Analysis & Commentary

9th August 2015 - Quoted by Ari Yahsar - Artuz Sheva

Nuclear Deal Makes IRGC ‘Key’ to Entering Iranian Market

Mark Dubowitz

Details of the Iranian nuclear deal show that sanctions relief will primarily benefit Iran's Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), which is involved in terrorist activity around the world.

9th August 2015 - Quoted by The Tower

Nuke Deal to Increase LGBT Persecution in Iran, Tie Western Companies to Human Rights Abuses

Benjamin Weinthal

The nuclear deal with Iran will empower a regime that has killed an estimated 4,000 to 6,000 gays and lesbians since 1979 and enable the increased persecution of sexual minorities in the Islamic Republic, Benjamin Weinthal, a research fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies,...

9th August 2015 - Quoted by Babak Dehghanpisheh and Yeganeh Torbati - Reuters

Firms Linked to Revolutionary Guards to Win Sanctions Relief Under Iran Deal

Mark Dubowitz

Dozens of companies tied to Iran's elite Revolutionary Guards, a military force commanding a powerful industrial empire with huge political influence, will win sanctions relief under a nuclear deal agreed with world powers.

8th August 2015 - Quoted by Von Antje Schippmann - Bild

Zerbricht jetzt Obamas Iran-Allianz?

Toby Dershowitz, Emanuele Ottolenghi, Toby Dershowitz

„Schumers Erklärung könnte die Demokraten beeinflussen, die noch unschlüssig waren“, sagt Iran-Experte und Analyst Emanuele Ottolenghi zu BILD.

7th August 2015 - Quoted by Charles Hoskinson - The Washington Examiner

Reversing Iran deal Wouldn’t Be Easy for Next President

Mark Dubowitz

Republican presidential candidates have slammed President Obama's nuclear deal with Iran, with some vowing to repudiate it if they win.

7th August 2015 - Quoted by Mike Giglio - Buzzfeed News

Senate Bill Hopes To Stop Looted Syrian Artifacts From Reaching The U.S.

Jonathan Schanzer

A new Senate bill that aims to stop looted Syrian antiquities from being sold in the U.S. is also intended to telegraph a warning to American buyers.

6th August 2015 - Quoted by Scott Johnson - Power Line

The Obama Method

Clifford D. May, Jonathan Schanzer

Obama’s potted history of the Cold War includes this revealing nugget: “With Kennedy at the helm, the Cuban Missile Crisis was resolved peacefully.” The Cuban Missile Crisis was resolved, of course, by the American naval blockade of Cuba that brought us to the brink of war and led to...

6th August 2015 - Quoted by Adam Kredo - Washington Free Beacon

Italy Gives Iran $3 Billion Line of Credit

Saeed Ghasseminejad

Italy has agreed to give Iran a more than $3 billion dollar line of credit following several meetings this week between senior Iranian and Italian officials, according to Persian language reports.

5th August 2015 - Quoted by Turkish Weekly

Daesh Struggles to Manage Economy

Jonathan Schanzer

Daesh is struggling to manage the economy, and to obtain funds, in the territories it occupies in Iraq and Syria. The main sources for revenue of the militant group are being squeezed by challenging economic conditions, by pressure from the opposition and coalition attacks and by poor...

5th August 2015 - Quoted by Bassem Aly - Ahram Online

Kurd Separatists or Islamic State: Who is Turkey’s Actual Target?

Aykan Erdemir

It looked like good news in the beginning, but the reality on the ground turned out to be different. The recent security arrangements between the United States and Turkey over the Turkish-Syrian borders implied that Ankara would finally become involved in the efforts of the Washington-led...

5th August 2015 - Quoted by Natasha Bertrand - Business Insider

Turkey ‘Decided to Light a Match’ and ‘Won’t Be Able to Control the Intensity’ of What Happens Next

Jonathan Schanzer

Turkey is now in the anti-ISIS fight — and it's unclear what happens next.

5th August 2015 - Quoted by Azadeh Moaveni, Donna Abu-Nasr, Indira AR Lakshmann - Bloomberg

The New Middle East

Mark Dubowitz

Mobile phones in Tehran started beeping and buzzing well before Iran’s nuclear agreement with the West was finalised on 14 July in Vienna. They carried an important sentiment that couldn’t wait for the niggling details to be ironed out in the talks between Iran, on one side, and China,...

5th August 2015 - Quoted by Mary Chastain - Breitbart

Book: Christian Persecution in the Middle East Goes Far Beyond ISIS

Jonathan Schanzer

In his latest book, Christian Persecution in the Middle East: A 21st Century Tragedy, author George J. Marlin explores the fall of Christianity in its birthplace, documenting the suffering of those people who face death simply for being a Christian.

4th August 2015 - Quoted by FCW

Is Hacking Back a Cyber-Theft Deterrent Option?

Juan Zarate

A new report from the Hudson Institute on economic espionage in cyberspace reflects a shifting conversation in Washington from passive to proactive cyber defense – to the point of suggesting that an “Economic Warfare Command” be set up at the Treasury Department for using offensive...

4th August 2015 - Quoted by Ron Kampeas - JTA

What Can Iran Hide in 24 Days? Answering the Questions Posed by the Nuclear Deal

Mark Dubowitz

Congress has until mid- to late September to consider whether to reject the nuclear restrictions for the sanctions rollback deal reached by Iran and six major powers on July 14. Some of the debate is over the meaning of certain provisions in the accord. Here’s a breakdown of differences in...

4th August 2015 - Quoted by Jamie Dettmer - Voice of America

Islamic Extremists Target Homs, Syria

Jonathan Schanzer

Despite facing severe threats in northern Syria from Turkish and U.S.-led coalition airstrikes, and Kurdish-led forces threatening their de-facto capital of Raqqa, Islamic State extremists are expanding an offensive in central Syria.

4th August 2015 - Quoted by Don Snyder -

German Critics Blast Berlin Over Economic Minister’s ‘Scandalous’ Trip to Tehran

Emanuele Ottolenghi

The ink was barely dry on the international agreement to drop sanctions against Iran before a top German official led a delegation of business leaders to Tehran to drum up business, leading to criticism from Jewish leaders and the German press.

3rd August 2015 - Quoted by Charles Hoskinson - The Washington Examiner

Turkey’s not-so-hidden motives

Aykan Erdemir

Turkey's entrance into the fight against the Islamic State may seem like a victory for President Obama in the face of criticism that his strategy has lagged behind the militant group's gains, especially in Syria.

3rd August 2015 - Quoted by by i24 News

Firm Whose Crane Was Used for Hangings Set to Re-enter Iran Market

Benjamin Weinthal

An Austrian company, Palfinger AG, whose crane equipment was used to for executions, is set to re-enter the Iranian market. Company head Herbert Ortner says there is strong demand for cranes in Iran because there is no local production, the Austria Press Agency reported.

3rd August 2015 - Quoted by Walter Pincus - The Washington Post

The Limitations of Sanctions on Iran

Juan Zarate

The parts of the Iran nuclear agreement that would lift sanctions are among its most complicated and controversial elements, partly because there is disagreement about what effect the sanctions have had on Tehran’s nuclear program.


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