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22nd January 2018 – Al-Arabiya

Revelations uncover bitter truths about Hezbollah’s dirty money

Jonathan Schanzer, Mark Dubowitz

The Trump Administration and Democrats in the American Congress can’t agree on much these days. We’ve got a government shutdown in Washington to prove it. But there is at least one area where both Democrats and the President have a meeting of the minds: combatting Hezbollah. more...

18th January 2018 – BuzzFeed

How Rex Tillerson Thinks He Can Avoid Mission Creep in Syria

Mark Dubowitz

The US's top diplomat has called for an indefinite US troop presence in Syria to stanch Iranian expansion. But in an interview he said that doesn't mean the US will fight Tehran – unless Iran shoots first. more...

15th January 2018 – Quoted by Leon Thompson - The Africom

Iran Deal Survives; Trump To Waive Sanctions For ‘The Final Time’

Mark Dubowitz

The White House announced on Friday afternoon that Donald Trump will extend waivers on sanctions against Iran for another 120 days, under the terms of the Iran nuclear deal (Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action or JCPOA). more...

13th January 2018 – Agence France Presse

Trump issues stay of execution for Iran nuclear deal

Mark Dubowitz

US President Donald Trump announced on Friday (Jan 12) he would not reimpose nuclear sanctions on Iran, keeping a landmark 2015 deal alive ... for now. more...

12th January 2018 – Quoted by Nick Wadhams - Bloomberg

Trump’s Ultimatum to Toughen Nuclear Deal Tests European Allies

Mark Dubowitz

President Donald Trump has handed European allies an ultimatum to revamp the nuclear deal with Iran, something they have no intention of doing, posing a potential new conflict with other world leaders. more...

12th January 2018 – Quoted by Jeremy Diamond - CNN

Trump issues warning, but continues to honor Iran deal

Mark Dubowitz

President Donald Trump on Friday avoided upending the nuclear deal with Iran that he has repeatedly disparaged, agreeing to waive key sanctions the US lifted as part of the deal. more...

12th January 2018 – Quoted by Tom DiChristopher - CNBC

Trump will extend Iran sanctions relief, keeping Obama-era nuclear deal alive—for now

Mark Dubowitz

President Donald Trump on Friday announced that he will waive sanctions against Iran for the final time, extending the life of an international nuclear accord that he disavowed three months ago. more...

11th January 2018 – Quoted by Mark Landler - The New York Times

Trump Is Expected to Stop Short of Reimposing Strict Sanctions on Iran

Mark Dubowitz

President Trump has again stopped short of reimposing draconian sanctions on Iran that could break up its nuclear deal with world powers, two people briefed on his decision said on Thursday, but he is expected to give Congress and European allies a deadline to improve the deal or the United States will pull out of it. more...

10th January 2018 – Quoted by Jenna Lifhits - The Weekly Standard

Lawmakers Work on Fix for Iran Deal as Deadline Looms

Mark Dubowitz

Legislation that attempts to make good on President Donald Trump’s October demand to fix the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran is still facing obstacles, days before Trump is due to decide whether to issue sanctions waivers that would keep the agreement alive—or kill it. more...

10th January 2018 – Quoted by Aaron Stein - War on the Rocks

Speaking Loudly and Carrying a Little Stick: The Myopic U.S. Debate about Iran

Mark Dubowitz, Reuel Marc Gerecht

Following a political miscalculation on both sides of its political spectrum, Iran in the first days of the year experienced a large wave of protests in more than 80 cities. The street demonstrations have begun to wane in recent days, although widespread reports of anti-regime slogans and continued economic challenges have prompted questions about whether the drop-off in public protests is a pyrrhic victory for the regime. more...

10th January 2018 – Quoted by Anne Gearan, Carol Morello, and Karoun Demirjian - The Washington Post

Trump expected to keep sanctions relief for Iran but may add some penalties

Mark Dubowitz

President Trump is expected to agree this week to continue granting Iran a reprieve from sanctions over its nuclear program, while again signaling his displeasure with the international nuclear deal that lifted the penalties, U.S. and European officials, congressional aides and others said. more...

8th January 2018 – Quoted by Susan Glasser - Politico

Is Trump Stuck With an Iran Deal He Loathes?

Mark Dubowitz

As a new year’s wave of street protests rocks Iran, the demonstrations put President Donald Trump in an awkward bind—right as he faces a new deadline to decide whether to continue with the Iran nuclear deal he loathes. more...

7th January 2018 – Quoted by Felicia Schwartz - The Wall Street Journal

Trump Faces Pivotal Decisions on Iran Sanctions

Mark Dubowitz

The 2015 Iran nuclear agreement faces a potentially fateful week, with a series of deadlines awaiting President Donald Trump as Tehran reacts to recent antigovernment protests. more...

5th January 2018 – Quoted by Bret Stephens - The New York Times

Finding the Way Forward on Iran

Mark Dubowitz

Last May an article in this newspaper asked, “Is Iran a democracy or a dictatorship?” After more than a week of protests in as many as 80 Iranian cities, it’s safe to say we have the answer. Again. more...

5th January 2018 – Quoted by Ron Kampeas - The Times of Israel

With nuke deal tottering, Iran protests could be death blow or saving grace

Mark Dubowitz

Iranians are taking to the streets in spontaneous demonstrations across the country to protest government corruption and a failing economy. more...

4th January 2018 – Quoted by Ilan Berman - The National Interest

How Washington Can Influence the Outcome of Protests in Iran

Mark Dubowitz

These are heady days in Iran. For more than a week now, thousands of Iranians have rallied publicly against their government, demanding accountability, transparency and an end to the repressive clerical status quo. In the process, they have presented Iran’s radical theocratic regime with one of the most profound challenges to its authority since the 1979 Islamic Revolution. more...

4th January 2018 – Quoted by Raymond Tanter and Ivan Sascha Sheehan - Newsmax

Iran Protests Should Prompt Update of Trump Policy, Nuclear Deal

Mark Dubowitz

Vice President Mike Pence’s unwillingness to be silent on the persecution of the Iranian people by Iran’s repressive security forces distinguishes Team Trump from Team Obama and signals a willingness to stand with their freedom-seeking friends in Iran during an hour of perilous danger. more...

2nd January 2018 – Quoted by Joyce Karam - The National

Trump administration considering new Iran sanctions in response to protests

Mark Dubowitz

US president Donald Trump has made clear his support for the Iran protests, sending out seven tweets in six days and seizing the opportunity to highlight his longstanding criticism against the Tehran regime. more...

2nd January 2018 – Daily Mail

US conservatives cheer on Iran’s ‘brave’ protesters

Mark Dubowitz

America's conservatives have eagerly cheered the wave of anti-regime protests sweeping Iran, seizing on the movement as a stark repudiation of the outreach towards Tehran pursued under Barack Obama's presidency. more...

2nd January 2018 – Quoted by Jennifer Rubin - The Washington Post

What exactly is our Iran policy now?

Mark Dubowitz

It’s tempting to look at current events in Iran through partisan eyes with the hope of scoring points against either the previous administration or the current one. As for former president Barack Obama, Michael Singh writes, “Obama’s administration, unsure how to help the protesters and reluctant to scuttle its nascent engagement with Tehran, responded to the demonstrations with diffidence, prompting criticism from left and right alike.” more...