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Will Iran nuclear deal affect Persian businesses in L.A.?

- The nuclear deal struck between Iran and the U.N. Security Council is being hotly debated in Congress. In Los Angeles, business people in the largest community of Iranians outside Iran are talking about what an end to sanctions might mean for their businesses. -Andy Uhler, Marketplace - 8/21/15

Cultivating Seeds of Peace, Global Day of Action to Support Iran Deal

- Rallies took place in cities across the globe on Saturday in support of the historic nuclear agreement between Iran and world powers. Organized by volunteer Iranian expats and unaffiliated with any political groups or campaigns, the #SupportIranDeal mobilization spanned continents as participants called for peace and denounced well-funded efforts to derail the deal. -Common Dreams - 8/18/15

Iranians Coordinate a Global Event to Support the Iranian Nuclear Deal

- A group of ten to fifteen people dressed in Israeli Defence Force (IDF) t-shirts and waving Canadian, Israeli and IDF flags slowly encircled a large group of Iranians holding posters reading "#SupportIranDeal" and "we choose peace". -Mahsa Alimardani, Global Voices - 8/17/15

Iranian-Americans forge a rare bond to support nuclear deal

- On the day U.S. and Iranian negotiators reached a historic nuclear agreement last month, Hadi Partovi threw an impromptu party in his backyard outside Seattle, setting in motion a rare expression of solidarity among the country's most prominent Iranian-Americans. -Yeganeh Torbati, Reuters - 8/13/15

Iranian Americans Firmly Support the Iran Nuclear Deal

- The nuclear deal with Iran has brought to the surface -- perhaps even caused -- divisions within the Democratic Party and the Jewish American community...There is one community, however, for which the Iran deal has become a catalyst for unity -- the Iranian American community. -Trita Parsi, Huffington Post - 8/12/15

Iranian-Americans Support Diplomacy with Iran

- Dear fellow Americans, We are Americans of Iranian descent. Like all Americans, we're proud of our great country, and we vigorously defend the U.S. ideals of freedom and opportunity. We've worked together to make this the best country in the world. We urge you, our fellow Americans, to show your desire for peace and prosperity by supporting the recent agreement among the U.S., Iran, and other major world powers. - 8/11/15

PAAIA Launches Ad Campaign in Support of Iran Nuclear Deal

- As Congress begins its deliberations on the Iran Nuclear Deal, the Public Affairs Alliance of Iranian Americans (PAAIA) is launching a national communications campaign so that the general public, our lawmakers and opinion makers are better aware of the Iranian American community's broad support for the nuclear accord reached between the international powers and Iran. - 8/6/15

Mohsen Moazami: A Farewell to Pre-Set Paths

- Mohsen Moazami is a Founder and Managing Director at Columbus Nova Technology Partners (CNTP), a novel global technology investment firm combining the best attributes of venture and private equity business models. He is a founding member of the Board of Directors for the Public Affairs Alliance of Iranian Americans (PAAIA). He and his wife also contributed to the PARSA Community Foundation and the Iranian Scholarship Fund (ISF). -Jahandad Memarian, Huffington Post - 8/4/15

Will Iranian Americans Get Sanctions Relief?

- Despite the nuclear deal between the U.S. and Iran, the U.S. trade embargo with Iran will not be among the sanctions to be lifted. This means that Iranian Americans will continue to be prohibited from engaging in most trade-related transactions with Iran or Iranian parties. -Tyler Cullis, NIAC - 7/31/15

Joint Statement of Iranian-American Organizations on the U.S.-Iran Nuclear Deal

- As organizations that represent the Iranian-American community, we welcome the news of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action agreed to by the United States, UN powers, and Iran. This historic diplomatic achievement will benefit the American people and the Iranian people alike by taking war off the table and creating the possibility for sustained peace and renewed relations. - 7/30/15

Facebook's first intern just landed $50 million from Peter Thiel and other investors

- Darian Shirazi started his career at 15 years old, when he made his name reselling computer components on eBay. His sales were so impressive that eBay ended up offering him an internship for the next two summers. -Eugene Kim, Business Insider - 7/30/15

