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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

Shabnam Piryaei's novel FORWARD published: Not Your Typical Diaspora Story

- Shabnam Piryaei, award-winning filmmaker and author of ode to fragile, has published a novel that challenges the dominant narratives of Iranian immigration, spirituality and sexuality. 15% of the profits from her book are being donated to OMID Foundations. Forward is available through Amazon and through the publisher's website - 5/19/14

NIAC Welcomes Yahoo Decision to Reverse Iranian Email Restrictions

- Washington, DC - NIAC welcomes the decision of Yahoo to reverse its long-standing policy and ensure that the people of Iran are able to create Yahoo email accounts by September 2014. This follows the sustained campaign of NIAC and other groups to ensure US sanctions do not limit Iranians' access to vital communication tools. - 5/18/14

NIAC Urges Bank of America to Halt Iranian Account Closures

- The National Iranian American Council (NIAC) expresses serious concern over the recent string of bank account closures at Bank of America that target Iranians and Iranian-Americans and urges Bank of America to halt all further account closures and to revise its enforcement policy in order to provide necessary notice and recourse to its customers of Iranian descent. - 5/16/14

Meet Lily Gilani: Candidate for U.S. House of Representatives

- Lily Gilani, CEO and co-founder of BuzzCounsel.com, is running to represent California's 33rd Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives. A first generation immigrant, Gilani holds an LL.M. from Harvard Law School and has been practicing law for more than two decades. - 5/15/14

An Artistic Glimpse Into Exiled Iranians' Nostalgia for the Homeland

- Many Iranians living in the diaspora are faced with nostalgia for a home country that they cannot return to because of the threat of persecution. Iranian-Canadian photographer Saman Aghvami attempted to capture that feeling in a photo exhibit called "I'm Not There" for Toronto's Contact Photography Festival. -Mahsa Alimardani, Global Voices - 5/14/14

Marsha Mehran, Writer of Iranians' Irish Experience, Dies at 36

- Marsha Mehran, an Iranian-born author who wrote a hugely successful debut novel centered on Iranian expatriates in Ireland, was found dead on Wednesday at her home in the village of Lecanvey in County Mayo, on Ireland's northwest coast. She was 36. - 5/5/14

"Freedom: A Shared Dream" - International Public Urban Art Competition Sponsored by Farhang Foundation

- This momentous art competition commissioned by Farhang aims to create a historic piece of public art that celebrates the ideals of cultural freedom and religious tolerance that were central to the legacy of Cyrus the Great, Persian King from 2,500 years ago, and were shared by the Founding Fathers of the United States. Once completed, this artwork will be gifted to the city of Los Angeles on behalf of the Iranian American community. - 5/2/14

Little Tokyo or Japantown? Los Angeles Leads the Way with Ethnic Enclaves

- Los Angeles has an advantage here because of the entertainment industry's ability to endow locations with mythical qualities. Take Persian Square in Los Angeles's Westwood district, which has the largest concentration of Iranians in the United States. The Persian district, known also as Little Persia or "Tehrangeles," receives regular attention from mainstream American audiences. - 4/29/14

PAAIA Announces Change in Strategic Direction

- Public Affairs Alliance of Iranian Americans (PAAIA) today announced a change in its strategic direction that will allow the organization to focus on facilitating greater understanding between the peoples of the United States and Iran, while continuing to build an influential voice for the Iranian American community and facilitating the path of success for the next generation of Iranian Americans. - 4/22/14

Nina Hajian: Behind the Music

- Once upon a time, I thought I was going to be a pop star." For anyone who knows Nina Hajian, the bubbly outgoing radio personality for NOW 100.5 FM radio's Todd and Nina Morning Show, the declaration is not surprising... -herlifemagazine.com - 4/17/14

Welcome to the body parts shop... would you like to place an order?

