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19th January 2018 – Co-authored by Derek Maltz - Foreign Policy

It’s Time for the Justice Department to Hold Hezbollah Accountable

Emanuele Ottolenghi

Last month, a Politico investigation ignited a firestorm by charging that the Obama administration deliberately undermined Project Cassandra, an ambitious effort by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration to stop Hezbollah from trafficking drugs into the United States and Europe. Veterans of the Obama administration fired back, saying the charges were categorically false and politically motivated. more...

18th January 2018 – RealClear Defense

The Murder of a Terrorism Prosecutor: What Alberto Nisman Continues to Teach Us

Toby Dershowitz

The Murder of a Terrorism Prosecutor: What Alberto Nisman Continues to Teach Us

On January 18, 2015, Argentine prosecutor Alberto Nisman was found bludgeoned and shot to death in his normally well-protected Buenos Aires apartment. His assassination was likely one more attempted cover-up in a long list of cover-ups associated with Argentina’s deadliest terrorist attack, the 1994 Iran-backed Hezbollah bombing of the AMIA Jewish community center in Buenos Aires. more...

16th January 2018 – The Wall Street Journal

What’s the Matter With Norway?

Orde Kittrie

President Trump reportedly touted Norway last week, comparing it favorably with Haiti and other countries he described in scatological terms. Though there are surely wonderful Norwegians, the government in Oslo calls to mind the Barry Switzer line: “Some people are born on third base and go through life thinking they hit a triple.” 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...

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...

18th January 2018 – Bitcoin Magazine

“Bitcoin Laundering” Study: Where Do Criminals Turn to Mask Illicit Cryptoassets?

A recent study (PDF) from the Foundation for Defense of Democracies’ Center on Sanctions and Illicit Finance and blockchain analytics company Elliptic explored the “bitcoin laundering” ecosystem. In the study, Elliptic’s forensic analysis of the Bitcoin blockchain and other publicly available data were used to track the flows of illicit funds from 2013 to 2016. more...

20th January 2018 – The Hill

On Iran’s protests, Europe must find its voice

Tzvi Kahn

As protests recently began to consume Iran, European capitals were at a seeming loss for words. After several days of silence, Europe’s leaders issued curt statements of sympathy for the protestors — but with a notable tinge of moral equivocation. A European Union statement and Britain’s foreign secretary separately called on “all concerned to refrain from violence.” Germany’s foreign minister urged “all sides” to abstain from bloodshed. What accounts for Europe’s apparent conflation of victim and oppressor? more...

12th January 2018 – FDD Policy Brief

U.S. Designates Iranian Chief Justice

Annie Fixler , Behnam Ben Taleblu

U.S. Designates Iranian Chief Justice

The U.S. Treasury Department designated Ayatollah Sadegh Amoli Larijani today under non-nuclear authorities for his role in the human rights violations in Iran. As Iran’s chief justice and head of the judicial branch since August 2009, Larijani has for nearly a decade overseen the Islamic Republic’s judicial apparatus, a central component of the regime’s repression of the Iranian people. more...

11th January 2018 – FDD Policy Brief

At Least Five Iranian Protesters Die in Regime Prisons

Tzvi Kahn

At least five Iranians arrested during the ongoing protests have reportedly died in the regime’s notorious prisons. more...

9th January 2018 – Politico

On Iran, Trump Should Be Like Reagan

Richard Goldberg

On Iran, Trump Should Be Like Reagan

In just three days, President Donald Trump must once again decide what to do about the much-debated Iran nuclear deal. more...