Nader Tehrani Named Dean Of The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture

- Nader Tehrani, a professor of architecture at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), has been appointed dean of the Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture at The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art. He joins Cooper this month. - 7/27/15

For new Iranian American lobbying group, response to nuclear deal is pivotal first test

- In 2002, during the run-up to the U.S. invasion of Iraq - and as the possibility of war with Iran loomed - four Iranian Americans formed the National Iranian American Council (NIAC), largely to voice opposition to war with Iran and urge diplomatic negotiations. Now, 13 years later, the group is launching an advocacy arm, NIAC Action, that aims to take Iranian Americans' voice in politics to the next level. -Catherine Ho, Washington Post - 7/26/15

IAAB's Camp Ayandeh Turns 10!

- Since 2006, Camp Ayandeh, through a positive and inclusive environment, has developed leadership skills and built a strong network of Iranian American students. The Summer Leadership Institute sponsored by the Iranian Alliances Across Borders (IAAB) will celebrate the 10th annual Camp Ayandeh between July 18th to July 27th at Cabrini College outside of Philadelphia. - 7/22/15

As an Iranian-American, both sides of my split identity rejoice at a nuclear deal

- By birthright, I would have had every reason to forsake the Islamic Republic and hope that talks to resolve the crisis over its nuclear program would fail. My family left Iran in 1979 - just after the Islamic Revolution overthrew the Shah - when my mother, pregnant with my sister, fled the country while several members of her huge but tight-knit family were in revolutionary prisons. I owe the Iranian government nothing, and could have easily said, Screw them. -Ali Gharib, Guardian - 7/16/15

2015 Iranian Festival in Portland, Oregon

- Saturday, August 1, 2015, 11:00 AM -4:00 PM -- Andisheh's mission is to build a bridge among communities in Oregon and SW Washington by celebrating the Iranian-American heritage through arts and culture. - 7/8/15

What Do Iranian-Americans Think of the Nuclear Deal?

- MY family left Tehran in 1979, in the aftermath of the revolution that created the Islamic Republic of Iran. We arrived in the United States with nothing but a single suitcase each, assuming this would be only temporary. Once things settled down, we would surely be returning to our lives back in Iran. That was 36 years ago. -Reza Aslan, New York Times - 7/7/15

Meet Arshya Vahabzadeh: Named as One of MedTech Boston's 40 Under 40 Healthcare Innovators

- Iranian American physician, Arshya Vahabzadeh, was recently named as one of MedTech Boston's 40 Under 40 Healthcare Innovators-a list of forty accomplished young professionals working to better the United States healthcare system. - 7/6/15

Amherst University Reverses Ban On Graduate Students

- Facing a backlash from international students, the U.S. state of Massachusett's flagship university said it is lifting a ban on Iranian nationals in certain graduate programs. Instead, the university said it is instituting monitoring measures to ensure compliance with U.S. sanctions against Iran. - 7/2/15

Open Letter to 2016 Presidential Candidates from Prominent Iranian Americans

- Thirty-seven prominent Iranian Americans, consisting of current and former government officials, foreign policy experts, scientists, business leaders, authors and media personalities, sent an open letter urging the 2016 presidential candidates to refrain from broad generalizations about the Iranian people when discussing the prospective nuclear agreement taking shape between the P5+1 and Iran. - 6/30/15

Shirin Neshat wins Farhang Heritage 2015

- Farhang Foundation is honored to announce that the recipient of the 2015 Farhang Heritage Award is Shirin Neshat. The Iranian-born artist will be recognized for her "enrichment of society through her extraordinary artistic contributions to the world" at the 5th Annual Farhang Foundation Fundraising Gala on November 7, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California. - 6/24/15

PAAIA Releases National Public Opinion Survey of Iranian Americans and the American Public

