PAAIA Releases Sanctions Report


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PAAIA Releases 2012 Iran Sanctions Report

capitol-hill_150 2August 27, 2012, Washington D.C. –  Today, PAAIA released its 2012 Iran Sanctions Report, detailing past and current sanctions on Iran, the impact of those sanctions on Iran, and how they affect the Iranian American community in the U.S. Sanctions have been a major component of U.S. policy towards Iran since 1979, when they were first imposed in response to the seizure of the U.S. Embassy in Iran. President Carter, in November of that year, issued Executive Order 12170 freezing approximately $12 billion in Iranian assets, including bank deposits, gold, and other properties. With the escalating tensions over Iran’s capabilities to potentially produce a nuclear weapon, additional unilateral and multilateral sanctions have recently been levied against Iran.

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PAAIA Houston Chapter Hosts Event with Candidate Cyrus Habib

Cyrus Habib 2August 27, 2012, Houston, TX – The Houston Chapter of the Public Affairs Alliance of Iranian Americans (PAAIA) in conjunction with Rice University Iranian Students Society (RIS) invite you to attend a lecture with Cyrus Habib, candidate for Washington State House of Representatives. The event will be held at Rice University on Sunday, September 23, 2012.

Habib is the official Democratic Party nominee for the 48th Legislative District. His campaign is being supported by a bipartisan list of local, regional, state, and federal leaders, including U.S. Senators Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell as well as the Mayors of Bellevue, Redmond, and Kirkland, representing the major communities in the district.

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Spring 2013 White House Internship Program Application Now Open

The White House.photoAugust 27, 2012, Washington, D.C. – The Public Affairs Alliance of Iranian Americans (PAAIA) encourages Iranian American college students and recent graduates interested in public service to apply for a White House Internship. The White House is now accepting applications for the Spring 2013 Internship Program.  

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Notable Iranian Americans in the News

bobak-ferdowsi 2August 29, 2012, Washington, D.C. –Iranian Americans are among the most accomplished immigrants in the United States and around the world. Over the past couple of weeks a number of Iranian Americans have come to the attention of the public for their accomplishments in various fields. PAAIA is pleased to highlight the accomplishments of some of these individuals and we extend our sincere congratulations to them for a job well done.

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Boarders without Borders Begins Kickstarter Campaign

August 29, 2012, Washington D.C. – “Boarders Without Borders” is a documentary that follows four American pro snowboarders as they travel to Iran to meet Iranian youth, discover Iranian culture, and ride the majestic Alborz mountains. Produced by Alexi H. Khajavi and Marjan Tehrani, the Producer and Director of Arousi Persian Wedding, among others, the documentary takes the audience on a unique journey through the eyes of the American snowboarders. This film is about real people exchanging life experiences, bonded by their love for a unique counter-culture sport. The Producers are raising money to secure an OFAC license, travel to Iran with the professional snowboarders and produce the film as well as pay for the necessary permits, visas, equipment and crew. The project will be managed through a 501c3, which is being acquired.

The film has already received significant positive press including from PBS and TransWorldBusiness. The filmmakers have the support and commitment from three professional snowboarders and their company sponsors which represent some of the biggest companies in the sport. The documantary recently launched a Kickstarter Campaign. if you are interested in supporting the Boarders without Borders kickstarter campaign, click on their website, for more information and how to contribute.

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2012 Presidential Election Guide

Click here to utilize PAAIA’s Election Guide to view each of the candidates’ positions on major issues affecting Iranian Americans, register to vote, find out where your polling place is, check election news, and and become an active participant in this important civic process.

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Panel Presentations

PAAIA Panel Presentations serve to educate and inform policy and lawmakers as well as the general public on the various issues impacting the Iranian American community in an accurate and balanced manner.

Click here to view more information and a video of our panel presentation: Assessing US Policy On Iran.

Click here to view more information and a video of our panel presentation on the Electronic Curtain.

2012 Report on Iran Sanctions Legislation

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There are many ways to take action and help promote and advance the interests of the Iranian American community on issues that impact us.  

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For access to aggregated information and news feeds on Iran, the United States, and the world, Iranian news outlets, and PAAIA’s previous newsletters, click here.



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