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30th April 2015 - Quoted by Drew MacKenzie - Newsmax

John Kerry ‘Wished US Had Leader’ Like Khamenei, Iranians Say

Saeed Ghasseminejad

Secretary of State John Kerry allegedly told his Iranian counterpart that he wished the U.S. had a head of state more like Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, according to The Washington Free Beacon. Citing remarks from a senior Iranian cleric that were broadcast in the country’s state-run...

30th April 2015 - Quoted by Scott Johnson - The Power Line

Mister, We Could Use a Man Like Their Supreme Leader

Saeed Ghasseminejad

I have found Iranian reports concerning the (current) so-called Joint Plan of Action with Iran as well as the arrangement in process to be more reliable than those deriving from official sources in the Obama administration. This, however, is where I draw the line:

29th April 2015 - Quoted by Jonathan Saul and Alex Lawler - Reuters

Iran’s Oil Exports Rise in April After Framework Nuclear Accord

Mark Dubowitz

Iran's crude oil exports have risen in April following softer sales last month, helped by a framework nuclear agreement between Tehran and world powers and the possibility that Western sanctions could be lifted soon.

29th April 2015 - Quoted by Adam Kredo - The Washington Free Beacon

Report: Kerry Told Iran He Wishes ‘U.S. Had a Leader like Iran’s Supreme Leader’

Saeed Ghasseminejad

Secretary of State John Kerry told his Iranian counterpart that he wished the United States had a leader more like Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei, according to comments made by a senior Iranian cleric and repeated in the country’s state-run media.

29th April 2015 - Quoted by Shane Harris - The Daily Beast

Dead Broke Libya Hires Million-Dollar American Lobbyist

Jonathan Schanzer

The fledgling government of Libya has hired a top-flight Washington PR firm to represent its interests in D.C., even though by all accounts Libya is a failed state with no real functioning government.

28th April 2015 - Quoted by Yochanan Visser - Western Journalism

U.S. Navy Was Obligated To Prevent Iranian Agression Against Marshall Islands Vessel

Patrick Megahan

Today, Iran seized a cargo vessel in international waters in the Strait of Hormuz.

28th April 2015 - Quoted by The Tower

U.S. Navy Dispatches Vessels After Iran Seizes Allied Cargo Ship

Patrick Megahan

A ship traveling in international waters, owned by a company with significant ties to the U.S. government and flagged to the U.S.-protected Marshall Islands, was diverted under fire by Iranian naval forces to the port of Bandar Abbas.

28th April 2015 - Quoted by The Tower

Analyst: Hezbollah Exploiting Power Vacuum in Syria to Escalate Violence on Israeli Border

Benjamin Weinthal

Hezbollah has been taking taking advantage of the power vacuum in Syria to try and create a “deterrent balance” against Israel, according to an analysis written by Avi Issacharoff and published Monday in The Times of Israel.

28th April 2015 - Quoted by Jack Moore - Newsweek

Exiled Palestinian Leader Looks for Regional Allies in Mediation of Nile Dam Deal

Grant Rumley

Exiled Palestinian politician and former leader of Fatah in Gaza, Mohammed Dahlan, mediated the signing of an agreement for the construction of a controversial River Nile dam project between Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan last month, Newsweek can exclusively reveal.

28th April 2015 - Quoted by Tim Mak - The Daily Beast

U.S. Defense Biz Sees Cash from Mideast Chaos

Jonathan Schanzer

War in Yemen. The continued threat of ISIS. Ongoing conflict in Iraq and Syria. Increasing Iranian influence. As America’s Middle Eastern allies watch their neighborhood burn, the U.S. defense industry is viewing increased instability as a money-making opportunity.

27th April 2015 - Quoted by Leah McGrath Goodman

Iran Is Being Courted by European Business and Big Oil

Mark Dubowitz

In downtown Tehran, the German electronics powerhouse Siemens AG opens and closes for business each day. But since 2010, no new business has been done there.

27th April 2015 - Quoted by The Tower

Expert: Obama “Siding with Iran” in Yemen Conflict

Tony Badran

The Obama administration is “siding with Iran” while operating “over the heads of the Saudis” in its deliberations over the future of Yemen, Tony Badran, a research fellow for the Foundation of Defense of Democracies, wrote Friday in an analysis published on the Lebanese website NOW...

27th April 2015 - Quoted by Steven Edwards -

UN Plan to Settle 1M Refugees an Invitation to Terror, Critics Warn

Benjamin Weinthal

The humanitarian disaster unfolding on the Mediterranean is likely already providing a "shield" for Islamist terrorists to infiltrate waves of migrants attempting the perilous crossing from North Africa to Europe, terrorism experts and other strategic observers are warning. And they say a UN...

27th April 2015 - Quoted by Matthew J. Brodsky - The Jerusalem Post

Leveraging Sanctions With Iran

Having leaders already negotiated terms that would leave its entire nuclear-related infrastructure intact, Iran’s leaders shifted their focus to securing sanctions relief. Unfortunately, sanctions are America’s only insurance policy that Iran will keep up its end of the bargain – and...

25th April 2015 - Quoted by Golnaz Esfandiari - RFE/RL

Increasing Number Of Afghans, Pakistanis Killed In Syria Buried In Iran

An increasing number of Afghans and Pakistanis killed in the fighting in Syria have been buried in Iran in recent months.

24th April 2015 - Quoted by The Tower

Hamas Wins Student Election at Major West Bank University, Signaling PA Political Weakness

Grant Rumley

The terrorist organization Hamas won the student elections in Birzeit University in the West Bank on Wednesday, defeating Fatah, the main constituent party of the Palestinian Authority which rules the West Bank. In an analysis published Thursday, Grant Rumley of the Foundation for Defense of...

24th April 2015 - Quoted by Steven Metz - World Politics Review

Obama’s Islamic State Strategy Avoids Failure—but Also Success

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

When U.S. President Barack Obama announced his strategy for countering the so-called Islamic State (IS) last September, it was met with an immediate volley of criticism, most of it asserting that the president’s approach was too timid. Incensed by IS’ horrors, the critics called for...

23rd April 2015 - Quoted by Kevin Derby - Sunshine State News

Dennis Ross Looks at Terrorism Funding by Iran

Jonathan Schanzer

U.S. Rep. Dennis Ross, R-Fla., part of the U.S. House leadership as senior deputy whip, insisted Iran is helping fund terrorism.

23rd April 2015 - Quoted by The Tower

Former Treasury Dept. Official: Sanctions Relief Allows Iran to Boost Support for Terrorism

Jonathan Schanzer

In testimony before a House of Representatives hearing Wednesday, former Treasury Department official Jonathan Schanzer warned that the sanctions relief being offered to Iran as part of ongoing nuclear negotiations threatens to make “much more terror finance” available to terror groups,...

23rd April 2015 - Quoted by Heather Saul - The Independent

Saudi Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal Faces Backlash For Tweet

David Andrew Weinberg

A Saudi Prince has come under fire on social media after reportedly promising luxury Bentley cars to fighter pilots involved in bombing strikes in Yemen.


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