Iran Plans to Exert More Influence on American Academia

Iran Plans to Exert More Influence on American Academia

Iran Plans to Exert More Influence on American Academia - Princeton University
Iran Plans to Exert More Influence on American Academia - Princeton University
Iran Plans to Exert More Influence on American Academia – Princeton University

Democrats and Republicans have been critical of the Obama administration’s continuing appeasement policies and loosening of sanctions against Iran that will now open the door to Iranian radical presence in American academia, the Clarion Project (CP) reported.

Stephen Schwartz of the Clarion Project warned that American academia, which has revealed itself to be markedly susceptible to the intrigues of the Saudi-based radical Wahhabi sect and the Muslim Brotherhood, and now with Iran, must be stopped before Iranian infiltration further metastasizes.

Since 2014, admission of Iranian students to U.S. colleges and universities has been permitted by the U.S. Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control. Iran has yet to flood the U.S. with its own professors, Schwartz reported.

Schwartz profiled three Iranian ideological functionaries penetrating U.S. universities that include Ebrahim Mohseni, Seyed Mohammad Marandi (by long-distance control from Iran), and Ali Akbar Alikhani.

In one instance, in 2013, a diatribe broadcast by the Russian Sputnik News Agency, Marandi defended Ahmadinejad’s repeated calls to wipe Israel off the map by declaring that “Israel must cease to exist” and adding that “the political entity in this case meant military extinction.”

“Nevertheless, there are indications that an Iranian wave may soon hit the American academic community,” said Schwartz. “A network of apologists for the Iranian clerical regime already exists within the Middle East studies departments of American educational institutions. How much will this attitude grow in light of the Obama administration’s turn toward Tehran?”

With the seriousness of what the Obama administration has done in dealing with Iran, Schwartz reported that on September 30, 2016, Alavi launched a petition calling for support to maintain 36 Muslim congregations, 23 schools, and 30 currently existing programs at American universities. They include Harvard, Princeton, Hunter College and Hartford Seminary, along with student loans, free gifts of books on Islam and Persian culture and free medical clinics.

“In the era of Obama’s positive gestures toward Iran, Mohseni and Alikhani may be no more than scouts examining the terrain for a campaign to more thoroughly penetrate American academia, “said Schwartz.

“Given the American Middle East studies establishment’s long, sordid record of welcoming Islamist funding and operatives, and the proliferation of American professors who share Iran’s official anti-American and anti-Israel views, stopping this infiltration before it further metastasizes is imperative.”

Read the in-depth look at the three Iranian functionaries penetrating U.S. Academia at the Clarion Project.

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