Iran Sanctions

  • “My Conversation with President Obama Yesterday” July 2, 2010
    Forough Parvizian-Yazdani
    NIAC Board Member Forough Parvizian-Yazdani had the honor of talking to President Obama in the White House yesterday. Here is the message she shared about her experience.
  • Obama Signs Sanctions Law, Highlights Measures Called for by NIAC July 2, 2010
    NIAC StaffNIAC Staff
    The President yesterday signed new sanctions into law aimed broadly at the Iranian economy. NIAC is opposed to this measure because it will punish innocent Iranians instead of targeting Iran’s government. The final bill did include some of the measures NIAC has actively worked to support, which were highlighted by ...
  • Congress moves forward with ‘crippling sanctions’ (and misses opportunity to support Iranians) June 24, 2010
    Jamal AbdiJamal Abdi
    On Monday, the latest version of Congress’s sanctions bill was unveiled just in time to be passed and sent to the president’s desk by July 4. But while lawmakers have attempted to reconcile the pain that these new sanctions will impose on ordinary Iranians with Congress’s claims of support for ...
  • Congress Passes Sweeping Sanctions Against Iran June 24, 2010
    NIAC StaffNIAC Staff
    The House and Senate voted Thursday to impose sweeping new sanctions against Iran, sending the legislation to the President’s desk for approval. Proponents have called the legislation the “toughest Iran sanctions ever proposed,” while critics argue it will do nothing to halt the Iranian nuclear program and that Congress should ...
  • House Says Iran is Using Nuclear Program to Distract from Human Rights Abuses June 24, 2010
    NIAC StaffNIAC Staff
    The U.S. House of Representatives passed a resolution today marking the one-year anniversary of Iran’s June 12, 2009, elections. The resolution condemns the human rights abuses of Iran’s government, calls for “freedom and democracy for the people of Iran,” and condemns Iran’s “continued pursuit of a nuclear weapons capability.”
  • NIAC Releases Transcript of June 17 and Nov. 4, 2009 Conferences June 22, 2010
    NIAC StaffNIAC Staff
    The complete transcript for NIAC’s two 2009 Capitol Hill Policy Conferences is now available. The conferences, held on June 17, 2009 and November 4, 2009, were titled “The US & Iran: Between Elections and Enrichment” and “The US & Iran: Human Rights, Diplomacy, & Sanctions,” respectively.
  • Analysis: Obama’s Pursuit of Sanctions Came at Expense of Human Rights June 22, 2010
    David ElliottDavid Elliott
    The Huffington Post – The Obama Administration made a conscious decision to forgo a major push on human rights in Iran so as to not distract from the all-important UN sanctions push, according to multiple officials who’ve worked with the Administration on Iran’s human rights crisis.
  • NIAC Deeply Concerned by Congressional Sanctions Agreement June 22, 2010
    NIAC StaffNIAC Staff
    While the Agreement contains some positive measures called for by NIAC to punish Iranian human rights abusers and ease restrictions preventing Iranians from accessing the Internet, these measures do not negate the fact that the bill imposes further suffering upon the people of Iran at their greatest moment of need ...
  • NIAC’s Guide to Attending a Town Hall Meeting June 21, 2010
    NIAC StaffNIAC Staff
    Town halls are a great opportunity to communicate directly with your elected officials and an important way for Iranian Americans to make sure our representatives in the House and the Senate hear directly from us about the issues our community cares about most
  • NIAC Releases Video of March 10, 2010 Capitol Hill Conference June 17, 2010
    NIAC Press Release
    Complete video coverage is now available for NIAC’s March 10, 2010 Conference held on Capitol Hill titled: “Iran at a Crossroads: Assessing a Changing Landscape.”
  • Treasury Expands Iran Blacklist Amid Sanctions Push June 17, 2010
    Shawn Amoei
    The US Treasury Department updated its sanctions blacklist yesterday as a first step in implementing the recently passed fourth round of UN Security Council sanctions on Iran.
  • NIAC Applauds Senate and Administration’s Calls for Human Rights in Iran, Now Urges Action June 15, 2010
    NIAC StaffNIAC Staff
    The National Iranian American Council applauds efforts in the US Senate and at the UN Human Rights Council to highlight and condemn Iran’s shameful human rights record in observance of the one-year anniversary of Iran’s disputed election.
  • Experts Explore Iran’s “Political Purgatory” June 11, 2010
    Shawn Vaziri
    “The old Iran, the status quo ante is dead, in my view. But it has a lot of poison in it; it has a lot of ability to do harm,” Abbas Milani said on Tuesday, speaking alongside Karim Sadjapour and Gary Sick on a panel moderated by NPR’s Steve Inskeep ...
  • Packed Crowd for NIAC Hill Briefing on Iran One Year After Election June 10, 2010
    Shahrzad Safavi
    NIAC held a briefing on Tuesday with over 80 Congressional staffers to discuss the Green Movement and the anniversary of the 2009 presidential election, the nuclear fuel swap proposal, and US and UN sanctions against Iran.
  • Fmr. Bush Adm. Officials Argue Iran Strike May Be Necessary June 10, 2010
    Shawn Amoei
    “Containment is an illusion,” declared Elliott Abrams during a panel discussion on Tuesday hosted by the Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC). Abrams spoke alongside former Bush State Department official Nicholas Burns as the two unveiled a new report on whether an Iran armed with nuclear weapons could be contained.