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NIAC Action Commends Lawmakers Urging Visa Waivers for Dual Nationals and Visitors to Iran

- NIAC Action released the following statement welcoming two new Congressional letters urging the Obama Administration to utilize its waiver authorities under new Visa Waiver Program law to ensure certain dual nationals and other travelers are not barred from the program - 2/13/16

Tales of exile and of home: Iranian diaspora in literature

- When I was at university studying English literature, I took an interest in diasporic and migrant writings. Authors from India, Africa, Asia and the Caribbean all told the same kind of stories of exile and resettlement. Their books raised a shared set of concerns, reflecting homelessness, loss and attempts to reconstruct identity. -Sanaz Fotouhi, Guardian - 2/11/16

Cyris Habib Named to DNC Platform Committee

- Washington State Senator Cyrus Habib, the highest-ranking Iranian American in political office was recently appointed to the 2016 Democratic National Convention Platform Committee by DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz. - 2/8/16

Farhang Foundation Announces the Winners of the 2016 Nowruz Competitions

- Preparations for Farhang's 8th Annual Nowruz (the Iranian New Year) Celebrations at LACMA are underway as the Foundation selects the winning submissions from this year's Nowruz Multimedia Program and Nowruz Street Banner Competitions. - 2/3/16

Family of Imprisoned Iranian Producer: Canada Must Do More

- The family of prisoner of conscience Mostafa Azizi is calling on Canada to exert more pressure on Iran to release him following the prisoner swap that led to the freedom of four Iranian-Americans held in Iran. - 1/30/16

Visa Discrimination Now Being Implemented

- Obama administration announced details for how it will implement the legislatively mandated changes to the U.S.'s visa waiver program under the Visa Waiver Program Improvement and Terrorist Travel Prevention Act. Based on our reading, these plans will both cause major problems for non-U.S. Iranian dual-nationals in their travels to the United States and threaten to provoke European and other VWP countries to adopt similar restrictive measures against U.S.-Iran dual nationals. -NIAC Action - 1/22/16

Visa waiver restrictions for Iranians are motivated by hatred - not safety

- Sometimes, it doesn't take very long at all for the consequences of bad policies to be felt by innocent people. That was the case at London's Heathrow airport on Tuesday when Rana Rahimpour, a British-Iranian dual citizen, was denied entry into the US. Despite being British, she was rejected because of her Iranian citizenship. -Ali Gharib, Guardian - 1/22/16

Iranian Americans' views on the Iran deal often fall along generational lines

- Negeen Sadeghi-Movahed dreams of hopping on a plane from John F. Kennedy International Airport straight to Iran, where she would spend weeks learning about her roots. It is, for the 22-year-old, one of the simple, hoped for fruits of a nuclear accord with Iran. Roozbeh Farahanipour, 44, has a darker vision - of a deal that strengthens a regime that doesn't care about things like human rights. -Sarah Parvini, LA Times - 1/21/16

BBC journalist stopped from flying to US over UK-Iranian nationality

- A BBC journalist has been stopped boarding a plane from London to the US because of her dual British-Iranian nationality. Rana Rahimpour, a presenter at the BBC's Persian service based in London, was stopped at Heathrow airport on Tuesday before catching a flight to New Jersey. US authorities told her she could no longer fly to the US under the visa waiver programme because of her Iranian citizenship. -BBC - 1/20/16

How does the Nuclear Deal Affect Personal Transactions Involving Iran?

- Many questions have arisen following yesterday's landmark announcement of implementation of the nuclear agreement reached last July between Iran and the P5+1 states (the United States, United Kingdom, France, Russia, China and Germany). This deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (or JCPOA) has brought about much speculation about Iran's emergence from roughly a decade of punishing sanctions and its reintegration into the international economic and political sphere. -Farhad Alavi - 1/17/16

NIAC Applauds Release of Americans Imprisoned in Iran

- "The agreement to free Americans imprisoned in Iran - Jason Rezaian, Siamak Namazi, Amir Hekmati and Saeed Abedini - is a triumph of diplomacy that should be universally commended. Now, the freed Americans can be reunited with their families and friends after an extraordinarily trying time for everyone involved. We hope that they find solace in their freedom from the turmoil that they endured." - 1/16/16

Take Action: Support New Visa Waiver Legislation!

