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29th February 2012 - Quoted by Indira A.R. Lakshmanan, Bloomberg

Iran Suffers ‘Crippling Effect’ of Sanctions

Mark Dubowitz

Mark Dubowitz, executive director of the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies, a Washington research, said the individual sanctions amount to a “comprehensive, mutually reinforcing” strategy designed to cut off Iranian access to hard currency

29th February 2012 - Cited by Jijo Jacobs, International Business Times

Slaughter of Shiites on the Rise in Pakistan

According to the Long War Journal, Jundallah has a history of targeting Shiites in the country. "The two most high-profile attacks against Shia took place in May 2004, when Jundallah killed 38 Shia worshipers in separate attacks at the Hyderi Mosque and the Jinnah Road Mosque in Karachi,"...

29th February 2012 - Quoted by Aamer Madhani, USA Today

Iran Further Complicates Relations between Obama, Netanyahu

Mark Dubowitz

Though the Israelis agree that stepped-up sanctions are starting to take a toll on Iran, they aren't working fast enough, says Mark Dubowitz, executive director at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, a conservative group that focuses its research on human rights and terrorism issues....

29th February 2012 - Cited by the Council on Foreign Relations

Concern Mounts on Syrians’ Humanitarian Plight

Jonathan Schanzer

"The longer Obama waits and the deeper the humanitarian crisis worsens, the more likely it becomes that other actors will tip the balance in Syria. Using history as a guide, none would be more dangerous than Saudi Arabia," writes Jonathan Schanzer in Foreign Policy.

29th February 2012 - Quoted by Donna Cassata, AP

Clinton to Congress: US Moving on Iran Penalties

Mark Dubowitz

An outside sanctions expert who has advised the administration said there were plenty of examples of foreign companies engaging in transactions that would be subject to sanctions beginning Wednesday.

28th February 2012 - Quoted by Sara A. Carter, The Washington Examiner

Secret Memo Suggests White House Ignored SOS from Iranian Opposition

Michael Ledeen

"It's clear that the administration was not being asked to stay away," said Michael Ledeen, a scholar with the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies who worked as a senior official for Republican administrations. "The opposition represented the best option for the West."

28th February 2012 - Cited by Investors Business Daily

Obama To Iran Green Revolution Dissidents: Drop Dead

Michael Ledeen

The Obama administration is oddly proud that it does "not provide financial assistance to any political movement, party or faction in Iran." But Foundation for the Defense of Democracies scholar Michael Ledeen has argued for years that supporting Iran's real opposition can keep it from...

27th February 2012 - Quoted by Adam Clark Estes, The Atlantic

The Syrian Activist Hit List Looks Like It’s Real

"This kind of info on this scale cannot be available to the general public, or faked." —Ammar Abdulhamid, a fellow at the conservative Foundation for Defense of Democracie

27th February 2012 - Quoted by Jennifer Rubin, The Washington Post

Will Israel Act as the West’s Protector?

Mark Dubowitz

I asked Mark Dubowitz of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, who has worked strenuously to develop and advocate for sanctions, where he thought we now stood and whether Israel should doubt Obama’s resolve.

27th February 2012 - Quoted by Hamed Aleaziz, Mother Jones

Syria Hit List Targets Thousands

According to Ammar Abdulhamid, a Syria expert and fellow at the conservative Foundation for Defense of Democracies, the document contains the names of people wanted by the government's military and security services.

26th February 2012 - Cited by Eric Schmitt, The New York Times

U.S. Teaming With New Yemen Government on Strategy to Combat Al Qaeda

Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula — the group’s formal name — stepped in to fill the vacuum. In response, the C.I.A. and Special Operations forces have carried out nearly a dozen drone strikes against Qaeda operatives in Yemen since last May

24th February 2012 - Quoted by Indira A.R. Lakshmanan, Bloomberg

Swift May Expel Iran’s Central Bank, Hindering Oil Payments

Mark Dubowitz

Mark Dubowitz, executive director of the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies in Washington, said he believes Swift is seeking “political cover to do something unprecedented” that might set an unwanted example for governments to press for the expulsion of other members.

24th February 2012 - Quoted by Sana Ajmi, Tunisia Live

Tunisian President Marzouki Against Military Aid to Syria

Jonathan Schanzer, Tony Badran

“A peaceful solution is a fantasy – we are talking about a war. The opposition needs weapons and funding. We need to start talking about arming the opposition; until then the international community is not having a serious dialogue on this issue,”

24th February 2012 - Quoted by Corriereweb.net

Iran, Verso la Cancellazione Della Lapidazione?

Emanuele Ottolenghi

L’Iran è un paradosso per molti, come scrive Emanuele Ottolenghi, il quale, in La Bomba Iraniana, spiega brevemente anche la condizione della donna nella Repubblica Islamica. Qui “la percentuale femminile di detentrici di studio è più alta di quella maschile

23rd February 2012 - Quoted by Terry Glavin, Ottawa Citizen

America is Ready to Fix Our Sanctions Mess for Us

Sheryl Saperia

It’s also getting a bit much for the fiercely pro-sanctions Foundation for Defense of Democracies, based in Washington, D.C. “Targeting Chinese companies may present a significant political cost,”

22nd February 2012 - Quoted by Jabeen Bhatti and Portia Walker, USA Today

Activists Ensure that the World Sees Syria’s Bloodbath

Tony Badran

The United States should send a covert team into Syria to assess the rebels and what they need and start working on training, doctrine and building a chain of command, says Tony Badran, a researcher at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies.

21st February 2012 - Quoted by Zach Silberman, JTA

As Syria Crackdown Intensifies, Debate Rages Over U.S. Options

Tony Badran

“What [the Obama administration] wants to see in Syria is a peaceful political solution," said Tony Badran, a research fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies.

18th February 2012 - Quoted by Terry Glavin, Ottawa Citizen

Enacting Sanctions on Iran Isn’t Enough

Sheryl Saperia

Sheryl Saperia, the Canadian policy director of the Washington, D.C.-based Foundation for Defense of Democracies, says Canada should be making a serious effort, now more than ever, to ensure that sanctions work.

17th February 2012 - Quoted by Ewa Krukowska and Indira A.R. Lakshmanan, Bloomberg

Swift Says Ready to Implement Sanctions on Iran Institutions

Mark Dubowitz

Iran would be the first country to be cut off by Swift, according to Mark Dubowitz, executive director of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, a Washington policy group, who has advised the Obama administration and congressional offices on SWIFT and other sanctions measures.

17th February 2012 - Quoted by John Kemp, Reuters

EU Pays Price for Oil Sanctions on Iran: John Kemp

Mark Dubowitz, Reuel Marc Gerecht

In an influential report on the "Oil Market Impact of Sanctions Against the Central Bank of Iran", which has circulated widely in Washington and European capitals, sanctions advocates Mark Dubowitz and Reuel Marc Gerecht of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies...

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