Friday, January 1, 2010

The Iranian Regime Aims at Politically Minded Students

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United Press International (UPI)

The Iranian regime is reported to be quietly derailing academic and professional careers of some of the nation's best students.

Dozens of so-called "star students," mostly grad students, have been arrested since last Sunday's massive protests, some beaten by pro-government militia, some banned from further education by officials who consider them and their political activity a threat, The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday.

Some grad-school applicants in the summer of 2006, the first academic year in President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's first term in office, noticed stars beside their names on report cards issued by the government-run college-placement agency.

Students with one star could return to school after signing a consent to give up political activism, rights groups said, and those with two stars faced semester suspensions and interrogation sessions. Three stars meant a ban from education for life.