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8th October 2012 - Quoted by Roberta Rampton, Reuters

Senator Works on Tighter US Sanctions for Iran

Mark Dubowitz

Republican Senator Mark Kirk, who last year co-authored a package of U.S. sanctions on Iran's banking and oil sectors, is working on new legislation that would further tighten the...

8th October 2012 - Cited by Carl Wege, Perspectives on Terrorism

Hizballah in Africa

Jonathan Schanzer

Sudan, ruled by Omar Hassan al-Bashir, has become a safe haven for some wanted Middle Eastern terrorists, allowing some of them to rejoin the struggle by gong from Khartoum first to Iran...

5th October 2012 - Cited by Mary Habeck, Foreign Policy

Al Qaeda’s Resurgence

Thomas Joscelyn

The murder of Ambassador Stevens and three other Americans in Libya on September 11 has created a growing political backlash in the United States, but there are three other reasons...

5th October 2012 - Quoted by Justyna Pawlak, Reuters

EU Questions “Taboo” Against Broad Trade Embargo on Iran

Mark Dubowitz

The European Union has begun discussing the possibility of a broad trade embargo against Iran, moving beyond the web of energy, business and financial restrictions imposed so far, in an...

4th October 2012 - Quoted by Guy Taylor, The Washington Times

Chavez Faces Strongest Challenge This Weekend

Mark Dubowitz

With Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez facing the most serious re-election challenge of his 14-year reign, international observers are bracing for the possibility of social unrest if the...

4th October 2012 - Quoted by Jay Solomon and Laurence Norman, The Wall Street Journal

West Seizes On Iran’s Currency Woes

Mark Dubowitz

The U.S. and Europe are working on new coordinated measures intended to accelerate the recent plunge of Iran's currency and drain its foreign-exchange reserves, according to officials...

3rd October 2012 - Quoted by Shirzad Bozorgmehr. Josh Levs and Joe Sterling, CNN

Riot Police Swarm Anti-Ahmadinejad Protesters in Fury Over Currency

Mark Dubowitz

Iranian riot police swarmed a major bazaar Wednesday in Tehran as demonstrators launched protests against firebrand President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, blaming him for plummeting...

3rd October 2012 - Quoted by Ramin Mostaghim and Patrick J. McDonnell, Los Angeles Times

Iran Police, Demonstrators Clash in Tehran Protests

Mark Dubowitz

Iranian police and demonstrators clashed Wednesday during street protests linked to rising prices and the plunging value of the national currency. Police in black riot gear fired tear gas...

3rd October 2012 - Quoted by Indira A.R. Lakshmanan, Bloomberg

Europe Weighs More Sanctions as Iran’s Currency Plummets

Mark Dubowitz

The U.K., France and Germany are pressing for new sanctions to bring Iran’s economy to its knees and curb its nuclear ambitions, according to several European diplomats, as rioting over...

2nd October 2012 - Quoted by Bethany Crudele, Marine Corps Times

Video Claims Marine Vet a Hostage in Syria

Bill Roggio

A video has surfaced purporting to show the Marine-turned-journalist who went missing nearly two months ago while on assignment in war-ravaged Syria. The 47-second clip, which...

1st October 2012 - Quoted by Matthew Robertson, Epoch Times

After Bo Xilai’s Purge, Web Searches for ‘Organ Harvest’ Suddenly Allowed

The Communist Party in China enforces a regime of Internet censorship so strict that when there’s a gap—especially a big, obvious, gaping one—observers are apt to conclude that it simply...

1st October 2012 - Cited by Gerald Steinberg, The Canadian Jewish News

Beware of Tikkunism and Tikkunistas

Benjamin Weinthal

Tikkun olam, Hebrew for making the world a better place, is an important component of Jewish religion and culture. But when removed from the wider Jewish context and artificially...

1st October 2012 - Quoted by Jamie Crawford, CNN

US Says Iran Currency Woes Show Sanctions Taking Hold

Mark Dubowitz

A sharp drop on Monday in the value of Iran's currency shows that international financial pressure over Iran's disputed nuclear program is having an impact, the State Department said.

29th September 2012 - Quoted by Victor Kotsev, Asia Times

Syria Between Hama 1982 and Lebanon

Recent talks between the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and the rebels appear to have hit a hard spot. The Egyptian peace initiative is on the rocks after the failure of...

28th September 2012 - Quoted by Jennifer Rubin, The Washington Post

Netanyahu Explains Iran to the US Voters

Mark Dubowitz

Over the course of his career, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has given some stem-winders at the United Nations. But none was as intriguing or as important as the speech he...

28th September 2012 - Quoted by Colin Freeman, The Telegraph - UK

How the Rushdie Affair has Inspired Some Fine Arab Writing

Amid all the uncertainty wrought by the Arab Spring, one consequence was entirely predictable: that it would unleash a glut of hastily-written books trying to make sense of it all. A new...

27th September 2012 - Quoted by Stephen Schwartz, The Weekly Standard

Iran’s ‘Think Tank’ Outreach

Benjamin Weinthal

On August 24, 2012, the German daily Tagesspiegel reported a dismaying decision by the German Academic Exchange Service, or Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD).

27th September 2012 - Quoted by Calev Ben-David and Flavia Krause-Jackson, Bloomberg

Netanyahu Says Limits Must Be Set on Iran Uranium Enrichment

Mark Dubowitz

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told the United Nations that the international community must impose explicit “red lines” on Iran’s uranium enrichment program to prevent it from...

26th September 2012 - Quoted by Justyna Pawlak, Reuters

EU Considers Sanctions Against Iranian Banks, Energy Sector

Mark Dubowitz

European governments are considering a new round of sanctions against Iran over its nuclear programme that could be implemented in October and substantially curtail trade with the...

26th September 2012 - Quoted by Whitney Eulich, Christian Science Monitor

Twin Bombings Shake Syrian Capital as UN Debates How to End the Fighting

Syrian rebels bombed Army headquarters in Damascus today in the second consecutive day of attacks on government troops and facilities in the city – underscoring the rebels’ ability to...

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