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  • Major Sanctions Renewal Risks Complicating Iran Deal July 29, 2016Congress is expected to consider legislation soon to renew the Iran Sanctions Act, the law that mandates many of the existing U.S. sanctions on Iran and which expires at the end of the year. Legislators from across the aisle have pledged to renew the bill but failed thus far to ...
  • The Republicans’ “Principled” Case for Killing the Iran Deal July 22, 2016In this image from video provided by House Television, House Speaker Paul Ryan stands at the podium as he brings the House into session Wednesday night, June 22, 2016, in Washington. Rebellious Democrats staged an extraordinary all-day sit-in on the House floor to demand votes on gun-control bills, shouting down Ryan when he attempted to restore order as their protest stretched into the night. The sit-in was well into its 10th hour, with Democrats camped out on the floor stopping legislative business in the House, when Ryan stepped to the podium to gavel the House into session and hold votes on routine business. Angry Democrats chanted “No bill, no break!” and waved pieces of paper with the names of gun victims, continuing their protest in the well of the House even as the House voted on a previously scheduled and unrelated measure to overturn an Obama veto. (House Television via AP) As the nation takes stock of the bizarre fever dream that took place in Cleveland this past week, it’s easy to forget that the GOP actually unveiled its platform that translates the rhetoric – from “lock her up” to “kill the deal” – into actual policy proposals. On the Iran deal, ...
  • EU Decides Against Counter-Measures to Visa Waiver Restrictions July 21, 2016 Washington, DC – The European Commission announced on July 13, 2016, that it would not reciprocate restrictions on American travelers in response to travel restrictions effected by the U.S. on European travelers. The EU was obligated to consider suspending the Visa Waiver Program, which enables visa-free travel between the U.S. and ...
  • NIAC Capitol Hill Briefing Assesses JCPOA Implementation and Complications July 15, 2016BriefingThe briefing included remarks from legislators and analysis from Dimaggio, Lawrence Korb of the Center for American Progress, and Reza Marashi and Tyler Cullis from NIAC on the challenges and successes of the accord. Veteran journalist Indira Lakshamanan, who has written on the battle over implementation of the deal, served ...
  • Iran Deal Opponents in Congress Continue Efforts Against Boeing Sale July 15, 2016boeingLawmakers opposed to the Iran nuclear agreement doubled down on efforts to block the sale of Boeing commercial jets to Iran on Wednesday as the House Financial Services Committee advanced three pieces of legislation attacking the deal.


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  • Quietly, Iran keeps taking hostages, exposing an internal rift July 29, 2016christian-science-mBut the prospects for freeing Iran’s imprisoned dual nationals before Mr. Obama leaves office – not to mention ending the practice altogether – are not bright, says Reza Marashi, research director at the National Iranian American Council in Washington. “You have to put the likelihood at 50-50 at best,” he says. “The ...
  • Don’t Bust: Iranian-Americans Need To Have A Voice In The Political Process July 29, 2016huffpost logoIf you don’t know where to start, there are initiatives like the National Iranian American Council’s Beshkan the Vote that are advocating the importance of the Iranian-American vote during the 2016 election. They argue, “Your vote is your voice. If we want to have a say in the political process, ...
  • Politico: Inside the Plan to Undo the Iran Nuclear Deal July 15, 2016vTU7bvBaDeal defenders like Tyler Cullis, a lawyer and sanctions expert at the National Iranian-American Council, say U.S. officials are and should be doing “road shows” to undo the message they sent in 2010 when they made trips to Europe urging banks not to finance Iran business. “Stigmatizing all business with ...
  • The Huffington Post: Obama Administration Will Hand Off Iran Portfolio To An Uncertain Future July 14, 2016huffpost logo “The reality is, personal rapport matters tremendously, and the rapport that has been built between Kerry and Zarif is a unique one,” said Trita Parsi, the head of the National Iranian American Council, which lobbied aggressively in support of the nuclear accord.                 ...
  • Al Monitor: Congress weighs restrictions on Boeing sales to Iran July 8, 2016almonitorThe National Iranian American Council (NIAC) issued a scathing response. “It is no secret that opponents of the Iran nuclear accord continue in their attempts to upend US obligations under the agreement,” NIAC said in a statement. “By attempting to block Boeing’s pending sale of commercial passenger aircraft to Iran, opponents ...


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