AIC Honorary Board Member in Daily News: "Correcting course on Iran"

AIC Honorary Board Member in Daily News:  "Correcting course on Iran"

Last week, Germany, France and Britain launched their own payment channel to help European companies bypass U.S. sanctions on Iran. The channel, known as INSTEX (Instrument in Support of Trade Exchanges), is meant to facilitate legitimate trade with Iran and persuade the country to continue fulfilling its commitments to the nuclear deal. Our own intelligence agencies have once again confirmed Tehran’s full compliance with the agreement.

President Trump withdrew from the deal in May 2018 and reimposed sanctions against Iran several months later, opening up a range of negative consequences for U.S. national interests. These consequences are now coming into clear view, shaping a future that carries serious national security implications.

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Letter to Thomson Reuters Board Members and Trustees Re: Persian Gulf

Letter to Thomson Reuters Board Members and Trustees Re: Persian Gulf

RE:  Persian Gulf

Dear Thomson Reuters Board Members and Trustees:

As many of you may be aware, the stylebook and guidelines for Thomson Reuters stipulates that all articles pertaining to the Persian Gulf region be redacted to use the term “Gulf,” regardless of what the original journalist may have written or what the universally accepted name is for this body of water. As this region is often in the news, this is a persistent and readily apparent change that appears before millions of readers worldwide. There are several issues with this style change which the American Iranian Council would like to raise with the leadership of Thomson Reuters and encourage a change in policy.

First, Thomson Reuters has suggested that the term “Gulf” is used due to a naming dispute over the body of water in question. There is in fact no naming dispute at present, nor is it being challenged in any court, at the United Nations or other relevant international bodies. There are, certainly, several Arab governments who seek to abandon the historic term for political gains but it is incorrect for an internationally celebrated organization such as yours to claim that there is an international dispute. Previous disputes raised at the UN, found in favor of using the historic Persian Gulf name exclusively.

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Iran-Iraq Earthquake Kills More Than 450

Iran-Iraq Earthquake Kills More Than 450

Published in the NYTimes by Thomas Erdbrink

Iranians dug through rubble in a frantic search for survivors on Monday, after a powerful earthquake struck near the Iraqi border, killing more than 450 people and injuring thousands of others in the world’s deadliest earthquake so far this year.

The quake, recorded at 9:18 p.m. on Sunday, was felt as far away as Turkey and Pakistan. The epicenter was near Ezgeleh, Iran, about 135 miles northeast of Baghdad, and had a preliminary magnitude of 7.3, according to the United States Geological Survey. Seismologists in the country said it was the biggest quake to hit the western part of Iran.

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A Win for Diplomacy just took place

A Win for Diplomacy just took place

As per reports originating from Lausanne and elsewhere, Iran and the P5+1 have reached an understanding for a political framework in which key areas of agreement will be noted as well as outstanding issues, which will continue to be discussed until the June 30 deadline toward a comprehensive deal. Reportedly, the negotiating parties are drafting a text that will be delivered in the coming hours. 

Given the circumstances, this is an important achievement that the American Iranian Council has pushed for both publicly and behind the scenes.

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Mr. Michael Caridi Joins the Board of AIC

Princeton, NJ, November 4, 2013– The American Iranian Council is pleased to welcome Mr. Michael Caridi to its Board of Directors. He is currently Managing Director of Seahawk Capital Partners, which specializes in business development & consulting, mainly in the biotechnology industry. He is also Chairman of MAJIC Development Group LLC.

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