September 23, 2014 UNGA Press Conference

On September 23, 2014, we joined with the Jewish Community Relations Council of New York and UJA-Federation of New York at a press conference to call on world leaders at the United Nations General Assembly to confront the widespread rise of terrorism in the Middle East by both terrorist organizations and state sponsors of terror, [&hellip

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September 18, 2014 Statement on New York Talks

On September 18, 2014, Iran and representatives from the United States, Britain, France, Germany, Russia and China met here in New York to continue their talks in search of a comprehensive nuclear deal before the deadline on November 24, 2014. Please click HERE to read our statement about this latest round of talks

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Correspondence with President Obama

Several months ago, we sent a letter to President Obama to express our concern about the threat that Iran poses to the world. You can read both our letter to President Obama here and then click here to read President Obama’s response

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Statement on the November 24, 2013 Geneva Interim Agreement

We have released our statement on the November 24, 2013 Geneva interim agreement on the Iranian nuclear program between Iran and the P5+1. Click here to read the full statement

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A Smile or a Sneer, Little Has Changed

Prior to the “election” to replace Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, there were expressions of hope that a victory by Hasan Rowhani could lead to a diplomatic breakthrough between Iran and the West. Well the” moderate” has won, but the reality is that his election will have little bearing on the manner in which the regime conducts itself [&hellip

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A Moderate by Any Other Name…

We have heard the word “moderate” often over the last several days. Perhaps it’s worth reminding ourselves of the essential meanings of the word. mod·er·ate adjective \ˈmä-d(ə-)rət\ a : avoiding extremes of behavior or expression : observing reasonable limits Sure, moderate is contextual. Sure, moderate is flexible. But all reasonable people are able to identify [&hellip

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This is What Happens When UN Envoys Stop Being Polite and Start Getting Real

Some real talk from United Nations Special Rapporteur for Human Rights in Iran Ahmed Shaheed on Iran’s elections. As reported by AFP: “I absolutely think the fears [about the elections] were warranted as has been bourne out by events,” he told AFP on the sidelines of the World Congress against the Death Penalty. “The mass [&hellip

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The “Elections” are Friday, Don’t Think this Means Anything

A sampling of headlines about tomorrow’s elections in Iran seem pretty confused about what is happening tomorrow. Despite Limited Election Choices, Iranians Eager To Be Heard – NPR A look at Iran’s voters and election process – AP New president: Iran preps for 11th election since 1979 Islamic Revolution – RT Iran elections: ‘wherever Rouhani [&hellip

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New York State Assembly Passes Legislation to Build Upon Iran Divestment Act of 2012

New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver’s office released the following press release this morning. Speaker Sheldon Silver announced the passage of legislation that expands on the Iran Divestment Act by prohibiting domestic insurers from including as admitted assets investments in any company engaged in investment activities in Iran (A.6855/Silver). Admitted assets, which are defined in [&hellip

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Iran’s Elections: Authoritarian Window Dressing

This article originally appeared on June 6, 2013 in the Huffington Post. In less than two weeks Iranians will go to the polls to elect a successor to Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. The field is crowded; eight men are currently contending for the presidency. The candidates represent different factions within the regime and various interests within Iran’s [&hellip

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