Iranian Blogs: Unrest in University, Ahmadinejad in UN

Government chose a cleric and university Professor, Ayatollah Amid Zanjani, as chancellor of Tehran University. There are many questions and concerns about his education and conservative political background. Fanous ( Link in Persian), a collective blog, writes that Mr.Amid Zanjani has no university degree and government imposed his choice on university . According to Fanous, all of us in university have read his Islamic revolution & its roots book and all know he has nothing to do with university & research mentality.

Students in Tehran University protested against Mr.Amid Zanjani. It is said Iranian state is increasing security forces in universities. Hanif Mazroi(Link in Persian) considers student protest against new head of Tehran University useless. He also says he has a PhD from university. Further information from Khalagi, Iranian researcher based in Washington Institue, showed he was wrong on this point.According to Khalagi, Amid Zanjani is a conservative cleric close to Motalefeh »(a very conservative group) and several times he was their candidate for parliamentary election. He is the first cleric as the head of University of Tehran, but during last two decades Iranian universities have experienced leadership of clerics many times.

Another hot issue in sites and even international newspapers is Mr.Ahmadinejad’s story in UN. He claims during his speech in UN a light surrounded him ( he means supernatural light).(Link in Persian in BBC).
Abthai (Link in Persian), former Vice President, says if by this light he means presence of Hidden Imam is not acceptable in our religion.

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