Qaddafi, who is visiting the US and the UN for the first time, and Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez – promises to be even more negative than usual this year.
Ahmadinejad arrives after months of bloody political unrest at home, following a contested reelection in June that has left the international human rights community firmly opposed to his regime. Qaddafi hits the New York tarmac with emotions still raw over the recent release of convicted Lockerbie bomber Abdel al-Megrahi to a hero's welcome in Tripoli. And Mr. Chavez continues to rack up international opposition over his actions at home squelching freedom of speech, and over his perceived meddling in next door neighbor Colombia's affairs.