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Iran Faculty Dismissals Seen as Result of New Policy

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Science  30 Apr 2010:
Vol. 328, Issue 5978, pp. 560
DOI: 10.1126/science.328.5978.560-a

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Iran's government has begun to remove academics who oppose the authoritarian regime of President Mahmoud Ahmedinijad, according to human-rights activists in the country. Activists say that the dismissal this month of two electrical engineering professors at the Iran University of Science and Technology in Tehran is consistent with a recent edict by the Iranian science minister to fire faculty members who do not share "the regime's direction."