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This Proud Iranian-American Muslim Will Not Hide Or Shut Up

Melody Moezzi | Posted 02.01.2017 | Religion
Melody Moezzi

As an Iranian-American Muslim, I also worry for myself, for my family and for my community.

Don't Bust: Iranian-Americans Need To Have A Voice In The Political Process

Holly Dagres | Posted 07.28.2016 | Politics
Holly Dagres

This isn't a plea to ask Iranian-Americans to vote for Hillary Clinton. However, when it comes to minorities, it's unclear whether we stand a chance against a man who spews vitriol and rants about bans and walls.

The Colors of Iran Through the Lens of a Tourist

Elnaz Moghangard | Posted 04.20.2016 | Travel
Elnaz Moghangard

Here is a peak into the wonders of a country and a culture often misunderstood. Through its architectural design and abundance of colors, we see an appreciation for art in everyday life.

Is Congress Accusing Dual Nationals of Holding Dual Loyalties?

Jamal Abdi | Posted 02.19.2017 | Home
Jamal Abdi

Visiting your family in Iran does not connote an "allegiance" to the Iranian government. Being born to an Iranian parent does not make you less of an American.

Protecting Iranian-Americans from Second-Class Citizenship Overseas

Caitlin Steinke | Posted 02.14.2017 | Politics
Caitlin Steinke

Not only is this law discriminatory and unreasonable as a method of safeguarding national security, but the inclusion of Iran on the list of prohibited ethnicities to have and countries to have visited begs the question, why was it included?

Letter From a 23-Year-Old Iranian American

Yassamin Ansari | Posted 01.25.2017 | Politics
Yassamin Ansari

To make America safer and more secure, we should avoid sweeping policy changes that target specific population sets. This misses the mark entirely.

When Rhetoric Becomes Reality: Changes to Visa Waiver Program Create Second-Class Citizens

Azita Ranjbar | Posted 01.08.2017 | Politics
Azita Ranjbar

. The Visa Waiver Program Improvement and Terrorist Travel Prevention Act of 2015 (henceforth referred to as H.R. 158) effectively renders dual citizens and those who have traveled to Iran, Iraq, Sudan, and Syria second-class citizens by creating a two-tiered system of citizenship.

Iranian Americans: Now Second-Class Citizens?

Elnaz Moghangard | Posted 01.06.2017 | Home
Elnaz Moghangard

I could discuss the many wrongs of this bill from the perspective of someone who is an American born citizen. Yet, I have realized that our nationality of birth is not as relevant as we may have perceived it to be, because the prejudice that pervades our humanity speaks volumes.

Am I Not American Enough?

Samira Damavandi | Posted 12.14.2016 | Politics
Samira Damavandi

Because my Iranian-born parents automatically passed down their nationality on to me through jus sanguinis laws and I am an Iranian-American dual national, now I'm uncertain if freely traveling to see my family will be a possibility due to the recent passage of a discriminatory House bill

Congress Is About to Pass a Dangerously Racist Bill. Our Response Must Be Solidarity Against Islamophobia.

Alex Shams | Posted 12.13.2016 | Politics
Alex Shams

The last few weeks have seen a dangerous escalation of rhetoric targeting Muslims and Middle Eastern-Americans, as the national media and Republican p...

An Open Letter to President Obama

Yasamin Beitollahi | Posted 12.11.2016 | Politics
Yasamin Beitollahi

I am disappointed that you have given the House your blessing regarding the Visa Waiver program which will bar Iranian-Americans from a 38-nation visa waiver program that allows visits to signatory countries for up to 90 days without a visa, along with dual nationals from Iraq, Sudan and Syria, as well as anyone who has been to any of these four countries in the past five years.

Iran, the Next Startup Hub? An Interview with Tehran's Millennial Ecosystem Insiders

Elnaz Moghangard | Posted 11.17.2016 | Technology
Elnaz Moghangard

Tehran, Iran --Pictured from left to right: MohammadReza Azali, Alireza Jozi and Hamed Jafari Silicon Valley, Miami, New York, Austin. These are plac...

A Tale of Two Tattoos: Love and Hate Crime in Orange County, California

Rick Williams | Posted 01.10.2017 | Politics
Rick Williams

On September 7, 2015, 22-year-old mechanical engineering student Shayan Mazroei was fatally stabbed in a racially-motivated attack outside of Patsy's Pub in Laguna Niguel, California by Craig Tanber -- a known white supremacist, documented gang member, and convicted murderer.

