NIAC in the Washington Post: D.C. Area Iranians Criticize Reception of Ahmadinejad

Washington DC – Many Iranian Americans in the Washington area describe President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad as a provocateur, a hypocrite and an embarrassment to Iran. Yet some are disturbed about the hostile reception Ahmadinejad has received this week during his visit to the United States. Students, professionals and academics in the region's Iranian emigre community said yesterday that they were frustrated and disappointed that the visit has focused on sensational issues such as Ahmadinejad's denials that the Holocaust occurred and that homosexuality exists in Iran. Read full story.

Decisive Victory for Lantos Sanctions Bill

Washington DC- The Iran Counter-Proliferation Act of 2007 (HR 1400) was passed overwhelmingly by the House in a 397-16 vote today, coinciding with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s visit to New York City to address the U.N. General Assembly. Among the nay sayers were four Republicans: Rep. Jeff Flake (R-AZ), Rep. Wayne Gilchrest (R-MD), Rep. Ron E. Paul (R-TX), Rep. Roscoe Bartlett (R-MD), and 12 Democrats. The sister bill (S.970) with 68 co-sponsors has yet to be considered by the Senate. If passed by the Senate and signed by the President, this legislation would have significant implications for the US policy toward Iran and the US relationship with allies. The legislation targets foreign US subsidiaries, thus signifying extra-territorial application of US law.

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Kyl-Lieberman Amendment Pushes US towards War with Iran, Critics Say

Washington DC – Congress will vote on an amendment today that, if adopted, would charge Iran with fighting a “proxy war against the Iraqi state and coalition forces in Iraq.'' Senator Jon Kyl (R-AZ) introduced the measure as an amendment to the Defense Authorization Act (S.1547) on Friday. It is being cosponsored by Senator Joe Lieberman (I-CT) and Senator Norm Coleman (R-MN).

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Kyl-Lieberman Amendment Pushes US towards War with Iran, Critics Say

Washington DC – Congress will vote on an amendment today that, if adopted, would charge Iran with fighting a “proxy war against the Iraqi state and coalition forces in Iraq.'' Senator Jon Kyl (R-AZ) introduced the measure as an amendment to the Defense Authorization Act (S.1547) on Friday. It is being cosponsored by Senator Joe Lieberman (I-CT) and Senator Norm Coleman (R-MN).

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NIAC in the News: Taking Aim at Iran

US News & World Report – Amid deepening frustration with Iran, calls for shifting Bush administration policy toward military strikes or other stronger actions are intensifying, including among some U.S. officials. On the Web and through more traditional means, a wave of commentary, analysis, and think-tank studies on Iran policy—along with rumor, speculation, and possible leaks about military preparations—has been building through the summer. Read full story.

Iran a Rising Power?

“[Iran] certainly is an aspiring power if it’s not a rising one” said renowned author and University of St. Andrews Professor Ali Ansari.  The comment came during a September 14 conference on aspiring powers put on by the Elliot School of International Affairs at George Washington University. Coinciding with increasingly frequent accusations about Iran’s aspirations for hegemony in the region, Ansari discussed Iran’s ambitions and the implications of its rise.

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Iranian-American beaten in racist attack in NY

New York – The Iranian-American owner of a high-end nail and facial salon that caters to the likes of Jennifer Lopez was beaten and robbed yesterday in what Long Island cops called a bias attack. The attack followed two weeks of phone calls in which Iranian-American Zohreh Assemi was called a "terrorist" and told to "get out of town," friends and family said. Read full story.

NIAC in LA Times: Iranians in U.S. face a choice — to speak out, or not

Los Angeles – USC professor Muhammad Sahimi knew he risked interrogation or arrest while visiting Iran because of his outspokenness about the need for political reform in his homeland. But it wasn't until this summer that he canceled his travel plans. He deemed a family trip to Iran too dangerous after his friend, Ali Shakeri, a mild-mannered businessman and peace activist from Lake Forest, was thrown in a Tehran prison. Read full story.

Lieberman Injects $75 million for Iran Democracy into Appropriations Bill

At a late night session in the Senate on Friday, Senator Joe Lieberman (I-VT) submitted an amendment to provide $75 million for “democracy promotion in Iran." The amendment, which was cosponsored by Senators Sam Brownback (R-KS), Jon Kyl (R-AZ), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Susan Collins (R-ME), Mel Martinez (R-FL), David Vitter (R-LA), passed by voice vote in the State and Foreign Operations Appropriations Act (HR 2764).

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Gingrich Urges Nation to Re-think War on Terror

Washington DC – “Six years after the attack of 9/11, the difference between the debate we ought to be having and the debate we are having is staggering” said former speaker of the House Newt Gingrich during a lecture at the American Enterprise Institute this Monday. Apparently timed to coincide with the highly anticipated testimony of General David Petraeus before congress, Gingrich’s remarks addressed the need to refocus national attention on the larger war against the “irreconcilable wing of Islam” – not just the war in Iraq.

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PARSA Film Honors Persian Philanthropy

PARSA Community Foundation, one of NIAC's institutional funders, has produced a short film on the history of Persian philanthropy from the Achaemenid era to the present day diaspora in the United States. The film showcases both the roots of Persian philanthropy in ancient Iran and the activities of modern day Iranian philanthropists living abroad. PARSA is hoping the video will spur community members to share information about their activities as well as those of other volunteers and philanthropists who have made service a life goal. To share your story of service, please write to info@parsacf.org. To view the film, please click here.

NIAC Protest Letter Published in Columbus Dispatch

Columbus, OH – The Columbus Dispatch published a cartoon last week depicting Iran as a sewer on a map of the Middle East with cockroaches crawling out of it. Dokhi Fassihian, member of NIAC's Board of Directors, immediately contacted the newspaper on behalf of NIAC to protest the racist nature of the cartoon. Her letter to the Dispatch was published by the Ohio newspaper on September 8. Click here to read letter.