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27th April 2017 - Quoted by Tim Marcin - Newsweek

Traveling to North Korea is Still Legal for Americans, But It’s Probably not a Great Idea

Anthony Ruggiero

As he was readying to leave Pyongyang in May 2011, Robert King, then the United States' special envoy for North Korean human rights, was given American citizen Eddie Jun as a parting gift of sorts from the totalitarian regime of Kim Jong Il. Jun had been accused of carrying out missionary...

27th April 2017 - Quoted by Carol Morello, Erin Cunningham - The Washington Post

The nuclear deal takes center stage as Iran’s election campaign gets underway

Behnam Ben Taleblu

Iran’s short, intense presidential campaign kicks off Friday with the first televised debate between six candidates in a race widely seen as a referendum on whether Iranians feel they have benefited from the nuclear deal that took effect last year.

27th April 2017 - Quoted by Laurie Mylroie - K24

Turkish airstrikes reveal rift with US

Aykan Erdemir

As more details emerge of the airstrikes which Turkey conducted on Kurdish forces Tuesday morning, the extent of Ankara’s rift with the US is becoming clearer.

26th April 2017 - Quoted by Ron Kampeas - The Times of Israel

What the North Korea crisis says about the Iranian nuclear deal

Mark Dubowitz

The Trump administration last week endorsed a narrative long promoted by critics of the Iran nuclear deal: It’s North Korea all over again.

25th April 2017 - Quoted by Lorraine Caballerio - Christian Daily

Turkey referendum: Erdogan’s new powers feared to intensify Christian persecution

Aykan Erdemir

The persecution of Turkish Christians could intensify after President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was granted massive new powers by the people through a referendum on Sunday, a Muslim Turk who used to serve in the Parliament fears.

25th April 2017 - Quoted by Vijeta Uniyal - Legal Insurrection

Netanyahu snubs visiting German Minister over plans to meet anti-Israel NGOs

Benjamin Weinthal

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called off talks with the visiting German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel over his insistence on meeting anti-Israel NGOs. Netanyahu had previously urged Gabriel not to meet with organizations that are involved in anti-Israel activism. According to German...

24th April 2017 - Quoted by Adam Kredo - The Washington Free Beacon

Iran, Russia Boost Military Ties Amid U.S. Action In Syria

Boris Zilberman, Behnam Ben Taleblu

Iran and Russia are moving closer together in their military alliance, working to boost ties and coordination in Syria and elsewhere in the region following the U.S. decision to launch a military strike in Syria, according to regional reports and experts.

24th April 2017 - Quoted by Kimberly Dozier, Benny Avni - The Daily Beast

Pentagon Caught Off Guard by Team Trump’s Tough Talk on North Korea

Anthony Ruggiero

The Trump administration launched its week with tough talk aimed at North Korea—barbs all the more remarkable because they caught some senior officials at the Pentagon off guard.

24th April 2017 - Quoted by Raf Sanchez - The Telegraph

Marwan Barghouti: Can a man convicted of terrorism lead Palestinians to peace?

Grant Rumley

Even from the Israeli prison cell where he has languished for more than a decade, Marwan Barghouti is making himself heard.

24th April 2017 - Quoted by Pattricia Hurtado, Greg Farrell, Christian Berthelsen - Bloomberg

Giuliani’s Talk With Erdogan Adds Mystery to U.S. Sanctions Case

Emanuele Ottolenghi

A wealthy Turkish-Iranian gold trader facing U.S. charges that he helped Iran evade U.S. sanctions for sponsoring terrorism has an unlikely ally: Rudy Giuliani.

23rd April 2017 - Quoted by Stephen Quillen - The Arab Weekly

Turkey deeply divided after vote, at time of regional conflicts

Aykan Erdemir

Turkey’s vote for a strong executive presidency has left the country divided and at odds with Europe at a time when it is em­broiled in the Syrian conflict and seeking to balance good ties with both Russia and the United States.

23rd April 2017 - Quoted by Rebecca Kheel - The Hill

Trump team raises rhetoric against Iran

Mark Dubowitz

The Trump administration is stepping up its rhetoric against Iran even as it acknowledges the country is in compliance with a nuclear deal the president has long derided.

22nd April 2017 - Quoted by Kristen McTighe - NBC News

Donald Trump Wins Turkish Friends by Cozying to Turkey’s Erdogan

Aykan Erdemir

Accusations of voter fraud, alleged human rights abuses, and concerns about a slide toward authoritarianism — none of this stopped President Donald Trump congratulating Turkey's leader on his controversial referendum victory this week.

22nd April 2017 - Quoted by Brian Ross, Pete Madden - ABC News

United States remains vulnerable to North Korean cyber-attack, analysts say

Anthony Ruggiero

As North Korea blusters about launching missile strikes against the United States and its allies, experts are warning that aggressive action from North Korea is more likely to come from cyber space.

21st April 2017 - Quoted by Joel Gehrke - The Washington Examiner

Russia pushes for Iranian membership in NATO counterweight group

Behnam Ben Taleblu

Russia wants Iran to receive full membership in a geopolitical organization designed as a partial counterweight to NATO and other western pacts, a move that would likely deepen the economic and military ties between the two governments.

21st April 2017 - Quoted by Jennifer Wishon - CBN News

Devil’s Bargain? Why Turkish Referendum Spells Bad News for Religious Minorities

Aykan Erdemir

This week Turkey voted to trade democracy for what looks like authoritarian rule. If the referendum stands, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will gain power over all branches of government. That's bad news for Christians and other religious minorities in Turkey already facing...

21st April 2017 - Quoted by James Rosen - Fox News

Iran: Group claims regime is ‘in full gear’ on covert work on nuclear weapons

Olli Heinonen

The White House responded cautiously Friday to claims by an Iranian dissident group alleging that Iran’s clandestine work on a nuclear weapon has continued unabated by the landmark nuclear deal that Tehran finalized with the Obama administration and five other world powers two years ago....

21st April 2017 - Quoted by Michael Lipin - Voice of America

US Nearly Silent on Iran’s Presidential Election as Policy Toughens

Behnam Ben Taleblu

In a Thursday report, Iranian state television said the country’s 12-member Guardian Council has vetted and approved six candidates to compete in the May 19 presidential vote, most notably the relatively moderate incumbent President Hassan Rouhani, and prominent conservative Ebrahim Raisi,...

21st April 2017 - Quoted by Ruthie Blum - The Algemeiner

Iran’s North Korean Path

John Hannah

Iran is reacting angrily to US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s announcement on Tuesday, and to subsequent comments by US Defense Secretary James Mattis Wednesday, about a review of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action signed between Tehran and world powers in July 2015.

21st April 2017 - Quoted by Lee Smith - The Weekly Standard

Iran on Notice

Mark Dubowitz

Last week the Trump administration sent a letter to House speaker Paul Ryan to certify that the Islamic Republic of Iran is in compliance with the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, commonly referred to as the Iran nuclear deal. On the campaign trail, Donald Trump had called it the “worst...


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