Update: Slack Responds to NIAC’s Letter January 16, 2019 NIAC Slack responded to NIAC, stating that “Slack users, including users of Iranian descent residing outside of Iran, had their accounts deactivated in error this week. Our system for applying geolocation information relies on IP addresses, and in the process of updating that system, accounts tied to embargoed countries were deactivated.” ...
NIAC Statement on Bolton Seeking War with Iran January 13, 2019 NIAC Press Release It is imperative that this Congress investigate Bolton’s request for war options and pass legislation placing additional legal and political constraints on the administration’s ability to start a new war of choice.
Political Prisoner Decries Trump and Iranian Judiciary January 11, 2019 Sina Toossi A political prisoner arrested for his activism against Iran’s compulsory hijab law and who recently ended a 145-day hunger strike wrote a letter censuring both Iran’s judiciary and the Trump administration.
Expert Reacts to Sec. Pompeo’s Speech in Cairo on America’s Middle East Policies January 10, 2019 NIAC Secretary Pompeo’s speech failed to outline a coherent strategic logic for the Trump administration’s Middle East policy. If Secretary Pompeo wants regional stability, human rights, and an end to U.S. military adventures and endless wars, he would press his boss to return to the Iran deal, pursue and facilitate good-faith ...
An Update on Slack December 22, 2018 NIAC We thank Slack for working to restore service to those erroneously cut off and for apologizing for their mistake. User access and data must be restored and we hope that Slack will look closely at whether such compliance efforts were necessary in the first place.
Officials Differ on European Trade Vehicle December 21, 2018 Sina Toossi The appointment last week of President Rouhani’s son-in-law as deputy minister of industry, mines, and business last week spurred allegations of nepotism and led to his resignation.
NIAC Sends Letter to Slack on Account Closures December 20, 2018 NIAC Staff We’ve been hearing from members of our community that Slack accounts have been abruptly closed under the guise of sanctions enforcement. We’re looking into getting answers on these unfair closures.
NIAC Signs Onto Pro-Diplomacy Letter Concerning U.S. policy toward Iran December 18, 2018 NIAC Staff The National Iranian American Council joined 40 pro-diplomacy organizations in a statement of principles to Congress concerning U.S. policy toward Iran. Critically, the letter (seen below) urges lawmakers to support returning the U.S. to compliance with the Iran nuclear deal and oppose a war of choice with Iran.
NIAC’s 2018 Holiday Book List December 17, 2018 NIAC Staff The holidays are a great time to catch-up on reading. At NIAC, we would like to share some of our personal favorite books related to Iran or written by an Iranian-American author.
Domestic Dissidents Discuss Potential for Revolution December 14, 2018 Sina Toossi Two prominent reformist dissidents, Abbas Abdi and Mostafa Tajzadeh, gave far-reaching interviews this week discussing the state of political reformism, the impact of U.S. sanctions, and prospects for revolutionary unrest in the country.