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Iran's Ahmadinejad could break bread with Columbia students


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Guess who’s coming to dinner.

Columbia University students may get the chance to dine with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Sept. 21, reports the school’s student newspaper.

Ahmadinejad has made controversial remarks about the U.S., Israel and the existence of the Holocaust, prompting Columbia President Lee Bollinger to label him a “petty and cruel dictator” when he visited the campus in 2007 for a talk. This time, he’s being invited to a private dinner in midtown with members of the Columbia International Relations Council and Association, according to the Columbia Spectator.

The group may bring along 15 students to share a meal with the pugnacious president.

His previous appearance at Columbia resulted in large protests and divided the campus over freedom of speech.

Ahmadinejad and an Iranian delegation plan to come to New York this month for the U.N. General Assembly’s opening session, which begins Tuesday.


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