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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

Ziba Style: Curating The Most Unusual Locally Inspired Luxury Items From Around The World

- Introducing ZIBA Style, a curated online marketplace for locally inspired luxury goods from around the world-the most unique goods a traveler cannot find at home. Founder Yasmin Sanie-Hay, an M.I.T. graduate and Harvard Business School student, traversed 70 countries to source products for her new online venture that allows customers to buy directly from designers in faraway destinations such as Beirut, Bishkek, and Benin. - 11/14/14

Iranian-American woman Azita Raji Nominated For Ambassador To Sweden

- The United States Embassy in Stockholm is set to get its first female ambassador after the White House announced it was nominating the Iranian-American ex-investment banker Azita Raji to take over from Mark Brzezinski. - 10/25/14

NYC Literary and Culinary Arts Festival Highlights Iranian-American Experience

- Mehregan is a new Iranian-American literary and culinary arts festival celebrating the ancient Iranian holiday marking the coming of Fall. This first annual New York City-based festival will take place Saturday, October 25, 2014 (3pm - 9pm) at Cafe Nadery in Greenwich Village. - 10/22/14

7th ANNUAL NOOR IRANIAN FILM FESTIVAL PRESENTS The Reza Badiyi Achievement Award to Shaun Toub

- The 7th Noor Iranian Film Festival-a non-profit, non-religious and non-political organization that bridges the gap between the Iranian and Non-Iranian community through Cinema-will present the NIFF 2014 Reza Badiyi Achievement Award to Shaun Toub for his broad contributions in film and television, at this year's Closing Awards Ceremony on Wednesday, October 22, 2014 at 7pm, at Los Angeles' famed Skirball Cultural Center - 10/20/14

Announcing 7th Annual Farhang Foundation Short Film Festival: Celebrating Iranian Heritage

- Calling on individuals from all backgrounds and walks of life to submit short films visualizing some aspect of Iranian art, culture, and heritage, Farhang Foundation's annual online short film festival offers contestants the opportunity to compete for $10,000 (first prize), $5,000 (second prize), and $3,000 (third prize). - 10/20/14

Coalition Contacts President Obama in Support of Judge Tabaddor's Suit Against the Department of Justice

- This week, the Public Affairs Alliance (PAAIA), along with 30 Years After, the Arab American Institute, the Armenian National Committee of America, and the PARS Equality Center sent a letter to President Obama in support of Judge Afsaneh Ashley Tabaddor and her recently filed suit against the United States Department of Justice - 10/13/14

NIAC Members Take Action at 2014 Leadership Conference

- Washington, DC - "Do not doubt your power, you can make a difference" said Representative Keith Ellison (D-MN), speaking at the National Iranian American Council's 4th Annual Leadership Conference on a panel considering the role of Congress and grassroots organizations in sealing a nuclear deal with Iran. -Ryan Costello - 10/13/14

Coalition Contacts President Obama in Support of Judge Tabaddor's Suit Against the Department of Justice

- This week, the Public Affairs Alliance (PAAIA), along with 30 Years After, the Arab American Institute, the Armenian National Committee of America, and the PARS Equality Center sent a letter to President Obama in support of Judge Afsaneh Ashley Tabaddor and her recently filed suit against the United States Department of Justice (Case No.14-cv-06390, Tabaddor v. Holder et al.). - 10/11/14

Can Technology Bridge the Schism of Politics?: What a Berkeley event says about the power of diasporas and technology

- The Bridge 2014 gathering on "High-Tech Entrepreneurship in Iran," held at the Wheeler Auditorium of the University of California at Berkeley on the first Saturday of September, broke new ground on multiple fronts. It drew seven hundred people from across the U.S. and internationally. Over a dozen leading academics and entrepreneurs came from Iran itself... -Alidad Mafinezam - 10/6/14

