Why NIAC is the Wrong Girl for us


by bahmani

Recently another young fly by night, here today gone this afternoon, gullible volunteer has picked up the dusty rusty worn out and broken mantle of NIAC, and given it a good run around the playground.

Fereshteh Farsh-Foroosh, or some or other name like that. It doesn't matter. Those of us that have seen them come and go, have forgotten better people than this latest one, who has drunk the Koolaid from K Street.

One point this one made that I kind of took to heart, so bless hers for blurting it out somewhere amongst the 700 tweets she has the energy to produce. Seriously sweetheart 700 short 120 character sentences? You have that many condensed thoughts spinning around your noggin? Mashallah!"

The point was, or at least I think the point I got from her, was, "Put up, or Shut up".

That and anything NIAC does, is gold, correct, and ridiculously above the slightest reproach.

Before I accept her premise and shut up, though, let me reproach NIAC. Again. Because I haven't done it in a while and I miss the old bag.

I will now list the usual largely unproven accusations of NIAC being an IRI lobby, NIAC merely being an elaborate front for fund raising from the super rich and super stupid, Trita's really badly written book sales, and the entire dumbfoundingly questionable logic behind blaming the US and ONLY the US, for the failures of US-Iran Diplomacy.

That being said, let me add that, 2000 members doth not an authorization to represent make. Or NIAC does not have the community authority to claim to represent Iranian Americans.

There is no National.

3 men, a mildly entertaining intern/tweeter/filmmaker, and a drum machine, isn't a National presence by any means. One look at this months event calendar and all you see is another one way conversation, this time in Irvine. Yet another fundraiser to raise more funds. Maybe the folks at NIAC think it's called fun-raiser. They do after all think other thoughts. Don't blame the rich and brainless in Irvine either. The are just happy that since they moved out of LA, anyone would come to see them.


I am pretty sure that we have it pretty good in the US these days. Especially given the obvious animosity between Iran and the US and the growing tensions around the Uclear-Nay Eapons-Way Iran needs in order to stay alive and checkmate the US or Israel from attacking it like they did Iraq and Afghanistan. I mean, admit it the Bush administration must have given Iran Holy Hemorrhoids.

But as IA, we can't complain. Hence no need for advocacy in DC. Or DC-cacy. We are doing so well in fact, that we actually don't need nothing. Or in other words PAAIA.


3 men, a wacky chick, and a Wii? So where's the Council? Zackly! They ain't got one! Not that one is needed. Trita is like Oz. Same height.

But NIAC or the National Iranian-American Council, sounds good. Especially to those really dumb southern politicians. Impressive too, kind of like International Business Machines. Slap on a swooshy logo next, get some business cards printed up, and you're almost there mon frere! Make some calls, sound all 'portant-like, and darn if you cain't git an 'pointment er two, with a senator er two, and talk shit like you know sumpin'.

Because there isn't anything as gullible and blissfully ignorant and wishful as an American Senator who thinks he's talking to someone 'portant from that there mid-'ole eastern cuntrees. And give them credit, the men of NIAC, or as I like to call them MENIACs, do clean up nice, and smell fresh too. Except Abdi. Kid has a five o' clock shadow by 10am for God's sake.

And that's the whole deal. As hard as it is to fathom why NIAC gets as far as it does in spite of the utter lack of any sort of viable argument, credibility, and value whatsoever, it isn't NIACs fault that American Politicians take the bait, hook line and sinker, in between huge mouthfuls of bullshit that NIAC serves up to shove into their porcine gullets via the snout.

So, Heavens Carpet which does not appear to match the drapes, is right. Don't blame NIAC. MENIAC III are just opportunists taking the opportunity to take advantage of the opportunities we don't take the opportunity to stop them from taking, on our behalf.

Surely it is our own damn fault. We are probably too polite. No one wants to hurt little Tritas feelings, or to tell him get off the monkey-bars, that he might fall and hurt himself. We'd rather let him have fun. Plus he's really cute in his little suit and his slicked back hair. Darling like a sex-dream with a midget, on a pony, sort of.

NIAC is like the fat woman at a wedding. She knows no one will ever dance with her. So she eats all the cake she wants, without the slightest guilt, and if you give her a dirty look, she just sharpens and narrows her unibrow into a look that says "Fuck You!" from across the room. And keeps shoveling in the sponge cake with melting dabs of canary yellow frosting on her sweaty mustached upper lip.

That's why NIAC is the wrong girl for us.

OK shutting up now.


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Reply to Soosan: Ask Ebadi to run for President!

by bahmani on

when you get a chance to see Ebadi, make sure you ask her to run for President of Iran next year.

That would put the Mollahs into a corner.

Reject her permit, and they risk infuriating 50% of Iran, approve it and they will lose their ill-gotten power within 2 years.

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by bambi on

until I find another group who voices my opinion more closely, I am gonna stick with NIAC

bunch of ghorghoroo people here, with nothing practical or better to offer

Soosan Khanoom


by Soosan Khanoom on

you are never alone
with schizophrenia.. (graffiti in amsterdam pub toilet)










Soosan Khanoom

Fanoos are you serious !! lol

by Soosan Khanoom on

Soosan Khanoom

I will Bruce ....

by Soosan Khanoom on

and I'll make sure to keep you update and that's if I make it. 

I am a huge Shirin Ebadi's fan.  I am hoping that she will be invited sometime soon.   

