Analysis & Commentary


6th December 2016 - Quoted by Julie Brown Patton - The Gospel Herald

US Protestants, Pastors Also Targeted by Turkey Post-Coup Crackdown

Aykan Erdemir

Two American pastors -- Ryan Keating and Andrew Brunson -- recently were detained in Turkey and deemed "threats to national security" there. "Protestant or Christian churches are seen as an American influence, and now that Turkey is anti-American, they are being targeted even more," said...

6th December 2016 - Quoted by Sirwan Kajjo - Voice of America

Israel Casts Wary Eye on IS Threat on Syrian Border

David Daoud

6th December 2016 - Quoted by The Tower

Expert: Don’t Ignore Iran’s Chemical, Biological Weapons Threat While Enforcing Nuclear Deal

Benjamin Weinthal

While President-elect Donald Trump will likely be stricter in enforcing the terms of the nuclear deal with Iran, the incoming administration should not ignore the threat that Iran’s chemical and biological weapons programs pose, Benjamin Weinthal, a research fellow at the Foundation for...

5th December 2016 - Forbes

Don’t Let Iran Off The Hook For Chemical/Biological Weapons

Benjamin Weinthal

The Trump administration will need to be on its toes to enforce the 2015 Iran nuclear agreement—and stop the Islamic Republic’s developing chemical and biological weapons programs.

5th December 2016 - Quoted by Harry Farley - Christian Today

Turkey Crackdown Turns On US Christians, Analysts Warn

Aykan Erdemir

Erdogan has unleashed a backlash against perceived opponents in response to the coup, using it as a basis to arrest tens of thousands of Turkish citizens and fire many more from public sector jobs.

5th December 2016 - Quoted by Adam Kredo - The Washington Free Beacon

Trump Assembling Team of Fierce Iran Deal Opponents

Mark Dubowitz

President-elect Donald Trump has been assembling a national security team stacked with fierce opponents of last year’s comprehensive nuclear deal with Iran, signaling what is expected to be a major departure from the Obama administration’s final bid to preserve the deal before leaving...

4th December 2016 - Quoted by Dominique Bonessi - Religion News Service

Turkey post-coup crackdown also targets US Protestants

Aykan Erdemir

After a weeklong business trip abroad, American pastor Ryan Keating was detained at the airport overnight, interrogated and then put on a plane back to London.

4th December 2016 - Quoted by Joshua Mitnick - The Los Angeles Times

Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas consolidates control over his party

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas cemented his control over his political party, Fatah, on Sunday after 18 politicians loyal to him won spots on its powerful Central Committee. The vote capped a six-day conference of the party, which also saw a former West Bank security chief...

3rd December 2016 - Quoted by Vivian Salama - Associated Press

Russia Bets on Trump as Gateway to Eased Sanctions

Boris Zilberman

Vladimir Putin wants to make Russia great again. For that, he may need a hand from Donald Trump.

3rd December 2016 - Quoted by Joyce Karam - Arab News

Congress and Trump agree to turn the heat up on Iran

Jonathan Schanzer

In Washington, where Democrats and Republicans are bracing for a showdown on a set of healthcare and economic issues, increasing sanctions on Iran appears to be the one legislative item where the two parties and the new President-Elect Donald Trump have found consensus.

2nd December 2016 - Quoted by Nick Wadhams - Bloomberg

Shredding Iran nuclear deal could prove harder than Trump thinks

Mark Dubowitz

As a candidate, Donald Trump called the six-nation accord with Iran to halt its nuclear program “one of the dumbest deals ever” and said dismantling it would be a top priority. Now, he’s finding that ripping it up after he becomes president may not be so easy.

2nd December 2016 - Quoted by Riyadh Mohammed - CNBC

Hot trend in 2017: Rise of Islamic banks on Main St. USA

Jonathan Schanzer

In the United States a quiet financial revolution is going on under the radar of the public eye. It's the rise of Islamic financial institutions — ranging from small community banks in the Midwest to nationwide investment banks and brokerage firms.

2nd December 2016 - Quoted by Dan De Luce - Foreign Policy

Congress Issues a Warning to Iran and a Rebuff to the Obama Administration

Mark Dubowitz

The Senate’s vote to renew sanctions against Iran for another 10 years has delivered a symbolic warning to Tehran and a bipartisan snub of the White House, which worries the move could raise tensions with Iran.

2nd December 2016 - Quoted by Barney Breen-Portnoy - The Algemeiner

Senior Tehran Cleric Calls for ‘Retaliation’ After US Senate Backs Extension of Iran Sanctions Act

Behnam Ben Taleblu

“Now is the time for retaliation,” a senior Iranian cleric told worshippers in Tehran on Friday, following the US Senate’s unanimous approval of a ten-year extension of the Iran Sanctions Act.

2nd December 2016 - Quoted by Dave Clark - Agence France-Presse

US allies hope for best as they reach out to Trump

John Hannah

America's closest partners are putting a brave face on Donald Trump's surprise election win while reaching out to try to shape his worldview and to preserve traditional alliances.

2nd December 2016 - Quoted by Geoff Dyer - Financial Times

Trump team looks at new non-nuclear sanctions on Iran

Mark Dubowitz

The Trump transition team is examining proposals for US sanctions on Iran separate from its nuclear programme in a move likely to draw a furious reaction from Tehran.

1st December 2016 - Quoted by The Tower

Former IAEA Deputy Director Criticizes Nuclear Agency’s Iran Investigations

Olli Heinonen

The former deputy director-general of the International Atomic Energy Agency has criticized the agency for “reduc[ing] the level of transparency and details in its reporting” on Iran’s nuclear program, making it “practically impossible” to confirm that Iran is complying with the...

1st December 2016 - Quoted by Jenna Lifhits - The Weekly Standard

Obama Administration: Enabling Sales to Terror-Linked Airline is Consistent with U.S. Foreign Policy

Emanuele Ottolenghi

The Obama administration has determined that enabling the sale of aircraft and other materials to an Iranian airline sanctioned for ferrying weapons on behalf of Iran's military does not undermine its foreign policy goals, according to communications with Congress obtained exclusively by The...

1st December 2016 - Quoted by Jessica Schulberg - Huffington Post

The Senate Vote To Extend Iran Sanctions Is A Symbolic Move That Could Antagonize Tehran

Mark Dubowitz

The Senate voted unanimously on Thursday to extend U.S. sanctions on Iran for 10 years. Lawmakers hailed the 99-0 vote as a critical step in ensuring that the U.S. would keep its ability to quickly reimpose sanctions if Iran violates the nuclear agreement reached last year. But the Obama...

1st December 2016 - Quoted by Howard LaFrachi - The Christian Science Monitor

Why Iran’s nuclear program is back on US agenda

Mark Dubowitz

One of the major aims of the nuclear deal the US and other world powers signed with Iran last year was to eliminate the sharp confrontation over Iran’s nuclear program and to stall what at times appeared to be a march to another military conflict in the Middle East.


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