- The Public Affairs Alliance of Iranian Americans (PAAIA) today released the findings of a national public opinion survey examining the attitudes of both Iranian Americans and the American public at large toward a number of issues related to the nuclear negotiations with Iran and U.S.-Iranian relations. The results show that both Iranian Americans and American voters are supportive of a nuclear agreement with Iran. - 6/24/15

iBridges: The Iranian Runaway Singularity

- iBridges, a non-profit organization incubated at the University of California, Berkeley, and powered by leading Iranian-American technology entrepreneurs, investors, and academicians, reached another milestone this month. It convened the largest- ever gathering of Iranians focused on high-tech entrepreneurship, on June 4-6 in Berlin - the start-up capital of Europe. -Jahandad Memarian, Huffington Post - 6/23/15

Innovators Under 35: Roozbeh Ghaffari

- Inspired by the courage of his younger brother, MC10's cofounder is finding ways to create novel electronic devices that improve human health. -MIT Technology Review - 6/15/15

The United States Department of Justice Turns the Clock Back Sixty Years to Reinstate "Separate but Equal"

- DOJ's disqualification of Judge Tabaddor from all cases involving Iranians is premised on Judge Tabaddor being a member of the Iranian American community and her participation in community service and professional activities outside the courtroom. -Leila Golestaneh Austin & Soroush Richard Shehabi, Huffington Post - 6/14/15

Iranian scientists create world's first hybrid heart valve

- Two Iranian scientists have successfully created the first hybrid tissue-engineered heart valve with the use of a metal alloy. Hamed Alavi, PhD, and Arash Kheradvar, MD, PhD, from the University of California in Irvine, developed the new valve, which can become a replacement for current valves thanks to its durability, the Mehr news agency reported on Monday. - 6/13/15

Mike Rostampour: A rising basketball player

- Following is an interview with Michael Maziar Rostampour, a young Iranian-American and a rising basketball player: "Life inspires me. Every day I have two goals. To be the best person I can be, and to be the best basketball player I can be. I truly believe I will play in the NBA some day soon; whether it is next year or in 5 years. That is the ultimate goal and that is where I know I will be. I believe that in my heart and soul." - 6/10/15

NIAC Welcomes Resumption of Services for Iranian Physicians by ECFMG

- National Iranian American Council (NIAC) welcomes the resumption of services for Iranian physicians by the the Educational Commission on Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG), the primary organization that verifies educational credentials for Iranian physicians seeking to practice in the U.S. and Canada. - 6/6/15

For Foreign-Born Entrepreneurs, Silicon Valley Is the American Dream

- In the maze of offices at Rackspace on Folsom Street, Shahin Shadfar points to a small row of disheveled chairs and overturned computer mice lined up against a grey wall of cubicle space: This is where his team sits. Shadfar walks into a lounge to talk about an app called Zurf, his latest venture, which comes on the heels of several successes in other tech projects across the nation. -Joseph Jaafari, 7x7 - 6/6/15

Iran startups open biggest event in Berlin

- Iranian entrepreneurs and business owners gathered in Berlin Thursday for a three-day startup conference to explore opportunities in Iran's hi-tech sector. Renowned American startup guru David McClure opened the iBRIDGE Berlin conference with a keynote speech to more than 80 business owners coming from Iran, Europe and the US. - 6/5/15

Iranian-Americans among awards recipients from the World Affairs Council

- Each year, the World Affairs Council and its project the Global Philanthropy Forum hosts an Awards Dinner to honor Bay Area leaders who have significantly influenced the world in which we live, work and learn. Three Iranian-Americans were among this year's award recipients: Noosheen Hashemi, Bita Daryabari and Shervin Pishevar - 6/3/15

Bayonne's Pavarotti: County park a stage for opera singer practicing his craft Read more: Hudson Reporter - Bayonne s Pavarotti County park a stage for opera singer practicing his craft

- He can be seen five nights a week on the wooden pedestrian walkway by Newark Bay in Stephen R. Gregg Park, arms spread apart and singing, like a bird ready to take flight. In his dramatic tenor voice, Hossein Aghabeikzadeh, 72, may seem like a character out of a Broadway play, but he is more the common man's performer in a blue-collar town, practicing his craft and communing with nature. -Joseph Passantino, Hudson Reporter - 6/2/15