Photos: President Rohani meets Iranians in New York

- Foreign and Iranian investors are welcome, President Hassan Rohani said a meeting with Iranians residing in the US. Iran has achieved progress in promotion of relations with international players particularly the neighbors, he said on Thursday night in New York. - 9/26/14

Register Today for the IAAB Student Summit

- The 2014 IAAB Student Summit will be held October 17th-19th at the University of Maryland, College Park. The Fall Summit is open to undergraduate students and will focus on the needs of student leaders and interested members of the student body hoping to gain a stronger understanding of their identity and the necessary skills to further build their campuses and local communities. -Iranian Alliances Across Borders - 9/25/14

How Iran sanctions nearly sank Phoenix woman's condo deal

- A Phoenix woman's home purchase nearly was derailed after Wells Fargo froze her checking account and stopped her down payment from being delivered to an escrow account. The reason for Wells Fargo's actions last month? U.S. trade sanctions with Iran. -Robert Anglen, AZ Central - 9/24/14

Pars Equality Centers's 1st Annual Los Angeles Autumn Gala Features Popular Persian Band The Black Cats

- On Saturday night, September 13, 2014, Pars Equality Center (PEC) a non-profit organization, and the first of its kind supporting the full integration of people of Persian (Iranian) origin in the United States - celebrated its 1st Annual Autumn Gala at the Hilton Universal Hotel in Universal City. - 9/22/14

Iranian Americans Come Together to Celebrate and Support Cyrus Habib for Washington State Senate

- A number of PAAIA members and affiliated Iranian Americans gathered on Tuesday to celebrate and raise funds for Cyrus Habib, a member of Washington state's house who is running for state senate. - 9/22/14

A Survivor's Story Becomes a Silicon Valley Dream Come True and a Calling to Give Back

- In a community replete with success stories, not often are there equally impressive tales of philanthropy. Bita Daryabari changes that. She has founded the Pars Equality Center to serve Iranian immigrants who arrive in California, and desperately need help assimilating in a new world. -Maryam Zar, Huffington Post - 9/10/14

Launch Party for B'ta'arof, Iran: RPM and Omid Walizadeh at Levantine Cultural Center in Los Angeles

- We invite you to participate in an evening of Iranian literary and artistic culture on behalf of B|ta'arof magazine and the London-based collective, Magic of Persia. This is a night to celebrate fiercely independent and creative Iranian writers and artists with a launch party for Iran: RPM Vol. 2 from Magic of Persia and the latest issue of B|ta'arof, as well as Omid Walizadeh's LP, Modern Persian Speech Sounds. - 9/8/14

Pars Equality Center's 1st Annual Los Angeles Autumn Gala Features Popular Persian Pop Band The Black Cats

- On Saturday, September 13, 2014, Pars Equality Center (PEC) (www.parsequalitycenter.org) - a non-profit organization, and the first of its kind supporting the full integration of people of Persian (Iranian) origin in the United States - will celebrate its 1st Annual Autumn Gala at the Hilton Universal Hotel in Universal City. - 9/6/14

What Else Can Iranian Americans Learn From Successful Minorities?

- In a 2012 article titled Iranian Americans, Take a Lesson, Trita Parsi invited the Iranian American Community to learn three lessons from the Jewish American community. I believe there are many other lessons that we can learn from successful minorities such as Jewish Americans and in here I like to discuss two of them -Nader Habibi - 8/27/14

Interview with Mahta Moghaddam of Jet Propulsion Laboratory

- Where are you from? "I was born in Iran and moved to the US when I was 16 years old." What did you want to be growing up? "Always wanted to be a scientist and an explorer. I was extremely interested in the origins of life and universe, the origins of Earth - how it was formed and how it functioned." -JPL - 8/23/14

Meet Aref Mohammadi, the Elwy Yost of Persian film: Fiorito

- Mohammadi is a Toronto-based filmmaker and writer who also reviews Iranian films; He was a recent winner at the Canadian Ethnic Media Association awards -Toronto Star - 8/22/14

