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Iran reaches Latin America with latest export: Hispan TV

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Iran’s saber-rattling authoritarian president, announced on Tuesday the inauguration of his country’s newest television channel, Hispan TV, which will broadcast a variety of programming in Spanish 24 hours a day.

The President’s announcement comes on the heels of his four-nation tour of Latin America in mid-January, which rolled through the leftist countries of Nicaragua, Cuba, Venezuela and Ecuador.

With Hispan TV, the Iranian government plans to reach millions of Spanish-speakers worldwide and break the hold on such people by, what Ahmadinejad termed, “dominance seekers.”

Given that Iranian television already broadcasts in five languages, the launch of Hispan TV isn’t so peculiar, since Spanish is the second-most natively-spoken language in the world after Mandarin Chinese. Still, Iran’s attempts to enter the homes of Latin America via satellite will only further rile leaders in Washington, who already accuse the Iranians of targeting Latin America as region for terrorist training and recruitment.

At a ceremony held in Tehran on Tuesday, President Ahmadinejad ended his speech by brandishing his Spanish skills: “Viva la Paz! Viva el Pueblo! Viva América Latina!”

Read more at The Guardian.

About Adriana Villavicencio

Dr. Adriana Villavicencio is the youngest child of Ecuadorian immigrants. She has moved 29 times in her life, taking her on a journey from California to Bangalore, India, and New York City, where she recently earned a Ph.D. in Education Leadership and works as a Research Associate at New York University. An avid traveler, Adriana has collected experiences in four different continents and 16 different countries. But as a former high school English teacher, some of her fondest memories are those of her brilliant and brilliantly funny students in Brooklyn and Oakland. Adriana has contributed to several publications including the Daily News and, and is a managing editor for the Journal of Equity in Education. She earned a B.A. in English and an M.A. in English Education at Columbia University, and currently serves on the board of Columbia’s Latino Alumni Association (LAACU). She enjoys scary movies with red vines, Sauvignon Blanc, and her Maltese dog, Napoleon.

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  1. Iran is killing Islam and Muslims. Iran is a republic destroying Islam & Muslims. Everything Iran’s clerics do is against Islam.

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