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Jun

Florida Imposes Restrictions on Businesses Booking Travel to Iran

Washington, D.C. July 8, 2008 – On June 23, 2008, Florida’s governor signed into law SB 1310, which imposes severe restrictions on travel agents and others selling trips to any nation that appears on the Department of State’s list of state sponsors of international terrorism, including Iran.   The new law, which went into effect...
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12
Jun

Eleventh Annual Zarathushti Games

Eleventh Zarathusti Games held in San Diego  On July 2, 2008 roughly 600 athletes gathered on the campus of the University of San Diego to take part in the 11th Zarathushti Games. What makes this gathering unique is that it brings together a large number of Zoroastrians – members of one of the oldest and first monotheistic...
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12
Jun

PAAIA Organizing Support for Darius Shahinfar’s Candidacy for U.S. Congress

 PAAIA Organizing Support for Darius Shahinfar’s Candidacy for U.S. Congress Darius Shahinfar, an Iranian American, announced his candidacy for New York’s 21st Congressional District on March 9, 2008. Mr. Shahinfar is one of five Democratic candidates seeking the nomination to represent the 21st district. The seat became available when Congressman Michael R. McNulty (D-NY), a...
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12
Jun

Why PAAIA?

How does PAAIA complement other Iranian American organizations?     PAAIA believes the Iranian American community can most effectively advance its common interests if its many individuals and organizations act collectively and collaboratively.  PAAIA seeks to serve as a nexus for this collaboration, and has enunciated “community building” as one of the three pillars of...
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12
Jun

Iran Temporarily Releases Iranian-American Scholar

Iran Temporarily Releases Iranian-American Scholar March 14, 2010 The Associated Press March 14, 2010, Tehran, Iran — Iran has temporarily released an Iranian-American scholar serving prison time on an espionage conviction so he can spend the Iranian New Year holiday with his family, officials said Sunday.
12
Jun

Sentence Reduced for Iranian American Scholar Imprisoned in Iran

    February 12, 2010, Washington, D.C. – According to a report published by Reuters News Agency on Wednesday, an Iranian appeals court has reduced the prison sentence of Iranian American scholar Kian Tajbaksh’s to five years. Charged with espionage following the disputed June 12th elections in Iran, Tajbakhsh was originally sentenced to twelve years...
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12
Jun

Yasmin Siraj Takes the Silver at the 2010 U.S. Figure Skating Championships

Yasmin Siraj Takes the Silver at the 2010 U.S. Figure Skating Championships January 27, 2010 Yasmin Siraj Takes the Silver at the 2010 U.S. Figure Skating Championships January 27, 2010, Washington, D.C. – Thirteen year old Iranian American Yasmin Siraj took home the silver medal for junior ladies at the 2010 Figure Skating Championships in...
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12
Jun

Ross Mirkarimi Urges Iranian Americans to Participate in the 2010 Census

  January 15, 2010, Washington, DC- San Francisco City Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi speaks about the importance of the 2010 Census and urges Iranian Americans to participate and be counted. “Many categories of populations are counted, but there are many more categories that do not exist… For example, the Iranian American community. We are telling people...
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12
Jun

Iranian Americans Are Urged to Stand and Be Counted

January 7, 2010 – More accurate figures are sought for the 2010 U.S. census, and last June’s disputed election in Iran is expected to help. Before comedian Peter the Persian took the stage and joked about his immigrant father’s mispronunciation of English obscenities, Nadia Babayi stepped to the front of the room and struck a...
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