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Far From Home: Between Heaven and Earth - Video, Installation, and Performance by Minoosh Zomorodinia

- Minoosh Zomorodinia is an Iranian photographer, performer, and video artist. In her exhibition at Gallery Route One, Zomorodinia presents her on-going exploration and investigation of the 'Self' in the artist's cultural and political struggles as a Muslim woman living in the United States today. The artist will perform briefly before the reception and before the closing night. - 11/27/15

Meet Marjan Philhour: Candidate for San Francisco Board of Supervisors

- The Public Affairs Alliance of Iranian American (PAAIA) recently had the opportunity to sit down with Marjan Ghafourpour Philhour to discuss her campaign for San Francisco Board of Supervisors District 1. If successful she will become the first woman of Iranian and Filipino descent to be elected to public office in San Francisco. - 11/25/15

Freedom: A Shared Dream - Historic Sculpture Commissioned by Farhang Foundation Selects Winning Design

- Farhang Foundation announced today that Cecil Balmond, OBE, has been selected as the winner of Freedom: A Shared Dream, an international art competition to create a urban art/sculptural landmark in honor of the ideals of 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. - 11/13/15

NIAC Leadership Conference 2015 Review: U.S., Iran, and the Middle East A Decade after the Deal

- "If you think about what a world would have look like without the Iran deal, it would have been a far more dark and bleak world," remarked Atlantic editor at large Steve Clemons, speaking on a NIAC Leadership Conference panel moderated by Al Jazeera's Mehdi Hasan, - 11/6/15

PAAIA Applauds Resolution and Removal of Recusal Order in Tabaddor Case

- The Public Affairs Alliance of Iranian Americans today welcomes the resolution of a suit against the Department of Justice (DOJ) on behalf of sitting Immigration Judge Afsaneh Ashley Tabaddor. The federal lawsuit challenged the DOJ's order requiring Tabaddor to recuse herself from all cases involving Iranian nationals - 11/6/15

Setting the Record Straight about Siamak Namazi

- Over the past few days, disheartening news has emerged about the arrest of Siamak Namazi, a Dubai-based American-Iranian citizen whom the author knows very well. While the family has not confirmed the news, Siamak's friends believe that the situation may be the result of a misunderstanding which they hope will be resolved shortly. - 11/3/15

Iranian American Voting Rights Activist, Neda Bolourchi, works to get out the Iranian American Vote

- Meet Neda Bolourchi, an Iranian-American voting rights activist who works to make voting more accessible for Iranian Americans in Los Angeles, CA. A law student, paralegal, and election inspector for the City and County of Los Angeles, Bolourchi understands that some Iranian Americans in her county have trouble voting during elections because none of the election materials have been translated into Farsi. - 11/3/15

Iranian American Entrepreneur, Ario Keshani, Launches Split, a Ride-Sharing service in Washington, D.C.

- Harvard graduate and young Iranian American entrepreneur Ario Keshani recently launched Split, a new and dynamic way of getting around Washington, D.C. Split is a ride-sharing service, essentially a carpool that's more convenient than public transportation and much cheaper than a taxi. - 11/2/15


- Today, Shahrzad Rafati is the founding CEO of one of the fastest-growing online video companies in the world. It's called BroadbandTV, and it gets 5.7 billion views a month - up a stunning 80 percent in 10 months. You will surely be hearing about this explosive video business and about the 35-year-old entrepreneur who heads one of the biggest players, the biggest in America by some measures. -Steven Butler, Ozy - 11/2/15

How The MIT Of Iran Helps Create Silicon Valley Startups

- If Iran abides by the terms of the nuclear deal that call for inspections and a reduction in its nuclear infrastructure, economic sanctions in place since the Revolution in 1979 could begin to lift early next year. What many people don't realize, though, is the extent to which Iranian immigrants have long been a force in the U.S. economy, especially in the tech sector. -Elizabeth MacBride, Forbes - 10/29/15

US Sentences Engineer in Iran Espionage Case

- An Iranian-American engineer has been sentenced to more than eight years in prison for sending sensitive U.S. military documents to his native Iran. U.S. prosecutors say Mozaffar Khazaee, who had worked as an employee of U.S. defense contractors, stole and shared with Iran information on U.S. military jet engine programs over the span of several years. - 10/24/15

Iranian-Canadians among MPs in Canada's new government

- Two Iranian-Canadians won seats in Canada's federal Parliament in an election that swept Justin Trudeau and his Liberal Party to power with a majority government. Ali Ehsasi won in the Willowdale riding and Majid Johari in Richmond Hill, both replacing Conservative incumbents. - 10/21/15

Hillary Clinton Needs to Clarify Offensive Iranian Comment

- During the Democratic Presidential debate in Las Vegas, Secretary Hillary Clinton made what many view as highly offensive and incendiary comments by equating Iranians as her enemy. While her intentions may have been different, many ordinary Iranians have taken offence. - 10/15/15

Iranian American Groups Release Joint Statement Calling for Full Investigation Into Murder of College Student Falsely Accused of Being a Terrorist

- A coalition of Iranian-American organizations, including Iranian Alliances Across Borders, Iranian American Bar Association, the National Iranian American Council, PARS Equality Center, and the Public Affairs Alliance of Iranian Americans, released the following statement calling for a full investigation into the brutal murder of 22-year-old Iranian-American student Shayan Mazroei by avowed white supremacist, Craig Tanber, 37, last month. - 10/14/15

Persian Tech Entrepreneurs in D.C.

