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12th April 2018 – Quoted by Democracy Digest

Iran’s economic crisis a consequence of political malaise: creates options for shift in regime?

Richard Goldberg, Saeed Ghasseminejad

All this week panicked Iranians have gathered in throngs outside banks and other financial businesses hoping to buy dollars, as the government seeks to head off a collapse in the rial, the national currency, the New York Times reports. more...

11th April 2018 – The Hill

Iran’s currency is in free fall — time for the US to exploit it

Saeed Ghasseminejad, Richard Goldberg

The Iranian rial fell to a record low this weekend, largely in response to President Trump’s appointment of John Bolton – seen as hawkish on Iran – to serve as his national security advisor. FDD experts Richard Goldberg and Saeed Ghasseminejad argue that the administration should use Iran’s economic unrest to its advantage in shaping tougher foreign policy towards Iran – including re-imposing sanctions. more...

11th April 2018 – Quoted by The Tower

Experts: With Weak Rial, Sanctions on Iran’s Central Bank Could Pressure Tehran to Reform

Richard Goldberg, Saeed Ghasseminejad

Re-imposing sanctions on the Central Bank of Iran, which were lifted as part of the 2015 nuclear deal, while the rial has recently lost nearly half of its value, could “inflict serious damage on Tehran’s economy,” two sanctions experts wrote Wednesday in The Hill. more...

11th April 2018 – Quoted by The Tower

Experts: With Weak Rial, Sanctions on Iran’s Central Bank Could Pressure Tehran to Reform

Richard Goldberg, Saeed Ghasseminejad

Re-imposing sanctions on the Central Bank of Iran, which were lifted as part of the 2015 nuclear deal, while the rial has recently lost nearly half of its value, could “inflict serious damage on Tehran’s economy,” two sanctions experts wrote Wednesday in The Hill. more...

23rd March 2018 – Quoted by Ben Cohen - The Algemeiner

US Pro-Iran Lobby’s Attack on NSA Pick John Bolton Highlighted by Tehran Regime’s Official Media

Saeed Ghasseminejad

An Iranian official news agency on Friday highlighted the furious response of a Washington, DC-based pro-Tehran lobbying organization to the announcement that John Bolton will replace Gen. H.R. McMaster as President Donald Trump’s national security adviser. more...

23rd February 2018 – FDD Policy Brief

The Dire Consequences of Iran’s Water Crisis

Amir Toumaj, Saeed Ghasseminejad

The Islamic Republic’s decades-long mismanagement of water resources has led to a shortage of fresh water, a problem compounded by drought and rising temperatures due to climate change. The shortage is acutely felt across Iran and has fueled recent protests against the government. more...

16th February 2018 – FDD Policy Brief

Lawmakers Can Defend Iranian Dissidents and Punish the Revolutionary Guards at the Same Time

Toby Dershowitz, Saeed Ghasseminejad

There is bipartisan consensus in Congress on the need to support the nonviolent protesters in Iran who are calling for an end to corruption and dictatorship. One important way to protect the protesters from surveillance and punishment would be to sanction Iran’s largest telecommunications enterprise, the Telecommunication Company of Iran (TCI). more...

14th February 2018 – Quoted by Jennifer Rubin - The Washington Post

Trump sounds like a hawk on Iran (but he’s acting like Obama)

Mark Dubowitz, Saeed Ghasseminejad

First, we should do more to expose Iran’s atrocious human rights record and apply sanctions to pinch the regime where it hurts. more...

6th February 2018 – FDD Policy Brief

The Case for Designating Iran’s State Media

Saeed Ghasseminejad, Richard Goldberg

During the recent protests in Iran, dissidents both inside and outside the country asked the U.S. government to enforce sanctions against Tehran’s state-run media enterprise, the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB). more...

30th January 2018 – Quoted by The Tower

Trump Urges Security Council Members to Fight “Iran’s Destabilization Activities”

Saeed Ghasseminejad

President Donald Trump hosted United Nations Security Council ambassadors for lunch at the White House, took them to see remnants of rockets identified as originating in Iran, and urged them to fight “Iran’s destabilization activities” in the region, The New York Times reported Monday. more...

