NIAC President Trita Parsi testifies before House Financial Services Subcommittee
NIAC / Goli Fassihian
12-Mar-2009 (15 comments)

Dr. Trita Parsi, President of the National Iranian American Council, testified this morning before the House Committee on Financial Services Subcommittee on International Monetary Policy and Trade. The Committee's chairman, Congressman Gregory Meeks (D-NY), invited NIAC to share its expertise on US-Iran policy, economic sanctions, and the viewpoint of the Iranian-American community for a discussion on H.R. 1327, the Iran Sanctions Enabling Act of 2009.

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Kaveh Nouraee

NIAC's very flawed position

by Kaveh Nouraee on

A "wealthy middle class"?

Trita Parsi ended his own argument when he noted that the "lion's share of the economy is controlled by the state".

When you have an economic situation where the state holds that much control, it precludes the establishment and growth of a solid middle class.

Sanctions are not the reason why the regime has maintained control of the economy. Sanctions play absolutely no role in this other than as fodder for the critics, or rather the regime's apologists and enablers. This regime was built upon a foundation of deceit and corruption at every level. These goons in the IR know that releasing their stranglehold on the country's economy would not only create a middle class, but also a sense of empowerment among the masses, which would spell its doom.

The protests that have taken place in the aftermath of the sham election is a clear example of that sense of empowerment, and the reactions of the IR goons leave no doubt that they view this as a threat to the survival of their 30 year old farce.

MRX1 has a valid point regarding the efficacy of the current levels of sanctions. The only way to stop a bully like the IR is to bully them ten times over in return.


WTF is an Iranian-American ???

by AK69 on

- First of all your organizations "Vision" is:

"Advancing the interests of the Iranian-American Community."  

WTF is an Iranian-American ???
I am an Iranian. Without any stupid PC ,lefty, liberal hyphons!!! I didn't change what I am when I changed my mailing address.

You do not speak for me; so don't pretend that you do or that you speak for any part of the Iranian community that happens to reside in the US or elsewhere. You speak for NIAC and your funders; that is it!!!!



Bar Labe Goore Man, Avaz Bekhan

Farhad Kashani

Anyone who supports the

by Farhad Kashani on

Anyone who supports the Fundamentalist and Terrorism inspiring IRI regime by not supporting its absolute isolation and boycott and by promoting for it to be an “accepted” member of the International community, which will be a reward for its inhumane and chaos causing behavior and a huge propaganda victory for it, is a traitor to Iran the country, Iranian people and Iranian values. Period.

 They shouldn’t be living in the West. They need to go back to Howzeh Elmiyeh Qom and hang out with their Fundamentalist and Terrorist Mullah friends


Mullahs' regime is needed as a "boogey man" and a "scapegoat"

by My two cents (not verified) on

IRI is needed by the West for the above two reasons to keep the energy rich Middle East in check/control.


Sanctions are usless

by MRX1 on

because It's more symbloic than substance. If U.S really wanted to remove mullah's, all it has to do is to block export of Iranian oil from persian gulf. You will then see the affect of real sanction and collaps of this regime in matter of few months.


Wait a minute!!

by Seh Shod (not verified) on

So now disagreeing with NIAC = being a traitor to Iran??

Well in that case, NIAC is the best and is always on the money and Trita joon is such a cutie pie. Ghorboone shekle rooe maahesh besham. Marg bar har khaaeni keh bege Trita joon khoshtip nist.


Obama extends U.S. sanctions against Iran

by Reuters (not verified) on

Obama extends U.S. sanctions against Iran
Reuters - World News
Mar 12, 2009

WASHINGTON - U.S. President Barack Obama said on Thursday he was extending sanctions against Iran for one year, because it continued to pose an "unusual and extraordinary threat" to U.S. national security.

Obama extended the sanctions in a public notice. He has said he is willing to hold direct talks with Iran but that it must "unclench its fist." The United States fears that Iran's nuclear program is a cover to build atomic weapons, a charge Tehran denies.


Thank you NIAC

by IRANdokht on

Thank you NIAC and Dr Parsi for speaking up against the sanctions, attacks on Iranians and for watching out for our cultural heritage.

I hope some day these naysayers stop spewing their venom and collaborating with the enemies of Iranian people.

Until then, please keep up the good work, it may feel like a thankless job, but you have my support and many others who appreciate you being the voice of the voiceless.

Thank you



Any Iranian who advocates sanctions against Iran is a traitor

by Anonymous22 (not verified) on

Enough said. Traitor exiles living outside Iran have zero credibility and too blind to see the effect of these sanctions that had on the iranian population all these years. They should shut their mouth along with all the zionists.


When NIAC speaks I listen,

by ReaderX (not verified) on

NIAC is right on the money again! Now this is a respectful informed organization that gets it. I've supported their positions on Iranian Americans affair for many years. They are the ones who are listened too. Good job NIAC!
thanks for posting
PS: I became a member last year, although, I know of them for 9 years.


Why did he appear w/ all zionist enemies of Iran?

by gol-dust on

What the hell those guys, especially the one with the prominent nose, said? As it really matters what an iranian says when he is surrounded by all those eagle noses!

Farhad Kashani

Who died and made him or

by Farhad Kashani on

Who died and made him or NIAC the spokesman for Iranians? What is his qualifications? What does he know about the IRI? What are his motives??

NIAC is nothing but an un-official IRI lobby. They do not, in any way, shape or form, represent the Iranian public opinion.


Jaan-e Kalaam...

by Ostaad on

"economic sanctions have
undermined Iran's pro-democracy movement by weakening Iran's civil society and
by hampering the emergence of a wealthy middle class. As long as the lion's share of the economy is
controlled by the state, room for pushing for political liberalization will be
severely limited."

Sanctions have provided the means for the regime to keep the economy under its control, therefore the only way the ordinary people can make a living is through government jobs and subsidies. Direct foreign investment will lead to the emergence of the private market economy which will lead to loosening of government monopoly of the sources of income for the Iranian people. Only then the Iranian people will have chance for a true regime change.


ILSA done it

by Fred on

According to Parsi, "economic sanctions have undermined Iran's pro-democracy movement by weakening Iran's civil society and by hampering the emergence of a wealthy middle class. As long as the lion's share of the economy is controlled by the state, room for pushing for political liberalization will be severely limited."

So according to the head of the NIAC lobby it is not the policies of the Islamist republic during the past three decades that has decimated the middle class and relegated all except the Islamist regime’s cronies to a lower economic ranks.  It is ILSA that has hampered the emergence of a wealthy middle class. Good to know



by Anonymous8 (not verified) on

sanctions are a waste of time and a complete failure to both countries. no one has needlessly suffered more than Iranians and there has been no damage to the IRI.