January 5th, 2010 | Uncategorized

Iran names Yale among blacklisted organizations

Iran’s Ministry of Intelligence named Yale one of 60 “subversive” international organizations accused of creating unrest in Iran after the country’s June elections, the Los Angeles Times reported on its Web site Monday.

Citing two Iranian news agencies, the L.A. Times said an unnamed Iranian deputy minister of intelligence for foreign affairs made the announcement at a news conference Monday. The minister reportedly said Iranians should have no contact with the 60 organizations, which were accused of being part of an anti-Iran plot backed by the United States, Great Britain and Israel.

“Having any relation, signing any contract with them or receiving any facilities from individuals or legal entities affiliated to those institutions and foundations are illegal and forbidden,” the minister reportedly said, adding that it is illegal for Iranian political groups to receive “cash and non-cash assistance” from the named organizations.

According to a report from the Islamic Republic News Agency, linked to by the L.A. Times, other blacklisted organizations include the Hoover Institution, Stanford University’s public policy research center; the Brookings Institution, a Washington think tank; Human Rights Watch, a non-governmental organization that has recorded human rights abuses of Iranian dissidents; multiple American organizations that promote democracy abroad; and several international, Persian-language news outlets, including BBC Persian and Voice of America.