OMID Foundations 10th Anniversary Celebrations in San Francisco Bay Area

- The OMID Bay Area Committee is excited to invite you to our 1st Annual Banquet at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View on Sunday, September 28th at 6:30pm. Marjaneh Halati, the founder and president of Omid Foundations will be present, along with live music, dancing, light dinner, live/silent auction and drinks. - 8/20/14

Iranian expat Hossein Khosrojerdi 'Redefining Home; Tara Gallery in Santa Monica

- Los Angeles Art Spotlight: Acclaimed Iranian expatriate Hossein Khosrojerdi will show his work on Saturday, September 13th, 2014 at the Tara Gallery in Santa Monica,with a reception from 6:00 - 9:00 pm. -Monsters and Critics - 8/15/14

Iranian Becomes First Woman to Win Math's Top Prize

- An Iranian-born mathematician has become the first woman to win the prestigious mathematics prize known as the Fields Medal. Maryam Mirzakhani will receive the award, widely considered the Nobel Prize for math, at a ceremony in Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday. - 8/13/14

Judge Ashley Tabaddor Files Suit against Department of Justice for Violating First Amendment and Civil Rights Act of 1964

- The Public Affairs Alliance of Iranian Americans (PAAIA) was today informed of a suit filed against the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) by Judge Ashley Tabaddor, an immigration judge for the U.S. Immigration Court. In this suit, Judge Tabaddor challenges an order that indefinitely recuses her from hearing cases involving Iranian nationals, citing that the order violates her First Amendment rights of free speech and association. - 8/13/14

Bridge 2014 High Tech Entrepreneurship in Iran: Opportunities and Challenges

- Berkeley, CA - For the first time, seasoned entrepreneurs from Silicon Valley and Iran will convene to explore the opportunities and challenges of high tech entrepreneurship in Iran and its impact on the country's ongoing economic development. Bridge 2014 will raise awareness about the critical need to build educational bridges and promote the culture of "Entrepreneurs without Borders". - 8/12/14

New Memoir Presents an Armenian-Iranian-American Engineer's Odyssey

- '...And Then I Met The Getty Kouros' is a memoir that chronicles the remarkable story of Jack Njdeh Yaghoubian, who has made a huge impact on the world of engineering in the United States and around the world. -Asbarez - 8/12/14

Iranian Researcher Maryam Mirzakhani Receives The 2014 Clay Research Award

- Maryam Mirzakhani, an Iranian university professor and mathematician at Stanford University, is the recipient of the 2014 Clay Research Award from the Clay Mathematics Institute. Mirzakhani well-known for her prominent theories on geometry and ergodic theory, received the award along with Peter Scholz, another prominent mathematician on Algebraic geometry. - 8/5/14

2014 Art of Science Competition Winners: Photos

- "Watermark," from postdoctoral researcher Sara Sadr, was this year's first-place winner. The pattern in the image was created by water moving back and forth on the Atlantic coast. - 8/4/14

Plaza is a piece of Iran in North Toronto

- The men hunch over their lunches at a dining table set in a tidy corner of the ethnic grocery store. They chat in Persian, steal bites from one another's spice-streaked containers and, when their bellies are full, rest their arms on the sides of a chest freezer full to the rim with prepared foods and cold, dried fruits.-Michele Henry, The Star - 8/1/14

Rights Groups, US Urge Iran to Release Journalists

- Rights groups and the U.S. State Department are continuing to call for Iran to release four people arrested last week, including Washington Post Tehran correspondent Jason Rezaian and two other journalists. - 7/29/14

Iran should free Post journalist Jason Rezaian and his colleagues immediately

- Mr. Rezaian, who grew up in California as the son of an Iranian immigrant, went to the country in 2012 because he believed he could offer a more nuanced portrait of Iran, his mother told The Post. He has reported not just on political developments in Tehran but also on social issues, such as a water shortage, and cultural developments, including a nascent Iranian appetite for baseball. -Editorial Board, Washington Post - 7/29/14

