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PAAIA Announces New Strategic Direction
WASHINGTON, D.C. (April 21, 2014) - The 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.
"The Persian Book of Kings: Vicissitudes of a Foundational Text in Iranian Culture"
Make sure not to miss this amazing lecture on Friday April 25, 2014 with Dr. Ahmad Karimi-Hakkak of the University of Maryland.
Congressional Round Up
April 18, 2014, Washington, D.C. - Congress is considering a number of legislative initiatives that may be of interest to the Iranian American community.
Iranian Composer Debuts at No. 1 on Billboard's Traditional Classical Albums Chart
April 18, 2014, Washington, D.C. - Iranian composer Hafez Nazeri's new album "Rumi Symphony Project: Untold" recently debuted at No. 1 on Billboard's Traditional Classical Albums chart.
Iranian American Detained in Iran Sentenced to Ten Years in Prison
April 16, 2014, Washington, D.C. - Amir Hekmati, an Iranian American and Marine veteran who has been detained in Iran since August 2011, has been given a ten-year prison term on charges of "practical collaboration with the American government."
Congressional Round Up
April 11, 2014, Washington, D.C. - Congress is considering a number of legislative initiatives that may be of interest to the Iranian American community. The PAAIA Public Policy Center is pleased to provide a round-up on the status of the legislation.
California State Assembly Passes Resolution Celebrating Nowruz
April 11, 2014, Sacramento, CA - On March 24, 2014, the California State Assembly joined the Iranian American community in celebrating Nowruz by passing its first resolution commemorating the holiday.
Sunny Zia Wins Election
April 9, 2014, Los Angeles, CA - Sunny Zia claimed victory in last Tuesday's election to represent District 3 on the Long Beach Community College (LBCC) Board of Trustees.
Congressional Round Up
April 4, 2014, Washington, D.C. - Congress is considering a number of legislative initiatives that may be of interest to the Iranian American community. The PAAIA Public Policy Center is pleased to provide a round-up on the status of the legislation.
PAAIA Hosts Opening Reception for "A Thousand Years of the Persian Book" at Library of Congress
April 3, 2014, Washington, D.C. - On March 26, 2014, over two hundred guests joined the Public Affairs Alliance of Iranian Americans (PAAIA) to celebrate the A Thousand Years of the Persian Book exhibition at Library of Congress, which opened to the public the next day.
PAAIA Welcomes U.S. Court Decision to Protect Persian Artifacts
April 2, 2014, Chicago, IL - U.S. District Judge in Chicago last week ruled that the Persian Antiquities housed at Field Museum of Natural History and at the University of Chicago could not be used as compensation for judgment rendered against the government of Iran.
PAAIA Board Members Among Recipients of the 2014 Ellis Island Medal of Honor
April 2, 2014, Washington, D.C. - Eight highly accomplished Iranian Americans will be awarded the 2014 Ellis Island Medal of Honor on May 10th, 2014, for distinguishing "themselves within their own ethnic [group] while exemplifying the values of the American way of life."
Governor Set to Sign Cyrus Habib's Bill Into Law
March 28, 2014, Washington, D.C. - The Washington State legislature recently passed legislation sponsored by Representative Cyrus Habib that would allow companies to raise limited amounts of capital in small individual amounts from in-state investors.
Los Angeles City Hall Celebrates Nowruz
March 28, 2014, Washington, D.C. - On Friday, March 21, the Los Angeles City Hall celebrated Nowruz alongside the Iranian American community.
Congressman Waxman Issues Statement on Nowruz for the Congressional Record
March 28, 2014, Washington, D.C. - On March 25, 2014, Congressman Henry Waxman (D-A) issued a statement on Nowruz for the Congressional Record.
Congressional Round Up
March 28, 2014, Washington, D.C. - Congress is considering a number of legislative initiatives that may be of interest to the Iranian American community.
A Thousand Years of the Persian Book Opens March 27, 2014 at Library of Congress
March 25, 2014, Washington, D.C. - Public Affairs Alliance of Iranian Americans (PAAIA) invites you to visit A Thousand Years of the Persian Book exhibition at the Library of Congress.
Cyrus Habib's Crowdfunding Bill Passes Washington State Legislature
March 25, 2014, Seattle, WA - The Washington State legislature recently passed legislation sponsored by Representative Cyrus Habib that would allow companies to raise limited amounts of capital in small individual amounts from in-state investors.
Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi Sends Nowruz Greetings for Persian New Year
March 24, 2013, Washington, D.C. - Nancy Pelosi, Democratic Leader of the U.S. House of Representatives, last week released a statement to mark the celebration of Nowruz and the arrival of spring.
Statement by Secretary of State John Kerry on Nowruz
March 21, 2014, Washington, D.C. - Secretary of State John Kerry yesterday wished a happy, healthy, and prosperous Nowruz to the Iranian people and all those who celebrated around the world.
Statement by President Obama on Nowruz
March 21, 2014, Washington, D.C. - As he has done on previous occasions, President Obama yesterday released a special video message to those celebrating Nowruz, taking the opportunity to speak directly to the people and leaders of Iran.
PAAIA Celebrates Nowruz on Capitol Hill
March 21, 2014, Washington, D.C. - On March 13, 2014, the Public Affairs Alliance of Iranian Americans (PAAIA) hosted a Nowruz reception for members of Congress and their staff on Capitol Hill.
The Iranian Genome Project Seeks Samples
March 7, 2014, Washington, D.C. - 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.
