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9th July 2018 – Fortune Magazine

This Irish Bill Could Create Huge Problems for U.S. Companies Like Apple

Orde Kittrie

A bill expected to pass Ireland’s Senate on Wednesday would criminalize trade in products and services produced in Israeli settlements. If enacted, it could force U.S. firms with Irish divisions or subsidiaries to make a costly choice between violating either Irish law or U.S. law. more...

9th July 2018 – Tablet Magazine

Iran’s Two-Front Strategy

Tony Badran

Iran’s Two-Front Strategy

Israel is about to face two active fronts on its borders: One in Gaza, and the other in the Golan Heights. As factions in Gaza fired rockets at Israel, an offensive of the alliance backing the Assad regime was underway in southern Syria, which is likely to reach the Golan soon. more...

29th June 2018 – The New York Post

Kuwait best get with the program – or be prepared to face Trump’s wrath

Jonathan Schanzer, Varsha Koduvayur

Kuwait best get with the program – or be prepared to face Trump’s wrath

There’s a new hitch in President Trump’s plan to form a united front among Gulf states and Israel against Iran. more...

10th July 2018 – FDD Policy Brief

UN Appoints New Special Rapporteur for Human Rights in Iran

Tzvi Kahn

UN Appoints New Special Rapporteur for Human Rights in Iran

The UN Human Rights Council on Friday appointed Javaid Rehman, a British-Pakistani lawyer and academic, as the new special rapporteur for human rights in Iran. Rehman assumes the role as the Islamic Republic continues to endure widespread protests stemming in part from the brutal repression that Rehman’s predecessors have punctiliously documented. more...

21st June 2018 – FDD Background Resource Guide

Risks of Doing Business with Iran

Toby Dershowitz

Conducting business in the Islamic Republic of Iran continues to entail profound risk. Nearly one year after the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) temporarily suspended mandatory countermeasures on Iran for its illicit conduct, Tehran has not fundamentally altered the behavior that led the standard-setting body to penalize it in the first place. more...

8th July 2018 – Fox News

US negotiators with North Korea must heed the lessons of Obama’s failed deal with Iran

Jonathan Schanzer

US negotiators with North Korea must heed the lessons of Obama’s failed deal with Iran

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo concluded two days of denuclearization talks in North Korea Saturday with Vice Chairman Kim Yong Chol amid questions about whether the North is serious about abandoning its nuclear weapons or is simply seeking relief from crippling international economic sanctions and other concessions from the U.S. more...

5th July 2018 – Real Clear World

The Rial’s Fall Shakes Tehran

Saeed Ghasseminejad

The Rial’s Fall Shakes Tehran

A small number of merchants in Tehran on June 24 protested against the rapid depreciation of the rial, the Iranian currency. One day later, that small protest turned into the largest demonstration in Tehran since the Green Revolution of 2009, which brought hundreds of thousands into the streets. more...

3rd July 2018 – Foreign Podicy

Podcast: Syria’s World War

Clifford D. May, John Hannah, David Adesnik

Podcast: Syria’s World War

Syria has been at war for seven long years. More than a half million people have been killed. More than 11 million – close to half Syria’s pre-war population – have been displaced either internally or as refugees in other countries. more...

9th July 2018 – FDD Policy Brief

Pompeo Visit Shows Breadth of U.S.-North Korea Divide

Mathew Ha

At the conclusion of his third trip to Pyongyang, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told reporters, “we made progress on almost all of the central issues” in U.S.-North Korea relations. Yet only hours after Pompeo’s departure, the North Korean Foreign Ministry harshly criticized the secretary of state’s “unilateral and gangster-like demand for denuclearization.” more...

5th July 2018 – Iran Wire

The US Must Put Minister of Justice on Sanctions List

Tzvi Kahn

The US Must Put Minister of Justice on Sanctions List

In February 2018, as Iran’s clerical regime continued to suppress nationwide protests, Tehran’s minister of justice ascended the dais of the UN Human Rights Council and accused Western countries of hypocrisy. more...