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16th September 2018 – Tablet Magazine

Hezbollah Ritually Humiliates the UN

Tony Badran

In what is becoming a yearly ritual, the United Nations Security Council unanimously adopted resolution 2433 end of August, extending the mandate of the UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) for another year. more...

6th September 2018 – FDD Report

IAEA Still Needs to Investigate Military Dimension of Iran’s Nuclear Program

Olli Heinonen

IAEA Still Needs to Investigate Military Dimension of Iran’s Nuclear Program

The board of governors of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) will meet in Vienna beginning on September 10 and will receive briefings beforehand from the IAEA secretariat. The upcoming meeting represents an important opportunity for the board of governors to address the possible military dimensions (PMD) of the Iranian nuclear program, especially after the discovery of an atomic archive in Tehran raised new concerns about whether Iran had declared all of its nuclear-related activities to the IAEA. more...

14th September 2018 – The Interpreter - Co-authored by John Lechner

Conspiracy and cronyism: Turkey’s economic spiral

Aykan Erdemir

Conspiracy and cronyism: Turkey’s economic spiral

Hours before the Thursday’s decision by the Central Bank of Turkey to raise its benchmark rate 625 basis points to 24%, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan launched into one of what is now a trademark tirade against higher rates. He denounced interest rates as “a tool of exploitation” analogous to the “heroin trade” – and the Turkish lira tumbled in value in response, just as it did when the Turkish strongman decried interest rates as “the mother and father of all evil” back in May. more...

12th September 2018 – FDD's CSIF Policy Brief

New Reports of Abuse Reinforce Case for Sanctions on Iran’s Prisons

Tzvi Kahn

New Reports of Abuse Reinforce Case for Sanctions on Iran’s Prisons

An exiled Iranian Dervish activist accused Tehran on Saturday of violating its own prison regulations by allowing seven Dervish women to suffer “appalling” conditions in jail. “The Dervish women are weak physically after having been beaten before and after their transfer to the prison,” said Alireza Roshan, whose community practices a form of Islam considered deviant by the clerical regime. more...

7th September 2018 – Real Clear Defense

Unlikely Allies, Israel and Egypt Face Joint Challenge in Gaza

Jonathan Schanzer, Jacob Nagel

Unlikely Allies, Israel and Egypt Face Joint Challenge in Gaza

The winds of war are blowing in Gaza. The last several months have been replete with rocket barrages, drones, incendiary balloons and kites (flaming or containing explosives) flying into Israeli airspace, and border breaches. Israel is working on solutions, but it is also looking to find help from an unlikely ally: Egypt. more...

18th September 2018 – The Hill

Iran hires financial arsonist to fight its financial fires

Saeed Ghasseminejad, Tyler Stapleton

Iran hires financial arsonist to fight its financial fires

With its economy reeling and its currency in free fall, Iran hired a new central banker in August to restore public confidence. President Hasan Rouhani appointed Abdolnaser Hemmati to replace Valiollah Seif as the governor of the Central Bank of Iran (CBI). Hemmati has a long history of laundering money and violating U.S. sanctions, just as Seif did. Neither the United States nor European governments should be fooled into believing that Hemmati is any sort of reformer. more...

20th September 2018 – FDD Policy Brief

European Commission Confirms Irish Bill Contravenes EU Law

Orde Kittrie, David May

European Commission Confirms Irish Bill Contravenes EU Law

The European Commission last week warned that an Irish bill to outlaw trade with Israeli settlements, which advanced in the Irish Senate in July, would violate the European Union’s exclusive right to determine trade policy for its member states. more...

19th September 2018 – RealClearWorld

Europe’s Leading Companies Are Bowing to U.S. Sanctions

David Adesnik, Saeed Ghasseminejad

Europe’s Leading Companies Are Bowing to U.S. Sanctions

Corporate Europe is bowing to the pressure of Washington’s unilateral sanctions on Iran. The continent’s leading multinational firms, such as Airbus, Maersk, Peugeot, Total, and Siemens, are leaving a market many of them entered with enthusiasm after the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran. more...

7th September 2018 – The Weekly Standard

Iraqi Militant Qayis Khazali Warned Us About Iran. We Ignored Him.

Bill Roggio

Iran has its tentacles all over Iraq, and the United States has no one to blame but itself. It is a bipartisan failure dating back to the March 2003 invasion. Even after the Bush administration adjusted its course in Iraq, waging a large counterinsurgency campaign, the United States was so eager to wash its hands of a messy insurgency that it did little to roll back Iran’s gains. more...

5th September 2018 – War on the Rocks

The Demographics of Southeast Asian Jihadism

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

The Demographics of Southeast Asian Jihadism

Shortly after sunrise on July 31, soldiers at a military checkpoint outside Lamitan City in the Philippines’ Basilan province were hailed over to inspect a white 10-seat van suspected of bearing an improvised explosive device. more...