Skip to comments.Ottawa’s closure of Iranian embassy leaves international students in tough spot
Posted on 09/09/2012 5:43:55 AM PDT by Loyalist
The first people affected by the Canadian governments decision to close the Iranian embassy in Ottawa were Iranian international students who had come to the capital to renew their visas.
Canada announced it would close Irans embassy in Ottawa on Friday and asked all embassy staff to leave the country within five days citing, among other reasons, Irans increasing military assistance to (Syrias) Assad regime.
According to the Citizenship and Immigration Canada, in 2010 (the most recent statistics available) 3,247 international students from Iran were studying at the university level in Canada. ....
For international students, some of whom receive funding each semester from the Iranian government, (Professor Ramin) Jahanbegloo said money might be slow to flow in as the embassy traditionally had to sign off on cheques.
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One of the benefits of cutting off diplomatic relations with Iran and imposing economic sanctions is that the Canadian government can now go after Iranian government money and assets here.
Somehow I doubt that all these monies are student loans, and that all their recipients are innocent students struggling to make ends meet.
If not, the Iranian embassy still had quite a hold on their students to do the Iranian government's bidding or lose their money. Otherwise, why would the Iranian embassy have been signing their cheques?
How does one say, “Get the hell out” in French. the Candians wont mess around.
And there are Iranian students in western countries because???
International students? So the term "foreign students" has somehow become politically incorrect.
Foutez le camp d'ici!
Tuition money. In some cases tuition rates for foreign students is higher that tuition for US students (illegals of course is a different story). And the foreign students if supported by their government or NGO, they pay the bill upfront with cash (check).
Aww, gee, now they will have to go to Mexico to be able to sneak across the border.
I just prefer to say “Tough Shi’ite.” Go home and fix your friggin problem.
No doubt Dear Reader would welcome fellow Islamists with open arms.
It’s Harper who doesn’t mess around. There are still lots of bleeding hearts in Canada. But go ahead and bleed its more important to sever relations with a terrorist nation like Iran.
Girls and boys (AKA “children”) hit the hardest...
Importantly, during the Cold War, it was known that the Soviets would base espionage operations in a country next to the target country. There are all sorts of advantages to doing so. And this was why the Soviet “Canadian Interests Section” was enormous, because it was used to spy on America.
However, long before then, just after World War I, the RCMP had busted up a large communist effort to overthrow the Canadian government, which made the RCMP develop a top notch counterintelligence branch.
This prevented any Nazi efforts in Canada during WWII, and with the Cold War, the counterintelligence branch went into overdrive, working hand in glove with the US intelligence agencies against the Soviet threat.
In any event, the Iranians probably had similar plans, to use Canada as a staging area to attack the US. But this really gums up the works, as it could result in hundreds of al-Quds fighters being told to go home.
Of course, many may try to claim refugee status, but this won’t fly because they were there for a long time on student visas, and said nothing about being refugees.
So, buh-bye to Canada.
You’re totally correct.
Many “students” there are not students at all, even if they attend colleges and universities.
I suspect & have heard over the yrs that there are more than a few affiliates & associates of Iranian officials who have significant investments in Canada. Rafsanjani is an obvious one.
I wish many more western countries would do what Canada has done & cut off diplomatic & trade ties with Iran. Sanctions as they stand do not hurt the regime much.