As the U.S. and its allies try to stop Iran’s nuclear weapons program, Iran is doing its best to spread its propaganda around the globe, and now they are doing it in our own backyard. The Islamic country’s news agency recently launched a Spanish-language TV channel, Hispan TV, with the support and help of Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez. The channel pushes anti-American, anti-West and, in some cases, anti-Christian messages.
Abbas Milani is the director of Iranian Studies at Stanford University; he says Iran has tried this before in other languages, including an attempt in English that the British Government eventually banned from its airwaves. In Latin America, however, Iran has made friends with other hard-line regimes that will support its propaganda machine, friendly ears from leaders found in Venezuela, Nicaragua, Bolivia, Ecuador and Cuba.
“I would not be at all surprised at the anti-Americanism and anti-Semitism, sometimes in overt form, sometimes in the form of the rhetoric of anti-Zionism is going to be very much a mainstay of that ideology, as it is in every other television program,” says Milani.