Iranian American Organizations Contact Bank of Hawaii Regarding Closures of Accounts of Iranian Citizens
March 6, 2014, Washington, D.C. - Today, the Public Affairs Alliance of Iranian Americans (PAAIA), along with the Iranian American Bar Association and the Pars Equality Center, sent a letter to the Vice President and Branch Manager of the Moiliili Branch of the Bank of Hawaii.
World-Renowned Artist to Donate to PAAIA
The Public Affairs Alliance of Iranian Americans invites you to attend and support an art exhibition by world-renowned artist Hessam Abrishami on March 15, 2014.
"A Thousand Years of the Persian Book" Exhibition Opens at Library of Congress March 27
An exhibition at the Library of Congress will explore the rich literary tradition of the Persian language over the last millennium, from illuminated manuscripts to contemporary publications.
PAAIA Receives Clarification from Indian Government on Visa Procedures for Iranian Americans
March 3, 2013, Washington, D.C. - The Public Affairs Alliance of Iranian Americans (PAAIA) last week met with the Embassy of India to discuss the Indian government's procedures for issuing visas to U.S. passport holders who were born in Iran.
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.
PAAIA Releases Report on Establishing an American-Staffed Interests Section in Iran
February 20, 2014, Washington, D.C. - On Wednesday, the South Asia Center of the Atlantic Council held a panel discussion on the pros and cons of opening a U.S. Interests Section in Tehran staffed by American diplomats.
Now Hiring: Program Manager
The Public Affairs Alliance of Iranian Americans (PAAIA) is seeking a highly motivated individual with program management experience to join staff.
PAAIA Attends White House Roundtable
February 13, 2014, Washington, D.C. - On Tuesday, PAAIA staff and members were, amongst a number of other organizations and individuals invited to participate in a roundtable discussion with the Iranian American community hosted by the White House Office of Public Engagement.
More than 100 U.S. Representatives Support Diplomacy with Iran
February 12, 2014, Washington, D.C. - 104 members of the U.S. House of Representatives sent a bipartisan letter to the White House today, expressing support for diplomatic efforts to curtail Iran's nuclear program and warning against the passage of new Iran-related legislation at this time.
PAAIA Applauds U.S. Treasury's Clarification on Communication Technology to Iran
February 11, 2014, Washington, D.C. - On February 7, 2014, the U.S. Department of Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (ofac) released General License D-1 with respect to certain services, software, and hardware incident to personal communications to Iran.
Congressional Round Up
February 7, 2014, Washington, D.C. - Congress is considering a number of legislative initiatives that may be of interest to the Iranian American community. The PAAIA Public Policy Center is pleased to provide a round-up on the status of the legislation.
PAAIA and Atlantic Council Examine Possibility of Reestablishing U.S. Diplomatic Presence in Iran
February 6, 2014, Washington, D.C. - On February 19th, the South Asia Center of the Atlantic Council will be holding a panel discussion on the pros and cons of opening a U.S. Interests Section in Tehran staffed by American diplomats.
Shirin Neshat Receives Crystal Award at World Economic Forums
February 6, 2014, Washington, D.C. - Shirin Neshat, an Iranian visual artist and filmmaker living in New York City, received a Crystal Award at this year's World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos.
U.S. Representatives Warn Against Additional Sanctions on Iran
February 6, 2014, Washington, D.C. - More than 80 members of the U.S. House of Representatives have signed on to a letter to the White House, expressing support for diplomatic efforts to curtail Iran's nuclear program and warning against the passage of new Iran related legislation at this time.
Iran Sanctions Bill Stalls in the Senate
January 31, 2014, Washington, D.C. - An Iran sanctions bill introduced last December is losing traction in the Senate with the Obama Administration, key lawmakers, and outside analysts warning that passing the legislation now could derail ongoing international negotiations over Iran's nuclear program.
"The Iran Job" Shortlisted for German Academy Award
January 30, 2014, Washington, D.C. - "The Iran Job," the real life story of an American basketball player in Iran, has been shortlisted for the German Film Award for "Best Documentary," presented by the German Film Academy (Deutsche Filmakademie e.V).
Meet Neda Bolourian: Candidate for Montgomery County Council, District 2
January 29, 2014, Washington, D.C. - Neda Bolourian, a lawyer in Bethesda, Maryland, is running to represent District 2 on the Montgomery County Council.
Meet Sunny Zia: Candidate for Long Beach Community College Board of Trustees, District 3
January 17, 2014, Washington, D.C. - Sunny Zia, a professional engineer in Long Beach, California, is running to represent District 3 on the Long Beach Community College (LBCC) Board of Trustees.
Senator Feinstein Cautions against Additional Sanctions on Iran
January 16, 2014, Washington, D.C. - On Tuesday, Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Chair of the Senate Intelligence Community, expressed opposition to the Nuclear Weapon Free Iran Act of 2013 (S.1881).
Senate Should Place New Iran Sanctions on Hold
January 16, 2014, Washington, D.C. - The agreement last Sunday between the P5+1 and Iran to implement the Joint Plan of Action is a significant step towards resolving the calamity over Iran's nuclear program peacefully.
The Neuroscience Guide to Negotiations With Iran
Read PAAIA Public Policy Advisor Karim Sadjadpour's recent piece in The Atlantic.
Meet Shayan H. Modarres: Candidate for U.S. House of Representatives
January 9, 2013, Washington, D.C. - Shayan H. Modarres, a civil rights attorney practicing in Orlando, Florida, recently announced his bid to represent Florida's 10th Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives.
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