Iranian exiles respond in unexpected ways to idea of U.S.-Iran nuclear talks

- After years of staying aloof from public debate, Iranian Americans - one of the nation's most affluent and educated immigrant groups -- are emerging as an unexpected and articulate constituency for U.S. diplomatic engagement with the ayatollahs. -Pamela Constable, Washington Post - 5/22/15

PAAIA Hosts a Collaborative Dialogue between the Iranian and American Medical and Public Health Communities

- In support of increased collaboration between the medical and public health communities of the United States and Iran, the Public Affairs Alliance of Iranian Americans (PAAIA) is hosting a luncheon today that brings together two Chancellors from Iran's leading medical/health universities with distinguished Iranian American doctors from the New York Metropolitan area. - 5/22/15

Farhang Hosts Its Largest Nowruz Extravaganza To Date

- With a record breaking 10,000 plus visitors at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) on Sunday, March 22, 2015, Farhang Foundation's 7th Annual Nowruz (The Iranian New Year) Celebration in collaboration with LACMA was the Foundation's largest Nowruz celebration since inception. - 5/18/15

Iranian-American Artist Farrin Rahimi at Silicon Valley Open Studios

- Every creation is a journey. Along that road, you will feel, you will think, you will go up and down and even will go to the point of forgetting it all. But that will never change the existence of the original seed. So it might go away, but eventually will come back if you are not done with it in any form. - 5/17/15

Tirgan Returns for Its Biennial Celebration This Summer 2015

- Tirgan, the world's largest Iranian arts and culture festival returns to the Harbourfront Centre in Toronto, Canada, this summer from August 20-23, 2015. The festival's ancient roots can be seen in a programme which showcases the tremendous ethnic diversity within Iran and celebrates the country's music, dance, theatre, cinema, literature, visual arts and cuisine. The central theme of "Homeland" unites the festival programme of Tirgan 2015. - 5/4/15

PAAIA OGHAB Internships Program For Young Iranian-Americans

- The PAAIA OGHAB (Opportunities for Growth, High Achievement, and Betterment) Internship Program provides summer internship opportunities for young Iranian Americans in a variety of fields and disciplines. The program matches qualified Iranian American youth with internships in their field of interest in organizations and companies nationwide. - 5/1/15

Support an Iranian-American Kickstarter Project - Tye*

- We are a young startup based in the Silicon Valley. We have multiple patents pending for our flagship product, Tye* hub, and Tye* remote. "Tye* is the first 3-in-1 smart anti-theft device that will revolutionize how we protect our valuables like gadgets, pets, and luggage with peace of mind", said Shahriar Ilislamloo, co-founder Perseus Micrologic. - 4/27/15

Iranian-Americans: A Bridge to Understanding and Peace

- On the last day of March, about a hundred distinguished Iranian-Americans gathered at the Willard, Washington, D.C.'s most storied hotel, over authentic Persian cuisine and classical music, to celebrate the arrival of Nowruz, the Iranian New Year. -Jahandad Memarian, Huffington Post - 4/21/15

Pars Equality Center Celebrates 5th Anniversary with the Official Opening and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony of Daryabari Iranian Community Center

- On Thursday, April 16, 2015, Pars Equality Center (PEC) - a Bay Area-based non-profit organization providing social and legal services to the Iranian-American community - celebrated its 5th Anniversary with the Official Opening and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony of the new Daryabari Iranian Community Center, located at 1635 The Alameda in San Jose. - 4/20/15

iBRIDGE Berlin Conference - High Tech Entrepreneurship in Iran: Opportunities and Challenges

- iBRIDGE Berlin is a three-day event to be held on June 4-6, 2015 in Berlin, Germany that is organized by iBRIDGES. It will bring together European and American entrepreneurs and their counterparts in Iran to explore the role that a high-tech entrepreneurial ecosystem can play in Iran's economic development and diversification. The event will be comprised of keynote speeches, panel discussions, and workshops, as well as visits to local incubators in Berlin. - 3/30/15

An Iranian model of altruism, volunteerism, philanthropy and scholarship in the Diaspora