(NIAC): NIAC Hosts Shirin Ebadi for Discussion on Human Rights



Dedicated to Faramarz, Dr. Mohandes, and the rest of the anti-

by fanoos on


The wrong girl because....*

Too Kooch'e Maa Yekk Dokhtar'e Ghaad Bolland'e....

Abbel'e Roo o Kachall o Lavvand'e...

@&ssesh Peesh'e Asghar Chello Kabobi...

@&&esh Pessh'e Oostaa Khayati...

*...she is promiscuous!

hamsade ghadimi

interesting to see that a

by hamsade ghadimi on

interesting to see that a niac advocate speculating that niac is getting support from the iranian government.  and she thinks she's going to like them.  that's an understatement, i think that she's going to love them.  iri-supported organization with a good looking, young and vibrant voice with no accent...

the elephant in the room has spoken. :)


Reply to Soosan: We need a true NIAC

by bahmani on

But this org is not that one. when you get there, ask them about how they pick their leaders and how the organization works, and how they pick out topics to follow up on.

Then by all means report back on what you find.

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Soosan Khanoom

Dear Bahmani

by Soosan Khanoom on

I think NIAC has more support from the U.S government than the Iranian government.   They are the other side of the coin.   

In any case ... the American part of our Iranian-American existence needs such an organized, good looking, young and vibrant voice in the US who can actually speak English with no accent.    

I am planning to attend their DC gatherings in the near future ...  I think I am going to like them..  but will see!

Soosan Khanoom

By us, he probably means the

by Soosan Khanoom on

By us, he probably means the commentators on the Iranian.com !! I mean a few leftover ones from that 70s show who cannot even get along with each other.. 


What do you mean by " us " ?

by Albaloo on

 What do you mean by " us " ?


Not a right girl !

by Albaloo on

 Ahhh ... 


Reply to: AO: Good Questions

by bahmani on

You also need to join as a member so you can get in and object as a member. That seems to be the only way to find out how things work. don;t expect it to be weird. I am sure everything is proper. But that does not change the fact that all NIAC is, is a members-only, Politics Club.

It does not represent the IA, it claims, so that is a about the only area I have a problem with. I have no problem with NIAC trying to lobby politicians as an amateur Politics Club. That is their right. This also explains why they seemingly pursue weird personal interests issues that the folks at the top have personal interest in, and not what you or I or our average IA stream would want.

NIAC is claiming to be IBM, or International Business Machines. They are neither international, nor do they make a single machine.

That's what I have a problem with. Other than that, God bless 'em. Clubs can be fun!

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Reply to Hamsade: IRI is not an issue of IA

by bahmani on

While many comments have been made about alleged NIAC activities, I'd rather we not focus on that until/if it is a fact. I doubt it will be. The real and only issue is why NIAC continues to claim us as their basis of legitimacy.

They use our IA name to get into meetings with politicians and then actually talk to them as if on our behalf. This without pre-clearing what they want to talk about!

Trita's next book should be called: "The Audacity of Hoax"

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Reply to: Anahid H: Truth eventually wins

by bahmani on

I am not against the concept of NIAC, we need a national organization that represents us. Unfortunately this is not what NIAC is.

It is in DC with a few well intentioned (but as you suggest) self deluding members/supporters/funders. The real truth is, that NIAC thinks it cannot (or cannot afford to) organize the community, or if it did, they would not necessarily allow them to do what NIAC does today.

Because it isn't really in our interests. As much as it pains me to say, I don't think the real desire of the average IA is to do anything to help or harm Us-Iran relations. we want our interest in the US guarded or taken care of. BY our feet we have voted to leave Iran. That means all the foreign policy mess that goes with it.

NIAC insisting on inserting us into the conversation that runs them on personally and professionally is what I am objecting to. Leave the IA out of NIAC and be an amateur politics club with all the members you like.

Just don't claim IA as your basis of legitimacy.

By you, I mean NIAC. Thanks for the comment.

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Anonymous Observer

At this point, I just want to see NIAC's ByLaws

by Anonymous Observer on

They claim to hold transparency as one of their core values:

 "Transparency: We are transparent in sharing objectives, sources of funding and positions on issues that count."


So, let's see "them ByLaws."  I am interested in knowing the following:

1) How is NIAC's president elected--or selected;

2) What is the term that the president of NIAC is allowed to serve:

3) How do the members have input (if any) on how the president is elected; and

4) How do NIAC's election / selection of its president can be reconciled with the democratic values that it supposedly advocates? 

Anahid Hojjati

Yes, hamsade, we need to talk about that too

by Anahid Hojjati on

Your point is correct. We should not let NIAC silence all those who oppose it.

hamsade ghadimi

anahid, there might be more

by hamsade ghadimi on

anahid, there might be more than one elephant in the room.  why doesn't anyone talk about those who unabashedly support the vf regime in iran (directly or indirectly) and at the same time are rabid supporters of niac?  they attack the opponents of iri and niac with the same fervor and sound like a broken record.  as if anyone who is against iri or niac is in support of iran being annihilated.

Anahid Hojjati

Thanks Bahmani but now for the sad part

by Anahid Hojjati on

The real tragedy is that there are hundreds of educated Iranian Americans who are being brain-washed by NIAC to think of Iran as a place to just have a good time in summer. That is probably main reason that many of them are attracted to NIAC. To enusre there is no war so they can go and see the sights and have chelokabab. No one in NIAC is telling hem about elephant in the room. The country that they go to visit and unitentionally end up defending its policies is governed by men who have killed thousands of Iranians. No one is telling these young interns about what happened in 1360s in Iran and that is the real tragedy.