Analysis & Commentary


17th March 2015 - Quoted by Richard Brookhiser - National Review Online

A Real Saint Patrick’s Day Seisiún

Clifford D. May

In celebration of the Feast of Saint Patrick, National Review asked some friends and colleagues for their thoughts on the day and on their favorite aspects of Irish history and culture.

16th March 2015 - Quoted by Linette Lopez - Business Insider

Bombshell Report Alleges Argentina, Iran, and Venezuela Were Once All Bound Together

Toby Dershowitz

Three former Venezuelan government officials who defected from Chavez's regime spoke to the Brazilian magazine Veja about this alleged alliance, which included a deal to get Argentina to remove the names of Iranians suspected of being involved in the deadly bombing of AMIA, a Jewish center...

16th March 2015 - Quoted by The Algemeiner

Expert Fears White House Deliberately ‘Whitewashing’ Iran, Hezbollah Terror Threat

Clifford D. May

A recent US Intelligence report which appears to downplay the terrorist activities from Iran and its proxy groups has raised questions about what could have motivated the change from previous similar reports.

15th March 2015 - Quoted by Matthew Hilburn - Voice of America

One-time US Prisoner Now Key in Battling IS

Behnam Ben Taleblu

One of the key figures participating in the fight against the so-called Islamic State group in Iraq is a Shi’ite militant who less than a decade ago helped coordinate a brazen attack on U.S. troops that left five American soldiers dead.

15th March 2015 - Quoted by Charles Hoskinson - The Washington Examiner

Is Iran Playing the U.S. in the Nuclear Talks

Hiding in the standoff between President Obama and Congress over how to deal with international negotiations aimed at limiting Iran's nuclear program is a very real concern: whether the United States is getting played by Tehran.

15th March 2015 - Quoted by Madu Onuorah - The Guardian Nigeria

SUICIDE BOMBING: New Weapon Of Retreating Boko Haram

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

WHEN the insurgent group, Boko Haram, launched its first suicide bombing attack on June 16, 2011 at the Louis Edet House, headquarters of the Nigeria Police Force, Abuja, it marked the first formal deployment of suicide bombings to achieve political objectives and to cause anarchy in...

14th March 2015 - Quoted by Carol Morello - The Washington Post

Crunch Time as Iran Nuclear Talks Resume

Mark Dubowitz

Secretary of State John F. Kerry flies to Switzerland on Sunday for the next round of talks over Iran’s nuclear program, amid soaring expectations that a historic agreement is imminent.

13th March 2015 - Quoted by Jeremy Diamond, Elise Labott - CNN

Obama, Netanyahu Spat Seeps Into Israeli Election

David Andrew Weinberg

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will face voters on Tuesday, just two weeks after he took a major political gamble by giving a controversial speech to the U.S. Congress against the Obama administration's wishes.

13th March 2015 - Quoted by Adam Kredo - The Washington Free Beacon

Iran Instructs U.S. to Bypass Congress on Deal, Go to U.N.

Saeed Ghasseminejad

The Iranian government is urging the United States to go straight to the United Nations to finalize any agreement reached in the coming weeks regarding Tehran’s contested nuclear program without seeking congressional approval.

13th March 2015 - Quoted by Jennifer Rubin - The Washington Post

Obama’s Iran Scheme is Laid Bare

Mark Dubowitz

We surmised yesterday that the Obama administration had the idea to go to the United Nations to pass by resolution what Congress would never agree to: a lifting of sanctions on Iran in exchange for a nearly worthless deal in which Iran would keep thousands of centrifuges and get a 10-year...

13th March 2015 - Quoted by Jamila Trindle - Foreign Policy

Breaking Up Sanctions Is Hard to Do

Jonathan Schanzer

A historic nuclear deal with Iran is in sight, but unraveling the web of financial embargoes, asset freezes, and restricted oil sales won’t be easy.

12th March 2015 - Quoted by Armin Rosen - Business Insider

ISIS Accepted a Pledge of Allegiance from Africa’s Deadliest Terror Group

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

The Islamic State militant group just accepted Boko Haram's pledge of allegiance. The Nigerian jihadist group, which has killed 11,000 people since 2011 and 6,000 people in 2014 alone, pledged itself to the Islamic State last Saturday.

12th March 2015 - Quoted by Pamela Engel, Michael B. Kelley - Business Insider

Turkish foreign minister: The Person Arrested for Helping 3 British Girls Join ISIS is a Spy

Jonathan Schanzer

Turkey's foreign minister has made the accusation that a spy working for the coalition fighting the Islamic State helped three young British women travel to Syria to join the terror group, Al Arabiya News reports.

12th March 2015 - Quoted by Ivan Plis - The Daily Caller

Atlantic Headline Blares ‘No Global Jihadist Movement,’ While Writer Asserts Otherwise

Bill Roggio

An online editor for spoiled a perfectly good article Wednesday, by writing a headline claiming that there is no worldwide movement of violent Islamist terrorism.

12th March 2015 - Quoted by Hayes Brown - BuzzFeed

U.S. “Has No Intention” Of Using United Nations To Cement Iran Deal

Mark Dubowitz

The U.S. has “no intention” of using the United Nations to lock into place any potential deal with Iran over its nuclear program, a senior U.S. official said on Thursday.

12th March 2015 - Quoted by Carol Morello - The Washington Post

In Iran Nuclear Talks, It’s All in a Name

Mark Dubowitz

There are many words being bandied about to describe the deal likely to emerge from the world’s most talked-about diplomatic negotiations — the ones focused on Iran’s nuclear program.

11th March 2015 - Cited by Jeremy Bender - Business Insider

Here Are the Most Likely Candidates to Replace Iran’s Ailing Supreme Leader

Iran's Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei is reportedly dying. The ayatollah, the final arbiter of all of Tehran's internal and external policies since 1989, is thought to have terminal cancer and his death could be imminent.

11th March 2015 - Quoted by Meredith Buel - VOA News

US Efforts to Arm Syrian Rebels Suffer Setbacks

Jonathan Schanzer

U.S. efforts to provide weapons to moderate rebels in Syria are suffering setbacks as al-Qaida-linked militants force the collapse of mainstream insurgent groups fighting the Syrian military.

11th March 2015 - Cited by Jamie Dettmer - VOA News

Sweden Breaks Arms Agreement, Saudi Arabia Recalls Ambassador

David Andrew Weinberg

Sweden has torn up a decades-old, multimillion-dollar arms agreement with Saudi Arabia in a diplomatic dispute sparked by Swedish criticism of Riyadh's human rights record. In response, Saudi Arabia recalled its ambassador from Sweden.

11th March 2015 - Quoted by Susan Crabtree - The Washington Examiner

Obama’s Unilateral Actions Could Doom Iran Deal

Mark Dubowitz

President Obama's plan to use executive actions and national security waivers to suspend sanctions on Iran are becoming the next battleground in his quest for a nuclear deal — and the virtually unprecedented move could end up sinking the deal.


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