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20th November 2014 - Cited by The Economist

The Pros and Cons of a SWIFT Response

Mark Dubowitz

IN 1973 global finance saw a back-room revolution when a group of banks formed a co-operative to offer those moving money across borders a slick alternative to the clunky old telex.

20th November 2014 - Cited by Samuel Rubenfeld - The Wall Street Journal

Corruption Currents: Spanish Folk Singer Jailed

A daily roundup of corruption news from across the Web.

20th November 2014 - Cited by Edwin Mora - Breitbart

Report: There are Active ISIS Cells Inside Turkey

Jonathan Schanzer, Merve Tahiroglu

Turkey has contributed to the rise of the brutal Islamic State by turning a blind eye to the ongoing flow of money, weapons, illegal oil, and fighters across its border to the jihadist group in Syria, according to a new report.

20th November 2014 - Quoted by Awad Mustafa - DefenseNews

Questions, Praise for UAE’s Terrorist List

David Andrew Weinberg

Although the United Arab Emirates’ list of designated terrorist organizations has raised questions about who it does and does not include, officials see the move as necessary for the Arabian Gulf sheikhdom.

20th November 2014 - Quoted by Richard Baehr - Israel Hayom

Mass Murderer Moderate Mahmoud

Jonathan Schanzer

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, under pressure from U.S. ‎Secretary of State John Kerry, uttered a few words on Tuesday that appeared to ‎condemn the barbaric attack by two Palestinians in a synagogue in Jerusalem.

20th November 2014 - Cited by Today's Zaman

Turkey Associated with Terrorism Financing, Weapons Smuggling

Jonathan Schanzer, Merve Tahiroglu

The Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD) -- a non-profit, non-partisan policy institute focusing on foreign policy and national security based in the US -- released a report on Wednesday alleging that Turkey has failed to clamp down on terrorism financing, weapons smuggling, illegal...

20th November 2014 - Quoted by Daniel Wiser - The Washington Free Beacon

Hayden: U.S. Intelligence Likely Could Not Detect Iranian Bomb

Mark Dubowitz

Former top George W. Bush administration official Gen. Michael Hayden said on Thursday that unless Iran provides the West with extensive access to its suspected nuclear facilities—a concession the Islamic regime has strenuously refused—U.S. intelligence agencies will be unable to detect...

19th November 2014 - Quoted by Oren Dorell - USA Today

5 Reasons Why Iran Wants a Nuclear Deal, and May Fail

Mark Dubowitz

As Monday's deadline for a deal on Iran's nuclear program nears, here are five reasons Iran wants an agreement — and five barriers to an accord:

18th November 2014 - Quoted by Rebecca Shimoni Stoil - The Times of Israel

On Iran Nuclear Deal, Down to the Wire in Vienna

Mark Dubowitz

With John Kerry waiting in the wings in London, any outcome is still possible in final week before deadline in negotiations on Tehran’s rogue program

18th November 2014 - Quoted by Maggie Ybarra - The Washington Times

Doubts About Afghan Forces Rise After Attack in Capital

Thomas Joscelyn

A Taliban attack in Afghanistan’s fortified capital Tuesday triggered fresh concerns about the ability of U.S.-trained Afghan security forces to secure Kabul as international combat troops withdraw from the war-torn nation.

18th November 2014 - Quoted by Jennifer Rubin - The Washington Post

Obama’s Fire Sale to Iran

Mark Dubowitz

The Wall Street Journal reports: “Iran hasn’t given the U.S. and Europe a clear signal that it is prepared to accept a major cut in its future enrichment capacity.

18th November 2014 - Quoted by Ariel Ben Solomon - The Jerusalem Post

Analysis: Making Up is Mostly About Iran

David Andrew Weinberg

Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain agreed on Sunday to return their ambassadors to Qatar after withdrawing them in March, in what is likely an effort to form a united front against Shi’ite Iran and its proxies throughout the region.

17th November 2014 - Quoted by Adam Kredo - The Washington Free Beacon

Cleric: Iran Will Use ‘Suicide Operations to Send its Message to the World’

Saeed Ghasseminejad

A hardline Iranian cleric affiliated with the country’s Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) said Iran has used “suicide operations” in the past and will use them again “to send its message to the world,” according to a translation of his original Farsi remarks.

16th November 2014 - Quoted by Kristina Wong - The Hill

GOP Poised to Dash Obama’s Iran Hopes

Mark Dubowitz

Republicans are flexing their muscles and threatening to block President Obama from cutting a nuclear deal with Iran on his own terms.

16th November 2014 - Cited by Brian Eason - The Indianapolis Star

U.S. Confirms Indy Native Peter Kassig Killed by Islamic State

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Indianapolis native Peter Kassig, who converted to Islam and changed his name to Abdul-Rahman during his yearlong captivity by Islamic State militants, has been beheaded, U.S. officials confirmed Sunday.

16th November 2014 - Quoted by Rukmini Callimachi - The New York Times

Obama Condemns Islamic State’s Killing of Peter Kassig

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Islamic State militants released a chilling videotape on Sunday showing they had beheaded a fifth Western hostage, an American aid worker the group had threatened to kill in retaliation for airstrikes carried out by the United States in Iraq and Syria.

16th November 2014 - Quoted by Robert Mendick - The Telegraph

Terror Financiers are Living Freely in Qatar, US Discloses

David Andrew Weinberg

Two of al-Qaeda’s most senior financiers are living with impunity in Qatar despite being on a worldwide terrorism blacklist, the American official in charge of sanctions has disclosed.

15th November 2014 - Quoted by Paul Richter - The Los Angeles Times

Iran Seeks Quick Relief from U.N. Sanctions in Nuclear Talks

Mark Dubowitz

The latest obstacle to the U.S. and five other nations finalizing a nuclear deal with Iran by this month's deadline is an unexpected new demand from Tehran for quick relief from United Nations sanctions.

14th November 2014 - Cited by Deniz Arslan - Today's Zaman

NATO Says Turkey Remains Valuable Ally Amid Debates on its Relevance

Jonathan Schanzer

Amid the intense discussions in international political circles about whether Turkey is still relevant as a NATO partner, given its “reluctance” to effectively contribute to the US-led coalition against the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and its bumpy democracy with imposed...

14th November 2014 - Quoted by Lee Smith - The Weekly Standard

Caving to Iran

Mark Dubowitz

It's not clear when (or whether) the Obama White House will conclude a final agreement with Iran over its nuclear program.


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