PAAIA Opens 2013-2014 Mentorship Program Application Process

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PAAIA Opens 2013-2014 Mentorship Program Application Process 


May 31, 2013, Washington, D.C. – PAAIA has opened the application process for its 2013-2014 Mentorship Program.  The program represents one of PAAIA’s core tenets – to help a new generation shine by tapping into the talent, industriousness, and generosity of our community and professional leaders. Some of this year’s distinguished mentors include Cyrus Habib, Maz Jobrani, Karim Sadjadpour, and Dr. Firouz Naderi, among many others.

Many young adults, taking their first steps into the professional world, do not have access to the experience and counsel that is necessary to make career decisions that will bring them real happiness and satisfaction, and let them achieve their fullest potential. In recognition of this, PAAIA launched the Mentorship Program in the spring of 2010.  The program matches and connects young mentees with experienced mentors for a dialogue which shows them the path to fulfilling their destinies.

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U.S. Lifts Restrictions on Communications Technology to Iran

state departmentMay 31, 2013, Washington, D.C. – The White House announced Thursday that it was lifting restrictions on the export of communication devices to Iran, although the restrictions will continue to apply to the Iranian government and those on a list of “specially designated nationals.” The change represents an attempt to increase free expression among the Iranian people, particularly through text messaging, mobile videos, and social media, in order to counter what the U.S. considers the Iranian government’s attempt to “silence its people.”  At the same time, the State Department designated additional individuals and organizations for contributing to serious human rights abuses within Iran. 

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Darius Shahinfar Runs for Albany Treasurer

darius shahinfar 2May 31, 2013, Albany, NY – Darius Shahinfar, an Iranian American lawyer, announced his bid for City Treasurer of Albany, New York on April 14, 2013. Shahinfar will be facing County Legislator Gary Domalewicz in the Democratic primary.  Both men are seeking to succeed current treasurer Kathy Sheehan, who is running to become Albany’s mayor. 

The City Treasurer is Albany’s Chief Fiscal Officer, responsible for the custody and disbursement of City funds, making investments on the City’s behalf, preparing the City’s financial statements, and supervising the Parking Authority, among other duties.

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Iranian Wrestling Team Cuts Tour Short

May 31, 2013 – The Iranian wrestling team cut short its first visit to the United States since 2003 on Thursday, May 16th, flying home to Iran and prompting widespread speculation about the reasons for the abrupt departure.

The team had competed against the Americans and Russians in Grand Central Terminal in New York City, where the Iranians won six of their seven matches.  They were scheduled to participate in the “United 4 Wrestling” event in Los Angeles.  According to Bill Scherr, a former Olympic official who is now a member of the Committee for the Preservation of Olympic Wrestling, they appeared to enjoy their stay in New York and were eager to come to LA, home to many Iranian Americans.

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