Analysis & Commentary


7th February 2018 - Quoted by Daniel Estrin - Parallels

Palestinian Authority Faces Blowback Over Allegations Of CIA-Backed Wiretapping

Grant Rumley

The Palestinian Authority government is facing allegations that it is collaborating with the CIA to spy on the phone conversations of senior Palestinian figures, including adversaries and allies of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.

7th February 2018 - Quoted by Olivia Oscar - Cryptona

The General Manager Of BIS Augustín Carstens Does Not Want Cryptocurrency To Join The Main Financial

Augustín Carstens who is the general manager of the Bank for International settlements (BIS) has claimed that Bitcoin is a bubble and more to that it’s a Ponzi scheme and an environment disaster. The manager went on to request central banks to closely monitor digital currencies. This is...

7th February 2018 - Quoted by Polygraph

Sobchak: Putin is Preparing a Transition of Power

Speaking on February 6 at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, DC, Russian presidential candidate Ksenia Sobchak said she represents the dissident Russian liberal minority that disapproves of President Vladimir Putin’s domestic and foreign policies.

6th February 2018 - Quoted by The Algemeiner

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’ ‘Heavy-Handed Rule’ Exposed by Reports of Secret Wire

Grant Rumley

Mahmoud Abbas found himself under domestic fire once more on Tuesday, as reports emerged of a secret wire-tapping operation, allegedly backed by the CIA, that targeted allies and rivals of the Palestinian Authority president alike.

6th February 2018 - Quoted by Curt Mills - The National Interest

China Is Furious With Rex Tillerson

Emanuele Ottolenghi

True to form, the Trump administration is keeping all options on the table: even armed intervention in Venezuela, as the president explicitly floated in August. Secretary of State of Rex Tillerson stated his belief over the weekend that there will likely be “a change” in the country....

6th February 2018 - Quoted by Jiha Ham - Voice of America

Inter-Korean Olympic Sports Exchange Could Undermine ‘Spirit of Sanctions’

Anthony Ruggiero

With just days before the opening ceremony for the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics, some U.S. experts are voicing concern that the highly publicized inter-Korean sports exchanges could undermine international sanctions intended to tighten the flow of cash into North Korea and pressure it to...

6th February 2018 - Quoted by Sean Savage - Jewish News Syndicate

Why is Ireland the most anti-Israel country in Europe?

Orde Kittrie

The Irish and Jewish people share a common history of suffering cruel persecution and achieving national redemption against immeasurable odds. But today, modern Ireland is one of Europe’s fiercest critics of Israel. This tension was on display last week as the Irish Senate was considering...

6th February 2018 - Quoted by The Tower

German Company “Shocked” that Parts it Sold to Iran Were Used in Syrian Chemical Attacks

Benjamin Weinthal

A German firm’s technology was purchased by Iran and later used in chemical attacks carried out against civilians by the Assad regime in Syria, Benjamin Weinthal reported in The Jerusalem Post on Monday.

6th February 2018 - Quoted by La Stampa

Bitcoin (in picchiata) e il riciclaggio: tutto quello che sappiamo

Yaya J. Fanusie

Il prezzo di Bitcoin è crollato di nuovo nelle ultime ore scendendo sotto la soglia dei 6.000 dollari arrivando a 5.900 per poi recuperare a 6.500 dollari.

5th February 2018 - Quoted by Adam Kredo - The Washington Free Beacon

Trump Admin Thwarts Irish Effort to Boycott Israel, Criminalize Trade

Orde Kittrie

The Trump administration played a key role in thwarting a recent effort by the Irish government to boycott Israel and make it a crime for Irish citizens to purchase products made in contested areas of the Jewish state, a move that would have severely jeopardized Ireland's trade with the...

5th February 2018 - Quoted by Aaron Gell - Task and Purpose

After Iran Kidnapped US Troops, A Scrappy New Jersey Law Firm Went After The Banks It Says Helped Th

Jonathan Schanzer

A few years back, Osen LLC, a boutique law firm operating out of a nondescript office park in Hackensack, New Jersey, adopted the phrase “It seemed like a good idea at the time!” as its company motto.

5th February 2018 - Quoted by Front Page Africa

New U.S. Sanctions to Combat Hezbollah Likely to Affect Liberia

Tony Badran

3rd February 2018 - Quoted by Adam Shaw - Fox News

Trump administration, pushing back on Iran’s influence, slaps fresh sanctions on Hezbollah

Tony Badran

The Trump administration announced Friday that it was slapping fresh sanctions on Hezbollah-linked individuals and businesses in Africa and the Middle East -- a move to limit not only the operations of the terrorist group, but also Iran’s influence in the region.

2nd February 2018 - Quoted by Ahval

Erdoğan using Syria incursion to crush opposition at home – analyst

Aykan Erdemir

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has used his country’s ongoing offensive in northwest Syria as a pretext to crush domestic opposition, wrote Aykan Erdemir, a senior fellow at the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies.

2nd February 2018 - Quoted by Josh Lederman - AP

Taking aim at Iran, US hits Hezbollah with new sanctions

Tony Badran

Taking aim at Iran’s global footprint, the Trump administration on Friday hit six people and seven businesses linked to Hezbollah with terror sanctions, calling it “the first wave” in a pressure campaign that will escalate throughout the year.

2nd February 2018 - Quoted by Jewish Insider

Daily Kickoff

Jonathan Schanzer

“Jonathan Schanzer, the senior vice president for the Foundation for Defense of Democracies told me this week, "There was a reluctance in the last three years of the Obama administration to designate Hamas guys." Part of this is because of Israel. After the 2014 rocket war with Hamas in...

1st February 2018 - Quoted by AFP

Palestinian reconciliation deal dying slow death

Grant Rumley

The two leading Palestinian factions missed another deadline Thursday to implement a reconciliation deal, potentially burying the landmark accord aimed at ending their decade-long split.

1st February 2018 - Quoted by Bennett Seftel - The Cipher Brief

Afghanistan Quagmire Leaves U.S. With No Good Options

Bill Roggio

Afghanistan’s government and security forces are mired in a grueling struggle for survival, despite the relative lull the winter is supposed to provide ahead of the Taliban’s traditional spring offensive.

1st February 2018 - Quoted by Al-Arabiya

Khamenei advisor: We will continue to support Hezbollah and Palestinian factions

Tyler Stapleton

A high-ranking advisor to Iran’s Ayatollah Khamenei said that the country’s leaders do not intend on reducing their influence in the Middle East despite US pressure, the Fars News Agency reported.

31st January 2018 - Quoted by Adam Kredo - The Washington Free Beacon

New Trump Crackdown Seeks to Sever Ties Between Iran, Palestinian Terrorists

Grant Rumley, Jonathan Schanzer

The Trump administration announced on Wednesday a slate of new sanctions on an Iranian-backed terror organization and its top allies in the Hamas movement, according to an announcement that is being viewed as part of an effort to disrupt the Islamic Republic's terror networks operating on...


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