|Congressman Connolly Introduces New Legislation for Nuclear Agreement|
On October 9th, 2015, Congressman Gerry Connolly (VA-11) introduced a new bipartisan legislation to create a commission to oversee the implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), H.R. 3741. The aim is to effectively bring Congress and the Administration together in order to monitor and implement the Iran nuclear accord. The Commission to Verify Iranian Nuclear Compliance is modeled after the Helsinki Commission, created in 1976, to monitor compliance with the Helsinki Final Act.
|Senator Paul Introduces Anti-refugee and Immigration Legislation|
In the wake of the November 13th terrorist attacks in Paris, Senator and Republican presidential candidate Rand Paul introduced legislation that would suspend visa issuance for countries with a high risk of terrorism. In addition, the senator introduced an amendment to the Transportation, Housing, and Urban Development Appropriations that would block resettlement assistance benefits for refugees or asylees from certain designated countries.
|Meet Marjan Ghafourpour 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.
|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.
|PAAIA's Sixth Annual Retreat Discusses a Post-Nuclear Deal|
The Public Affairs Alliance of Iranian Americans successfully hosted its sixth annual retreat in New York City on October 16th and 17th, 2015. Commemorating what may be a historic inflection point in Iran's history in the aftermath of the landmark nuclear deal, panels of world-class American, Iranian, and Israeli authorities discussed Iran's role in the region post sanctions...
|PAAIA Celebrates Iranian American Achievements with Elegant Gala at the Metropolitan Club|
On Friday, October 16th, 2015, hundreds of guests attended the Public Affairs Alliance of Iranian Americans' (PAAIA) Annual Gala at the Metropolitan Club in New York City to celebrate PAAIA's accomplishments over the past year and commemorate the achievements of three distinguished Iranian Americans: Mahnaz Afkhami, Fereydoun Nazem, and Cyrus Amir-Mokri.
|UPDATE: Jason Rezaian Convicted in Iran|
According to Iranian media sources, Jason Rezaian, an Iranian American journalist, has been convicted by an Iranian court. Rezaian was tried on four charges, including espionage.
|The Public Health Impact of the Iran Nuclear Deal|
Dr. Ali Lotfizadeh and Dr. Mohsen Malekinejad, two doctors and public health professionals affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco, wrote an Op-Ed about the effect of Iran Nuclear Deal on health in Iran and its implications around the globe.