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(WORLD) Iran announces plan to purge universities of Western influences…

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img.metro.co.uk__ayatollahAP_450x300Source: Los Angeles Times

Humanities curricula will be revised to bring them more in line with Islamic principles, an official says. Critics say the move is based on ‘fascism and totalitarianism.’

September 7, 2009

Reporting from Beirut – A hard-line deputy of Iran’s supreme leader announced steps Sunday to purge Iranian universities of Western influences even as the government faced accusations of “fascism and totalitarianism” leveled by the country’s former president.

Hamid Reza Ayatollahi, head of a government body that oversees universities, announced a plan to revise humanities curricula to bring them more in line with Islamic principles.

“Many of the syllabuses taught to students majoring in humanities are not in line with Iranian and Islamic culture and therefore their revision is a must,” Ayatollahi said in a statement published by Iranian news agencies.

A committee has been established to “eliminate certain curricula and replace them with Islamic materials,” he said.

The effort stemmed from a speech last week by supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who said that humanities courses result in “disbelief in Islamic and divine teachings” and are mostly based on “materialist philosophical concepts causing misgivings about religious principles.”

Read more: http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/la-fg-ira…

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September 7, 2009 at 9:16 am

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(WORLD) Missing channel pirate ship carried Russian arms for Iran…

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www.timesonline.co.uk_The Arctic Sea mysteriously disappeared off the coast of France on 1 August 2009_Arctic_Sea_602263a

A CARGO ship that vanished in the Channel was carrying arms to Iran and was being tracked by Mossad, the Israeli security service, according to sources in both Russia and Israel.

The Arctic Sea, officially carrying a cargo of timber worth £1.3m, disappeared en route from Finland to Algeria on July 24. It was recovered off west Africa on August 17 when eight alleged hijackers were arrested. The Kremlin has consistently denied that the vessel was carrying a secret cargo. It claims the ship was hijacked by criminals who demanded a £1m ransom.

The official version was challenged by sources in Tel Aviv and Moscow who claimed the ship had been loaded with S-300 missiles, Russia’s most advanced anti-aircraft weapon, while undergoing repairs in the Russian port of Kaliningrad.

Mossad, which closely monitors arms supplies to Iran, is said to have tipped off the Russian government that the shipment had been sold by former military officers linked to the underworld. READ MORE

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September 5, 2009 at 7:59 pm

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