- Bipartisan legislation was just introduced by Congress to repeal legislation barring specific dual nationals -- including Iranians -- from eligibility in the visa waiver program. -NIAC - 1/14/16

The man behind Iran's most famous tower

- For 45 years, Iran's most famous modern monument, the Azadi (Freedom) Tower in Tehran (designed by architect Hossein Amanat), has been the backdrop to every major news story coming out of the country. -Rozita Riazati, BBC - 1/14/16

Iranian-Canadians find road to integration is a rocky one

- After meeting a number of the 160,000 Canadians of Iranian heritage, however, it's hard to reconcile the customary North American depiction of Iran as an extremist Islamic society of black-shrouded women and angry men who hate the West, with a country that Iranian-Canadians say is less repressive and more civilized than many recognize. -Todd. Douglas Todd, Vancouver Sun - 1/9/16

Code.org founder a second-class citizen under visa change

- Ali Partovi is the reason Silicon Valley loves immigrants. After moving to the United States from Iran when he was 11 years old, Partovi became a citizen, graduated from Harvard with a degree in computer science, sold a couple of startups, and invested in Facebook, Dropbox and Airbnb. Today, he runs Code.org, a nonprofit organization that focuses on getting more women and minorities into computer science. -SF Chronicle - 12/28/15

Canada's Iranian Diaspora Supports Thaw With Tehran

- Analysts and members of the Iranian-Canadian community say they are optimistic about a thawing of relations between Iran and Canada now that a new government is in power. Despite the fact that a large and dynamic Iranian diaspora calls Canada its home, recent relations between the two countries have been complicated. -Alireza Ahmadian, Highbrow - 12/28/15

Visa rules put Obama in a vise

- When the Obama administration decided to support a bipartisan push in Congress to change rules covering visa-free travel to the U.S., it did so in part to save the U.S. resettlement program for Syrian and Iraqi refugees. But since the new visa regulations have become law, they've faced a growing backlash. -Nahal Toosi, Politico - 12/26/15

Iranian-American Organizations Urge President Obama to Waive Discriminatory Visa Language

- A coalition of Iranian American organizations issued the following joint-statement regarding legislation recently passed into law concerning the Visa Waiver Program: As Iranian American civil rights and advocacy organizations, we are dismayed that Congress passed legislation to amend the U.S.'s Visa Waiver Program in a manner that risks discriminating against the Iranian-American community and other communities. - 12/24/15

An Iranian-American in Eastern Kentucky

- Discrimination is a word Parisa Shamaei-Zadeh uses often when describing her experience of being an Iranian-American in Eastern Kentucky. Shamaei-Zadeh, a senior at Paintsville High School and a student at Johnson County / Paintsville Early College Academy at Big Sandy Community and Technical College, wrote about her struggles and received $42,000 for the William C. Parker Diversity Scholarship at the University of Kentucky. -Independent Online - 12/22/15

Iranian-Americans Have Reached Highest Echelons Of Tech, But Still Failed To Stop Visa Restriction

- How influential is the Iranian-American community? A list just released by Persian Tech Entrepreneurs, a group of young Iranian-Americans active in technology, offers a window into how powerful this community is, especially in Silicon Valley. Many Iranian-Americans have reached the top ranks of some of the most important companies in Silicon Valley -Elizabeth MacBride, Forbes - 12/21/15

Secretary John Kerry's Letter to Iranian FM Zarif Regarding Visa Waiver Reform

- NIAC has obtained a copy of the original english language version of the letter Secretary of State John Kerry sent to Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif listing three instruments that the U.S. Government can use to ensure that the new Visa Waiver Reform law does not violate the JCPOA. While these are welcome steps from NIAC's perspective, it remains unclear how these steps will ensure that dual citizens are not discriminated against solely on the basis of their nationality. - 12/20/15

