Professor Pens CNN Piece on Ahmadinejad

Eduardo Gomez, an assistant professor of public policy & administration at Rutgers-Camden, has written commentary for on the criticism Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad faced after he embraced the grieving mother of the late Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez.

Gomez writes, “Back home in Tehran, Ahmadinejad was immediately bashed by newspapers and by conservative politicians who cited a religious prohibition against touching a woman who is not your wife or a relative. While theology is a factor, there may have been a deeper message to this backlash from Tehran: that it’s no longer cool to be supporting Chávez, his family and political allies, and that this alliance, like others cultivated by Chávez, may be in jeopardy.”

Read the rest of Gomez’s opinion piece right here.

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