In his harrowing, surprisingly funny memoir, he discusses his warring identities as an Iranian-American.
As an Iranian-American Muslim, I also worry for myself, for my family and for my community.
The community has demonstrated political power, but it must do more to offset a potential blow to U.S.-Iran relations in these uncertain times.
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.
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.
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?
. 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.
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.
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.
The law passed the House of Representatives and is now headed to the Senate, after which President Obama will have to vote
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.
Q: How do you think Iran's tech/startup culture is changing Iran's image in the international community? MA: Innovative, dedicated
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.