Analysis & Commentary


18th September 2018 - The Hill

Iran hires financial arsonist to fight its financial fires

Saeed Ghasseminejad, Tyler Stapleton

With its economy reeling and its currency in free fall, Iran hired a new central banker in August to restore public confidence. President Hasan Rouhani appointed Abdolnaser Hemmati to replace Valiollah Seif as the governor of the Central Bank of Iran (CBI). Hemmati has a long history of...

17th September 2018 - The Jerusalem Post

‘Arab-looking’ men attack Jewish Israeli in night club in Germany

Benjamin Weinthal

Two men who have been described as having an Arab appearance attacked a Jewish Israeli man on September 7 in the city of Frankfurt, according to German media reports on Monday.

16th September 2018 - The Jerusalem Post

French payment service supports BDS, defies anti-bias law

Benjamin Weinthal

The online payment service HelloAsso announced that it will continue to provide services to boycott Israel organizations whose accounts were shut down by PayPal and French banks for apparent violations of France’s anti-discrimination law.

16th September 2018 - The Jerusalem Post

Prominent German Jews want JNF to close account with BDS-enabling bank

Benjamin Weinthal

The German branch of the Jewish National Fund has been swept up in a widening antisemitism scandal because it won’t immediately close its account with the Bank for Social Economy that enables a fiercely anti-Israel NGO to raise funds to boycott the Jewish state and compare Israel to Nazi...

16th September 2018 - Tablet Magazine

Hezbollah Ritually Humiliates the UN

Tony Badran

In what is becoming a yearly ritual, the United Nations Security Council unanimously adopted resolution 2433 end of August, extending the mandate of the UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) for another year.

15th September 2018 - The National Review

The U.S. Should Sanction Iran’s Key Slush Fund and Its Brutal Custodian

Tzvi Kahn

At first, he couldn’t identify the sound. But Amir Atiabi, an inmate in Iran’s Gohardasht Prison, was curious. Over the course of several nights in 1988, he recalled, “strange noises that sounded like the dropping of cooking-gas containers” reverberated from trucks in the jail’s...

14th September 2018 - FDD Policy Brief

Islamic State Attacks Libya’s National Oil Corporation

Romany Shaker

The Islamic State (IS) claimed responsibility for a September 10 shooting attack at the Tripoli headquarters of Libya’s National Oil Corporation (NOC), which killed at least two employees and wounded 10 others. “Three suicide militants from the soldiers of the caliphate” carried out...

14th September 2018 - The Jerusalem Post

Turkish Teenager Who Plotted to Blow Up Gay Club in Frankfurt Arrested

Benjamin Weinthal

German police in the state of Hesse arrested a teenager earlier this month for plotting an Islamic terror attack on a gay club and church in Frankfurt am Main. An intelligence source in Germany told The Jerusalem Post that the state police “arrested a guy named Yusuf Erkocoglu, a young...

14th September 2018 - FDD's CSIF Policy Brief

Treasury Sanctions Chinese and Russian IT Companies Funding North Korea

Mathew Ha

The U.S. Treasury Department sanctioned a Chinese information technology (IT) company, its North Korean chief executive, and a related Russian firm for generating funds on North Korea’s behalf by employing exported labor. This is the first time Washington has employed its authority to...

14th September 2018 - The Interpreter - Co-authored by John Lechner

Conspiracy and cronyism: Turkey’s economic spiral

Aykan Erdemir

Hours before the Thursday’s decision by the Central Bank of Turkey to raise its benchmark rate 625 basis points to 24%, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan launched into one of what is now a trademark tirade against higher rates. He denounced interest rates as “a tool of exploitation”...

13th September 2018 - FDD's Long War Journal

Taliban overruns military base in Zabul

Bill Roggio

The Taliban has released yet another video showing their fighters gathering in the open after overrunning a military base without fear of reprisal from NATO or Afghan warplanes. In many remote areas of Afghanistan, the Taliban has demonstrated that it can operate virtually unfettered.

13th September 2018 - FDD's Long War Journal

Shabaab attacks US and partner force outside Mogadishu

Bill Roggio, Alexandra N. Gutowski

On Sept. 11, Al-Qaeda’s Somalia branch attacked US and partner forces, resulting in casualties on both sides, according to a US Forces Africa Command (AFRICOM) press release today. The attack occurred in Mubaraak, a central village located approximately 37 miles west of Somalia’s capital...

13th September 2018 - FDD Policy Brief

Mattis Warns Assad to “Wise Up” While Key Officials Signal Syria Policy Shift

David Adesnik

Secretary of Defense James Mattis confirmed that the Assad regime is preparing to use chemical weapons as part of its impending offensive in Idlib province. Referring to Assad, Mattis told reporters, “He’s been warned,” and “we’ll see if he’s wised up” since previous rounds of...

12th September 2018 - FDD's CSIF Policy Brief

New Reports of Abuse Reinforce Case for Sanctions on Iran’s Prisons

Tzvi Kahn

An exiled Iranian Dervish activist accused Tehran on Saturday of violating its own prison regulations by allowing seven Dervish women to suffer “appalling” conditions in jail. “The Dervish women are weak physically after having been beaten before and after their transfer to the...

12th September 2018 - The Washington Times

Extremism and fragile states

Clifford D. May

Last year, Congress asked the United States Institute of Peace, a government-funded think tank, to develop “a comprehensive plan to prevent the underlying causes of extremism in fragile states in the Sahel, Horn of Africa, and the Near East.”

12th September 2018 - The Jerusalem Post

Berlin-financed NGO Cancels Talk with ‘Antisemitic’ Activist Manal Tamimi

Benjamin Weinthal

An Iranian refugee NGO that is financed by the capital municipality canceled an event with the allegedly antisemitic Palestinian and pro-BDS activist Manal Tamimi, Berlin’s cultural senator Klaus Lederer confirmed to The Jerusalem Post on Wednesday.

11th September 2018 - FDD's Long War Journal

Al Qaeda leader: America is the main enemy in a ‘single war with different fronts’

Thomas Joscelyn

Al Qaeda released a new message from its leader, Ayman al Zawahiri, to commemorate the 17th anniversary of the 9/11 hijackings earlier today. Titled “How to Confront America,” the talk is intended to rally jihadists and supporters against their common perceived enemy. Much of the message...

11th September 2018 - FDD's Long War Journal

Al Qaeda is very much alive, and widely misunderstood

Thomas Joscelyn

On Sept. 11, 2001, nineteen of Osama bin Laden’s operatives changed the course of world history. We are fortunate that al Qaeda hasn’t carried out another 9/11-style attack inside the U.S. in the seventeen years since. But that fact shouldn’t obscure the reality about al Qaeda and its...

11th September 2018 - The Weekly Standard

Al Qaeda Is Very Much Alive

Thomas Joscelyn

On September 11, 2001, 19 of Osama bin Laden’s operatives changed the course of world history. We are fortunate that al Qaeda hasn’t carried out another 9/11-style attack inside the U.S. in the 17 years since.

11th September 2018 - The Weekly Standard

Russia’s Hacks

Reuel Marc Gerecht

Given the attention accorded to Vladimir Putin’s efforts to undermine American politics, one might think that Russian intelligence has the most accomplished spooks and computer geeks in the world.


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