Issues

  • NIAC Statement on the Torching of Nabra Hassanen’s Memorial June 21, 2017
    NIAC StaffNIAC Staff
    “Regardless of whether Nabra’s murder was the result of a hate crime or a heinous act of senseless violence, the reaction to her passing has exposed the depth of Islamophobia in America among an insidious few, and a loud rejection of hate by the majority.”
  • Is Iran’s Ballistic Missile Use Trump’s Fault? June 20, 2017
    Reza MarashiReza Marashi
    Much to the chagrin of leaders in Washington, Tel Aviv and Riyadh, Iran launched ballistic missiles into Syria on Sunday, targeting ISIS in retaliation for its terror attacks in Tehran two weeks ago. These strikes are the first time that Iran has launched missiles since its 1980-1988 war with Iraq, ...
  • Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson Headlines Iranian American Event In Seattle June 16, 2017
    NIAC StaffNIAC Staff
    NIAC hosted a sold-out downtown fundraiser on Thursday, June 15th; it was NIAC’s first Seattle event in six years. Thursday’s event, which raised nearly $50,000 was attended by a diverse crowd, including David Sellers from nearby Ballard, WA. When asked what compelled him to attend the event, Sellers, who is ...
  • Secretary Tillerson Eschews Iran Diplomacy in Favor of Regime Change June 15, 2017
    Darius Namazi
    Secretary of State Rex Tillerson indicated he has no plans for negotiations with Iran and expressed favor for moving to support elements within Iran intent on regime change during testimony on the State Department budget in the House Foreign Affairs Committee yesterday. Tillerson’s remarks are certain to ratchet up tensions ...
  • Senate Vote Signals Growing Discontent with Saudi Arms Sales June 14, 2017
    Ida AdibiElnaz Moghangard
    Senators held a key vote yesterday on a joint resolution that would have blocked a portion of President Trump’s recent arms sale to Saudi Arabia, specifically precision guided munitions that will be dropped in the conflict in Yemen. After strong arguments on the Senate floor, the joint resolution (S.J. Res. ...
  • NIAC Statement on Trump Amending the Muslim Ban June 14, 2017
    NIAC Statement
    Washington, D.C. – Shayan Modarres, Legal Counsel for the National Iranian American Council, issued the following statement in response to President Trump amending his March 6 Executive Order which seeks to impose a Muslim ban:
  • NIAC Statement on Ninth Circuit Ruling Against Muslim Ban June 12, 2017
    NIAC Statement
    Shayan Modarres, Legal Counsel for the National Iranian American Council, issued the following statement in response to the Ninth Circuit’s ruling to uphold injunctions on President Trump’s Muslim Ban executive order: “In a step towards defeating the discriminatory Muslim Ban, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled against President Donald ...
  • NIAC Statement on Firing of CNN Host Reza Aslan  June 9, 2017
    NIAC StaffNIAC Staff
    Washington, DC – Shayan Modarres, Legal Counsel for the National Iranian American Council, issued the following statement in response to CNN’s decision to cancel the show “Believer” following NIAC Advisory Board Member Reza Aslan’s use of expletive language in response to Trump’s repugnant reaction to the London terror attacks:
  • Rohrabacher on Tehran Terror Attacks: “Isn’t That a Good Thing?” June 9, 2017
    Ida Adibi
    Republican congressman Dana Rohrabacher (CA-48), who represents more Iranian Americans than nearly any other lawmaker in the House of Representatives, suggested on Thursday that the recent ISIS terror attacks in Tehran were a positive development during a House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing on Hezbollah. Rohrabacher’s apparent praise for the attacks, ...
  • NIAC Joins Over 100 Groups In Urging Mayors to Disavow Anti-Muslim Rallies June 9, 2017
    NIACNIAC
    A coalition of 129 national and local organizations sent letters to 29 mayors in advance of anti-Muslim marches scheduled in their cities on Saturday, June 10. The letters call on the mayors to embrace “values of pluralism, diversity, and liberty for all while firmly rejecting the forces of hate and bigotry ...
  • Does Donald Trump Support Terrorism Against Iran? June 9, 2017
    Reza MarashiReza Marashi
    It took 14 hours after terrorist attacks abroad before Donald Trump assumed his now standard roll as the bull in a china shop. What was Trump’s vile response to grieving Iranians after terrorists struck Iran’s parliament and the mausoleum of Ayatollah Khomeini, killing and injuring dozens? You deserved it. Thus, ...
  • Saudi Arabia’s Coalition Could Accidentally Unleash Iran June 9, 2017
    Adam Weinstein
    The unfolding Qatar crisis is a microcosm of Riyadh’s vision for the Middle East. Saudi Arabia is exploiting a largely engineered threat from Iran to rally Sunni Arab states into what has been labeled an “Arab NATO” and bully those that resist. Egypt, Jordan and the United Arab Emirates are ...
  • How Designating IRGC a Terrorist Organization Will Undermine America’s Struggle Against ISIS June 8, 2017
    Adam Weinstein
    The IRGC is key to the ‘US-led’ coalition fighting to oust ISIS from Mosul. U.S. troops and air assets, the Iraqi Army, Shiite militias, and the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) have coalesced into an unlikely coalition against ISIS in Mosul that is anything but “U.S.-led.” Seven months into the battle, ...
  • NIAC Takes First Step in Legal Challenge to Extreme Vetting June 7, 2017
    Shayan ModarresShayan Modarres
    In a proactive measure to fight back against the administrative Muslim ban being implemented by the Trump administration, the National Iranian American Council (NIAC) sent a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to the State Department today. As a part of this information request, NIAC is requesting that the State ...
  • NIAC Statement on President Trump’s Heartless Message to Tehran’s Terror Victims June 7, 2017
    NIAC Statement
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Trita Parsi Phone: 202-386-6325 Email: tparsi@niacouncil.org Washington, D.C. – The National Iranian American Council released this statement following President Trump’s callous response to the terrorist attacks in Tehran: “We support the people of Iran who have repeatedly demonstrated their dedication to the values of tolerance and diplomacy, despite the ...