- Professor Alexander Seifalian (UCL Centre for Nanotechnology & Regenerative Medicine) and his team are aiming to make organ donation a thing of the past, combining nano-composite materials with stem cell technologies for the growth of replacement organs. - 4/14/14

Eight Iranian-Americans among recipients of the 2014 Ellis Island Medal of Honor

- Eight Iranian-Americans are among the recipients of the 2014 Ellis Island Medal of Honor which will be awarded on May 10th, 2014. The medals are presented annually to American citizens who have distinguished themselves within their own ethnic groups while exemplifying the values of the American way of life. - 4/7/14

Rostampour Lifts Omaha to Historic CIT Win

- Omaha was led by a magnificent performance from junior forward Mike Rostampour, whose third career double-double came with 16 points and a career-high 21 rebounds. His rebound total was the sixth-highest for a single game in school history -Omaha Athletics - 4/7/14

Man held on suspicion of kidnapping British-Iranian businessman

- Ali Rehmat Assadi, an Iranian, arrested in Thailand and deported to UAE over abduction of Abbas Yazdi, who went missing last June. The UAE newspaper 7Days quoted Yazdi's wife as saying the trader and investor was a close childhood friend of a son of the former Iranian president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani. -Guardian - 4/6/14

Banks Targeting Iranian Americans - What Are Your Rights?

- Recently, we have heard from a number of people concerned about the increased scrutiny they have faced from US banks as a result of their Iranian citizenship. We want to clarify the basis for this increased scrutiny, as well as outline what rights Iranian-Americans have to best ensure that they can continue to conduct normal banking activities in the US without interruption. -Tyler Cullis, NIAC - 4/4/14

NIAC to hold California Action Summit on May 4 in Palo Alto

- The summit aims to help strengthen our community's political clout in the epicenter of the Iranian-American community - California. By investing in ourselves as civic leaders, we can use our resources, talents, and drive to effect big changes in Washington. But that can't happen without you! Register today for NIAC's first annual California Action Summit and join us in making history! - 4/4/14

Iranians sue UK banks over closed accounts, claiming racial discrimination

- A group of Iranians, including a nine-year-old girl, have taken three high-street UK banks to court for what they believe is a misreading of sanctions policy, alleging they have been subjected to racial discrimination after being told that their accounts had to close. -Saeed Kamali Dehghan, Guardian - 3/31/14

Representative Cyrus Habib's bill to aid entrepreneurs, create jobs wins approval in Washington State's Senate

- The state's economy will get a boost from entrepreneurs tapping into a 21st-century model of financial backing to start businesses and create jobs, under the Washington Jobs Act of 2014, a bill passed by the Senate March 8. -Rep. Cyrus Habib - 3/29/14

Persian New Year Celebrations in Portland, Oregon

- Iranian Student Association of Portland Norouz Celebration: Saturday, March 22nd' Persian New Year Celebration: Saturday, March 29th; Nowruz Ensemble: Festive Traditional Persian Music: Saturday, April 12th - 3/25/14

"Bita Prize For Young Persian Artists" Awarded To Pianist Dena Taherianfar

- In a ceremony held at Stanford University last Wednesday evening, March 12, 2014, global philanthropist and humanitarian Bita Daryabari awarded the First Annual Bita Prize for Young Persian Artists to acclaimed seventeen-year-old concert pianist Dena Taherianfar. - 3/24/14

Born in the U.S., Playing for Iran

- Steven Beitashour was 11 during the 1998 World Cup in France, where the United States, the country of his birth, faced Iran, where his parents were born. The family gathered at home in San Jose to watch as Iran won, 2-1, in a match that drew extraordinary interest because of the political estrangement between the countries. -Jere Longman, NY Times - 3/24/14

PAAIA Celebrates Nowruz on Capitol Hill

- PAAIA's annual Nowruz reception on Capitol Hill is part of its broader effort to celebrate and foster greater understanding of Iranian culture, and to project an accurate and positive image of the Iranian American community. In attendance were ten members of Congress as well as more than a hundred and fifty congressional staff and special guests. - 3/22/14

President Obama's Nowruz Message to the Iranian People

- President Obama sends best wishes to everyone celebrating Nowruz. In his video message, the President speaks directly to the people and leaders of the Islamic Republic of Iran about the possibility for the first time in many years of a new chapter in the history of Iran and its role in the world - including a better relationship with the United States and the American people. - 3/20/14

NIAC Applauds General License for U.S.-Iran Academic Exchanges

- NIAC strongly supports the Obama Administration's decision this Norooz to exempt educational exchanges from sanctions. NIAC is pleased that 'General License G' addresses key obstacles to building bridges between Iran and the U.S. Educational exchanges are immensely important in tearing down the barriers and rebuilding a long overdo friendship between Iranians and Americans. - 3/20/14

