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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 Expresses Serious Concern Regarding the Detention of Another Iranian American in Iran
Siamak Namazi, an Iranian American consultant, was reported to have been arrested and detained in Iran by the Intelligence wing of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps for undetermined reasons.
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.
A Windfall for Iran? Foreign Affairs Article by Cyrus Amir-Mokri and Hamid Biglari
As the dust begins to settle on the Nuclear Agreement between the P5+1 and Iran, business leaders, entrepreneurs and scholars are beginning to analyze the path Iran will follow after the sanctions have been lifted.
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.
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.
Iranian American Organizations 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 ...
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.
US Congress introduces new bills concerning implementation of the Iran Nuclear Deal
The House of Representatives passed the Justice for Victims of Iranian Terrorism Act (HR.3457) on Thursday, October 1st, with a vote of 251-173. A similar bill (S.2086) has also been introduced in the Senate.
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.
Bita Daryabari, PAAIA 2010 Philanthropist of the Year, donates $1.5 million to UC Davis Persian Studies Program
Iranian American philanthropist Bita Daryabari recently donated $1.5 million to University of California, Davis to amplify its Persian Studies program. Daryabari has also donated to both Stanford University and Pembroke College (an affiliate of University of Cambridge) for the purpose of expanding the teaching of Iranian history, culture, and language.

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