- The devotion of one's intellectual and material resources to the betterment of human society has been emphasized in Persian/Iranian literature, culture and religions since the earliest times. Mithraism, Zoroastrianism, Mazdakism, Manichaeism and more recently Islam have all pursued this path. The prolific output of Persian poetry and prose is replete with recommendations to serve society as best as one can. Endowments (vaqhf) for the benefit of society have a long history in the Iranian world that preceded Islam. -Davood Rahni, New York - 3/30/15

Los Angeles City Hall Celebrates Nowruz

- On Friday, March 20th, the Los Angeles City Hall celebrated Nowruz alongside the Iranian American community for the eleventh year in a row. Beginning in 2004 with the support of PAAIA Board Member Pouria Abbassi and Congressman Tony Cardenas, the Nowruz celebration at Los Angeles City Hall has become an annual tradition expressing the city's gratitude for the contributions of their Iranian American residents. - 3/29/15

Following Outcry at UMass Amherst, Another U.S. University Revises Policy on Iranian Students

- In response to outreach from the National Iranian American Council, one more university is taking steps to ensure that its enforcement of sanctions and other restrictions against Iran do not unduly discriminate against Iranian students. - 3/27/15

Celebration of Nowruz at City Hall in San Francisco

- Celebrate Nowruz, the Iranian New Year on Friday, March 27 at 6 p.m. at San Francisco City Hall with the diverse Bay Area community. This is a commitment by members of the community with the support of Ross Mirkarimi, San Francisco Sheriff and Iranican Inc a 501c3 non-profit in the Bay Area. - 3/26/15

Report of Pars Equality Center's 5th Annual Nowruz Gala

- Pars Equality Center (PEC)- a Bay Area-based non-profit organization providing social and legal services to the Iranian-American community-celebrated its 5th Annual Nowruz/Persian New Year Gala at San Francisco's Marriott Waterfront Burlingame Hotel on March 15, 2015. - 3/24/15

Persian Music Reverberates in New York at Spring Vernal Equinox

- Exhilaratingly transfixed by the Persian music, the audience ascended into introspective trance and awe, thereby transcending borders, cultures, histories, minds and bodies at the ArtsWestchester in White Plains New York Saturday night. -Davood Rahni - 3/24/15

Nowruz Resolution Introduced in the U.S. Congress

- On March 18, 2015, Congressman Michael M. Honda (CA-17th) introduced a resolution in honor of the Iranian New Year into the House of Representatives. The legislation recognizes the cultural and historical significance of Nowruz and wishes Iranian Americans, the people of Iran, and all those who celebrate the holiday a prosperous new year. - 3/22/15

2nd Annual Nowruz Traditional Iranian Costume Parade in Los Angeles

- Farhang Foundation is proud to announce the 2nd annual Traditional Iranian Costume Parade, as part of our Nowruz Celebration this Sunday, March 22nd, 2015 at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA). - 3/19/15

Sweden embraces Chaharshanbeh Souri in a big way

- Sweden's National Theatre in collaboration with a number of Iranian associations in Sweden is planning the sixth annual Chaharshanbeh Souri celebration in the heart of Stockholm. - 3/17/15

Nowruz 2015 Celebration at Santana Row in San Jose, California

- Santana Row, in partnership with the Iranian Federated Women's Club (IFWC), will proudly celebrate the arrival of spring and the 2015 Persian New Year 1394 (Nowruz) on Tuesday, March 24, 2015, at Park Valencia, from 5:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. - 3/16/15

Nowruz Day at the White House

- The Nowruz reception at the White House held on March 11, 2015 by all accounts was a great success. Invited dignitaries, professors and scholars, exchange students, entrepreneurs, government officials and artists, i.e., four generations of Americans with heritage mainly from Iran, as well as those from Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Azarbaijan, Iraq's Kurdistan and the Parsis of India among a number of other nationalities were invited to the extravagant reception. -David Rahni - 3/13/15

Pars Equality Center Celebrates 5th Anniversary With Official Opening Of Daryabari Iranian Community Center And Annual Nowruz Gala

