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16th August 2018 – FDD'S CSIF Policy Brief

U.S. Treasury Turns Up the Pressure on Foreign Facilitators of North Korea’s Illicit Shipping Sector

Mathew Ha

U.S. Treasury Turns Up the Pressure on Foreign Facilitators of North Korea’s Illicit Shipping Sector

The U.S. sanctioned three non-North Korean entities and one individual “for facilitating illicit shipments on behalf of North Korea.” These latest sanctions come shortly after another Treasury action earlier this month that targeted Russian facilitators, showing Washington’s willingness to enforce UN and U.S. sanctions amidst ongoing nuclear diplomacy with Pyongyang. more...

15th August 2018 – Forbes

Blockchain Authoritarianism: The Regime In Iran Goes Crypto

Yaya J. Fanusie

Blockchain Authoritarianism: The Regime In Iran Goes Crypto

Iran recently announced plans to develop its own national cryptocurrency in order to circumvent U.S. sanctions. This intention to create blockchain-based infrastructure for the country’s banking sector comes as the Trump administration has reimposed sanctions that the U.S. suspended as part of the Iran nuclear deal. 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...

12th August 2018 – The Meir Amit Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center

Hezbollah’s Tri-Border Area terror finance comes under fire at last

Emanuele Ottolenghi

Hezbollah’s Tri-Border Area terror finance comes under fire at last

On July 13, Argentina’s Financial Intelligence Unit froze assets of 14 Lebanese nationals and residents of the Tri-Border Area of Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay, or TBA. more...

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...

14th August 2018 – FDD Policy Brief

North Korea Seeks Formal Peace Treaty to Push Out U.S. Forces

David Maxwell

North Korea Seeks Formal Peace Treaty to Push Out U.S. Forces

The governments of North and South Korea announced on Monday that their leaders will meet again in September, this time in Pyongyang. 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...

16th August 2018 – FDD's CSIF Policy Brief

Iran’s Allies in Iraq Vow to Help Tehran Skirt U.S. Sanctions

Behnam Ben Taleblu, Romany Shaker

Iran’s Allies in Iraq Vow to Help Tehran Skirt U.S. Sanctions

Under pressure from pro-Iranian factions, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi is backing away from his initial commitment to comply with U.S. sanctions on Iran. Abadi’s reversal illustrates both the weakness of Abadi’s caretaker government and the depth of Tehran’s influence in Iraq. 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...

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...