In September, the Islamic Republic put to death the champion wrestler Navid Afkari on blatantly false charges; his real crime was criticism of the country’s tyrannical rulers. Wrestling is a major sport in Iran, especially popular among the lower classes. With the Tokyo Olympics scheduled to begin in the summer of 2021, Hossein Khosrov Ali Vaziri (the wrestler known as the “Iron Sheikh”), Benjamin Weinthal, and Alireza Nader urge the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to take action:
The Olympics Should Ban Iran for Its Execution of a Dissident Wrestler
At America’s Best Universities, Biblical Religion Is a Curiosity, if Not a Menace
At the time of Columbia University’s founding in 1784, notes Meir Soloviechik, the leader of the local synagogue, Gershom Mendes Seixas, was made a member of its board of regents. A Jewish student even gave a commencement address, composed by Seixas, in Hebrew. In the 20th century, Columbia attracted numerous Jews with the relaxation of quotas, and was the first secular university to create a chair in Jewish history. Barnard College, Columbia’s all-women’s school, was itself founded by a Jewish woman, and today has a large number of Orthodox Jewish students.