Community & Heritage

  • Judge: Harvard Can Keep Persian Artifacts September 21, 2011
    NIAC in the News
    “We feel that cultural items should be appreciated by everybody. They shouldn’t be seized. There’s a need for justice and this is not the way to justice,” Jamal D. Abdi, policy director for the National Iranian American Council said.
  • Court Ruling Protects Persian Artifacts in Massachusetts September 16, 2011
    NIAC StaffNIAC Staff
    A ruling by a Massachusetts District Court yesterday will protect ancient Persian artifacts housed at Harvard University and Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts from being seized as part of an attempt collect damages against the Iranian government.
  • “Iran: A Forgotten Glory” – A Young Artist’s Legacy Lives On August 18, 2011
    Parisa Saranj
    “Iran: A Forgotten Glory” is the five-year effort of the young director Makan Karandish. Shot in more than sixty locations, this documentary is a rich source of information about Achaemenids and Sassanids, the two Great Persian Empires.
  • NIAC Ambassador: A Leader within the Iranian-American Community May 23, 2011
    Sarah Ravani
    “A community of immigrants is always struggling with identity issues and its place in society. The key is to believe that we are making a difference and I do believe that with all my heart,” said Annahita Mahdavi, NIAC Ambassador.
  • PARSA CF Awards Major Grants to Civic Engagement Organizations May 1, 2011
    NIAC in the News
    Following its grants to IAAB and IHF, and as a part of its Mehrgan 2010 Grant Cycle, PARSA Community Foundation is pleased to announce a series of strategic grants to Iranian-American organizations promoting civic engagement and civil liberties protection.
  • Iranian-American Reflections from the Campaign Trail April 7, 2011
    Nobar Elmi
    NIAC spoke with Mark Ameli who ran for a seat as a Los Angeles Superior Court Judge in the largest county in United States. Mark’s reflections from the campaign trail provide good insight into the high stakes game of politics.
  • Voice of America: US Court Overturns Ruling on Persian Artifacts March 30, 2011
    NIAC in the News
    Voice of America cites NIAC’s contention that ancient Persian antiquities are part of the cultural heritage of Iran and not the property of the Iranian government – and should not be subject to seizure in US lawsuits.
  • Court Decision a Reprieve for Persian Artifacts March 29, 2011
    NIAC StaffNIAC Staff
    Iranian Americans and the museum community concerned about the possible seizure of precious Iranian artifacts won an important reprieve in the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals today.
  • Neoconservative Film Makes Case for Crippling Sanctions, Military Action against Iran February 10, 2011
    Todd Ruffner
    Neoconservative Film Makes Case for Crippling Sanctions, Military Action against Iran“Iran is at war with the United States, and we are not responding,” declared Michael Ledeen at the February 8th screening of a new film, Iranium, on Capitol Hill. The film calls for “crippling sanctions” against Iran and asserts that “if economic pressure is not successful then military force may ...
  • Our 2011 New Year’s Resolutions January 4, 2011
    NIAC StaffNIAC Staff
    Welcome back from the holiday break. As we begin 2011, we at NIAC stopped to reflect upon the years past and brainstorm about the year ahead. A strong nine years in, we have a lot to be proud of and thankful for. We’ve crossed many roads, jumped many hurdles and ...
  • A Message from the President December 6, 2010
    Trita ParsiTrita Parsi
    NIAC has come a long way from our humble beginnings in 2002. During this time, we have grown a nationwide network and made important gains for the community.
  • Iranian-American Organizations Host Leadership Summit November 23, 2010
    NIAC Press Release
    Some of the most active Iranian-American organizations recently met to identify the Iranian-American community’s most pressing needs and to coordinate to ensure fluid communication, while recognizing each other’s independence and individual viewpoints.
  • NIAC Members Vote Overwhelmingly to Oppose War, Support Human Rights November 15, 2010
    NIAC StaffNIAC Staff
    The National Iranian American Council recently conducted its annual Member survey to help establish NIAC’s priorities for the coming year.
  • Iranian American’s Campaign for Irvine City Council Reinforced by Long Record of Civic Participation September 1, 2010
    NIAC StaffNIAC Staff
    Since moving to Orange County 16 years ago, Iranian American Shiva Farivar has played an integral role serving the community and working to open new doors for the next generation of Iranian Americans. Her dedication to her community culminated in her decision to run for Irvine City Council on this ...
  • Iranian Americans Named to The Hill’s 50 Most Beautiful People 2010 July 28, 2010
    NIAC StaffNIAC Staff
    Iranian Americans Alexis Latifi and Rep. Anna Eshoo (D-CA) have been profiled in The Hill’s 50 Most Beautiful People 2010. Every year, The Hill, a local media outlet specializing in news from inside the Beltway, chooses 50 individuals who work on Capitol Hill be they Senators, Representatives or staffers deemed ...