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Iranian supreme leader doubles down on struggle against American 'arrogance'

In a speech to Iranian university students, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei warned about US influence in universities.
Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei speaks live on television after casting his ballot in the Iranian presidential election in Tehran June 12, 2009. REUTERS/Caren Firouz  (IRAN POLITICS ELECTIONS HEADSHOT) - RTR24KM5
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During a speech to university students July 11, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei warned about a Marxist influence on Iranian universities, saying “certainly American money is behind it because there is no incentive [otherwise], so they give money. Dividing the university students is a great blessing for them, and one of these divisions is to make Marxism alive again.”

The Iranian supreme leader's statements reflect less concern about Marxism, which may or may not be on the rise in Iranian universities since its peak in pre-1979 revolutionary Iran, and more about American influence, especially now that the nuclear deal between Iran and the world powers appears to be reaching its final days and one of the main points of contention between Iran and the West seems to be dissolving.

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