26th January 2018 – Quoted by The Tower

Khamenei Orders Transfer of Billions From Rainy Day Fund to Military

Saeed Ghasseminejad, Mark Dubowitz

Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei ordered that $2.5 billion should be transferred from the nation’s reserve fund and to its military, continuing a trend that has been ongoing since the nuclear deal was implemented two years ago, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty/ (RFE/RL) reported Thursday. more...

24th January 2018 – Quoted by Antje Schippmann - Bild

EU invites mullahs to anti-terror seminar

Saeed Ghasseminejad

The Committee on Foreign Affairs, which is chaired by David McAllister of the Christian Democratic Party (CDU) invited the Iranians to participate in this gathering. more...

24th January 2018 – Quoted by The Tower

Sanctions Experts: U.S. Should Target Khamenei’s Multi-Billion Dollar Empire

Mark Dubowitz, Saeed Ghasseminejad

In the wake of the anti-government protests in Iran, the United States government could show its support for the protesters by targeting the vast financial empire controlled by Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Mark Dubowitz and Saeed Ghasseminejad argued in an op-ed published Tuesday in The Wall Street Journal. more...

23rd January 2018 – The Wall Street Journal

Hit Ayatollah Khamenei in His Pocketbook

Mark Dubowitz, Saeed Ghasseminejad

The Trump administration already has offered rhetorical support to Iran’s antigovernment protesters. Now, nearly a month after the demonstrations began, how can the U.S. provide material help? Follow the money. more...

23rd January 2018 – Quoted by Antje Schippmann - Bild

EU lädt Mullahs zu Anti-Terror-Seminar

Saeed Ghasseminejad

Der Ausschuss für Auswärtige Angelegenheiten des EU-Parlaments hat eine äußerst fragwürdige Delegation nach Brüssel geladen. more...

17th January 2018 – Quoted by Adam Kredo - The Washington Free Beacon

Congress Concerned Another Obama ‘Secret Deal’ With Iran Derailed New Sanctions on Tehran

Saeed Ghasseminejad

The Trump administration State Department is working to suppress new sanctions on Iran's propaganda network that were promised to be implemented by the White House in response to a wave of protests that have gripped the Islamic Republic for weeks, according to multiple sources who spoke to the Washington Free Beacon about the matter. more...

16th January 2018 – Quoted by Adam Kredo - The Washington Free Beacon

Iran Gloats Over ‘Madman’ Trump Saving Nuclear Deal, Waiving Sanctions

Saeed Ghasseminejad

Iranian leaders have been taking a victory lap in recent days after President Donald Trump caved to pressure from his top advisers and again waived key sanctions on Tehran in a bid to save the landmark nuclear agreement, according to regional reports and interviews with sources close to the White House. more...

11th January 2018 – The Daily Tip

The Daily TIP: Expert: Official Corruption in Wake of Nuclear Deal is Driving Iranian Protests

Saeed Ghasseminejad

The recent protests against the Iranian regime have been fueled by the corruption of the government that has ruined Iran's economy since the 2015 nuclear deal Lee Smith, a senior fellow at the Hudson Institute, wrote Wednesday in an analysis for Real Clear Investigations. more...

11th January 2018 – The Tower

Expert: Official Corruption in Wake of Nuclear Deal is Driving Iranian Protests

Saeed Ghasseminejad

The recent protests against the Iranian regime have been fueled by the corruption of the government that has ruined Iran’s economy since the 2015 nuclear deal Lee Smith, a senior fellow at the Hudson Institute, wrote Wednesday in an analysis for Real Clear Investigations. more...

11th January 2018 – Quoted by Caroline Glick - The Jerusalem Post

Our World: Curing Trump’s Quarterly Iran Headache

Saeed Ghasseminejad

It’s that time of the year again. In accordance with the Iranian Nuclear Agreement Review Act, by Sunday US President Donald Trump must either certify that Iran is complying with the nuclear deal his predecessor Barack Obama concluded with the Iranian regime, or he must announce that Iran is breaching the accord. more...