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13th January 2018 – The Jerusalem Post

British Parliament to Debate Full Ban of Hezbollah as Terrorist Entity

Benjamin Weinthal

The British House of Commons is slated to debate on January 25 a ban of the entirety of Hezbollah because of the Lebanese group’s terrorist activities. more...

12th January 2018 – FDD Policy Brief

U.S. Designates Iranian Chief Justice

Annie Fixler , Behnam Ben Taleblu

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 – The Jerusalem Post

Germany Permits Iranian Regime Mass Murderer to Flee the Country

Benjamin Weinthal

Ayatollah Mahmoud Hashemi Shahroudi – considered a successor to Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei – fled Germany on Thursday for Iran amid criminal complaints filed against him for crimes against humanity, after the cleric received medical treatment for a brain tumor. more...

10th January 2018 – FDD Policy Brief

Iran Spends $16 Billion Annually to Support Terrorists and Rogue Regimes

David Adesnik

“Leave Gaza, leave Lebanon, my life for Iran,” chanted a crowd of protesters at Tehran University. “Leave Syria, think of us!” demanded others. more...

9th January 2018 – Politico

On Iran, Trump Should Be Like Reagan

Richard Goldberg

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

8th January 2018 – The Jerusalem Post

German Politician Files Criminal Complaint Against Iranian Ayatollah for Mass Murder

Benjamin Weinthal

Ayatollah Mahmoud Hashemi Shahroudi, considered to be a successor to Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, faces protests and possible criminal prosecutions in Germany for his widespread executions of Iranians, which took place while he was the country’s justice minister. more...

5th January 2018 – FDD Policy Brief

U.S. Sanctions Four More Venezuelan Military Officials

Michaela Frai

Today, the U.S. Treasury Department announced sanctions on four current or former Venezuelan generals for their involvement in corruption and acts of political repression. 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

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

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

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...

19th December 2017 – Quoted by Ben Evansky - Fox News

Haley: New UN resolution punishing Iran could be in the works

Behnam Ben Taleblu

Nikki Haley, United States Ambassador to the United Nations, said that based on a new report by the U.N. Secretary General, new pressure on Iran’s continued behavior could lead to a new resolution against the Tehran regime or the strengthening present ones. more...

15th December 2017 – Quoted by Stephen Loiaconi - Sinclair Broadcast Group

Experts doubt Haley’s evidence of Iran violations will spur action

Behnam Ben Taleblu

The Trump administration offered evidence Thursday that it says proves Iran is providing weapons to Houthi rebels in Yemen in violation of United Nations Security Council resolutions, but experts are skeptical that the presentation will result in a stiffer international response to Tehran’s alleged arms proliferation. more...

8th December 2017 – Quoted by Laurie Mylroie - Kurdistan 24

Germany and France tougher on Iran-backed militias than US

Tony Badran

Although US President Donald Trump has announced a tough new policy against Iran, both Germany and France—the two most important countries in the European Union—have taken a significantly harder line than the US against Iranian-backed militias in Iraq. more...

3rd December 2017 – Quoted by Ed Blanche - The Arab Weekly

Iran’s growing power could be explosive

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross, David Adesnik

Beirut- Iran is poised to consolidate its growing power in the Middle East as it tries to com­plete a strategic land bridge from the Arabian Gulf to the Mediterranean despite advances in Syria by the United States and its allies. more...

3rd December 2017 – Quoted by Joyce Karam - The National

US senior official estimates 80% of Assad fighting force is Iranian sourced

Jonathan Schanzer

Senior members of the Trump administration upped the ante against Iran over the weekend, revealing a warning sent to Revolutionary Guard commander Qassem Soleimani and promising a regional strategy to roll back Tehran’s proxies across the Middle East. more...

1st December 2017 – Quoted by Artin Afkhami - Just Security

Iran Policy Implications of Replacing Tillerson with Pompeo and Cotton to CIA

The White House has created a plan to replace Secretary of State Rex Tillerson with current CIA Director Mike Pompeo, and then nominate Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) to replace Pompeo at CIA, according to the New York Times. more...

28th November 2017 – Quoted by Guy Taylor - The Washington Times

Fresh concern over possible Iran-North Korea nuclear links

A series of recent high-level meetings between Iranian and North Korean officials has prompted fresh concern in U.S. national security circles about the depth of military and ballistic missile technology cooperation between the two American adversaries, according to a Washington think tank. more...

24th November 2017 – Quoted by George N. Tzogopoulos - BESA Center

DEBATE: Decertification of the Iran Deal – What Happens Next?

Behnam Ben Taleblu

The Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies is pleased to launch a new series of online debates on key strategic issues with the participation of leading scholars from all over the world. more...

22nd November 2017 – Canadian Jewish News

Ottawa’s Takeaway From U.S. Decertification of Iran Deal

Sheryl Saperia

Last month, U.S. President Donald Trump chose not to recertify the Iran nuclear deal on the grounds that its terms fail to accomplish their objective of stopping Iran’s illicit nuclear program. Like most areas of Trump policymaking, the decision got caught in the haze of controversy surrounding the president. Canadians must see through that haze. more...

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