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Tuesday, November 24, 2009

American universities whoring themselves for Iranian money

Remember when Columbia University invited Ahmadinejad to come talk to students. Well, they got a nice payoff from that.
Anti-Israel, pro-Iran university professors are being funded by a shadowy multimillion-dollar Islamic charity based in Manhattan that the feds charge is an illegal front for the repressive Iranian regime.

The deep-pocketed Alavi Foundation has aggressively given away hundreds of thousands of dollars to Columbia University and Rutgers University for Middle Eastern and Persian studies programs that employ professors sympathetic to the Iranian dictatorship.

"We found evidence that the government of Iran really controlled everything about the foundation," said Adam Kaufmann, investigations chief at the Manhattan District Attorney's Office.

Federal law-enforcement authorities are in the midst of seizing up to $650 million in assets from the Alavi Foundation, which they charge funnels money to Iran-supported Islamic schools in the United States and to a syndicate of Iranian spies based in Europe.

In one of the biggest handouts, the controversial charity donated $100,000 to Columbia University after the Ivy League school agreed to host Iranian leader and Holocaust denier Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, according to the foundation's 2007 tax filings obtained by The Post.

Rutgers professor Hooshang Amirahmadi, former head of the school's Center for Middle Eastern Studies and president of the American-Iranian Council, a nonprofit advocacy group, unabashedly has touted Hezbollah and Hamas as legitimate organizations and not terrorists.

Between 2005 and 2007, the Alavi Foundation donated $351,600 to the Rutgers Persian language program, a spokesman for the school acknowledged. The university would not comment further.

Alavi's Web site says its mission is the "promotion of Islamic culture and Persian language."

"This is all about Iran laundering their policies through academe," said Michael Rubin, an Iran expert at the American Enterprise Institute think tank. "And the ivory tower is prostituting itself for money."
Whores for Iran. Just whom you want to be teachers for your children.


tfhr said...

Now it's liberal $cholar with an $.

Skay said...

Sort of like Mary Landrieu--seems to be a liberal thing.

Bachbone said...

No surprise to me that President Lee Bollinger is following his sterling leftist record at Univ. of Michigan (National Review) with worse actions at Columbia. It is a surprise that he hasn't yet found a spot on the Obama team in Washington.

Pat Patterson said...

These things do seem to be repeated. During the 70's and until the Islamic Revolution a lot of money was funneled to USC to endow a chair named after the Pahlavi family as well as sending some of Persia's best students to study here. Most stayed after the Revolution so it was a gain for the US.

The difference was that various leftist groups would regularly demonstrate outside of the school by Harbor Fwy and Exhibition demanding the ouster of the butcher in Tehran, the Shah. But for some reason the left is giving this current situation a pass.