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  • PRI: Federal Appeals Court Refuses To Restore Trump’s Immigration Ban February 9, 2017
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    PRITrita Parsi of the National Iranian American Council says that his organization will also keep fighting Trump’s immigration policy. “At the end of the day it’s not the end of the road, regardless of the decision,” he says. If the government ultimately wins this battle in court, he worries that ...
  • CNN: Donald Trump Shakes His Fist, But Is US Foreign Policy Actually Changing? February 6, 2017
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    CNN“This administration has a great difficulty in concluding any type of policies because of the tremendous ideological contradictions that exist within the administration itself,” Trita Parsi, President of the National Iranian American Council told CNN on Saturday. “Part of the reason why we are seeing this chaos is precisely because ...
  • SF Gate: Immigrant Families Hopeful After Decision Halting Trump Order February 4, 2017
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    sf“The ruling has opened up a window in which individuals with current visas should be permitted to return,” the National Iranian American Council said in a statement. The statement noted that the legal situation was fluid and that “if you intend to return to the country then it is best ...
  • CNN: Middle East Execs Won’t Talk About Trump’s Travel Ban February 1, 2017
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    CNN“Since it is the line their governments have taken, many business leaders may not feel comfortable questioning the ban or questioning their governments line on this,” said Trita Parsi, president of the National Iranian American Council. That’s a view shared by Fawaz Gerges, professor of International Relations at the London ...
  • Politico: White House Puts Iran ‘On Notice,’ Won’t Rule Out Military Force February 1, 2017
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    politico“National Security Advisor Michael Flynn’s statement on Iran today was reckless,” said Trita Parsi of the NIAC in a statement. “While Flynn’s remarks could be construed as simply bluster, they will beget an Iranian response which in turn will beget further threats by the U.S. At some point, this escalatory ...
  • Democracy Now: Trita Parsi: If Ban Is How Trump Approaches Iran, We Fear Nuclear Deal Won’t Withstand Tensions January 31, 2017
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    Democracy now” One of the good things that came out of the nuclear deal is that suddenly Americans could travel to Iran, and there could be more connections between peoples. If there were more connections between the people and they got to know each other better, that would create a buffer ...
  • Quartz: The Sinister Possible Reason Why Trump’s “Muslim Ban” Targeted Seven Particular Countries January 31, 2017
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    QUARTZFollowing the Nov. 13, 2015 attacks in Paris and the Dec. 2 shootings in San Bernardino, California, Republicans and White House officials cobbled together an overhaul of the VWP. Jamal Abdi, policy director of the National Iranian American Council, suggests Republicans had been goaded by Trump’s call for an outright ...
  • The Intercept: Iranians In U.S. “Can Never Feel Safe Again” After Muslim Ban January 30, 2017
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    the interceptTrita Parsi of the National Iranian American Council (NIAC) criticized the administration for repeatedly changing its messaging on the facts surrounding the executive order. “This is really banana-republic style,” Parsi said. “It was already extremely difficult for Iranians to get into the United States.” Due to the huge number of ...
  • The Guardian: Iranians Stranded By US Ban Tell Of Jobs At Risk And Families In Disarray January 29, 2017
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    GUARDIANTrita Parsi, the president of the National Iranian American Council (NIAC), whose organisation has followed many such cases, said on Twitter: “I want to repeat: Green card holders were handcuffed, their social media was reviewed, and they were asked their views on Trump.” NIAC said visa bans marked a dark ...
  • NBC News: Iranian Voices Slam Donald Trump’s Reported Visa Ban as ‘Shameful’ January 26, 2017
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    nbclogo“Donald Trump is making good on the most shameful and discriminatory promises he made on the campaign trail,” said the National Iranian American Council, a Washington-based non-profit organization. “He called for a Muslim ban and is now taking the first steps to implement one. This will not stand. The American ...
  • Daily Mail: Trump Poised to Move on Mexican Border Wall January 26, 2017
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    daily-mail-square-logo-180x180“Donald Trump is making good on the most shameful and discriminatory promises he made on the campaign trail,” said Trita Parsi of the National Iranian American Council. Iran was one of the countries that may be listed. “He called for a Muslim ban and is now taking the first steps ...
  • CNN: Trump to Direct Federal Resources Toward Building a Border Wall on Wednesday January 26, 2017
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    CNN-150x150“Donald Trump is making good on the most shameful and discriminatory promises he made on the campaign trail. He called for a Muslim ban and is now taking the first steps to implement one. This will not stand. The American people are better than this,” said National Iranian American Council ...
  • The Huffington Post: As Trump Era Looms, Many Iranian-Americans Fear Losing The Gains They’ve Made January 19, 2017
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    huffpost logoEfforts to push back against war talk and mobilize Iranian-Americans to stand up for their rights date back years. Groups such as the Public Affairs Alliance of Iranian Americans (PAAIA) and the National Iranian American Council (NIAC) ― both with physical operations in Washington ― have long sought to organize ...
  • The Washington Post: Iran Nuclear Deal is in the Crosshairs and May Not Survive a Trump Administration January 12, 2017
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    washington_post_square“The deal is in tremendous danger,” said Trita Parsi, head of the National Iranian American Council, who has been a strong supporter of the agreement. “Iranians are building up their case to make sure that once the deal falls apart, they can point to a strong record of the U.S. ...
  • Bloomberg: What the Death of Hashemi Rafsanjani Means for Iran January 9, 2017
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    bloomberg_logoTrita Parsi, National Iranian American Council founder and chief executive officer, reacts to the death of Iranian President Ayatollah Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, a co-founder of the Islamic Republic who later proposed freeing the economy from state control and promoted more moderate views than many of his peers. He speaks ...