Issues

  • Discriminatory ‘VISA Act’ Moves Forward May 25, 2016
    NIACNIAC
    Screen 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, 2016
    Ryan CostelloRyan Costello
    markupWashington, 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, 2016
    Ryan CostelloRyan Costello
    AP_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, 2016
    NIAC StaffNIAC Staff
    13087638_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, 2016
    Tyler CullisTyler Cullis
    694940094001_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 ...
  • Clinton and Sanders Campaigns Debate the Issues at NIAC, UMD Debate May 2, 2016
    Shervin Vahedi
    13047727_10154251708003938_3818219234610916391_o  Washington, DC – As part of its “Beshkan” campaign urging Iranian Americans to register to vote, NIAC, in cooperation with the University of Maryland’s Center for International & Security Studies (CISSM), organized a Democratic surrogate debate focusing solely on foreign policy issues. Former Under Secretary of State Lawrence Korb represented ...
  • How Clinton Can Woo Back Iranian Americans April 28, 2016
    Trita ParsiTrita ParsiRyan CostelloRyan Costello
    qkl4putt7c57nqaa5ufj4rggoyiok5zqLet 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, 2016
    Tyler CullisTyler Cullis
    Screen 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, 2016
    NIAC StaffNIAC Staff
    NIAC 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, 2016
    NIAC StaffNIAC Staff
    NIAC-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, 2016
    NIAC StaffNIAC Staff
    OmidThe 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 ...
  • US Should Facilitate Dialogue between Iran and Financial Action Task Force April 11, 2016
    Tyler CullisTyler Cullis
    IranMoneyEconomySanctionsRTR23LFX-400x400With the successful conclusion of the nuclear accord between the United States, other major world powers and Iran, it is worth exploring other areas in which dialogue between the two adversaries can help realize mutual interests and relax ongoing tensions. Lots of attention has focused on the potential for a broader ...
  • EU to Consider Visa Waiver Suspension for Americans April 8, 2016
    NIAC StaffNIAC Staff
    Washington, DC – Americans could be required to apply for a visa in order to visit European Union countries within a matter of months, with the EU set to consider suspending the Visa Waiver Program for the United States next Tuesday. The effort is the result of a reciprocity measure ...
  • Obama Administration Considers Further Step to Fulfill US Commitments Under Accord April 1, 2016
    Tyler CullisTyler Cullis
    US President Barack Obama speaks about race in the context of the not guilty ruling of George Zimmerman in the killing of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin in February 2012, as he appears at the start of the Daily Press Briefing in the Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House in Washington, DC, July 19, 2013. AFP PHOTO / Saul LOEB        (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)Reports indicate that the Obama administration is considering the issuance of a general license to permit Iran limited and indirect access to certain dollar-clearing services. Under this proposed license, non-U.S., non-Iranian banks would be permitted to set up an offshore facility in order to facilitate currency exchanges in support ...
  • Obama Administration Puttering on Sanctions Relief Risks Derailing Iran Accord March 31, 2016
    Tyler CullisTyler Cullis
    unnamed-2Surprise, surprise — the nuclear accord between the U.S., other major world powers, and Iran is under threat. But the source of this risk might upset expectations: it is the Obama administration that has failed to resolve persistent ambiguities with the U.S. sanctions relief and, as a result, major foreign ...