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  • NIAC Joins Organizations Urging United Nations to Examine Border Discrimination February 16, 2017NIAC LogoWashington, DC – NIAC joined two dozen organizations, including Access Now and the ACLU, to urge the United Nations to investigate reports of that U.S. citizens and noncitizens of Middle Eastern descent or Muslim faith are being forced to hand over their cell phones to U.S. border agents. The letter expresses ...
  • After Flynn, Administration Remains on Collision Course with Iran February 15, 2017flynn-press-conference The man who put Iran “on notice” and warned that the “Trump administration will no longer tolerate Iran’s provocations,” has now been removed from his position as National Security Advisor. Yet, even with Michael Flynn gone, all signs indicate the Trump administration is likely to continue on its course toward confrontation with ...
  • FAQ: Trump’s Travel Ban and You (Updated 2/14/17) February 14, 2017faqsImplementation of President Trump’s Executive Order has been chaotic. We have received conflicting reports regarding its scope and application. The answers below, which we will seek to keep up-to-date, are based on our best understanding of the situation as it stands. If you have a legal question specific to your ...
  • Bolton: Designate IRGC a Terrorist Organization to Kill Nuclear Deal February 10, 2017boltonJohn Bolton, a former UN ambassador under George W. Bush, indicated that a terror designation for the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) would be a sound way to kill the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). Bolton’s provocative remarks were at a panel hosted by the Jewish Institute for National Security ...
  • Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals’ Upholds Court Order Blocking Trump’s Executive Order February 9, 2017NIAC LogoFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Trita Parsi Phone: 202.386.6407 Email: tparsi@niacouncil.org Washington, DC – The National Iranian American Council issued the following statement regarding the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals’ decision to uphold the court order temporarily blocking Trump’s Executive Order that restricts travel from Iran and six other nations: “The court’s decision to ...


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  • PRI: Federal Appeals Court Refuses To Restore Trump’s Immigration Ban February 9, 2017PRITrita Parsi of the National Iranian American Council says that his organization will also keep fighting Trump’s immigration policy. “At the end of the day it’s not the end of the road, regardless of the decision,” he says. If the government ultimately wins this battle in court, he worries that ...
  • CNN: Donald Trump Shakes His Fist, But Is US Foreign Policy Actually Changing? February 6, 2017CNN“This administration has a great difficulty in concluding any type of policies because of the tremendous ideological contradictions that exist within the administration itself,” Trita Parsi, President of the National Iranian American Council told CNN on Saturday. “Part of the reason why we are seeing this chaos is precisely because ...
  • SF Gate: Immigrant Families Hopeful After Decision Halting Trump Order February 4, 2017sf“The ruling has opened up a window in which individuals with current visas should be permitted to return,” the National Iranian American Council said in a statement. The statement noted that the legal situation was fluid and that “if you intend to return to the country then it is best ...
  • CNN: Middle East Execs Won’t Talk About Trump’s Travel Ban February 1, 2017CNN“Since it is the line their governments have taken, many business leaders may not feel comfortable questioning the ban or questioning their governments line on this,” said Trita Parsi, president of the National Iranian American Council. That’s a view shared by Fawaz Gerges, professor of International Relations at the London ...
  • Politico: White House Puts Iran ‘On Notice,’ Won’t Rule Out Military Force February 1, 2017politico“National Security Advisor Michael Flynn’s statement on Iran today was reckless,” said Trita Parsi of the NIAC in a statement. “While Flynn’s remarks could be construed as simply bluster, they will beget an Iranian response which in turn will beget further threats by the U.S. At some point, this escalatory ...


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