- In honor of the 5th anniversary of Pars Equality Center - a Bay Area-based non-profit organization providing social and legal services to the Iranian-American community-there will be two seminal celebratory events: the 5th Annual Nowruz Gala on Saturday, March 14, 2015, and the highly anticipated Official Opening of the Daryabari Iranian Community Center-the new permanent home for PEC-on Thursday, April 16, 2015. - 3/11/15

Iranian American Women's Leadership Conference

- The Iranian American Women Foundation is set to host its next Women's Leadership Conference May 3rd in San Francisco! Once again, IAW Foundation is bringing women together to INSPIRE, EMPOWER and CONNECT - 3/9/15

Celebrating Iranian-American Women On International Women's Day

- Celebrated globally on March 8th, International Women's Day represents an opportunity to celebrate the achievements of inspirational women while calling for greater equality. It is in this spirit that I would like to highlight the acts of courage and determination by these seven extraordinary women who have played an extraordinary role in the history of their communities. -Yasamin Beitollahi, Huffington Post - 3/8/15

This chef serves Persian comfort food from the corner of a pizza joint in New York City

- Asheh Reshteh is a thick, winter soup packed with beans, herbs and noodles. In Iran, you can buy it on the street. And now, in New York, you can try it at Taste of Persia NYC, courtesy of printer-turned-chef Saeed Pourkay. -Alex Gallafent, PRI - 2/27/15

Maz Jobrani: I'm Not a Terrorist but I Played One on TV

- World-renowned comedian and actor, Maz Jobrani, explains what it's like to be an Iranian American in Hollywood in his new book, "I'm Not a Terrorist, But I've Played One on TV." Following the book release earlier this week, Jobrani set out on a comedy tour explaining how he overcame Hollywood stereotypes and forged a path to stardom in an industry that only saw him as the perfect TV terrorist. - 2/23/15

IAAB's Persian Language Educators' Symposium - May 23rd-24th in Berkeley, California

- IAAB, in collaboration with directors of Persian language schools, is pleased to present the second biennial Persian Language Educators' Symposium from May 23-May 24, 2015 in Berkeley, California at Golestan Center for Language Immersion and Cultural Education. - 2/23/15

Farhang Foundation announces winners of its annual Nowruz competitions: Celebrations planed in Los Angles and Orange County

- Preparations for Farhang's 7th Annual Nowruz (Iranian New Year) Celebrations are underway as the Foundation selects the winning submissions from this year's Nowruz Banner Contest and Nowruz Program Contest. - 2/17/15

PAAIA Voices Concern Over UMass Amherst's Proposed Policy on Iranian Students

- In a recent statement, University of Massachusetts Amherst announced they will no longer accept Iranian nationals to their engineering and natural sciences programs due to their concerns in complying with the Iran Threat Reductions and Syria Human Rights Act of 2012. PAAIA is concerned that UMass Amherst's potential broad interpretation of the law will negatively impact Iranian students during the admissions process and could lead to similar policy decisions by other U.S. universities. - 2/14/15

NIAC Concerned by University's Exclusion of Iranian Students, Calls for Reversal

- The National Iranian American Council (NIAC) has learned that the University of Massachusetts Amherst will no longer admit Iranian nationals as students in certain engineering and science programs and will require all Iranian students to certify their compliance with certain sanctions. NIAC is deeply concerned by the University of Massachusetts Amherst's action and calls on the University to reverse its decision. - 2/13/15

Ziba Shirazi presents "Spring Love: A Prelude to Nowruz"

- Saturday, February 21 at the Soka Performing Arts Center: "Spring Love," is a splendid blend of music, dance, and imagery, celebrating the dynamic tradition of Nowruz (the Iranian New Year) through the story of three generations within a family experiencing love at the first sight. - 2/6/15

ABC Picks up BoomGen's "Of Kings and Prophets"

- The secret is finally out. We're thrilled to announce that our TV franchise based on one of the most significant stories of the ancient world, Of Kings and Prophets, has been picked up by ABC Network! -Mahyad Tousi and Reza Aslan, Founders, BoomGen Studios - 1/29/15

