Issues

  • The Journey of an Iranian-American Scholar: An Interview with Dr. Pouya Alimagham February 27, 2020
    Assal Rad
    Like many immigrant groups in the United States, Iranian Americans carry their heritage and history with them to their new home. Much of the Iranian-American population immigrated to the U.S. after the tumultuous revolution of 1979. In that respect, a large portion of this diaspora are recent immigrants who also ...
  • Iranian Student Activist Zia Nabavi Detained Again February 27, 2020
    Assal Rad
    Just two weeks after the detention of well-known student activist Bahareh Hedayat, more prominent Iranian student activists have been reportedly detained by Iranian officials, including Zia Nabavi, Amirhossein Ali Bakhshia, and Ali Haghighat Javan.
  • NIAC Welcomes U.S. Treasury Reversal to Exempt Certain Humanitarian Trade with Iran as it Combats Coronavirus February 27, 2020
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    “The public health sector in Iran has been under severe stress for months in large part due to crushing economic sanctions that have limited humanitarian trade in medical devices and medicine manufactured in the West. Amid the outbreak of Coronavirus in Iran, which has been exacerbated both by the Iranian ...
  • Coronavirus FAQs February 25, 2020
    NIAC StaffNIAC Staff
    A day before Iran’s parliamentary elections, news broke in Iran that the Coronavirus, which has spread throughout the world, had reached Iran. Details regarding the scope of the outbreak have been difficult to confirm, with many raising questions regarding the government’s official narrative. 
  • NIAC Sends Letter to Treasury Encouraging Steps to Ensure U.S. Sanctions Do Not Hinder Iran’s Ability to Address Coronavirus February 25, 2020
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    Today, the National Iranian American Council (NIAC) wrote Treasury Secretary Stephen Mnuchin to encourage immediate steps to ensure that U.S. sanctions do not inhibit humanitarian relief to respond to the outbreak of Coronavirus, or COVID-19. As the letter notes, Iran is in a poor position to handle the outbreak of ...
  • NIAC Presses Treasury on Discriminatory Bank Account Closures February 24, 2020
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    On February 6, we sent the Treasury Department supplementary information supporting our rule change request. The information outlines NIAC’s longstanding advocacy to halt bank account closures as well as stories from impacted individuals who have been harmed by the discriminatory closure of their bank accounts. An excerpt of this supplemental ...
  • آمریکائی­های ایرانی‌تبار در عصر ترامپ، منع سفر و تهدید جنگ February 24, 2020
    Assal Rad
    من در ایالات متحده با والدین ایرانی متولد و بزرگ شده‌ام و همانند فرزندان بسیاری از خانواده­‌های مهاجر، با نوعی حس بیگانگی از همنوعان آمریکایی‌­ام رشد کرده‌ام. علی رغم آنکه در یک منطقه‌ای که بیشترین تعداد جمعیت ایرانیان در جنوب کالیفرنیا را در خود جای داده بزرگ شدم، به نظر ...
  • NIAC Statement on Iran’s Parliamentary Elections February 24, 2020
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    On Friday, Iran held parliamentary elections that delivered victories for hardline and conservative forces amid historically low turnout. This is Iran’s first national election since the United States pulled out of the nuclear agreement and imposed “maximum pressure” sanctions, and a reversal from the high turnout and significant victories for ...
  • NIAC in Conversation with Noam Chomsky February 20, 2020
    NIAC StaffNIAC Staff
    On January 29, 2020, NIAC Research Fellow, Dr. Assal Rad sat down to have a conversation with world-renowned linguist and activist Professor Noam Chomsky, at the University of Arizona, where he is currently Laureate Professor of Linguistics and Agnese Nelms Haury Chair.
  • Iranian Parliamentary Election Preview February 20, 2020
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    Iranians will vote in the country’s 11th Parliamentary elections and elect all 290 members for the country’s legislative body, with votes being cast at a time of great uncertainty and turmoil.
  • 2020 NIAC INTERNSHIP PROGRAM February 17, 2020
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    The National Iranian American Council (NIAC) is accepting internship applications to work with our team at our Washington, D.C. office.
  • Digital Organizer February 10, 2020
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    The Digital Organizer is responsible for leading and managing NIAC’s digital advocacy and assisting with communications including member emails, online actions, website, social media, videos, graphics, and other online and printed materials. The Digital Organizer will also responsible for managing the digital engagement of volunteers.
  • NIAC Responds to Trump’s State of the Union Address February 5, 2020
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    “The President also failed to talk about his cruel Muslim Travel Ban that separates Iranian-American families, his border policies that have infringed on the rights of Iranian Americans who have been treated as second class citizens, or his unexplained deportation of Iranian students. These policies are eroding the foundations of ...
  • NIAC Statement on the Expansion of the Muslim Ban January 31, 2020
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    “Today’s expanded Muslim ban is yet another consequence of the courts and Congress allowing the President to discriminate against immigrant communities. This expansion, which clearly has no basis in an imminent national security threat, should further motivate lawmakers to take swift action that has been delayed too long. Fortunately, the ...
  • NIAC Statement on Discriminatory Order Issued to Customs and Border Patrol January 30, 2020
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    Jamal Abdi, President of the National Iranian American Council (NIAC), issued the following statement on the publication of what appears to be the discriminatory order issued by the Seattle Field Office to Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) Officers which resulted in the outrageous and discriminatory detention of individuals of Iranian ...