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April 15, 2021

The Center for Human Rights in Iran reported this week that well-known Iranian labor rights activist, Jafar Azimzadeh, was released from prison on April 10th. While the picture of Azimzadeh freed and in his home is welcome news, many labor activists and political prisoners continue to suffer in Iranian prisons. A prominent member of the Free Union of Iranian Workers, Azimzadeh has led the struggle of Iranian workers in their right to organize, and to stress improved labor conditions, fair pay, as well as safety in the workplace.

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April 19, 2021

Our own President, Jamal Abdi, gives his own perspective about new developments to the Iran nuclear deal and explains what it means for the Iranian-American community.

April 14, 2021

Trump has created a recent and dangerous precedent for any President to ram through discriminatory immigration policies based in bigotry. It is up to Congress to reverse that dangerous precedent and safeguard targeted communities by passing the NO BAN Act.

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June 25, 2020

“The Trump administration broke the international consensus around Iran that took years to build,” said Suzanne DiMaggio, senior fellow at Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. “I think this will go down as an epic strategic blunder during the Trump Era.” DiMaggio was speaking on NIAC’s recent panel examining current and future U.S. policy toward Iran, entitled “A Maximum Pressure Exit Strategy: Can the U.S. Save the Iran Nuclear Deal Before it’s Too Late?” Joining DiMaggio as panelists were Jamal Abdi, President of NIAC, and Joe Cirincione, President of the Ploughshares Fund. Sanam Shantyaei, Senior Journalist at France 24, led the panel as moderator. 

April 15, 2021

This week, President Rouhani voiced support for negotiations with the U.S. and a speedy return to the JCPOA. Meanwhile, the Natanz nuclear facility was hit by a new act of sabotage, spurring talk about security lapses and the impact of the damage. The EU also imposed new human rights sanctions on Iranian individuals and institutions.

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April 13, 2021

NIAC is deeply disappointed to learn this prestigious award has gone to someone with a public record of xenophobic comments against Iranians and who has openly bragged that he would abuse the power of his position to discriminate against Iranian students. We have heard from many Iranian Americans in tech who are appalled that ACM would convey this honor and provide this platform to someone who has so blatantly sought to demonize our community and heritage.

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June 25, 2020

“The Trump administration broke the international consensus around Iran that took years to build,” said Suzanne DiMaggio, senior fellow at Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. “I think this will go down as an epic strategic blunder during the Trump Era.” DiMaggio was speaking on NIAC’s recent panel examining current and future U.S. policy toward Iran, entitled “A Maximum Pressure Exit Strategy: Can the U.S. Save the Iran Nuclear Deal Before it’s Too Late?” Joining DiMaggio as panelists were Jamal Abdi, President of NIAC, and Joe Cirincione, President of the Ploughshares Fund. Sanam Shantyaei, Senior Journalist at France 24, led the panel as moderator. 

April 15, 2021

The Center for Human Rights in Iran reported this week that well-known Iranian labor rights activist, Jafar Azimzadeh, was released from prison on April 10th. While the picture of Azimzadeh freed and in his home is welcome news, many labor activists and political prisoners continue to suffer in Iranian prisons. A prominent member of the Free Union of Iranian Workers, Azimzadeh has led the struggle of Iranian workers in their right to organize, and to stress improved labor conditions, fair pay, as well as safety in the workplace.

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March 11, 2021

Join us for a conversation with policymakers, Internet freedom advocates, and tech industry leaders on the policies and actions the new administration and the tech industry can adopt to ensure the U.S. does not help silence Iranian voices. The panel will feature special remarks from Rep. Ro Khanna (D-CA) and a panel discussion with Mahsa Alimardani from ARTICLE19, Peter Micek of Access Now, Mike Linksvayer from GitHub, and Amir Rashidi from the Miaan Group, moderated by Mana Mostatabi of NIAC.

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May 12, 2020

On the two-year anniversary of the Trump administration’s decision to exit the Iran nuclear deal in favor of “maximum pressure” sanctions — and coinciding with the president’s veto of anti-war legislation — Mana, Ryan, Assal, and Jamal reflect on how we got here and where things may be headed.