John Kerry joins the Norouz celebration

- On the occasion of Iranian New Year (Norouz), United States Secretary of State, John Kerry, sent a twit today sharing the photo of "Sofreh Haftsin" outside his office and sending his best wishes for a happy new year. - 3/20/14

Nowruz Meet and Greet at Oakland Museum of California

- Oakland's popular weekly family nights will represent the Persian New Year celebration "Nowruz"! Join OMCA and Off the Grid on 10th Street for a taste of local music, food, art, culture! Savor California beer, wine and non-alcoholic beverages around the Koi Pond at the Blue Oak beer garden. - Friday, March 28, 2014, 5-9 pm - 3/18/14

Shervin Pishevar Awards Cyrus Prize to Dropbox Co-Founder at Bita Daryabari's 4th Annual Pars Equality Center Nowruz Gala

- Pars Equality Center celebrated its 4th Annual Nowruz Gala in honor of the Persian New Year in San Francisco. The nearly $500K in funds raised at this popular yearly event will go towards the continued funding of the Center's social and legal programs in both the Bay area and Los Angeles, as well as helping PEC's expansion into additional U.S. markets. - 3/17/14

2014 Nowruz Celebration in Orange County

- Honoring the Iranian New Year in Orange County with Music, Dance, Family-friendly Entertainment, and a Special Nowruz Concert Featuring the "Nowruz Ensemble with guest vocalist Mamak Khadem" - 3/17/14

Congressman Keith Ellison Joined NIAC's Day of Service

- Congressman Keith Ellison (D-MN) joined NIAC volunteers on March 9 to spend the day working with Sharing and Caring Hands, an organization helping homeless families, in Minneapolis. NIAC's 4th Annual Day of Service engaged Iranian Americans in community service projects in 10 cities nationwide. - 3/15/14

Persia in New York

- Beyond the tragedy of Brooklyn-based band the Yellow Dogs, a vibrant scene of Iranian artists, musicians, filmmakers, designers, and actors is flourishing in America, centered in New York. If there's a silver lining to the story, it's the chance to recognize and celebrate the vital work of Iranians in the arts living here. -Vanity Fair - 3/14/14

The Iranian Genome Project Seeks Samples

- Dr. Pardis Sabeti MD/Ph.D., professor at Harvard University and MIT's Broad Institute, has had the opportunity to study the genetics of many different populations throughout her storied career. But one population missing from the genetics research done by Dr. Sabeti and others is her own - the Iranian population. - 3/13/14

Partovi twins quietly emerge as top Silicon Valley angel investors

- Ali and Hadi Partovi may not be household names, but the twins have quietly helped launch some of Silicon Valley's biggest startups of recent vintage. Hadi co-founded Tellme Networks, which Microsoft bought for a reported $800 million. Ali co-founded Internet advertising pioneer LinkExchange, which Microsoft bought for $265 million -Peter Delevett, San Jose Mercury - 3/13/14

Iran Heritage Foundation Curator for Persian Manuscripts at British Library

- British Library are seeking to appoint a Curator to work with the British Library's collections of Persian manuscripts. Building on work already completed during the previous two years, your main duties will be creating electronic records for both catalogued and uncatalogued material, and to further knowledge of the collections, working closely with the Persian curators, the Iran Heritage Foundation and the UK Higher Education Sector. - 3/13/14

Nowruz at the Midnight Mission in Los Angeles: "Good Thoughts, Good Words, Good Deeds"

- On Friday March 14th the Midnight Mission and Southern California Iranians will reunite for the third annual Nowruz at the Midnight Mission event in Downtown's Skid Row sponsored by Skechers USA, Inc. The spirit of Nowruz is one of renewal and promises of a better, brighter start, a pursuit the Midnight Mission strives for every day. - 3/12/14

Bank of Hawaii Re-Opens Accounts for Iranians in U.S.

- NIAC welcomes the decision by Bank of Hawaii to re-open bank accounts for Iranian customers. As NIAC Advisory Board member Dr. Farideh Farhi first reported, the bank had terminated the accounts of Iranian customers in the U.S. in an effort to comply with U.S. financial sanctions against Iran. - 3/12/14

Report of "Medical Access for Iranians" Event in San Francisco

- On Sunday, February 22, over 140 members of the National Iranian American Council (NIAC), Iranian American Bar Association (IABA), Havaar, and National Lawyers' Guild (NLG) attended a charity fundraiser in San Francisco to raise awareness about the impact of US sanctions on ordinary Iranians' medical access. - 3/6/14

Iranians in Malaysia dismayed by visa change

- Many Iranians in Malaysia are upset about the ending of the policy that enabled them to obtain a 90-day visa on arrival (VOA), according to the Malaysian Iran Friendship Association (MIFA). - 3/6/14

Why some people have no tolerance for linguistic diversity?

