Posted by ginnypub on March 20, 2009
It’s that time of year again!
The U.S. Congress is considering a first-of-its kind resolution that congratulates Iranians and Iranian-Americans on the Norouz holiday.
Representative Mike Honda (Democrat-California), who represents voters in a northern California district, authored the resolution, which reads: “[To recognize] the cultural and historical significance of Norouz, expressing appreciation to Iranian Americans for their contributions to society, and wishing Iranian Americans and the people of Iran a prosperous new year.”
Good News Here from the National Iranian American Council (An Iranian American Voice in Washington, D.C.)!
Washington DC – Transcripts of National Iranian American Council and the New America Foundation’s conference on US-Iran relations on February 14, 2007 on Capitol Hill are now available online. The conference, titled “US-Iran relations: collision, stand-off, or convergence?” featured numerous high-power speakers, including Professor Francis Fukuyama, Congresswoman Jane Harman, Colonel Larry Wilkerson, Colin Powell’s Chief of Staff, Flynt Leverett of the New America Foundation, Bruno Pellaud, former deputy chief of safe guards at the IAEA, Daniel Levy, former advisor to Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak, and Trita Parsi, President of NIAC. The conference tackled several aspects of the ongoing US-Iran debate, including the imperative of reducing US-Iran tensions in order to aid Iran’s internal pro-democracy forces, the superiority of inspections versus suspension as a non-proliferation tool, and previously undisclosed details about the May 2003 Iranian negotiation offer to the US.
The conference, part of NIAC’s US-Iran Policy Program, was sponsored by the Colombe Foundation, Kenbe Foundation, Open Society Institute, Ploughshares Fund, and Pluralism Fund. Through the US-Iran Policy Program, NIAC will hold two such conferences on Capitol Hill per year, in addition to several Congressional Breakfasts and Staff briefings.