|Maz Jobrani: I'm Not a Terrorist but I Played One on TV|
February 20, 2015, Washington D.C. - 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.
|Cyrus Habib's Legislative Video Testimony Bill Passes Washington State Senate|
February 20, 2015, Seattle, WA - The Washington State Senate recently passed legislation authored by Senator Cyrus Habib that would allow citizens to submit legislative testimony remotely via the internet. In a unanimous vote, Senate Bill 5267 passed the state senate and will now head to the Washington House of Representatives.
|Hafez and the Lines of Beauty|
February 13, 2015, Washington, D.C. - In conjunction with an exhibit on Nasta'liq, an aesthetically refined form of Persian calligraphy developed between the 14th and 16th centuries, the Freer and Sackler Galleries of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington D.C. hosted Dick Davis, the renowned scholar of Persian literature.
|Rand Report Examines Congress's Role in Implementing a Nuclear Deal with Iran|
February 13, 2015, Washington D.C. - Rand Corporation recently released a comprehensive non-partisan report entitled, "The Days After a Deal with Iran: Congress's Role in Implementing a Nuclear Agreement," as part of a series of Rand perspectives that explore what the "Days After a Deal" between the P5+1 (the United States, United Kingdom, France, Russia, China, and Germany) and Iran, might look like for a variety of actors and issues around the Middle East.
|PAAIA Voices Concern Over UMass Amherst's Proposed Policy on Iranian Students|
February 13, 2015, Washington, D.C. - In a recent statement, University of Massachusetts Amherst announced they will no longer accept Iranian nationals to its 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 narrow 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.
|The Census Bureau's New MENA Category and its Implications for Iranian Americans|
February 12, 2015, Washington, D.C. - The U.S. Census has initiated a plan to test a new classification for persons from the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region for possible inclusion in the 2020 Census. The MENA category is based on a regional classification that includes a number of Arab and North African countries as well as Iran and Israel.
|PAAIA Names Leila Golestaneh Austin, Ph.D., as New Executive Director|
February 2, 2015, Washington, D.C. - The Board of Directors of PAAIA Fund and The Public Affairs Alliance of Iranian Americans (collectively "PAAIA") are pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Leila Golestaneh Austin as the organization's next Executive Director. Dr. Austin will manage the organization and work with the Board to pursue and execute PAAIA's mission in a robust fashion.
|Senate Banking Committee Passes New Iran Sanctions Bill|
January 30, 2015, Washington, D.C. - Senators Mark Kirk (R-IL) and Robert Menendez (D-NJ) recently introduced legislation that would trigger new sanctions against Iran if an agreement is not reached on its nuclear program. The bipartisan bill, entitled the "Nuclear Weapon Free Iran Act of 2015 (S. 269)," has a total of thirty-three cosponsors and was marked up by the Senate Banking Committee on January 29, 2015 by a margin of 18-4.
|Less Than Four Days to Make Sure Iranian Americans Are Counted|
January 30, 2015, Washington, D.C. - 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 on the MENA question.
|UPDATES: P5+1 Iran Nuclear Negotiations Resource Center|
January 30, 2014, Washington, D.C. - Like much of the world, Iranian Americans have followed the Iran nuclear negotiations and ensuing developments with great interest. The PAAIA Public Policy Center is pleased to provide a resource page that provides easily accessible information about the on-going nuclear negotiations between Iran and the members of the P5+1.
|Senate Resolution Supporting Nuclear Negotiations with Iran|
January 28, 2015, Washington D.C. - On January 26, 2015, Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and Chris Murphy (D-CT) introduced a non-binding resolution supporting the diplomatic efforts between the P5+1 and Iran to reach an agreement that prevents Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon.
|Obama Calls Pastor Saeed Abedini's Release a "Top Priority"|
January 28, 2015, Washington D.C. - Last Wednesday, President Obama met with the wife of imprisoned Iranian American Pastor Saeed Abedini preceding his appearance at Boise State University. During the meeting, President Obama described the release of Abedini as a "top priority" for the United States.
|UPDATE: Less Than Two Weeks Left to Make Sure Iranian Americans Are Counted|
January 22, 2015, Washington, D.C. - 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 on the MENA category.
|UPDATE: P5+1 Iran Nuclear Negotiations Resource Center|
January 16, 2014, Washington, D.C. - Like much of the world, Iranian Americans have followed the Iran nuclear negotiations and ensuing developments with great interest. The PAAIA Public Policy Center is pleased to provide a resource page that provides easily accessible information about the on-going nuclear negotiations between Iran and the members of the P5+1.
|Update: Jason Rezaian Indicted by Iranian Court|
January 15, 2015, Washington, D.C. - Jason Rezaian, an Iranian American journalist who has been detained in Iran since July 2014, is reported to have been indicted this week, and will stand trial for crimes which are still unknown.