NIAC in the News

NIAC FEATURED IN STATE DEPARTMENT ARTICLE ON IRANIAN-AMERICAN VOLUNTEERISM

Washington, DC, September 22, 2005 – The executive director of NIAC, Dokhi Fassihian, says that the council has more than 200 associated organizations, ranging from professional organizations to cultural and student groups. "There's no real problem getting the idea of volunteerism across to our members. It’s part of Iranian culture." Read more…

NIAC QUOTED ON MSNBC: For Iranian-Americans, the focus is on America

Washington, D.C., June 16, 2005 – “We are one of the most highly educated ethnic groups in America, and one of the wealthiest," says Fassihian, "and we still can’t keep our grandmothers from being harassed at the airport." So since 9/11, he said, there’s been an enormous push to get Iranian culture and heritage understood by the wider American public. "That parade in New York was a part of that effort," Fassihian said. “We decided it is just not acceptable that we be invisible." Read full article…

NEW YORK SUN COVERS NIAC'S WORK ON PERSIAN GULFRead Story Here

NIAC FEATURED ON FRONT PAGE OF WASHINGTON POST METRO SUNDAY OCTOBER 31.Read Story Here

Expert: Iran Has Nothing to Gain from Lebanon War

Washington DC – “U.S.-Iranian relations are not a matter of foreign policy but a matter of domestic policy” said Ali Ansari, author of the new book Confronting Iran: The Failure of American Foreign Policy and the Next Great Conflict in the Middle East, at a Middle East Institute event entitled A Conversation on Iran: U.S.-Iran Relations. (more…)

NIAC Alert: Senate Passes H.R. 4939, Amendments to the Bill Affect Iranian American Community

Washington, DC – The Senate passed the supplemental appropriations bill H.R. 4939 earlier today. Several amendments affecting the Iranian-American community were considered.

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Terrorism Expert: Al Qaeda Larger Threat than Nuclear Iran

Washington , DC – Terrorism expert Rohan Gunaratna argued against taking military action against Iran over the nuclear issue, given the recent move by the US, the UK, France, Germany, China, and Russia to refer Iran to the United Nations Security Council. Instead, he advocated diplomacy by stating that “the Iranian nuclear threat is secondary to the Al Qaeda threat” that would arise inside of Iran during an invasion. (more…)

Congressman Meehan to Host Iranian Immigration Forum

  IRANIAN IMMIGRATION

A Public Forum on Issues and Realities facing the Iranian Community

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NIAC Alert: Civil Liberties and the Iranian-American Community

Washington, DC – In recent weeks, NIAC has learned of an alarming number of reports of discrimination and racial profiling in what seems to be a new round of government enforcement of national-origin based security policies.

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Washington Post: Sanctions Waived Temporarily to Aid Iran

Washington DC – "It's an important step, an important statement that humanitarian concerns precede other political or bureaucratic concerns," said Dokhi Fassihian, executive director of the District-based National Iranian American Council, an organization that encourages Iranian American political involvement. It has raised nearly $70,000 to help victims.Read More

Iranian-Americans Unite to Encourage Grassroots Political Action

Washington, DC – “Unity, while very good, is useless unless you have the know-how to manifest it,” says Trita Parsi, president and co-founder of the National Iranian American Council (NIAC).  Parsi was among many Iranian-Americans in America who were frustrated with the silence of their community in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks on September 11th.  While there was universal disgust for the terrorists, sympathy for their innocent victims and concern about a backlash against Iranians in America, Parsi admits that it was difficult for Iranians to even come together and make a positive statement of support for America.

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