Let's Talk Iran
Iranican Promotes Unity through Dialogue and Tolerance
We had the wonderful opportunity to interview the hosts behind Iranican, a non-profit, volunteer-based organization based in the Silicon Valley whose mission is to explore issues affecting “Generation Iranian-American”. This is done via radio and video interviews and shows as well as via an online blog. The Iranican team uses entertainment in [...]
Ronny & the “Israel Loves Iran” Campaign
In this episode, we chat with Ronny Edry, an Israeli graphic designer, teacher, father, husband, and, most recently, known world-wide as the founder of the “Israel Loves Iran” campaign which later grew to become the “We Love You” community. The “We Love You” movement began on March 14 of this year when Ronny uploaded a [...]
Justine Shapiro & “Our Summer in Tehran”
We speak with Jewish-American filmmaker Justine Shapiro. Justine is the former host of the travel series GlobeTrekker and was nominated for an Oscar for her documentary called “Promises,” which gave us a look into the lives of Palestinian and Israeli children in and around Jerusalem. Justine’s newest documentary, “Our Summer in Tehran” shows us the [...]
Lessons from the Jewish-American Community
The AIPAC membership is only a fraction the size of the membership for the other top two lobbying organizations in the U.S., those being the AARP and NRA. How has AIPAC has been able to reach such a level of influence? How do Jewish-American organizations interact and balance cooperation and competition? [...]
Sahar Fathi: Candidate for Washington’s 36th District
In this episode, we had the pleasure of talking with Sahar Fathi, candidate for State Representative in Washington’s 36th district. Sahar spent time working internationally for the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda and currently sits on the board of the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project and ACLU-Washington. When she was 26, Sahar started [...]
CA State Senate Stands Up for Iranian Human Rights
Recently, the California State Senate passed SR 29, a Senate Resolution authored by State Senator Sam Blakeslee which recognizes the contributions of the Iranian-American community and calls upon the Iranian government to provide basic human rights and political freedoms to its citizens.The Senator partnered with several Iranian-American organizations, including NIAC and Human Rights [...]
Part 2: Assessing the Baghdad Nuclear Talks
Last week, the P5+1 met with Iranian officials in Baghdad to discuss Iran’s nuclear program. While many questions were left unanswered, the one known fact is that there will be another round of negotiations on June 18th and 19th in Moscow. Listen to a NIAC policy panel hosted last week in [...]
The State of Iran’s Cyber Repression
Recently, Collin Anderson, Washington-based Internet researcher discovered a “Request for Information” or RFI issued by Iran’s Ministry of Information that raised questions about the government’s claims for setting up a “Halal Intranet.” What is the state of Iran’s cyber repression? What is the impact of U.S. sanctions and export controls on Iranian’s access to Internet [...]
Oil Embargo: Third Time’s a Charm?
How effective is an oil embargo on Iran? Will a third oil embargo bring about change in the Iranian government’s stance on their nuclear program? What are the Iranians doing to prepare in order to prevent their economy from collapsing? What are those countries who used to be consumers of Iranian oil [...]
Cyrus Habib: Candidate for State Representative (WA -...
In this episode, we had the opportunity to talk with Cyrus Habib, candidate for State Representative in Washington’s 48th district. Cyrus is a technology lawyer and community volunteer who grew up in Bellevue. He’s a former Rhodes Scholar and Yale law graduate who currently serves as a Human Services Commissioner for the city [...]
Iranian Schindler: Sardari’s Plight to Save Iranian-Jews
We discuss with Fariborz Mohktari, his latest book, “In the Lion’s Shadow”, detailing the work of an Iranian Schindler, Abdol-Hossein Sardari during World War II. Mokhtari tells the story of Sardari and his plight to save Iranian-Jews in France as well as detailing Iran’s international relations during this time. Mokhtari is a Professor of Political [...]
Rising Tensions, Rising Threat?
Presidential GOP candidates calling for war with Iran. Crippling sanctions on Iran’s Central Bank. Assassination of an Iranian nuclear scientist. Threats to block the Strait of Hormuz. Sentencing of an American former marine. What does this all mean for U.S.-Iran relations? We sit down with NIAC’s very own, Reza Marashi (Research Director) to examine the [...]
The Parallels Between Iraq and Iran
What are the parallels in Iraq’s former nuclear program and Iran’s current nuclear program? What can we learn from the Iraq of the past when dealing with Iran of the present? We discuss these questions and more with expert on Iraqi weapons of mass destruction program and current assistant professor at the Norwegian Defense University [...]
Is Iran Building a Nuke?
Interview with Ali Vaez, a Fellow of Science and Technology and the Director of the Iran project at the Federation of American Scientists, discussing the recent report the International Atomic Energy Agency released to the United Nations last week on Iran’s nuclear program and the implications this has for U.S./Iran relations.
Implications of Tougher Sanctions
Discussion with renowned Iranian economist and business consultant, Bijan Khajehpour on the economic and political implications of tougher sanctions on Iran. Bijan discusses the winners and losers of tough sanctions and suggests key policyinitiativesthe U.S. and Iran can take todiffusethe current crises.
Iran Trade Sanctions and You
Interview with Erich Ferrari, expert on trade sanctions law about how U.S. imposed sanctions on Iran affect Iranian Americans and discussing the new proposal to sanction the Central Bank of Iran. Visit www.ferrari-legal.com for more information.
Sanctions and Iran’s Growing Economic Woes
Discussing Iran’s current economic situation, the effects of U.S. sanctions on Iran, and the prevailing attitude amongst Iranians towards sanctions with sociologist, Kevan Harris. Kevan is a doctoral candidate in sociology at Johns Hopkins University and regularly conducts research in Iran. Visit www.kevanharris.com to read more.
Promoting Global Solidarity & Peace through Art
Discussing the role the arts play in Iran and within Iran’s youth to promote a non-violent democratic government with Iara Lee, Director of CulturesofResistance.org. Iara talks about her time in Iran and gives a glance at how creative art is being used as an initiative for change within Iran.
Use and Misuse of the Word “Terrorism”
Discussing the use and misuse of the word “terrorism” with commentator, activist, attorney and author of her award-winning book War on Error: Real Stories of American Muslims, Melody Moezzi. Melody addresses the media’s role in politicizing the term and what the likely implications are for the Iranian-American community and U.S. policy.
The Pulse on the Streets of Iran
Discussing the pulse on streets of Iran with Iranian-American journalist, Jason Rezaian. Jason gives readers an insider’s perspective on foreign and domestic policy within Iran and on the daily lives of Iranians since the post-election aftermath.
Inside the MEK
An exclusive interview with a former high-ranking member of the Mujahedin-e Khalq (MEK), a designated foreign terrorist organization, discussing the repercussions delisting the MEK would have on U.S.-Iran relations as well as the human rights situation within the organization.
Interview with Sarah Shourd
An exclusive interview with Sarah Shourd, discussing her experience imprisoned in Iran and the status of her fiance Shane Bauer and friend Josh Fattal, who are still detained in Iran. Please visit www.freethehikers.org to support their cause.
Student Visas and Obama’s Goodwill Efforts
Discussing new changes in the Iranian student visa policy and Obama’s efforts to build goodwill with Jamal Abdi, NIAC’s Policy Director.
The Geopolitical Battle for the Arab Street
Discussing the Arab Spring and Iran’s evolving role in the Middle East with Reza Marashi, NIAC’s Research Director and former U.S. State Department Iran desk officer.
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