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Family Planning Scholar Arrested on Vague Accusations in Tehran

Expand Iran's national flags are seen on a square in Tehran February 10, 2012. © 2012 Reuters Two academics with ties to Australian universities are among those arrested or required to go to a police station to face questioning in Iran during a weeks-long crackdown. The Iranian authorities claim those arrested used scientific projects as a cover to infiltrate Iran and create obstacles for the country’s plans to increase its birth rate. The accusation is another use by Iranian authorities of the vaguely defined word ‘infiltration,’ a word the authorities have repeatedly used to justify the…

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