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  • Iran Takes Positive Steps to Resolve Banking Issues, Clears Hurdles for Sanctions Relief June 24, 2016NIAC LogoTyler Cullis, Legal Fellow at the National Iranian American Council, released the following statement following FATF’s decision to suspend its call for Member-States and other jurisdictions to impose countermeasures against Iran: NIAC welcomes the Financial Action Task Force’s (FATF) recognition of positive steps taken by Iran to resolve concerns regarding its ...
  • Most Americans Oppose Bans on Muslims and Refugees June 23, 2016512501530-republican-presidential-candidate-donald-trump-speaks.jpg.CROP.promo-xlarge2After the horrific shooting at an LGBT nightclub in Orlando, Donald Trump almost immediately reiterated his call for a ban on Muslim immigration into the United States. Such a blanket ban could affect millions of people in at least 40 countries, including Iran. Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL) implied the Obama ...
  • Officials and Experts Discuss Potential for Broader Opening with Iran June 23, 2016rhodes-atlantic-councilWASHINGTON – The Atlantic Council and the Iran Project hosted a symposium on the challenges and opportunities of working with Iran last week, covering the full spectrum of U.S.-Iran relations. Ben Rhodes, the Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Communications in the Obama administration, delivered the keynote address. While noting the ...
  • House GOP Plan for Iran Riddled with Errors June 23, 201690Paul Ryan recently published the National Security Policy section of the House GOP’s new “A Better Way Plan” aimed at uniting the party around core policy positions in advance of the Republican National Convention on July 18-21. The national security section covers the full spectrum of U.S. foreign policy and ...
  • Open Letter: Let Rumi Be Played By A Middle Easterner! June 23, 2016n-RUMI-LEO-628x314 Dear David Franzoni and Stephen Joel Brown, I think we speak for the entire Iranian-American community in applauding you for filming a biopic of beloved 13th century Persian poet Rumi. For most Persian speakers, Rumi is sacred. His beautiful poems of joy and love are deeply ingrained in Persian culture. While ...


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  • The Guardian: Iran announces deal worth billions to buy up to 100 Boeing aircraft June 17, 2016The-Guardian-Logo-Font-400x220Trita Parsi from the National Iranian American Council (NIAC) welcomed the news about a pending deal with Boeing. “For too long, ordinary Iranian lives have been placed at risk because sanctions have prevented Iran from repairing and replenishing its civilian airline fleet,” he said. “This has directly led to Iran ...
  • The Washington Post: Asian and European Banks are Still Shunning Iran — and Tehran Blames the U.S. May 10, 2016washington_post_squareTrita Parsi, head of the National Iranian American Council and a friend of Siamak Namazi, said he doesn’t think the detentions are deterring foreign business investment: “That’s not one of the things keeping Barclays up at night.” Parsi said uncertainty about the U.S. presidential election and concern that an ...
  • CNN: Experts: More Women in Iran’s Parliament Signals Shift in Society May 2, 2016CNN-150x150Most of these women are aligned with Rouhani, said Reza Marashi, research director with the National Iranian American Council. “It’s progress,” he said, “but it’s not where we want it to be.” It will take more involvement of women to build a better future inside Iran, he said. Not since ...
  • Arab American News: Iranian Americans: Rich Culture, Common Challenges April 28, 2016Arab-American-News-330x185Jamal Abdi, executive director of the National Iranian American Council (NIAC), said the top issue Iranian Americans currently face is the restriction on Europeans of Iranian descent from visiting the U.S. without a Visa. “This law was a direct result of the climate of Islamophobia and xenophobia that has increased ...
  • Voice of America: Terror Payout Latest Challenge to U.S.-Iran Reconciliation April 26, 2016logo-voa-140-blue2Tyler Cullis, a lawyer and policy associate at the National Iranian American Council, told this analyst that “this will be the first time that such a substantial sum of Iran’s assets will be turned over to plaintiffs.” Cullis added that such a payout “complicates any potential claims-settlement process, which is ...


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