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Support for the Iran Deal keeps rising - 56 percent of registered voters said they support it.
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Two Senators - U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders and Senator Tom Carper - have called for a delay on today's vote for new Iran sanctions due to tragic Tehran attacks. More Senators should follow suit.

Senator Sanders also expressed condolences to the people of Iran for this terror attack. Meanwhile, Pre ... Read more
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We welcome Secretary Tillerson’s Norooz greeting and message that we ‘look forward to celebrating this new spring together.’ Our question is: how?

Tillerson and the Trump administration’s Muslim ban prevented us from being joined by our Iranian loved ones & friends this Norooz... We hope that, ... Read more
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It's good to see the reclusive Ebrahim Golestan finally break his silence, speaking out about the seriousness of their relationship and describing [Farrokhzad] as a poet who wrote honestly about the most fundamental human emotions.

Forough Farrokhzad فروغ فرخزاد, one of Iran’s most loved literary f ... Read more
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Chase is closing the bank accounts of Iranian visa-holders. We are deeply concerned that U.S. banks are denying financial services to Iranians in the United States on the basis of their national origin.
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A number of potential Trump Cabinet nominees are connected to the Mujahidin e-Khalq (MEK) - a group that both Iranians and Americans well know has a terrorist past.
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What should Trump do on Iran? Tough question. But thankfully, NIAC assembled a large number of scholars this summer and figured it out. The results are in a report that will be released on Wednesday. Here's the New York Times story on our report - endorsed by 76 scholars and former officials, from A ... Read more
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Iranian artist Mehdi Ghadyanloo, known in Iran for his playful surrealist murals, just painted his first mural in the United States.
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[NIAC President Trita] Parsi said there have been clear indications that Iran is mulling another prisoner swap. 'There has been plenty of signals indicating that this is what they are looking for, and by them issuing this verdict, they are trying to force the other side to negotiate,' he said."
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Many Americans still don't know what Iranians have known for decades: In 1953, before the Islamic regime ruled Iran, the United States overthrew the democratically elected leader of the country.

"Just as exposing fresh evidence about the 1953 coup has not demonstrably hurt U.S. interests, experienc ... Read more
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"Muslims have to report the problems when they see them." Okay, how about H.R. 158 - heard of it? No? Here: www.NoSecondClassCitizens.com
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Basically, updating FAQs on a website ≠ updating sanctions law.
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The opposing view: "This week, [Georgian American, Nazi Paikidze-Barnes] posted a petition to FIDE that has been winning new signatories every few minutes. On Instagram, she wrote “a message to the people of Iran,” expressing her love for them and saying, “I stand for freedom of religion and choice. ... Read more
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"According to a poll by Zogby Research Services, 87 percent of Iranian-Americans are registered to vote in the U.S. Of that number, 52 percent are Democrats and 8 percent are Republicans. But 40 percent identify themselves as either independent or have no party affiliation."

Let's #BeshkanTheVote o ... Read more
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It's good to see our friends at J Street pushing back against the attack ads, and defending the Iran Deal in the name of peace and the future of diplomacy. We thank you!
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Do you live in a swing state? Get registered to vote at "Beshkan The Vote" www.niacaction.org/beshkan/
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The cookbook The Saffron Tales: Recipes from the Persian kitchen by Yasmin Khan includes a Persian love cake recipe and comes out tomorrow in the U.S. (Via Vogue)

Order on Amazon: amzn.to/2d8U04a
Book Event this Thursday in Washington, DC: bit.ly/2cp2Sp6
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We won't stop talking about #HR158 until Congress fixes the discriminatory law. The "Equal Protection in Travel Act of 2016" is a bipartisan solution we want! #NoSecondClassCitizens
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More than anyone, the Iranian people are frustrated: "[B]ecause of the American regulations, it remains nearly impossible for ordinary businesses to transfer money to and from Iran — a problem that has been enormously frustrating to Mr. Rouhani, who promoted the nuclear agreement by promising a new ... Read more
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Rick Steves visited #Iran and wrote about it saying, "In a lot of ways, visiting Iran is like a Cuban cigar…it’s a big deal mostly for Americans. [...] I can’t help but think how tourism could boom here if they just opened this place up."

Some thoughts: Even with the news of arrests of dual nationa ... Read more
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