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16th January 2017 - The Weekly Standard

Protecting Palestine

Reuel Marc Gerecht

Not long ago, I was talking to a Fatah official about Palestinian aspirations, especially his party’s sharp emotions about Hamas, the Palestinian fundamentalist movement that rules Gaza and would gladly overthrow the Fatah-led Palestinian Authority on the West Bank.

13th January 2017 - FDD Policy Brief

Will the next Arab revolt be in Algeria?

Benjamin Weinthal

A remarkable series of scarcely noticed counter-terrorism operations, labor strikes, and social protests in Algeria last week show the North African country may face a year of upheaval. Six years after the ouster of leaders in its fellow North African states Tunisia and Egypt, simmering...

13th January 2017 - The Jerusalem Post

German Court Calls Synagogue Torching an Act to ‘Criticize Israel’

Benjamin Weinthal

A German regional court in the city of Wuppertal affirmed a lower court decision last Friday stating that a violent attempt to burn the city's synagogue by three men in 2014 was a justified expression of criticism of Israel’s policies.

13th January 2017 - FDD Research

Should Boeing and Airbus sell planes to Iran Air?

Emanuele Ottolenghi

In January 2016, Airbus inked a deal to sell 118 planes to Iran Air, the Islamic Republic’s flag carrier, and in June of that year, Boeing announced it had reached a deal for the sale of 100 aircraft as well. In September, the U.S. Department of the Treasury issued initial export licenses...

12th January 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

US launches ‘self-defense strike’ during raid against Shabaab

Bill Roggio

US Africa Command announced that it launched an airstrike against Shabaab, al Qaeda’s branch in Somalia, while US advisors accompanied Somali and African Union forces in a counterterrorism exercise on Jan. 7.

12th January 2017 - Newsweek

Hezbollah’s Latest Conquest: Lebanon’s Cabinet

David Daoud

In late December, Lebanon’s parliament swore in a new cabinet dominated by Hezbollah and its partners in the pro-Syrian March 8 Alliance. For the Shiite group, this was a political victory even greater than the selection of its ally, former general Michel Aoun, for the presidency two...

12th January 2017 - FDD Policy Brief

Treasury Targets North Korea’s Human Rights Abusers

Anthony Ruggiero

The U.S. Department of the Treasury yesterday designated seven North Korean individuals and blocked two entities of the regime in response to North Korea’s human rights abuses and censorship activities. The State Department complemented the action with its Report on Human Rights Abuses and...

11th January 2017 - InFocus Quarterly

Weaponizing Refugees

Benjamin Weinthal

German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Willkomenskultur (“Welcome culture”) refugee policy of last year has screeched to a grinding halt.

11th January 2017 - Foreign Affairs

Abbas on the Ropes

Grant Rumley

For most of his 12 years as president of the Palestinian Authority (PA), Mahmoud Abbas has enjoyed the White House’s full-throated backing. The administration of George W. Bush, which supported Abbas’ appointment as prime minister in 2003 and lauded his rise to the presidency in 2005,...

10th January 2017 - FDD Policy Brief

Iran Stockpiling Uranium Far Above Current Needs

Olli Heinonen

In a televised speech on January 1, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said that Tehran had imported 200 metric tons of yellowcake uranium and would import another 120 tons at an unspecified future date.

10th January 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Taliban kills dozens in double suicide attack in Kabul

Bill Roggio

A Taliban suicide assault team killed and wounded more than 100 people in a coordinated attack that targeted intelligence officials and government workers today in the Afghan capital of Kabul. The attack included a blast that preyed on first responders who rushed in to help those injured in...

10th January 2017 - The Jerusalem Post

German University Suspends Pro-BDS Professor

Benjamin Weinthal

Weisenthal Center's Zuroff says "it is very unfortunate that someone who has strong antisemitic views is allowed to promote those views in the German education system.”

10th January 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

US adds 2 senior Hezbollah members to terrorism list

David Daoud

The US State Department listed Ali Da’amoush and Mustafa Mughniyeh, both members of Hezbollah’s senior leadership, as specially designated global terrorists today. The designation sanctions individuals who have either carried out terrorist attacks against the United States or who pose a...

10th January 2017 - The Washington Times

Lost in cyberspace

Clifford D. May

Russia’s hacking of the Democratic National Committee was mischievous. Did it change the outcome of the 2016 elections? No evidence suggests that and the intelligence community isn’t claiming that.

9th January 2017 - The Washington Post

Iran’s Rafsanjani: A legacy of terrorism and repression behind a facade of moderation

Reuel Marc Gerecht

Shortly before his death, Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, Iran’s former president and clerical major domo, mused on the Holocaust. “For instance, it is said that six million Jews died. Later accounts reveal that although people died, many Jews were in hiding during those days; ‘the...

9th January 2017 - FDD Policy Brief

Rafsanjani: A Revolutionary, Not a Reformer

Behnam Ben Taleblu

Former Iranian President Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani died of a heart attack Sunday at age 82. Often described as a “modern mullah” and “moderate voice,” Rafsanjani was more a shrewd survivor and political operative than champion of reform, let alone democracy. His career was...

9th January 2017 - The Weekly Standard

The Death of Ali Akbar Hashemi-Rafsanjani, a Machiavellian Prince

Reuel Marc Gerecht

Last week Ali Akbar Hashemi-Rafsanjani, the principal architect of the Islamic Republic, died of a heart attack at 82. The former parliamentary speaker, two-term president, and chairman of various powerful bodies leaves behind a mixed political legacy.

9th January 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

PMF deputy commander Muhandis details Hezbollah ops in Iraq

David Daoud

Abu Mahdi al Muhandis, the deputy commander of the Iraq’s Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF), gave an in-depth interview last week with the pro-Iranian, pan-Arab satellite television channel Al Mayadeen, in which he confirmed the presence of Lebanese Hezbollah in Iraq. In the interview,...

7th January 2017 - PJ Media

Trump’s Great Iranian Opportunity

Michael Ledeen

The great Ayatollah Hossein Boroujerdi is briefly out of prison, where he had been held in miserable conditions for a decade. He is one of those dissidents who are so beloved by the Iranian people that the murderous regime of Ali Khamenei does not dare to put them to death, or even on trial....

7th January 2017 - The Jerusalem Post

Iran Planned Terror Attacks Against Israel Advocates in Germany

Benjamin Weinthal

Iran's intelligence agency allegedly planned terrorist attacks against organizations and representatives engaged in pro-Israel work in Germany, according to media reports citing the country’s federal prosecutor released on Friday.

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