Google has a 'Security Princess'

- Information Security Engineer is a pretty dry job title. Google's Parisa Tabriz instead prefers to go by "Security Princess." Yes, that is actually what it says on her business cards. -SFGate - 7/22/14

Meet Sheila Irani: Candidate for Los Angeles City Council, District 4

- Sheila Irani, an entrepreneur in Lake Hollywood, recently announced her candidacy to represent District Four of the Los Angeles City Council. Born and raised in the Hollywood Hills, Irani holds a bachelor's degree in economics and psychology as well as an MBA from the University of California, Los Angeles. - 7/3/14

HAND Foundation Awards Annual Scholarship to Kian Samaee

- We are delighted to announce that the 2014 HAND Foundation Scholarship has been made to Kian Samaee for his doctoral studies in economics at The University of Pennsylvania. - 6/28/14

Farhang Foundation Names New Executive Director

- Farhang Foundation is excited to announce the appointment of Alireza Ardekani as Executive Director. Mr. Ardekani joins Farhang Foundation after an illustrious career in the media and entertainment industry, most recently as a senior executive at NBC. - 6/28/14

The First Annual Pars Equality Center Autumn Gala in Los Angeles

- The 1st Annual Pars Equality Center Autumn Gala will raise funds for the Pars Equality Center, a non-profit organization that provides social and legal support for all members of the Iranian American community, including refugees, asylees and immigrants. - 6/25/14

Call for Submissions: 2015 Nowruz Banner Contest

- Eligible designs will be considered as the central artwork featured on street banners that will proudly promote Farhang's 7th Annual Nowruz (Iranian New Year) Celebration at LACMA throughout prominent boulevards in Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley in March 2015. - 6/19/14

Call for Submissions: Nowruz Programming Proposals Now Being Accepted

- Farhang Foundation invites artists, writers, directors, and performers to join us in our efforts to create a dynamic and immersive theatrical experience in honor of Nowruz (Iranian New Year). - 6/18/14

Update on Iranians' Account Closures at Bank of America

- WASHINGTON DC - Bank of America has issued a response to NIAC's request for the bank to stop closing accounts of Iranians located in the US. In its letter, Bank of America states that Iranian accounts are being terminated in order to uphold the bank's "due diligence" obligations under US sanctions law. -Tyler Cullis - 6/4/14

How IAAB Shaped My Ayandeh

- I never quite understood why my dad seemed to locate every Iranian within a 10-mile radius of us. The car mechanic down the road is Iranian? Let's take our car to him. That new cafe is owned by Iranians? Let's try it... -Darya Minovi - 5/30/14

PAAIA Releases 2014 National Survey of Iranian Americans

- Iranian Americans strongly support establishing U.S. Interests Section in Iran and facilitating greater understanding between the peoples of Iran and the United States - 5/29/14

Bay Area Iranian-American Democrats Endorse Dave Cortese for San Jose Mayor

- Bay Area Iranian-American Democrats (BAIAD) announced today that its members have voted for the organization to endorse Supervisor Dave Cortese in the San Jose Mayoral primary election. - 5/28/14

Jordanian-Born Texan Charged With Murdering Iranian Student

- U.S. federal prosecutors say a fraud investigation has led them to charge a Jordanian-born man with murdering an Iranian student and women's rights activist in Texas. Ali Irsan, 57, was indicted by a grand jury in Houston, Texas, on May 23 for the January 2012 killing of Gelareh Bagherzadeh. - 5/25/14

Persian Studies Program at San Jose State University

- In 2011, PARSA Community Foundation awarded San Jose State University (SJSU) with a $200,000 grant to start a Persian Studies Program. SJSU, a major public university in Silicon Valley, has built a program that offers countless opportunities for students and members of the community to encounter Persian language and culture. - 5/21/14
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