Skip to comments.Iran frees Iranian-American from prison (Soros connection)
Posted on 09/20/2007 12:38:11 PM PDT by Calpernia
Iran has released an Iranian-American academic from prison but judiciary officials said he was not free to leave the country, the official IRNA news agency reported on Thursday.
Kian Tajbakhsh, a consultant with George Soros's New York-based Open Society Institute, was detained in May on spying charges while visiting Iran.
"Tajbakhsh was released on Wednesday night on around $100,000 bail, but he cannot leave the country," a judiciary spokesman said. "The judge of his case should issue special permission to lift the ban on his departure."
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Isn’t this guy a Colombia grad?
Interesting timing considering Imanutjob is speaking there soon.
Maybe arrangments could be made for a trade. Tajbakhsh for O.J.
plus some cash, and a felon to be named later
Answer to self:
Dr. Tajbakhsh taught Urban Policy and Politics at the New School for Social Research in New York City. He received his BA from Imperial College, London in 1983, his M.Sc. from University College, London in 1984, and his Ph.D. from Columbia University in 1993.
Life was different at Columbia University in 1968. There was a war and a draft. Up until the previous year, the University had routinely furnished class rank lists to the draft board (b), so if you had poor grades, off you went (of course, privileged Columbia students still had it better than the many kids drafted right out of high school, but that's another story). There were ROTC drills on South Field, military and CIA recruiters on campus, and classified military research in the labs (c). The Civil Rights movement had become the Black Liberation movement, and Black Panthers and Young Lords -- and Soul music -- captured students' imaginations. The women's movement was beginning to shake everybody up, especially guys who thought they were already progressive enough. Dr. King had just been killed and the cities were in flames. You couldn't ignore all this.
Throughout the mid-to-late 60s there was all sorts of political activity on campus -- teach-ins on Pentagon economics, Sundial rallies against the war, demonstrations against class rank reporting, confrontations with military recruiters, etc. It was an era of bullhorns. Amidst all this, the University was constructing a new gym in Morningside Park -- the barrier separating Columbia from Harlem -- with a "back door" on the Harlem side. This offended many people, and one day in April some students went to Morningside Drive and tore down the fence, attempting to break into the construction site. They were restrained by police and some were arrested. The ensuing Sundial rally wandered into Hamilton Hall and stayed the night. The original idea was that the united student body, or at least the considerable left wing of it (how times have changed) would occupy Hamilton until the charges against the students were dropped and some other demands were met. Various factions debated tactics and what the demands should be. Eventually six demands were formulated. Their thrust was against Columbia's complicity the war, against racism, and for better and more responsible relations with the surrounding communities.
Wow Calpernia! Thanks for the plethora of information, I learn so much from fellow FReepers.
That is strange. Maybe it was a secret condition of his release that the speaking engagement be set up? Don’t have time tonight to do the research, will see what I can find out on this tomorrow.
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