Now I'm a Second-Class Citizen

- I was lucky. My parents immigrated to the United States from Iran before I was born. They settled in Pittsburgh and built the humble beginnings of a successful life for themselves and their children. I was born as the first American in my family. I grew up oblivious to the sacrifices my parents had made for me and my siblings, to the unlimited opportunities at my feet. I took for granted the reality that I could be anything I wanted to be. -Elham Khatami, NIAC - 12/19/15

Iranian Americans Blast 'Discriminatory' Effort To Improve U.S. Visa Rules

- If Washington's intention is to improve current visa policies in order to prevent acts of terrorism in the United States, Iranian-Americans are not impressed. As the U.S. Senate prepares to vote on the Visa Waiver Program Improvement Act (H.R. 158) -- overwhelmingly passed by the House of Representatives in early December -- Iranian-Americans, civil libertarians, and European Union ambassadors are crying foul. -Golnaz Esfandiari, RFE - 12/18/15

New Politicized Visa Restrictions Harm Iranians and Undermine America's Core Values

- The recent bill passed by Congress aims to clamp down on the visa waiver program with provisions that essentially discriminate against Iranians. The ACLU calls H.R.158, passed last Tuesday by overwhelming support (419 yes), as a measure calling for "blanket arbitrary discrimination based on nationality and national origin." -Omid Memarian, Huffington Post - 12/18/15

U.S. Congress Set To Pass Visa Curbs On Visitors To Iraq, Iran

- A massive spending bill headed toward approval in the U.S. Congress this week includes new restrictions on travelers to the United States who have visited Iraq, Iran, Syria, or Sudan. - 12/17/15

A Call To Arms Against McCarthy 2.0

- Last week a friend sent me this ominous article about a bill that threatened to codify racist rhetoric into law. I dismissed it, thinking, "we have checks and balances to prevent stuff like that." -Ali Partovi, Techcrunch - 12/17/15

Take Action: Urge Congress and the White House to Reject Discrimination

- Our allies on Capitol Hill have confirmed that the omnibus will be released soon and the discriminatory provisions of the visa waiver reform bill (H.R. 158) that target Iranian dual nationals and those who have traveled to Iran are included in the bill. -NIAC Action - 12/16/15

What H.R. 158 Must Teach Us

- The recent House legislative draft, H.R. 158 Visa Waiver Program Improvement Act of 2015, sponsored by Rep. Candice Miller (R-MI), to provide enhanced security measures for the visa waiver program and passed by an overwhelming majority of 407-19 in the House of Representative, is a draconian and drastic departure from the constitutionality of the legislative body which empowers its members to draft laws for a civil society which the United States of America has symbolized for almost 300 years -Jamshid S. Irani - 12/16/15

A Brooklyn comedian has launched a Facebook campaign to stop a 'racist' bill from passing Congress

- Mitra Jouhari's Facebook campaign is part of a bigger internet push to get people aware of the bill and voice their disfavor of it. -Business Insider - 12/16/15

Am I Not American Enough?

- I was born and raised in Los Angeles county. The past 22 years, California has been my home. It has been my parent's home for the last 37 years. But because my Iranian-born parents automatically passed down their nationality on to me through jus sanguinis laws and I am an Iranian-American dual national, now I'm uncertain if freely traveling to see my family will be a possibility due to the recent passage of a discriminatory House bill sponsored by Rep. Candice Miller (R-MI-10). -Samira Damavandi, Huffington Post - 12/15/15

Open Letter to President Obama on the Visa Waiver Improvement Act

- On behalf of the American Iranian Council, I am writing to express my deep concern about the discriminatory consequences of a bill that is currently being considered in the Congress, and is set to be bundled into the Omnibus spending bill that will be voted on shortly. -Hooshang Amirahmadi - 12/14/15

Everything You Need to Know About the Visa Waiver Improvement Act of 2015 (H.R.158)