A Note to Fellow Millennials During Political Season

Elnaz Moghangard | Posted 09.14.2016 | Impact
Elnaz Moghangard

As a young individual observing all of this and thinking of the future of our society, I worry that the many voices of reason -- the many voices encouraging unity, diplomacy and peace -- struggle to be heard in all the hysteria. Controversy, after all, sells. I get it.

Perspective on Iran From a Millennial Iranian-American

Elnaz Moghangard | Posted 08.07.2016 | Impact
Elnaz Moghangard

Flooding my Twitter trail and buzzing in my ears is all this noise about Iran. From celebratory photos of Tehran's streets following the news of a historic nuclear deal to fearful anti-Iran speech to cultural icebreakers like Shahs of Sunset -there is an effort to show the world the "real" image of Iran.

The Image of a Government Versus the Face of its People

Maryam Zar | Posted 08.06.2016 | Home
Maryam Zar

Today, we are at crossroads, not only in American politics but in American minds, of our view of Iran. Do we forgive the transgressions of the past and forget the chants of Death bestowed upon the Great Satan, whose citizen were marched on television blindfolded and branded spies; or do we refuse to see a population that is consistently asking for less Islam in their government and more freedoms akin to the democracy we implement here at home?

On a Mission to Introduce Culture to Children's Content

Maryam Zar | Posted 05.06.2015 | Technology
Maryam Zar

For Persians, NoRooz is our strongest point of pride. It is the moment that brings us all together, from various religions and social beliefs to economic realities and ideological tendencies, we all see the moment that Winter turns to Spring, as the moment that we reclaim our common Persian heritage.

Celebrating Iranian-American Women On International Women's Day

Yasamin Beitollahi | Posted 05.06.2015 | Impact
Yasamin Beitollahi

Celebrated globally on March 8th, International Women's Day represents an opportunity to celebrate the achievements of inspirational women while calling for greater equality. It is in this spirit that I would like to highlight the acts of courage by these seven extraordinary women.

Inspiration Through Film -- A Festival

Maryam Zar | Posted 11.18.2014 | Entertainment
Maryam Zar

"Let there be Light" -- The phrase is often used as a metaphor for letting the truth be known and dispelling misinformation. In the case of Noor Film Festival, that objective is achieved.

Why Is Bank of America Closing Iranian Students' Accounts?

Ryan Costello | Posted 07.15.2014 | Politics
Ryan Costello

Due to a sudden, unnecessary and -- most of all -- discriminatory change in bank policy, Iranians and Iranian Americans across the country suddenly try to use their debit cards to make a purchase or withdraw money from an ATM, only to find that their accounts have been frozen effective immediately.

This Norooz, Wishing Iranians (Access to) a Healthy New Year

Yasmin Radjy | Posted 05.25.2014 | Politics
Yasmin Radjy

Due to current sanctions, ordinary Iranians often cannot access the life-saving medicine they need to address critical health issues. While humanitarian trade is technically exempt, the sale of medicines to Iran is still effectively blocked.

Senator Kirk, the Shock Jock?

Ali Fatemi | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics
Ali Fatemi

Senator Kirk owes it to the people of Illinois, and to all Americans, to retract his inflammatory and insulting rhetoric and back away from confrontational policies that could lead us to a disastrous and unnecessary war.

WATCH: I Had Dinner With Iranian President Rouhani

The Huffington Post | Posted 09.27.2013 | HuffPost Live 321

This week was momentous for the Iranian American community with President Hassan Rouhani attending his first visit to the U.N. General Assembly. Follo...

Iranian-American Tech Brothers Lead Charge to Reform U.S. Educational System

Trita Parsi | Posted 07.09.2013 | Impact
Trita Parsi

In the eyes of most Americans, Iranian Americans are not yet known as givers or as a community that takes the lead for social change in America. That's why the initiative by twin-brothers Hadi and Ali Partovi is so different.

Feelings of Marginalization by the PBS Documentary, 'Iranian-Americans'

Holly Dagres | Posted 03.05.2013 | Home
Holly Dagres

I could not help but feel my parents' story was left out, as were many others: the interracial marriages of the Iranian Diaspora. We are the forgotten ones, often times frowned upon for not being Iranian enough.