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Iran's Secret 'Interfaith' Outreach in America
by Ryan Mauro
The Clarion Project recently exposed how an Iranian regime front based in New York donated to over 30 colleges and over 60 Islamic centers and organizations in North America. Like Sunni Islamists, the Shiite Iranian regime also finds interfaith engagement to be a worthwhile investment.
The data was found by combing the website and published financial reports of the Alavi Foundation, an alleged Iranian regime front. The Foundation's offices were searched after evidence surfaced that it was sending money to a bank that is sanctioned by the U.S. because of its role in Iran's nuclear program. U.S. government investigator said "the government of Iran really controlled everything about the foundation."
One of the Alavi Foundation's primary functions is to influence public opinion. U.S. officials said that it "promotes Tehran's views on world affairs" and a prominent Iranian in California bluntly accuses it of being part of the regime's "propaganda machine." This should put the foundation's donations in new light, especially when the money went to major power players like the William J. Clinton Foundation, which received $30,000 in 2005.
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