Congressman Sherman to Introduce Tougher Sanctions on Iran and Support for Iranian Opposition Groups


Washington, DC – California Democrat Brad Sherman is set to introduce a bill in the House of Representatives that would serve as a counterpart to Senator Brownback’s Iran Democracy Act, which will allocate approximately $57 million to Iranian opposition groups and satellite TVs. Sherman’s bill, however, will also slap new sanctions on Iran, a “total” embargo” in order to “encourage the people of Iran to bring about a more peaceful and democratic government,” according to Sherman.

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The Iranian Challenge to the US

Washington, DC – At a May 21 Washington Institute for Near East Policy luncheon on Iran and Iraq, William Samii, senior regional analyst for Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, argued that Tehran is trying to destabilize Iraq. The Iranian government is trying to pull the U.S. into a quagmire to bring about America’s failure in Iraq, Samii said, but claimed Tehran cannot realistically expect a Shia state to take over in Iraq.

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Iran Expert to Congressional Staffers: “Talk to Them”

Washington, DC< Three prominent figures on the Middle East spoke before a group of congressional staffers at a luncheon Friday, May 9 on Capitol Hill. Guy Dinmore, and Gary Sick offered thoughts on the current political climate in Iran, especially after the Iraq war. The luncheon, held for Congressional staffers, was sponsored by the Atlantic Council, the Middle East Institute, the Middle East Policy Council, and the Stanley Foundation. Makins, president of the Atlantic Council, moderated the event.

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NIAC Questions Monster.com’s Reading of Iran Sanctions

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– Monster.com, the world’s largest online job search and career management company, will eliminate the word “Iran,” along with the names of six other countries—Burma/Myanmar, Cuba, Libya, North Korea, Sudan, and Syria—from the educational and address section of its standard format for resumes. According to the Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control, the U.S. government has not encouraged Monster to make this decision and does not find it necessary.

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Member Publishes Book on Iraq

Washington, D.C. – In the midst of the recent war against Iraq , the American people’s curiosity about the region has spawned numerous publications on Saddam Hussein, his regime, and terrorism.  However, Basic Books introduced a new book by a NIAC Board of Advisors member, which tilts the pointing glass and focuses it in a unique direction.  “The New Iraq:  Rebuilding the Country for its people, the Middle East, and the World,” by Joseph Braude, stands out among the myriad of new manuscripts, for it turns the world’s attention to the Iraqi people themselves, their history, their agony and suffering under the current regime, and  their place in transforming the future of the Middle East.  

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New Congressional Subcommittee Berates Iran for Tourism

Washington, DC – The newly-created House Committee on International Relations Subcommittee on International Terrorism, Nonproliferation and Human Rights held its first hearing on Wednesday on overview of international terrorist organizations. Two witnesses from the Department of State testified before the Committee: Ambassador Cofer Black, the Coordinator of the Office of Counter terrorism, and Tony Wayne, Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs.

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Are Sanctions on Syria a Way to Get at Iran?

Congress is considering imposing sanctions on Syria, which some analysts fear can indicate a return to the “sanctions frenzy” of the mid 1990’s when sanctions were imposed on Iran. On September 18, the House International Relations Committee held a hearing on the Syria Accountability Act. Some pundits believe that the Syria sanctions principal target is not Syria, but Iran. NIAC’s Congressional correspondent, Hiromi Hayashi reports from the hearing.

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