- I was talking with two friends in the dressing room of a gym. A lady came from the shower, walked to her locker, grabbed her clothes, turned around to us and said: "I don't understand a word of what you are saying to each other". My friend: "Don't worry, madam. Our conversation is not very exciting. We are discussing a Persian recipe". -Ferdows Kazemi - 3/4/14

PARSA Community Foundation Scholars at Tufts University Tackle Large Global Issues

- "Having been raised in a region where people are suffering from misguided economic policies," explains Maliheh Birjandi-Feriz, a first year PhD candidate in economics at Yale University, "I realized that development and economics are not about statistics and math, rather they are about people and their livelihood." - 3/4/14

Iran Heritage Foundation's Norouz Gala 2014 in London

- Iran Heritage Foundation Invites you to celebrate The Persian New Year NOROUZ with its legendary hospitality on Saturday 22nd March 2014 at The Grosvenor House, Park Lane, London W1K 7TN. Featuring Rising Star Rana Mansour - 3/3/14

The Pars Equality Center 4th Annual Nowruz Gala In Northern California

- We are pleased to announce that with the kind generosity and support received from both Iranian and American community, event has been sold out three weeks prior to the date. Please check our auction items at www.parsnowruzgala.com - 3/3/14

First Annual Bita Prize for Young Persian Artists Awarded To Pianist Dena Taherianfar

- Dena Taherianfar was born in Tehran, in November of 1996. She began taking lessons in piano when she was six. Her first teacher was Mrs. Shohreh J. Ghajar. Dena gave her debut concert in the renowned Roudaki Concert Hall of Tehran in 2008. At her teacher's suggestion, Dena eventually moved to Vienna where she began to study piano with Prof. Stanislaw Tichonow at the Joseph Haydn Conservatory. - 2/28/14

In Memoriam of Dr. Akbar Ghahary

- Last night, the Public Affairs Alliance of Iranian Americans lost one of its board members, and the Iranian American community lost one of its staunchest supporters. Dr. Akbar Ghahary, a member of the board of directors of PAAIA's affiliated PAC, the Iranian American Political Action Committee (IAPAC), passed away from heart complications. - 2/28/14

The 2014 IAAB Summer Leadership Institute Returns to the South in July

- IAAB is pleased to present its 2014 Summer Leadership Institute (SLI), which is being held from July 6th to July 18th at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. The 2014 SLI houses IAAB's celebrated annual Iranian American high school and middle school leadership camps, Camp Ayandeh and Camp Ayandeh Javan - 2/27/14

6th Annual Nowruz (Iranian New Year) Celebration at LACMA

- For the sixth year in a row, Farhang Foundation will celebrate Nowruz (Iranian New Year) at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) in what has become the foundation's signature event, drawing thousands of visitors to the museum in recent years. - 2/26/14

Smithsonian's Freer and Sackler Galleries Celebrate the Persian New Year with a Free Family Festival

- The Freer Gallery of Art and the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery will present its sixth annual "Nowruz: A Persian New Year Celebration" free family festival Saturday, March 8, from 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Throughout the day, visitors of all ages can dance, play and feast to mark the Persian year of 1393 at a celebration encompassing both museums and including live music, film, art making, hands-on workshops and traditional cuisine. - 2/25/14

Iran Sanctions Hit the Aloha State (via Bank of Hawai'i)

- Let me begin by saying that I have been a long-standing critic of US sanctions against Iran. Irrespective of my distaste for Iran's structure of governance, I have not been shy in calling out the sanctions regime as collective punishment of the Iranian people. I have also been worried that they will eventually ensnare Iranians living in the United States. -Farideh Farhi - 2/25/14

British-Iranian man's kidnap in Dubai: Wife blames UK

- The wife of a British businessman who went missing in Dubai has said she blames the UK government for his disappearance. Abbas Yazdi is thought to have been kidnapped by Iranian intelligence agents last June after the Serious Fraud Office passed on his private business documents to Iran. -BBC - 2/25/14
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