Analysis & Commentary

23rd February 2018 - Quoted by Sinclair Broadcast Group

Trump: If North Korea sanctions don’t work, we’ll go to ‘very rough’ phase two

Jonathan Schanzer

President Donald Trump announced his administration has imposed “the heaviest sanctions ever imposed on a country before” on North Korea during his speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference Friday.

23rd February 2018 - Quoted by Ian Talley and Michael R. Gordon - The Wall Street Journal

White House Unveils ‘Largest Ever’ Set of Sanctions on North Korea

Jonathan Schanzer

The Trump administration on Friday levied what it called its largest ever North Korea sanctions package, hitting dozens of shipping and trading companies as it seeks to shrivel foreign-currency revenues to the nuclear-armed regime.

23rd February 2018 - Quoted by William Gallo - Voice of America

Trump Announces ‘Largest Ever’ Sanctions on North Korea

Jonathan Schanzer

After announcing what he called the "largest ever" set of sanctions against North Korea, U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday threatened a "phase two" if the measures aren't effective.

23rd February 2018 - Quoted by Steve Holland and Christine Kim - Reuters

U.S. imposes more North Korea sanctions, Trump warns of ‘phase two’

Jonathan Schanzer

The United States said on Friday it was imposing its largest package of sanctions to pressure North Korea to give up its nuclear missile program, and President Donald Trump warned of a “phase two” that could be “very, very unfortunate for the world” if the steps did not work.

23rd February 2018 - Quoted by Jenna Lifhits - The Weekly Standard

U.S. Seeks to Isolate North Korea With Latest Round of Sanctions

Jonathan Schanzer

The Trump administration made clear on Friday, with what it described as the largest set of sanctions against North Korea yet, that it will continue to isolate Pyongyang even as the South seeks to engage with the North.

23rd February 2018 - FDD Policy Brief

Treasury Sanctions Increase Pressure on North Korea’s Global Shipping Network

Mathew Ha

Today, the Treasury Department issued its “largest North Korea-related sanctions tranche to date” against 27 entities, 28 vessels, and one individual tied to Pyongyang’s shipping and trading network. The U.S. also issued a global advisory on North Korea’s deceptive shipping...

23rd February 2018 - FDD Policy Brief

Egypt Launches Massive Anti-terrorism Operation ahead of March Elections

Romany Shaker

In a surprise move, Egypt launched a massive anti-terrorism operation on February 9, covering northern and central Sinai, plus parts of the Nile Delta, the desert areas west of the Nile Valley, as well as the country’s long border with Libya. Egyptian military spokesman Colonel Tamer...

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.

23rd February 2018 - Quoted by Michael del Castillo - Coindesk

Why Venezuela Should Worry About a National Crypto

Yaya J. Fanusie, Michaela Frai

While not many things are clear about Venezuela's new state-backed cryptocurrency, the petro, what is apparent is that many think it's potentially harmful for the country's people.

23rd February 2018 - Arutz Sheva

ANALYSIS: How Israel is intervening in Syria to contain Iran

Amir Toumaj

We will probably witness a major war between Israel and the Iranian axis this year, Maj. Gen. Nitzan Alon, the commander of IDF Operations, said during an interview with Galatz, Israel’s Army Radio on Monday this week.

23rd February 2018 - FDD's Center on Sanctions and Illicit Finance Policy Brief

To Evade U.S. Sanctions, Venezuela Launches the World’s First National Cryptocurrency

Yaya J. Fanusie, Michaela Frai

This week, the Venezuelan government started selling the “petro,” the world’s first “national cryptocurrency.” The petro’s release is part of the Maduro regime’s strategy to combat the “financial blockade” of U.S. sanctions, yet the petro is likely to find itself just as...

23rd February 2018 - The Jerusalem Post

EU Parliament Politicians Call for a Full Ban of Hezbollah

Benjamin Weinthal

Members of the European Union parliament sent a letter on Thursday to EU High Representative Federica Mogherini, urging her to classify all of the Lebanese organization Hezbollah as a terrorist entity.

22nd February 2018 - Quoted by Burak Bekdil - Gatestone Institute

Hamas: Turkey’s Longtime Love

Jonathan Schanzer

Despite the nominal 'normalization' of diplomatic relations between Turkey and Israel, Ankara is still fully supporting a terrorist organization -- one that Washington, among others, lists as terrorist. The Shin Bet's report, the Istanbul conference and its contents, the official Turkish...

22nd February 2018 - Quoted by Jenna Lifhits - The Weekly Standard

Trump and Russia: The Good and the Bad

Boris Zilberman

Special counsel Robert Mueller indicted 13 Russians on Friday for their efforts to interfere with the U.S. political process. In the days since, President Donald Trump has taken to Twitter, pushing back hard on suggestions that his campaign colluded with the Kremlin, denying that he said...

22nd February 2018 - Quoted by Jonathan Marshall - Consortium News

Time to Admit the Afghan War is ‘Nonsense’

Bill Roggio

Exclusive: Officially, the U.S. military objective in Afghanistan is to force the Taliban to the negotiating table, but just last month President Trump said that talks with the Taliban are off the table, indicating an incoherent policy, as Jonathan Marshall notes.

22nd February 2018 - FDD Policy Brief

Iranian Cruise Missiles also a Proliferation Threat

Behnam Ben Taleblu

In its new Worldwide Threat Assessment for 2018, the U.S. intelligence community warns that Iran continues to “enable” attacks by Yemen’s Houthi rebels against America’s Persian Gulf partners. The new assessment highlights “an attempted 3 December cruise missile attack on an...

22nd February 2018 - FDD's Long War Journal

US kills four Shabaab jihadists in Somali airstrike

Bill Roggio, Alexandra N. Gutowski

US forces killed four Shabaab terrorists in a strike in southern Somalia. The strike is the second since Feb. 19.

22nd February 2018 - FDD's Long War Journal

Analysis: ISIS hasn’t been defeated

Thomas Joscelyn

On January 19, the Pentagon released its new National Defense Strategy, which prioritizes "inter-state strategic competition" from China and Russia over "terrorism." In many ways, the strategy makes sense. However, the threat from ISIS and al Qaeda has not been eliminated. The jihadists are...

21st February 2018 - The Jerusalem Post

Pro-BDS Pastor and German Green Party Figure Speaks at Nazi Event

Benjamin Weinthal

Friedrich Bode, a Protestant pastor and co-founder of the Green Party branch in Bremen, Germany, delivered a talk at a neo-Nazi party event in Karlshöfe, Lower Saxony, on Saturday.

21st February 2018 - Alhurra


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