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14th September 2018 - Quoted by Iran Focus

Prison Abuse in Iran Musb Be Tackled

Tzvi Kahn

An exiled member of a minority religious order in Iran accused Iran of violating its own prison regulations by allowing seven women of the Dervish religion to suffer “appalling” conditions in jail. Alireza Roshan, a Dervish activist, said: “The Dervish women are weak physically after...

14th September 2018 - Quoted by Oliver Darcy - CNN

New York Times amends report that improperly pinned pricey curtains on Nikki Haley

Mark Dubowitz

The New York Times on Friday said that a controversial story about curtains purchased for the new residence of the ambassador to the United Nations improperly focused on Nikki Haley. The newspaper recast the story to "reflect those concerns."

13th September 2018 - Quoted by Josh Rogin - The Washington Post

Inside Steven Mnuchin’s ‘resistance’ to Trump’s Iran strategy

Mark Dubowitz, Richard Goldberg

Stealing documents off President Trump’s desk isn’t the only way his top aides are trying to prevent him from taking action on foreign policy. Several administration officials claim that Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin has found another way to “resist” the president’s...

13th September 2018 - Quoted by Ahval

Majority of Turks approves of Pastor Brunson detention

Aykan Erdemir

A public opinion poll published by the Optimar Research polling company reveals that the majority in Turkey approves the detention of Andrew Brunson, a U.S. citizen detained in Turkey since 2016, journalist Abdulkadir Selvi wrote on Tuesday.

13th September 2018 - Quoted by Radio Farda

Iran Poses As Much Threat To Europe As It Does To US, Says Think Tank

David Adesnik, Saeed Ghasseminejad

A new report released by the Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD) suggests the U.S. should still work to bridge its differences with Europe, as the violent Islamism of Iran’s clerical regime poses as much of a threat to Europe as it does to the United States.

13th September 2018 - Quoted by Jamie McIntyre, Travis J. Tritten

House, Senate negotiators meet today to hash out the Pentagon’s $675 billion budget

Mark Dubowitz

In recent days the U.S. has issued stern warnings to Syria about the consequences of using chemical weapons, as the Syrian army backed by Iran and Russia prepares an assault to retake the province of Idlib, the last major rebel stronghold.

13th September 2018 - https://nypost.com/2018/09/13/fda-takes-easy-way-out-on-vaping-and-other-comments/

Security desk: Al Qaeda Is Alive — and Misunderstood

Thomas Joscelyn

The fact that al Qaeda has been unable to carry out another 9/11-style attack inside the US “shouldn’t obscure the reality” about the group and its “global jihad,” warns Thomas Joscelyn at The Weekly Standard.

12th September 2018 - Quoted by Athens Voice

U.S. Eyes Military Expansion in Greece Amid Strains With Turkey

Aykan Erdemir

Συνομιλίες με την ελληνική κυβέρνηση ξεκίνησε το αμερικανικό Πεντάγωνο για την επέκταση των στρατιωτικών επιχειρήσεων των ΗΠΑ σε ελληνικά εδάφη, όπως...

12th September 2018 - Quoted by Ahval

After Seventeen Years, Is an End to the War on Terror in Sight?

Clifford D. May

Yesterday was the seventeenth anniversary of al-Qaeda’s bloody attacks on New York and Washington. Clifford May uses the occasion to reflect on the state of America’s long war on jihadism.

12th September 2018 - The New York Times

Why a ‘Dramatic Dip’ in ISIS Attacks in the West Is Scant Comfort

Bill Roggio

The attacks seemed to come one after another: 130 dead on the floor of the Bataclan concert hall and on the streets of Paris. Eighty-six mowed down on Nice’s historic promenade. Twenty-two people, many of them teenage girls, killed at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester.

11th September 2018 - Quoted by Eugenia Kovaliova - Coinspeaker

Experts From the U.S. Congress Called Cryptocurrency ‘Poor Money’ for Terrorists

Yaya J. Fanusie

The US Congress proved cryptocurrency useless when it comes to financing terroristic activities, as none of such attempts resulted in success.

11th September 2018 - Quoted by Rahul Nambiampurath - BitRates

On 9/11 Congress Finds Crypto Contributions to Terrorism Funding Are Negligible

Yaya J. Fanusie

A U.S. Congress Subcommittee on Terrorism found that despite popular notion, cryptocurrency use in terrorist financing has been negligible.

11th September 2018 - Quoted by Ana Alexandre - CoinTelegraph

Report: Crypto Not Effective for Financing Terrorist Groups

Yaya J. Fanusie

The crypto and blockchain industry is “not innately illicit and should not be feared,” the director of analysis for the Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD) Center stated in an official press release from the U.S. House of Representatives Financial Services Committee September 7....

11th September 2018 - Quoted by Guy Taylor - Washington Times

Major European, Asian firms flee Iranian market in wake of U.S. sanctions: Report

David Adesnik

Nearly three dozen major European and Asian companies are pulling their investments from Iran to avoid getting tangled up in reimposed U.S. sanctions, despite Tehran’s scramble to find loopholes for the companies and efforts by European governments to neutralize the impact of the new...

11th September 2018 - Quoted by Kristina Jovanoski - The Media Line

Erdogan Urges A ‘Political Solution’ To Syrian Offensive In Idlib Province

Aykan Erdemir

Turkey is urging a diplomatic solution to limit the flow of refugees from an immanent offensive by Syrian forces under Syrian President Bashar al-Assad against rebel strongholds in Idlib province. Ankara’s actions, however, will be largely limited by what Moscow will do, analysts told The...

10th September 2018 - Quoted Asieh Namdar - CGTN

More than 30,000 displaced in Syria’s Idlib in latest offensive: UN

Aykan Erdemir

More than 30,000 people have so far fled their homes in northwest Syria since Syrian government and allied forces resumed air and ground bombardments there last week, the U.N. agency coordinating relief efforts said on Monday.

7th September 2018 - Quoted by Johannes Morken - Dagsavisen

Pastor i klemme

Aykan Erdemir

Pastor Andrew Brunson hadde ledet en liten menighet i byen Izmir i Tyrkia i 23 år da han 7. oktober i 2016 ble arrestert og fengslet. Menigheten hadde han drevet med fullt innsyn. At en amerikaner er pastor skyldes problemer med å få utdanne pastorer i Tyrkia.

6th September 2018 - Quoted by Herb Keinon - The Jerusalem Post

Netanyahu to Haley: Thanks for Combating ‘Vilification of Israel at UN’

Israel is profoundly grateful “for everything you have done and continue to do for us,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu wrote US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley earlier this week.

6th September 2018 - Quoted by Benny Avni- New York Post

How Team Trump is making the UN spotlight Iran’s evil

Emanuele Ottolenghi

The United States has assumed the presidency of the UN Security Council — and that means the council is about to put Iran under the hot lights.

6th September 2018 - Quoted by Steve LeVine - Axios

While talking nukes, Kim may have shifted to cyber

David Maxwell

As North Korea haggles over when it will eliminate its nuclear weapons assets, it may be playing for what it can get in exchange while already pivoting to a very different, equally dangerous weapons regime — cyber arms.

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