Issues

  • Japanese PM Travels to Tehran Amid Tanker Sabotage June 14, 2019
    Sina ToossiSina Toossi
    In this week’s Iran Unfiltered, Sina Toossi covers the meeting between President Rouhani and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Zarif’s reaction to the oil tanker incident in the Gulf of Oman, and more.
  • Critical Committee Debate Examines Trump’s Lack of War Authorities on Iran June 13, 2019
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    In the early morning hours of June 13, the House Armed Services Committee debated an amendment seeking to block an unauthorized war with Iran. It constituted one of the most meaningful Congressional debates on Iran and war powers to date, and will likely lead to a full House vote when ...
  • NIAC Statement on Latest Persian Gulf Tanker Attacks June 13, 2019
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    Today, reports broke that for the second time this month two oil tankers in the Strait of Hormuz came under attack. U.S. officials were quick to blame Iran, while Iran’s foreign minister Javad Zarif seemed to deny the attacks and described them as “suspicious.”
  • NIAC Welcomes Release of U.S. Resident After Four Years Imprisonment in Iran June 11, 2019
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    NIAC welcomes the release of Lebanese national and U.S. permanent resident Nizar Zakka after four years of unjust imprisonment in Iran.
  • Iranian Official Claims U.S. Sanctions to be Lifted June 7, 2019
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    In this week’s Iran Unfiltered, Sina Toossi covers the sentencing of Iranian human rights lawyers, President Rouhani’s statement on possible negotiations with the U.S., and more.
  • NIAC’s Ehsan Zahedani Appears on Iran International June 2, 2019
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    NIAC’s Ehsan Zahedani appeared on Iran International to discuss recent online trolling attacks against NIAC from the Iran Disinformation Project.
  • NIAC Responds to State Department’s Decision to Suspend Funding to Grantee Using Funds to Attack U.S. Civil Society May 31, 2019
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    The suspension of IranDisinfo follows a major astroturf campaign against NIAC last weekend involving hawkish pro-war organizations like Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD) and radical diaspora groups like the Mujahedin-e Khalq (MEK) – which operates a social media “troll farm” in Albania.
  • Students Protest Repression & Sanctions May 31, 2019
    Sina ToossiSina Toossi
    In this week’s Iran Unfiltered, Sina Toossi covers student protests against government repression and sanctions, a murder controversy involving Tehran’s ex-mayor, and more.
  • Arrest of Masoud Kazemi May 30, 2019
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    On May 22 the Committee to Protect Journalists reported that prominent Iranian reformist journalist, Masoud Kazemi, was arrested for the second time in 6 months. Kazemi, the editor of Iran’s political magazine, Sedaye Parsi (Persian Voice), was first arrested in November, 2018 after drawing the ire of officials with claims of corruption against Iran’s ...
  • NIAC Statement on Twitter’s Takedown of Thousands of Fake Iran-Linked Accounts May 29, 2019
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    Washington D.C. – Yesterday, Twitter’s Head of Site Integrity, Yoel Roth, tweeted that the social platform had removed over 2,800 inauthentic accounts originating in Iran. The accounts are thought to be part of a foreign information operations campaign intending to manipulate information for “national or geopolitical ends.” Separately, Facebook also ...
  • An Attack On Pro-Peace Iranian Americans And Civil Society May 26, 2019
    Jamal AbdiJamal Abdi
    This Memorial Day weekend, the forces working towards war with Iran launched a propaganda attack against NIAC, our allies, Iranian-American analysts, and even Iranian-American political candidates that NIAC Action has endorsed in local elections.
  • Khamenei Distances Himself from the JCPOA May 24, 2019
    Sina ToossiSina Toossi
    In this week’s Iran Unfiltered, Sina Toossi discusses Ayatollah Khamenei’s attempts to scapegoat blame for the JCPOA, the arrests of several prominent journalists, President Rouhani’s remarks that he needs more authority, and more.
  • Congress Begins Efforts to Restrict Trump’s War Push May 23, 2019
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    Congress took its first formal steps on Wednesday to eliminate a post-9/11 war authorization that some fear the Trump Administration will utilize as justification for attacking Iran. Separately, a measure to bar any funding for war with Iran was watered down after unified opposition from Republicans and an intervention by ...
  • NIAC Statement on Trump’s Tweet Threat to “End” Iran May 19, 2019
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    President Trump’s saber-rattling about Iran has reached a dangerous new low with his threat to “end” Iran—a country of 83 million men, women, and children
  • Iranian Officials Discount Possibility of War May 17, 2019
    Sina ToossiSina Toossi
    In this week’s Iran Unfiltered, Sina Toossi discusses demonstrations at Tehran University against compulsory hijab, Iranian officials ruling out war with the U.S., Iran starting to halt full compliance with the nuclear deal, and more.