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16th March 2012 - Quoted by Alan Cassidy, Basler Zeitung - Switzerland

Freiheit Könnte Teuer Werden

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Viele Beobachter bezweifeln, dass sich das Paar aus eigener Kraft befreien konnte. Die Taliban hätten die Geiseln gegen Bedingungen freigelassen, sagen von Nachrichtenagenturen zitierte Mitarbeiter des pakistanischen Geheimdiensts.

16th March 2012 - Quoted by Rick Gladstone and Stephen Castle, The New York Times

Global Network Expels as Many as 30 of Iran’s Banks in Move to Isolate Its Economy

Mark Dubowitz

“This could deny Iran’s banks the ability to move billions of dollars, and ratchet up the economic pressure on leaders who have so far refused to reach a negotiated settlement on their illegal nuclear weapons program,”...

16th March 2012 - Quoted by Herb Keinon and Hilary Leila Krieger, The Jerusalem Post

Iran Banks Face Cut-Off From SWIFT Network

Mark Dubowitz

“This was a political blow to Iran to be expelled from what is the financial equivalent of the UN,” said Mark Dubowitz, who has been advising the White House and Congress on this and other means of putting economic pressure on Tehran.

15th March 2012 - Quoted by Indira A.R. Lakshmanan and Pratish Narayanan, Bloomberg

U.S. May Sanction India Over Level of Iran-Oil Imports

Mark Dubowitz

Mark Dubowitz, the executive director of the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies in Washington and an adviser to the administration on sanctions, said India shouldn’t assume it will avoid sanctions unless its refiners demonstrably reduce imports over the next three months.

15th March 2012 - Quoted by Indira A.R. Lakshmanan, Bloomberg

Sanctioned Iran Banks Being Cut Off From Global Network

Mark Dubowitz

Mark Dubowitz, a sanctions specialist in Washington who advised U.S. lawmakers on the Swift legislation, said yesterday’s decision, if strictly implemented, could limit the ability of Iran’s banks “to move billions of dollars in financial transactions, and put immense pressure on...

15th March 2012 - Quoted by Laura Rosen, The Envoy

Global Financial Group, SWIFT, Boots Iran Banks From Network

Mark Dubowitz

"Cutting Iranian banks off from the financial equivalent of the Union Nations is a meaningful step," Mark Dubowitz, an Iran sanctions expert with the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, told Yahoo News in an interview Thursday.

14th March 2012 - Cited by Jonathan S. Tobin, Commentary

Iran’s Gaza Missile Gambit

Jonathan Schanzer

As Jonathan Schanzer writes in Foreign Policy, the latest terror offensive that led to more than 200 missiles being fired at Israel was the brainchild of the Iranians. By starting the fight that the Israelis finished, Iran’s terrorist proxies were not just seeking to burnish their image by...

14th March 2012 - Quoted by Paul Richter and Alex Rodriguez, Los Angeles Times

Chinese Bank Pulls Out of Pakistan-Iran Pipeline Project

Mark Dubowitz

"U.S. banks increasingly are not willing to do business with foreign financial institutions doing business with Iran," said Mark Dubowitz, an energy specialist at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, a nonpartisan think tank.

13th March 2012 - Quoted by Jennifer Rubin, The Washington Post

Homs Massacre: Hillary Clinton Can Only Scold

Jonathan Schanzer

Jonathan Schanzer of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies e-mailed me, “Didn’t we intervene in Libya to prevent massacres — just like the one reported in Homs?” Yes, but President Obama is now in an election year and is reluctant even to use minimal, belated force while he is in...

11th March 2012 - Quoted by Eli Lake, The Daily Beast

Can Israel Really Aid Iran’s Opposition, as Meir Dagan Suggests?

Michael Ledeen

Michael Ledeen, a freedom scholar at Foundation for Defense of Democracies and one of the biggest supporters of regime change in Iran, said he was happy to see Dagan’s remarks about aiding Iran’s opposition on 60 Minutes.

9th March 2012 - Cited by Jennifer Rubin, The Washington Post

Conservatives Lead From the Front, but Will Obama Follow?

Clifford D. May, Mark Dubowitz, Reuel Marc Gerecht

In February, a distinguished list of conservative foreign policy experts including Liz Cheney, Cliff May and Max Boot wrote to Obama, warning: “Unless the United States takes the lead and acts, either individually or in concert with like-minded nations...

8th March 2012 - Quoted by Zach Silberman, Washington Jewish Week

US House Members Introduce New Legislation to Expand Iran Sanctions

Jonathan Schanzer

Jonathan Schanzer, Vice President of Research for the Foundation for Defense of Democracies and FDD Executive Director Mark Dubowitz recently wrote an article in the Wall Street Journal urging the administration and Congress to close loopholes...

8th March 2012 - Cited by Joshua Hersh, The Huffington Post

Syria Crisis Gets A Hearty Embrace At Pro-Israel AIPAC Conference

Tony Badran

As Tony Badran, a research fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, put it in one of the AIPAC panel discussions, "The consensus has shifted."

8th March 2012 - Quoted by Indira A.R. Lakshmanan, Bloomberg

Global Insurers Targeted in Latest U.S. Bid to Expand Sanctions on Iran

Mark Dubowitz

The proposed measure “broadens the scope of U.S. sanctions to target Asian, Russian and other insurance and reinsurance companies looking to backfill on deals abandoned by their U.S. and European competitors,”

7th March 2012 - Cited by Yossi Klein Halevi, The New Republic

Why Israel Still Can’t Trust That Obama Has Its Back

Emanuele Ottolenghi

Writing in The New York Times on Friday, Emanuele Ottolenghi of the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies suggested one scenario for effective sanctions: “a complete United Nations-imposed oil embargo enforced by a naval blockade, as well as total diplomatic isolation.”

6th March 2012 - Cited by Jacob Edelist, The Jewish Press

Experts: Israel’s New Bunker-Busters Can Take Out Iran’s Nuke Plants

Benjamin Weinthal

In an article titled “Israel has the power to knock out Iran’s nuclear facilities” published in the NY York Daily News, Berlin-based reporter Benjamin Weinthal argues that Israel has the military capability to launch a successful attack on Iran’s nuclear facilities.

6th March 2012 - Quoted by Josh Rogin, Foreign Policy

Congress Prepares to Go After All Iranian Banks

Mark Dubowitz

Mark Dubowitz, executive director of the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies, a conservative policy organization in Washington, told The Cable that the new measures were necessary to prevent the Iranian regime from simply changing its banking tactics to focus on banks not yet...

6th March 2012 - Quoted by Gary Rosenblatt, The Jewish Week

What Would Mordechai Do?

Emanuele Ottolenghi, Mark Dubowitz

Emanuele Ottolenghi, Alfoneh’s co-panelist and senior fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, agreed, saying that Iranians are “disaffected, disappointed and disgruntled” with the regime, and the U.S. “hasn’t leveraged this at all.”

5th March 2012 - Quoted by Geoff Dyer and Richard McGregor, Financial Times

America and the Middle East: An Explosive Mix

Mark Dubowitz

Mark Dubowitz, executive director of the Washington-based Foundation for Defense of Democracies, who helped write the latest sanctions bill, admits that there is a risk oil prices could rise even further.

4th March 2012 - Quoted by Margaret Talev, Bloomberg

Obama Has ‘Israel’s Back’ Preventing Iran Nuke

Mark Dubowitz

Mark Dubowitz, executive director of the Washington-based policy research group Foundation for Defense of Democracies, said the only audience that counts for Obama’s message that he won’t tolerate a nuclear-armed Iran is Netanyahu and Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

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