- The Visa Waiver Program Improvement Act is a White House backed, bipartisan effort to amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to include terrorism risk as a factor when determining an alien's eligibility to travel to the United States. The Visa Waiver Program currently allows citizens of 38 participating countries to travel to the U.S., Europe, Japan and South Korea without a visa for stays of 90 days or less. This legislation would exclude those with Iranian, Iraqi, Sudanese and Syrian nationality or anyone who has travelled to those countries in the past five years from using the program to enter the country. - 12/12/15

NIAC Action Condemns Outrageous Rhetoric from Rep. Steve King

- "NIAC Action condemns remarks by Rep. Steve King (R-IA) in which he suggested that Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) and Rep. Andre Carson's (D-IN) commitment to upholding the Constitution should be in question because they are Muslim. The real question is how anyone who openly calls for religious discrimination against fellow Americans can be trusted to uphold the Constitution, which fundamentally protects religious freedom. - 12/12/15

Beheading the Blacksmith of Balkh: Iranian Americans scapegoated again

- A radicalised, American-born Pakistani went to Saudi Arabia and married another Pakistani brainwashed with an extremist version of Wahhabism that is the Saudi state religion. The couple came to the US and shot up a Christmas office party killing 14 people. Guess who is being chosen for punishment for this despicable crime? Iranian Americans, who have never shared that extremist ideology and... -Ahmad Sadri, Guardian - 12/11/15

State Department Supports Congressional Moves to Tighten Controls on Visa-Free Travel

- The U.S. State Department lent support Wednesday to Congressional efforts to restrict travel to the United States by citizens of 38 countries who have traveled to Syria, Iraq, Iran or Sudan in the past five years. -Nike Ching, VOA - 12/10/15

Iranian-Americans oppose "discriminatory" bill passed by Congress

- Iranian-American groups are voicing their opposition to the House of Representatives' bill (H.R. 158) passed on Monday that curbs the visa waiver program. The bill contains measures viewed as discriminatory against Americans of Iranian origin. NIAC Action and PAAIA are among the groups that have issued statements opposing this bill. - 12/9/15

Will Congress Use Trump's Racist Rhetoric to Create Second Class Americans?

- If you thought Donald Trump's divisive, bigoted and blatantly racist rhetoric was just a reflection of the silliness we always face during primary campaigns, think again. This bigotry is not only dominating the news cycle and winning Trump Republican primary votes. It's directly trickling into to new legislation that Congress is currently considering -Trita Parsi, Huffington Post - 12/9/15

House Bill Threatens to Restrict Iranian-American Travel to Europe

- NIAC Action released the following statement regarding H.R.158, legislation that would revise the Visa Waiver Program which is scheduled for a vote on Tuesday, December 8: "This is an outrageous bill that threatens to block Iranian Americans from traveling to Europe under the Visa Waiver Program. It risks creating a separate class of American citizen . An American passport is an American passport regardless of the ethnicity or national origin of the person holding it. - 12/8/15

Petition: Don't Let the House Pass Discriminatory Visa Waiver Bill

- On Tuesday, the House is voting on a bill that could prevent YOU from visiting family or traveling to Europe simply because you are Iranian American. -NIAC Action - 12/8/15

Iranian-American Dr. Who Responded to San Bernardino Attack: "Let's Show ISIS What We Are Made Of"

- Dr. Michael Neeki was one of the first to attend to the victims. Born in Iran, he said he was "sad" to see such terror occur in a country that is supposed to espouse freedom. Let's "show ISIS what we are made of," he said, and support the victims and their families. -Town Hall - 12/8/15

Iranian American Groups Seek Congressional Support for Federal Hate Crime Investigation

- A coalition of Iranian-American organizations released a letter today asking Representatives Dana Rohrabacher (CA-48), Loretta Sanchez (CA-46) and other members of Congress to urge the U.S. Department of Justice to carry out an open and rigorous federal hate crime investigation into the murder of Iranian American college student Shayan Mazroei. - 12/2/15

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

FROM THE IRANIAN REVOLUTION TO THE VIDEO REVOLUTION

- 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
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