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27th July 2017 – FDD Policy Brief

Congress Moves to Reassert Itself in Iran Policy Oversight

Tyler Stapleton

Congress Moves to Reassert Itself in Iran Policy Oversight

This week, Congress moved to sanction Iran, North Korea, and Russia in an attempt to reestablish the utility of financial restraints as a means of challenging the malign behavior of hostile regimes. more...

27th July 2017 – FDD Policy Brief

How the Use of Human Shields Violates International Law

Tyler Stapleton

How the Use of Human Shields Violates International Law

Hamas, Hezbollah, the Islamic State, and other terrorist groups have a demonstrated propensity to use human shields to protect the infrastructure they use to stage attacks. They direct men, women, and children to place themselves on roofs and next to rocket launch sites to deter retaliatory measures. The use of civilians to protect military targets is a flagrant violation of international law and a war crime. more...

26th July 2017 – Hoover Institute

“Pushing Back” Iran

Reuel Marc Gerecht

“Pushing Back” Iran

On both the left and the right, there is a consensus in Washington that the United States needs to “push back” against the Islamic Republic’s nefarious actions in the Levant, Iraq, and Yemen. more...

26th July 2017 – Tablet Magazine

Lebanon Is Another Name for Hezbollah

Tony Badran

Lebanon Is Another Name for Hezbollah

During his joint press conference with Lebanon’s Prime Minister Saad Hariri on Tuesday, President Trump gave expression to the inherent paradox in America’s Lebanon policy. On the one hand, the president voiced appreciation and support for Lebanon and its Armed Forces (LAF) for their supposed “impressive” role in the fight against ISIS and Al-Qaeda. On the other hand, he had strong words for Hezbollah, calling it a menace to the Lebanese state and the entire region and noting its role in fueling the catastrophe in Syria. more...

25th July 2017 – Politico

How Trump should handle Iran

Eric S. Edelman

How Trump should handle Iran

The Trump administration’s priority should be restoring leverage against Tehran, so that we can dissuade Iran from sprinting toward a bomb and create far more favorable circumstances to negotiate an agreement that—unlike Obama’s deal—actually prevents a nuclear Iran. more...

26th July 2017 – The Washington Times

Does Al Jazeera deserve to die?

Clifford D. May

Does Al Jazeera deserve to die?

Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt are demanding that Qatar loosen its ties with those they see as enemies of their states. They are making one additional demand: That Qatar shut down Al Jazeera, its powerful media outlet. more...

21st July 2017 – FDD Policy Brief

Istanbul’s Iconic Synagogue Besieged by Islamist Nationalists

Aykan Erdemir

Istanbul’s Iconic Synagogue Besieged by Islamist Nationalists

An ultranationalist-cum-Islamist group attacked Istanbul’s Neve Shalom Synagogue with stones and kicked its gates Thursday night. Attackers carried signs threatening to “besiege temples without warning one night” and vowed to “prevent worship” at the synagogue. more...

19th July 2017 – FDD Policy Brief

Congress and the Administration Need to Reinvigorate HIFPA

Tyler Stapleton

Congress and the Administration Need to Reinvigorate HIFPA

Although it signed HIFPA into law, the Obama administration did not fully leverage its provisions. But now Congress and the executive branch have the opportunity to implement the legislation fully and use both HIFPA and all other tools at the disposal of the U.S. government to pursue Hezbollah operatives and financiers around the globe, including in the Western Hemisphere. more...

18th July 2017 – Foreign Policy

If Trump Is Serious About Curbing Iran, He’ll Kill Boeing’s Plan to Sell It Planes

John Hannah, Saeed Ghasseminejad

If Trump Is Serious About Curbing Iran, He’ll Kill Boeing’s Plan to Sell It Planes

If the president and his administration are as committed to combating terrorism and Iranian aggression as they’ve suggested, blocking the Boeing and Airbus deals really shouldn’t be too hard of a call. more...

18th July 2017 – Fathom Journal

The Last Palestinian: The Rise and Reign of Mahmoud Abbas - Interview With Grant Rumley & Amir Tibon

Grant Rumley

The Last Palestinian: The Rise and Reign of Mahmoud Abbas - Interview With Grant Rumley & Amir Tibon

Fathom Assistant Editor Samuel Nurding sat down with Grant Rumley and Amir Tibon to discuss their new book The Last Palestinian: The Rise and Reign of Mahmoud Abbas (Prometheus Books, 2017). more...