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9th August 2018 – The New York Post

In Saudi-Canada standoff, Riyadh should stand down

Jonathan Schanzer, Varsha Koduvayur

In Saudi-Canada standoff, Riyadh should stand down

The last time Canada undertook an act of aggression was in 1999, when it declared war on the United States — in the comedic universe of “South Park,” that is. But few were laughing Monday when Saudi Arabia shockingly cut ties with Canada and enacted severe punitive measures against Ottawa. more...

7th August 2018 – The Weekly Standard

The Al Qaeda-Iran Connection

Thomas Joscelyn

The Al Qaeda-Iran Connection

Twenty years ago today, al Qaeda carried out its most devastating terrorist attack prior to the September 11 hijackings. On the morning of August 7, 1998, two al Qaeda operatives drove explosive-laden trucks into the U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania. more...

10th August 2018 – FDD Policy Brief

Oman Offers to Mediate between the U.S. and Iran

Nicole Salter

Oman Offers to Mediate between the U.S. and Iran

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif confirmed Wednesday that Oman, along with Switzerland, has offered to mediate talks between the Islamic Republic and the United States. more...

10th August 2018 – Real Clear Defense

Is the Pentagon About to Hand Iran a Major Border Crossing?

Alexandra N. Gutowski

Is the Pentagon About to Hand Iran a Major Border Crossing?

The Pentagon announced on Wednesday the start of its final ground offensive against the Islamic State in Syria. more...

6th August 2018 – Fifth Domain

The Russian DNC hack shows the US needs to get smart on crypto

Yaya J. Fanusie, Boris Zilberman

The Russian DNC hack shows the US needs to get smart on crypto

If the United States is going to stop Russia from hacking its next election, law enforcement and the intelligence community will need to get much smarter on how to catch adversaries who use cryptocurrencies. more...

10th August 2018 – FDD Policy Brief

Turkish Economy Minister Fails to Save Currency

Aykan Erdemir, Merve Tahiroglu

Turkish Economy Minister Fails to Save Currency

With the Turkish lira caught in a downward spiral, millions in Turkey today tuned into the long-anticipated speech of Berat Albayrak, the country’s newly minted economy czar and son-in-law of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. more...

10th August 2018 – Foreign Policy

Energy Security Is the Real Way to Put America First

John Hannah

Energy Security Is the Real Way to Put America First

Since withdrawing from the Iran nuclear deal in May, the Trump administration has faced a serious dilemma. more...

10th August 2018 – The American Interest

The Noose Tightens on Moscow

Boris Zilberman

The Noose Tightens on Moscow

Two new sanctions initiatives are about to hammer an already battered Russian economy. more...

11th August 2018 – Fox News

Iran regime ramps up crackdown on persecuted Christians after US sanctions

Benjamin Weinthal

Iran regime ramps up crackdown on persecuted Christians after US sanctions

U.S. sanctions on Iran have inadvertently led to a crackdown on its persecuted Christian community as the ayatollahs move to consolidate their power in the face of growing unrest across the country. more...

10th August 2018 – FDD Policy Brief

Kuwait Airways’ Anti-Israel Discrimination

David May

Kuwait Airways’ Anti-Israel Discrimination

Kuwait’s national carrier has agreed, without admitting liability, to pay damages and costs to an Israeli passenger denied service from London to Bangkok, a UK advocacy group reported Tuesday. Kuwait Airways refuses to fly Israeli passport holders even on routes that do not enter the Gulf country. more...