Analysis & Commentary

6th April 2016 - Quoted by Jennifer Rubin - The Washington Post

Obama’s sneaky concession to Iran

Clifford D. May

The Obama administration, facing a violent backlash in Congress, swears up and down that it does not mean to give Iran direct access to U.S. banks. When pressed, however, it seems that the president is trying to achieve the same result, a unilateral concession to Iran that bolsters its...

6th April 2016 - Quoted by Eric R. Mandel - The Jerusalem Post

Legitimizing Iran: The US administration’s Middle East agenda

Mark Dubowitz, Jonathan Schanzer

Last year, while lobbying the American people to support the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, President Barack Obama repeatedly reassured undecided members of Congress that the deal was only about ending the Iranian nuclear program.

6th April 2016 - Quoted by Stephen Loiaconi - WJLA

Tensions rise between White House and Congress over Iranian aggressions

Jonathan Schanzer

Members of Congress are expressing increasing concern about the Obama administration's response to recent provocative actions by Iran that the president has said violate the "spirit" of the nuclear agreement, but not the letter of it.

6th April 2016 - Quoted by The Tower

Panama Papers Shed Light on Iranian Sanctions Busting, Illicit Financing

Mark Dubowitz, Jonathan Schanzer

The massive leak of documents from the Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca, otherwise known as the Panama Papers, has shed light on the role the company played in enabling Iranian sanctions busting.

5th April 2016 - Quoted by Efe Kerem Sozeri - The Daily Dot

How the Internet’s highest-profile prosecutor sits at the center of Turkish corruption

Aykan Erdemir, Merve Tahiroglu

U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara, who became famous online as the prosecutor who convicted Ross Ulbricht as the kingpin behind infamous Dark Net market Silk Road, earned a quarter million Turkish followers on Twitter last week after he publicly announced the arrest of Reza Zarrab, the central...

5th April 2016 - Quoted by Deb Riechmann - Associated Press

US Says Iran Forces Pulling Back in Syria; Others Say No

Tony Badran

The Obama administration is making the case that Iran is drawing down its elite fighting force from Syria in an effort to allay fears that Tehran is using its powerful Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps in Syria to strengthen its influence across the Middle East. Yet the Iranian government...

4th April 2016 - Quoted by Will Fitzgibbon and Martha Hamilton - The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists

Law Firm’s Files Include Dozens of Companies and People Blacklisted by U.S. Authorities

Emanuele Ottolenghi

One morning in mid-2014, before the summer sun had reached its peak, two elderly men in Aleppo, Syria, sat on plastic chairs, chatting quietly and drinking black coffee. From his perch outside his food stall, Sabri Wahid Asfur and his friend Abu Yassin watched their neighbors go about their...

4th April 2016 - Quoted by The Tower

Administration’s Reported Plan to Give Iran Access to Dollars Meets Bipartisan Opposition

Mark Dubowitz

The Obama administration’s reported plan to provide Iran with access to the U.S. dollar and American financial markets is meeting bipartisan opposition in Congress.

4th April 2016 - Quoted by Joshua Gillin - Politifact

Terrorists from groups besides ISIS crossing U.S.-Mexico border, U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis says

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Instead of worrying about ISIS infiltrating the country, U.S. Senate candidate and Rep. Ron DeSantis is concerned that members of other terrorist groups have already been caught trying to sneak across the border from Mexico.

4th April 2016 - Quoted by Ariel Ben Solomon - The Jerusalem Post

Iran deploys special forces to Syria

Amir Toumaj

Iran’s army deployed Special Forces from the 65th Nohed Brigade on an advisory mission, army official said on Monday.

4th April 2016 - Quoted by Adam Kredo - The Washington Free Beacon

Congress Investigating Obama Admin Deception on Iran Nuke Deal

Mark Dubowitz

Congress is investigating whether the Obama administration misled lawmakers last summer about the extent of concessions granted to Iran under the nuclear deal, as well as if administration officials have been quietly rewriting the deal’s terms in the aftermath of the agreement, according...

1st April 2016 - Quoted by Natasha Bertrand - Business Insider

Turkey’s relationship with the US is reaching its breaking point

Aykan Erdemir

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's visit to Washington, DC, to attend President Barack Obama's final nuclear summit has been anything but smooth.

1st April 2016 - Quoted by The Tower

Bipartisan Opposition Grows to Additional Sanctions Relief for Iran

Mark Dubowitz

Two prominent Democratic lawmakers joined a growing number of their Republican colleagues in expressing opposition to the Obama administration’s plan to grant further sanctions relief to Iran, including access to the American banking system and the ability to conduct transactions in U.S....

1st April 2016 - Quoted by Jennifer Rubin - The Washington Post

Backlash over Iran concessions: Has Congress had enough?

Mark Dubowitz, Annie Fixler

The suggestion that the Obama administration might allow Iran access to the U.S. banking system — something not required under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) and something the administration has previously vowed not to do — has provoked a hostile reception among sanctions...

1st April 2016 - Quoted by The Wall Street Journal

More Dollars for the Ayatollahs

Mark Dubowitz

In life you don’t get what you deserve, you get what you negotiate—or so we’ve read in airline magazines. But if you’re an Iranian mullah and you’re dealing with the Obama Administration, you can get more than you negotiated, and what you never deserved.

31st March 2016 - Quoted by The Tower

Sanctions Expert: US Concessions to Iran “Above and Beyond” Nuke Deal Requirements

Mark Dubowitz, Jonathan Schanzer, Annie Fixler

The Obama administration’s apparent intent to allow Iran access to the United States banking system goes “above and beyond” what is required by last year’s nuclear deal, a top Iran sanctions expert has said.

31st March 2016 - Quoted by Bill Allison - Bloomberg Politics

McCain-Linked Nonprofit Received $1 Million From Saudi Arabia

David Andrew Weinberg

A nonprofit with ties to Senator John McCain received a $1 million donation from the government of Saudi Arabia in 2014, according to documents filed with the U.S. Internal Revenue Service.

31st March 2016 - Quoted by Virginie Montet - Agence France- Presse

US official hints at letting Iran trade in dollars

Mark Dubowitz

The US treasury secretary seems to be laying the groundwork to let Iran begin trading in dollars, after a landmark accord with the West last year saw the country limit its nuclear programme in exchange for the lifting of sanctions.

31st March 2016 - Quoted by Bradley Klapper and Mathew Lee - Associated Press

Officials: US Mulls New Rules On Dollars To Help Iran

Mark Dubowitz

The Obama administration may soon tell foreign governments and banks they can start using the dollar in some instances to facilitate business with Iran, officials told The Associated Press, describing an arcane tweak to U.S. financial rules that could prove significant for Tehran's...

30th March 2016 - Quoted by The Tower

State Dept. Declines to Address Growing Concerns about New Iran Sanctions Relief

Mark Dubowitz, Jonathan Schanzer

State Department spokesperson John Kirby declined to address growing concerns from experts and Congress about the Obama administration’s reported plans to extend additional sanctions relief to Iran during a press briefing on Tuesday.


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