Toronto MP issues apology after comments anger Iranian-Canadians

- At one point, Leung is heard asking someone, "Let me ask you, if you like Iran so much, then why do you come to Canada?" He continues: "Why are you here? What are you fleeing from?" Leung's comment angered some attendees. One of them fired back: "And I can tell you, go back to China." -CTV Toronto - 1/28/15

Iranian-Swiss Woman Nominated For Oscar For Her Short Film "Parvaneh"

- Iranian-Swiss film director and screenwriter Talkhon Hamzavi has been nominated for an Oscar at the 87th Academy Awards in the Short Film (Live Action) category for her work "Parvaneh" along with the producer Stefan Eichenberger. - 1/20/15

PAAIA Announces 2015 Public Policy Advisors

- PAAIA is pleased to announce that Collin Anderson, Computer Scientist and Independent Researcher on Internet Freedom, Andy Halataei, Senior Vice President of Government Affairs for the Information Technology Industry Council and former Legislative Director for U.S. Congressman Randy Forbes, and Maryam Mujica, Public Policy Manager at Twitter and former communications officer for the U.S. State Department, have joined PAAIA's cadre of Public Policy Advisors. - 1/18/15

Make Sure Iranian Americans Are Counted- Tell the Census Bureau You Support the MENA Test

- In October of 2014, the U.S. Census Bureau announced it will test a new Middle Eastern or North African (MENA) ethnic category as part of its mid-decade research for possible inclusion in the 2020 Census. The Census Bureau is now soliciting public comments in the Federal Register on the MENA category. - 1/10/15

With Iran's Ban On Hip-Hop, This Rapper's Dream Of Performing In His Family's Homeland Is In Jeopardy

- For hip-hop artists of Iranian descent, like Azad Right, this is a devastating blow. Azad grew up in Los Angeles, after his parents fled from Iran in the 1980s - first landing in Turkey, then France and eventually Venice Beach - but he still has dreams of being able to perform in his native country one day. -Nadeska Alexis, MTV - 1/10/15

A rebel for Iranian cinema

- Kaveh Daneshmand, the artist director of the Festival of Iranian Films (FIF), started the festival in Prague when he was in his 20s and has seen it grow to a full-fledged event that since last year has a competition section and since this year's fourth edition also has screenings in Brno. -Prague Post - 1/9/15

Young Iranian American Jews look to make a difference in civic life

- "There are lots of groups that seek to instill cultural and ethnic pride in their members," Myers said. "What's distinctive here is the yoking of that to civic participation." -Jean Merl, Los Angeles Times - 12/28/14

Pardis Sabeti and Team of Ebola Fighters Recognized by TIME as 2014 Person of the Year

- Iranian American and award-winning computational geneticist at Harvard University,Pardis Sabeti, along with other Ebola fighters, were named TIME magazine's 2014 Person of the Year. The Ebola fighters were chosen for their bravery and stepping-up during a time when many others were reluctant to do so. - 12/24/14

Finalists Announced for 'Freedom: A Shared Dream' Competition

- Farhang Foundation is pleased to announce that five finalists have been selected for Freedom: A Shared Dream, an international urban art competition inspired by Cyrus the Great, who ruled the ancient Persian Empire 2,600 years ago and championed the principles of religious diversity and personal freedom for all. - 12/17/14

CIBC closes Concordia student's bank account because he's Iranian

- Arash Khodadadi, a Montreal university student, has been forced by CIBC to close his chequing and savings accounts because he is from Iran. Montreal lawyer Eiman Sadegh knows of at least 13 similar cases in Montreal with other major Canadian banks. -CBC, Canada - 12/9/14

IAAB Announces Study Abroad in Iran: YAR Institute

- IAAB is extremely excited to announce the launch of a three-week full-immersion summer course in Iran, under its groundbreaking new initiative, the YAR Institute: Youth Advancing Research. IAAB's YAR Institute is designed to create the next generation of leaders informed and engaged on Iran. - 11/25/14
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