Maclean’s magazine reports that Carleton University in Ottawa last weekend hosted a pro-Islamic Republic of Iran propaganda event sponsored in part by the Iranian embassy.
The conference, “The Contemporary Awakening and Imam Khomeini’s Thoughts,” was held to commemorate the 23 anniversary of the death of the Islamic Republic’s founding dictator, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini. It was presented by the Cultural Centre of the Islamic Republic of Iran, which is run out of Iran’s embassy on Metcalfe Street, and the Iranian Cultural Association of Carleton University.
The Maclean’s article reports that speakers included Kurt Anders Richardson who said Khomeini “was the one who emphasized the equality of human beings, the equality of male and female.” Journalist Michael Petrou notes this revelation may surprise Iranians, thousands of whom have been tortured, raped, and murdered during Khomeini’s reign and its aftermath.
Press TV, Islamic Republic’s English-language television propaganda arm which HRC recently took to task in a recent oped in Huffington Post, was on hand to mark the event and toe the Iranian line.