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9th August 2011 - Quoted by Lee Smith, The Weekly Standard

Assad’s Noose Tightens

Tony Badran

Kuwait’s turnaround may be the most significant since, as Tony Badran, a research fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, explains, Assad and his cousin Rami Makhlouf have reached out to the Kuwaitis for financial assistance.

8th August 2011 - Quoted by Jennifer Rubin, The Washington Post

Senators Demand Obama Step Up Iran Policy

Mark Dubowitz

When it comes to implementing tough measures to stop Iran’s nuclear weapons program, there is no longer a “third rail” that should prevent us from trying any measure to squeeze the regime. The Obama administration must target Iran’s crude oil sales, designate the Central Bank of...

8th August 2011 - Cited by Steve Macoy, Republican-American

Flung From the Sun

Clifford D. May

We certainly don’t mean to be frivolous about this. In fact, America has received ample warning, from Clifford May and others, of the dangers of electromagnetic-pulse events caused by high-altitude nuclear blasts. These would have much the same effects the solar flares could.

7th August 2011 - By Ion Mihai Pacepa, Pajamas Media

Happy Birthday, Michael Ledeen!

Michael Ledeen

The highest official who has ever defected from the Soviet bloc looks back with thanks for the help he received from PJMedia's own Michael Ledeen.

4th August 2011 - Quoted by Jennifer Rubin, The Washington Post

Iran Sanctions Failing

Mark Dubowitz

Mark Dubowitz of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies has been intimately involved in helping to craft sanctions efforts. But he, too, recognizes that sanctions alone are insufficient. He e-mailed me: “[Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali] Khamenei and his Revolutionary Guards are not...

4th August 2011 - Quoted by Hilary Leila Krieger, The Jerusalem Post

US Looks at Intensifying Sanctions Against Syria

Mark Dubowitz

Over a quarter of the Syrian regime’s revenue comes from the sale of oil, according to the Foundation for Defense of Democracies.

2nd August 2011 - Quoted by Jennifer Rubin, The Washington Post

Obama Finally ‘Appalled’ at Syria

Jonathan Schanzer

Jonathan Schanzer of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies e-mailed me: “Syria is an increasingly ugly mess, and I don’t see anyone from the international community willing to step up to mitigate this crisis. The slaughter of civilians continues, while the military now shows real...

1st August 2011 - Quoted by Adam Serwer, The American Prospect

Will Extremists Hijack The Aftermath Of The Arab Spring?

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross has a sobering analysis of al-Qaeda's strategy for exploiting popular discontent in the wake of the Arab Spring:

31st July 2011 - Quoted by Oren Kessler, The Jerusalem Post

Obama ‘Horrified’ as Syrian Forces Kill at Least 80 in Hama

Tony Badran

“What the regime is facing here is a tribal insurrection in the east stretching from the north in Deir al- Zor, through the middle in Albu Kamal,” Tony Badran, a research fellow with the Washington-based Foundation for Defense of Democracies,” told The Jerusalem Post by email.

29th July 2011 - Cited by Jeff Emanuel, Red State

The Attempted Terrorist Attack by the Face of Peaceful Islam, and the Problems it Presents for Media

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

The question of whether Abdo was actually affiliated with al Qaeda has obviously come up (see the noteworthy discussion by Daveed Gartenstein-Ross, J.M. Berger, and Clint Watts on Twitter this morning).

29th July 2011 - Quoted by Adam Serwer, The American Prospect

Is Al-Qaeda On The Ropes?

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

I meant to respond to this earlier this week, but I think the notion that al-Qaeda is on the verge of defeat would best be taken with more than a grain of salt.

29th July 2011 - Quoted by Jennifer Rubin, The Washington Post

Oh, Yeah, There is an Iran-al-Qaeda Connection

Jonathan Schanzer, Reuel Marc Gerecht

Iran expert and former CIA analyst Reuel Marc Gerecht of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies was part of that debate. He e-mails me:

28th July 2011 - Cited by Max Boot, Commentary

Whatever the Fate of al-Qaeda, the Islamist Terrorist Threat Remains

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

There is a clear and present danger of premature triumphalism when American counter-terrorism officials proclaim al-Qaeda is “on the brink of collapse.”

22nd July 2011 - Cited by Stars and Stripes

Updates on the Oslo Bombing

Abu Suleiman al Nasser issued a statement saying the bombing was connected to a Dec. 2010 attack in Stockholm, Sweden, according to The Long War Journal, which received a translation of the statement from the SITE Intelligence Group, which monitors jihadist groups online.

21st July 2011 - Cited by Bernie Quigley, The Hill

Al Qaeda in the Horn of Africa

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Jon Huntsman made an interesting comment the other day. He said the al Qaeda terrorism sweeping the world these last decades represents the collapse of old regimes much as collapse swept old Europe and the Ottoman Empire a hundred years ago.

21st July 2011 - Quoted by Alex Thurston, Christian Science Monitor

US is Right to Give Aid to Somalia, Despite Risk of Helping Al Shabab

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

The answer to the crisis would seem to be aid from the outside, but control of southern Somalia by al Shabab, an Islamic militia designated as a terrorist group by the US State Department, poses a legal and political wrinkle.

19th July 2011 - Cited by Sarah Glazer, CQ Global Researcher

Organ Trafficking

Gutmann, an American investigative journalist whose estimates of the number of Falun Gong harvesting victims echoes those of Matas, says it’s hard to say what is happening now. He doesn’t trust Chinese government statistics.

19th July 2011 - Quoted by Jennifer Rubin, The Washington Post

Do We Have An Iran Policy?

Mark Dubowitz

I spoke to Mark Dubowitz of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies yesterday about the state of the administration’s Iran policy. He was blunt:

18th July 2011 - Quoted by by John Smithies, The Epoch Times

Rally in London Calls For an End to The Persecution of Falun Gong

At an event in the UK Parliament on July 12, investigative journalist Ethan Gutmann said that the persecution of Falun Gong is one of the “clearest cases of genocide in this century”.

18th July 2011 - The New York Times

Taliban Video Shows Execution of 16 Pakistanis

“These are the enemies of Islam who originated from Pakistan,” he says, according to a translation of the statement posted by The Long War Journal, a Web site that specializes in reports on militancy.


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