Issues

  • The Republicans’ “Principled” Case for Killing the Iran Deal July 22, 2016
    Jamal AbdiJamal Abdi
    In 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
    Sarah Sakha
    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, 2016
    Ubtene Zamaninia
    BriefingThe 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, 2016
    Roksana Borzouei
    boeingLawmakers 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.
  • Congress Marks Iran Deal Anniversary with Sharp Disagreements July 15, 2016
    NIAC StaffNIAC Staff
    Jan Schakowsky CongressCongress marked the one year anniversary of the nuclear deal with Iran with continued partisan attacks against the agreement, including House passage of three bills that would undermine or invalidate the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).
  • NIAC Statement on First Anniversary of the Finalization of the Iran Nuclear Accord July 14, 2016
    NIAC StaffNIAC Staff
    NIAC Logo       NIAC President Trita Parsi released the following statement on the one year anniversary of the finalization of the Iran nuclear accord: “Today marks a full year since the U.S. and Iran, along with world powers, concluded marathon negotiations in the historic Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). The accord has succeeded ...
  • Why Black Lives Matter Is Important to Iranian Americans July 12, 2016
    Roksana BorzoueiUbtene Zamaninia
    BLM-Farsi2A letter is circulating among minority communities, seeking to explain why the Black Lives Matter movement is important to many first- and second-generation immigrants, many of whom are not Black themselves. It seeks to show that the roots of problems affecting Black communities are the same roots of many of our ...
  • Trump: Using Ahmadinejad’s Playbook July 12, 2016
    Reza MarashiReza Marashi
    tf-marashi-trumpA growing chorus of voices warns of dire consequences should Republican Donald Trump win the presidency, but few beltway insiders give him a realistic chance of victory. Many Iranians around the world think differently.
  • It’s pointless to be the last country sanctioning Iran July 12, 2016
    Tyler CullisTyler CullisTrita ParsiTrita Parsi
    AP_iran_nuke_talks_jef_150331_16x9_992In 1971, President Richard Nixon lifted the United States’ trade embargo of China — a decisive turn in U.S.-China relations that was part of a broader rapprochement. In doing so, the Nixon administration bet that American interests were best served with a globally integrated China, rather than one that remained ...
  • EU Decision on Visa Waiver Expected Tuesday July 11, 2016
    Roksana BorzoueiUbtene Zamaninia
    HR158The full implications of H.R. 158 – legislation that bars visa-free travel to the U.S. for citizens of the EU if they are dual nationals of Iran, Iraq, Sudan or Syria – could soon come to a head.
  • The Iran Deal Worked July 11, 2016
    Trita ParsiTrita Parsi
    NIACBriefingA year has passed since diplomats from Iran and the P5+1 (China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom, and the United States; plus Germany) defied conventional wisdom and struck a deal aimed at both preventing Iran from getting the bomb and preventing it from getting bombed.
  • House Republicans Take Aim at Boeing Deal with Iran July 8, 2016
    NIAC StaffNIAC Staff
    51s8r95z5-LWashington, DC – Republican lawmakers in the House, joined by Democrat Brad Sherman (D-CA), continued efforts to obstruct the nuclear deal with Iran on Thursday, passing legislation to block Boeing and Airbus from selling commercial aircraft to Iran and to limit the President’s authority to implement sanctions relief. On the House ...
  • Congress Seeks to Undermine Iran Deal by Blocking Boeing Sale July 7, 2016
    NIAC StaffNIAC Staff
    boeingThe National Iranian American Council (NIAC) released the following statement regarding the scheduled vote on amendments to the Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Act, 2017 (H.R. 5485) and the House Financial Services Committee hearing regarding the sale of commercial passenger aircraft to Iran: It is no ...
  • NIAC Mourns the Loss of Acclaimed Iranian Filmmaker Kiarostami July 5, 2016
    NIAC StaffNIAC Staff
    abbas-kiarostami-5The National Iranian American Council (NIAC) sends its deepest condolences to the family and friends of world-renowned and multi-award-winning Iranian filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami, who passed away yesterday at the age of 76. We extend our greatest regrets to Kiarostami’s sons, Ahmad Kiarostami, who is a NIAC board member and a ...
  • Iran Takes Steps to Satisfy Banking Watchdog June 28, 2016
    Tyler CullisTyler Cullis
    IranInsight-Banking-WatchdogOn June 24, the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) – an intergovernmental body that sets and promotes standards for combating money laundering and terrorist financing – revised its public statement regarding Iran to account for positive steps that Tehran has recently taken to bring itself into compliance with global banking ...