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  • Discriminatory ‘VISA Act’ Moves Forward May 25, 2016Screen Shot 2016-05-25 at 11.05.47 AMWashington, DC – Legislation targeting Iranian and other visa seekers for enhanced security measures moved forward in the House today after a contentious committee debate. The bill, which would also subject visa applicants and their American family petitioners to DNA testing, was advanced by the House Judiciary Committee on a ...
  • House Defense Bill Includes Several Iran-Related Provisions May 19, 2016markupWashington, DC – The National Defense Authorization Act of 2017 (NDAA) passed the House of Representatives yesterday 277-147 after the adoption of several Iran-related amendments. The NDAA is a must-pass bill that sets policy and programs at the Department of Defense. It has often been used as a vehicle for ...
  • Congress Turns to Iraq War Boosters to Attack Iran Deal May 18, 2016AP_629168741623_c0-336-4362-2879_s885x516Washington, DC – The latest chapter in ongoing Congressional efforts against the Iran nuclear deal unfolded on Capitol Hill on Tuesday with Republican lawmakers accusing the Obama administration of misleading the American public in its efforts to sell the deal. The hearing, held by the House Oversight and Government Reform ...
  • NIAC Welcomes Release of Iranian Cartoonist Atena Farghadani May 3, 201613087638_10154278519788938_5656396072870761503_nWashington, DC – The National Iranian American Council released the following statement after Iranian authorities released imprisoned Iranian cartoonist Atena Farghadani: “NIAC welcomes the release of Atena Farghadani from prison following eighteen months of imprisonment related to a political cartoon critical of Iranian authorities, and reiterates its call for the Iranian ...
  • United States and Iran Should Settle, not Escalate Mutual Claims May 2, 2016694940094001_4702406077001_fe847170-e170-41de-9c89-702862f71cd2The recent decision of the US Supreme Court to uphold the turnover of $2 billion of Iranian assets to US plaintiffs has added one more complication to the nascent relationship between the United States and Iran. Iran’s Foreign Minister Javad Zarif called the decision “highway robbery” and sent a ...


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  • 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 ...
  • 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.


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