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10th January 2018 – The Washington Times

Europe’s Silence

Clifford D. May

Europe’s Silence

It’s tempting to say that Europe’s leaders lack the courage of their convictions. But that would imply that they have convictions. The evidence suggests those days are gone. more...

9th January 2018 – FDD Policy Brief

Thirteen Years into the Abbas Presidency, Corruption and Autocracy Dominate the West Bank

Grant Rumley

Thirteen Years into the Abbas Presidency, Corruption and Autocracy Dominate the West Bank

On this day in 2005, Mahmoud Abbas was elected president of the Palestinian Authority (PA). In his inaugural address, Abbas hailed the “peaceful transfer of authority” and pledged to “start the process of reform…so as to establish the foundations of the Palestinian state to which we aspire.” After a decade of Yasser Arafat’s iron-handed PA rule – with his later years characterized by an armed Palestinian uprising – Abbas seemed a breath of fresh air. more...

4th January 2018 – The Hill Times

How Canada should respond to the Iranian protests

Sheryl Saperia

Hundreds of thousands of Iranians are protesting in cities across the country. At the time of writing, Iranian security forces have killed at least 21 protesters, and hundreds have been arrested. more...

4th January 2018 – The Atlantic

The Biggest Sanctions-Evasion Scheme in Recent History

Jonathan Schanzer

The Biggest Sanctions-Evasion Scheme in Recent History

Yesterday, Turkish banker Mehmet Hakan Atilla was found guilty in a Manhattan courtroom for a range of financial crimes. more...

4th January 2018 – The Wall Street Journal

The Secular Republic of Iran

Reuel Marc Gerecht

The Secular Republic of Iran

Coverage of the recent tumult in the Islamic Republic of Iran has focused on how economic frustration is affecting the country’s politics. more...

4th January 2018 – The Weekly Standard

The Crack-up of Theocracy

Reuel Marc Gerecht

The Crack-up of Theocracy

It is odd to hear Westerners, hopelessly permeated with Marxism, dissect the nationwide Iranian protests as primarily an economic eruption, the suggestion being that the demonstrators are not that dyspeptic about the nature of the Islamic Republic. more...

3rd January 2018 – FDD Policy Brief

Landmark NY Trial Proves Turkish Government Complicity in Iran’s Sanctions-Busting

Aykan Erdemir, Merve Tahiroglu

Landmark NY Trial Proves Turkish Government Complicity in Iran’s Sanctions-Busting

Today, a federal jury in the Southern District of New York returned a guilty verdict in a landmark case focused on Turkish efforts to help Iran evade U.S. sanctions. The jury found Turkish banker Mehmet Hakan Atilla guilty on five of six counts, including sanctions evasion, bank fraud, and obstructing the actions of the U.S. Treasury. In November, gold trader Reza Zarrab, the ringleader of the Turkish scheme, pled guilty to similar charges and chose to cooperate with prosecutors. more...

3rd January 2018 – Foreign Policy

Mahmoud Abbas Doesn’t Have a Trump Strategy

Grant Rumley

To hear Palestinian leaders tell it, their relationship with the Trump administration has now been simplified. “We will sever all ties with the Americans,” Ahmed Majdalani, a confidant of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, told me, “this means the end of the peace process and the U.S. role there.” more...

3rd January 2018 – The Hill

Venezuela’s not-so-happy new year

Michaela Frai

Venezuela has the largest known oil reserves in the world, yet is running out of money. Years of gross negligence and endemic corruption have resulted in economic disaster, with $141 billion in debt to international bondholders and creditors like the Russian and Chinese governments as well as numerous oil service providers. more...

2nd January 2018 – Co-authored by Danny Eisen - Huffington Post

Why Canadians Should Care About The Body Of A Kidnapped Israeli Soldier

Sheryl Saperia

It is not surprising that hostage-taking is a favoured weapon in the terrorist arsenal. more...