• 7 April 2008
  • Posted By Shadee Malaklou
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Washington DC – Today, the National Iranian American Council (NIAC) launched its new logo and amended mission statement, reflecting the organization’s growth and increased reach.

Since its inception in 2002, NIAC has grown to become the largest grassroots Iranian-American organization in the United States. NIAC’s influence transcends the beltway to affect Iranian Americans all over the US.

NIAC was first formed to enhance Iranian-American participation in American civic life. This original model has been wildly successful. Iranian Americans of all political convictions have used the knowledge and skills they obtained through NIAC and other Iranian-American organizations to meet with their lawmakers, send letters to decision makers, communicate with the media, volunteer with different organizations, and become involved in local politics.

The success of its membership has allowed NIAC to influence policies in favor of Iranian-American interests, and to provide a voice for Iranian Americans on matters of importance to them, such as their cultural heritage.

NIAC’s new mission is (1) To advance the interests of the Iranian-American community on civic, cultural and political issues; (2) to supply the resources, knowledge and tools to enable civic participation and informed decision making; and (3) to provide the infrastructure for building bridges between Iranian-American organizations and the peoples of America and Iran.

Like the mission statement, NIAC’s new logo, in dark blue and red/orange, reflects NIAC’s role in transforming the Iranian-American community from political apathy to activism. The logo takes inspiration from the Persian alphabet and the American flag.

“We’re proud of the strides our community has made thus far and of NIAC’s role in strengthening the voice of Iranian Americans,” said Parissa Behnia, member of NIAC’s Board of Directors. “Our new image reflects NIAC’s continued commitment to help Iranian Americans continue to fulfill their civic and political potential.”

Posted By Shadee Malaklou

    6 Responses to “NIAC launches new logo, amended mission statement to reflect growth”

  1. Mehdi says:

    Congratulations! This is an awesome improvement. I love the new mission statement and the logo is great too. Let’s expand! Let’s enhance Iran-US relations! Let’s have peace! Yeah! Thank you, NIAC management!

  2. Babak Talebi says:

    Thank you Mehdi jan.

    We are very excited about the new look as well – and we hope, over the next six months to roll out a new and improved website design as well.

    meanwhile – the new mission statement is also one we are very proud of because it reflects the increased political maturity of our community as well as the increased status and activities of NIAC and its members.

    Thanks to all of our members for help bring us to this level of activism.

  3. nader says:

    Thank you NIAC.

  4. Michael Mahyar Hojjatie says:

    These are very exciting progess and developments! I am with you all the way!

  5. Behnam says:

    Great job guys…that’s a beautiful logo!

  6. Mehdi says:

    This is a bit off topic but I think we should get in touch with this Jewish Rabbi group and establish ties:

    http://www.payvand.com/news/08/apr/1309.html

    Seems like a very promising activity. Also apparently there is an official group in Iran called “Iran’s Center for Interfaith Dialogue” which could do a lot of good in establishing normalized relations between Iran-US-Israel, etc. I think coorperation with such individuals and groups could help our cause greatly.

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7,349 signatures

Tell Google: Stop playing Persian Gulf name games!

May 14, 2012
Larry Page
Chief Executive Officer
Google Inc.
1600 Amphitheatre Parkway
Mountain View, California 94043

Dear Mr. Page:

It has come to our attention that Google has begun omitting the title of the Persian Gulf from its Google Maps application. This is a disconcerting development given the undisputed historic and geographic precedent of the name Persian Gulf, and the more recent history of opening up the name to political, ethnic, and territorial disputes. However unintentionally, in adopting this practice, Google is participating in a dangerous effort to foment tensions and ethnic divisions in the Middle East by politicizing the region’s geographic nomenclature. Members of the Iranian-American community are overwhelmingly opposed to such efforts, particularly at a time when regional tensions already have been pushed to the brink and threaten to spill over into conflict. As the largest grassroots organization in the Iranian-American community, the National Iranian American Council (NIAC) calls on Google to not allow its products to become propaganda tools and to immediately reinstate the historically accurate, apolitical title of “Persian Gulf” in all of its informational products, including Google Maps.

Historically, the name “Persian Gulf” is undisputed. The Greek geographer and astronomer Ptolemy referencing in his writings the “Aquarius Persico.” The Romans referred to the "Mare Persicum." The Arabs historically call the body of water, "Bahr al-Farsia." The legal precedent of this nomenclature is also indisputable, with both the United Nations and the United States Board of Geographic Names confirming the sole legitimacy of the term “Persian Gulf.” Agreement on this matter has also been codified by the signatures of all six bordering Arab countries on United Nations directives declaring this body of water to be the Persian Gulf.

But in the past century, and particularly at times of escalating tensions, there have been efforts to exploit the name of the Persian Gulf as a political tool to foment ethnic division. From colonial interests to Arab interests to Iranian interests, the opening of debate regarding the name of the Persian Gulf has been a recent phenomenon that has been exploited for political gain by all sides. Google should not enable these politicized efforts.

In the 1930s, British adviser to Bahrain Sir Charles Belgrave proposed to rename the Persian Gulf, “Arabian Gulf,” a proposal that was rejected by the British Colonial and Foreign offices. Two decades later, the Anglo-Iranian Oil Company resurrected the term during its dispute with Mohammad Mossadegh, the Iranian Prime Minister whose battle with British oil interests would end in a U.S.-sponsored coup d'état that continues to haunt U.S.-Iran relations. In the 1960s, the title “Arabian Gulf” became central to propaganda efforts during the Pan-Arabism era aimed at exploiting ethnic divisions in the region to unite Arabs against non-Arabs, namely Iranians and Israelis. The term was later employed by Saddam Hussein to justify his aims at territorial expansion. Osama Bin Laden even adopted the phrase in an attempt to rally Arab populations by emphasizing ethnic rivalries in the Middle East.

We have serious concerns that Google is now playing into these efforts of geographic politicization. Unfortunately, this is not the first time Google has stirred controversy on this topic. In 2008, Google Earth began including the term “Arabian Gulf” in addition to Persian Gulf as the name for the body of water. NIAC and others called on you then to stop using this ethnically divisive propaganda term, but to no avail. Instead of following the example of organizations like the National Geographic Society, which in 2004 used term “Arabian Gulf” in its maps but recognized the error and corrected it, Google has apparently decided to allow its informational products to become politicized.

Google should rectify this situation and immediately include the proper name for the Persian Gulf in Google Maps and all of its informational products. The exclusion of the title of the Persian Gulf diminishes your applications as informational tools, and raises questions about the integrity and accuracy of information provided by Google.

We strongly urge you to stay true to Google’s mission – “to organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful” – without distorting or politicizing that information. We look forward to an explanation from you regarding the recent removal of the Persian Gulf name from Google Maps and call on you to immediately correct this mistake.

Sincerely,

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