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  • How Clinton Can Woo Back Iranian Americans April 28, 2016qkl4putt7c57nqaa5ufj4rggoyiok5zqLet the wooing begin. After her big win on Tuesday, Secretary Hillary Clinton has shifted her focus to the general election. And with that comes the task of uniting the party and wooing the Bernie Sanders supporters to her side. It won’t be easy – her pro-interventionist track record or ...
  • Iran Nuclear Deal at Risk April 25, 2016Screen Shot 2016-04-27 at 9.22.10 PMConcern has recently grown over the ultimate sustainability of the Iran nuclear accord. Having withstood the full-frontal attack of congressional hawks last summer, the Obama administration faces the challenge of securing the agreement’s viability beyond its own tenure in office.
  • 24 Organizations Call on Major Tech Companies to Refrain From Supporting Bigoted Political Party Conventions April 25, 2016NIAC LogoMuslim Advocates led a coalition of 24 non-partisan advocacy, faith and civil rights groups to call on major technology companies, who have been vocal about championing diversity, fairness and inclusion, to withdraw from and decline any existing or future sponsorships, including in-kind contributions, to political party conventions where hateful and ...
  • NIAC and PayPal Take Steps to Address Payment Concerns Within Venmo April 19, 2016NIAC-Paypal-StatementThe National Iranian American Council (“NIAC”) and PayPal Inc. issued the following joint statement regarding certain difficulties Iranian Americans were having using Venmo during the Persian New Year: During the recent Persian New Year (“Norooz”), some Iranian Americans ran into difficulties while trying to send certain ...
  • NIAC Calls for Release of Iranian Physicist April 18, 2016OmidThe National Iranian American Council released the following statement amid reports that Iranian physicist Omid Kokabee, who has been imprisoned in Iran’s Evin Prison since 2011, is suffering from life-threatening kidney cancer: “NIAC calls on the Iranian authorities to immediately release Omid Kokabee and provide him with urgent medical attention so ...


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  • 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 ...
  • NewsWorks: Proposed Delaware Legislation Requires Notification of Refugee Resettlement April 13, 2016newsworks-250The legislation resembles much of the rhetoric on the campaign trail that has produced fear and discriminatory policies, said Jamal Abdi of the NIAC Action—the sister organization of the National Iranian American Council that works to strengthen the Iranian-American community.
  • Politico: Obama Aides Vexed by Visa Crackdown April 12, 2016politico-square“By failing to provide clarity in how the restrictions will be enforced, it further feeds people’s perception that they are being discriminated against and that they face increased risk of travel restrictions because of their family heritage,” said Jamal Abdi of NIAC Action, an Iranian-American activist group.
  • International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran: Iranian Internet Freedom and Cyber Security at RightsCon April 5, 2016ihriThe widespread use of the internet and social media by Iranian protesters after the country’s hotly contested 2009 presidential elections prompted the Obama administration to remove sanctions on technology exports, such as iPhones and computers furnished with the latest operating systems, said Jamal Abdi, the policy director of the National ...
  • Yahoo News: US Calls for Release of Nationals Detained in Iran March 18, 2016yahoonewsA friend of Siamak Namazi, Reza Marashi, this week wrote a tribute to him on the website of the National Iranian American Council. He described Namazi as an intelligent young man who was not involved in politics except for a time when he lobbied in Washington to draw attention to ...


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