- Persian Tech Entrepreneurs aims to highlight the significant achievements of entrepreneurs within the Iranian American community, while serving as an inclusive platform that champions innovation. Join PTE at their first event in D.C. for a day of fantastic speakers and networking with fellow entrepreneurs. NIAC's own Reza Marashi will be speaking on the 'Business and Government' panel among many other distinguished business professionals. - 10/5/15

Pars Equality Center Celebrates "Power Of Community" Fundraising Luncheon At SLS Beverly Hills

- On Sunday, September 27, 2015, Pars Equality Center - the leading non-profit organization celebrating five years of providing social and legal services to the Iranian-American community - hosted the "Power of Community" Luncheon at the SLS Beverly Hills. Keynote speaker was entrepreneur Farhad Mohit (founder & CEO, Flipagram). - 10/2/15

IAAB's YAR Fellowship: An Exciting New Opportunity in Iran

- We're excited to share our new and improved itinerary for the YAR Fellowship, our newest groundbreaking program! YAR is a yearlong fellowship program that includes a three-week full-immersion course in Iran, to be held January 4th- 24th, 2016. YAR will bring together advanced undergraduates, recent college grads and graduate students, who will deepen their scholarly, professional and cultural understanding of Iran. - 9/29/15

Iranian Americans to Hold Press Conference and Vigil in Honor of Shayan Mazroei

- The family of slain Iranian-American college student Shayan Mazroei will hold a press conference on Monday, September 28, 12 p.m., at 2955 Main Street in Irvine. Members of the National Iranian American Council (NIAC), Iranian Alliances Across Borders (IAAB) and the local Iranian-American community, will also join together that evening to honor Mazroei during a candlelight vigil at 6 p.m. outside the Orange County District Attorney's Office - 9/26/15

Donya Nasser becomes the First Iranian American U.S. Youth Observer to UN

- In July, 2015, Donya Nasser became the first Iranian American to be appointed as the U.S. Youth Observer to the United Nations. An incredibly inspiring young professional, she seeks to galvanize and empower youth to strive to secure equality and justice, and to protect the marginalized. - 9/25/15

Iranian American author finds balance in Seattle rain, S.F. sun

- For Siamak Vossoughi, whose debut collection "Better Than War" won a 2014 Flannery O'Connor Award for short fiction and was published this week, writing is an opportunity for growth. "I tried to think," he said by phone, "about the essential ideas and things that I feel make me as a person and as a writer, that inevitably led me towards the basic roots of my own life in terms of family and upbringing, and discoveries of America and what it meant to live here. -SFGate - 9/25/15

In appreciation of Farrokh Najmabadi's life

- Farrokh Najmabadi, the former Iranian minister of Industries and Mines, a high official in the National Iranian Oil Company, and a former official of the World Bank, passed away in Bethesda, Maryland on September 17 after a long illness. As director of the national telephone company, he laid the foundation for Iran's modern telephone system; he played a key role in the formation and operations of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC); and was one of the architects of Iran's industrialization drive in the 1960s and 1970s. - 9/23/15

Cyrus Habib Announces Bid for Washington State Lieutenant Governor

- Washington State Senator Cyrus Habib has announced his candidacy for the Washington State Lieutenant Governor. If successful, Habib will become the first Iranian American to be elected to the position of Lieutenant Governor, the highest officer of a state after the Governor. - 9/23/15

Rethink for Iran's Exiles Who Never Looked Back

- For years after the 1979 revolution, Iranians who left were dismissed as traitors and those who returned often treated as outsiders. Hundreds of thousands moved to southern California, dubbed their new city Tehrangeles, and didn't look back. But following the 2013 election of President Hassan Rouhani, a moderate, and his government's success in reaching a nuclear accord with world powers last month aimed at lifting international sanctions, a shift has begun. -Ladane Nasseri, Bloomberg - 9/20/15

White House Announces New Chief Floral Designer, Iranian-American Florist-Entrepreneur Hedieh Ghaffarian

- "I am deeply honored to serve the President and First Lady as the new White House Chief Floral Designer," said Ms. Ghaffarian. "I am humbled by the opportunity to serve in this Administration and will dedicate myself to advancing the tradition of excellence and elegance in the White House." - 9/18/15

Iranian-American Professor Devotes Teaching, Research to 'Words, Not Swords'

- University of Virginia Professor Farzaneh Milani says the common theme in her teaching and scholarship is "the genuine belief in the power of words, the conviction that while violence begets more violence, words are mightier than swords." In fact, her 2011 book is titled "Words Not Swords: Iranian Women Writers and Freedom of Movement." - 9/18/15

The Zoroastrian Temple of Greater New York will soon open

- he state of the art grand Dar-e-Mehr Zoroastrian Temple, the DMZT, located in Suffern New York, a few minutes' drive west of the Tappan Zee Bridge, is only one last step away from its completion. DMZT aka Atashkadeh Arbab Rostam Guive, conceived in 1977, was initially located in New Rochelle for over two decades. It was then moved to this newly acquired multimillion dollar property in Suffern, New York over ten years ago. -Davood N. Rahni - 9/17/15

PAAIA to Air TV Ad in Support of Iran Nuclear Agreement

- Today, the Public Affairs Alliance of Iranian Americans announced that it will be releasing a series of TV advertisements starting this Sunday, September 6th in support of President Obama's diplomatic achievement with the nuclear agreement reached between the world powers and Iran. - 9/6/15

PERSIAN 101: Farhang Foundation Partners with Star Education to Launch After School Program

- Farhang Foundation, in collaboration with STAR Education, a leading nonprofit at the forefront of innovative education programs and community-based cultural enrichment projects for more than 25 years, will be launching "Persian: 101", an after school Persian language program for K-6 students. - 9/1/15

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

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

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

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
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